Two teenagers are facing charges for juvenile crimes in Maryland. The juvenile
crimes stem from an incident where they supposedly set fire to a property.
The two teenagers are officially charged with arson, burglary and other
arson-related charges. The juvenile criminal system will handle this case,
and the boys have been released to the custody and authority of their parents.
While it is not clear what items were supposedly burglarized from the home,
the fire that was started on the property originated in utility and storage
areas. At the time of the arson incident, no one was living in the home.
After an investigation, Maryland law enforcement believe that the fire
caused approximately $6,000 in damages.
Juvenile charges are different from criminal charges that could be levied
against an adult. Typically, juvenile crimes will go through an entirely
separate system. It is possible for juveniles to be
tried as an adult for particularly serious cases, but it must be approved by a judge for
a young person to face adult charges. It is possible that juvenile charges
could carry consequences such as jail time, fines and probation.
While these two young men are facing juvenile crimes charges, it should
be noted that they have not yet been convicted. Depending on the particular
circumstances of a case and their individual criminal history, they may
be able to secure lesser fines and penalties. Whether they decide to fight
the charges or work on a plea deal will be based upon a careful examination
of all possible outcomes of this case. In the meantime, they are both
considered innocent in the eyes of the law.
Source: myeasternshoremd.com, "Two teens charged with arson in Ridgely", , April 8, 2014