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Extending Juvenile Court Jurisdiction

Currently, if a person commits a crime in Illinois and is 17 years of age, he will face charges in adult court.  Starting next year, due to Public Act 95-1031, a 17-year-old offender who commits a misdemeanor will be prosecuted in juvenile court.  But, if the 17-year-old commits a felony, the State will still treat him as an adult.   This difference between misdemeanors and felonies may not last forever.   The new law also creates a task force that will “submit a report by January 1, 2010 to the General Assembly with recommendations on extending juvenile court jurisdiction to youth age 17 charged with felony offenses.”

Jeremy Richey

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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