Naperville Juvenile Crime Defense Lawyer

Drug Charges • Alcohol • Theft • Assault • Criminal Damage

Experienced Defense against Juvenile Offenses

Unlike the adult criminal justice system, juvenile courts are geared towards rehabilitation and reducing recidivism. Consequently, judges and juvenile case workers are more inclined to give a young person a second chance when it's clear his or she made a mistake and didn't act out of depraved indifference to the well-being of others. When working with case workers and prosecutors, it's important to understand what the court is looking at, and how to help a young person find the help he or she needs to avoid future entanglement in the criminal justice system. When your child is charged with a crime, it is natural to want to shield them from harsh punishment and a criminal record. The Law Office of Philip R. Nathe is dedicated to protecting the rights of minors who are arrested for any criminal offense.

Juvenile Crime Defense ● (630) 364-4621 for a Free Consultation

Based in Naperville, Illinois, we represent juveniles in DuPage County and surrounding counties of the Chicago area, including Cook, Kane, Will and Kendall. Philip Nathe is a former probation officer and county prosecutor. Since 1990, he has defended individuals as a private criminal defense lawyer.

Effective Representation for Juvenile Crimes

Juvenile crime defense attorney Philip Nathe is extensively experienced in Illinois juvenile law. He is known and respected by prosecutors and judges in DuPage County and throughout nearby jurisdictions. He has handled every type of juvenile crime, including the following:

  • Drug possession or drug dealing (marijuana, cocaine, meth, Ecstasy)
  • DUI or traffic violation
  • Underage consumption of alcohol (or possession)
  • Shoplifting, theft or burglary
  • Criminal damage to property
  • Auto theft
  • Assault / battery
  • Probation violations
  • Weapons charges
  • Sexual offenses
  • Act of delinquency / running away from home
  • Truancy / staying out after curfew

Minimizing the Impact of a Juvenile Crime Charge

Juvenile courts (children less than 17 years of age) have substantial discretion in sentencing youthful offenders. However, your child could be subjected to severe punishment even on a first offense without solid legal representation. In many cases, Mr. Nathe can successfully argue for court supervision. Under supervision, the juvenile offense will not go on the child's record as long as he or she stays out of legal trouble and adheres to any provisions such as drug or alcohol treatment.

If supervision is not granted or not allowed because of the nature of the crime, adjudication can include:

  • Probation
  • Up to 30 days in juvenile detention
  • Commitment to the Department of Corrections for an indefinite period

Contact Naperville Juvenile Crime Defense Attorney Philip Nathe

Philip Nathe investigates the facts of each juvenile case and skillfully presents it to the court to obtain the best possible outcome with the least impact on the child's future. Contact a DuPage County juvenile crime defense attorney with the experience and knowledge to defend your child's rights. We offer a free consultation, and Mr. Nathe personally handles every aspect of the case himself.