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Legal Advice - Arrested Family Member

HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration ThreadCentrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
edited August 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
I just got a call about an hour and a half ago from the family grapevine that someone in the family was arrested. The person in question is a minor, and this happened in Virginia. The parents of the minor claim that the arresting police department will not disclose the circumstances of the arrest and that they will apparently have to find out in the courtroom on Monday morning.

This is all triggering werewolf rage in me suspecting some police bullshit is going on, like the minor was arrested on bogus suspicion or maybe even due to his skin tone.

Regarding the above though that the parents aren't being informed about what has happened, does anyone here know if the police can even fucking DO that?

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    TrusTrus Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    This doesn't mention Virginia specifically but it does say that the police have to tell the parents what the minor was arrested for

    http://www.ehow.com/how_2033858_understand-childs-rights.html

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    HevachHevach Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Yeah, when I was in high school, the police arrested a kid who had made a bomb threat. Even with a confession, the chargers were dismissed simply because the police withheld the reason and circumstances of the arrest from his parents. Again, that was in Michigan, but I doubt Virginia is much different when dealing with minors. Something somewhere just doesn't sound on the level.

    His parents should make sure the judge is aware that they had been in contact with the police and the police refused to reveal that information. It might be hard, expensive, or impossible to get a lawyer by monday, but just showing up at the station or in court with one has a tendency to make ones rights magically materialize.

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    wasted pixelswasted pixels Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Henroid wrote: »
    The parents of the minor claim that the arresting police department will not disclose the circumstances of the arrest and that they will apparently have to find out in the courtroom on Monday morning.

    This smells like a Boston fisherman. What, exactly, is happening on Monday? If it's anything other than a fitness hearing to determine if he/she is being charged as an adult or not, HUGE RED FLAGS.

    Somebody turn on the CoJoe signal.

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    HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I wasn't thinking when making this post and I realize the best advice I already know is to get a lawyer. Nevertheless your guys' posts help. The parents involved in this have a habit of being the type to rollover and just let things happen. They're also the type to lie about things, so there's a chance they were actually informed of why the arrest happened and they're doing that stupid "I'm too ashamed of my kid to tell anyone what happened" pride thing. Which pretty much blows what I have here for them so far (that the charges may get dropped due to police negligence to inform the parents of a minor).

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    HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Henroid wrote: »
    The parents of the minor claim that the arresting police department will not disclose the circumstances of the arrest and that they will apparently have to find out in the courtroom on Monday morning.

    This smells like a Boston fisherman. What, exactly, is happening on Monday? If it's anything other than a fitness hearing to determine if he/she is being charged as an adult or not, HUGE RED FLAGS.

    Somebody turn on the CoJo signal.

    I'm not sure I'm following this post. Boston fisherman?

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    They need to get a lawyer. Immediately.

    Depending on their age, they may not be eligible for special protections. I'm not sure of the specific applicable laws here in VA, but in many states if you are 16 or older you are treated as an adult between arrest and arraignment, which means that in general the only person you get to see is your lawyer.

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    RitchmeisterRitchmeister Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Henroid wrote: »
    Henroid wrote: »
    The parents of the minor claim that the arresting police department will not disclose the circumstances of the arrest and that they will apparently have to find out in the courtroom on Monday morning.

    This smells like a Boston fisherman. What, exactly, is happening on Monday? If it's anything other than a fitness hearing to determine if he/she is being charged as an adult or not, HUGE RED FLAGS.

    Somebody turn on the CoJo signal.

    I'm not sure I'm following this post. Boston fisherman?

    Fishermen smell fishy.

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Henroid wrote: »
    The parents of the minor claim that the arresting police department will not disclose the circumstances of the arrest and that they will apparently have to find out in the courtroom on Monday morning.

    This smells like a Boston fisherman. What, exactly, is happening on Monday? If it's anything other than a fitness hearing to determine if he/she is being charged as an adult or not, HUGE RED FLAGS.

    Somebody turn on the CoJoe signal.

    I'm guessing Monday morning is when all the weekend drunks/troublemakers get released after seeing the judge. Don't know what exactly happens, because I've never been arrested, but I have had to show up at the courthouse and pick up someone (got to love the military).

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    Durandal InfinityDurandal Infinity Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Im going to guess criminal trespassing/mischief/ or vandalism, or petty theft. Have the kid get a lawyer, and don't be so anti cop Henroid believe it or not arresting a kid that wont shoot at you is probably a highlight in their day.

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    fuelishfuelish Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    My brother is a multiple conviction felon(He has even escaped a medium security prison). He has spent more time in prison than the average person spends in college.
    I have been harassed on a couple of occasions by the man, never with so much as a citation written(One time they had me, destructiuon of property, they saw me do it, I was pissed, really pissed, profane, violent, etc., they let me go). One of my long time freinds is a cop, we talked about general cop douchebaggery, it is pretty limited.
    Most of the time, if you actually get written and arrested your ass deserved just what you got(I have pushed it , it takes a lot). Let him spend a night in county(They keep the minors seperate from the general population) and maybe, just maybe, the experience will scare him enough that he will not do what it takes to get a cop to go to the trouble of arresting you.

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    MedopineMedopine __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2008
    He's probably being arraigned on Monday morning. This is where the defendant is brought before the court and formally charged. If the defendant's in custody, he can make an argument for release at his arraignment. If the defendant's not getting released, bail gets set at this time.

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