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Céline Dostaler offers a defence against young offender charges. Reach her at 613.863.8595 to mitigate personal consequences.
If you or someone you know are under the age of 18 and have been charged with a crime, you cannot be tried as an adult. You are considered a youth under the law and your case will be dealt with under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). This Act provides an alternative way of dealing with young offenders, focusing on rehabilitation more than punishment.
Punishments under the YCJA are often not as harsh as those that are given for the same offences committed by adults. Punishments may include paying restitution, attending counseling sessions, or taking part in community service programs.
These principles of the YCJA are reflected in the special procedures, rules, and rights that are accorded to young people. Youth are considered especially vulnerable and are advised to retain counsel to represent them as soon as possible.
Sentencing under the YCJA differs from sentencing an adult. The judge must first consider the principles of the YCJA. Sentences should:
Céline Dostaler, an experienced criminal lawyer in Ottawa, can assist in maneuvering through your youth offence charges.