Maureen McConaghy is a youth criminal lawyer in Calgary. Anyone under the age of 18 who is charged with a criminal offence is prosecuted under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Maureen spent her early years as a prosecutor in the Youth Court and knows the special procedures and guidelines when youth are prosecuted. She takes these cases as seriously as her adult offenders and vigorously defends them as often there is insufficient evidence to prove the charges. As well, even though youth records are sealed, it is always best never have a criminal record at all.
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If you are a youth in Calgary, aged 12-17, and are accused or charged with a crime, you need a good criminal lawyer to help you deal with the police, the courts, and the legal process.
A lawyer who does a lot of criminal law knows the rules that must be followed in criminal cases and is more likely familiar with the Calgary Court procedures.
If you are the parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18 in Calgary or throughout Alberta who has been charged with a crime, then your child needs a lawyer who has experience in Youth Court matters. A youth who has been charged with an offence has a right to obtain and instruct counsel without delay. Children or youth under the age of 12 who have committed a crime will not be arrested and will not go to court. They are typically dealt with by child and youth services or a mental health agency if parents cannot deal with the problems.
Working with Youth at Risk of Crime in Calgary
Several long-standing programs aimed at youth have been ideal vehicles for preventative work on gangs, including the YARD program and having School Resource Officers in Calgary schools.
The Youth at Risk Development Program (YARD) is a community-based early intervention initiative that supports youth who are at risk of gang involvement.
Youth in Calgary and across Canada face a multitude of problems that can increase their likelihood of becoming involved in a crime.
Youth in Poverty
Growing up in poverty can mean a lack of good nutritious food, which can mean lower energy levels, difficulty concentrating in school, and fewer social opportunities. Many of these youth fall in with the wrong crowd, get involved in crime, then end up facing criminal charges in the youth justice system, then when they become of age and if their criminal behavior continues, then end up in the adult court system. Once you have an adult criminal record, there can be challenges getting employment.
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