Juvenile Defense Attorney
Having a child involved in Michigan's juvenile justice system can be confusing, frustrating, and time consuming. The decisions you and your child make could have a lasting impact upon your child's future. Making the right decisions requires thorough legal analysis, knowledge of the caseworkers and support staff and experience practicing before the referees and judges of the Family Court. We can help you.
The Family Court division of the Circuit Court handles all juvenile delinquency and status offenses (except in cases where the juvenile is tried as an adult in Circuit Court). Delinquency proceedings involve juveniles under age 17 charged with a violation of a criminal law or ordinance
or with a status offense. If the juvenile is found responsible for the offense, the court may order a wide range of dispositions ranging from probation to state custody. The Family Courts disposition can include orders that relate to you as the parent of the juvenile.
Before the court can exercise jurisdiction over a child, the child must have committed some type of offense. If your child's case is defensible, we can provide the best possible parental rights legal defense
. In those cases where a juvenile disposition is likely,we have a network of professional contacts that can provide your child with the counseling and services they need. By pro actively addressing any concerns the court may have at disposition, we improve the odds of your child avoiding placement in state custody (i.e.-incarceration) and/or burdened with onerous probation conditions.