Is it legal for a minor being charged as an adult to sign a plea bargain without the parent there at the signing?

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Is it legal for a minor being charged as an adult to sign a plea bargain without the parent there at the signing?

Parent found some issues with disclosure. Called defense attorney about it and asked for continuance of signing plea to further look into. Attorney dismissed.

Asked on December 10, 2012 under Criminal Law, Arizona

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country a minor cannot legally enter into a binding contract such as a plea bargain. Given what you have written, the minor's parents need to be present along with a competent criminal defense attorney.


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