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Can a police officer legally take a minor to the police station if they are not under arrest?

There was an issue at school and instead of waiting for all the parents to get to the school, they took several of the kids to the police station. They were a mix of 7th and 8th graders.

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    Craig Andersen | Andersen Law PLLC
    10000 NE 7th Ave Suite 330B
    Vancouver, WA 98685
    (360) 397-0111
    Only if the police have probable cause to arrest. Absent probable cause, there is no legal authority to make an arrest. The only exception relevant to your question would be the Community Caretaking exception. If the childeren were at risk, the police may have legally transported them.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 4/26/2013
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