No. There are a number of other things that the police or prosecutor can use to hold you responsible for your actions. These are called Extrajudicial Measures.
They are measures that are designed to hold you responsible for having done something wrong without creating a youth “criminal” record. There are a number of different options as outlined below.
Before charging you a police officer must consider whether it would be appropriate in the situation to give you a warning or a caution (some places may have special caution programs), or if you agree send you to a community program that will help you to stop committing offences.
If the warning, caution or referral would be a good way of holding you responsible for what you have done wrong; if dealing with the problem right away would be better than the long court process for getting you to change your behaviour; if you are able to repair any harm you’ve done through a […]
No. The crown attorney or prosecutor can also give you a caution instead of having you charged, or can withdraw the charge and give you a caution instead.
Then there are other Extrajudicial Sanctions that may be used instead of charging you. These may be used only if a warning, caution or referral is not enough to hold you responsible because the offence is too serious, or you have a record of too many other serious offences.
A sanction is a consequence or a punishment. An extrajudicial sanction means that you will get some punishment for your actions, but you will not go through the court system. You will not be punished by a judge. If you have already been charged by the police you may have to appear in court once. […]
You can get an extrajudicial sanction only if: there is a program where you live; the police or the crown attorney thinks that the program is the right thing for you and for the interests of the community; you are told all about the program and you freely agree to participate; you have been given […]
An extrajudicial sanction cannot be used if: you deny being involved in the offence; you want to have a trial in court; or you are not admitted into the program. In these situations, your case will remain in the court system.
You may be asked to do some kind of community service, participate in a conference, write an essay or letter of apology, go to workshops, do a mediation, or perhaps do something else that would be relevant to you or the offence.