Juvenile Law

Juveniles in trouble with the law or those in need of care and protection fall under the auspices of the juvenile court. Whether your child is being charged with a criminal offense, or has been identified as one in need of legal intervention or protection, you need the assistance of an Illinois juvenile law attorney.

Ashonta C. Rice Attorney at Law, Can Help

Attorney Ashonta Rice, a DuPage County juvenile law attorney, also serves clients in Cook, Will and Kankakee Counties. Whether your child has been charged with a criminal offense or you are fighting against child abuse or neglect charges, she recognizes how life-changing the situation can be. She will help you through this difficult time.

Juveniles Accused of Crimes

No matter how minor or how serious the charges against your juvenile offender are, we can help. The goals of the juvenile justice system are for offenders to take responsibility for their actions and to be rehabilitated. We can work with you, your child and the district attorney in striving to achieve these goals.

If this is a first offense, we may be able to negotiate a reduction in charges and to minimize the penalty. It is important to provide vigorous representation. An adjudication of guilt may carry over into an adult criminal record and an extensive amount of time ordered to be spent in a juvenile correctional facility. Attorney Ashonta Rice will provide the defense your child needs with a goal towards rehabilitation.

Representation in the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)

Certain professionals, like teachers, doctors, care-givers and a number of other people, are mandated by law to report to the DCFS even a suspicion of child abuse or neglect. The DCFS then conducts an investigation. If the DCFS makes a finding of abuse or neglect, you risk losing custody of your children and eventual termination of your parental rights.

If you are under investigation for child abuse or neglect, you need immediate legal representation. The facts of the case may be misinterpreted. Even if the allegations are true, we can help with effecting a resolution short of you losing custody. If your children have been taken from you, we can help minimize the long term consequences and do everything we can to have your custody rights restored.

Contact attorney Ashonta Rice as soon as possible, whether your child has been charged with a criminal offense, or you are facing an investigation or charges of child abuse or neglect, she can help.