Parents should normally be contacted before the police interview a minor. The police can still legally interview a minor without the parents being present but this may provide a basis for challenging the validity of the confession. A minor has the same right as an adult to assert his or her right to remain silent under the 5th Amendment. This is often the “Best Defense.”

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