In Canada, young offenders are subject to different laws and rules than adults. Specifically, youth are governed by the Youth Criminal Justice Act. This Act applies to youth between the ages of 12 to 18 who have been accused of a criminal offence. The principles of this Act attempt to target the conditions and circumstances that often leads a young person to commit a criminal act, as such circumstances are often quite different from adults. The youth criminal justice system tries to avoid incarceration when it can, and instead focuses more on the rehabilitation of the youth and his/her reintegration back into society. Measures outside of the formal court system are also a major consideration in the Youth Criminal Justice Act, as these measures are frequently shown as being a more effective response rehabilitating youth than traditional criminal punishment. Youth are also in a better position to avoid having a criminal record by avoiding the courts altogether.
The criminal justice system can be intimidating and stressful as a parent and as a youth. Lakin Afolabi is a criminal lawyer in Windsor Ontario, and has much experience getting positive results for youth in the justice system. If you, a friend, or your child has been accused of a criminal offence.
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