Question Details: I have been charged by police for something I did not do. What's the process to get legal representation? I'm under 18.
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There is different asistance available at different stages of the process. The options also depend on how serious the charge is, whether you are able to pay a lawyer, and whether you are 17 or younger.
Click on this link to read about the youth justice system and youth advocates (if you are 16 or younger): www.communitylaw.org.nz
Click on this link to read about legal aid: www.communitylaw.org.nz
Click here to read about duty lawyers in courts and legal advice if you're in the Police cells: www.communitylaw.org.nz
We suggest you get in touch with your local Community Law Centre to talk about the options in your situation. Click here to find them: www.communitylaw.org.nz
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