If a juvenile is arrested, they will be processed in accordance with whatever the applicable police department policy is. In most juvenile cases an attempt is made to notify the parent or guardian of the juvenile as soon as possible. Essentially, the parent or guardian is responsible for that juvenile at all times.
If you are notified as a parent or guardian the your child has been arrested and/or is being held for any reason, the general advice is to find legal representation as soon as possible. If the police are alleging that your child has committed a very serious offense, then you need someone to help you mitigate whatever the police are investigating. This can be very serious.
Juveniles May Be Tried As An Adult
Juveniles could face possible incarceration time and depending on their offense they can be incarcerated until they’re 18 years of age. In some cases a juvenile can actually be tried as an adult.
Juveniles and Bail Bonds
In some cases, the juvenile system mirrors the adult criminal system in that if a judge decides there needs to be release conditions, such as a bond, then the parents will be required to post that bond. In some cases the judge can order the juvenile be held in a detention facility until their first court date.
Common Juvenile Offenses
There are a wide ranging type of offenses that juveniles can commit, but the most common offenses are usually offenses where a juvenile commits a crime while at school. These can include alcohol offenses, possession of drugs, the sale of drugs, and assaults, including assaults on and off school campus.
Sometimes juveniles are involved with domestic violence offenses, where a juvenile is accused of hitting his or her girlfriend or boyfriend. All in all, the most common juvenile offenses usually involve drugs and alcohol.