About Youthful Defendant Unit (YDU)
The Youthful Defendant Unit is a group of attorneys, social workers, and staff from the Maryland Office of the Public Defender who represent children charged as adults in Baltimore City.
We work as a team to achieve the best possible results for our clients. We take pride in representing our clients zealously and comprehensively and we recognize that an important part of our work takes place outside the courtroom. Our representation includes all phases of the criminal case, including arraignment, trial, and motions to transfer jurisdiction to juvenile court. If our client is transferred to the juvenile court system, our team follows the client to juvenile court.
We continue to represent our clients in post-disposition matters and welcome calls from our clients after a case is “closed.”