Juvenile Criminal Defense
Minors who must face the legal system can experience damaging effects that could stick with them for the rest of their lives. They could have complications obtaining a good education or job in addition to many other setbacks associated with a juvenile criminal record. Kirsch Leach + Associates believes that a juvenile crime should not jeopardize the rest of a young client’s life, so we aim to minimize any long-term consequences and protect their rights today and in the future.
Kirsch Leach + Associates believes that our young clients deserve a chance to repair their reputations instead of suffering the consequences of their mistakes forever. Our juvenile criminal defense attorneys are equipped to handle each unique case with care and attention to ensure that the case will not compromise the client’s future. Minors should not have to suffer from harsh sentences, but rather get the help they need to turn their lives around. For example, under Michigan law, the most severe juvenile court penalty is removal from home and placement in either a community-based residential facility or a detention center. In some cases in which the minor has a disability, pushing for counseling or medical attention, if needed, would be in the best interest of the client, while still addressing their mistakes.
Juvenile crimes can cover myriad offenses, including:
- Assault and battery
- Computer crimes
- Date rape
- Drug possession or distribution
- Indecent exposure or molestation
- Minor in possession (MIP)
- Sexual harassment
- Social media abuse
- Urinating in public
- Weapons charges
In some cases, young clients could be charged as an adult and subjected to adult penalties. Charging a minor as an adult takes away some of the protection and confidentiality of the juvenile courts. At Kirsch Leach + Associates, we work to keep the charges against our juvenile clients in the juvenile courts. Our attorneys are well-educated and experienced in the defense of crimes involving minors, which can be the defining factor in the outcome of your child’s trial. Juvenile crime cases can carry consequences as serious as those adults face, so it is just as important to consult a knowledgeable attorney who will act in the best interests of your child.