Peoria, Illinois Juvenile Offense Attorney

Arrested teenager with handcuffsNothing is more important to us than our children. We want nothing but the best for them and we hope they succeed in life. Unfortunately, there are instances where kids get into trouble with the law. It is important that such cases be handled properly so that young people do not go on to spend their life “in the system.” I am a Peoria juvenile offense attorney who assists in cases where young people are accused of violating Illinois or local law. If you need to speak with a lawyer then contact my office today.

Former prosecuting lawyer assisting in Peoria cases requiring juvenile defense

Illinois considers the Juvenile Court process to be different than the system faced by adults. Rather than considering young people “criminals” and “convicting” them of an offense, the juvenile system will adjudicate the young as a “delinquent.” To many, however, these differences seem superficial. Young people still run the risk of incarceration, having to pay restitution, and having to serve out other penalties typically associated with criminals. The Juvenile Court will hear most matters where a young person, under the age of 17, committed a misdemeanor or a felony.

Juvenile cases begin with an arraignment at which the accused youth will enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty.” Common charges young people face involve drug possession or crimes of violence. Such cases often hinge on whether or not law enforcement violated a youth’s right against unreasonable search and seizure as well as the right to remain silent. If such violations occurred then an attorney can request that illegally obtained evidence or statements be excluded from Court proceedings. Should a trial be necessary then the matter will be heard by a Judge, and not a jury. Courts tend to have broad discretion in juvenile matters and it is strongly suggested that you retain counsel to help you with the process.

I am a Peoria criminal defense lawyer handling cases involving juvenile charges. I will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of your situation, to help you understand what to expect from the process, and to put a plan in place for the defense. I will immediately acquire arrest reports, witness statements, and other evidence. All necessary Motions will be filed with the Court and I will keep you apprised of his negotiations with prosecutors. I will ensure that you are prepared for trial and that you know what to expect from the process. I understand that your family is facing a serious situation. As your attorney, I will take it seriously.

In addition to Peoria, I service the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. We also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.

Former prosecuting attorney providing quality service in Peoria cases involving juveniles

If your child is in trouble then you have enough to worry about. Being able to reach your attorney should not be another source of aggravation. I am a former prosecutor with over twenty years of legal experience. I strive to provide the highest level of service in every case I handles. This includes promptly returning phone calls, quickly responding to emails, and making myself available to answer your questions. Nothing is more important than one’s family. I am ready to assist you.