Young persons accused of offences

There is a misconception that when a young person (a person under 18 years of age) is arrested and convicted of a crime, that the conviction will not have serious consequences. That is not necessarily true.  Youth court is a real court with real penalties that could have a significant impact on the future prospects of employment and secondary education for a young person. Teenagers who are convicted of a criminal offence may be expelled from school and even prevented from attending university.

Parents of the accused

The parents of a young person who has been charged are often more disturbed by the charges than the young person themselves.  This anxiety is due primarily to a lack of familiarity with the justice system, its consequences, and often times a feeling that they do not understand their own child.

This anxiety produces a certain amount of inner conflict for the parent. On one hand, parents naturally want to protect their children’s rights and minimize any long-term fallout a criminal charge may have. On the other hand, parents believe that since their child has been charged, there must be a reason and therefore they are probably guilty of the accusation.

Although as a defence lawyer Steven Slimovitch’s first responsibility is to the young person accused of a crime, he is also keenly aware that the young person is part of a family unit, which must considered.  Steven Slimovitch works with the young person and the parents to put forward the best defence possible.

Common Accusations Against Young People

One major difference between young people and adults is the reluctance with which jail is used as a consequence to a conviction.  Young people are presumed to be capable of rehabilitation and incarceration is used sparingly. Similarly, a youth criminal record is automatically sealed after a certain period of time even without a request on the part of the young person or his family.

Steven Slimovitch provides experienced counsel and representation throughout the youth court process. He defends youths who are accused of:

  • Criminal mischief
  • Vandalism or damage to property
  • Assault and participating in school fights
  • Illegal possession of weapons/carrying weapons to school
  • Shoplifting and theft
  • Robbery
  • Breaking and entering
  • Drug possession or selling

What Steven Slimovitch Can Offer You

When you or someone you know is a youth and has been charged with a crime, it is important to retain the services of an experienced criminal defence lawyer as soon as possible. Steven Slimovitch is a highly skilled and experienced criminal defence lawyer with a very impressive track record in this area. He is also the father of three adult children and understands the toll that this type of situation can take, both on parent and child. He has defended countless young people and has successfully supported them (and their parents) throughout the legal process and enabled them to get their lives back on track often with no criminal record.