Stay calm and keep these facts in mind
- Your child has the right to an attorney.
- Your child does not have to answer any questions.
- Your child is probably terrified.
- Your child has not been accused of a crime.
- Your child does not have to go to juvenile detention.
- Your child has a right to know the charges against him or her.
- Your child has a right to legal representation.
- There are two kinds of juvenile offenses: status offenses and delinquent acts.
- Juvenile court is serious business, so take it seriously.
- Be firm but respectful with police.
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Camille Quinn is an assistant professor at the Ohio State University College of Social Work. She’s the daughter of a Solo Mom and lives in Ohio.
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