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Il defense lawyerAnyone under the age of 18 is a juvenile. When adolescents choose to break the law by participating in juvenile theft or other harmful behavior, we call this juvenile delinquency. In most cases, children who find themselves in trouble do not qualify for adult punishments, yet the consequences can have lasting effects. Currently, the United States faces an epidemic of juvenile delinquency. Crimes committed by one or more teens account for 20% of all criminal activity. This upward trend has experts searching for causes and the best methods of prevention.

The Expert Opinion

There is a constant debate as to what influences our behavior most, is it the genes we inherit from our family or our surroundings. Most experts agree that both play a pivotal role in our behavior choices. Children, teens, and young adults, however, are often more influenced by their surroundings. Adolescents make decisions directly relating to what is going on with their family members, friends, and their peers. These influencers are intensified by the accompaniment of a desire for material things, fashion trends, peer pressure, and financial lust, to name a few. Although any child can make a mistake that can result in legal consequences, the risk is higher when intensified by a background of:

  • Poverty;
  • Repeated exposure to violence;
  • Drugs;
  • Firearms;
  • Unstable family;
  • Family violence;
  • Delinquent peer groups; and
  • Media violence.

Suggested Preventative Measures

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IL defense attorneyIt is illegal to text and drive in most states, including Illinois. Many drivers continue to use their cell phone while driving even though we all know better. Multitasking drivers are often identifiable by their weaving driving pattern, hesitation at traffic lights, and their tendency to stare into their laps. Although these indicators frequently mean the driver is texting and driving, they are often not enough evidence to prove guilt. Many Illinois residents wonder, “How do they know if I am using my cell phone?”

One Hand on the Steering Wheel

When police watch for drivers illegally using their cell phone, they often look for how many hands are on the wheel. In driver’s education, they always teach to keep two hands on the steering wheel, at “10 and 2.” This hand-positioning allows the driver to maintain control of the vehicle at all times; however, not many drivers obey this rule of thumb. Even though one-handed driving is prevalent, it still causes watchful officers to judge the placement of your other hand.

A Mysterious Glow

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IL defense attorneyIf you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and face DUI accusations, you likely have many questions about how the charges may impact both your personal and your family life. As a professional driver, you are held to a higher standard than the typical everyday driver. DUI has severe consequences for all drivers, but for a CDL holder, you risk losing your license for a year or more, depending on the circumstances. As you probably know, if you do not have a license, you do not have a job with your CDL. It is essential to retain the services of an experienced DUI attorney to protect your way of life and your future.

In Your Personal Vehicle

While you are not “on the clock” or working, you are welcome to relax and enjoy an alcoholic beverage, if you so choose. However, be aware that if your blood alcohol concentration exceeds the legal limit of 0.08% and you decide to drive, you put your professional driving career on the line, even if you are in your personal vehicle. You face potential CDL disqualification for one year.

BAC Is under 0.08%

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IL defense lawyerThe shock of a DUI charge is sobering. Many of those standing accused become riddled with questions, such as, “How will this affect my future?” and “What should I do next?” DUI charges are severe accusations in Illinois, potentially resulting in criminal punishments. Not only do you face losing your right to drive, but you also may receive a criminal record. You may have already made one mistake too many at this point. Avoid making further errors by following these best practices.

Do Not Speak to Police without an Attorney

The police tell you when reading you your rights that you have the right to an attorney and anything you say can, and will, be used against you. Although they may say it out of habit, you should heed their warnings. Police receive specialized interrogation training, enabling them to elicit as much information out of a suspect as possible before they realize they have said too much. Do not wait until you have said more than you should. Retain an experienced attorney immediately before you say anything. Prevention is preferable to overcoming incriminating evidence.

Avoid Discussing Your Case with Friends, Family, and Co-Workers

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Illinois defense attorneyPolice officers frequently begin questioning potential suspects immediately upon initial contact. Questioning does not necessarily indicate that anyone is detained or arrested. Does that mean that you do not have to cooperate with the cops? In short, you have the right to remain silent, at least initially. There are pieces of information that are pertinent, and you should share with the questioning officer; however, you do not necessarily need to share any other information beyond those initial questions.

What Is Initially Required

Maintaining a polite demeanor throughout the experience often goes a long way toward helping your case. Being polite does not mean helping them build a case against you, however. If you are in a public place, the only information you are required to give is your name; which is only valid if the officer suspects you have committed or are committing a crime and they announce themselves as police personnel. Cops may also ask you to give your address and a reason for your behavior. You do not have to answer either of those questions legally.

Your Fifth Amendment Rights

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