Youth Crime and the Law

"They stand out because of their ability to stop a case before it gets started. Their commitment, preparation and tenacity set them apart."

Chambers UK 2018, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Our experienced youth crime lawyers are committed to understanding your child and finding a solution that protects their reputation.  Applying the law to children and young people is a specialist area of law.  We have considerable experience and demonstrated success in ensuring that their age, lack of willingness to communicate and curiosity are not misinterpreted as illegality.
 
A call to say your son or daughter is in trouble with the law is something every parent fears.  We understand that young people make mistakes and that immaturity sometimes results in errors of judgement.  We believe that such misjudgements should not result in a permanent mark against a young person’s character. 

Our youth crime lawyers are formally trained and experienced in building rapport and trust with your child so that they feel confident in giving instructions and understanding the advice they receive.  We view you as an essential partner in the process and value your input in resolving your child’s case. 

Achieving the best outcome for our clients

Some young people think that offences committed while under 18 years old are wiped from their record when they become adults.  This is not true.  A record will always be kept which can be disclosed at the discretion of the police in the future.  UCAS and college applications routinely ask for information about convictions and cautions which can be determinative in securing and retaining your child’s place in education.  Our representation is targeted at avoiding arrest and conviction and thereby limiting the impact on your child’s future prospects.

Like you, we understand that there is a lot more to your child than the isolated issue that brings them into contact with the youth justice system.  By engaging one of our specialist youth crime lawyers, you give your son or daughter the best opportunity to safely navigate this complex area of law. 

We understand that young people do not think like adults and often cannot foresee the consequences of their actions.  Sometimes their reticence makes it difficult to give an  innocent explanation for what has happened.  We are able to support them in doing this to ensure the law does not mistakenly define their immaturity as youth crime.

We achieve the best outcome by forcing the police and others involved in the youth justice system to apply common sense to your child’s situation.  This includes finding the least onerous outcome which may be as simple as an apology.  We will always look for innovative alternatives to prosecution that avoid a criminal record.  In addition to addressing the immediate crisis, our lawyers aim to equip your child with information and skills that diminish the likelihood of future contact with the criminal justice system.

WHAT CLIENTS AND THEIR PARENTS HAVE SAID about us

"Getting in touch with you was the best and single most important step in coping with this situation."

"You respected the age of your client in your calm but firm and honest dealing with [my child]."

"I would not wish my family’s recent experience on anyone but I would view anyone lucky enough to secure your services extremely fortunate."

“The minute I spoke to Sandra I knew we were in safe hands. So professional yet created a very relaxed environment for my son."

"Gosh I can finally smile again. Thank you so much.”

"[My child and I] are both ever so grateful for having crossed paths with you…you were such a pleasure to work with, you so ably guided us through and were an amazing support to us."

"Thank you very much for all your work on this case – we as a family are very appreciative of your help and support. You helped us at a very difficult time and we are still grateful. [Our child] has certainly come out of it as well as can be expected and I think he is determined to become a Rock Star solicitor having met you all! He still thinks you are one of the coolest people he’s ever met!"

"I was absolutely thrilled [with the outcome] and it has felt like a big weight off my shoulders. These past 4 months have been absolutely horrendous, but ameliorated by being able to rely on all of you to chat and answer questions (however silly). Many thanks to all of you for your hard work. Just saying thank you, feels a trifle insufficient given the gravitas of the situation but I do really mean it."

"I am of course very fortunate that my parents had pulled together the resources so I could have my own solicitor, had this not been possible my future would have been very different."

[Our child] will head back to Uni next week and the difference in his mood and outlook is heart-warming. The future is looking bright again." 

"We cannot thank you enough for all the support, guidance and expertise not to mention the shocking yet amazing outcome."

"Your professional approach was incredibly reassuring to us as we were going through a very difficult time. We are so grateful for all the help and support you gave [our child] and ourselves at that time and would unequivocally recommend you to parents and teenagers going through similar situations. "

 

Further information about youth crime and justice

Please see our page on frequently asked questions about youth crime and our youth crime blogs for further information and regular updates. 

Should you have any questions, please contact our team of youth crime lawyers in confidence or call us on +44 (0)20 7814 1200. 

"Getting in touch with you was the best and single most important step in coping with this situation."

"You respected the age of your client in your calm but firm and honest dealing with [my child]."

"I would not wish my family’s recent experience on anyone but I would view anyone lucky enough to secure your services extremely fortunate."

The parent of one of our clients

"[My child and I] are both ever so grateful for having crossed paths with you…you were such a pleasure to work with, you so ably guided us through and were an amazing support to us."

The parent of one of our clients

"Thank you very much for all your work on this case – we as a family are very appreciative of your help and support. [Our child] has certainly come out of it as well as can be expected and I think he is determined to become a Rock Star solicitor having met you all!"

Parent of one of our clients

The care, consideration and professionalism which [our child] was treated with by you, meant what could have been potentially a life changing experience was one where he felt informed, understood and less frightened. I will never be able to thank you enough.

Parent of one of our clients

Youth Crime and the Law Insights

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Blogs

Eastenders explores rape: Part 5 - what happens when a complainant wants to "drop the case"?

Eastenders explores rape: Part 4 – what happens when someone is accused of rape?

C5 notices – extrajudicial punishment or innovative policing?

Fresher’s Week – what consent is and why drunkenness is not a defence

PACE under review: no excuse for failing to maintain the dignity of those held in custody

Sexting: “Outcome 21” - a solution or part of the problem?

Youth Justice Part Two: Mini sex offenders or just kids?

Tongue splitting, ear removal and branding - the limits of consent as a defence to extreme body modification

Youth Justice Part One: Criminalising kids - a guide to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act for young people

Policing the internet – "fake news" and social media offence update

My Legal Advice To My Fresher Son

Youth Justice: time to change the age of criminal responsibility?

Everyone is talking about ‘fake news’, but what is it?

Fake News: Real Legal Issues or simply a great title for a competition?

UK prisons: is there any hope?

When can the High Court quash a police force’s crime-recording decision?

Is a conditional caution the way forward for dealing with and rehabilitating those accused of viewing indecent images of children?

Drones: an update from 2016

Sexual Risk Orders – a breach of civil liberties or necessary public protection?

The Times/Kingsley Napley Student Advocacy Competition

Coping with online disclosure

£1.9 bn investment in Cyber security: Government ramps up fight against cybercrime

Lack of data means doubts remain over efficacy of Stop and Search

Education, Education, Education: Plans to transform youth custody in England and Wales set out

Joint enterprise: Supreme Court decision a welcome and just clarification

Tackling knife crime – A new police initiative and tougher sentencing announced

PACE update: Changes to Code E

Youth Justice in the parliamentary spotlight

Criminal court procedure - 2015 in review

Cyber-crime: 2015 – a year in review

Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship – preparing for the new offence

R v Jogee: Joint Enterprise doctrine considered by the Supreme Court and Privy Council

Back to the future? The law and the use of hoverboards

Resentencing the Krays

CPS and police struggle under the load of sex abuse investigations

Stoptober and new offences: the month of nicotine

Drones: A fashion week toy or a prosecution waiting to happen?

Freshers’ Week - #ConsentIs… drunkenness is not a defence

Police powers: common law and disclosing information

Stop and search – mapping abuse of powers?

New guidance to prosecutors on “Revenge Porn”

Public Nudity – staying within the law

Allegations of ‘revenge porn’ on the rise

Rape and consent – can a phone app help?

Revenge porn: No guarantee of anonymity for complainants

The Psychoactive Substances Bill 2015-16 – legal highs, how low can you go?

Criminal ramifications for ‘sexting’ teenagers

NCA launch high-profile strike against cyber-criminals

Temporary Class Drug Order – legal highs’ bubble to be ‘burst’

Surveillance and the individual – a move towards greater transparency

New “drug driving” offence comes into force today

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