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IL defense lawyerMost crime in the United States is committed by adults -- but that does not mean that juvenile crime is uncommon. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there were over 8 million arrests in 2017, but only an estimated 815,173 -- or 9.9 percent -- of those arrests were for people under the age of 18. Of those juvenile arrests, an overwhelming amount (769,985 or 94 percent) of them were teenagers. Law enforcement officers have reported that there is a noticeable trend in the types of crimes that teenagers commit. Here are the top crimes that teenagers have been known to commit:

Theft/Larceny: In 2017, there were 93,178 arrests to juveniles for suspicion of committed theft or larceny. In Illinois, theft is committed when a person knowingly takes control over property owned by someone else, whether that is by deception or threat of harm. It also occurs when a person obtains control over property and knows that the property is stolen. Shoplifting occurs when a person takes property from a retail establishment without paying for it. Theft/larceny charges can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the stolen goods.

Vandalism: There were 28,842 juvenile arrests for vandalism in 2017. According to Illinois code, vandalism is the act of damaging, destructing, defacing or otherwise destroying property of another person. The type of vandalism that teenagers commit is typically tagging and graffiti, drawing on walls or defacing cars.

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IL defense lawyerOne of the many things that are up to states’ discretion is the issuance and control of driver’s licenses. The age at which you can apply for your learner’s permit and then your driver’s license is different in each state. In some states, you get receive your learner’s permit at the age of 14 while in other states you must be at least 16. In Illinois, you must be 15 years old to apply for a learner’s permit and 16 to apply for a junior license. You must also meet certain requirements for training and experience before you will be granted either the learner’s permit or the license. Young people tend to make poor decisions sometimes, which is why they are subject to a few laws that are more strict than adult laws. Violations of traffic laws can lead to unfavorable consequences.

Underage Driving Laws

Court Supervision and Moving Violations: Drivers under the age of 21 are limited to one sentence of court supervision for serious traffic offenses. Drivers under the age of 21 are only eligible for court supervision if they attend traffic safety school, while drivers under the age of 18 must appear in court with a parent in addition to attending traffic safety school.

Moving Violations and Loss of Driving Privileges: Drivers under the age of 21 who are convicted of two or more moving violations within a 24-month period will have their driver’s license suspended for at least 30 days. Remedial education courses may be part of the requirement to get their driver’s license reinstated.

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IL defense lawyerWhile most people associate a suspended or revoked driver’s license with a DUI, there are many reasons why you could lose your driving privileges in Illinois. While a DUI is the most common reason for license suspensions and revocations, you can also have your license suspended or revoked for not paying child support, not appearing in court when you are called to do so, not paying court fines and accumulating too many points on your driver’s license. Any moving violation that you are convicted of will add points to your driving record. Speeding, depending on the circumstances, will earn you quite a few points and can contribute to a license suspension or revocation.

Illinois Points System and Driving Suspensions

Like many states, Illinois participates in a points system that applies to all drivers. There are a certain number of points assigned to different driving violations. Typically, the more serious the violation, the higher the number of points the violation carries.

For example, speeding 1 to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit will result in 5 points being added to your driving record. If you are convicted of speeding more than 25 miles per hour over the speed limit, 50 points will be added to your driving record.

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