Michigan is known as one of the most unforgiving states for those charged with juvenile crimes. Unlike most states, our state charges 17-year-old children as adults when a criminal act is charged. New legislation could provide relief for those that have not reached the age of majority.
One of the sponsors of the “Raise the Age” plan is Senator Peter J. Lucido (R-Shelby Township) who is an attorney and a former probation officer. Lucido recently told The Detroit Metro Times that the bill represented a momentous day for our state. To learn more about the Lucido sponsored bill, we spoke to some of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Michigan to gain their insight into the new legislation.
Scott Grabel is the founder of Grabel and Associates, which is known as the top criminal defense firm in the state of Michigan. When asked about the legislation, Grabel stated, “Far too often we see young people charged with crimes as adults. Our criminal justice system is supposed to have more forgiveness for the young and the elderly. This bill will go a long way to protecting the freedom of our young people.”