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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