Protecting The Rights Of Juveniles Charged With Crimes

As the parent whose child is facing charges, it's time to fully face your fears. Understandably, you don't want your child to end up in the adult system.

But what can you do to protect your child now?

At Cochran & Chhabra, in Annapolis, we can help you take proactive steps to assert your child's best interests, no matter what he or she has been charged with. Give us a call today to schedule a time to talk free of charge with a lawyer about your kid's situation. You can reach us at 410.268.5515 or 888.268.5515.

How Old Is Your Child And What Is The Alleged Offense?

In Maryland, juveniles can be charged as adults in certain sets of circumstances. If a child is 14 or more and commits a violent crime like first-degree murder or rape, a felony charge is automatic. For teenagers who are 16 or 17, an adult charge is also possible for designated offenses.

Overall, in 2014, about 460 Maryland juveniles were sent to adult jails after being charged in the adult system. One of these kids might well have been yours.

Can You Get Your Kid Back Into The Juvenile System?

But just because your kid has been charged as an adult doesn't mean his or her case always has to stay in that system. It's true that, in some cases, the juvenile court can "waive" its jurisdiction and let an adult court take over. But that can only be done after a proper hearing.

Moreover, the reverse may also be true. In Maryland, an adult court can order a teenager to be transferred to a juvenile facility while a decision is made about which system should handle the resolution of the charges.

Our firm has the knowledge and skill to assert your child's interests effectively throughout this complicated process.

Take Action Today

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