juvenile drug court, Naperville juvenile defense lawyers, criminal court, drug possession, drug court programOften, individuals who are charged with drug possession and related offenses are struggling with addiction. Research shows that these individuals generally have a better chance of overcoming their addictions and moving forward with productive lives when they receive addiction treatment, rather than punishment.

Across the nation, drug court programs have been developed to provide the treatment addicted individuals need. When a minor is arrested and charged with a criminal offense, he or she is best served by an experienced juvenile defense lawyer. The juvenile justice system is not the same as Illinois’ adult court system, so choose a lawyer who has worked within this system.

Differences Between Drug Court and Regular Criminal Court

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criminal justice system, alleged criminal acts,  Naperville criminal defense lawyer, gender differences, criminal biasBiases can be found in nearly every area of human interaction, from employment to education to politics. When it happens, it creates unfair hurdles for certain groups to overcome in order to enjoy the same rights, protections, or access to privileges that other groups enjoy without facing hurdles. When it happens in the criminal justice system, certain individuals face greater conviction rates, longer prison sentences, and other disparities due to how they are perceived. A competent criminal defense lawyer can reduce the bias hurdles his or her client faces in court by developing a strong case for him or her.

Gender Differences in Perceived Morality, Behavioral Expectations, and Circumstances Surrounding Alleged Criminal Acts

Many of the gender differences observed in court and other parts of the criminal justice system stem from social perceptions of how men and women behave differently. One area where this is apparent is in sentencing for sex crimes. When women are convicted of sex crimes, they tend to receive more lenient sentences than men who commit the same crimes, possibly because men are often assumed to be sexual aggressors while women are assumed to be more passive. Other studies found the following gender discrepancies in criminal justice:

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shaken baby syndrome, child abuse charge, Naperville criminal defense lawyer, child abuse accusations, child abuse claimAs a parent, being accused of child abuse can be disheartening and terrifying. Not only can a child abuse charge potentially change or even end your relationship with your child, it can land you in jail and subject you to other criminal penalties.

Child abuse comes in many forms. Physical abuse, like shaken baby syndrome, is typically the most apparent in a child because it leaves bruises, scars, and other physical symptoms. Often, the presence of physical symptoms is used to support a child abuse claim.

Using Evidence to Prove That You Did Not Abuse Your Child

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Naperville criminal defense lawyer, justification defenses, excuse defenses, legal defense strategy, criminal intentWhen you are facing a criminal charge, you should always work with a criminal defense lawyer to fight it. Although you might think you are facing a guaranteed conviction, this is often not the case. There are several different legal strategies your lawyer can employ on your behalf to demonstrate to the court that you were not guilty or, that despite being guilty, you should not be subject to the most severe penalties for your charge because of the circumstances of your case.

Excuse defenses and justification defenses are two types of defense strategy that can be used to fight a criminal charge. Others include a lack of evidence to support the charge and demonstrating that the defendant was not actually the person who committed the offense for which he or she was charged.

What is an Excuse Defense?

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Internet crimes, criminal offenses, Naperville internet crime defense lawyers, cyberbullying, child pornographyInternet crimes are criminal offenses that somehow involve the Internet. Internet crimes, like drug crimes, sex crimes, and theft crimes all fall into a broad category and can be charged in a variety of ways, depending on the circumstances of the actual alleged offense.

Although they occur in a virtual environment, Internet crimes are no less serious than crimes that occur in the “real world.” Today, the Internet is as much a part of our lives as the physical spaces we inhabit like our homes and workplaces. However, there are differences between virtual and physical spaces that have to be taken into account when discussing Internet crimes and charges for them.

If you are facing an Internet-related criminal charge, it is important that you work with a criminal defense lawyer who understands this unique category of charges and can accurately and effectively develop a legal defense strategy for your case.

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