If Your Child Has Been Arrested

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Summary

Ask the following questions of the processing officer:

  • Why was my child arrested?
  • Will we need to post bond?
  • What happens next?

If you have learned that your child is in police custody, and you decide to be his advocate, the tips below can help. Begin by speaking with the processing officer. He will be at the police station and can explain the arrest and booking process. Then ask these questions:

  • Why was my child arrested?
  • Will my child have to stay in custody (juvenile facility, etc.)? Can my child be released into my care?
  • Will we need to post bond?
  • What happens next?
  • Where can I get help if my child is referred to juvenile court?

It will be a good idea to get a lawyer if your child is referred to the court system. If your family does not have the money, ask about the public defender program. The public defender’s office gives legal counsel for people on limited incomes. You will have to fill out paperwork that explains your family’s income. They decide who can receive a public defender’s services based on family income.

Even if your child has a lawyer, it is important for you to be at all legal events with your child. This includes court appearances. It also includes meetings with probation officers and juvenile court staff. It may include an evaluation by treatment program staff.

Most juvenile courts want to keep young people away from the legal system. They want them to get help rather than go to jail. It is still important for you to be there every step of the way. Talk to your lawyer about this. Also, the courts view a parent’s support as a good thing. It is taken into account when they sentence your child. It’s also important when they make other decisions about your child.

After being taken into custody, your child may be released. They may be released into your care. Before this happens, he may be evaluated. This is done before a judge reaches a decision. The person making the assessment will report to the court. This is used to help the court make a better decision about your child’s placement or bond. They will propose a plan to the court. This plan will include rules you or your child must follow.

By Haline Grublak, Vice President of Member and Family Affairs, Beacon Health Options
Reviewed by Trenda Hedges, C.R.S.S., C.P.R.S., Wellness & Recovery Program Manager, Beacon Health Options

Summary

Ask the following questions of the processing officer:

  • Why was my child arrested?
  • Will we need to post bond?
  • What happens next?

If you have learned that your child is in police custody, and you decide to be his advocate, the tips below can help. Begin by speaking with the processing officer. He will be at the police station and can explain the arrest and booking process. Then ask these questions:

  • Why was my child arrested?
  • Will my child have to stay in custody (juvenile facility, etc.)? Can my child be released into my care?
  • Will we need to post bond?
  • What happens next?
  • Where can I get help if my child is referred to juvenile court?

It will be a good idea to get a lawyer if your child is referred to the court system. If your family does not have the money, ask about the public defender program. The public defender’s office gives legal counsel for people on limited incomes. You will have to fill out paperwork that explains your family’s income. They decide who can receive a public defender’s services based on family income.

Even if your child has a lawyer, it is important for you to be at all legal events with your child. This includes court appearances. It also includes meetings with probation officers and juvenile court staff. It may include an evaluation by treatment program staff.

Most juvenile courts want to keep young people away from the legal system. They want them to get help rather than go to jail. It is still important for you to be there every step of the way. Talk to your lawyer about this. Also, the courts view a parent’s support as a good thing. It is taken into account when they sentence your child. It’s also important when they make other decisions about your child.

After being taken into custody, your child may be released. They may be released into your care. Before this happens, he may be evaluated. This is done before a judge reaches a decision. The person making the assessment will report to the court. This is used to help the court make a better decision about your child’s placement or bond. They will propose a plan to the court. This plan will include rules you or your child must follow.

By Haline Grublak, Vice President of Member and Family Affairs, Beacon Health Options
Reviewed by Trenda Hedges, C.R.S.S., C.P.R.S., Wellness & Recovery Program Manager, Beacon Health Options

Summary

Ask the following questions of the processing officer:

  • Why was my child arrested?
  • Will we need to post bond?
  • What happens next?

If you have learned that your child is in police custody, and you decide to be his advocate, the tips below can help. Begin by speaking with the processing officer. He will be at the police station and can explain the arrest and booking process. Then ask these questions:

  • Why was my child arrested?
  • Will my child have to stay in custody (juvenile facility, etc.)? Can my child be released into my care?
  • Will we need to post bond?
  • What happens next?
  • Where can I get help if my child is referred to juvenile court?

It will be a good idea to get a lawyer if your child is referred to the court system. If your family does not have the money, ask about the public defender program. The public defender’s office gives legal counsel for people on limited incomes. You will have to fill out paperwork that explains your family’s income. They decide who can receive a public defender’s services based on family income.

Even if your child has a lawyer, it is important for you to be at all legal events with your child. This includes court appearances. It also includes meetings with probation officers and juvenile court staff. It may include an evaluation by treatment program staff.

Most juvenile courts want to keep young people away from the legal system. They want them to get help rather than go to jail. It is still important for you to be there every step of the way. Talk to your lawyer about this. Also, the courts view a parent’s support as a good thing. It is taken into account when they sentence your child. It’s also important when they make other decisions about your child.

After being taken into custody, your child may be released. They may be released into your care. Before this happens, he may be evaluated. This is done before a judge reaches a decision. The person making the assessment will report to the court. This is used to help the court make a better decision about your child’s placement or bond. They will propose a plan to the court. This plan will include rules you or your child must follow.

By Haline Grublak, Vice President of Member and Family Affairs, Beacon Health Options
Reviewed by Trenda Hedges, C.R.S.S., C.P.R.S., Wellness & Recovery Program Manager, Beacon Health Options

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