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Waukegan and Lake County Illinois Juvenile Delinquency Attorney - Jason R. Mercure

If your child has been charged with a crime, it is important that you speak with a Lake County juvenile defense attorney as soon as possible to make sure that your child's rights and future are protected. At The Law Offices of Jason R. Mercure, we have the experience to guide you through the family court process and will work to achieve a positive outcome for your family.

If you need legal help with juvenile delinquency proceedings, contact the Lake County, IL juvenile delinquency court lawyer, Jason R. Mercure by calling 847.336.4440 for a free initial consultation.

When Children Are Accused of Crimes in Lake County, IL

If your child is charged with a crime as a juvenile, the case is considered a civil proceeding and not a criminal case. While the case will be handled in family court, the consequences can still be very serious. Depending on the offense, your child can be placed on probation, put in a group home, or sent to a secure setting that is similar to a prison and kept there until he or she reaches the age of 21.

My Child Was Arrested in Waukegan Lake County, Illinois. What Next?

The first few days after your child's arrest is a critical period. The early involvement of an attorney can often lead to a favorable resolution before the case even goes to court. Police are supposed to make an effort to contact parents following a juvenile arrest. If you are contacted, you should try to keep your child from making incriminating statements to police. A child has the same right to an attorney as an adult. In Lake County and the state of Illinois, a juvenile offense is a crime committed by a child from ages seven to 16. By law, a child under seven years of age cannot form the intent to commit a crime. A child over 16 is tried in adult court. Juveniles may also be tried in adult court depending on the seriousness of the offense (juvenile felony conviction). The stakes for young adults in criminal court are much higher than if the case were heard in family court.

The Law Offices of Jason R. Mercure can let you know what your options are and what type of punishment your child may expect. Juvenile records are supposed to be sealed. However, if your child is found responsible for a juvenile offense, that information will be visible to court officials and could affect your child in the future.

Call for an Initial Consultation With a Juvenile Delinquency Defense Lawyer in Lake County. It is important to discuss the facts of your child's case as soon as possible. Contact a juvenile delinquency defense lawyer by calling 847.336.4440.

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