Young Offenders

Any youth ages 12 to 17 years of age arrested for criminal activities in Ontario will be charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

Parliament passed the YCJA into law to amend prior acts regulating the juvenile law process in Canada, including the original Juvenile Delinquents Act and subsequent Young Offenders Act.

The YCJA sets out a series of legal processes designed to help youth address the need for accountability, rehabilitation and reintegration. While the outcomes for youth convicted under the YCJA can be severe, they are in place to address key issues such as:

  • Appropriateness for the level of offence committed
  • Effective intervention in order to correct behaviour
  • Accountability for the offending actions

If you are the parent or legal guardian of a youth charged under the YCJA, it is important to understand that your child may be sentenced as an adult, and for that reason, it is critical to hire a criminal defence lawyer who understands the YCJA process and strategies to make sure your child receives the best possible outcome.

An Unparalleled Record Of Protecting The Future Of Young Offenders

If your child has been charged with a criminal offence in Ontario, call Doney Law Office in Guelph immediately. David G. Doney has a successful record of protecting the rights of youth for four decades. Call 519-804-9829 or contact the firm's office by email.