If your child has been charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, it is imperative that you immediately seek out the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney. With more than 33 years of experience as a Chicago area criminal defense lawyer, Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus offers authoritative legal representation for all types of juvenile cases. Your child’s future depends on you! Call (847) 966-0300 for help now!
Whether your child is a first-time offender or has a record of previous misdemeanor or felony convictions, the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus will work tirelessly to seek dismissal or reduction of charges, defend your son or daughter at trial and, if needed, fight for the least severe sentencing.
At the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus, we provide experienced and effective defense to juveniles facing criminal charges. We believe all young people deserve a second chance and are committed to seeing your child get that chance. A juvenile crime need not destroy your son or daughter’s life. With experienced help, you can get your child’s life back on track.
Mr. Minkus provides defense to minors who have been charged with felony or misdemeanor juvenile crimes or charged as adults. In Illinois, anyone under the age of 17 who has been charged as an adult with a criminal offense must, by law, secure the representation of a lawyer.
In many juvenile criminal cases, particularly for first-time offenses, Mr. Minkus may be able to negotiate a plea agreement prior to trial. In a plea agreement, some or all of the charges against your child may be dropped or reduced. If plea negotiations fail or if your child is a repeat offender, your case could go to trial. With 33 years of trial experience, Mr. Minkus will develop a strong defense strategy and protect your child’s legal rights. This includes ensuring all evidence against him or her is relevant and has been obtained legally. In some cases, court supervision or other sentencing alternatives may be available. Our Chicago law firm defends juveniles charged with virtually every type of juvenile offense, including:
Illinois has a Zero-Tolerance law regarding teenage consumption of alcohol and driving. Any trace of alcohol in the system of a driver under the age of 21—even a BAC below the legal adult limit of .08—can result in a suspended drivers license, usually two years for the first offense. The only exceptions are for minors who have consumed alcohol as part of a religious service or those who ingest a prescribed or recommended dosage of medicine containing alcohol.requires the suspension of the driving privileges of any person under the age of 21 who drives after consuming any alcohol.
Illinois has a strict zero-tolerance policy for drivers under the age of 21. A DUI conviction will result in driver’s license suspension. Drivers under age 21 represent only 10% of licensed drivers but are involved in nearly 20% of all alcohol-related fatal crashes. If your child is arrested for DUI, he or she will be handcuffed and taken to jail.
If your teenager is arrested for DUI, it is vital to contact an experienced DUI defense attorney, such as Mr. Minkus. A first-time underage DUI conviction carries a loss of full driving privileges for a minimum of 2 years, possible imprisonment for up to 1 year, and a maximum $2,500 fine. Read more about our DUI Defense practice >>
Illinois penalties for using false IDs are serious and can greatly impact your teenager’s life and your finances. Obtaining a drivers license through false affidavit is punishable by 1-3 years in prison and a maximum $25,000 fine. Allowing another person to use official documents to apply for a drivers license or ID card is punishable by 1-3 years in prison and a maximum $25,000 fine.
If your child has been arrested for on any criminal offense, whether charged as a juvenile or as an adult, contact the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus immediately, day or night, at (847) 966-0300 for experienced, aggressive legal defense. We can help you and your child!
Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.