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Lansing Juvenile Crimes Lawyer

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If your child has been charged with a crime of any kind, you are naturally extremely upset by the situation. The most important point to remember, however, is that your child is innocent until they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by the state of Michigan. That’s an extremely high bar, which means that you should not lose hope. Instead, take action for your child by reaching out to an experienced Lansing juvenile criminal lawyer sooner rather than later.

Your Child Needs an Advocate

Your child has their whole future ahead of them, and being convicted of a crime can derail one’s plans quickly. The best practice in this situation is getting out in front of the charge and working closely with a formidable Lansing juvenile criminal lawyer who not only has the experience and drive to help but is also a strong legal advocate who cares about your child and their case. With a seasoned juvenile criminal lawyer in your corner, you significantly improve your child’s chances of achieving a great outcome.

Lansing Juvenile Criminal Lawyers and Juvenile Delinquency

In the Michigan juvenile justice system, the following generally apply when a child under the age of 18 is accused of a crime:

  • Instead of being classified as a crime, the legal matter in question will be called a juvenile-delinquency matter.
  • Juvenile delinquency cases proceed through family court rather than through the adult criminal justice system.
  • Instead of punishing your child (the way the adult criminal justice system would), the intention of juvenile delinquency proceedings is to provide your child with rehabilitation.

While Michigan’s juvenile justice system is less harsh than the adult path, the consequences of a conviction (or adjudication, as it’s called in the juvenile system) are all too real. Protecting your child’s legal rights is paramount, and a dedicated Lansing juvenile criminal lawyer can help.

Juvenile Cases Differ From Adult Cases

If your child is charged, their case begins with filing a petition in the family division of the circuit court. The process from here is similar but distinct from the process for an adult case. The following applies:

  • Unless your child’s case is dismissed or a plea deal is reached, it will proceed to trial.
  • If your child is found guilty (or a plea deal is reached), it leads to an adjudication rather than a conviction.
  • Instead of your child being sentenced, the court will order a disposition.

Generally, the court has considerable discretion in these matters, and even if your child receives a disposition, the results can vary from something as light as a warning (with a dismissal of the petition) all the way to detention in an out-of-state, privately run juvenile facility (don’t even get us started on how we feel about that). But throughout the process, your child’s juvenile criminal defense lawyer will zealously advocate for a resolution that impacts your child’s future as little as possible – if at all.

Work Closely With an Experienced Lansing Juvenile Criminal Lawyer

If your child is facing a criminal charge of any kind, the time to consult with a formidable Lansing juvenile criminal lawyer is right now. The juvenile justice system is as complex as it can be terrifying for you as a parent, but having a compassionate juvenile criminal lawyer helping you make well-informed decisions and guiding you through the challenging process can make a significant difference.

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"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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.
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Our Process

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


Can my child be tried as an adult?

There are situations in which a minor can be tried as an adult, yet another reason why having professional legal guidance in your corner is essential. For example, very serious crimes are deemed specified juvenile violations in Michigan, and a child can be tried as an adult through an automatic waiver. No matter how old the child is. Just because the prosecutor decided that that’s what they want to do. Other felony juvenile cases can be sent to adult court if the family court thinks that’s the most appropriate course of action. All this to say: protecting your child’s rights from the outset is critical.

Can my child be placed on the sex offender registry?

Yes, even if your child receives a disposition – rather than an adult sentence – they can be required to register if all three of the following apply:

  • The juvenile disposition is public.
  • The juvenile was at least 14 years old at the time the offense took place.
  • The offense classifies the juvenile as a tier III offender, which relates to the most serious crimes, such as first-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, and others in this realm.
Is a plea deal always the best option?

No, a plea deal is definitely not always the best option. The truth is that the best options in your child’s case will be unique to the situation and the circumstances involved. It is important to understand that if your child accepts a plea deal, it is an admission of guilt. Your child’s skilled Lansing juvenile criminal lawyer will help you strategize the best path forward.