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  • Juveniles and Criminal Justice: are they treated like adults?

    What Happens When You're Charged with a Crime in Maryland? Are Juveniles Treated Like Adults?
    The answer may depend on your age, and the particulars of your crime. In Maryland, there are four paths following criminal charges: (1) If you are 18 years or older you will be charged as an adult, and move through the adult penal system, (2) If you are between 14 and 18 years old and are being charged with a crime that could result in life in prison if you were an adult, you may be charged as an adult and move through the adult penal system, (3) If you are under 18 years old, you may be charged as a juvenile, and proceed through the juvenile justice system, or (4) If you are 11-17 years old you may be charged as a juvenile and work your way through the Teen Court system. Your path depends on a number of factors including your criminal history and severity of the current charges.

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  • Drug Courts and Alternative Sentencing

    Drug Courts, sometimes called drug treatment courts or adult recovery courts, and alternative Sentencing programs offer options not available through the traditional court system to adult and juvenile non-violent criminal defendants who also have alcohol or drug addiction issues. Rather than going through the adversarial court system where a prosecutor tries to prove a crime occurred and impose a punishment, drug courts focus on alternative sentencing, including addiction treatment, in an attempt to reduce future crimes and help the defendant remain a productive member of society.

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  • DUI vs. DWI in Maryland- What’s the Difference?

    If you live in Maryland you may have noticed the roadside billboards that read “Buzzed driving is drunk driving.”  This may or may not be true depending on your tolerance for alcohol.  What is definitely true is that you don't have to be knock-down-drag-out-drunk to face steep penalties. Maryland has a two-tier drunk driving statute.  The lower of the two offenses is Driving While Impaired (DWI) and the more severe is  Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Both carry the possibility of jail time, the loss of your privilege to drive and fines.  The only sure fire way to stay safe, protect others on the road and avoid punishment is to not drive at all if you have alcohol in your body.

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