My Child Was Arrested, What Now?
When a juvenile is taken into custody by the police, there are several that can happen. Your child could be questioned and released without being arrested or he could be charged with a crime. Even if your child is charged with a crime, this does not mean that he or she will remain in the county jail. In some cases, a juvenile is sent home with his or her parents pending arraignment. However, a juvenile under the age of 17 years can be held in custody pending the court hearing under certain circumstances. If the case is a criminal case, the child is facing felony charges; or, there is a reason to believe the child committed a felony, he or she may remain incarcerated pending arraignment. However, the county sheriff must approve the transfer of a juvenile under 17 years of age to county lockup and make arrangements for the child to be kept separate from adults being detained in the facility.
Immediate Steps to Take When Your Child is Arrested
Your first impulse will be to run to your child and hold your child to make sure he or she is okay. You may or may not be allowed to do this depending on the situation. However, there are things you can do right now that will help protect your child’s legal rights. Remember your child has the same legal rights as an adult who has been accused of committing a crime. These rights include: