Facing criminal charges can be frightening for anyone, but it can be especially stressful for young Michiganders. Juveniles, or those under the age of 18, can find themselves in a situation where they are accused of a crime that puts their entire future in jeopardy.
This is particularly true when, as was discussed last week, a juvenile is charged as an adult. This happens in serious cases, often those involving violence. The corresponding penalties that could be imposed upon conviction can strip a youth of his or her freedom, and leave his or her criminal record marred.
With so much in the balance, those juveniles, who are charged with a criminal offense, and their parents, should carefully consider their legal options. There may be a way to get charges dismissed or at least reduced to avoid the potential for adult penalties. Defense options may give rise to an acquittal, should the matter go to trial. However, depending on the circumstances of the case, differing tactics may be appropriate.
Thus, juveniles or parents of juveniles facing criminal allegations should seek legal counsel. A skilled attorney experienced in handling juvenile cases will be able to advise and help make legal decisions.
At David G. Moore, Attorney at Law, we aggressively advocate for our clients. We recognize what is at stake, and we diligently prepare our cases to ensure that all options are explored to identify the best way to proceed. Our legal team gives every case the individualized attention it deserves. Whether our clients decide to negotiate a plea deal or take the matter to trial, we stand by them to protect their rights and fight for the best possible outcome, under the given circumstances.