Derby Youth Court mitigation results in Rehabilitation Order
Experienced Derby criminal solicitor Nick Wright recently dealt with a difficult sentencing hearing at Derby Youth Court.
His client was due for sentence for two robberies, four burglaries and going equipped to steal. This catalogue of offences would have been so serious alone that the court would have been considering a custodial sentence.
The position was further aggravated. The latter offences were committed while the youth was on bail for the robberies. They had also been committed whilst in breach of bail conditions. He was also subject to a community order for another robbery.
Sentence of detention inevitable?
Although the likelihood was that his client would receive a sentence of detention, Nick had spent some time with his client and knew that he was vulnerable himself. Nick identified that this was a case where his client would benefit from a report from a psychologist. Nick spent a great deal of time with the his client’s parents and social worker. He had ongoing contact with the Youth Offending Team.
Derby Youth Court imposes rehabilitation order
The sentencing hearing took two and a half hours to conclude. In the end, Nick’s powerful and persuasive mitigation meant that the Magistrates decided not to impose detention. Instead a Youth Rehabilitation Order was made. This is intended to be a far more constructive sentence to assist a young man to try and put offending behind him.
Some clients intend to admit an allegation. Custody may seem inevitable. These clients will still benefit from instructing an experienced solicitor. The solicitor will be able to identify the steps that can usefully be taken to try and secure the best outcome possible on the facts of a client’s case.
Contact a Derby Criminal Solicitor
If you are being investigated by the police or face court proceedings then please contact Derby criminal defence lawyer Nick Wright on 01332 546818 or email him here. If you face proceedings elsewhere then you can find your local office here.