If my 12 year old was picked up for shoplifting and the policeman frisked her and handcuffed her, is that legal?

This is her first offense of any kind.

Asked on January 31, 2013 under Criminal Law, Wisconsin


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Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country law enforcement is entitled based upon probable cause to stop a person suspected of a crime and to frisk the person as a matter of safety and even handcuff the person regardless of the age. Meaning, even a minor such as your child can be stopped, frisked and handcuffed due to a possible crime of shoplifting.

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