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What happens when you are arrested?

If you are arrested, a police officer will either release you into your parent's custody at the scene of the incident or you might be transported to the local police station and released there or the police might take you to one of the two juvenile detention centers in Maricopa County.

If you are taken to the detention center, a Juvenile Probation Officer will review the police report, check your arrest history, if any, and assess risk factors to decide if you can safely be released to your parent or guardian or if you must remain detained.

There is a difference between a police report and a citation. A citation is similar to receiving a traffic ticket. If you receive a citation from the police officer, the citation will have a date and time that you and your parent need to appear at a citation hearing in front of a hearing officer. You will be released into your parent's custody if you receive a citation.

If there is a victim involved, the Police Officer will provide the victim with Victim's Rights Information.

If you are arrested, you may be:

Police officer arresting man
  • Released at the scene, or
  • Detained/taken to Juvenile Detention, or
  • Released or held at Juvenile Detention

The police report goes to the County Attorney who reviews it and may:

  • Files a petition charging you with an offense, or
  • Dismisses the charge, or
  • Qualifies the charge for Diversion, or
  • Returns the report to the police department

Possible charges:

  • Incorrigible offenses include truancy (not going to school as required); curfew (being out too late) and running away from home.
  • Misdemeanor offenses include disorderly conduct; disturbing the peace; shoplifting; alcohol offenses; some assaults; some drug offenses; some driving offenses and many other offenses.
  • Felony offenses include many drug offenses; car theft; arson; certain assaults; sexual abuse and other serious offenses.

Please visit the Maricopa County Office of the Public Advocate and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for additional information.