Can a minor be arrested and be forced to give a urine sample to the police withouttheir parents being notified?

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Can a minor be arrested and be forced to give a urine sample to the police withouttheir parents being notified?

My daughter was questioned at school about weed use. She answered truthfully and gave a statement to the school. As soon as she was done, an officer came into the room, put cuffs on, took her to the car, and then to the station. We got a phone call from principal saying that my dauther was arrested and to pick her up at the station. No one from the station called to inform me that they arrested her or they were going to give her a urine test. Should they have? Should we speak to a criminal defense attorney? In Churchill County, NV.

Asked on March 21, 2011 under Criminal Law, Nevada

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Well yes, you should definitely consider speaking with a criminal defense attorney.  Especially if she was indeed arrested.  The school and officers that are invited - for lack of a better word - to the school regarding the matter have right to question her without parents being present.  And they did notify you when she was being taken to the station.  Should the police have also notified you?  Probably but it may not be fatal to their case here.  What you need to do is to make sure that her rights were not violated in any way and that you do what is necessary to make sure that this matter is handled in the best possible way.  Good luck to you.


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