If you have or know a Child who has been charged with a Juvenile crime
Schmierlaw knows the Juvenile Courts and has Expreience Defending Juvenile Clients

If you have a child or know of a child who has been arrested and with a crime, even as a juvenile, they could be facing severe penalties. And depending on the crime, the child could even be tried as an adult. You need the best legal representation and juvenile defense possible. That means an experienced and aggressive Juvenile Defense Attorney to fight for the child's rights and future. Schmierlaw has that experience in the Juvenile Court and is committed to providing the best juvenile defense possible.


If your's or loved one's minor child been arrested and charged with a crime or a Juvenile Petition has been issued, you need the best legal representation available. That means an experienced and aggressive Juvenile Defense Attorney to make sure that child is being property represented.
We have experience in Oakland County, Macomb County, and at the Juvenile Court in the Lincoln Hall of Justice for Wayne County, Schmierlaw is committed to protecting any child accused of a crime and make sure that child is given the services and protections that they are entitled to.


No one plans to have to pay for a lawyer, but when there is so much at stake, it probably is the best investment you can make. An experienced attorney understands the juvenile court system and can work to lessen the impact that a lapse of judgment by a "dumb kid" will have on his or her future.
An experienced juvenile attorney will work together with the Juvenile Court System to find solutions that are best suited for the situation. And at Schmierlaw, we will work with you and your budget to make sure you can get the best juvenile defense possible. Give us a call to discuss your case.


When a child's future is on the line, you want an Attorney who understands what's at stake and works to find solutions when everything seems impossible. Schmierlaw has experience handling even the toughest juvenile cases. The Juvenile system was designed for rehabilitation not retribution, and an experienced juvenile attorney knows that a troubled child needs special care if their future is to be protected. Young people often make dumb choices or being at the wrong place at the wrong g time, but throwing the book at them does little to make sure it doesn't happen again or the punishment makes the situation worse. Schmierlaw will make sure that any child gets what is entitled to them, that their rights are respected,, and that their future is protected

For the next year or so Individuals Under the Age of 17 are Considered Juveniles
Young individuals under the age of 17, who are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, are usually referred to the Juvenile Court system as opposed to regular court. Depending on the seriousness of the crime and the juvenile’s criminal background, a juvenile may be charged as an adult for crimes such as murder, rape, possession or dealing certain drugs, some gun offense, and some others. Schmierlaw can provide your child or a youngster you know with the experienced representation focusing on the potential educational and employment consequences for your child and the need to protect their future.

The Law is Changing. A Person between 17 year old will be considered a Juvenile.
Currently, Michigan is one of four states that treat all 17-year-olds charged with crimes as adults, regardless of their offense, however bipartisan legislation headed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's desk would raise the age at which teenagers are automatically prosecuted as adults in Michigan to 18. Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced separate packages of "Raise the Age" bills in the spring and reached an agreement for the state to pay counties for the cost of adding 17-year-olds to the juvenile system for three years. The funding would then be reevaluated. The law wouldn't take effect until October 2021.

Prosecutors would still have the discretion to transfer 17-year-olds to the adult court system for certain serious crimes.
Generally, the juvenile system is oriented toward rehabilitation and offers more community-based alternatives to incarceration than the criminal justice system and gives 17-year-olds access to age-appropriate services, such as counseling and education.
Again, the law, although signed by the Governor, does not take effect for a couple years so Prosecutors will still charge under the current law

Our Goal is to Protect Your Kid's Future
A criminal record whether juvenile or adult can have a profound effect on someone's life. And as the man says, "youth is wasted on the young". Often times a juvenile and youthful adult offender don't understand what a criminal record will mean when they have a family and are looking for that next job.

Keeping a kid’s record clean is our top priority which means doing things before we go to Court. That way, if you as a parent and the accused are taking steps to assure the Court that it is unlikely that the conduct will be repeated. An experienced juvenile defense attorney knows what the Court is likely to want and east it expects you to do. Often times, Schmierlaw will recommend things you can do so we can tell the Court that you are already taking care of any problem and the Court does not have to. Schmierlaw is an experienced Juvenile Defense Attorney who can best present the case for your child.

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Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC
2222 Attard Street, Birmingham, Michigan 48009
Tel: (248) 705-3742     FAX: (248) 540-0044    Email: jschmier@schmierlaw.com