Criminal Defense

Parents of teens should have criminal defense contingency plan

Illinois parents know that, when kids are in their teenage years, they may be prone to various types of trouble, ranging from pranks to criminal acts. Because it is always useful to have a contingency plan for emergency situations, it has been suggested that parents always have contact information for a criminal defense lawyer in case it is needed. This can be useful in case a teen is arrested or is accused of online crimes.

An 18-year-old woman has recently been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter for things that she said to a friend through text messaging, allegedly leading to his suicide. This legal situation underlines how quickly a teen’s life can change, even because of things that were said through texts or online. By being prepared, parents can quickly step in and aid their children when they are facing legal trouble.

Even kids who are not prone to trouble or who make good grades in school may find themselves in an unfortunate situation. With a strong criminal defense, a teenager has an increased chance of successfully confronting any charges he or she may face, even as a juvenile. Every defendant, despite his or her age, has the right to a criminal defense when charged with a crime.

Even a seemingly victimless crime, such as vandalism, can affect a teenager for the rest of his or her life. It is important for Illinois parents to support their children in every area of life, and that may include having a criminal defense lawyer ready to help. An experienced attorney will be familiar with the rights of teenage defendants and can help determine the optimal course of action.

Source: CNN, “Why parents of teens should have a criminal defense lawyer on speed dial“, Kelly Wallace, March 12, 2015

Criminal defense to follow discovery of body

Illinois readers may be familiar with the recent arrest of a man in connection with the discovery of skeletal remains. The case has received widespread media coverage in recent days, as many in the community are in search of answers to a woman’s disappearance and death. A man has now been charged in connection to her death, and many are waiting to see how his criminal defense will be structured.

The remains, now in skeletal form, were discovered in a detached shed. Those remains were found in July of this year. Police only recently charged a man with concealment of a homicide, and additional charges are possible as the investigation continues. Police have stated that they are pursuing no other suspects in the woman’s death.

The man remains jailed in Sangamon County on a $250,000 bond. He recently made his first court appearance, but his response to the charges against him are unknown as of the time of this report. It is unclear whether he has secured legal counsel.

As he prepares his criminal defense strategy, the legal team tasked with defending this man will conduct a thorough review of all evidence held by the prosecution. The next steps will largely depend on the validity and scope of such evidence. As the case moves forward, the man charged in connection to this terrible homicide will have to fight for his freedom, which can be an uphill battle in high-profile murder cases where Illinois law enforcement and the community are clamoring for justice.

Source: wics.com, “Charges Filed In Connection With Remains Found In Rochester“, , Sept. 19, 2014

Police officer arrested on charges of theft in Illinois

Being charged with a crime can be difficult and straining, and in some cases, the situation isn’t as black and white as it appears. If you’ve been charged with a crime, you might want to seek the advice of a lawyer or attorney who practices criminal law in Illinois, because he or she might be able to help you protect your name and put together a defensive strategy.

Illinois State Police have other problems to worry about, lately, with the latest news saying that one of their own has been charged with theft. The Nov. 16 report did not disclose why the officer was arrested; it merely stated that he was arrested and booked into a county jail. The man was released on a $5,000 bond, according to the news, and Christian County authorities were able to confirm those facts.

It’s not completely unusual for an officer to be tagged with an offense, but it is unusual for someone who has been with the force for such a long time. According to the news, the man was with the police department for 20 years before this incident. The longtime Taylorville police officer was arrested on Nov. 15. At this time, the Christian County state lawyer told the news that an appellate prosecutor will have to be used to avoid any conflict of interest in the case.

Cases of theft are sometimes difficult to prove, since a person could be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Circumstantial evidence and other factors also have an impact on cases. If you’ve been charged with a crime, whether it’s speeding, stealing, or another crime, you may want to speak with an attorney to determine the best way to protect yourself against the charges against you.

Source: The State Journal-Register, “Taylorville officer arrested for theft” No Author Given, Nov. 16, 2013

Teen boy faces criminal charges related to burglary

Teenagers often lack the reasoning skills and impulse control that develop with age and experience later in life. It’s no wonder then that teens may engage in dangerous activities and make poor decisions. In most cases, however, teenagers fail to recognize the possible ramifications of these actions and behaviors.

A 16-year-old boy was recently arrested after trying to break into a Joliet restaurant. Police arrested the boy after receiving a call around 1 a.m. from an individual who witnessed a suspect attempting to break into the restaurant.

Upon arriving at the restaurant, police identified a suspect that fit the description of the possible would-be burglar. In addition to matching the description of the suspected burglar, the young boy was also in possession of suspicious tools. Police arrested the boy and charged him with burglary. He was also cited for violating curfew and for being in possession of tobacco products.

Juveniles facing criminal charges may not take these charges seriously. In many cases, however, a criminal conviction can result in a juvenile being required to spend time in a detention center, perform hours of community service and pay hefty fines. What’s more, a juvenile criminal conviction often sets the course for a teen’s life and may lead to a life of more serious criminal activity.

For these reasons, Joilet-area juveniles facing criminal charges would be wise to contact a criminal defense attorney. A defense attorney can help individuals facing criminal charges navigate the judicial and court systems and help ensure for the best possible legal outcome.

Source: The Herald-News, “Teen arrested, charged in burglary,” Sep. 12, 2013