In Canada, young persons under the age of 18 and as young as 12 are prosecuted under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). The Act contains several allowances for youth who are charged under the Act that adults do not get. For instance, if a child is charged under the YCJA, the police have to provide them ample time to speak with legal counsel, parent or other adult before issuing a statement to police. The Act was created to balance the interests of young offenders, while maintaining public safety.
If you or someone you know has been charged as a youth offender, it is important to seek legal advice immediately. Our lawyers at RS Law Firm have handled criminal cases involving youth in Mississauga, Brampton & Caledon. Call our office for a consultation so you know the next important steps to take. We will help you prepare a defence and discuss all the options available to you.