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At what age can you be tried as an adult in Michigan?

My son got in a fight at school and the school and the police are saying that he started it. He is 17. Is he going to be considered an adult in court?



    Eric S. Lumberg | Law Office of Eric S. Lumberg
    7001 Orchard Lake Rd.
    West Bloomfield, MI 48322
    (248) 626-8383
    He can be charged as an adult at age 17.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 4/4/2013
    Marshall Tauber | Law Offices of Marshall Tauber
    39520 Woodward Ave., Suite 230
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
    (877) 682-8237
    Yes. It has long been the law that 17 year olds are prosecuted as adults. Your son may, however, be able to have the judge consider sentencing him under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) which provides conditions where a youthful offender will not receive a criminal record of conviction if the conditions imposed are completed by the accused to the satisfaction of the court.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 4/4/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    Yes 17 year old are considered of age to be charged as an adult in Michigan.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 4/3/2013
    DEAN VALENTE | VALENTE SCHARG & ASSOCIATES
    15324 MACK AVENUE
    GROSSE POINTE PARK, MI 48230
    (313) 640-8917
    children as young as 12 have been tried in Michigan for murder.? Fist fight is only a misdemeanor unless weapons were involved. Max penalty is 93 days, yes you can be charged as adult. but not likely
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 4/3/2013
    Sally Hamblin | Hamblin Law Office
    4015 W. Houghton Lake Drive
    Houghton Lake, MI 48629
    (228) 224-7120
    At the age of 17 an person is considered an adult for a crime. He would be in adult court. Be careful of making any statements to school, police, anyone. Exercise right to be silent and an attorney. There are sentencing alternatives you need to be aware of if he is facing a conviction down the road.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 4/3/2013
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