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Lawyer Representing African-American Clients in Juvenile Justice Cases in Wheaton and Lombard

When children run afoul of the law, they can face serious consequences. Cases in which minors are accused of committing criminal offenses will typically be handled in the juvenile justice system. If a minor is adjudicated delinquent, they may face detention or incarceration, probation, community service, or other consequences. For serious offenses, a minor may be charged as an adult, and they may end up with a criminal record that could affect their ability to obtain education, employment, housing, or loans.

Unfortunately, black youths are much more likely to face serious consequences in criminal cases. Even though African-Americans make up around 20% of the population, nearly two-thirds of the inmates in Illinois' juvenile detention facilities are black. What is more, only around one-fourth of African-American children are incarcerated because of violent crimes. Due to the disproportionate consequences that black children can face, it is important to work with a criminal defense lawyer who understands the legal issues involved in these cases and who can advocate for the appropriate response to a minor's alleged criminal offenses.

At A. Traub & Associates, our attorneys believe that everyone deserves to be treated fairly and equally in the eyes of the law. We work with minors and their parents to address criminal charges, and we will fight to protect your rights and help you determine the steps you can take to minimize the consequences you may face. With our help, you can reach a positive outcome to your case that will protect your future.

Navigating the Juvenile Justice System

Unlike the adult criminal justice system, where the focus is on ensuring that offenders are properly punished for their crimes, the goal of the juvenile justice system is to provide rehabilitation. In cases involving minors, prosecutors and judges are supposed to find solutions that will help a person avoid future criminal activity. In many cases, records related to juvenile offenses are automatically expunged or sealed, allowing a person to begin their adult life without the stigma that comes with a criminal record.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding an alleged offense, a prosecutor may initiate informal proceedings or pursue formal charges. In informal proceedings, a minor may admit that they committed the alleged offense, and certain conditions may be imposed on them, such as paying restitution to victims, performing community service, attending counseling, or meeting school attendance requirements. If a prosecutor chooses to formally charge a minor, more stringent consequences may apply, such as incarceration in a juvenile detention facility. In cases involving serious offenses, such as violent crimes or sexual assault, a minor may be tried as an adult, and they will likely face severe punishments, including a prison sentence and a permanent criminal record.

No matter the nature of the charges against a child, it is important to have legal representation throughout the entirety of the case. Our attorneys can help you understand your options, and we will work with you to determine the best approach to take, including pursuing informal proceedings where appropriate or negotiating an agreement to have charges reduced or dismissed if certain conditions are met. If necessary, we can advocate for a minor in court to demonstrate that they are innocent of the charges against them.

Contact a Lombard Black Criminal Defense Lawyer

Because black children are more likely to face severe consequences in criminal cases, it is crucial to work with an attorney who is experienced in representing clients in the juvenile justice system. We can provide the legal help you need in these cases, and we will fight to make sure you are treated fairly at all times. To learn more about how we can help you defend against juvenile criminal charges, contact us at 630-426-0196. We provide legal help to clients in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Glendale Heights, Arlington Heights, Downers Grove, Oak Brook, and throughout DuPage County, Kane County, Will County, and Cook County.

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