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.
Parental involvement — even non-citizen parents —makes a difference when kids get in trouble with the law
Statements & Quotations
Remember: you have a right to participate in the criminal justice system even if you or your child is not a citizen or a legal resident of the United States.
If your child is being prosecuted in Criminal Court, you or a responsible adult should go to the court and hear the charges against your child. You will generally not be asked to take part in the hearing.