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Naperville, IL Juvenile Defense Attorneys

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Attorneys Defending the Rights of Juveniles in Aurora, Wheaton, Warrenville, and Northern Illinois

The Illinois system of juvenile justice differs from the traditional criminal justice system in that it recognizes children have the ability to learn and change in the right environment. Although children and their families may feel overwhelmed when interacting with a complex legal system for the first time, there are dedicated juvenile law attorneys committed to assisting those under the age of 17 find their way without sacrificing their rights.

Ensuring Juvenile Offenders Understand They are Entitled to the Same Rights as Adults

Under Illinois law, minors – defined as those under the age of 18 – are afforded the same protections as adults during the criminal investigative process. These rights, often referred to as "Miranda rights," are as follows:

  • Children have a right to remain silent during police questioning. They do not have to speak to the police simply because they are under the age of 18, and their silence cannot be used against them in court.
  • Children have a right to be represented by a lawyer of their choosing, and if they or their parents cannot afford a lawyer, Illinois must provide an attorney at no cost.
  • Children have a right to hear these rights in their native language, and they are permitted to ask questions and inform the police if they are confused or do not understand their rights.

Parents often believe that encouraging their children to cooperate with police before an attorney is consulted may provide a better outcome for their child; however, this is often not the case. Children can seek to please law enforcement officials with information about a crime that may be used to their detriment. It is essential to hire an attorney who understands both the nature of police questioning involving minors and the mentality that juveniles may carry when interacting with police officers.

Utilizing the Illinois Juvenile Court System to Provide the Best Outcome for Children

If you or a loved one is under the age of 18 and facing a potential criminal offense, you may be directed to a division of the Illinois court system specializing in juvenile justice. These courts, often referred to as "juvenile courts," address the following:

  • Proceedings to determine if a juvenile has violated the law, similar to adult criminal proceedings
  • Proceedings for minors struggling with drug or alcohol addiction
  • Proceedings for minors who require helpful intervention and are beyond the control of a parent or guardian

Juvenile courts have authority to order a variety of rehabilitative services on behalf of the minor above and beyond those services offered in traditional Illinois criminal courts. These services are intended to not only protect the community but to encourage minors to effect positive change in their lives.

Contact an Experienced Juvenile Defense Attorney

The care and quality of representation juvenile offenders receive can have a drastic impact on their future course in life. Trust Roscich & Martel Law Firm, LLC to ensure you or your child is receiving the positive assistance the Illinois juvenile justice system can offer without sacrificing essential rights. Schedule a free case evaluation with a compassionate and experienced attorney by contacting our office today at 630-355-5222 or contact us online. We serve residents of DuPage County, Kendall County, Kane County, and Will County, Illinois.

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