Criminal Investigations & Prosecutions
Juveniles and youth crime
"Corker Binning is a first class firm. It is large enough to take on the most challenging and document-heavy cases but, by not getting too big, they have preserved the personal touch of a much smaller firm and always have wonderful attention to detail"
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As part of our expertise in police investigations and criminal defence, we advise juveniles (young people under the age of 18) who are subject to an investigation for a criminal offence or who are being prosecuted in the youth court.
For a young person, as well as for their parents or guardians, this can be a very daunting and stressful experience. Our lawyers will steer you sensitively through the process and procedure. We are committed to achieving the best outcome for our clients and to providing them with all the guidance and assistance they require. Young people in particular need to feel reassured and supported through this difficult time. On many occasions, we have successfully made representations on our young client’s behalf to divert them away from prosecution.
We have, in recent times, provided advice and representation to a number of youth clients in relation to offences of possession and distribution of indecent images (including via “sexting” and social media), as well as those accused of rape and other sexual offences. We are also experienced in navigating the ancillary issues connected with investigations of this nature, including school authority action and the involvement of social services.
Our youth crime lawyers have recently advised on the following matters:
- A 16-year-old under investigation for an alleged rape occurring at school. No further action was taken.
- A student arrested for drug possession, assaulting an emergency worker and criminal damage. We persuaded the CPS not to prosecute for any offences after obtaining video evidence about his heavy-handed arrest.
- A 15-year-old accused of revenge pornography and malicious communications offences.
- A 17-year-old who was acquitted at trial of conspiracy to rob and perverting the course of justice.
- A sixth form student under investigation following historic allegations of sexual assault made on social media.
- Making successful representations to the CPS, post-charge, not to pursue prosecution against a 15-year-old who engaged in consensual sexual activity with his 14-year-old girlfriend.