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Category: Juvenile Crimes

My Kid Just Got Charged with a Crime in Chicago — How Can I Help Them?

Most parents fear, on some level, that their children will have a brush with the law. The reality is even good kids do dangerous or stupid things on occasion. If they’re caught, they could face serious legal trouble.

As a parent, your first inclination is to help your child in any way that you can. This is a good approach. However, being informed about the juvenile criminal justice process can help you avoid inadvertently incriminating your child, or unknowingly encouraging [...]

Is Your Illinois Teen At-Risk for Committing a Crime?

How to people learn? By making mistakes.

 

Everyone has to live a little, experiment with their surroundings, and make mistakes in order to learn for themselves how the world works.

 

At no time is this truer than when we are growing up – and as we grow, the potential of those mistakes to be bigger and more impactful grows with us.

 

Which brings us to teenagers. According to all available scientific evidence, teens are primed for this [...]

Minors Tried as Adults: How It Works for Chicago Juveniles

If your child has recently been arrested or charged with a crime, we understand that you are worried. The criminal justice system in Illinois is supposed to protect the people of our state, but that often means placing severe punishments on people who may have just made a bad mistake.

 

This is particularly unfortunate for younger members of our society, because all teenagers make mistakes, and you don’t want those youthful errors to hurt their ability to work or [...]

What’s Next for Long Grove Teen Who Pointed Fake Gun at Drivers?

As an attempted prank, a Mundelein teenager allegedly pointed a replica assault rifle at passing drivers while wearing the mask popularized in V for Vendetta. Although the rifle was a replica, he was arrested, transported to a juvenile detention center, and charged with three counts of aggravated assault.

 

What’s next for the alleged prankster, and how does the Illinois juvenile justice process work?

The Illinois juvenile justice system handles juvenile offenders on a case-by-case basis and can vary [...]

School Fights in Illinois Can Lead to Assault and Battery Charges

Students are back in school in Illinois, and along with homework and extracurricular activities, you might also need to think about school-related assaults.

 

Two incidents from the previous school year stand out as warnings to both parents and students in the Chicago area.

 

Teens Arrested for Fighting in Chicago

 

Last May, a fellow student stabbed Destinee Garza with a pair of scissors during a fight at Oak Lawn Community High School, and she suffered laceration injuries to [...]

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Men Aren’t Always the Aggressors in Illinois Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence cases are increasing nationwide and are being highlighted in the media as a major problem in society today. In turn, domestic violence has received broader attention from lawmakers — and rightfully so.

There is a hidden epidemic, though: men can also be domestic violence victims.

In fact, the subject of domestic violence against men is recognized so little that many male victims of domestic violence don’t even recognize they are being abused.

Because of these societal norms, in [...]

Ways to Defend against an Illinois Shoplifting Charge

Shoplifting / Retail Theft

Shoplifting is common; so much so that many people see it as being no big deal. However, shoplifting is in fact a criminal offense taken very seriously by retailers and the state of Illinois.

Were you aware that shoplifting as little as $300 in merchandise is an automatic felony punishable by 2-5 years in prison? That’s an easy sum to reach these days — a couple of shirts and a nice bag, really.

Additionally, regardless of the value of items [...]

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