In a recent episode of Legal Insights podcast, leading defense attorney Kristin Paulding, founding partner at 7 Cities Law, outlines what they don’t tell parents about a child’s rights at school in Virginia Beach, VA. For more information please visit https://7citieslaw.com
— In a recent episode of Legal Insights podcast, Kristin Paulding, founding partner at 7 Cities Law, revealed what they don’t tell parents about a child’s rights at school in Virginia Beach, VA.
For more information please visit https://7citieslaw.com/
When asked for a comment, Paulding said, "In Virginia, most people don't realize that the police can come and talk to their child at school or bring them down to the police station without the parent's permission. And the officers don’t need to ask permission to have the parent present either.”
She further mentioned that, more often than not, parents won't realize that their child is being interviewed at the police station until the interview is over.
When asked which precautions parents should take, Paulding said, "You have to talk to your child, because they should understand that they have the absolute right to remain silent. So, they do not have to speak with the police. If they are called down to the principal’s office or the school’s police officer to discuss certain things, they have the right to remain silent and ask for their parent or lawyer present before that conversation takes place.”
When it comes to their children’s rights, parents should also be aware of the use of cell phones as evidence.
When asked to elaborate, Paulding said, “Cell phones are a hot piece of evidence right now. It’s a way for police to track who you’re talking to, where your location is, your social media and photographs, and who you’re hanging out with. If the police can get someone’s cell phone and get permission to look through that phone, then they can uncover a lot of things that are helpful or harmful to their investigation.”
According to Paulding, it’s important to note that while a police officer can take a cell phone, they need permission to look through the phone without a search warrant. When asked to hand over their phone for a search, kids who respect authority figures will agree. However, Paulding strongly advises against this.
“Don’t give the police your passcode or open up your phone for them to have access to the whole phone, because you never know what they’re looking for and what they’re potentially going to find. By agreeing to do this, you’re basically handing over free evidence to them, and you don’t want to do that.”
When asked what advice she would give minors who are being questioned, she said, “It’s important to know that if you’re not comfortable, don’t say anything at the moment. It doesn’t mean you can’t talk to someone later on, but wait until you talk to your parent or someone you trust and then decide how to go forward."
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