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Juvenile Defense Attorney Serving Waukegan and the Northern Suburbs of Chicago

Illinois was the first state to establish a separate court for children, enacting a court system for juveniles that would soon be emulated by the rest of the nation. While most Illinois juveniles are able to avoid getting into trouble with the law, young people do make mistakes as a part of the growing-up process. One moment of poor judgment, or one bad decision should not be allowed to alter the entire course of your child's future. Despite opinions to the contrary, the vast majority of juvenile offenders are neither violent nor repeat offenders, and most deserve a second chance. If your child has been charged with a criminal offense, you are likely extremely worried about how this arrest will affect his or her future.

The sooner you speak to an experienced Illinois juvenile offense attorney, the greater likelihood of a positive outcome. The Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C. have helped many parents and children who were frightened and anxious about the criminal charges filed against the minor. Our Northbrook juvenile defense attorney understands that while the Illinois juvenile justice system is different from the adult system, in some cases it is not more lenient. Turn some of your worry over to Matthew R. Gebhardt—his many years' of experience and knowledge of Florida juvenile laws will benefit your child's future.

Lake County Juvenile Crimes Your Child Could be Charged With

The most common juvenile crime is theft, or shoplifting. Other common juvenile crimes include:


The State of Illinois could allow drivers, who have been convicted of DUI up to four times, to drive if a current proposed bill passes legislation.

Under the current law, only three-time DUI offenders are allowed to apply for restricted driver permits (RDP). In order to apply for a permit, an offender has to meet certain conditions:

  • There must be a hardship to justify an RDP. The offender must also submit a current alcohol and drug evaluation, as well as any recommended proof of treatment or education;
  • The offender must attend a hearing at the Secretary of State's Department of Administrative Hearings. An officer will review the offender’s driving record and determine if issuing the RDP would impose any kind of public safety issue;
  • If two or more of the DUI convictions occurred within the past ten years, then the offender is required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. The offender is responsible for all fees associated with device; and
  • The DUI offender must pay the $50 filing fee requesting the RDP.

House Bill 4206 does require the offender to wait at least five years from their last conviction to apply for the RPD. Also, three years of consistent sobriety would have to be documented.

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