I can’t tell you why no one called your parents at the time of “arrest” but if I had to speculate it’s because they weren’t taking you brother into custody and they simply issued him a summons. The case was dismissed and sealed. Because he was issued a summons he wasn’t fingerprinted. This will not show up anywhere and he can lawfully answer that he hasn’t been arrested or convicted of a crime.
If a summons is facially defective it can be dismissed by the court prior to the return date without the accused being present. In New York you are treated as an adult at 16 years of age, younger for some designated felonies. It sounds like he was not arrested as he only received a summons. This should not affect his future in any way whatsoever.
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It will not appear.
He does not have to mention it.
He is an adult @ 16 for criminal charges so they don't have to alert the parents.
Can't say why it was dismissed except that sometimes good things happen.
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If there was no interrogation of your brother then there would be no need to call his parents about the arrest. If questioned about any arrests he should always tell the truth or run the risk of an adverse inference based on his fabrication. Thankfully many applications only ask about convictions. Good luck.
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The dismissal is basically a legal nullity and therefore there is nothing to report and nothing should appear on his record. However, I will tell you that I have had clients whose records were incorrect and had to be corrected. If it does show up on the record you can have it corrected. Nonetheless he does not have to report it. They didn't call the parents because he wasn't arrested or printed.