Young people make mistakes; it’s part of growing up. Most often, these transgressions are relatively minor and allow us to learn from our errors and move on with our lives. Occasionally, however, a youthful mistake can also constitute a criminal offence and as such can have long-term and grave consequences not only for the child but for his or her parents as well.
In Canada, crimes committed by young people are treated differently that criminal offences committed by adults, but that does not mean that the potential consequences are any less serious. Canada’s young offender laws deal with all kinds of cases, including drunk driving, drug crimes, assault, firearm offences, sex crimes, gang related offences, theft, and homicide. While the Youth Criminal Justice Act emphasizes rehabilitation as opposed to incarceration for young persons who are found guilty of criminal offences, there are still many situations where the Crown Attorney will seek a jail sentence. Furthermore, in some particularly serious cases, such as those involving aggravated assault, rape, and murder, the Crown prosecution may seek to have the youth offender tried as an adult which could result in an even lengthier sentence.
For parents, the trauma of seeing their child charged with a crime and facing prison time is sometimes coupled with the possibility of losing their parental rights either temporarily or permanently, with the children becoming wards of the state.
If your child has been accused of a crime—whether for a relatively minor infraction like shoplifting or causing a disturbance, or a major crime such as a drug charge, sexual assault, or even homicide— it is important that you secure the services of a qualified, skilled criminal defence lawyer immediately in order to protect their rights and to make sure they have solid representation when their case comes before a judge. A good criminal defence lawyer will be intimately familiar with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, have extensive experience dealing with cases involving youth offences, and will help your child and your family navigate this difficult experience, minimizing the impact on all of your lives.
Since 1996, the law firm of Mitch Engel, Barrister & Solicitor has been providing clients throughout the Oshawa, Brampton, and Mississauga areas with top-level criminal defence representation, including the representation of youthful offenders. Mitch focuses exclusively on criminal law and his extensive experience has given him excellent insight and strategic instincts about how to prepare and present the best possible defence in each unique case. His commitment to integrity, his passion and professionalism, and his excellent track record have earned him the respect of clients, colleagues, and courts throughout the Toronto area. A strong and zealous advocate, Mitch Engel stays available to his clients 24/7 and works on a block fee basis, meaning that his clients pay an initial retainer, which is then applied toward a fee for his services. He understands that his clients are making an investment in him, and works tirelessly to earn their trust and provide the advice and guidance they need. Call Mitch at (866) 761-7077 to get the legal advice you need to reclaim your life.