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.
Effective Representation For Juvenile Crimes
Juvenile crime defense attorney Philip Nathe is extensively experienced in the full spectrum of Illinois juvenile law ranging from staying out after curfew to school threats to criminal trespass charges. 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 violations
- Underage consumption of alcohol (or possession)
- Criminal damage to property
- Criminal trespass
- Shoplifting, theft charges, burglary
- Act of delinquency / running away from home
- Underage vaping/e-cigarette use
- Truancy / staying out after curfew
- School threats
- Auto theft
- Weapons charges
- Assault / battery
- Probation violations
- Sexual offenses
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:
- Up to 30 days in juvenile detention
- Commitment to the Department of Corrections for an indefinite period
Juvenile Crime Defense ● Contact Us For A Free Consultation
Based in Naperville, 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. Contact our office via our online form or by calling 630-364-4621 to schedule a free consultation.