Unfortunately it is legal for the police to talk to a minor without first getting parental consent. Police routinely tell people (witnesses and offenders) that they "need" to come down to the station to make a formal statement, or we "need" to talk. This is completely untrue. No person ever "has to" talk to the police. I would advise your daughter that whether she is the one being accused or the one who may have knowledge about an incident that she can politely decline to speak to the police. They may make blustery threats to charge her with obstuction of justice or something like that but it will never hold up in court.
Yes the police are allowed to question a minor without a parent or guardian present
Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details. Your daughter may need an attorney
Good luck to you.
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