You were just stopped by the police. They said you committed a crime. And they told your parents what you did.
You now find yourself in one of these situations:
- The police told you what will happen next.
- The police said that you will hear more later.
Find out what will happen. Teens usually get easier treatment than adults.
Your Rights with the Police
If the police stop you, they must tell you about these rights:
To learn more, see our article The Police and Your Rights.
You have other rights too. It’s important to know your rights and how people must respect them during the steps that happen next.
Read this section if the police told you what will happen next.
What happens next depends on your situation.
- Did the police give you a warning? Did they say they would refer you to a community organization called an “Organisme de justice alternative” or OJA (alternative justice organization)? Find out because it might mean that you do not have to go to court.
- Did they give you a document called a promise to appear or an appearance notice? In this case, you will have to go to youth court at the date and time stated in the document. You have no choice. This is called an appearance.
|Important! You must obey any orders you were given. For example, you might have to be home before dark or stay away from some people or places. If you do not obey, you might be charged with another crime.|
Read this section if the police said you will hear more later.
The police said you would hear more later. This means someone is deciding what to do with your case. One of these three things can happen next:
- You’re told your case is closed. This means nothing else will happen.
- You get a document called a summons to appear or an appearance notice. This means you will have to go to youth court on the date and time stated in the document. This is called an appearance.
- A youth worker contacts you. A youth worker is a professional who works with teens in trouble with the law. Youth workers decide if a teen qualifies for an extrajudicial sanctions program.
|Information about your case is kept in a file starting from the time the police stop you because they think you committed a crime. To find out what it means when a file is kept, see our article Impact of Having a Youth Record.|
Have you committed a crime? Learn what can happen.
Alternatives to Court
Going to Court
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.