Michigan Juvenile Defense Attorneys
A Juvenile Conviction Can be Life Altering for a Young Person. Our Defense Attorneys have the Care, Compassion, and Dedication to Ensure a Client is Protected from Overzealous Prosecutors, Police, and Judges. We Will Find a Way to Help.
Juvenile delinquency law is unique in that it combines both civil law and criminal law. While juvenile delinquency law was 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. Many people do not realize that juvenile adjudications typically stay on a criminal record until the child reaches the age of 31-years-old. In some cases, an experienced juvenile defense attorney will know how to take advantage of programs and court rules that will allow for a record to be purged at 18-years-old. If your child is charged with a felony, misdemeanor or other delinquent conduct, the Juvenile Defense Attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. can provide a caring, dedicated and passionate defense.
Experienced Defense Attorneys for Minors
Many lawyers exclusively handle adult criminal cases or have general practices where they rarely, if ever, handle a juvenile delinquency case. The juvenile defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience and know the juvenile justice system in Michigan, the judges, referees, prosecutors, police, and the resources available to help young people. We represent children and teens facing criminal charges in Oakland County, Macomb County, Washtenaw County, Wayne County, and Livingston County, and throughout Michigan.
Juvenile Court Penalties
Another common misconception in juvenile delinquency law is the belief that juvenile offenders face the same maximum penalties that an adult would face if charged with a similar offense. Under juvenile law, misdemeanors and felonies do not have a maximum or minimum jail sentences. In fact, even for what would be a 90-day misdemeanor if committed by an adult, a juvenile can be held in custody until his or her 19th birthday, and under some circumstances, even longer.
Protecting Your Child’s Future
Young people make mistakes. Sometimes that mistake can be hanging out with the wrong people. Other times, a minor may be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s easy for young people to get pressured by peers into doing the wrong thing. And it’s easy for the adults, including police, to be suspicious of minors even when there is not a lot of evidence. At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., our juvenile defense lawyers are here to protect your young person from false charges, overcharges, and unfair or overly harsh treatment by the police, prosecutors and the court system.
When a juvenile is charged, we look at all the facts and present a complete picture to the court. We know how to present evidence to the court in a way that maximizes its positive impact and mitigating value. In the event there is a juvenile adjudication, we want to make sure that any sentence he or she receives is the best one possible and does not set up the client for failure in the future. If the charges are unjustified or excessive, we will do everything possible to get the case dismissed or the charges reduced.
If you want your child, grandchild or dependent treated by his or her defense attorney with patience, compassion and dedication, we are available to work with your family. We will find a way to help and we are not afraid to win!
Please call (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or kindly complete a Request for Assistance Form and a highly experienced Juvenile Defense Attorney will promptly contact you. We hope you will give us the opportunity to protect your young person’s future.
Juveniles May Be Charged With the Following Criminal Offenses:
- Retail Fraud (Shoplifting)
- Criminal Sexual Conduct
- Felonious Assault (FA)
- Domestic Violence
- Assault and Battery
- Aggravated Assault
- Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm
- Homicide (murder, manslaughter, etc…)
- Possession of Controlled Substance (Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, etc…)
- Possession with Intent to Deliver
- Larceny or Larceny from a Person
- CCW (Carrying a Concealed Weapon)
- Home Invasion or Illegal Entry
- Breaking and Entering
- Child Pornography
- Malicious Destruction of Property
- Violation of Probation
- Resisting or Obstructing a Police Officer
- Reckless Driving
- Fleeing and Eluding
- Driving While License Never Obtained or Suspended
- Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property
- Various other Felony and Misdemeanor Offenses