Juvenile Offences or Young Offenders
There is a misconception that when a young person (a person under 18 years of age) is arrested and convicted of a crime, that the conviction will not go on his or her record. That is not necessarily true. Youth court is a real court with real penalties that could have a significant impact on the future prospects of employment and secondary education for a young person. Teenagers who are convicted may be expelled from school and prevented from attending university.
Parents of the accused
The parents of a young person who has been charged are often more disturbed by the charges than the young person themselves. This anxiety is due primarily to a lack of familiarity with the justice system, its consequences, and often times a feeling that they do not understand their children.
This anxiety produces a certain amount of conflict in the parent. On one hand, parents naturally want to protect their children’s rights and minimize any long-term fallout a criminal charge could provide. On the other hand, parents believe that since their child has been charged, there must be a reason and therefore they are probably guilty of the accusation.
Yet simply because a young person has been charged does not necessarily mean that they are guilty.
One major difference between young people and adults is the reluctance with which jail is used as a consequence to a conviction. Young people are presumed to be capable of rehabilitation and incarceration is to be used sparingly. Similarly, a youth criminal record is automatically sealed after a certain period of time even without a request on the part of the young person or his family.
Steven Slimovitch provides experienced counsel and representation throughout the youth court process. He defends youths who are accused of:
Vandalism or damage to property
Assault and participating in school fights
Illegal possession of weapons/carrying weapons to school
Shoplifting and theft
Breaking and entering
Drug possession or selling
When you or someone you know is a youth and has been charged with a crime, it is important to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Steven Slimovitch is a highly skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer and is the father of three adult children. He has defended many young people and successfully enabled them to get their lives back on track.