While similar to that of the adult criminal justice system, the juvenile criminal justice process revolves around the idea that those under the age of 18 are fundamentally different from adults, both in terms of the level of responsibility and potential for rehabilitation. That’s why the primary goals of juvenile law, in addition to maintaining public safety, are skill development, habilitation, rehabilitation, addressing treatment needs, and successful reintegration of that person into the community.
That’s why judges often are willing to consider counseling, educational courses and other alternatives in lieu of incarceration and detention. But in order to increase the odds of receiving that type of outcome, it is important for those youths facing charges to work with a professional juvenile defense lawyer who understands juvenile law and the rules of the juvenile court system in Illinois.
The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett, a Rockford-based legal practice, is dedicated to getting second chances for troubled or misguided teens, as well as those who simply made a one-time mistake. Juvenile criminal defense attorney Paul M. Marriett counsels clients charged with various crimes, including:
- Marijuana-related offenses
- Ecstasy-related offenses
- Other drug possession
- Sexual assault
- Criminal trespass
Avoid Time Behind Bars in Juvenile Law Cases
In cases involving non-violent criminal offenses, attorney Paul M. Marriett will work to convince the court to reduce the original charge to probation, community service or counseling as an alternative to jail time. Nationally, more juveniles are being charged as adults when violence is involved. If the court believes a juvenile knowingly acted in a criminal manner during an act of violence, the likelihood of his or her being charged as an adult increases dramatically.
In Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park, and in Winnebago and Rock Island County, the Law Office of Paul M. Marriett will consult with counselors, psychologists and social workers to contextualize behavior to help make the case against charging a young person as an adult, which can have serious sentencing ramifications.