DuPage County Juvenile Charges Defense Attorney
Lawyer Defending Minors Arrested in Wheaton, Oak Brook and Elmhurst
For an individual under the age of 18, facing charges for any type of offense can be very frightening. It can also be overwhelming as young people often may not fully comprehend the situation or the potential consequences to their future. This is particularly true for cases in which a minor is charged and being tried as adult.
Attorney Clarissa R. E. Myers understands how difficult such circumstances can be and is equipped to help. As a tenacious and approachable defense lawyer, she has successfully handled with many cases involving minors charged as adults, and will put her experience to work in helping your family. If you are under 18 and have been charged with a crime, or you are the parent of a minor being charged as an adult, you can rely on Ms. Myers’ compassionate and attentive approach to help you through a difficult situation.
Common Offenses for Juveniles Charged as Adults
Any violation of the law is a serious matter, possibly resulting in severe consequences. Individuals under the age of 18, however, must contend with the possibilities that certain offense will cause them to be treated as an adult in the eyes of the law. In Illinois, the most common cases involving minors charged as adults generally involve alcohol-related offenses and traffic violations.
While many believe that the possession and consumption of alcohol by individuals under the age of 21 are just “tickets” and are not very serious concerns, charges related to underage drinking are most definitely serious. A minor can be charged as adult for violations including:
- Possession of alcohol,
- Consumption of alcohol,
- Illegal transportation of alcohol, and
- Driving under the influence (DUI) under Illinois’ Zero Tolerance law.
Penalties for underage drinking and related offenses can range from a suspension of driving privileges up to hefty fines and jail time. The penalties, like in many cases, are dependent on the circumstances of the case.
Getting pulled over for any moving violation can be scary for a young driver, but when the offense is aggravated speeding, the consequences can be more serious. Aggravated speeding is defined in Illinois as exceeding the posted speed limit by 26 miles per hour (mph) or more, and is handled more severely than a simple traffic offense.
A minor charged as an adult with aggravated speeding may face Class B misdemeanor charges for exceeding the speed limit by 26 mph up to 34 mph, and Class A misdemeanor charges for driving 35 mph or more over the limit. He or she will be required to appear in court, and a conviction may remain on his or her record for years. Expungement is often something minors pursue following a criminal conviction, and so it is essential to work with an experienced attorney when you face any criminal charges.
If you or your child is facing charges as an adult, contact Myers Law LLC today at 844-9-THE-LAW (844-984-3529844-984-3529). We offer a free 15 minute phone consultation and proudly serve clients in Oakbrook Terrace, Addison, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Aurora, Elmhurst, Wheaton, and the surrounding areas. Se habla español.