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Illinois criminal defense attorneys

While it is widely known teens can be tried as adults in murder cases, they are sometimes tried in adult courts for drug violations or other crimes as well. Illinois is one of nine states in which anyone 15 years old and over could be automatically charged as an adult for certain drug-related crimes. 

Illinois also operates under a “once-an-adult, always-an-adult” law, meaning that if a juvenile has been charged as an adult on any crime in the past, they will be tried as an adult in every subsequent crime that he or she commits. It makes no difference what the crime is in this situation.

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juvenile offenses, Naperville juvenile defense lawyer, alleged sexual assault, homicideAs a parent, your instinct is to protect your child at all times. When he or she is arrested or being held in custody, it can be natural for you to want to be with him or her and even feel it is your right to be present during any interactions your child has with law enforcement. The truth is this: although officers are required to make a reasonable attempt to locate a parent or legal guardian of a child in custody after the child is arrested, the parent or legal guardian does not have to be present when the child is being questioned. In fact, the child’s parent or guardian does not even have to provide consent for the child to be questioned, nor does a juvenile defense lawyer have to be present during a child’s questioning.

Custody, Questioning, and Release of Juveniles

The only circumstance under which a lawyer must be present during a juvenile’s questioning is when the juvenile is 13 or younger and he or she is in custody for an alleged sexual assault or homicide.

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Naperville juvenile defense lawyer, cyberbullying, juvenile defense lawyer, Illinois juvenile crime, juvenile offensesYes. As stories of children and adolescents losing their lives to suicide after facing harassment and torment from their peers appear again and again in the media, many states have enacted or amended laws that specifically classify cyberbullying as a crime.

In Illinois, there are a few statutes that discuss bullying in schools, but there is no specific cyberbullying statute. Illinois schools are required to have anti-bullying policies in place and include electronic and internet-based bullying in their definitions of bullying.

If your minor son or daughter is charged with harassing or bullying another student, he or she could be facing penalties through the juvenile court system. Contact an experienced juvenile defense lawyer to defend your child’s case.

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