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Youth Criminal Justice

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Youth criminal justice

Young people (those 12 to 17 years of age) can be charged criminally, but their cases are dealt with under a different procedural regime. When facing a criminal charge as a youth, working with an experienced lawyer is critical. Defending young clients under the Youth Criminal Justice Act requires knowledge of the different procedures and an understanding of its unique set of rules.

Defending youths charged with a range of crimes.

At Martland & Saulnier, every member of our team has spent a part of their career focusing principally on youth criminal justice. As a result, we are well versed in navigating the system and are able to prepare a vigorous defence tailored to the unique circumstances involved.

The lawyers at our practice have defended youth charged with a range of crimes, including murder, drug charges, riot charges, and sexual assault. We understand how much is at stake, especially for first-time offenders.

Working with our team means having experience on your side.

Contrary to popular belief, a charge received as a youth can carry over into adulthood, making it difficult to secure employment or clear a range of important background checks. We have taught courses on youth criminal justice at:

  • UBC Peter A. Allard School of Law
  • SFU School of Criminology
  • legal conferences
  • high schools in British Columbia and Manitoba

We are knowledgeable about the options available to youth charged with criminal offences, and are dedicated to working towards an outcome that minimizes long-term implications.

About us

Martland & Saulnier is a leading Vancouver criminal law firm. We have been recognized by Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of the top criminal law boutiques in Canada for 2022-2023. We help people from every walk of life, with all types of criminal cases.

Please reach out to discuss your case.