Do my daughter have to go to court for shopliftingshe only 12 I did pick her up at the precinct they didn't give me a ticket she was arrested.
She only has to go to court if the police arrested her. Your question is not clear about where you picked her up from. If it was the store she was not arrested. If it was from the police precinct she was probably arrested - the police would have given her a Desk Appearance Ticket.
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Where did you pick your daughter up from? If it was from the store, she will not have to appear in court unless charges are pressed against her. If it was from the police station, she was likely issued a Desk Appearance Ticket and must appear in court on the date stated on the ticket.
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If the police called you to pick her up from the precinct, they would have informed you of a court date if one existed. Chances are they did not arrest her but simply safeguarded her awaiting her parent.
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Did she get a piece of paper telling her to come back to court? If not, the cops may have gone easy on her and not started a criminal case. This is rare but since she's so young it's not impossible. If she wasn't given any papers about court it would seem she wasn't arrested and doesn't have to go to court.
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