Understanding the Maze: If Your Child Has Contact With the Law

A Parent's Resource Guide

By Interagency Coordinating Council on Youth

May 10, 2009

Summary

This question and answer brochure offers a quick summary for parents on how best to navigate the New York City criminal and juvenile justice system to help a justice-involved child. The guide covers topics such as arrest, types of courts, language services, legal representation, visitation, accessing resources and filing complaints.

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Key Takeaway

Parental involvement — even non-citizen parents —makes a difference when kids get in trouble with the law

Participating in a child’s legal case could mean that child will be allowed to go home or be put on probation instead of going to jail. A parent has the right to participate in the criminal justice system even if they or their child is not a citizen or a legal resident of the United States.

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