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.

May 10, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What parents can do if their child becomes involved in the New York City juvenile justice system.

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    How parental involvement can help a justice-involved child.

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    What to expect after your child is arrested.

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    Where to go for more help.

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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