Young people, 12 to 17 years of age, charged with a Criminal offence are dealt with under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).
Under the YCJA, the law tends to be much more lenient towards young people as compared to adults charged with the same criminal offence. Youths are dealt with differently than adults due to the commonly held belief that they are not yet fully morally developed.
Why Retain a Lawyer Privately?
All youths charged with a criminal offence are automatically eligible to have a lawyer appointed by Legal Aid.
However, a key distinction between a privately retained lawyer and a lawyer appointed by legal aid is that the latter is restricted in the type and amount of work they can do. As privately retained lawyers, we can go above and beyond the legal aspects of a case. We are also able to spend more time on a file and more time consulting with our clients.
If your son or daughter faces a more serious criminal charge, it may be even more appropriate to hire a defence lawyer privately. If the charge(s) attract much more serious penalties, such as jail time, it is important to hire a lawyer with the expertise to deal with those charges.
At Muenz Criminal Law, we will work with you and your son or daughter to create the defence strategy best suited to your needs
We have defended youths charged with murder, sexual
assault, aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, as well as serious property
offences, such as fraud and theft.