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Nothing causes stress like worrying about one’s children. The greatest of these concerns is when a juvenile gets in trouble with the law. Illinois’ criminal process involving youths is similar in some ways, and different in others, from the process faced by adults. If your young one has had a run in with the law then it is crucial that you contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Our Chicago attorney handles matters involving children throughout Cook County and elsewhere in the state.
One has enough to worry about when a juvenile has been charged with a crime. The service provided by an attorney should not be an additional cause for concern. Michael promptly returns phone calls, quickly responds to emails, often gives out his personal cell number, and makes himself available to answer questions. This is our promise to each and every client.
The juvenile process has similarities and difference than what is faced by adults. Young people have many of the same rights afforded to adults such as the right to remain silent, the right to confront witnesses, to a presumption of innocence, etc. The system differs, however, in that juvenile matters are not considered “criminal.” Rather than receiving a criminal record, a young one is adjudged a juvenile delinquent and placed under supervision. Matters will be heard in a special Juvenile Court for felonies committed while one is under the age of 16 and for felonies committed while under the age of 17. It is important to understand the it can have a devastating impact on a young person’s future if they are adjudged a juvenile delinquent.
A juvenile case begins with the youth being arraigned and entering a plea of guilty or not guilty. Many common cases revolve around search and seizure issues in which police violated the young person’s rights. Such matters include drug charges, violent crimes in which statements were taken in violation of Miranda protections, as well as other offenses. In such matters it is possible to have incriminating statements or evidence excluded from Court through the filing of a Motion to Suppress. If the evidence cannot be excluded then it may be necessary to take the case to a trial.
Michael J. Brennan is a former prosecutor with the State’s Attorney’s office who has been practicing law for over thirty years. Once retained he will immediately obtain police reports, witness statements, and any other evidence relevant to the case. He will file the necessary Motions and will not hesitate to take the case to trial if necessary. Most importantly, Michael understands that it is important that your children be given a chance to succeed. He will vigorously protect their rights while working to reach a resolution that is best for your family. Contact us today to speak with a Chicago juvenile crime lawyer.