Youth Crimes Require A Unique Legal Approach

Youth aged 12 to 17 who are alleged to have committed criminal offences are subject to laws set out in the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). The YCJA is designed to protect the public and hold young people accountable for their actions, while promoting the rehabilitation and reintegration of young offenders.

Under YCJA guidelines, an emphasis is placed on extrajudicial measures to less serious offences, particularly for first-time, nonviolent offenders. The objective in all youthful offender cases is to apply penalties that are proportionate to the seriousness of the offence. There are a number of solutions that are not available to adults who face the same charges.

Work With A Lawyer Who Understands The YCJA

At the law office of V. Singh Professional Corporation in St. Catharines, we serve as strong advocates for young people who are accused of criminal activity. We ensure their rights are protected, and we work to keep a conviction from going on their record.

As an established criminal defence practice in the Niagara region, we work closely with local community organizations like Pathstone, Port Cares and Youth Resources Niagara to help our youth clients and their families navigate the criminal justice process.

We represent youths who face a wide range of criminal charges, including: