343-309-9226 or 705-742-0440 or 613-531-9099 or 613-505-0059 or 613-771-7260 or 705-878-8100 or 289-301-1890 or 905-725-3564 or 289-803-0288 or 647-932-8077 or 905-458-1921 or 289-780-7252 or 1-800-668-1657
April 1, 2022
Underage “Sexting” Rules
Those under 18 who engage in sexting could be found guilty of child pornography-related offences under section 163.1 of the Criminal Code.
July 9, 2020
Navigating the YCJA: Consequences of a Youth Criminal Charge
The reality is that the law treats certain groups one way, and other groups in another way, and this is a central tenant of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA): treat children one way, youth another, and adults another.
May 4, 2020
Under 18? Charged With a Criminal Offence?
If a youth is charged with a criminal offence in Canada, the offence would be one found in the Criminal Code. In other words, the offences youth can be charged with are the same as the offences adults can be charged with. The difference is that the procedures to some extent and the sentences to a great extent, will be different for youths. The rules that govern how the criminal justice system handles youths who have been charged with a criminal offence are found in the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).
August 1, 2019
How to Protect Your Children From Ontario’s Legalization of Cannabis
You may be a concerned parent doing some on-line research about the legalization of cannabis to get ahead of potential issues arising from this or you may have a child that is already facing cannabis related charges.
April 8, 2019
Youth Criminal Justice Act: Options for young people in Durham
Young people under the YCJA have choices that are not available to adults. It is even more important that they have the very best legal advice and support.
March 31, 2019
Age Of Consent to Sexual Activity
The age of consent is the age at which a person’s consent to sexual activity is legally valid. The law regarding age of consent applies to all forms of sexual activity.
November 27, 2018
SEXUAL ASSAULT: WHAT DOES AGE HAVE TO DO WITH IT AND HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOUNG ADULTS AND YOUNG PERSONS?
Lack of consent forms the heart of any sexual assault case and the Criminal Code sets out the ages below which the alleged victim is deemed to be not consenting to the sexual activity.
October 30, 2018
Reduced Fees For Durham Region Young Offenders
Aitken Robertson realizes there is a gap between what Legal Aid covers and what is affordable for most families. We are going to provide legal services to those charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act but only those who are in Oshawa Court. This program will be limited to only a few files (5) a month, but is our way of giving back to the community.
September 4, 2018
10 Things You Need to Know if Your Child is Arrested
As a parent you play an extremely important role throughout the progress of your child’s legal matter, but as it is succinctly put on the Government of Canada’s website: “Do not try to fix the problem yourself.”
July 31, 2018
Age of criminality: “How old is too young?”
On April 13, 2018, the State of Massachusetts passed a bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 7 years old to 12. That’s right: the age of criminal responsibility had been 7 years old – essentially a child in Grade 2. The good news is that the new age there is now 12 years which is the same as the age in Canada.