Although your son or daughter may be a minor, if he or she committed a serious crime, his or her case may be prosecuted as if he or she were an adult. Instead of facing juvenile detention or other more benign consequences, your child may face a stiff prison sentence.

We Fight To Protect Your Child’s Future

At the Law Offices of McKenzie & Tehrani we understand that kids make mistakes. That is why we aggressively defend young people and their families against criminal charges and help them avoid a future marred by a criminal record.

In Maryland, certain felonies (murder, rape, etc.) can immediately transfer to adult court. Other felonies, such as certain drug charges, weapons charges, or vehicular homicide, can be elevated to adult court at the discretion of the prosecutor.

There are numerous factors that play into how your child’s case will be handled. The severity and circumstances of the incident and your child’s age are among the most important. As your lawyers, we can review your case and determine how the prosecution may choose to proceed with the case. Additionally, we can advocate on your child’s behalf to be tried as a youthful offender in Juvenile Court.

Juvenile & Youthful Offender And Sealed Record

Although your child may be tried in adult court for a felony offense, if he or she is tried as a youthful offender or juvenile, he or she will be allotted special protections such as the ability to erase records. If no other felony violations occur by the time your child turns 21, his or her record will be automatically erased.

To learn more about juvenile and youthful offender status and how it may apply to your child’s case, schedule a free consultation with Criminal Defense Attorneys Joseph McKenzie and Payman Tehrani with offices in Prince George’s County and Montgomery County.

Call 301-309-3669 or cell 240-604-6405 or contact us online.


Let our experience and dedication work for you.



20 Courthouse Square, Suite 213, Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: (301) 209-7024



6411 Ivy Ln Suite 540, Greenbelt, MD 20770

Phone: (301) 209-7024


“I just want to say that McKenzie/Tehrani has helped my family out on numerous occasions (mostly traffic and one divorce). They were allows professional, responsive and answered all of questions (which were millions daily). I would just stop by the office unexpectedly and ask which I knew was the same question over and over but they still answered it. They make me feel that everything was going to be just fine and it was. They will always be the family attorney and I would refer every and any one to them. If you want a professional, responsive and experienced law firm to help you through your time of need I strongly recommend McKenzie, Tehrani Attorneys at Law.”


“My husband had a complicated ticket issue in Maryland that went back 34 years ago that the McKenzie – Tehrani staff handled quickly and professionally, all while my husband and I were living on the west coast!”

Phoebe T.

“When considering an Attorney to represent your best interest in the state of Maryland Mr. Tehrani should be your first call. His ability to understand the situation and provide an expert opinion makes him a clients best choice. Additionally, Mr. Tehrani’s professional relationships and vast experience allows him to navigate the judicial process to determine an appropriate plan for success. Sincere thanks Mr. Tehrani!”

Craig P.

“I want to thank Joe McKenzie for doing a fantastic job representing me in a reconsideration hearing I had for a second degree assault charge.
This was because in my original conviction my first lawyer had not only fumbled my case he should be disbarred for negligence.
So I asked my corporate attorney to help me find a top flight new criminal lawyer who has swagger in Montgomery County MD. That is exactly what he did. Joe is a very composed, meticulous, intelligent and calculated attorney who very methodically turned an absolute disaster into the best possible outcome I could’ve imagined. So I take my hat off to Mr. McKenzie and would give him a 10 star review if I could. If you are looking for a true professional who can broker the best possible outcome for you than look no further.”

William G.