Young People and the Law

Our experienced youth 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 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. 

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 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.

Further information

Please see our other blogs on youth crime and justice for further information and regular updates. 

Should you have any questions, please contact the team or call us on +44 (0)20 7814 1200. 

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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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