sixteen year olds legal rites?

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Old 04-21-08, 09:24 AM
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sixteen year olds legal rites?

A friend called to say his son's girl frend who is sixteen was just put in juvenile detention by her father, the girl feels that her father is just mad at her because she doesn't like his girl friend.

Does this sixteen year old girl have any rites to get herself released?

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Dale in Indiana.
 
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Old 04-21-08, 10:13 AM
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State laws vary from state to state. A 16 y.o. has the rights of anyone except those that are age specific. A child is considered a minor until they reach the age of majority as defined by the state. Until then, the child remains in the custody of the parent or legal guardian, whose responsibility is to support the child financially, provide a safe environment, etc. Parents have the right to determine what kids wear, with whom they interact, drive, get a job, where they go to school, etc.

Parents do not put children in juvenile detention. Judges do. The girl is not telling the whole story. Assault? Stolen car? Who knows? Someone does have to file a complaint. The court determines if there was just cause.

Again, laws vary from state to state. Common complaints re: undisciplined juveniles are: chronically absent from school, disobedient and beyond control of parent, found in places unlawful for a child to be, a runaway for more than 24 hours. Common complaints re: delinquent juveniles: crimes in violation of the law. Crimes are subject to criminal prosecution per the laws of the state.

There was just cause or the court would not have placed the child in detention. Now that the child is in the system, she can not be released until the judge says so. She has no rights to release herself.

The child is not arrested, but in temporary custody. The judge determines what is best for the child and when the child is to be released. The outcome of this situation will be determined at a hearing.

If you are a parent or work with children, familiarize yourself with your state's Juvenile Justice System. Your state's Youth Advocacy Office should be able to provide you with information on the rights and responsibilities of the youth in your state. Most states have web pages with information on their Juvenile Justice System.
 
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Old 04-21-08, 07:49 PM
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I have since learned that she had been a run-away and other things. She is being held in the Juvenile home for at least three weeks.

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Dale
 
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Old 04-21-08, 09:53 PM
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Let's hope that the girl has been assigned to counseling or other program. She is off to a bad start.
 
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Old 04-22-08, 03:01 PM
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Yeah, you can't just be held at juvie just 'cause dad wants it. She needs help.
 
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