Can my parents lock me up in juvenile hall because I refuse to go on a trip with them?

Asked on July 2, 2009 under Personal Injury, Arizona

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Not just for this.  If that were the case we would have all been sent to juvenile hall.

However, if this is a contnuing pattern of behavior then your parent s could move to have you labeled as a "incorrigible child", and then possible detention at juvenile hall could follow.  Arizona Law (A.R.S. § 8-201(15)) defines an incorrigible child as someone who:

- is determined by the courts to be a child who refuses to obey the reasonable and proper orders or directions of a parent, guardian or custodian, and who is beyond the control of that person;

- routinely or habitually skips school;

- is a runaway from the child's home or parent, guardian or custodian;

- routinely or habitually behaves in such a manner as to injure or endanger the morals or health of self or others;

- commits any act constituting an offense that can only be committed by a minor and that is not designated as a delinquent act; or

- fails to obey any lawful order of a court of competent jurisdiction given in a non criminal action.

As a minor, it is your parents' responsibility to provide proper parental care and control of you.  If they feel that they cannot do so you can be charged as being an incorrigible child.  Upon being so charged, you face being placed in detention. 

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Not just for this.  If that were the case we would have all been sent to juvenile hall.

However, if this is a contnuing pattern of behavior then your parent s could move to have you labeled as a "incorrigible child", and then possible detention at juvenile hall could follow.  Arizona Law (A.R.S. § 8-201(15)) defines an incorrigible child as someone who:

- is determined by the courts to be a child who refuses to obey the reasonable and proper orders or directions of a parent, guardian or custodian, and who is beyond the control of that person;

- routinely or habitually skips school;

- is a runaway from the child's home or parent, guardian or custodian;

- routinely or habitually behaves in such a manner as to injure or endanger the morals or health of self or others;

- commits any act constituting an offense that can only be committed by a minor and that is not designated as a delinquent act; or

- fails to obey any lawful order of a court of competent jurisdiction given in a non criminal action.

As a minor, it is your parents' responsibility to provide proper parental care and control of you.  If they feel that they cannot do so you can be charged as being an incorrigible child.  Upon being so charged, you face being placed in detention. 


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