Juvenile Offenses

Many of the parents who contact our law firm about their child's arrest are concerned about how it will affect their child's future. Depending on the charge, those concerns can be very real.

If your child is convicted of a sex offense, your child can be forced to register as a sex offender long past the time her or she is a juvenile. The first conviction on a drug charge can make your child ineligible for government student aid, loans, and grants for one year. A criminal record can also limit your child's future career choices.

At John W. Callahan, Ltd., our goal as juvenile crimes defense attorneys is to preserve your child's record so he or she can walk away from this experience with minimal long-term effects. Keeping young people out of the criminal justice system is crucial for preserving their future.

We represent children charged with all types of juvenile offenses, including vandalism, theft, shoplifting, credit card fraud, drug possession, trespassing, sex crime, DUI, and assault. We also represent children charged with adult crimes, such as murder.

Don't Jeopardize Your Future. Contact John W. Callahan, Ltd.

For any young person, conviction on a juvenile offense is a dangerous introduction to the criminal justice system. In reality, our penal institutions are not intended to rehabilitate individuals inasmuch as they are meant to remove them from society. In short, they are institutions intended for preserving order ... not for creating it. As sociologists have noted, the institutional nature of our courts and jails results in a depersonalized, anonymous bureaucracy in which individuals are often simply lost or discarded.

At the Schaumburg, Illinois, law office of John W. Callahan, Ltd., we don't want to see young lives ruined by the criminal justice system. Representing clients throughout the Chicago metro area, including Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Elmhurst, Skokie, Wheaton, Niles, Arlington Heights, and Rolling Meadows, we work closely with families to defend juveniles charged with committing a crime. If your son or daughter is facing juvenile criminal charges, contact John W. Callahan, Ltd., today for more information regarding how we help you preserve a young person's future.

Counsel and Advice You Can Count On

As experienced juvenile law attorneys, the lawyers at John W. Callahan, Ltd., understand how judges and prosecutors view juvenile offenders. While rehabilitation and counseling is often recommended as a way to keep young people out of the criminal system, the patience of the court is not infinite. Our attorneys shepherd and guide families through court proceedings with the goal of saving the accused from further entanglement with the courts.

We represent juveniles charged with misdemeanor and felony charges, including:

  • DUI
  • Rape
  • Arson
  • Robbery
  • Homicide
  • Shoplifting
  • Sexual assault
  • Teen vandalism
  • Drug possession
  • Property damage
  • Weapons charges
  • Assault and battery

Protecting the Rights of Juveniles

Arresting police officers don't always handle juvenile matters as they should. Depending on the age of the minor involved, young people are often easily intimidated and manipulated into saying things they wouldn't if a parent or lawyer were present. Given the lack of sophistication on the part of most juveniles, many don't think to ask for an attorney or refuse to answer questions. As a result, any evidence or statements used in prosecuting juveniles must be thoroughly evaluated and analyzed for improper police conduct.

The lawyers at John W. Callahan, Ltd., have years of experience holding authorities accountable for shoddy or questionable police work. As juvenile defense attorneys, we are vigilant in regard to the constitutional protections accused persons are guaranteed under the Bill of Rights, regardless of their age.

If a juvenile you know is facing criminal charges, contact the law office of John W. Callahan, Ltd., today for more information regarding our practice. Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, our clients extend throughout the Chicago metro area.