Young Offenders - Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman

The Youth Criminal Justice Act was crafted by the Canadian government in April 2003 to deal more effectively with young offenders. It applies to individuals between the ages of 12 and 17 who have been accused of breaking the law. After a person reaches his or her eighteenth birthday, he or she will be tried as an adult. The Act sets forth the ways in which law enforcement, corrections systems, court systems, and diversion programs are to handle young offenders who have been accused of a crime.

The Act’s aims are to hold a young person responsible for the crime committed, and to ensure that the youth faces supportive, yet significant consequences for that crime. The Act guarantees young people certain legal rights under the law, while also balancing the need to protect society. To do this, the Act emphasizes positive solutions that are both long-term and helpful. Furthermore, it supports a separate justice system designed especially to deal with young offenders, and encourages victims, family, and community to be involved when a youth has committed a crime.

A key element of juvenile justice in Canada is the use of community-based programs, supervised by probation officers, aimed at rehabilitating young offenders and helping them become positive contributors to the community. Young offenders are required to go through these programs when they have received bail orders, community service orders or probation, or other community-based sentences.

How a Defence Attorney for Juveniles Can Help

Young offender lawyers have particular expertise in youth crime, and are experienced in defending clients within the specially-designed youth justice system. Juvenile offenders are guaranteed the right to counsel and should exercise that right. Young offender lawyers can make sure that the young person’s rights are protected and that any sentence handed down is fair and just. In some cases, it may be possible to have charges reduced or dismissed altogether.

If your child has been charged with a crime, contact a qualified, experienced juvenile crimes lawyer as soon as possible. Provide as much information as you can; the more information you can provide, the sooner your lawyer can begin constructing an effective defence strategy for your child. Don’t make the mistake of trying to handle this matter on your own. Juvenile crimes are still crimes, and, contrary to popular belief, a conviction may have long-lasting effects on your child’s future educational and employment opportunities.

Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman: Criminal Defence Lawyers On Your Side

The Law Firm of Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman is committed to providing the highest standards of legal defence for individuals and corporations charged with criminal offences. This formidable team of lawyers has decades of combined experience in all areas of criminal law, including conducting trials and arguing cases at all levels of court in Ontario as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada. They also provide legal assistance to other lawyers and firms in a variety of legal fields, such as immigration or family law, when those matters cross the line into the criminal arena.

The firm has established a reputation within the Ontario court system for its commitment to justice and unwavering dedication to professionalism. For a free initial telephone consultation, contact Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman at 5000 Yonge St, Suite 1708, Toronto ON M2N 7E9, or by calling (416) 365-3151.