Negative consequences to a young person’s future can be great.
That is why it pays to work with attorneys who are former prosecutors to find the best path forward in the protection of the freedom and future of young people through juvenile criminal defense.
Parents and other adults typically understand that children and teenagers will make mistakes along the way while growing up. Some mistakes have a greater impact than others, of course. When a youthful indiscretion results in a criminal complaint, it’s time to call an attorney for help.
A conviction for any of the following criminal charges may result in serious repercussions for a teenager:
- A crime defined by the young person’s age, such as underage drinking, violation of a curfew or underage driving while intoxicated (DUI)
- A crime that an adult could also be charged for, such as theft, assault, a sex crime, a drug offense, a weapons violation or a school threat
A criminal record may affect a young person’s educational, job and housing opportunities for years to come. Many parents assume that their teenage son or daughter should qualify for an expungement by age 18, but even if this is an option, the damage to that student’s life can be devastating. At Anderson Attorneys & Advisors, we can help minimize the harm done to the lives of accused teenagers in the face of criminal allegations.
Even A Youthful Conviction Can Carry A Heavy Penalty
For many alleged offenders under the age of 18, an arrest and/or criminal charges will result in a juvenile court case and repercussions such as:
- Driver’s license revocation for up to two years for an underage DUI (which is a risk for many young people charged with DUI because of Illinois’ zero tolerance of blood alcohol in youthful drivers)
- Long-lasting bans from government positions, law enforcement positions and the armed forces
- Mandatory disclosure on college applications
- Ineligibility for federal student aid
- Required listing on the Illinois sex offender database
Negative consequences to a young person’s future can be great. That is why it pays to work with attorneys who are former prosecutors to find the best path forward in the face of juvenile criminal charges. Our law firm works closely with parents and young people.