Rights of Arrested Minors in New Hampshire

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According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) statistical briefing book, there were an estimated one million arrested minors in 2014 in the United States. On average the minors fall within the 10 to 17-year age group. At this age, the minors do not know their rights. It’s important for these kids as well as their parents or guardians to be acquainted with their legal rights whenever they have a run-in in with the law.

Get a good lawyer

Being a minor and accused of a criminal offence is a stressful experience. The police and prosecutor may threaten you with worst-case scenarios all in a bid to cow you into submission (or rather a confession). You don’t know what you are up to. You aren’t aware of your rights as a minor and so much more. For this reason, contact Duffy Law attorneys. They’ll help you get out of trouble while ensuring your rights as a minor are upheld.

Criminal law and procedures can be complicated and hard to navigate through for those unfamiliar with the system. You’ll have to deal with the many layers of government, which include the police, the bail bondsman, court marshals, and of course the judges. If you’ve been charged, you’ll need the services of a good lawyer.

Stopping a juvenile for some questioning

A police officer who has a “reasonable suspicion” may stop and detain the person for some questioning and a perhaps a “frisk” if there’s any reason to think the detainee has any weapon. The same is true when dealing with a juvenile. Rather than treating a minor just as one would with an adult, it’s important to let them know of their rights particularly if the criminal offence was committed in New Hampshire. Two similar cases will be handled differently just because one is an adult and the other a minor.

The rights of an arrested minor

• the right to notify the minor’s parent or guardian – the officer who arrests the Minot should place two complete calls. First to the parent/ guardian and to an attorney. In case the officer decides on detention then he (the officer) should take the detainee to a probation officer.
• the right against self incrimination – you must have heard of the cliche, …anything you say can be used in a court of law…” Well. It does apply. Any statement you utter as a minor placed under arrest could actually help the prosecutor build a strong case against you. So speak only when your attorney nods in approval.
• the right to a lawyer – if the minor or his parents/ guardian request a lawyer then they are entitled to one. If they can’t afford it then one should be provided for free. Keep in mind that during their hearings, nobody else – including the bench, prosecutor and other defendants – have to be present.

Whether you think the juvenile system is taking care of business or whether you decry it, it’s complicated. Always ensure you have a good lawyer to take your case. Knowing the rights of a minor is the first step to justice.

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