Metamora Attorneys Assist Families in Juvenile Delinquency Cases
Proven Michigan firm represents youths accused of misconduct
Michigan residents under the age of 18 who are accused of criminal misconduct usually have their cases adjudicated through the state’s Juvenile Justice system. Programs within the system are administered by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services and are designed to help young offenders change their behavior. At Kohl, Harris, Nolan & McCarthy, P.C. in Metamora, we are experienced legal counselors who defend juveniles against a range of allegations and work to find alternatives to detention, such as diversion and community service. If you or your child has been accused of misconduct, we will review the circumstances thoroughly and pursue the best possible resolution.
Seeking favorable resolutions for clients in the juvenile justice system
Unlike cases where adults require the assistance of a criminal defense attorney, matters involving juveniles are typically resolved in the Family Division of a county’s Circuit Court. Drawing on our experience as family lawyers and defenders of the accused, we deliver strong counsel on all aspects of juvenile justice, including:
- Preliminary hearing — A preliminary hearing is usually held within 24 hours of a child being detained by police. During the hearing, a family court judge listens to evidence and decides whether to dismiss the case or direct that further action be taken.
- Consent calendar — Matters involving first offenders and/or less serious misconduct might be assigned to the consent calendar, which is an alternative to detention where the court might direct the youth to pay restitution or perform community service. Once the required measures are completed, records of the offense are expunged.
- Diversion — When a case is diverted, it no longer proceeds toward possible detention. Rather, the judge strives to establish accountability through community-based actions, which could include payment for damaged property, substance abuse treatment and apologies to victims.
- Formal calendar — Serious offenses and matters involving repeat offenders can be placed on the formal calendar for trial. If the child is found to have committed the offense, the judge decides on a disposition. This does not necessarily mean detention in a juvenile facility. No matter the circumstances, we argue for a result that gives a child the chance to move past their troubles and avoid legal problems in the future.
Don’t hesitate to get the help you need from a qualified attorney. Our firm will review the facts in detail to develop a sound defense strategy aimed at preserving your child’s future.
Common types of allegations we handle
You can count us for effective representation in a full range of juvenile delinquency proceedings, such as those stemming from charges of:
- Disorderly conduct — Several types of behavior can be classified as disorderly conduct, such as fighting, and these charges frequently occur in crowded places, so misidentification is possible.
- Theft — The severity of a larceny charge typically depends on the value of what was stolen. We push back against unwarranted allegations and excessive charges.
- Drug and alcohol possession — Youths who are accused of violating laws regarding drug and alcohol possession might benefit more from treatment and counseling than punitive measures.
- Joyriding — Taking someone’s vehicle without permission is a misdemeanor even if you intend to return it. When juvenile clients are accused of joyriding, we look at the surrounding circumstances to determine if there is an innocent explanation for what happened.
Our firm handles these delinquency matters as well as cases stemming from noncriminal conduct, such as truancy and curfew violations.
Contact a Michigan attorney for a free consultation about a juvenile law matter
Kohl, Harris, Nolan & McCarthy, P.C. provides comprehensive legal counsel to Michigan youths and their families in juvenile delinquency matters. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer, please call 810-212-5005 or contact us online. Our office is in Metamora.