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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.
Young Offenders In Ontario
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.
Young Offenders In Ontario
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.
Young Offenders In Ontario
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.
Young Offenders In Ontario
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.
Young Offenders In Ontario
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.”
Young Offenders In Ontario
July 30, 2018

Denial of Petition By Highest American Court May Put All Juveniles Accused At Risk

Late last month, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) denied the petition of Brendan Dassey; the once juvenile defendant whose case was popularized by the acclaimed Netflix series Making a Murderer.
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