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A Maryland law gave minors a phone call — now police are pushing back

January 3, 2024
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A Maryland law that requires minors in police custody to call an attorney before an interrogation has drawn criticism from some law enforcement officers, who say the added step stalls investigations and keeps them from questioning young suspects who may have knowledge of a crime. The state mandate, known as the Child Interrogation Protection Act, says minors in custody must consult with a lawyer, typically by phone, who can best explain their constitutional right not to incriminate themselves during police questioning.

Article Source: The Baltimore Banner

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