As a parent you want to protect your children from learning life lessons the hard way, but despite our best efforts they sometimes make decisions that land them in trouble. If your child is under the age of 18 and has been charged with a crime, they are considered a youth offender in the Canadian judicial system. For over 20 years, Haryett & Company has helped families like yours navigate the Edmonton legal system and defend the rights of young people in the system.
When your family is facing juvenile criminal charges, you need a lawyer who has argued before juvenile court judges, established themselves among juvenile court prosecutors and who knows how to seek alternate means of sentencing where your child can avoid incarceration, fines and other long-lasting consequences.
In some cases, young offenders can potentially have their sentences reduced or dismissed if they complete one or more of the following conditions:
Restitution: The child or child’s family is required to reimburse the victim for the damage that he or she caused
Counselling: to address emotional issues or drug dependency
Community Service: The youth is required to work in their community for a mandated amount of hours
Educational Performance: A performance plan requiring the child to meet certain grade requirements and attend school regularly.
How a Juvenile Conviction Will Affect Your Future
When a youth offender is convicted of a crime, they receive a criminal record which will stay with them for years to come. They might have difficulty obtaining a driver’s license, attending certain educational institutions as well as secure stable employment. Our goal is to help them avoid having a criminal record that could cost them the future that they deserve.
Contact Haryett & Company if your child has been charged with any of the following youth offences: