If a juvenile finds (him)herself in a situation involving the police or other law enforcement, please remember the following information:
You do not have to submit to a search unless you have been placed under arrest.
If you are asked to give permission to search you should politely but firmly decline. If the police say they have a search warrant, ask to see it.
- Do not volunteer information or answer questions without your attorney present.
- Provide only your name, address, and phone number.
- Call your parents as soon as possible.
- Insist that your parents and an attorney be present during questioning.
- Do not discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney.
Do not discuss your case with your friends or classmates.
While many of the laws governing juveniles may differ from the adult system, the rights that juveniles enjoy are virtually identical to those enjoyed by adults.
- A juvenile must be read his Miranda rights if placed under arrest.
- A juvenile has the right to have an attorney present during interrogation.
- A juvenile has the right to know the specific charges being brought by the State.
- A juvenile has rights against self-incrimination.
- A juvenile has the right to confront his accuser and examine witnesses.
- A juvenile has the right to appeal the court's decision.
- A juvenile does have the right to a jury trial during the adjudication phase
* Texas Zero Tolerance offers this as a guide and does not recommend individual attorneys nor particular actions. If you require legal assistance, contact the State Bar of Texas for referrals
What a child should and should not do if involved with law enforcement