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Illinois Juvenile Drug Possession Charges

June 13th, 2016 at 10:10 am

Illinois juvenile drug possession, Rolling Meadows Juvenile Crime AttorneyTeens get into all kinds of trouble with the law, largely as a result of not exercising the best judgement when making decisions. Many teens get into trouble for having drugs or controlled substances in their possession illegally. A teen might snatch a couple pills out of his or her dad’s oxycontin prescription, or a teen might hold a joint for a friend. Whatever the case might be, when juveniles get caught with drugs or other controlled substances, they can be charged with juvenile drug possession. Juvenile drug possession is a serious crime, and a conviction can have have long-lasting consequences on the teen’s life down the road.

Knowledge and Control

In order for a juvenile to be convicted of juvenile drug possession, the teen must know that he or she had the drug in his or her possession, and must have had control over the drug. The knowledge requirement is established when the teen knew that he or she had the drugs, and knew that they were drugs. If a teen had the substance in his or her possession, but reasonably believed that it was something other than a drug, then there cannot be a conviction for juvenile drug possession.

The control requirement is established if the teen had control over the drug in his or her possession, or control over the area where the drug was found. For instance, drugs found on a teen in his or her pocket would establish the control element of juvenile drug possession. Similarly, drugs found in a teen’s backpack or in the trunk of a teen’s car would also likely satisfy the control requirement, presuming that the search that uncovered the drugs, and the seizure were both legally conducted.

Your Child’s Defenses to Juvenile Drug Possession

If your teen has been charged with juvenile drug possession, it is important that you consult with an experienced juvenile drug charges lawyer as soon as possible. It is critically important to your teen’s future that his or her best possible defense be made against the drug charges. There are a number of different defense strategies and which is best for your teen will depend on the specific circumstances surrounding his or her alleged crime and arrest. Common drug possession defenses include:

  • Lack of knowledge that the drug was actually a drug;
  • Lack of knowledge that the drug or controlled substance was in his or her possession;
  • The child was too young to understand what he or she was doing in possession of a drug;
  • The teen has a legitimate prescription for the controlled substance found in his or her possession; or
  • The teen was under duress to hold the drugs for someone else.

It is imperative that your child’s best defenses be raised in an effort to have the charges dropped or reduced.

When Your Teen Needs Legal Representation

If your teen has been caught with drugs and is facing juvenile drug possession charges, you should seek legal representation from an experienced Rolling Meadows juvenile crime attorney immediately. Contact us today for assistance.


Evanston Police Uncover Teen Burglary Ring

September 8th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

The police department in Evanston responded to an alert that a group of boys was trespassing in a neighborhood and from that they were able to expose more criminal activities.  It was around  6:30 pm on August 14th, when some boys were trying to break into a car near the 100 block of Clyde Avenue.  The police arrested three boys between the ages of 8 and 10, all who live in Chicago.  When they were detained, they had the key to the car, a watch, an iPod and a TV, which they stole from a residence in that neighborhood.

As these children were being questioned by the police, they revealed that two older teenage boys had set up this burglary.  Two sixteen year old boys approached these three kids near the intersection of Damen Avenue and Howard Street the day before the burglary. These two teenagers intimidated these younger children to steal for them with threats of violence.  During the heist, these two kids boosted the children through windows and acted as lookouts while the children were in the house.  It is believed that these two teenagers are responsible for a string of burglaries that have occurred in the Evanston area.

The 8 to 10 year olds who were arrested on the 14th were not formally charged and were released to their parents after questioning.  On August 22nd, one of the 16 year old boys was arrested and charged with residential burglary.  The police have reported that they know the identity of the second suspect but no arrest has been made at this point.  While these crimes seem silly, they have long-term consequences.  Juvenile crimes can prohibit a child from getting into college and beginning their lives on the right foot.  If your child has made a bad choice or has been pressured into a crime, please don’t wait, contact an experienced Rolling Meadows juvenile crime defense lawyer today.

Illinois to Rethink Juvenile Justice Recidivism and Lockup Aftercare

September 5th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

George Timberlake, a retired Illinois judge and the Report Commission’s chairman, says the group observed more than 250 prisoner review board hearings and analyzed the files of about 400 young people whose parole was revoked.

He says many of the juveniles who ended up back in custody didn’t commit new crimes, but instead were found guilty of technical violations of a parole order, such as skipping school and staying out late.

“How many teenagers do you know who are where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there?” Timberlake says. “Certainly, they need to be educated that time matters and it affects other people’s schedules, but doesn’t mean they need to be back in prison because of it.”

Arthur Bishop, director of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Department, has been on the job for less than two years. He began his career as a caseworker in the state’s child welfare agency. He says his team is in place to change the way kids in the system are treated. It’s pretty simple, Bishop says: Treat kids who commit crimes more like kids, and less like adults.

The old model still exists, Bishop says. Parole officers who aren’t necessarily trained to work with youth still handle many of the juvenile cases, but a new test model is up and running in the Chicago area.

Bishop says as soon as a young person arrives at a youth center, an aftercare specialist will begin to work with him or her, assessing any needs, like mental health issues. They may also have to develop a plan for their release.

“Not only does that aftercare specialist work with the youth, but they also begin to engage with families. And I’m emphasizing these points because that’s not historically done,” Bishop says. “Families are often put on what I call the ‘pay no mind’ list because many of the families … have the same — I’ll use my scientific word — ‘messed up’ backgrounds.”

While the push to change the culture of Illinois’ juvenile justice system may help reduce the number of kids who end up in facilities, it’s also tied to the state’s deep budget woes. In 2010, the Illinois auditor general said that it costs an average of $86,861 a year to keep a juvenile in Illinois’ Youth Centers – far more than for community-based strategies.

If you find yourself in a criminal situation you will need all the help you can get. Do not hesitate to get qualified legal help as soon as possible. Contact an experienced Illinois criminal defense attorney today to determine the best course of action for dealing with your criminal charges.

Juvenile on Drugs Shoots Relative by Accident

September 2nd, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Drugs can cause many unnecessary tragedies. This seems to be the case in a recent case where a 16-year-old shot and critically wounded his younger relative. The shooting was reported by the Chicago Tribune. According to police, the young man was packaging drugs while under the influence of narcotics. He was carrying a gun which misfired and the shot hit the man’s fifteen year-old female relative. The drugged juvenile then left the crime scene, got rid of the gun and phoned his mother who was able to convince her son to surrender. The juvenile was arrested and taken into custody only a few hours after the incident. The unlucky teenage girl was taken to a hospital in a critical condition.

The young man may be facing many types of charges, from drug charges to felony charges to weapons charges. Whatever they may be, the penalties are likely to be severe, especially if the wounded girl does not recover from her injuries. In this case, the drug-influenced accident could ruin the lives of two young people. The girl’s fate is in the hands of medical professionals, but the young man requires legal help. An experienced criminal defense attorney can affect the outcome of any ensuing legal proceedings and help minimize the consequences of this accident.

Criminal attorney Christopher M. Cosley is dedicated to providing the right kind of help for his clients. If your loved one has committed a similar crime, possibly under the influence of drugs, and requires professional help, contact our skilled and highly qualified Rolling Meadows, Illinois juvenile crime attorneys right away. We can help you to get your child’s life back on track.

Teen Charged with Aggravated Arson in Schaumburg High School Fire

May 27th, 2012 at 11:35 am

The Chicago Tribune reported that on May 11, 2012, Schaumburg High School was evacuated after a fire began in a storage area of the school’s woodshop. A school custodian was able to put out the fire using a fire extinguisher before fire crews arrived on the scene. There were no injuries, and students returned to classes after about 30 minutes.

Fire officials estimate the damage to be less than $2,000. Officials also confirmed that the fire was intentionally set, and at the time of the article, were continuing to investigate the matter. All repairs were finished in time for students to return to class the following Monday morning.

According to the Tribune in a related story three days later, a 15-year-old Hanover Park boy was charged with aggravated arson in a Cook County juvenile court. Authorities have released no motive for the boy setting the fire, or details about how it might have been started.

Even juvenile criminal charges can be serious, especially when an aggravated crime such as arson has occurred, which had the potential to harm many other people, as well as cause significant property damage. The juvenile court system works differently than the regular court system, and the penalties may be quite different. A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer can help you understand this and provide legal advice on how to avoid a conviction and the negative consequences that come with it.

As an accused juvenile or the parent or guardian of an accused juvenile in the Chicago area, you need the assistance of an experienced Rolling Meadows, Illinois criminal defense attorney who is accustomed to handling cases in juvenile court. These cases require a unique knowledge of criminal law in the context of the juvenile court system, as well as an understanding of how the court process operates in those courts.

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