Juvenile Crimes Attorney - Joliet, IL
Serving Will, Grundy, Kendall, Du Page, Kane, LaSalle and Kankakee Counties
Amy boasts a 12 consecutive Trial victory on BOTH misdemeanors and felonies.
Often times the juvenile court system seeks to reform or rehabilitate children, rather than punish or incarcerate them. While in recent years the emphasis in prosecuting juveniles as adults has shifted for certain felonies; overall, the orientation towards the rehabilitation of minors still prevails in juvenile law today.
Under Illinois law, juveniles are children who are 16 years of age and younger. Individuals 17 years and older are tried as adults in the criminal justice system.
In juvenile cases, juveniles are persons under the age of 18, and laws are similar to state juvenile laws.
Many juvenile's rights are the same as adult rights. However, the court brings juvenile cases before a judge, and there is not a trial by a jury. If your child has been arrested or is being investigated for juvenile crime, we encourage you to contact us immediately. An experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer can make all the difference. We can help you understand the laws involved and legal options available. There are other alternatives to juvenile detention, such as probation and drug/alcohol rehab programs, etc.
Attorney Melton will make every effort to protect your child's rights, see that your child's case is heard in the juvenile court system rather than the criminal justice system, and seek all alternatives to custodial confinement.
Attorney Melton uses her experience, winning courtroom trial record, and love of the law to help her clients. She understands that each and every case is different, and every legal situation is unique. Unlike many other defense lawyers who will try to "plead out" the case right away, attorney Melton will fully explore the possibility of an acquittal or dismissal, before advising her clients to consider a plea negotiation. Attorney Melton brings sensitivity, open and honest communication, thoroughness, preparation as well as passion and compassion to her law practice and to her clients.
There are no secrets to success. It is a combination of hard work, thoroughness, preparation, passion and compassion. Attorney Melton loves the law, and loves to help people!