The Illinois juvenile who reportedly severely beat a fellow middle-school student has been charged in juvenile court. The attack reportedly happened on Feb. 3 at a middle school that is located in South Elgin.
Sexting involves transmitting photographs or sending suggestive statements via text messaging or social media usually using cell phones. While doing so is generally not illegal, it is under Illinois child pornography law when the images involve depictions of minors.
Like their counterparts across the country, Illinois teenagers might turn to drugs or alcohol to soothe unpleasant feelings and cultivate a social life. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids warns parents that drug and alcohol use by teens arises for many reasons, and emotional needs play a significant role.
Most Illinois residents will likely be familiar with the Miranda warning. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that police must advise individuals that they have the right to remain silent and speak with an attorney when they are taken into custody, and any incriminating statements made prior to these rights being explained could be ruled inadmissible. Arguments about the admissibility of statements made before a Miranda warning is given often hinge on whether or not a suspect was in custody at the time, and these arguments become more complex when the suspect in question is a minor.
Illinois residents may be interested to find out that a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts has found that juveniles who participate in community-based programs rather than being placed in residential facilities after committing a crime may be less likely to reoffend. Some states may pay as much as $100,000 or more per youth in a residential facility each year, so the community programs may be cheaper as well as more effective.
A proposed court ruling that would make it state law for minors 17 and under to be charged as minors even in felony cases has been proposed, according to a recent report. Illinois state law currently deals with juvenile crime somewhat more seriously, charging 17-year-old offenders as adults in the case of felony crimes. However, many individuals see this law as unfair and are working to change it.
Two Illinois teenagers are in trouble with the law after being accused of involvement in a string of burglaries. The juvenile offense allegedly occurred when the teens entered several vehicles parked on a street in Maryville, Illinois, with the intent to commit a crime. They are now facing several charges in that incident as well as prior incidents.
An Edwardsville couple and some teenagers are facing legal trouble after a party where underage drinking was allegedly occurring. At the time of the story, two teenagers were accused of a juvenile crime and could possible later face charges.
An 18-year-old senior in Belleville, Illinois is living proof why society should not write off those that have experienced a run-in with the law and were subsequently charged with a juvenile crime at some point in their lives.