Over 25 Years of Criminal Defense Experience

Young Person Charged With A Crime? Get Quality Representation

A delinquency petition or a criminal charge has been laid against your child. You feel worried, scared and angry. What will you do? What could the consequences be? What is at stake?

Your child’s future is at stake. An adjudication of delinquency creates a juvenile record, which is still available to some potential employers and, in the Internet age, can end up following your young person for decades. Your son or daughter could be sent to an Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice facility for years.

Worse, certain juveniles facing felony charges will be tried in adult court, with all the same risks and penalties — and a permanent criminal record that could affect their employment, housing and educational opportunities, eligibility for a professional license, insurance and more.

You need a quality, experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney. At Hammel Law Offices. P.C. in Joliet, we have over 25 years of experience helping young people fight delinquency allegations and criminal charges so they can resolve the underlying problems and move forward in a positive way.

It Is Crucial To Fight Juvenile Delinquency Charges

If your child is adjudicated delinquent by an Illinois Circuit Court judge, a social investigation report will be prepared indicating any aggravating or mitigating factors in your son or daughter’s physical and mental history, background and family situation, economic status, education and work, along with any history of delinquency or criminality known to the investigator. A sex offender evaluation may also be performed.

We know how to dig into the case and identify any weaknesses. Just as important in a juvenile case, we know how to leverage mitigating factors to reduce the severity of the punishment, and we can help the judge see your child as an individual with solvable problems. We can access treatment for chemical dependency, psychology, and other services to help your child move forward successfully from this tough time.

We represent young people accused of a wide variety of misdemeanors or felonies, such as:

  • Theft, shoplifting, vandalism and other property offenses
  • Underage drinking and under-21 DUI
  • Marijuana and other drug possession
  • Narcotics offenses
  • Sexting and criminal sexual assault
  • Assault and battery
  • Violent crimes and murder
  • Violent and habitual offenders
  • Weapons charges

Contact Hammel Law Offices For A Complimentary Consultation

If a young person you care about is accused of delinquency, you are under a lot of stress. At a free consultation with one of our Joliet juvenile defense lawyers, you can learn what to expect in a juvenile proceeding and how to protect your child’s rights. Call 815-314-0904 or send us an email today.