Criminal Defense
Juvenile Misdemeanor charges are a serious matter. Harter & Schottland are here to help.

Facing Juvenile Misdemeanor charges is a serious matter for youth and parents alike. In Illinois, a Juvenile Misdemeanor is a lesser crime than a felony, yet it is hardly something to be taken lightly. Misdemeanors can lead to heavy fines and time served in a juvenile detention center. Juvenile Msdemeanor convictions on your child’s record can also affect employment and other aspects of future life. If your child already has a misdemeanor conviction on their record, the sentence for a subsequent offense will likely be more severe.


That is why it is always wise to consult with a criminal defense attorney regarding any Juvenile Misdemeanor charges in Illinois.


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At Harter & Schottland, we help juveniles fight criminal charges. A juvenile case normally begins with a summons to court. It is imperative to get one of our attorneys involved immediately. Your child's first court appearance is important and you need a lawyer who can be prepared. Sometimes a juvenile case begins when the prosecutor's office calls to request a meeting with the juvenile and his or her parents. It is especially important to have an attorney from Harter & Schottland involved when this happens. Anything your child says during that meeting becomes evidence and can be used against him or her in court. Let our attorney do the talking for your child. Often when we appear with the family in this situation we can prevent charges from being filed at all. Contact us for a free case evaluation and learn how we can fight for your child


At Harter & Schottland, our attorneys have successfully defended clients against juvenile misdemeanor charges.


In Illinois, misdemeanor offenses are grouped by classes. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by a year in county jail, $2,500 in fines or both; Class B misdemeanors can be punished by a sentence of six months in jail and $1,500; Class C misdemeanors by 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.




Juvenile delinquency is often just the result of youthful indiscretion- it does not mean he or she is a bad person. Juvenile criminal offenses do not accurately measure your child's character as he or she grows into adulthood. Such charges should not remain with your child throughout his or her life. At Harter & Schottland, we can expunge juvenile charges from your child's records.

We don't just hold your child’s hand and plead them guilty. We fight the charge.

If your child was charged with a crime, contact an Illinois juvenile criminal defense lawyer at Harter & Schottland for a free case evaluation.

From offices in Round Lake Beach, Waukegan and Woodstock, we represent clients throughout Northern Illinois, including the communities of Wadsworth, Johnsburg, Antioch, Fox Lake and Lindenhurst.