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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, interrogations of minorsRecently, a bill introduced in January by State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) was amended to further increase the rights of minors charged with committing a criminal offense. If passed, the new law would ensure that more youths are represented by counsel throughout the entire legal process.

Current Law

Under the current law, only minors under the age of 13 and who are suspected of committing a sex or murder offense, are required by law to be represented by legal counsel during an interrogation. Any statement offered by a minor who is under 13 years old and does not have counsel present during an interrogation while in police custody, will be deemed inadmissible as evidence in any subsequent juvenile court or criminal proceeding.

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