Frequently Asked Questions
A. There are many issues in this question but generally serious criminal offenses by juveniles may be transferred to adult court. In such case, a prosecutor would be assigned and the matter would be handled in Part A court. The strength of the evidence may make a difference in the outcome of the case, but does not matter in regard to which prosecutor or judge is assigned.
A. Special rules apply when police question a 16 or 17-year-old child. Even though there was not a legal guardian present, the police must have made a reasonable effort to contact a parent or guardian of the child. The child has the right to contact a parent or guardian and have a parent or guardian present during any interview. In addition, the police must advise the child of his Miranda Rights. If the child makes a proper waiver of his rights then the statement can generally be used against him in court. However, the court will consider factors such as age, education, background and intelligence when determining whether the child understood that he was waiving his rights.
A. Your options are to plead guilty and pay the ticket as it is, or to challenge the ticket and present your case to the State’s Attorney regarding why your fine should be reduced or disposed of. My office routinely handles traffic tickets for those who wish to challenge the violation. Hiring a lawyer is often the best avenue to take because it does not always require your attendance in court and results in minimized expenses. By getting the ticket dropped, you ultimately save money because insurance premiums will not increase. It is highly unlikely that the fine would increase by going to court.