Youth Crime

The age of criminal responsibility in England is 10 years old.  This means that children can find themselves arrested by the police and at Court.

The police station is a frightening experience.  Although they will be allowed a parent or carer at certain times in the police station, and an appropriate adult in the interview they may suddenly find themselves alone, in a cell.

We understand that being a young person accused of a criminal offence is a traumatic and frightening experience.

It is crucial that young people and their families know their rights and the most important right is that to free and independent legal advice.

EFBW provides support at all stages of the process, from the police station through to Court.

Why choose Edward Fail Bradshaw and Waterson’s youth lawyers?

We believe that young people should not be criminalised and work hard to prevent prosecutions whether through persuading the CPS to discontinue cases or seeking diversion through the youth offending system.

It is vital that young people and their parents and carers are kept informed at all times.  Our team of defence solicitors will keep you updated at all stages of the process.

If you are under 18 you will be entitled to legal aid and will not have to pay for representation regardless of the income of your parents.

Before you reach your 18th Birthday you will be dealt with in the Youth Court.  Only the most serious cases reach the Crown Court. 

Our expertise

Our solicitors have years of experience and expertise advising and representing young people.  We will be with the young person at the police station.  We provide clear advice to young people and their parents or carers.

Defending young people requires specialist skills to ensure they understand the process and are kept fully informed at all times.

Get in Touch with our expert youth solicitors in London today

For further advice, please call 0207 790 4032 (or for out of hours call 07841 454 170) or email


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