In Canada, the Youth Criminal Justice Act governs the prosecution of young persons (at least 12 years old and under 18 years old) for Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act charges. The Act contains many protections that are not available to adults, such as the right to a reasonable opportunity to speak to a lawyer, parent or other adult before providing a statement to police. The Youth Criminal Justice Act was legislated with the intent of making young persons accountable for their actions, the protection of the public as well as recognizing the special needs of young persons involved in the criminal justice system. The principles set out in Section 3 of the Act include the prevention of crime, the rehabilitation of young offenders, meaningful consequences, reintegration and enhanced procedural protections, among others.
If you or a loved one have been charged with a criminal offence as a youth, it is crucial that you contact a criminal defence lawyer immediately. Toronto Youth Criminal Justice Act lawyer Michael P. Juskey will go to court for you, clearly explain the criminal court process and ensure that you receive the best possible result. Some of the charges we defend include: