Young offenders, those 12-17, are treated differently than adults by the criminal justice system. The Youth Criminal Justice Act recognizes that young people lack the life experience and judgment of adults. The result is that they have enhanced rights and protections under the Act. As such, special rules and considerations ensure that young offenders are treated fairly and protected from intimidating prosecutors.
Even though it is the youth that is being charged, this process of going through the justice system involves the parents or guardians just as much. Having legal representation from the start can ensure that your child’s rights are not ignored by the police and prosecution.
As a parent, you are entitled to be notified by the police if your son or daughter has been charged with a criminal offence. Young offenders are also entitled to have a parent or guardian present during any interview with police. Parents must also be notified in writing of the young person’s rights to silence and to be represented by counsel. For statements to be admissible in courts, police much follow strict rules and procedures. However, police may attempt to have the young person waive these rights. That is why is it important to retain legal counsel as quickly as possible.
The Youth Criminal Justice Act recognizes that young people are more likely to make mistakes stemming from their lack of life experience and are more easily rehabilitated. As such, there are rules to protect the identity of the young person and to promote their rehabilitation with the goal of them being contributing and socially aware adults.
Getting youth charges dropped can be accomplished through a solid defence strategy. After all, the onus is on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Your first conversation with Michael with be a no charge strategy session. You will learn how the youth criminal justice act works and what options may be available to you.
Once you retain Michael as your lawyer, he becomes your child’s number one defender. For you as a parent, Michael makes himself available 24/7 to answer your questions and let you know how things are progressing.
Michael’s experience and knowledge of this specialized area of law allows him to navigate the complexities of the youth criminal justice system. His goal is to protect your child and give them the greatest opportunity to unburden themselves of their past mistakes as they enter adulthood.