Young Offenders refer to those between the ages of 12 and 18. Juvenile convictions typically do not lead to criminal inadmissibility, yet the unique circumstances of each case will allow for determining whether there is a potential for inadmissibility. The youth criminal justice Act governs the application of correctional and criminal law at the time of committing the offence (Section 2 of the YCJA).
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Sentencing for young offenders
The courts tend to approach sentencing with a motivation to rehabilitate young offenders as they move forward into society as eventual adults. Judges consider the least restrictive possible youth sentences and by law must consider all other reasonable sanctioning options:
- A stern, cautionary reprimand from the presiding judge
- Absolute or conditional discharge from the youth’s record, taking 1-3 years respectively
- Fine not to exceed $1,000
- Restitution for damages
- Deferred custody, which is basically a juvenile house arrest
- Open custody
- Secure custody
Youth records often become erased or sealed and inaccessible upon the age of 18, but exceptions can be made under some serious circumstances.
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