The age of maturity differs from one jurisdiction to the other. In the UK, anyone under the age of 18 is considered to be a minor. Young people who are charged with a criminal offence cannot be subjected to the adversarial legal system by virtue of their age as well as their level of understanding of the proceedings. As such, anyone under the age of 18 and is at least 10 years old, who commits a crime and is subsequently charged with the same, is more than likely to appear before the youth court at some point. Representing and defending young people is a specialist area of law which ought to be handled only by those who have significant experience of working with children and have a thorough understanding of the Criminal Justice System, the Youth Offenders Act and applicability. It is also very important that the lawyer handling a young person’s case is very patient, very sensitive to the client’s plight and not judgmental.
London’s most prominent criminal defence law network operate a very strict policy when it comes to providing legal advice and representation to young offenders. Our solicitors make it their business to get to know our young clients and by so doing, to understand them a lot better. We have found on countless occasions that establishing and maintaining a good rapport with young offenders encourages them to open up about their problems. This assists immensely in the achievement of the primary purpose of the Youth Criminal Justice Act which is the rehabilitation and reintroduction of offenders into society rather than punishment.
Although most cases involving young people under 18 are heard before the Youth Court, the severity of some cases may sometimes warrant a Crown Court hearing. We will be there with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand everything going on. We also provide legal representation to young offenders at the Police station and assist with on-going Police investigations. The legal representation we provide our young clients is just as robust and as proactive as in other cases.
If you or your loved one has been charged with a crime and you are worried about the daunting legal process, contact us today through your parents or guardian and we will put your fears to rest. For parents and guardians who are looking for the best London criminal defence lawyers for their children or ward, our youth court lawyers at London’s most prominent criminal defence law network are exceptionally thorough in representing young offenders either at the Youth Court or at the Crown Court. We will apply our skills, expertise, and numerous years of experience to your child or ward’s case to ensure that we secure the best outcome for him or her in the circumstances.