Transfer Hearings

Discovering that your child or grandchild has been charged with a crime can be heartbreaking. It’s important to understand the legal process so that you can protect your child’s rights and their future. Juvenile justice can be emotionally draining and complex. The Baltimore juvenile defense lawyers at Cohen|Harris are here to walk you through the process as the case moves from arrest to resolution. We are experienced and trusted with juvenile defense, which is a part of our criminal defense practice. Let Cohen|Harris use our years of experience with criminal law to help you and your child through this difficult encounter.

In Maryland’s criminal justice system, a juvenile is anyone under the age of 18 when the offense occurred. Even if a defendant is charged and arrested after their 18th birthday, they will be treated as a juvenile if the offense occurred while they were 17 or younger. However, in Maryland not all defendants under the age of 18 are prosecuted in juvenile court. Some crimes, such as first-degree assault and robbery automatically proceed in adult criminal court. In the event that bail is denied, the juvenile will be sent at an adult facility, separated from the adults, and held until a motion to transfer physical custody or other motion is filed on the juvenile’s behalf.

Juveniles charged as adults may request the court to move the case from criminal court to a Juvenile Court using a procedure known as a Transfer Hearing. This transfer procedure requires a few steps that could take months to complete from the time of filing, but it must be filed within 30 days of the arrest. This hearing may be the last opportunity the child has to have their case heard in Juvenile Court. You want to be as prepared as possible for this hearing as your child’s freedom may be at stake. Contact the criminal defense lawyers at Cohen|Harris as soon as possible to ensure that your child or grandchild will have the chance to have their case heard in Juvenile Court! Call us at 888-585-7979 for a free case evaluation.