Juvenile & Youthful Offenders

Protecting Their Future In The Present

It is not uncommon for college students to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whether it is a party, a sporting event, joyriding or another youthful activity, they risk running afoul of the law and facing serious penalties. Colleges and universities routinely conduct their own investigations into alleged student violations before a criminal court case runs its course. Schools often conduct administrative hearings early on in criminal matters. Youths are usually told that they cannot have an attorney speak on their behalf at these hearings. Your son’s or daughter’s statements in these administrative hearings may negatively impact a later criminal proceeding. When a college student or minor is accused of or charged with a crime, the parents are wise to seek the guidance of an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.

At Dodge & Dodge, P.C., we frequently handle cases involving college and university students. We handle not only the criminal case, but the implications the situation has with the college or university. We can represent students at disciplinary hearings or meetings with the dean. Whatever the situation calls for, we are prepared to defend our clients. We will handle your child’s matter and future with great care, as if it involved our own child.

Even a simple error in judgment can result in severe punishment or university discipline. From offices in Grand Rapids, our defense lawyers represent students attending educational institutions such as:

  • Western Michigan University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Calvin College
  • Aquinas College

We have handled cases involving these universities and other colleges and junior colleges throughout Michigan.

Juvenile offenders can face charges involving:

  • Assault
  • Sex offenses
  • Underage possession of alcohol
  • Possession of drugs
  • Public intoxication
  • Drunk or drugged driving
  • Rape
  • Theft crimes
  • Inappropriate text messaging

A conviction for a youth crime can result in penalties such as probation, assignment to a supervised work program, suspension, expulsion, fines, restitution, time spent in a juvenile detention facility and, most importantly, a criminal record that can have lifelong repercussions. Let us help you protect your child. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling or emailing our firm.

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