When Can a Juvenile be Charged as an Adult in Ann Arbor

Juveniles, defined by law as those under the age of 17, who commit criminal offenses usually have their cases handled by juvenile courts, which focus more on rehabilitation than institutionalization and other harsh punishment. In extremely serious cases, however, juveniles can be charged as adults, and face the same penalties that would be included in a regular criminal sentence. Any juvenile who is accused of a serious criminal offense or a repeat offense in Ann Arbor should hire an experienced juvenile defense attorney who knows both how to protect against a case being elevated to adult court, and how to fight back against the serious penalties that can result if a case is heard in an adult criminal court. Contact Grabel & Associates now for a free initial case consultation and learn more about how juvenile crime regulations could affect your unique case.

Trial lawyer Scott Grabel and the rest of our experienced attorneys understand the unique legal issues you can face if accused of a juvenile offense in Ann Arbor, and we are familiar with the legal strategies that are most effective in fighting back against sentencing in adult court and other negative potential outcomes. As soon as you contact our firm, our attorneys will begin answering your questions concerning your unique case, and working to develop a defense approach based on the specifics of your situation. Get in touch right away by phone or through email and begin working with an experienced juvenile defense lawyer who can walk you through the steps you need to take to protect against potentially life-changing penalties.

When Can a Juvenile be Sentenced as an Adult in Ann Arbor

There are a number of important case details that will be considered if a case is being considered for a move from the juvenile court system to the regular adult criminal court system. Some of these include:

  • Age of Offender
  • Past Criminal Record
  • Psychological History
  • Case Details and Aggravating Circumstances

Due to tough sentencing laws concerning juveniles in Michigan, any offender can be sentenced in adult court if the case is serious enough. However it is rare that offenders under the age of 14 will be considered for adult sentencing, considering the way the law is worded. While those younger than 14 have historically been sentenced, changing laws have made it extremely rare to have adult court hearings for younger juveniles.

No matter what the specifics of your case, our attorneys know what police and prosecutors will be looking at, and what you will need to do in order to work towards the best possible case result. Contact us now for a free initial case consultation and begin fighting for a great case outcome.

Waiver of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction in Ann Arbor, Michigan

One situation in which the juvenile court can waive a case up to adult criminal court is outlined in Section 712 of the Probate Code. If a juvenile offender aged 14 or older is accused of an offense which would be a felony had it been committed by an adult, jurisdiction may be waived, For violent crimes such as murder, this age requirement may be lowered or removed completely.

It is critical that you or your child work with an attorney to discover how criminal history, case specifics, and a psychological analysis could play a role in your unique situation, and what legal options will be available as a result. There are plenty of sentencing options available within the juvenile court system, and keeping a case there can be pivotal as you seek to protect the future of yourself or your loved one. Let us work with you to protect your interests as you fight for a just case result.

Our Approach to Juvenile Crime in Ann Arbor Adult Court

Our attorneys are committed to protecting Ann Arbor’s accused, especially juvenile offenders, and will remain committed to that goal no matter what court the case is actually heard in. With experience working in the juvenile court and family court system, as well as in regular criminal courts statewide, our lawyers know what it takes to achieve great case results in all types of criminal cases, and are prepared to begin applying our proven strategies to your unique case right now.

Contact Grabel & Associates for 24/7 Ann Arbor Juvenile Crime Defense

To speak with a member of our juvenile crime defense team, call 1-800-342-7896 now or contact us online. We will provide you with a free initial case consultation and confidential guidance as you prepare to take action to protect yourself and your future in your Ann Arbor criminal case.