Detention for Young People in the UK

Updated on Monday 19th December 2016

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The youngsters who break the law in the UK are liable to punishment. Depending on the severity of the offence, a young criminal may receive different kinds of sentences. If you are under 18 and accused of crimes or if you have an underage family member in the same situation it is recommended to ask for help and legal assistance from our criminal defence solicitors in London.


Types of sentences for young criminals in the UK

From the beginning, it is good to know that young offenders will receive different punishments than adults. In cases of violent crimes, the teenagers can receive a long-time custody, up to two years, depending on the severity of the crime and if there are violent or sexual crimes involved. After custody, the individual will be released under supervision for a certain period of time. In the case of murder, the minimum detention will be granted by the court, after a proper examination of the evidence and circumstances. In this situation, the supervision after detention will be permanent. Young people can receive the same sentence as or an adult if they are involved in serious crimes.

What is an indeterminate sentence in the UK?

Individuals accused of different serious crimes in the UK may receive an indeterminate prison sentence, which has no settled date of release. The young persons will spend the minimum amount of prison time settled by the Parole Board in the country. You should know that you can solicit legal help from our criminal lawyers in London, if you are under 18 and received an indeterminate sentence.


What is a determinate sentence in the UK?

Youngsters who received a determinate prison sentence in the UK must stay in custody for a fixed length of time. This means he can be imprisoned for six months and then under strict supervision in the community for other 6 months. In this time, the offender must not commit any other crime and must not break the rules of the determinate sentence.

No matter the sentence you have received, you should contact our defence solicitors in London for legal assistance upon your case.