In 1899, Illinois was the first state to do something that no other state had done before -- create a juvenile justice system. Prior to then, juveniles were tried in adult court and were treated as adults were. Illinois lawmakers realized that juveniles had different needs and abilities than adults did and that a separate court and justice system was necessary. The juvenile justice system emphasizes the importance of rehabilitating and protecting youth after they commit a crime -- not punishing them. The juvenile justice system also awards certain rights to both children and their parents or guardians when they are in trouble with the law. Many people may not know about these rights, but it is important that you exercise those rights if your child has gotten into trouble.
Every person is guaranteed certain rights by the United States Constitution, but juveniles have special, additional rights because they are a part of the juvenile justice system. Rights that juveniles have include:
Parents also have rights when their child is arrested. These rights include:
Police are required by law to inform you of your constitutional rights before they begin interrogating you. Juvenile offenders have specific rights that are not directly addressed in the Constitution, but that does not mean you should not be informed of them. If your child has been accused of committing a crime, you need to contact an expereinced Oak Brook juvenile crime defense attorney right away. At Myers Law LLC, we can help you make sure that both you and your child’s rights are being protected at every step of the criminal justice process. Call our office today at 844-984-3529 to schedule a free phone consultation.