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When You And Your Child Go To Juvenile Court

Parenting is not easy. Even when parents are at their best, children can come into conflict with the law. When your family is going through divorce or another family law issue, your child is at an increased risk of being brought into court. Acting out does not make them bad kids. It just means that they need extra support and legal help.

Provide your child with representation that wants to help them, not judge. Pinnacle Family Law offers free consultations at 248-305-6484.

Delinquency And Other Juvenile Violations


The procedures in delinquency cases in Michigan appear similar to those in criminal cases, but juveniles are treated very differently from adult defendants. Delinquency proceedings involve juveniles under age 17 charged with a violation of a criminal law or ordinance or with a status offense (an act that violates the law only when committed by a minor). Delinquency matters are handled in the family division of the circuit court. The purpose of delinquency petitions under the Juvenile Code is not to punish but to rehabilitate the juvenile. Michigan law reflects this emphasis in part.

MCR 3.902(B)(1)-(2) states: The rules must be interpreted and applied in keeping with the philosophy expressed in the Juvenile Code. The court shall ensure that each minor coming within the jurisdiction of the court shall:

(1) receive the care, guidance and control, preferably in the minor's own home, that is conducive to the minor's welfare and the best interests of the public

(2) when removed from parental control, be placed in care as nearly as possible equivalent to the care that the minor's parents should have given the minor


Your child may be entitled to a court appointed attorney. However, both parents may be held liable for fees, as well as ordered to participate in the child's treatment plan. In addition to our other legal services, our firm offers assistance to parents who are dealing with juvenile court proceedings.

Stay On The Right Path


Children who interact with juvenile court are much more likely to have conflicts with the criminal justice system later in life. Our lawyers can help keep your child at home and in school where they belong. Email us for an appointment at one of our Great Lakes regional offices.

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