If your child is found guilty of an offence or gets pulled into a trial, it can affect the life and psyche of the minor. In such cases, it is important to go beyond the law to understand the root cause of a young person's misbehaviour. This can often be due to the effects of parental separation, the grief of losing a loved one or experimentation with alcohol or drugs. Fighting for a youth’s constitutional and legal rights means securing the youth’s future. As the principles of the Youth Criminal Justice Act suggest - ‘juveniles and young people also present a clear and present opportunity to get back to a positive and meaningful life.’ Hiring an experienced lawyer can make a difference in the outcome of your case and steer it in your child’s favour.
Our lawyer has protected youths and adults throughout York Region for many years. We fight to defend juveniles against criminal offences, including drug offences, assault, sexual offences, drinking and driving/impaired driving, etc. Our experienced lawyer will work hard to keep a conviction from being entered on a juvenile’s record, and to prevent legal sanctions. Contact our lawyer to build a strong defence before the Supreme Court of Canada.
The YCJA governs the application of criminal and correctional law to those 12 years old or older, but younger than 18 at the time of committing the offence (Section 2 of the YCJA).
Youth aged 12 to 17 maybe be sentenced as adults under certain conditions, as described later on in the act. The Criminal Code, section 13, states “No person shall be convicted of an offence in respect of an act or omission on his or her part while that person was under the age of twelve years.”
Learn more about the Youth Criminal Justice Act by clicking here.