Youth Arrests


In the event of your child being arrested, a reputable criminal lawyer can help make the process smoother and ensure that the youth is treated fairly. A good criminal lawyer experienced in youth arrests can make sense of the ever evolving laws in this area and advise your best course of action for your case.

Regardless of whether your child is guilty or not guilty, or your beliefs as such, you should consult a criminal lawyer immediately upon the child’s arrest. At any other time during the process, including being charged with a crime, going to court, or being sentenced, it is always advisable to have a lawyer on hand who understands the special circumstances surrounding youth arrests.

How a Lawyer Can Help

A reputable criminal lawyer can help make the process smoother and ensure that the youth is treated fairly. A good criminal lawyer experienced in youth arrests can make sense of the ever-evolving laws in this area and advise your best course of action for your case.

Do Not:

  • Attempt to influence the police or handle the situation yourself.
  • Encourage the youth to make statements to the police or do so yourself before consulting a lawyer.
  • Have the youth waive the right to a lawyer.

A Youth’s Rights Include:

  • The parents or guardians of an arrested youth should be informed as soon as possible after the arrest.
  • The youth has the right to have a parent, guardian and/or a lawyer present while they are being questioned by the police.

Parental Responsibilities Include:

  • Guardians may be required to appear with the youth at all judiciary hearings.
  • Parents may be appointed as the “Responsible Person” who is required to supervise the youth during the duration of the legal proceedings.
  • Support and giving guidance to the youth throughout the duration of the proceedings.

How a Lawyer Can Help

  • Protect the rights of the youth during the proceedings.
  • Represent the youth during judicial proceedings.
  • Negotiate terms and conditions of a sentence in the event of a conviction including the length of the criminal record.

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