It is evident that youths are given a unique verdict when they are arraigned in court. Unlike their older counterparts some legal elements are lifted to suit their maturity status. When I talk of youths I categorically refer to minors who are below 18 years of age. Also, as a young offender lawyer, it is clear that the confidentiality of the minor is paramount while pursuing legal action.
If the accuser violates the law and exposes the identity of the minor, there are penalties that may apply. The main objective of hiding the identity of the minors is to protect them from psychological torture which may affect their future ambitions.
Why are minors treated differently?
According to the constitutional outline and the international child rights, it is evident that these minors are given a special priority in all the legal procedures. Young offender lawyers Burlington is at the forefront in ensuring that the minor’s rights are upheld with utmost care.
There are some legal notions that make these minors be exonerated from facing full jaws of the law. They are:
- The likelihood to reform- it is believed that young minors can reform after being punished. They tend to understand their mistakes and desire to change to avoid future embarrassment. It is also believed that since they are not hardcore criminals, the likelihood of them changing is very high. The authorities are also lenient to them and the possibilities of being given a second chance are high. Mostly, they are sent to rehabilitation centers for a short time where moral values and good virtues are instilled in them.
- The relatives are likely to sacrifice a lot in order to set you free. When a minor is convicted of a crime, the relatives are likely to participate fully in the legal process. They will alma-gate their resources, hire the best lawyers like us, as well as try to convince the accuser to drop the case.
- They are termed ignorant and unaware of the rules and regulations governing them. This notion does not apply to their mature counterparts who in this context face statements like ‘Ignorance of the law is no excuse’. Thus they end up breaking the law and being sent to rehabilitation centers where they are released afterwards after reforming.
The laws of different regions may differ depending on the social, economic and political status. For the minors, these laws regardless of where they are formulated are always immune to protect these minors from societal vices and torture.