Juvenile Criminal Offenses in Michigan

It can be very stressful and intimidating if you or your minor has been accused or charged with committing a juvenile offense. ZAYID LAW has extensive experience representing minors charged with various crimes. It is important to understand the juvenile offenses that minors are most often charged with, including the following :

  • Assault & Battery – Assault occurs when a person attempts to commit a battery or an unlawful act that places another in reasonable fear of receiving an immediate battery. Assault does not require the touching of another person. Battery, however, does. A battery is a forceful, violent, or offensive touching of a person or something connected with the person.
  • Disorderly Conduct – Disorderly conduct is a broad offense that encompasses a wide range of conduct. ZAYID LAW has experience defending disorderly conduct charges for public intoxication, indecent exposure, and engaging in an illegal business or profession.
  • Larceny – Larceny is the legal term for the act of stealing property from another person. Depending on the value of the property, where the theft occurred, and whether the person has prior larceny convictions, Michigan larceny can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor.
  • Joyriding – Joyriding is the act of using another person’s vehicle without the intent to steal the vehicle. Joyriding is a misdemeanor in Michigan.
  • Malicious Destruction of Property (MDOP) – Under Michigan law, MDOP occurs when a person willfully and maliciously destroys or damages the property of another person. ZAYID LAW often defends minors accused of vandalizing property.
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) – It is against the law to consume or possess alcohol under the age of 21. Penalties for MIP relies upon various circumstances, including number of offenses.
  • Open Intoxicant in Motor Vehicle – It is a misdemeanor to operate a vehicle with alcohol or intoxicants in an open container. This law applies to all ages.
  • Possession of Controlled Substance – Michigan has some of the most severe penalties for drug charges. The penalties vary depending upon the type and amount of substance involved. If you or a minor is charged with possession of a controlled substance, call me today.
  • Retail Fraud – Retail Fraud is generally referred to as shoplifting, and is charged as a misdemeanor if the defendant has no prior Retail Fraud convictions and the value of the merchandise allegedly stolen was under $1,000.