What to do when a child Is arrested

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What to do when a child Is arrested

Your child just got arrested, what's next. There are a number of things that are going to happen if the police pick them for doing something wrong. First lets talk about, this is a juvenile, not an adult. A juvenile is a very different system than the adult system. First of all, your child has been arrested. In my state, it's called, taken into custody. There's a very different separation between the two. They go to the police station, the police officer fills out some forms, the police officer takes them to the Juvenile Detention Center. At the Juvenile Detention Center, they are going to make a decision. Do we keep this person or do we release them? There is no bail. You do not have to go put money up for your son or daughter. If they decide they are going to release them, they are just going to release them. If they decide to keep them, within the next 24 hours, there's going to be a hearing, a Detention Hearing, to decide whether or not your child is going to stay. Then there is going to be a trial. Do you need an attorney? That's up to you. I can't give you legal advice, so you do need to talk to someone who can give you legal advice. If you cannot afford and attorney, one will be appointed by the State for you. The Judge determines if you need a public defender. There will not be a jury. There will only be a Judge. There will be the Deputy Officer and other court personnel that will be there as a team to deal with this through your child. The Deputy Officer will follow that child from the beginning of the case, to the ending of the case and will be assigned as the supervisor to your kid, to deal with all these issues.

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Lt. Joe Laramie

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In 2012 Lt. Joe Laramie (retired) formed Laramie Consulting, where he provides strategies and solutions for law enforcement and schools to address policy and training on a variety of technology and child exploration issues. He has 30 years of experience in the area of child protection, was certified Police Juvenile Specialist and taught D.A.R.E. for 15 years. From 2010-2011 he worked for the Missouri Attorney General as Adminstrator of Computer Forensics Lab, responsible for addressing online crimes against children, cyber bullying and human trafficking. In 2010, after 31 years of service he retired as a Lieutenant from the Glendale Police Department, where he was detached form 2003-2010 as Commander of the Missouri Interent Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. During his time with MO ICAC he served the National ICAC Task Force Program as liaison to Interent Safety Organizaitons such as Netsmartz, iKeepSafe, and Web Wise Kids, and was a member of the Executive Committee. He is a nationally known speaker on the topic of online crimes against children, technology safety, and cyber bullying. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University and is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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