Chester County Juvenile Detention Lawyer
There is nothing juvenile or childish about your son or daughter being arrested and detained by the police on allegations they committed a crime. The police can take your child into custody if they have probable cause to suspect they committed a criminal offense, they claim they saw the juvenile commit the act and/or have a statement from someone supporting the act; that they have reason to believe your violated your probation; or they or acting on behalf of a court order such as a bench warrant.
The police may also take a juvenile to the police station for the stated purpose of identifying you, completing an investigation or releasing you to your parents, and or photographing or fingerprinting. The police are required to notify a parent or guardian within a “reasonable” amount of time and inform the child’s location and the reason for the custody. The police are limited to securely detaining your juvenile for 6 hours but may remain in police custody for a longer period if they are not cuffed or secured in a locked room. In the events that the alleged charges are misdemeanor or felony level charges, the police can require fingerprinting and photographing which then can be made available to other law enforcement including the Pennsylvania State Police and FBI. If the offense is deemed a felony, a dna sample may also be taken. In the event your juvenile is detained in Chester County or anywhere in Philadelphia or Pennsylvania, contact our experienced team immediately by EMAIL or call (610) 692-8700 or (877) 529-2422.
Fact: A Juvenile Can be Temporary Placed in a Detention Facility
After a juvenile is arrested he can be released into the custody of his parent or guardian but could be confined if it is believed it is for the safety of the juvenile himself or another; that there is reason to believe the juvenile will flee; or the juvenile does not have a parent, guardian or custodian to care and supervise them.
Detention can be at a home approved by the court or a licensed foster home, a group home or a juvenile detention center, camp or facility such as the Chester County Youth Center located at 505 S. Wawaset Road in West Chester PA 19382 and adjacent ot the Chester County Prison. The “Youth Center” had a total bed of 60 including 36 “secure detention beds” for juvenile males who either or facing allegations or have been adjudicated delinquent. The “Youth Center” also includes 12 secure bed for juvenile females either facing allegations or who have been adjudicated delinquent. The Chester County Juvenile Court and Chester County Juvenile Probation Office oversee the commitment and release of a juvenile who has been detained.
In the event of a detention, the law requires that a detention hearing be held within 72 hours. In Chester County, the 72 hour detention hearing would be held at the Chester County Justice Center and the juvenile and his family have a right to an attorney to represent his interest at a juvenile detention hearing. At a detention hearing, an experienced juvenile lawyer can argue for your child’s release from a detention facility or negotiate his release in exchange for home confinement. Get help now by EMAIL or call (610) 692-8700 or (877) 529-2422.
Seek An Experienced Chester County Juvenile Lawyer
At Ciccarelli Law Offices, our Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyers are both passionate in what they do and compassionate in their treatment of their minor and underage clients facing juvenile charges, juvenile arrest, juvenile detention and juvenile probation. You deserve a Pennsylvania Juvenile defense lawyer that is available when you need him – contact our office at (610) 692-8700 for questions or a free case evaluation.