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Cook County Juvenile Probation Basics

 Posted on October 26, 2013 in DUI/DWI

According to the state of Illinois, probation is one of the most common forms of punishment for juvenile crimes in the state. Understanding the limitations linked to probation is helpful for understanding what a juvenile’s life might look like after court. If you or your juvenile child is facing charges, contact an experienced Illinois criminal attorney today.

 Cook County Juvenile Probation lawyerProbation means that those individuals are able to return to the community so long as they comply with court-ordered requirements. A probation officer is appointed to review their compliance with these court conditions. Generally, Illinois probation sentences last from 12 to 24 months, although this period can be extended to five years or until the youth’s 21st birthday, whichever comes first. This extended probation period is mandatory for those with first degree murder cases, class X felony cases, or forcible felony charges.

The conditions for juvenile probation may be different for each case, but generally, some of the same guidelines will apply in most situations. Individuals will generally have to refrain from the following:

  • possessing or discharging a firearm,
  • violating any laws (at the local, state, or federal level),
  • leaving the state without probation officer permission,
  • and skipping scheduled probation officer meetings.

Where school or employment apply, those individuals will be expected to report as otherwise required. Paying a probation fee, completion of community service hours and home confinement are other penalties that may be associated with juvenile crimes. If found guilty of a felony, a DNA sample will also be required.

Depending on the crime, probation can be linked to the consequences of being charged. Continuing to report for probation and remaining in the home of his or her parents is the responsibility of the convicted juvenile. Since the ramifications for juvenile crimes can impact your life significantly, you need to take juvenile matters seriously and contact a licensed Illinois criminal attorney as soon as you have been charged.

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