Q: My daughter was in a fight with a young lady at school who started the fight my daughter beat the girl up they are now
Trying to charge her with assault the police that work at the school said we have ten days to bring her to the school to be fingerprinted or they will pick her up from the house. She was the ONLY one punished for the fight even after we’ve obtained evidence that the young lady started the whole thing. Text and videos from students stating the principal made them rewrite statements they wrote on my daughters behalf or they would arrest them for false statements and also went through their phones with the permission of their mothers didn’t find anything but still denied that they did. The officer even stated that he has caught the little girl in multiple lies but yet she is not being punished. Has anyone ever heard of them giving ten days to be fingerprinted or they will pick you up what should I do in this situation?
A: First question: is your daughter under 17? At 16 years of age or under, juvenile law applies. At 17, she will be considered an adult for criminal law purposes (and the rules are different). Also, fingerprints are part of the book-in process which is generally not done at a school. In my experience when dealing with students, and officer will give time for a student to appear at a police station to turn himself/herself into custody or the child will be taken into custody at school by the school resource officer. Sitting down with a lawyer to discuss the situation more fully would help. Good luck.
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