Minimize Negative Effects Of A Juvenile Charge
In Michigan, juvenile records are public. If charges are not handled swiftly and knowledgeably, a juvenile’s record could have a permanent mark on it. This can limit future options, including college grants, scholarships and sports eligibility, future employment and even housing. In cases involving sexual offense or misconduct, charges and a guilty finding can lead to the juvenile having to register as a sex offender.
This is why it’s crucial to have a proven legal advocate on your side. At Gormley and Johnson Law Offices, PLC, we have helped numerous teens and their families navigate the Michigan juvenile court system.
The Michigan Juvenile Court System
Juvenile delinquency is the term used for crimes committed by children under the age of 17 in Michigan. These cases typically go through the family division of the circuit court. The goal of this path is to give the child the skills and resources needed, not to punish.
Adjudication is the term used when a juvenile is found guilty. A disposition (instead of a sentence) will then be ordered. The court has many disposition options ranging from a warning, probation (called a “consent calendar”) or deferral. A deferral usually means an organization will work with the juvenile to mend his or her ways and to avoid future delinquency.
Felony cases are very serious. A juvenile may be charged as an adult. These cases require a deep understanding of traditional and automatic waivers and criminal defense strategies.
Types Of Charges We Can Help You With
At Gormley and Johnson Law Offices, PLC, there is hardly a juvenile charge or case we haven’t seen and resolved. We can help if your child has been charged with:
- Malicious destruction of property
- Assault or fighting
- Drug charges, including possession
- Other charges
Juveniles are still developing physically, socially and intellectually. We know that they are vulnerable to peer pressure and impulsive behavior. The juvenile mind has not always matured to a level to fully grasp risk and consequence.
Protect Your Child’s Future
If your child has been charged with delinquency, you need an attorney who knows the ins and outs of juvenile proceedings. At Gormley and Johnson Law Offices, PLC, we will help your child and your family move forward with their lives. Call 517-219-9301 or send us an email to set up an initial consultation with our Livingston County based team.