If you have a child under the age of 18 who has been charged with committing a crime, it is vital that you take immediate action to hire a criminal defense lawyer to fight on his or her behalf. The team at the Law Offices of John R. Discavage, PA has more than 15 years of legal experience and we handle all types of juvenile cases in the Frederick area.
We understand what is at stake in these types of cases and we work hard to see that our juvenile clients are given the aggressive representation they deserve. If we are unable to negotiate a reduction or dismissal of charges, we will zealously seek a not guilty verdict in court.
Juvenile crime cases are not handled in the same way that other criminal cases are handled. These types of cases are hardly ever presented in front of a jury. The majority of juvenile crime cases are presented before a judge who will have the sole determination as to your child's guilt or innocence.
In certain situations the prosecution may push to have your child's case moved to an adult court where he or she would face much more serious penalties upon conviction. In either instance a juvenile offender can be forced to pay fines, do jail or prison time, attend counseling and go through rehabilitation programs if found guilty of committing a crime. Juvenile offenders can also be left with a criminal record that could have an extremely negative impact on their future endeavors and ability to succeed in life.
At our firm, we believe that minors should not face life-long punishment for what may have only been intended as a childish prank or what could have been a simple error in judgment. Our firm is committed to seeing that juvenile defendants are given the opportunity to prove their innocence or reasonably atone for their guilt so that they can move on with making a better life for themselves.
To get the help you need protecting your child's interests and defending him or her against criminal prosecution, call our firm now to schedule an appointment where you can meet with a Frederick criminal defense lawyer and review your legal options.