A youth crime is a crime committed by an individual between the ages of 12 and 17. Being tried as an adult or youth is based on the age of the accused at the time of the crime, (not at the time of the trial).
Individuals under the age of 12 are not prosecuted for crimes within the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Youths age 12 and above can be prosecuted for any criminal act such as arson, impaired driving, theft, etc. Punishments for youth criminals are less severe than adults.
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