Juvenile Law

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Experience is Making Mistakes
and Learning from Them

As we all know from either raising teenagers or from being teenagers ourselves, teens make a lot of mistakes - big and small. The mistakes that juveniles make are emotional for them and often times, even more emotional for parents. In addition, the arrest charges and upcoming court hearings add another layer of stress and uncertainty to the situation. Some common juvenile offenses that many families encounter include but are not limited to:

Juvenile delinquency law is unique because it combines both civil and criminal law. Although juvenile delinquency laws were initially meant to rehabilitate young offenders, it has changed into an area in which juvenile records and adjudications can follow your children into their adulthood. Stacey's experience and special knowledge on juvenile matters can help alleviate a stressful situation. Stacey will explain the implications and possible consequences of the charges, educate you on the possible legal proceedings, advise you on defense strategies, and work diligently to defend your rights to the full extent of the law. Contact her now!

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Frequently Asked Juvenile
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Asked Juvenile
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When police begin questioning you for a criminal charge, they will most likely tell you that you are not under arrest and that you are free to leave. It is critical to consult with an experienced lawyer before answering any police questions, as the police will use this stage of your case to gather compelling evidence against you. Your legal rights before a criminal charge has been formally filed are the same as any adult who has been accused of a crime, and you have the right to speak to an attorney and wait to answer any questions.

If you have been arrested for a juvenile crime in Michigan, you have the right to know what you are being charged with, and if you have not already consulted an attorney, you have the right to speak with a legal representative. Like an adult, you have the right to not incriminate yourself, and police cannot require you to give up information that could lead to your conviction.

The rights of adult and juvenile offenders differ slightly once a trial begins, however, especially if alternative sentencing in juvenile court is sought. If your case is heard in juvenile court, you do not have the right to a jury trial, and if you agree to the conditions of the Juvenile Consent Calendar, you will have to abide by the judge’s decision. If you are sentenced on the formal calendar, and you face a court trial, you have the right to call witnesses, questions testifying witnesses, access the court transcripts, and appeal a conviction, just as an adult would.

Identifying the underlying reasons for the juvenile’s behavior is something that we explore at the first consultation. We know that a child can get in trouble by having the wrong friends, peer pressure or engaging in a prank or activity that gets out of control. We may strongly urge counseling when a juvenile has a psychological disorder, substance abuse/alcohol problem or suffers from PTSD or other stressors.

Your child’s text messages and posts on the internet (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) may support criminal charges (stalking, threats of terrorism, unlawful posting, use of the computer to commit a crime) or create an unsavory profile of your child. This is especially true when the text messages or internet posts are of a sexual or violent nature. The posts may be used as evidence by the prosecutor or considered by the court in various ways. Being proactive about how your child uses a cellphone or the internet is therefore imperative. Once under an investigation or in the juvenile system, we invariably recommend that our juvenile clients shut down any social media sites or refrain from texting or posting anything on the internet.

Juveniles, even those that are of tender years, are not exempt from being charged with a sex crime or child pornography. When a juvenile is charged with a sex crime, our first order of business is to obtain an independent psychological profile. We do this because we know that the court is concerned as to whether a child is a predator or likely to repeat acts of sexual aggression or misconduct. A thorough psychological profile will later be utilized in the court system to advocate for a specific plea bargain or favorable disposition.

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