Juvenile Crimes Maryland
Parents dread the day they get a call from the police saying that their child has been placed under arrest for committing a crime. They fear for their child’s safety, for their future and for the family.
Children under the age of 18 are generally tried under juvenile law. If your child committed his offense before they turned 18 years old, he will probably remain in the juvenile court system, even if the trial is completed after he turns 18. Juvenile courts have jurisdiction until offenders are 21 years old. Legal consequences are often less severe for children who commit crimes. However, depending on the charges your child is facing, he or she may be tried as an adult.
Penalties for juvenile crimes are similar to penalties for offenses committed by adults. Fines, probation, community service and detention are all common penalties given to juvenile offenders. Juvenile courts typically want to rehabilitate juvenile offenders rather than focus on punishing them. For this reason, sentences for less serious crimes often involve probation, community service and counseling. These measures focus on changing the child’s behaviors before he or she is an adult in order to reduce the likelihood of another crime. Your child’s sentence will depend on what his or her offense was. More severe offenses could result in your child being sent to a juvenile detention facility.
If your child is arrested, it can also mean more difficulties ahead for your family, especially if authorities suspect abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction that makes your home unsafe for your child. The courts prioritize the safety of the children in the system.
The courts do not release information about juvenile court cases to the general public in order to protect the children in the court system. However, criminal charges and verdicts not in the juvenile system will go on your child’s criminal record and will show up in background checks for employment and education. Criminal charges on your child’s background check, especially if your child has a history of violent offenses, may affect his or her access to educational opportunities and employment, two important factors in his or her rehabilitation and functioning in normal society. It is important to look into your options for expunging your child’s record after the trial and any probation or punishment has been completed.
Getting adequate legal representation for juvenile court proceedings is crucial to preserving your child’s future. An attorney will ensure that your child’s rights are protected and that he or she receives the best defense possible. Attorneys can often help negotiate a lesser sentence for your child with less severe charges on his or her record.
Many families are unsure of the proper actions to take when their child is facing juvenile criminal charges. The first action you should take is to ensure your child has proper legal representation. The attorneys at Robinson & Associates have over 20 years of experience in criminal law, including juvenile crimes. They understand that your child’s case could have profound consequences on their future and are committed to ensuring that children are rehabilitated and remain with their families so that they can have a bright future. Helping you secure your child’s future through successful counseling and other proactive measures Robinson & Associates will fight for your child’s rights every step of the way.
Don’t let a juvenile crime permanently alter your child’s future. Contact Robinson & Associates for an immediate and free consultation at 443-524-7395.