YOUTH CRIMES FAQ
The following article will provide an overview for crimes committed by youths it is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. If you are a youth and have been charged with a criminal offence you should consult a Toronto Criminal Lawyer immediately.
Criminal offences committed by youth are governed by the Youth Criminal Justice Act, which is a separate and distinct code of law from the Criminal Code of Canada that applies to offences committed by adults.
The YCJA applies to youths that are between the ages of 12 and 17.
The focus of the Youth Criminal Justice Act is quite different from the Criminal Code of Canada. The YCJA focuses on rehabilitation and reintegration of the young offender into society, whereas the Criminal Code of Canada is more focused with denunciation and deterrence. There are also significant procedural and substantive differences between a youth criminal matter and an adult criminal matter that an experienced Toronto Criminal Lawyer can help explain.
In addition to all the rights that are guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms a young person will have more protection afforded to them because they are generally deemed to be a more vulnerable sector of society. For example, a young person has the right to have his/her parents or lawyer present during questioning or interrogation by the police.
In my experience as a Toronto Criminal Lawyer bail for a young person is more commonly granted when compared to adults. In addition, if bail is denied for a young person the procedure that must be followed to have the detention order reviewed is less complex and more accessible as well when compared to adults. Detention orders are usually reserved for very violent young persons.
As discussed earlier, the principles that govern the Youth Criminal Justice Act were designed with an emphasis on rehabilitation and reintegration. In my experience, a judge will use incarceration as a last resort for extremely violent young persons. The focus is placed on establishing a sense of responsibility and accountability for the young person and this can often be accomplished without the need for incarceration.
A criminal record for a young person is generally sealed once they turn 18. However, that criminal record can resurface and can be used against the young person if the young person is found guilty of an offence later in life as an adult.
Mr. Vakili has successfully defended young persons charged with all types of criminal offences including but not limited to theft, fraud, assault, threats, mischief, criminal harassment and robbery to mention a few. When your liberty is on the line you need an experienced and highly skilled advocate by your side who will vigorously fight for your rights.
If you have been charged with a Criminal Offence as a youth you should call our office to schedule your free consultation. Mr. Vakili will carefully review your disclosure and will work with you to develop a vigorous defence to ensure the best possible outcome in your case.