Q: Can they arrest a 16 year old on three felonies without for sure knowing if she's guilty or not

My 16-year-old daughter and her 18 year old boyfriend A few other juveniles went to the park to go watch a fight with her boyfriend and a nother kid they started fighting and when fighting the other kids seen my daughter's boyfriend being stabbed my daughter jumped on them and punch them a couple times to try to get them all my other daughter stomped on his hand try to get the knife loose when the cops got called he went to hospital and afterwards the cop came back to take his back and ask more questions because they said they found out we're both happened I guess then they said it was robbery I guess and nobody got hurt but my daughter's boyfriend being stabbed seven times and now they got my daughter 16 in Knox County Indiana jail trying to try her as an adult on 3 felony 3 when conspiracy to commit but my kids didn't know about the gun or the robbery so how can they get them for that and how can they get them for them if really don't know they knew about it just guessing

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William C. Head
William C. Head
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sandy Springs, GA

A: To arrest, only probable cause to believe a crime was committed is sufficient. This is not even 50-50, but can be less than 50% likely. So, yes.

She needs to remain silent. Get a great criminal defense lawyer.

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: To be charged the State only needs to show probable cause, which is a pretty low standard. However, to get a conviction it is beyond a reasonable doubt. Neither your daughter nor her boyfriend should say anything to the police or other until they have talked with an attorney. Because she is facing serious charges and possible prison she should not talk to the police and hire an attorney as soon as possible. If she cannot afford an attorney then request a public defender.

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