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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, violent crimeHomicide, murder, and manslaughter are familiar terms, and people often use them somewhat interchangeably to describe killing. But under Illinois law, they actually have different meanings, which can sometimes be confusing.

In Illinois, the term “homicide” means the killing of another person. Murder and manslaughter are types of homicide. Depending on the circumstances, homicide may or may not be a crime. Homicides are considered justifiable if there was a reason to kill the other person, such as self-defense or defending another person. If the homicide was justifiable, it is not a crime. Murder and manslaughter, however, are both criminal offenses in Illinois.

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Illinois juvenile defense attorneys, juvenile, juvenile transfer, Naperville criminal attorney, Illinois juvenile crime, juvenile transfer statute, juvenile court, first-degree murder, automatic transfers, criminal court, mandatory juvenile transfers, Juvenile Justice InitiativeIn Illinois, children become legal adults once they reach the age of 18. Being considered an adult in the eyes of the law comes with more rights and greater freedoms than juveniles have, but is also accompanied by harsher penalties for breaking the law.

For most crimes, minors are tried in juvenile court and are subject to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ). The IDJJ focuses on the protection and rehabilitation of youth offenders, with the understanding that juveniles have different needs and are less developed than adults. However, minors who commit certain serious crimes are not afforded the benefits of the juvenile justice system because Illinois requires them to be tried as adults.

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In a groundbreaking case, cameras were allowed into a courtroom in DuPage County as Elzbieta Plackowska faces multiple first degree murder charges.  Plackowska has been charged with the deaths of her 7 year old son and 5 year old girl. Earlier this year, the Illinois Supreme Court authorized a ‘pilot program’ to study the effects of allowing cameras into courtrooms, with 2 dozen counties in line to participate.  According to an article in The Chicago Tribune, one video camera and one still photographer were allowed to document the arraignment of Elzbieta Plackowska.  This is the first ever recorded court hearing, not only in DuPage County, but also the entire six county area.  The cameras were positioned near the jury box after it was decided that their original position, about eight feet to Judge Robert Kleeman’s left, was too distracting.  However, this positioning only applied to Wednesday’s arraignment, as future Judges will be able to change the camera positioning as need be. With the cameras behind her, Plackowska stood handcuffed and silent in front of Judge Kleeman as her attorney, Michael Mara, pled her case.  She said nothing and stared straight ahead as Mara entered her plea of not guilty.  Plackowska has been charged with killing Justin, her 7 year old son and 5 year old Olivia Dworakowski.  Plackowska has been held in the DuPage County Jail, without bond since her October 30th arrest.  She faces ten counts of first-degree murder for the dozens of times she stabbed her son.  Allegedly, Olivia Dworakowksi was killed for having witnessed Justin’s death.  According to prosecutors, Elzbieta’s motivation for the killings was her unhappy relationship with her husband. In addition to her murder charges, Elzbieta Plackowska faces two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals for killing their two family dogs. Few felony charges carry more weight than first degree murder.  The ramifications are serious, the penalties severe, and the affects on the families and loved ones are heartbreaking.  A solid criminal defense is the best possible way to guide any person through the process of facing these charges.  If you or anyone you know faces charges of this kind please contact us and allow our defense team the opportunity to represent you.      

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