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Maryland teenager charged as an adult with felony assault

For most Upper Marlboro, Maryland, teenagers being charged with a crime can have a devastating effect on their lives. All of a sudden, they must now deal with criminal charges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and a potential court trial. And, there is always the possibility of being convicted of the charges and being fined or perhaps receiving a jail sentence. On top of all of this are the lingering effects that go along with a criminal record, including a damaged reputation, being treated like a social pariah and the reduced potential for educational and employment opportunities.

This situation is now all too real for one Mechanicsville, Maryland, teenager who has recently been charged as an adult with first degree felony assault. According to a report, the youth was arrested by St. Mary's, Maryland, deputies for allegedly throwing a fellow student down a flight of stairs in March of this year. The incident supposedly occurred at Chopticon High School in Morganza.

Deputies allege that the 16-year-old confronted the other student at the top of a stairwell, called him a "snitch," picked the student up and threw him down the stairs. The youth hit a wall when he landed and was then taken to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, where he was treated for a broken arm. The defendant maintains that he had nothing to do with the incident. After his arrest by St. Mary's deputies, the teenager was released on his own recognizance.

Being arrested on felony charges can be overwhelming, especially for a teenager. Felony charges, no matter what type, are much more serious than non felony charges. These crimes carry significant penalties, including heavy fines and considerable jail time. Any teenager accused of a felony needs to understand the seriousness of these charges that he or she is facing.

Source: Southern Maryland Newspapers Online, "Assault charged after boy's injury at Chopticon," John Wharton, April 6, 2015.

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