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.

West Michigan Juvenile Defense Lawyers

Charging juveniles as adults is rare, but it does happen. One of the most prominent examples of a juvenile being charged as an adult actually took place in Michigan in 1997 when an 11-year-old was charged for murder. To this day, charging juveniles as adults remains a very controversial subject.

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.

Contact Us Today if Your Juvenile Is Facing Criminal Charges

If you or your child faces violent criminal charges such as murder or rape, it is in your interest to contact us today for a free initial consultation with an attorney. We have office locations in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Paw Paw.


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