Anyone who is under the age of 18 and charged with a criminal offense is considered a youthful accused person. The way youth offenses are handled typically differ from how an adult offense is handled. Youth offenses, such as petty-theft and mischief can be less serious than if the youth is charged with serious crimes such as robbery or assault.
The focus of the law is different for youth offenses. The Youth Criminal Justice Act’s goal is to help rehabilitate youth into adulthood, and through their sentences, the Act attempts to prepare the youth as they reintegrate into society. There are still meaningful consequences that accompany the offenses to help a youth realize that their actions do not go unpunished. It is necessary for youth to be separated from adults in the criminal justice system, which is another principle of this Act. It is equally important that the youth is treated fairly. The guarantee of rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms apply to everyone including youths.
When a youth is charged with a offense, there are different ways that the offense can be taken out of the criminal justice system. Our law firm has experience in this type of diversion. We have handled a large number of youth cases, and we will help to protect your child’s legal interests. Many youth offenses can be either withdrawn, or diverted out of the criminal justice system with the right strategy.
The Law Office of Kalina & Tejpal strives to protect the rights and freedom of youth offenders. With our experience, knowledge, skills, and resources, we can help with youth offenses, legal procedures, and outcomes.