Juvenile Offense

Naperville Juvenile Crime Attorney

If your minor child has committed a juvenile offense in Naperville, it is time to seek out a knowledgeable Naperville juvenile defense lawyer who can help you navigate this challenging time. Handling these charges with the appropriate guidance will ensure that they have the least possible impact on the rest of your child’s life. At the Law Office of Ken Wang, our qualified and local attorneys can help you resolve your juvenile legal issues efficiently while providing the highest level of customer service each step of the way.

Who is considered a juvenile?

Whether an individual will be charged as an adult or a juvenile in the Illinois legal system depends on more than just their age. In order for an offense to be considered a “juvenile offense,” one must consider both the type of crime and the age of the person who committed it at the time it was committed.  If the crime is a misdemeanor, the defendant will be considered a juvenile if they were 17 years old or younger when the crime took place.

If the crime is a felony, the Defendant will be considered a juvenile if they were 17 years old or younger when the crime took place, except in certain circumstances when the defendant can be transferred to adult court – such as murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated battery with a firearm, armed robbery, or aggravated vehicular hijacking.

What are the rules for parental involvement in juvenile charges?

If your minor child has been arrested for a crime, the police do not have to wait for you or the other parent of the child to be present to begin questioning. Additionally, they do not have to make contact with you before they speak to or question your child, although the law does require that the authorities make a reasonable attempt to contact the parent or legal guardian of a child who is under arrest.  The law only requires law enforcement to have a juvenile probation officer present at the interview.

This makes it particularly important for you to contact an attorney promptly when you are notified of your child’s arrest, as precious time may have already been lost between the arrest and your notification.

The local Naperville juvenile offense attorneys at the Law Office of Ken Wang will help you consider your options and determine the best course of action. We care about our clients and are committed to building relationships through the highest level of customer service and legal counsel. Contact us today to set up your free consultation; night and weekend hours are available by appointment. We serve in Naperville, Bolingbrook, and Plainfield as well as throughout DuPage, Kendall, and Will Counties and along the I-55 corridor.