The Illinois Juvenile Justice System
The justice system can be a complicated place. Get the help you need from Donahue & Sowa.
Children may enter the juvenile justice system because of an arrest, skipping school, running away, violation of curfew and even referrals from teachers and parents. Once this happens, they may face a system that is just as complex and intimidating as the adult criminal justice system.
If your child has been arrested, consult with a skilled and experienced juvenile defense lawyer who will help you navigate the juvenile justice system. Call Donahue & Sowa today at 630-232-1780 or contact us online.
The Juvenile Justice Process
Much like the adult criminal justice system, the first step in the juvenile justice process is intake, where the prosecutor will decide whether or not to file charges against the youth based on factors such as evidence, the severity of the crime and prior criminal record. The prosecutor may decide to dismiss the case, handle the case informally or press formal charges.
An informal hearing will be held if a child admits to the crime and agrees to certain requirements, which may include monetary restitution, community service, school attendance or counseling. If a formal hearing is held, it may take place in either juvenile or criminal court, depending on what the prosecutor decides.
For a child, facing the juvenile justice system can be a frightening and life-changing experience. The best way to ensure that your juvenile defense case is handled effectively is to consult with an experienced juvenile defense attorney.