Being charged with juvenile crimes can ruin lives

It goes without saying that most juveniles will participate in rebellious behavior at some point. Adolescence is not only a period of growth and change, but also a time notorious for rebellion. Some cases of juvenile crimes turn out to be nothing more than bored youngsters just trying to be daring or impress their peers. Sometimes, however, juveniles in Illinois participate in very serious crimes.

Recently in Carbondale, a juvenile reportedly led police on a chase through town. Police said they responded to reports of a stolen vehicle near the 800 block of Old Illinois 13 during the overnight hours. According to reports, officers located the car but the driver refused to stop, fled the scene and led officers on a chase.

Reports said the driver led police on a chase through town and into a residential area. The driver crashed in the 200 block of North Illinois Avenue, police said. Reportedly, the driver was injured in the crash and treated at a local hospital. Police said the juvenile driver was charged with reckless driving, aggravated fleeing to elude and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Unfortunately, juveniles who rebellious are may not fully understand the implications of their actions. Fortunately, the state of Illinois has recently taken steps to reform the juvenile justice system. Those who have been charged with juvenile crimes have options available that could help them. Any person who has been charged with a crime reserves the right to seek legal counsel. An experienced criminal defense attorney can answer questions, provide guidance and protect personal rights throughout this process.