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Is it legal to arrest a child of 14 without parents present or even notified

Abilene, TX |
Attorney answers 3


Juveniles are frequently questioned and arrested without parent notification. For this reason, I would recommend that all parents put a written document in their children's school files indicating that their child(ren) are not allowed to be questioned by school staff or law enforcement regarding criminal allegations without prior parent notification and consent.


Yes, it is legal. If an adolescent commits a crime, he or she can be detained. Court dates are not usually set before a charge is filed and the child detained. If he is released to your custody, you will be given a date for hearing. Good luck.

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The short answer to your question is yes, it is legal for a minor to be arrested without parents present. You should consult with a local Juvenile Criminal Defense attorney, if the State brings charges against your child.

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