Assistant State's Attorney Tina Filipiak is Supervisor of the Juvenile Division. She and members of the Juvenile Division team perform an increasingly important role in our criminal justice system. Gangs and drugs are at the root of the vast majority of adult crimes. By providing meaningful deterrence at an early age, it is possible to prevent a child from taking the wrong path toward a life of crime.
The Juvenile Division prosecutes every case in the county in which a person under the age of 17 is charged with a crime other than a traffic offense. The penalties in such cases range from probation to detention in the River Valley Juvenile Justice Center or in the Illinois Department of Corrections-Department of Juvenile Justice for the more serious cases.
The State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to assisting juveniles and their parents in navigating difficult times. The office helps parents keep their children out of trouble by offering information about and referrals to various social service agencies and support services.
The Juvenile Drug Court helps young people cope with the problems that led them to use illegal drugs and assists them in changing their lives through education and counseling.
The Juvenile Division’s assistant state’s attorneys also protect our young people by prosecuting parents who have abused or neglected their children. In the most serious of these cases, prosecutors file petitions asking the court to terminate the parental rights of abusive parents.