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The Age on Crime

August 30th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Late last year, Clark Merrefield from The Daily Beast reported on a minor who committed a crime, was sentenced in court as an adult, and brought out concerns about what was the proper age to begin charging children as adults.

After he was found guilty of robbing two local businesses, Sean Shevlino, now 22, was sentenced to 10 years in jail.

LucyIn 2006, when Shevlino was 16 years old, he robbed a Piggly Wiggly. His friend’s older brother, who was an employee of the southern chain at the time, told him how easy it would be to rob the store.

Sean’s mother, April, told The Daily Beast that although his father and herself were providing a positive, college-bound life for Sean and his brothers, Seamus and Alex, when Sean turned 15, he became very angry and began to act out.

Sean said that his friends thought he was crazy when he told them about his idea to rob the Piggly Wiggly, but once he got away with money, they quickly changed their minds.

He wanted the money to repay his friends for allowing him to stay at their houses, but once they got it, they wanted to get enough money to get their own apartment. Sean had every intention of completing school, but doing so outside of his family home.

Part two was planned for the Food Lion, which was much larger than the Piggly Wiggly. Along with more money, however, comes more protection, so one of Sean’s friends suggested toy guns.

When the plan was finally in action, Sean admitted that he did not really think he was going to go through with it, but he felt he had no choice.

After he pulled out his pellet gun, there was no turning around, and he was sentenced as an adult for 10 years.

If your child has been charged with a crime, contact a great criminal attorney to be sure that he or she is sentenced properly as a minor. Attorney Chris Cosley can help you today in Rolling Meadows, Ill.

Illinois Commission Advises to Treat all 17-Year-Olds as Adults

July 12th, 2013 at 8:31 am

A state juvenile justice advisory group has recently recommended that Illinois should start treating all 17-year-olds that have been charged with felonies as adults.

Lucy, KH post (Dropbox photo)The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission is a 24 member advisory group that is chaired by retired chief judge George Timberlake from Mount Vernon. The commission issued its report just after examining the impact of a change in the state law in 2010.

Before the 2010 law change, anyone older than 16 that was charged with any type of crime was treated as a legal adult and went through the adult court system.

Beginning in 2010, when the General Assembly reached a compromise, 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors were to be handled in the juvenile courts and 17-year-olds charged with felonies were to be prosecuted as adults.

Most states have set 18 as the default age for when criminal defendants are to be treated as adults. Illinois, however, is one of only 12 states with a lower age, according to the commission.

The recommendation from the Illinois commission states that “in the interest of fairness and public safety,” all 17-year-olds charged with any type of crime should be handled in juvenile courts, except those who must be transferred to an adult court for specific serious offenses.

The commission found that , “Instead of drawing a wise, safe or clear distinction between minor and serious offenses, the Illinois law splitting 17-year-olds between two court systems caused confusion, and jurisdictional questions still regularly arise when 17-year-olds are arrested.”

In a prepared statement, Timberlake stated that now, research demonstrates that the Illinois juvenile justice system “can manage the addition of 17-year-olds charged with felonies, it’s time to complete the reform.”

If you have been charged with a crime, especially if you are a 17-year-old in Illinois, having an experienced criminal attorney is very important. Contact our criminal defense lawyers in DuPage, Cook, Kane and Will Counties today for assistance.

Illinois law enforcement hoping preschool funding will be restored

May 8th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

LucyIn the 2013 Illinois state budget, funding for children’s programs would be a major win for over 160 police chiefs, state’s attorneys, sheriffs, police officer organization leaders and crime survivors. These people signed a letter addressed to Gov. Pat Quinn in late February urging him to protect this funding.

Cook County Sheriff, Tim Dart, argued that these programs have helped, and will continue to help, reduce children’s chances of being involved in crimes. With less children involved in crime, taxpayers would have less to pay to clean up the crime, “and we would save lives…Cleaning up after crime is extremely expensive,” Dart said.

Letters similar to the one sent to the Governor were also sent to the Speaker of the House, the House Minority Leader, the Senate President and the Senate Minority Leader.

These law enforcement officials are hoping that last year’s cuts to the preschool program will be restored in 2013, along with funding for after-school programs and home visiting programs to prevent child abuse to remain the same as last year. In the last three years, these programs have suffered major cuts, which worries law enforcement.

Granite Police Chief Rich Miller said, “Investing in kids pays off. Communities have less crime, kids get better outcomes in life, and taxpayers save money. There are some programs that are simply too valuable to cut any more than they already have been.”

Hire a criminal attorney if your son or daughter is in legal trouble. An attorney can help your family get a second chance and protect your rights.

Since 2009, Illinois’ preschool program has been cut 22 percent, causing tens of thousands of 3 and 4 year olds to lose places in preschool. A long-term study of Chicago Child Parent Centers, which is publicly funded, found that kids who were not in the program were about 27 percent more likely to have been arrested by the time they turned 28 than those children who were able to participate in the program. These centers save ten times more money in reduces crime and other costs for every dollar spent on the program.

If you were not lucky enough to participate in a similar program as a child and have now found yourself in legal trouble, contact Attorney Chris Cosley in Rolling Meadows, Ill. This criminal attorney will fight for you in court today.

Juvenile Driver Faces Criminal Charges After Deadly Crash

December 22nd, 2012 at 11:39 am

Chicago Juvenile Crime LawyerA 17-year-old teen faces criminal charges for his involvement in a single-vehicle crash that caused the death of a southwest suburban teen, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune. The juvenile driver has been charged with reckless homicide, aggravated reckless driving and reckless driving. If convicted, he could end up in a juvenile detention facility for anywhere from two to four years.

The juvenile driver said that he lost the control of his vehicle because he attempted to avoid hitting a deer in the road. However, two other teens said that the stretch of road where the accident took place is known by young people as a good place for racing. The juvenile was driving his pickup when he lost control, and the truck flipped and hit a tree, causing the driver and the victim to be thrown out of the truck. The victim, Jay Vana, was found beneath the vehicle by the emergency crew, and both teens were taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, where Vana was pronounced dead.

Vana, 16, was a student at Lockport Township High School. He was not wearing a seat belt when the crash happened. The driver was not drunk at the time of the accident, but he was driving above the speed limit of 35 mph, according to police.

If you or a loved one is a juvenile and faces criminal charges, you should get assistance from a capable lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the juvenile court procedures. It may be possible to get the charges dropped completely or significantly reduced. Get your child’s life back on track. Contact an experienced juvenile crime attorney in Illinois immediately.

Young Man Shot to Death by Teens

November 7th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

An attempted robbery led to the death of a high school student in the Southeast Side’s Jeffery Manor neighborhood on October 20. Terrance Wright, a senior at Banner Academy South High School, was shot and killed by a group of robbers as he was leaving school, according to Chicago Police.

The 18-year-old Wright was fighting the robbers when one of them shot him in the chest. The young man was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where it was confirmed that he died of a gunshot wound to the chest. His 19th birthday was only a week away. Wright had been bullied at his former school because he was gay. He transferred to Banner last year where he quickly made new friends, said Kathy Jackson, the victim’s aunt. “He had made a big turnaround from the old school to this one,” Jackson said. “And now this happened.”

The assailant was identified as a 14-year-old boy, authorities said. The boy was arrested on the following day of the incident with the help of his mother. He has been charged as a juvenile for the murder of Terrance Wright and will later appear in Juvenile Court. The charges against him are very serious and the penalties could be harsh. Although nothing can unmake the unfortunate series of events, the boy can still benefit from the help of a highly experienced lawyer. For example, his sentence can be reduced

If you or a loved one has been charged with a felony, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney at once. Protect your child’s rights and contact a skilled juvenile crime attorney in Cook County.


Juvenile Attacks Teacher in Classroom

November 5th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

A 15-year-old high school student is charged with aggravated battery of a school official, reports the Chicago Tribune. The Larkin High School student walked into a classroom on October 24th during a break and attacked a 51-year-old male teacher. He knocked the teacher on to the ground and punched him in the face many times, the officials say.

There were other students in the classroom who managed to stop the attacker and then called for help. The violent student was taken away by the school’s resource officer and dean’s office employees, and eventually he was taken to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center. The teacher is recovering from his minor injuries in a hospital.

In addition to the charges, the aggressive student might face suspension or expulsion from the school.”This is a senseless act of violence toward another person,” said John Heiderscheidt, District U-46 safety coordinator, who was unable to provide a motive for the attack. “There really is no explanation.” This is the first time the student has committed a crime.

A similar incident took place at Elgin High School in 2008. A female teacher was stabbed by a juvenile, resulting in blindness in her other eye. The perpetrator was convicted later of first-degree attempted murder and is still in prison. That incident resulted in a new law that requires police to alert school officials when a student is being investigated.

In a case like this, and especially when the juvenile is a first-time offender, an experienced criminal defense attorney can make all the difference. It is possible that all of the charges can be dropped or significantly reduced. Contact a capable Illinois juvenile crime attorney today, and get your child’s life back on track.

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