Grand Rapids Juvenile Crimes Lawyer
Helping You and Your Child Navigate the Legal Process
Being charged with a crime can be a frightening experience. This is especially true when the one accused of the offense is your child. You'll likely have many questions about the process, the possible outcomes, and what this means for your child's future. At Brandon Gardner & Associates, PLC, we encourage you to ask questions, and we will be by your side throughout the juvenile justice process, providing thorough answers and skilled legal guidance. When you hire us for your child's case, your goals and needs become our top priority. We are a small firm, which allows us to provide focused and dedicated attention from the start of your child's case until its conclusion.
We are ready to sit down with you and learn about your child's circumstances. Schedule your free consultation by calling us at (616) 303-7444 today.
Can an Officer Arrest My Child?
In Michigan, a minor under 17 years of age accused of a crime will be processed through the juvenile justice system. If an officer has probable cause to believe your child has committed an offense or observed them engaged in unlawful behavior, they can take them into custody and either directly to a family court or the police station for processing. They must try to contact you immediately after the arrest to inform you of the situation.
After their arrest, your child may either be released to your custody or held in a facility until they are scheduled to appear in court. A preliminary hearing must be held within 24 hours of your child being taken into custody.
What Is the Preliminary Hearing?
The preliminary hearing is the initial court proceeding for your child's case. During the process, a judge will review the facts and decide how to proceed.
Potential outcomes of a preliminary hearing include:
- Dismissing the case
- Referring the juvenile to counseling
- Putting the case on the consent calendar, an informal court process
- Putting the case on the formal calendar, a formal court process similar to adult trials
What if My Child's Case Is Placed on the Formal Calendar?
If formal charges are filed against your child, they will be scheduled for a court proceeding, where they admit to or deny charges. Just as in adult cases, your child has rights. They can remain silent, have an attorney on their side, and confront their accuser or witnesses.
A judge will hear your child's case and decide whether or not they are responsible for the alleged offense. If they are found responsible (similar to being found guilty), they will enter the disposition stage, during which the judge decides which sanctions to impose.
Possible punishments for a juvenile crime include:
- Community service
- Sentence to a juvenile facility
Providing Effective Defense from the Start of Your Child's Case Until Its Conclusion
When a child is accused of an offense, many parents feel frightened, helpless, and overwhelmed by the processes. If your child has been taken into custody for a juvenile crime, our Grand Rapids lawyer is here to adeptly guide you through the justice system. We'll help you prepare necessary documents and understand what to do at the court appearances.
You work directly with your attorney from start to finish. They are personally invested in your case and involved at all times.
Experienced & Respected
Consistently ranked as one of the best young lawyers law firms in Michigan and known for obtaining better results than most firms in the area.
We keep you informed and help you fully understand your options. We are dedicated to understanding your goals so we represent you best.
The Ability to Go to Trial
Many cases are resolved without going to court, but we prepare every case for trial. This allows us to negotiate from a position of strength.
Brandon Gardner and associates were amazing. Stellar performance across the board.- Gregory H.
I am very happy with how our case turned out. He knows the law better than the rest.- Tera C.
Very knowledgeable, reassuring, and reasonably priced!- Former Client
Knowledgeable and professional.- Jesse C.
It's worth the price.- Colton C.