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Young Offenders - Hobson & Reeve

The young offenders justice system in Canada is made up of police, courts, juvenile lawyers, judges, and youth workers, as well as probation services and youth custody centers. This system is designed to handle cases involving young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who are accused of criminal activity.

Goals of the Youth Criminal Justice System in Canada

Like the general criminal system for adults, the youth criminal justice system seeks to hold young people accountable for the crimes they commit. In addition, however, the youth system is designed to take into consideration the ages of the accused, help these young people gain a better understanding of the effects of their actions, and help to rehabilitate them and reintegrate them into society. Victims, the accused, the accused’s family, and the community are encouraged to work together to support the young person and help him or her get the help he or she needs to become a productive, law-abiding adult. In some cases, young people can emerge from the youth criminal justice system without long-term consequences that will follow them into adult life.

The Youth Criminal Justice Act

The primary statute pertaining to young people accused of crimes is officially known as the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). The YCJA applies to all laws passed by the government of Canada, from minor crimes like careless driving, underage drinking, and trespassing to more serious crimes involving drugs or violence. The act provides for processes and legal consequences for young people facing criminal charges.

Know Your Rights

If you are a young person between the ages of 12 and 18 and you’ve gotten in trouble with the law, or if you are a parent and your child has been arrested, you need legal advice from a qualified juvenile lawyer.

As with any citizen, you have rights that need to be protected. You have the right to be treated fairly and have your privacy respected. You have the right to your day in court, to be represented by juvenile lawyers, and to play an active part in the legal process. Juvenile attorneys have experience in handling cases like yours, and can serve as an effective representative and guide through what can be a harrowing legal process. Your lawyer can protect your rights, explain how the laws apply in your case, and provide sound advice about your options.

The lawyers of Hobson & Reeve have over 60 years of combined experience in criminal law, and have worked hard to establish a solid reputation as formidable opponents in court, as well as effective negotiators when it comes to plea bargains. David Hobson and Dennis Reeve both have served as Crown Attorneys as well as defence lawyers; this unique perspective enables them to protect their clients’ rights and to craft the best defence on behalf of each client. They are committed to putting their years of experience to work for you. Their offices are located at 34 Eagle Street, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 1J1, or they can be reached by calling (866) 815-2745.