Juvenile Offenders

Armstrong Legal is an Australian law firm specialising in criminal law and family law. We understand having family members who are involved in crime or are caught up in the criminal justice system puts great strain on you and the rest of your family. It is our goal to provide families with resources that will assist them to understand the criminal justice system and to obtain specialist assistance from organisations designed to help them and the young person during this difficult time.

The majority of juvenile offenders in New South Wales are dealt with by the Children’s Court.

Children’s Court

Young people who are charged with summary criminal offences in New South Wales are generally dealt with by the Children’s Court. The Children’s Court operates similarly to the Local Court. Children who are facing criminal charges may apply for bail, plead guilty or contest charges in the Children’s Court. The Children’s Court can sentence juvenile offenders to a range of penalties, including fines, good behaviour bonds, supervised orders and detention.

Youth Drug and Alcohol Court

The Youth Drug and Alcohol Court (YDAC) is a specialist court for young offenders between ages of 14 and 18 who have a drug dependency. YDAC aims to help teenagers overcome both drug dependency and criminal offending by diverting them into individual treatment programs supervised by the Court for up to 12 months.

Youth Diversion Programs



If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.


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