There is a misconception that when a young person is arrested and convicted for a crime, that the conviction will not go on his or her record. 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. If your son or daughter has been arrested, talk with a lawyer as soon as possible about your options for defence.
At Engel & Associates, our lawyers can help to defend your rights and the rights of your child after an arrest in Ontario. As a parent, you have the right to be there with your child when he or she is questioned by police. It is important to get your son or daughter out of the police station and brought home as soon as possible. Be there to support your child and let an experienced lawyer handle the defence process.
While much of the concern from parents is generally about the long-term consequences of an arrest and/or conviction, there is still the reality that jail time, fines and other penalties may be assessed in the present. Our firm has handled youth court cases that include:
Of course, while short-term penalties need to be considered, the long-term impact on your kid’s future opportunities may be the most important reason to contact an experienced lawyer. Our firm will look for the most effective way of reducing or eliminating the impact a mistake today will have on his or her life tomorrow.
If your child has been arrested and charged with a crime, or you have been contacted by authorities, contact lawyers Bruce Engel or Elena Davies at Engel & Associates. Call our Ottawa office 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (613) 235-6324.