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What’s the difference between a police stop and being arrested?

Police may stop and question you, although you have the right to refuse to answer. While a stop detains you for a short time, you are not moved to a different location as with an arrest. In order for police to make an arrest, they must have “probable cause,” which means there must be a reasonable belief a crime was committed and that you were involved in the crime. If the police arrest you, they take you in to custody and you may not leave.

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What is a status offense?
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Status offenses are applicable only to children who are subject to juvenile court jurisdiction for non-criminal behavior; and are offenses that would not be illegal if the person wasn’t a juvenile. Characteristically, status offenses include running away from home, curfew violation, truancy, unruly behavior, habitually disobedient of the child’s parent, guardian, or other custodian’s reasonable and lawful commands and is ungovernable.

Posted in: Common Juvenile Offense, Juvenile Issues

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