Has your son or daughter been charged with a crime as a juvenile OR as an adult?
A criminal charge and a resulting conviction can follow your child for the rest of his or her life. This will often adversely affect their choice of education or dramatically harm their career options. Fortunately, with the proper representation, the State of Maryland takes a rehabilitative approach in juvenile crimes, whenever possible. With the right representation, the potential consequences can be minimized and sometimes even eliminated. It is essential that you have an attorney with experience representing juveniles.
Allan Rombro knows how to present your case in the context of your age and life circumstance. He will prepare a defense that illustrates that your mistakes are isolated and the result of your youth and poor judgement. Allan Rombro has successfully represented hundreds of juveniles over the course of three decades and he is very proud of his role in helping young people get back on the right path. His skillful defense will allow your child to overcome this difficult period and live a productive normal life without the anchor of a criminal conviction on his or her record.
If your child has been charged as an adult because he or she was close to his/her eighteenth birthday at the time of the offense or because the nature of the crime is serious, it is essential to hire a lawyer who knows how to handle this special case. Allan Rombro will seek to have these charges dismissed at the adult level and re-issued in a juvenile courtroom. This is called a “transfer of jurisdiction” often referred to as a “reverse waiver”.
Successful transfer results in the juvenile having all proceedings occur in the protected environment of juvenile court. This changes the nature of the negotiation, the trial and the sentencing. Most importantly, it is private. Juvenile records are sealed and cannot be accessed by the public, including potential employers, educators, academic institutions, or anyone else seeking to learn about the youth’s background.
If your child has been charged as a juvenile, it is important to have him/her represented by a lawyer with long experience in the juvenile court system. Juvenile court is quite different than regular court and the rules are different. A proper defense for a juvenile includes many types of defenses not available to adults. It is essential to hire a lawyer who knows how to defend a child.
Alternatives to Conviction or Incarceration in Juvenile Crime Cases
Most juvenile crime cases are handled differently than adult cases. The focus is usually on rehabilitation and not punishment. Detention may be prescribed rather than jail time. In some cases involving serious criminal allegations, the District Attorney may choose to prosecute the juvenile as an adult.
The Law Offices of Allan H. Rombro has extensive experience representing juveniles accused of all types of crimes. He understands the different nature of such cases and how to work with prosecutors, judges and the Department of Juvenile Justice to try to obtain the best outcome possible for his clients.
A number of alternatives to conviction or incarceration exist in Maryland. Acceptance into a diversion program can enable the defendant to avoid a conviction and a permanent record if certain conditions are met. Drug treatment programs, detention and other programs may be available in certain cases. If the defendant is a good candidate for these types of programs, Allan H. Rombo will work with the prosecutor and the Court to obtain that outcome.
Everyone makes mistakes in life. If your child has been charged with a juvenile crime, Allan H. Rombo will work to minimize the consequences and preserve your child’s future.
For a no-fee initial consultation with the Law Offices of Allan H. Rombro, call 410-580-9500 or send us an e-mail. We serve clients in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Harford County, and all counties in Maryland, including Ocean City and the entire Eastern Shore.