The laws and legislation under the Youth Criminal Justice Act state that youths are charged under the same Criminal Code sections as adults. However, the process is quite different when the accused is under 18, regardless the offence; from the investigation all the way through to how the matter is handled in court. With special rules and procedures in place, youth crimes are a complex and highly sensitive area of the law. Mike understands the special needs and attention required when defending youth and has helped many youths to live a normal life unburdened by the mistakes of their youth.

  • Assault
  • Theft
  • Domestic Assault
  • Drugs
  • Mischief
  • Theft and other Property Crimes

Common Questions

What are youth charges?

Any time a person is charged after their 12th birthday and before their 18th birthday, the matters are dealt with in Youth Court. Young persons are treated differently than adults, and usually less severely. Mike has been representing Alberta Youths for over 20 years.

My son or daughter has been charged. What should I do?

Speak with a lawyer! During your free initial consultation, Mike will review the charge and advise you of the options available to your child.

But youth charges aren’t serious are they?

Although treated less seriously than an adult charge, having a youth record can cause issues for employment and travel.

Won’t these charges go away when my child turns 18?

No, this seems to be an ‘urban myth’. A youth record can get sealed (no longer used against a person) after a certain length of time has passed after a conviction. Different charges are dealt with differently, so make sure to inquire with Mike to get the details.