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Category: Juvenile Crimes

What Happens When Minors Sext in Illinois?

The ubiquitous presence of phones and computers in children’s lives has created new social questions for parents, schools, and lawmakers.

One detective in Illinois found that 60% of “sextortion” online comes from peers, not strangers. The other 40%? It comes from internet gaming.

As if that wasn’t terrifying enough, state and national legislation have struggled to keep up with this unusual legal territory.

Initially, states used standard child pornography laws to charge sexting cases. However, the felony penalties often felt [...]

How Illinois Law Affords Miranda Protections to Minors Too

Most people are familiar with the phrase “you have the right to remain silent.” Even if you’ve never been told those words by police yourself, watch enough television and movies and you know the drill.

“The right to remain silent” and the words that come after are what is known as your Miranda rights. You may know that, but did you also know that these rights are guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States not just to adults but [...]

IL Court Leniency for Juvenile Crimes Only Goes So Far

The juvenile justice system was established in Illinois over 100 years ago. It was created because Illinois recognizes juveniles who commit crimes are far different than adults that do.

As such, the juvenile rehabilitation system needs to be distinct. In fact, research shows that juvenile offenders have a greater capacity for change than adults. Additionally, they are less to blame for their actions.

That doesn’t mean, however, that juvenile justice cases always go well or that juveniles are given fair [...]

FAQs About Sealing or Expunging Illinois Juvenile Records

Everyone makes mistakes as a teenager. Unfortunately, some of life’s lessons can follow us into adulthood. Criminal charges from your youth may continue to affect you as an adult and you may not even know it.

For this reason, Illinois legislators offer former offenders the chance for a “do-over” through expungement and record sealing.

These laws are especially lenient if you committed crimes before you turned 18. Today’s post covers some of the most common questions we answer about the [...]

What to Know If You Want to Let Your IL Child Drink over the Holidays

If drinking is part of your family’s holiday tradition, you might be tempted to let your teen partake in a small amount of alcohol.

This is okay – but only under certain circumstances. Therefore, if you’re going to allow your teen to drink over the holidays this year, it’s important to know what you can do, and what could result in criminal penalties for you, your teen, or both.

We’ve put together a guide covering Illinois law regarding underage drinking, [...]

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How To Fight an IL Protective Order for Domestic Violence

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

It can be a surprise for many people when they are made aware they have an order of protection, sometimes called a restraining order, against them.

In many cases involving domestic violence, orders of protection are issued by the judge without the defendant being present. This means that you may have no idea that an order of protection exists against you until you are served with it.

What can you do to fight an Illinois protective order in your domestic [...]

What Does It Mean to Be an IL Sex Offender?

Sex Crimes | Sex Offender Registration | Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault

Sex crimes, unfortunately, happen quite often. And maybe more often in Illinois than other places.

A study from SafeHome.org found that the state of Illinois has the fifth-highest number of people listed on their sex offender registry in the United States. That means that the state has more registered sex offenders than 45 other states out there.

This begs a salient question: what does it mean to be an Illinois sex offender? What types of crimes can put you on [...]

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