Officer came to my house to ask my minor son questions. He asked me if he can talk to him. I was only a couple feet away. I said yes. The officer comes back with a citation sign which I had no clue. I asked the officer when did this happen a he responded go and call his P.O. . I felt as he tricked my son and now they want to charge him with two counts. I told the officer. I felt violated. I didn't give consent to sign a citation behind my back.
A citation is a promise to appear, not an admission of guilt. If your son didn't sign the citation, the officer may have taken him into custody instead.
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I agree that a citation is merely a promise to appear in court, and can't be used as evidence of guilt. Having said that, if your son was a minor at the time, I would recommend talking to an attorney about making sure that your son's case is in juvenile court as opposed to criminal court. The officer may not have been fully aware of your son's age when he had your son sign the citation.
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