My daughter was "arrested" in late June. I say "arrested" because the first I have heard about it was this morning when the juvenile court services called and asked why I missed an appointment this morning.
I missed the appointment because I have yet to receive the letter asking me to be there. It was mailed on the 1st of September, and it is a holiday weekend, so it should be in the mail this afternoon. In any event, court is on Friday.
My daughter was arrested for malicious mischief. The Oak Harbor, WA police department did not call me when this happened, apparently made no attempt to even get my phone number from my daughter. They interviewed her a couple of days later and had her sign a statement, though she "waived" her right to an attorney.
I'm not doubting my daughter's guilt, she probably did do it. But I am a little miffed and WAY wary of her going up to the court building - by herself - (which was recommended by the probation department because my husband and I are at work and can't get there with her right now) to sign legal documents.
Does anyone have any advice on what I should do, especially since this was the first we've heard about it? Doesn't the court/police have an obligation to contact a parent when their minor child is involved in getting arrested?
My next question was on serving order to appear. The probation lady said we (my husband and/or I) HAD to get my daughter to the court building today or tomorrow at the latest to serve her for her Friday appearance. For traffic cases, you have to serve the police officer at least seven days in advance, this doesn't count for juvenile court matters??
Thanks in advance to all who reply!