Bill would charge youths as adults for attempted carjacking

Posted at 12:06 PM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 12:06:25-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Legislation in the Maryland General Assembly would add attempted carjacking and attempted armed carjacking to the list of offenses that juveniles at least 16 years of age can be charged with as adults.

Current land law states that juvenile courts have jurisdiction in these cases, but Senate bill 248 would transfer these offenses to the Maryland Circuit Courts, unless a "reverse waiver," a transfer into the juvenile courts, is filed by a defense attorney and granted by a judge.

Lead sponsor Sen. Robert Cassilly of Harford sponsored identical legislation last year but it was voted down in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.