Young offenders between ages 12 and 18, who get charged with criminal offenses are governed under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). What affects where the case gets presented, is the date when the alleged event took place. It does not depend on the accused age when he or she goes on trial.
The YCJA strives to promote rehabilitation and reintegration of the youth back into the society. It upholds that young persons should be held accountable through measures that take into account the level of responsibility of the accused and seriousness of the offense.
Usually, young offenders get referred to community programs or agencies that address the underlying cause of their behavior. It advocates for meaningful consequences to the young offenders, in the youth justice system.
If you are looking for representation for your child or loved one, Grewal Law has vast experience working in the youth justice system and will provide guidance and protection during the case.
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