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§15A‑505.  Notification of parent and school.

(a)        A law enforcementofficer who charges a minor with a criminal offense shall notify the minor'sparent or guardian of the charge, as soon as practicable, in person or bytelephone. If the minor is taken into custody, the law enforcement officer orthe officer's immediate superior shall notify a parent or guardian in writingthat the minor is in custody within 24 hours of the minor's arrest. If theparent or guardian of the minor cannot be found, then the officer or theofficer's immediate superior shall notify the minor's next‑of‑kinof the minor's arrest as soon as practicable.

(b)        The notificationprovided for by subsection (a) of this section shall not be required if:

(1)        The minor isemancipated;

(2)        The minor is nottaken into custody and has been charged with a motor vehicle moving violationfor which three or fewer points are assessed under G.S. 20‑16(c), exceptan offense involving impaired driving, as defined in G.S. 20‑4.01(24a);or

(3)        The minor has beencharged with a motor vehicle offense that is not a moving violation.

(c)        A law enforcementofficer who charges a person with a criminal offense that is a felony, exceptfor a criminal offense under Chapter 20 of the General Statutes, shall notifythe principal of any school the person attends of the charge as soon aspracticable but at least within five days. The notification may be made inperson or by telephone. If the person is taken into custody, the lawenforcement officer or the officer's immediate supervisor shall notify theprincipal of any school the person attends. This notification shall be inwriting and shall be made within five days of the person's arrest. If aprincipal receives notification under this subsection, a representative from thedistrict attorney's office shall notify that principal of the final dispositionat the trial court level. This notification shall be in writing and shall bemade within five days of the disposition. As used in this subsection, the term"school" means any public or private school in the State that isauthorized under Chapter 115C of the General Statutes. (1983,c. 681, s. 1; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 26, s. 1; 1997‑443, s. 8.29(g).)