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Grand Haven Juvenile Crimes Lawyers
When young individuals find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system, it can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience for both them and their families. At David G. Moore Law, we understand the unique challenges faced by juveniles accused of crimes, and we are dedicated to providing compassionate support and effective legal representation to protect their rights and futures.
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About David G. Moore, Attorney at Law

David G. Moore is not only a seasoned criminal defense and family law attorney but also a passionate advocate for juvenile rights. With years of experience representing young defendants in Grand Haven and throughout Southwest Michigan, Attorney Moore has a deep understanding of the complexities involved in juvenile crime cases.

As a former assistant prosecutor for both Cass County and St. Joseph County, David G. Moore has firsthand knowledge of the juvenile justice system, allowing him to navigate its intricacies with skill and precision. He is committed to ensuring that juvenile defendants receive fair treatment and access to the resources they need to overcome their legal challenges.


Personalized Attention and Support

At David G. Moore Law, we recognize that juvenile crime cases require a unique approach that addresses the specific needs and circumstances of young defendants. Our legal team is dedicated to providing personalized attention and unwavering support to every juvenile client we represent.

We understand the impact that criminal charges can have on a young person’s life, including their education, employment opportunities, and personal relationships. That’s why we work closely with our juvenile clients and their families to develop a comprehensive defense strategy that aims to mitigate the consequences of the charges they face.


Understanding Michigan’s Juvenile Justice System

Navigating the juvenile justice system in Michigan can be complex and overwhelming, especially for young defendants and their families. Understanding how the system works and what to expect can help alleviate some of the stress and uncertainty associated with juvenile crime cases.


Key Features of Michigan’s Juvenile Justice System

  • Juvenile Court Jurisdiction: In Michigan, juvenile courts have jurisdiction over cases involving individuals under the age of 17 who are accused of committing delinquent acts. The goal of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate rather than punish young offenders, with an emphasis on education, counseling, and community-based interventions.
  • Differences from Adult Court: Unlike adult court proceedings, juvenile court hearings are typically closed to the public to protect the privacy of the young defendant. Additionally, the focus in juvenile court is on rehabilitation rather than punishment, with an emphasis on addressing the underlying issues that may have contributed to the juvenile’s delinquent behavior.
  • Disposition Options: If a juvenile is found responsible for a delinquent act, the court has a range of disposition options available, including probation, community service, restitution, counseling, and placement in a juvenile detention facility. The goal is to tailor the disposition to the individual needs of the juvenile while also holding them accountable for their actions.
  • Transfer to Adult Court: In certain cases involving serious offenses or repeat offenders, the prosecutor may seek to transfer the case to adult court, where the juvenile could face more severe penalties, including adult incarceration. However, transfer to adult court is not automatic and requires a hearing before a judge.


The Role of an Attorney in Juvenile Crime Cases

Having an experienced attorney by your side can make all the difference in a juvenile crime case. A knowledgeable attorney can help you understand the charges against you, explore potential defenses, and navigate the juvenile justice system with confidence.

  • Legal Representation: An attorney will advocate for your rights throughout the legal process, ensuring that you receive fair treatment and a favorable outcome. They will also work to protect your privacy and reputation, minimizing the long-term consequences of the charges you face.
  • Negotiation and Advocacy: Your attorney will negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf to seek favorable outcomes, such as diversion programs or reduced charges. They will also advocate for alternatives to incarceration, such as counseling or community service, to address the underlying issues contributing to your delinquent behavior.
  • Support and Guidance: Beyond legal representation, your attorney will provide you with the support and guidance you need to navigate the challenges of the juvenile justice system. They will keep you informed at every step of the process and help you make informed decisions about your case.


Facing juvenile crime charges in Michigan can be a daunting experience, but you don’t have to go through it alone. With the help of an experienced legal team from David G. Moore Law, you can protect your rights and pursue a positive outcome for your case. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a free consultation and take the first step toward securing your future.


Take the First Step: Schedule a Free Consultation

If you or your child is facing juvenile crime charges in Grand Haven, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation from David G. Moore Law. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation and learn more about how we can help. Your child’s future is worth fighting for, and we’re here to advocate tirelessly on their behalf.

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Our legal team at David G. Moore Law combines empathy with extensive experience in juvenile crime defense.

We understand the challenges faced by young defendants and their families, and we are committed to providing compassionate support throughout the legal process.
Client Focused Solutions
With a thorough understanding of Michigan’s juvenile justice system, we have the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of juvenile crime cases.

From pre-trial negotiations to courtroom advocacy, we will fight tirelessly to protect the rights and interests of our juvenile clients.
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At David G. Moore Law, our ultimate goal is to achieve positive outcomes for our juvenile clients.

Whether through negotiation, diversion programs, or litigation, we will explore every available option to secure the best possible result for the young person we represent.

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frequently asked questions

  • What types of offenses are considered juvenile crimes in Michigan?
    Juvenile crimes in Michigan can encompass a wide range of offenses, including theft, vandalism, drug possession, assault, and underage drinking. The specific charges and potential consequences will depend on the nature and severity of the offense, as well as the juvenile's prior record, if any.
  • What are the potential consequences of a juvenile crime conviction?
    The consequences of a juvenile crime conviction can vary depending on factors such as the nature of the offense, the juvenile's age, and their prior record. Potential consequences may include probation, community service, restitution, placement in a juvenile detention facility, or even transfer to adult court for certain serious offenses.
  • Can juvenile records be sealed or expunged in Michigan?
    In Michigan, juvenile records are typically confidential and may be sealed or expunged under certain circumstances. Eligibility for sealing or expungement will depend on factors such as the nature of the offense, the juvenile's age at the time of the offense, and their subsequent behavior.
  • What rights do juveniles have when facing criminal charges?
    Juveniles facing criminal charges in Michigan have many of the same rights as adult defendants, including the right to legal representation, the right to remain silent, and the right to a fair trial. It's essential for juveniles and their families to understand and exercise these rights throughout the legal process.
  • How can an attorney help a juvenile facing criminal charges?
    An experienced juvenile crime defense attorney can provide invaluable support and guidance to young defendants and their families. From investigating the circumstances of the alleged offense to negotiating with prosecutors for favorable outcomes, an attorney can help protect the juvenile's rights and future.