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St. Charles underage drinking defense lawyer

Many people drink alcohol before reaching the legal age of 21. Some parents may let their teenagers try a sip of beer, or a person may have a drink at a party. While this can seem innocent in a safe environment, underage drinking can escalate and quickly become dangerous. Long-term effects of underage drinking include impaired cognitive and physical development, memory and learning problems, increased risk of abusing other substances, and alcohol dependence. Drinking under the age of 21 is a crime in and of itself, but it can also lead to various other crimes with serious consequences.

Juvenile Drinking Crimes

  1. Drinking underage: The first crime is the consumption of alcohol by those under the age of 21. If a law enforcement officer sees the possession, consumption, purchase, or receipt of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21, the legal consequence will be a three-month suspension of driving privileges for court supervision, six months for a first conviction, one year for a second conviction, and license revocation for subsequent convictions.

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juvenile defense, juvenile offenses, Naperville juvenile defense lawyer, vandalism charges, drawing graffitiVandalism is the intentional destruction of another party’s property. It can include smashing items, intentionally destroying property with fire or explosives, drawing graffiti on another party’s property and shooting others’ property with a firearm.

Adolescents who are accused of vandalism can face criminal charges. When your child is charged with vandalism, his or her case is handled by the Illinois Department for Juvenile Justice (IDJJ). Work with an experienced juvenile defense lawyer to ensure that his or her rights are protected and his or her interests are promoted at every stage of the case’s progress.

Understand the Charge

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Naperville juvenile defense lawyer, juvenile offenses, racial disparities, youth corrections, juvenile justice systemAlthough we have civil rights and anti-discrimination laws in place to protect us from being treated unfairly based on our race, sex, religion, and other innate characteristics, the reality is that there is a disparity between the arrest rate, conviction rate, and sentences white Americans and minorities face for the same criminal offenses. This is true for juvenile offenders as well as adult offenders.

Regardless of your child’s race, it is critical that you hire an experienced juvenile defense lawyer to represent him or her in court as soon as you can after your child is arrested. The sooner you begin working with a lawyer, the greater the likelihood that your child’s case will result in him or her avoiding an unfair punishment and if necessary, receiving the help he or she needs.

Statistics on Racial Differences in Youth Arrests, Adjudications, and Dispositions

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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,  juvenile record, expungement, juvenile defense, juvenile justice systemTeenagers make mistakes. When an adolescent mistake results in a criminal record, that mistake can have a substantial impact on the individual’s adult life. For many individuals with past criminal records, records from their teenage years as well as adult criminal records, expungement offers an opportunity to have their offenses removed from public records, allowing them to secure jobs and housing more easily and alter their social and professional reputations.

In nearly every way, juvenile offenses are treated differently from adult offenses. The juvenile expungement process is no exception—certain juvenile offenses are automatically expunged six months after an arrest. Unlike adult records, juvenile criminal records are not public information.

Certain Offenses are Automatically Expunged

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