Youth Criminal Justice Act Lawyers
Youths charged with criminal offences are dealt with under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Our lawyers have extensive experience in defending young people charged with crimes. Call us today at (416) 999-8389 to understand how we can help your son or daughter return to their best potential.
This Act sets out the special ways that youth ought to be treated and recognizes a number of principles that differentiate them adult accused people. some of these principles state that:
- Young people lack the maturity of adults and that the youth system is different from the adult system in many respects, including: measures of accountability are consistent with young persons’ reduced level of maturity; procedural protections are enhanced; rehabilitation and reintegration are given special emphasis; and the importance of timely intervention is recognized.
- Punishment, sanctions, and intervention for youth are often best dealt with outside the formal court process, when dealing with non-violent and relatively minor criminal acts;
- Custodial sentences (jail) should be used only when it is absolutely necessary to protect the public from violence and serious offences;
- The criminal justice system must focus their efforts on rehabilitating and reintegrating the young persons back into the community;
- That youths should be given sentences that are meaningful to the offender and takes into consideration the effect their actions may have had on the community, the victims, and the youth himself;
- Society has a responsibility to address the developmental challenges and needs of young persons.
- Communities and families should work in partnership with others to prevent youth crime by addressing its underlying causes, responding to the needs of young persons and providing guidance and support.
- Young persons have rights and freedoms, including those set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The YCJA in comparison to adult criminal offences.
Even though the Youth Criminal Justice Act is meant to integrate the family and youths while providing a engaging and easy to comprehend atmosphere, the same concerns and complications may arise that one would find in adult criminal courts.
Having an experienced defence counsel can assist you, or your child, in understanding the procedures and protections afforded to you.
DISCLAIMER: Every criminal case is unique and every case has it’s own challenges. Past acquittals, withdrawals, or other favourable results our lawyers have achieved for our clients in youth crime cases does not mean the same result can be obtained for present or future clients. We look at each case with it’s own unique characteristics and fashion our approach on the individual, not the crime itself.
- R. v. G.F. (Ontario Court of Justice) | Newmarket | Charges: (YCJA) Assault police officer x2, resist arrest x2, cause disturbance, escape lawful custody, fail to leave premises, theft under, possession of property under, mischief under $5000.00, fail to comply with an undertaking, etc. | Allegations: G.F. attended a house party and the owner called the police to remove unwanted persons. G.F. was permitted by the home owner to stay at the party but the Police Officers ordered to leave. A struggle ensued and G.F. was charged with the aforementioned charges. Result: All charges withdrawn following completion counselling sessions.
- R. v. A.P. (Ontario Court of Justice) | 311 Jarvis Street | 3 separate offence dates: (All YCJA)