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Juvenile Law

William A. Stavros is a Baltimore County juvenile attorney with many years of experience representing clients charged with committing delinquent acts, which would be considered both misdemeanors and serious felonies, if committed by an adult. Juvenile cases, although not considered criminal, can still have serious consequences to the Respondent; consequences can include, but are not limited to:

  • Commitment of the Juvenile (This involves transferring legal custody of the Juvenile).
  • Detention of the Juvenile (This involves holding the Juvenile in a secure facility pending court disposition).
  • Court Supervision of the Juvenile (Court Supervision can continue until twenty one years of age).
  • A Juvenile Record (Although this record is sealed from public view it can have negative ramifications into adulthood).

It is important that you take your child’s case seriously and obtain an attorney experienced at handling Juvenile cases. Every case is unique and must be treated as such to achieve the best possible outcome. William A. Stavros is committed to paying careful attention to the individual circumstances surrounding each person and each case. Initial consultations are free and our fees are reasonable.

For a free consultation about a juvenile case, contact William A. Stavros at his Towson office at (410) 825-3300 so that we can start discussing possible options and defenses. If you live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore call today at (410) 739-0794.

General Information Regarding the Juvenile Process in Maryland State Court

Juvenile procedure is different from adult criminal procedure in many respects including the terminology. The accused juveniles are referred to as Respondents rather than Defendants. Crimes are referred to as delinquent acts. Trials are called adjudicatory hearings. The Juvenile process in Maryland is complex and adults who guide and care for those who stand accused should hire an experienced juvenile lawyer as soon as possible. In certain cases it may be possible to resolve matters early on in the process, less formally, through certain programs outside of the Juvenile Court. The advice of a juvenile attorney can be helpful in setting the stage for this possibility.

Individuals in Maryland under the age of eighteen (18) who are accused of violating the criminal and jailable traffic laws of Maryland are, generally speaking, subject to the juvenile process. There are, however, many enumerated exceptions to this general rule where those under eighteen (18) can be charged as an adult. These exceptions most often, but not always, involve a combination of both a more serious violation of the Maryland Criminal Law Article and a more advanced age of the accused. The State’s Attorney may still however, under certain specified circumstances, petition the court to have a Juvenile case moved to adult Court for trial. Similarly speaking a defense attorney may move to have certain matters charged in adult court reset in the juvenile court. In either case the opposing party may argue against any change in jurisdiction. A lawyer experienced at handling juvenile matters can explain whether any of these situations may come in to play.

If you wish make an appointment to explore defenses and options please contact Mr. Stavros for a free consultation at (410) 825-3300 or (410) 739-0794. William A. Stavros serves the Baltimore Metropolitan area and surrounding counties, including the Maryland D.C. suburbs from his office in Towson, Maryland. He serves the entire Eastern Shore, including Ocean City, through his office in Centreville, Maryland.

Client Reviews

Mr. Will Stavros is an excellent attorney. He represented me on my dui charge. He was very professional and had immense knowledge about the existing law and how it worked. I, in total had about 18 citations and the state was asking for jail time. I was amazed by his proficiency in logical reasoning...


Will Stavros is a outstanding criminal defense attorney. He is responsive, thorough and creative in his advice. I immediately developed trust and confidence in him due to his vast wealth of knowledge and experience. I found him to be extremely efficient and cost effective given my complex situation...


Attorney William Stavros is "Simply The Best". He represented me a few years ago on the Eastern Shore in Ocean City for minor drug offense. Great outcome. Recently had a nerve wrecking serious offense 3rd time DUI on the upper Eastern Shore. There was no doubt whatsoever that I wanted Mr. Stavros as...


A few months back my daughter found herself in some legal trouble. A friend of ours suggested we contact Mr. Stavros. We set up a consultation with Mr. Stavros were he outline all of the potential pitfalls in our case. Once we retained Mr. Stavros on our case he immediately went into high gear...


Mr. Stavros was the answer to my prayer! This was for us, a first time experience with a serious traffic offense for my son, so of course we were unnerved at the prospect of going to court. Mr. Stavros was very professional, knowledgeable and sincerely interested in helping us through the process...


As most people probably are, I was scared at the thought of being in need of an attorney. Will Stavros calmed my fears professionally and delicately. I am a young mother that had little time to deal with the seriousness of my case. Will was incredibly informative and made sure I understood what my...


We were all very pleased with the outcome of my son’s case. I wanted to thank you for all of your help with my son’s case. I was very impressed when we met with you the first time for our free consultation. You had already done a lot of background research and informed us of what to expect and...


Mr. Stavros proved himself a master strategist In the course of many years, I have been associated with several attorneys on a professional basis. None of those can even come close to William Stavros. This exceptional attorney assisted me in a serious traffic matter that could have ruined my...


I will certainly recommend his services in the future to anyone who finds themselves in a legal bind "Mr Stavros is very knowledgeable and respectful to his clients. When I hired him as my attorney, he was always willing to make time to discuss my case with me. He put forth a great amount of time...


Mr. Stavros, you have my highest recommendation -- "Dear Mr. Stavros I want to thank you so much for the time and effort you applied towards my case. You took extra time and discussed all of my concerns on several occasions before court. You also provided excellent suggestions for me to complete...


I can confidently recommend Mr. Stavros' legal professional services "As a Maryland attorney, I can confidently recommend Mr. Stavros' legal professional services. He is been my number one referral source for individuals who have a need for traffic or criminal cases, in large part due to his...


I would gladly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a lawyer. Will made what was a terrible situation better by being available and attentive. My questions and concerns were always answered and addressed, and complex issues were explained and options presented. His thorough knowledge of law...


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