Child Charged in Oakland County with Armed Robbery

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s office is notorious for ruthlessly prosecuting children. When a minor is charged in court, the outcome of their case can impact the course of their future.

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A 12-year-old girl who attempted to hold up a food market in Highland Township in early April, plead guilty today to one count of armed robbery in the Oakland County Juvenile Court. She remains in custody until the next hearing and is being detained in the Oakland County Children’s Village.

Her sentencing, known as a “disposition” in juvenile court, is scheduled before the Hon. Mary Ellen Brennen, on May 31, 2011. In juvenile court, sentencing is referred to as disposition. She will participate in psychological testing before the next hearing.

The girl’s parents are in the middle of a bitter divorce. She later told investigators she wanted money to help her mother make the house payment. She attempted to rob the store wearing a black bandana and carrying a loaded handgun. Employees in the store detained her until police arrived.

“We’re seeing so many cases with younger and younger people,” Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said. Apparently, potential charges of home invasion are being considered because it was discovered that the girl stole the gun from one of her neighbor’s homes. If the prosecutor’s office was so concerned with children’s welfare, why charge the girl, and then, after she is convicted, request psychological testing? In this case, the news reported that her parents were in the midst of a bitter divorce; there were terrible financial problems, and the parents were putting the girl in the middle of the chaos by telling her that they may lose their home due to financial problems. Really? Does a 12-year-old child need that kind of stress? Why not ask the girl to undergo psychological before the charges are issued so that the prosecutor can make an informed decision and not such a rush to judgment? Requesting a psychological analysis after a conviction is a demonstration of backward thinking, prosecutorial double-speak – on the one hand, they are concerned about kids, and in the next breath, they recklessly proceed with a prosecution without the benefit of full information.

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Both the juvenile criminal justice system and the adult criminal justice system in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston Counties would be much more fair, thoughtful, and just if prosecutions considered a defendant’s personal circumstances before filing charges. Regrettably, this is not done, and it makes it that much more important for criminal and juvenile defendants to work with persistent, thoughtful, assertive, and passionate criminal defense lawyers.

The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. will take the time to talk with any potential client about their situation. We will answer all of your questions and address each of your concerns. A great defense lawyer will realize that the smallest detail can change the course of a client’s defense. Unless a lawyer is willing and able to listen to a client carefully, he cannot expect to provide the most effective defense.

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