Juveniles are those under the age of 18 years old. If charged with a criminal offense as a juvenile, the process will be different than if charged as an adult.
When a juvenile is initially charged, their case will typically begin informally with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS). Informal Hearings with the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) are a critical stage in any juvenile’s case as that is a time when the Department will determine if formal charges with the Circuit Court are necessary.
It is imperative to contact the Law Office of Monica Guilarte to get involved in your child’s case immediately to help avoid formal prosecution.