This post is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of juvenile assault and battery cases in Peoria, Illinois. I felt it was important to write on this issue as parents are often unsure as to how they should proceed after their child has been arrested. While this is understandable, it must be remembered that your child’s future may be harmed if their rights are not protected. The goal of my recent articles, therefore, was to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of an attorney. If your family is in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I analyzed include:
- What is assault and battery?
- Defenses against juvenile assault & battery charges
- What to expect when a juvenile is charged with assault and battery
There are multiple reasons why I chose to address these topics. First, many make the mistake of associating “assault and battery” only with conduct that results in serious harm. The conduct need not be so severe, however, for a prosecutor to bring charges. Your youth may potentially be arrested for merely shoving someone. Second, there are several ways in which one can defend themselves against the allegations. Such cases may include improper eyewitness identifications, an accused youth who was acting in self-defense, and more. Finally, knowing what to expect from the process can assist in your selection of an attorney.
One point I made in each of these articles is that it is vital to retain counsel if your son or daughter has been arrested. Counsel will take immediate steps to protect their interests and will help your family to deal with this difficult time. I am a Peoria juvenile defense attorney and a former prosecutor. I am familiar with the workings of our court system and I strongly believe that everyone is entitled to the highest level of respect. Contact my office online or by telephone today to schedule an initial consultation. I also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.