Protect Your Juvenile From Harsh Penalties

My name is Marc E. Hart. My law firm is devoted exclusively to criminal defense, bringing 30 years of criminal trial experience to your situation. Rather than just going for the quick and easy plea, my mindset is to vigorously fight the allegations, win the case at trial, or find the leverage necessary to minimize the penalties and collateral consequences in every client’s case.

The juvenile justice system is designed to redirect and rehabilitate youths rather than merely punish them. However, you cannot simply turn your child over to the authorities and hope for the best. You need an experienced juvenile law lawyer to advocate for your child, especially if he or she is facing serious criminal allegations.

Royal Oak attorney Marc E. Hart practices exclusively in criminal defense law, including the representation of teenagers and young adults. He shares your concerns about the impact on your child's future, balancing accountability for his or her actions with fair treatment and second chances. Mr. Hart will guide you and your son or daughter through a scary and confusing legal process.

The Law Offices of Marc E. Hart represents youths in the juvenile courts of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties. Call day or night if your child has been arrested or questioned in connection with a crime.

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Experienced Representation In Michigan's Juvenile Justice System

A juvenile, by definition, is anyone under the age of 17. (Youths 17 or over are processed in adult criminal court.) In 30 years of practice in criminal law, including experience as a former prosecutor, Marc Hart has handled every type of juvenile case from petty offenses to homicides. He can capably address all juvenile offenses:

  • Drug possession and other drug crimes
  • Alcohol offenses (minor in possession, attempt to purchase, drinking and driving)
  • Traffic crimes (racing, reckless driving, eluding police)
  • Shoplifting and theft
  • Burglary, home invasion or robbery
  • Assaults and fights
  • Murder or manslaughter
  • Sex offenses (sexual assault, date rape, sexting)

If a juvenile is accused of a violent crime or serious felony, the state may try to have him or her tried as an adult. Mr. Hart has a good relationship and reputation with the juvenile court prosecutors and judges. When he advocates for a youth as a good kid who will stay out of trouble, his recommendation carries weight with those officials and may help to keep your child in the juvenile system.

Marc Hart leverages his knowledge of the system at every stage to minimize the impact on your child's life. For example, young people aged 17 to 20 may qualify for the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA). Under HYTA, a juvenile is charged as an adult and may serve time in jail or prison — but emerges with a clean record. This is invaluable for a young adult who has his or her whole life ahead.

Don't Take A Chance On Your Child's Future

Without quality legal representation, your child may be sentenced to a juvenile detention facility or otherwise punished and deflated. A finding of juvenile delinquency can also adversely impact eligibility for high school activities, college enrollment and scholarships.

If you need a juvenile crimes defense attorney in the Detroit area or our surrounding counties of Michigan, call 248-397-5899 or contact us online. Marc Hart provides a free consultation and you can reach him 24/7.