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What Happens if My Friend Shoplifts?

This post on the Justice for Children and Youth blog looks at what happens when a young person is caught shoplifting as well as the possible legal consequences for her friend who didn’t report it or try to stop her. The article includes information on Civil Recovery letters as well as what these young people could be charged with under the Criminal Code.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2013

What is the Youth Criminal Justice Act?

This post on the Justice for Children and Youth blog looks at the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), what it is for, who it applies to, and answers questions such as, “Will my parents find out if I commit a crime?” and “Will my classmates find out if I commit a crime?”

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2013

Youth Criminal Records: Will my youth record go away when I turn 18?

Justice for Children and Youth Lawyers talk about youth record access periods, as outlined in the Youth Criminal Justice Act. They explain how the sentence you received and the seriousness of the offense you were charged with affect when your youth record will be sealed.

Available in:

English

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2013

Youth Records

This resource explains what young people should know if they have a youth record. It covers topics such as: How soon a record will be destroyed, who has access to youth records, travel outside Canada, and effect on employment. It also explains what happens to a youth record according to the type of consequence or sentence given and the type of offence committed.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2013

Guide to Youth Criminal Court in Toronto

This guide to the youth court process is for young people living in Toronto charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). It describes the rights of young people who have been detained or arrested by police, what may happen leading up to the court date, and what to expect in the courtroom.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2012

Shoplifting and letters from stores demanding money

This guide explains what people caught shoplifting can do if they receive a letter from the store demanding payment, if they are asked to sign a document by store security guards, or if they receive a letter from a collection agency or a Statement of Claim.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2012

Talking to the police

What are your rights as a young person when the police approach you on the street and ask you questions? Do you have to answer? Can the police search you or use force against you? These are among the questions addressed in this post on the Justice For Children and Youth blog.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

Teenage Drunk Driving

This post on the Justice for Children and Youth blog focuses on drunk, or impaired, driving. It looks at what happens when someone is caught driving impaired and how the Youth Criminal Justice Act affects the way the police interact with a young person in this situation.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

The Law and Youth Novice Drivers in Ontario

This is a three-part blog post on the law around novice driving and graduated licensing in Ontario. It presents scenarios involving young drivers and looks at what happens when their activities violate the law.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

Underage Drinking in a Public Park

What legal issues do young people face if they are caught drinking in public? This blog post looks at the laws that may apply, including those that prohibit underage drinking, drinking in public, and, possibly, local laws.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012