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Understanding the juvenile court system

In Michigan, when someone accuses a child of having committed a crime, the matter is referred to the family division of the circuit court as a juvenile delinquency case. Although not all such cases go to court, the ones that …


Teen reportedly shoots brother he thought was a deer

Hunting – particularly deer hunting — is a popular hobby in Michigan, but it can be a dangerous one. Sometimes mistakes are made, and a person is injured in the process. For example, a Michigan teen is facing criminal charges …


Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA)

Some criminal matters arise out of youthful mistakes. In Michigan, you will be charged as an adult for crimes committed at age 17 and older. Michigan’s legislature recognizes the underdeveloped youthful brain and has offered an approach to help young …


Teenage and Juvenile Crime: CHANGES IN THE MIP LAW

When it comes to Teenage and Juvenile Crime, the list has gotten shorter.  Michigan minors who occasionally sneak an alcoholic drink have caught a break. I previously posted about the new legislation that was, at the time, sent to Gov. …


Teenage and Juvenile Crime: Minor in Possession

In the Teenage and Juvenile Crime arena, a Minor in Possession (MIP) conviction is quite common as underage drinking continues to be a popular pastime.  With the amount of drinking on some college campuses, institutions of higher learning may as …


Teenage and Juvenile Crime: Mandatory Life is Too Long

When you think of Teenage and Juvenile Crime it is important to remember that the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the use of cruel and unusual punishment. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for …