What if my child is charged with a crime?
When a person between the ages of 12 and 17 is charged with a crime, the Youth Criminal Justice Act applies in addition to the Criminal Code. The Youth Criminal Justice Act affords young people with special protections and considerations under the law, to account for their vulnerability.
Some of these protections include:
- a requirement that a youth’s parent or guardian be notified of their arrest
- the ability to have a parent/guardian/responsible adult and lawyer present for police questioning
- a greater focus on rehabilitation and reintegration throughout the prosecution
- the frequent use of extra-judicial measures (i.e. non-court responses to offences)
- restrictions on the use of custody as an appropriate sentence
Being charged with a crime as a youth will substantially effect a young persons future. It is critical to hire a lawyer with experience in youth criminal law to get the best outcome possible – whether it be getting the charges dropped, exploring extra-judicial measures, or fighting about the appropriate sentence. Our lawyers are trained professionals with the skills and experience necessary to defend your child.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided above is designed to provide basic legal information only. For legal advice, contact one of our highly-trained lawyers immediately.