Texas Family Code - FAM § 52.01. Taking into Custody; Issuance of Warning Notice
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(a) A child may be taken into custody:
(1) pursuant to an order of the juvenile court under the provisions of this subtitle; 1
(2) pursuant to the laws of arrest;
(3) by a law-enforcement officer, including a school district peace officer commissioned under Section 37.081, Education Code , if there is probable cause to believe that the child has engaged in:
(A) conduct that violates a penal law of this state or a penal ordinance of any political subdivision of this state;
(B) delinquent conduct or conduct indicating a need for supervision; or
(C) conduct that violates a condition of probation imposed by the juvenile court;
(4) by a probation officer if there is probable cause to believe that the child has violated a condition of probation imposed by the juvenile court;
(5) pursuant to a directive to apprehend issued as provided by Section 52.015 ; or
(6) by a probation officer if there is probable cause to believe that the child has violated a condition of release imposed by the juvenile court or referee under Section 54.01 .
(b) The taking of a child into custody is not an arrest except for the purpose of determining the validity of taking him into custody or the validity of a search under the laws and constitution of this state or of the United States.
(c) A law-enforcement officer authorized to take a child into custody under Subdivisions (2) and (3) of Subsection (a) of this section may issue a warning notice to the child in lieu of taking the child into custody if:
(1) guidelines for warning disposition have been issued by the law-enforcement agency in which the officer works;
(2) the guidelines have been approved by the juvenile board of the county in which the disposition is made;
(3) the disposition is authorized by the guidelines;
(4) the warning notice identifies the child and describes the child's alleged conduct;
(5) a copy of the warning notice is sent to the child's parent, guardian, or custodian as soon as practicable after disposition; and
(6) a copy of the warning notice is filed with the law-enforcement agency and the office or official designated by the juvenile board.
(d) A warning notice filed with the office or official designated by the juvenile board may be used as the basis of further action if necessary.
(e) A law-enforcement officer who has probable cause to believe that a child is in violation of the compulsory school attendance law under Section 25.085, Education Code , may take the child into custody for the purpose of returning the child to the school campus of the child to ensure the child's compliance with compulsory school attendance requirements.
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