Youth Crime Solicitors

If your child gets into trouble with the law and is accused of a crime, it’s important to know which steps to take next legally.

At Slater Heelis, our Youth Crime Solicitors can offer expert advice and guide you through the legal process, from police station questioning through to court sentencing.

If an individual is under the age of 18, they are classed as a youth in the eyes of the law.

Children, however, can be held criminally responsible from the age of 10. Most youths are tried in the Youth Court.

The Youth Court sits in the Magistrates court and there are often cases where specially trained District Judges or law Magistrate’s who deal with these cases.

At Slater Heelis, our team of Youth Crime Solicitors can offer you legal support and representation throughout the process.

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Youth sentencing

The youth court has a range of sentencing options at its disposal and will deal with all, but the most serious of cases will get transferred to the crown court.

There will almost always be involvement from the Youth Offending Team and unlike the adult courts, the youth courts focus on the offender and there is a general agreement that the criminalisation of youths should be avoided wherever possible.

Restorative justice is a tool that can be used to sway the police away from prosecution. This system is victim led and may involve an apology or compensation payable.

It can be an attractive option as there may be no finding of guilt and will not result in a criminal record or a disclosure on a DBS check. In addition to this, youths may receive cautions during court sentences, however, this depends entirely on the severity of the case.

Choosing the right Youth Crime Solicitor

At Slater Heelis, we strongly believe that your child needs to be comfortable with the legal representative. We offer full police station representation and guidance before questioning, as well as thorough research into the case and court representation.

A member of our Youth Crime team will ensure that the police and other services are sensitive to the needs of the child and can ensure that their immaturity is not mistaken as criminality.

Dealing with children and young people is a specialist area of law.  Our youth crime lawyers are committed to understanding your child and finding a solution that protects their reputation and their future.

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