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Can police interrogate a 12 year old without parental notification?

Olympia, WA |

12 year old interrogated by police without parental notification for possession of marijuana, which was brought about by an 11 and 12 year old's hearsay. resulting in an eventual search of his mothers house.

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The police may question a child without parental consent. Although this is well established law in every state that I know of, I do not practice in WA. You should double check with an WA criminal lawyer.


Yes. There is no preclusion on police questioning a minor child in the absence of his or her parents. The parents must be notified within a reasonable time if the child is taken into custody.

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