How can I find out what is going on with my daughter since her arrest?

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How can I find out what is going on with my daughter since her arrest?

My daughter was arrested for a probation violation on a drug charge. She has been
in jail for a week, but has not talked to anyone. She has a Public Defender, but
he has not contacted her yet. She doesn’t know how long she will be in there or
if a court date has been set.

Asked on January 3, 2018 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If your daughter is an adult (over 18), you have no right to information: a parent of an adult child is not legally responsible for them, and since you do not have legal authority over her, you cannot demand information. More, the authorities and her attorney (the public defender) can NOT release any information to you: they cannot tell one adult what is going on with another's criminal case. Only your daughter herself can let you know what is going on, if she chooses to.


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