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As a parent in Michigan, you are responsible for certain actions committed by your child. In such instances of a juvenile crime, you may be liable for up to $2,500 worth of damages. Understanding the nature of this liability can help you prevent costly situations in the future.

Parental liability laws apply in certain cases involving unemancipated minors. A parent or legal guardian may be held responsible for their child's malicious destruction of property or malicious or willful bodily harm. Because these require malicious intent, you cannot be held responsible for unintentional or accidental harm, including harm received in a car accident.

The following may be able to file a lawsuit under parental responsibility laws:

  • People
  • Corporations
  • Counties
  • School Districts
  • Religious Organizations

These entities may be able to file a claim of parental responsibility if it can be demonstrated that a parent or guardian neglected to prevent the injury or damage. In order to ensure that you are not charged for your child's actions, it is in your best interest to proactively discourage any dangerous activity.

Contact a Juvenile Defense Attorney Today

Even with proper precautions, some cases of harm are beyond our control. Attorney Daniel D. Hajji understands that accidents happen. If you are facing a lawsuit for damages caused by your child, Attorney Hajji can offer the legal representation you need. Contact our Oakland County office for a free case consultation.