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Criminal defense options when teens face felony charges

Teenagers in Michigan may complain that there is not a lot to do. However, one young man allegedly found plenty to do and is now facing an uncertain future. Despite his age, he is charged with numerous felonies, any of which may result in prison or other serious penalties. In such situations, a strong criminal defense is the surest way of minimizing the negative consequences.

The 17-year-old came to Michigan from another state only two weeks earlier. Police reports say the teen broke into someone's home and unlawfully imprisoned the resident while he robbed the place. Among those items he is supposed to have taken were a television and a cellphone. The homeowner apparently had a supply of medical marijuana, which police say the man stole. Finally, the arrest warrant reports that the teenager took car keys and drove off in the resident's vehicle.

A Michigan judge ordered a bond of $210,000, and the man remains in the county jail. He is charged with 12 felony counts, including first-degree home invasion, imprisonment and armed robbery. In addition, he faces numerous firearms felonies. Because police do not believe the man acted alone, authorities included conspiracy charges, theorizing that the robbery was planned soon after the man's arrival in the state.

The number of counts against this young man may multiply his hardships. In similar circumstances, a criminal defense attorney will advocate for the accused, presenting mitigating factors, such as his age, to lessen the impact of the charges. Having a committed attorney may make all the difference in the outcome of the case.

Source: mlive.com, "Two weeks in Michigan and 12 felonies for a Louisiana teen", Michael Kransz, Sept. 28, 2017

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