Kalamazoo Juvenile Crime Lawyers
Juvenile Defense Throughout Grand Rapids, Paw Paw & Western Michigan
At Willis Law, we represent young people who have been charged with juvenile criminal offenses, including juvenile misdemeanor and juvenile felony cases. This includes students, including those with special needs, in disciplinary actions at their schools or colleges. In every case, our goal is to minimize the negative consequences and protect them from having a criminal record.
We handle all issues facing juveniles who have been charged with a crime (including underage drinking and juveniles charged as adults), informing them and their parents of their rights every step of the way.
If your child is facing charges, contact us for a free consultation with our Kalamazoo juvenile crimes attorney today!
Keeping Case in Juvenile Court System
If your minor child has been charged with a crime, you will need a Kalamazoo juvenile crimes lawyer. We can discuss your child's situation with the prosecutors and referees who will hear the case and help keep your child out of juvenile detention.
The prosecution will often attempt to certify a minor as an adult. Our first concern is to keep the case under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court system, where the focus is more on rehabilitation and treatment, not punishment.
We believe that juveniles should have their cases handled in the juvenile justice system and will do everything we can to steer cases away from adult charges. One of the advantages of cases being tried in juvenile court is the ability to seal records after good behavior is demonstrated. This is crucial for preserving the ability of juveniles to grow up and find employment.
Juvenile Charged as an Adult in Michigan
The juvenile justice system serves a different purpose than the criminal justice system for adults: It is intended to help troubled or delinquent juveniles get their lives in order so they can become productive members of society with their second chance. However, certain crimes can result in juveniles facing adult charges, creating an extremely serious situation that threatens their future.
At Willis Law, we provide a skilled criminal defense to juveniles throughout West Michigan. We have a tremendous amount of experience representing both juveniles and adults, and we understand what it takes to achieve successful results at trial and through negotiation. We will pursue every available means of strengthening the bargaining position of our clients and seek a result that protects their rights and reputation.
Protecting Your Future From Juvenile Criminal Charges
At Willis Law in Michigan, we focus on protecting your son's or daughter's juvenile record. Under some circumstances, we may be able to keep a juvenile conviction off of your child's record until he or she is 30 years old. A criminal record can limit future options for employment and education. If your child has more than one conviction, he or she can never clear his or her record through expungement, so it is important to hire an attorney to make sure the child's record is protected.
Contact us today to arrange a free initial consultation with a Michigan juvenile defense lawyer. We have office locations in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Paw Paw.