Juvenile Offenses Defense
Minors can be charged as either a juvenile or an adult. If you are 14 years old or older and charged with first-degree murder or rape, you will automatically be charged as an adult. If you are 16 years old or older and charged with first-degree assault, robbery, carjacking, most sex offenses, most offenses involving a handgun or many other serious offenses, you will also be automatically charged as an adult. In such cases, minors may receive sentences identical to those of adults. Therefore, in most such cases it is crucial to try and convince the state and the court to prosecute a child as a juvenile and not as an adult.
Years Of Experience
At the Law Offices of James N. Papirmeister, P.C., located in Suitland and Silver Spring, Maryland, we defend children facing charges as adults or juveniles.
Contact our law offices to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Silver Spring, Maryland, juvenile crimes attorney.
With 34 years of experience in the practice areas of criminal law, including prosecuting cases in the juvenile division of the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, attorney James N. Papirmeister understands the components and workings of the juvenile justice system and possesses an extensive knowledge of the personnel and procedures involved in it.
Juvenile Charged As An Adult
In the cases of juveniles who are 14 years or older and mandated to be tried in adult court due to serious offense charges, our firm is very skilled at providing diligent criminal defense representation in order to convince the adult court to remand such cases back to juvenile court. Minors can face adult criminal charges for any type of crime, including:
- Murder and homicide charges
- Sexual assault and rape charges
- Drug charges, including prescription drug offenses
- First-degree assault and violent crimes
The Benefits Of Juvenile Court
Unlike the adult criminal justice system, juvenile courts believe in rehabilitating children who have committed crimes by providing them with services designed to correct their behavior. We defend children charged with juvenile offenses and focus on finding them the appropriate program to deal with their personal issues. Some of the programs available to correct juvenile misbehavior, like underage drinking charges, include:
- Substance abuse treatment
- Anger management and counseling
- Structured school environments
Contact Our Experienced Montgomery County Juvenile Court Lawyer
To learn more about defending a child against juvenile delinquency, contact the Law Offices of James N. Papirmeister, P.C., to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Montgomery County juvenile court lawyer. Our firm defends people throughout Washington, D.C.; Waldorf; La Plata; St. Charles; Suitland; and Montgomery County. Please call 301-589-2100.