The Criminal Code of Canada, the Young Offenders Act and other statutes contain maximum penalties only. Actual sentence imposed will be within the maximum for the specific offence or offences and will be based on many factors.
Please note that the Sentences Imposed on Young Offenders Tables show a spectrum or range of probable sentences based on the history of previous dispositions in the Ontario Court (Provincial Division) Family Court at Brampton. Consult a lawyer to assist you in preparation for sentencing. Your lawyer will gather evidence for sentencing purposes and make persuasive submissions to the Court respecting your unique case. Some of the following factors may be considered by your lawyer, by the Crown, and by the Court in imposing sentence under the Young Offenders Act.
|Of what offence or offences, if any, is the young person really guilty?|
|Are alternative measures available?|
|Does the young person have a prior Youth Court record?|
|Is this incident a serious example or a minor example of the offence?|
absence or presence of aggravating factors.
absence or presence of mitigating factors.
|Sentencing on other charges at the same time.|
|The sentence received by a co-accused.|
|Supportive parents present in Court.|
|A good or bad pre-disposition report.|
person's general character and reputation in the community.
|Criminal or other behaviour pending disposition|
|A treatment plan.|
|In what way did the parents already discipline the young person as a result of the incident.|
|The position taken by the the Crown as to appropriate sentence.|
|A joint submission by the Crown and defence.|
|The need for specific deterrence (does a custodial term need to be imposed to discourage this young person from offending again?) .|
of the crime in the community
|The need for general deterrence (does a custodial term need to be imposed to discourage other young persons and adults from committing a similar crime?)|
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