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Lansing Juvenile Crimes Lawyer

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We leave no stone unturned and meticulously investigate every case that we take on.

Night and weekend accessibility


When you need us, we are there. Your call will be answered day or night.

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Free case evaluations, flexible payment plans. Simple, flat-fee billing.

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Relentless pursuit of the best possible outcome of your case. Period.

Lansing juvenile crimes lawyer one bad decision shouldn’t define a child’s life

Making mistakes is part of growing up, but sometimes those mistakes can land an adolescent in hot water. If your child or teenager has been charged with a juvenile crime, you will want to consult with a Lansing criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with how juvenile cases are prosecuted in Michigan. As a younger lawyer myself, I believe in compassionate yet aggressive legal representation that takes your child’s future into consideration. At Coontz Law, you and your family are more than just a case number. I always put my clients’ best interests first.

What is a juvenile delinquency action?

In Michigan, a juvenile is defined as a child under the age of 17. You may be surprised to learn that when a juvenile commits a crime, they are not charged with that crime – instead, they are charged with something referred to as a “delinquency action.” This applies to any offense that would otherwise be directly charged were they an adult.

Juveniles are also subject to “status offenses,” which include

  • Truancy
  • Running away from home
  • Violating curfews

After being charged with a delinquency action, the juvenile must appear in court where a judge will decide what action will be taken. Depending on the crime and the circumstances, the court may dismiss the case, refer your child to counseling, or pursue charges. Occasionally, a juvenile age 14 or older may be charged as an adult if the crime warrants it.

Get help dealing with the juvenile justice system

If your minor child has been charged with a crime, you are probably feeling overwhelmed. You also probably fear for your child’s future. I know how scary this is for you and your family, but I also know that the keys to a sound defense are a detail-oriented approach and creative problem-solving.

As part of the new generation of criminal defense attorneys in Lansing, I bring a fresh perspective and intimate knowledge of the latest technologies and procedures the courts use when prosecuting juvenile cases. I can help you and your family get back on track to a bright future.

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Yes, we’re big fans of defending people’s rights. But check out what our clients are saying...

(That's what really matters!)

"Dustyn Coontz was friendly and professional from the first meeting with him until the conclusion of my case"

I was informed and up to date through the entire process. Anytime I had questions or concerns I just contacted his office and was always answered or soon returned a call.
Phil

“Incredibly thorough and professional!”

Services rendered were above and beyond the call of duty. I can't imagine my experience with the legal system without the assistance of Coontz Law and the attorney provided to me.
Andrew

“Hands down been an Excellent Lawyer!”

Never judged never looked down on my story instead gave me hope that the outcome would be better by fighting and not giving in. A lawyer thats Willing to fight for you to the end is ONE you WANT and NEED on your Team!!! I would recommend and also rate 5 Stars! I appreciate all you've done so far in my case.
Kandra

“He is kind, compassionate, and cares about people.”

He even called me and texted me back a few extra times when he didn't have to. For me he went beyond. Thanks so much, Dustyn.
Christine

“If you need legal representation, I would highly recommend Coontz Law”

From my first conversation with Dustyn, he was a calm presence since this was the first time I needed any legal assistance. He truly wants the best for his clients and is truly a wonderful lawyer to have on your side. I never felt judged and he was willing to fight for the best outcome for myself & my future.
Jake
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Our Process

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You schedule a call
Meet briefly to learn more ∙ Understand your specific situation ∙ Determine if we can help
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We suggest a solution
Know what it will cost ∙ Understand how long it’ll take ∙ Know what next steps look like.
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We work together
Gather & review evidence ∙ Create defense strategy ∙ Provide updates without you even asking
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Enjoy peace of mind
We’ll work tirelessly on your behalf to get you the best possible outcome on your case.