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Juvenile being charged with Grand theft Auto?

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#17
Illinois, I signed a juvenile slip asking if i wanted an attorney present i said no. It was not a planned robbery as we were on camera where we met up. I need honest and genuine answers.
You received honest and genuine answers.

You admitted in your initial post that you are guilty. You need a lawyer. You need to tell you parent(s)/guardian(s).

If jasonterro is at all identifiable as your real life identity, you need to delete this thread. Or change your userid.

Without a lawyer, going by what you have posted here, the consequences are very bad.
 
#18
What you did was sign a document acknowledging your being informed of your Miranda rights and that you did not request an attorney to be present at the time of questioning. It is almost a certainty that an attorney will be appointed to you if the matter goes to court. The state is NOT going to let a minor child try and represent himself.

These are serious charges and you could be incarcerated for some time if a true finding is found in the matter. Do not speak to anyone but your attorney about the matter as anyone you speak with - including parents - can be potential witnesses against you.
 
#19
Jason, there is no "grand theft auto" charge in Illinois. There are degrees of theft based on the value of the item stolen.

As a 15-year-old, you are facing a wide range of sentencing options. These options include fines, counseling, community service, electronic monitoring and probation on the low end, up to removal from your parents' home for placement in a juvenile detention center or boot camp or possibly jail or prison.

Which sentence the Court will decide on will, of course, depend on all of the facts of the offense you are said to have committed and what evidence supports the charge, but it can also depend on what a skilled defense attorney can work out for you with the prosecutor.

The laws in Illinois changed in 2018 and it is less likely now, perhaps, that you will be incarcerated, but the risk of jail time still exists for felony theft.
 
#20
Jason, there is no "grand theft auto" charge in Illinois. There are degrees of theft based on the value of the item stolen.
And what the item is (of which vehicles are indeed a special case and the situation (from whom, and where) the item was stolen. In addition to the stuff you posted on general theft, there are special provisions on stolen vehicles over in the Vehicle Code (5/4-103 and following sections).

Grand Theft Auto is almost always a colloquialism. You are right Illinois doesn't have GTA as a term. In fact, they don't even have "grand theft" defined. California has Grand Theft statute, but automobiles are just one of the subsections. The code doesn't refer to it as GTA either.
 

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#21
And what the item is (of which vehicles are indeed a special case and the situation (from whom, and where) the item was stolen. In addition to the stuff you posted on general theft, there are special provisions on stolen vehicles over in the Vehicle Code (5/4-103 and following sections).

Grand Theft Auto is almost always a colloquialism. You are right Illinois doesn't have GTA as a term. In fact, they don't even have "grand theft" defined. California has Grand Theft statute, but automobiles are just one of the subsections. The code doesn't refer to it as GTA either.
But, but, but - there's a video game!!!
 
#23
And what the item is (of which vehicles are indeed a special case and the situation (from whom, and where) the item was stolen. In addition to the stuff you posted on general theft, there are special provisions on stolen vehicles over in the Vehicle Code (5/4-103 and following sections).

Grand Theft Auto is almost always a colloquialism. You are right Illinois doesn't have GTA as a term. In fact, they don't even have "grand theft" defined. California has Grand Theft statute, but automobiles are just one of the subsections. The code doesn't refer to it as GTA either.
Good information. I didn't check the Vehicle Code.
 
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