Can Law Enforcement Speak To A Juvenile Without Parental Approval?

A cop shows up at your child’s school or your home while you’re away, desiring to talk to your child about a criminal investigation. Can he interview your child in your absence? Can they come inside your home and talk to your child? If so, can a judge suppress your child’s statements? This article delves into these questions and more.

Most people believe the law constrains cops from interviewing juveniles without prior parental consent. This belief is a misconception. Texas police can interview minors without parental presence and prior permission.

However, just like an adult, juveniles can (and should) request a lawyer or parent and then be silent.