This is the first post in a series of articles which will discuss the handling of Peoria, Illinois assault and battery cases which involve juvenile defendants. I have previously discussed the handling of juvenile assault and battery cases as a general matter. This article will be expanding upon that discussion by providing more specifics about the various aspects of such cases. I am writing this series with the intention of providing information which parents can use to better understand the situation which their child is facing. I am also writing this series to provide information which will aid in your selection of a juvenile defense attorney. If your son or daughter has been arrested for a crime then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing several topics over my coming posts. Topics which I will discuss include:
- What constitutes assault and battery
- Possible defenses against such charges
- What to expect from the process
There are multiple reasons why I have chosen to address these topics. First, many are not aware that one does not have to seriously injure another to be charged with assault and battery. A child who simply shoves another could be charged with the offense. Second, there are a number of ways to defend against such matters. Such cases may well involve issues of self-defense, false accusations, or improperly obtained identifications. Third, the juvenile process is different in many ways from what adults face. Understanding the differences between the adult and juvenile systems will be important to your decision making.
One point I will be stressing in each of these articles is to contact an attorney as soon as possible if your son or daughter has been accused of a crime. If they are found to have committed the offense then they will face consequences. Some of these consequences can be life-long. Juvenile offenses, for example, must be disclosed on certain professional licensing applications which one may fill out later in life. As a Peoria juvenile defense attorney, I am familiar with the handling of such matters. Contact us online or by telephone today to make an appointment. I also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.