Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

Not Guilty! The verdict the Jury rendered after 12 minutes of deliberating on the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. See below for details. 

If you have been charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor call criminal defense lawyer, Aaron J. Boria (734) 453-7806.

Contributing to the delinquency of a Minor in Michigan

Michigan law, MCL 750.145, states that it is illegal to cause a child under the age of 17 to become neglected or delinquent. 

As a defense lawyer, contributing to the delinquency of a minor is charged most often when children are left alone in a situation that results in the child getting hurt or a great likelihood that they could get hurt.

A real life example is when a parent leaves their child in a car, unattended, while the parent runs into a store. An onlooker notices the child alone and worries about someone kidnapping the child, the child starting the car, or suffering from extreme temperatures from being stuck in a vehicle. Police get called and the parent gets charged with putting the child in potential danger. 

Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor Defense

  • Like most criminal cases, the defense to a criminal charge is based on the facts of each individual case. 
  • Common defenses are that the child was not injured and it was unlikely that they could be injured. 
  • The person being charged was not responsible for that child. 
  • The child was 17 or older.
  • The allegation isn’t true. 

Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor Penalties

If found guilty of the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor you could face up to 90 days in jail, a hefty fine ($500) plus costs, probation, and community service.

If you are being charged with a crime hire the Michigan criminal defense attorney that isn’t afraid to go to trial and will do more than just “get you a deal”. Hire criminal defense attorney, Aaron J. Boria (734) 453-7806.

Contributing to Delinquency of a Minor Court Victory 

Charles Hubbert was criminally charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, a criminal misdemeanor charge that carries up to 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine plus costs.

The statute for contributing to the delinquency of a minor can be found at MCL 750.145. 

The Wayne County Prosecutors Office had offered Charles a plea bargain in exchange for a plea of guilt to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The plea bargain was the promise of no jail, no probation, and a small fine but contributing to the delinquency of a minor would be forever etched into his record. Even with such a great offer on the table Charles rejected it asserting his innocence and proceeded to trial knowing very well that if found guilty he would very likely go to jail.

In order to sustain a guilty verdict the prosecution had to prove that Charles did by act or word, encouraged, contributed toward, caused, or tended to cause a child to become neglected or delinquent and come under the jurisdiction of the family court.

The criminal trial of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor lasted one day. Four witnesses were called, including a Melvindale Detective and Charles Hubbert himself.

Charles stated, “I did not contribute to the delinquency of a minor, I love that child!”

Charles is a great man; he did everything he could to protect the child he was accused of contributing to the delinquency of. Sometime the prosecution is too quick to charge someone with a crime without getting the true story.

The trial took place at the 24th District Court in Allen Park, Michigan. Judge Page presided over the proceedings.

In 12 minutes the jury returned with the verdict of Not Guilty, acquitting Charles of the charge of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Charles walked out of court a free man.