Though the criminal justice system handles offenses involving juveniles differently than adults, teens and those even younger can still face serious consequences for their actions. If authorities believe that a juvenile has carried out illegal actions, that person could still face serious criminal charges, even at a young age. Unfortunately, the repercussions for charges could last a long time, which is why it is important that young people and their parents understand their legal options.
It was recently reported that one juvenile was taken into custody in Illinois after an alleged shooting. Reports indicated that an officer was on patrol and purportedly heard gunshots. After seeing a vehicle leaving the area, officers pursued it presumably believing the person or people inside were involved. The vehicle did not stop immediately, but officers were able to conduct a stop a short time later.
Apparently, one individual tried to leave the scene on foot, but he was apprehended. His age was not given in the report, but he was described as a juvenile male. He was taken into custody and is currently facing a charge for aggravated discharge with a firearm. It was not mentioned whether a weapon was found on the juvenile or in the vehicle.
This young person may feel nervous and worried about his current predicament. Criminal charges should be taken seriously by anyone of any age, and even as a juvenile, he could still face major consequences if convicted. Before his case moves forward, the individual and his parents may want to go over available legal options to determine how best to handle his case and obtain reliable information from local Illinois legal resources.