Salisbury Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyers
What is Considered a Juvenile Offense in Maryland?
Persons under age 18 are treated differently by the criminal justice system when they commit crimes. Minors are usually prosecuted in juvenile court instead of adult court. The state's attorney's primary goal is to protect the public. The juvenile court can commit children to juvenile detention facilities until the age of 21 and order home detention with GPS monitoring, probation supervision, community service and restitution paid by parents.
Many juvenile offenses are the kind you might associate with young people:
- Gun charges
- Shoplifting and petty theft
- Joyriding/car theft
- Gang activities
- Underage drinking
- DUI and reckless driving
In fact, juveniles are often involved in other crimes: domestic violence, credit card fraud, identity theft, and drug trafficking. The great fear parents have is that their child will slide into a life of repeated crime and punishment. Our job at MacDonald Law Office, LLC, is to prevent the kind of punishment that will make matters worse.
When Your Son or Daughter Is Charged with Underage Consumption of Alcohol
There is a reason why Maryland courts come down hard on underage drinking: Statistics show that alcohol is a leading factor in fatal and serious highway injuries. And it is simply a fact that young drivers on alcohol or drugs play a disproportionate role in these statistics.
It's a crime in Maryland to drink until you are 21. A charge of underage consumption often accompanies a charge of DUI. Conviction on these two can cast a dark shadow on a young person's life — not to mention heavy fines, suspended driver's license, performing community service and attending alcohol and drug training at your own expense.
For Help with Your Child, Call MacDonald Law Office, LLC
Let Salisbury juvenile defense attorney Andrew MacDonald fight for your child's future. He is experienced in the special legal issues relating to people under 18, and he is committed to working to turn family problems like this around. Conviction is too heavy a burden for someone just starting out in life. We have offices in both Salisbury and Ocean City, Maryland.
Talk to our juvenile criminal defense lawyers in Salisbury and Ocean City, Maryland, at (410) 348-7809. You can also email us your questions using this form.
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