HOW A JUVENILE CASE STARTS
A juvenile case may start with any of the following:
- An arrest means you are taken into custody by the police and brought to the Jan Evans Juvenile Detention Center (detention facility for kids).
- If you are arrested, the police or Juvenile Services employee will call one of your parents (or your guardian) and tell them where you are.
- The police issue you a citation (small piece of paper that states your potential charges and you have to sign it) and contact your parents.
- If the police issue a citation, they do not take you to a detention facility. Most often they will take you home or call your parents to come get you. A citation is also considered a referral to the Juvenile Services Department.
- If a referral is made to the Juvenile Services Department that you are delinquent or in need of supervision.
Never run from the police.
You must tell a police officer your name and address. You do not have to tell them anything else.
Do not argue with the police. Anything you say to them will be used against you.
Keep your hands where the police can see them.
Do not talk to the police about the incident.
Ask for a lawyer immediately, and do not waive any of your legal rights.