Hi, my son was accused & charged with serious criminal law offences when he was 14 years old, and due to an elongated and very botched investigation, we are now 3 years down the track and he is now 17 years old. The prosecution has lodged an appeal to have the serious charges re-laid as the magistrate used the incorrect legal reference when he dropped them. We have been told verbally from our legal representatives that the prosecution has offered a plea bargain if he pleads guilty to the lesser charges, all other charges (including serious) will be dropped and he will avoid any criminal record, however if he fights the allegations and is found guilty, especially now as he could be 18years old by the time the trial finishes, he could face imprisonment in an adult jail. Could this be correct? Would it be any help to contact a legal ombudsman in regards to the very botched investigation/proceedings as there were other kids accused and named , however most have not even been interviewed and none others charged.