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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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commit a crime, Illinois criminal defense attorney, law enforcement interrogrations, Miranda Rights, police interrogation, probable cause hearings, right to counsel, Fifth Amendment rights, Sixth Amendment rightsIt has happened. You have been arrested and are being interrogated by the police. What do you do? Should you say anything? Do you have to answer the questions asked by the police? How do you ask to speak to your lawyer?

Under the Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the United States Constitution, you have the right to have an attorney present at an interrogation conducted by police.

However, many people are not sure how they are supposed to invoke their right to counsel and end up saying the wrong thing, which enables the police to continue the interrogation without your attorney present.

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