Juvenile Law

If, as a minor, you are suspected of having committed a criminal offense, there is much coming at you. Not only for the minor himself, but for the parents as well, this is often a traumatic event. Our office finds it important to communicate swiftly and clearly, also with parents. We are experienced in dealing with offenses of indecent behaviour, crimes against life, against property and crimes of violence. For a successful outcome of the case, it may be useful to assess psychological and psychiatric reports. Here, too, we have great expertise.

For questions on the juvenile justice system, please contact LLM Yildiz Bérénos.

For question regarding cassation, please contact LLM Niels van Steijn.

Juveniles are at the right address if they are suspected of a criminal offense (Juvenile criminal law). Because the brains of young people are still developing, they are entitled to a different approach than adults. That is why the Juvenile Criminal Law has been expressly developed for youngsters. They must be able to rely on good representation during their trial, and be informed in a comprehensible way what is in store for them. LLM Bérénos gives assistance to young people suspected of all sorts of offenses, such as theft, assault or sexual offenses. The court may also decide to second LLM Bérénos as a lawyer in lawsuits where the Public Prosecutor settles the case. These are offenses that are too light to be dealt with in the juvenile court. Here it is assessed whether the juvenile should accept the offer made by the Public Prosecutor or that it might be better to take the case to the juvenile court.

If the judge is to decide whether children should be put into care, relocated or in a closed institution, they can count on assistance from our lawyers.

LLM Pieters is often appointed as guardian ad litem by the court. This happens in questions of descent, but also in questions where children have come into conflict with their parents. LLM Pieters then looks at the wishes and interests of the children, taking as a starting point that the dispute best be settled extrajudicially

Young people, over the age of 12, may themselves seek advice from one of our lawyers if they have a legal question.