Custodial interrogation of a child; parental notification and contact. (HB746)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Custodial interrogation of a child; parental notification and contact. Requires that prior to the custodial interrogation of a child who has been arrested by a law-enforcement officer for a criminal violation, the child's parent, guardian, or legal custodian be notified of the child's arrest and the child have contact with his parent, guardian, or legal custodian. Such notification and contact may be in person, electronically, by telephone, or by video conference. However, notification and contact prior to a custodial interrogation is not required if the parent, guardian, or legal custodian is a codefendant in the alleged offense; the parent, guardian, or legal custodian has been arrested for, has been charged with, or is being investigated for a crime against the child; the person cannot reasonably be located or refuses contact with the child; or the law-enforcement officer conducting the custodial interrogation reasonably believes the information sought is necessary to protect life, limb, or property from an imminent danger and the questions are limited to those that are reasonably necessary to obtain that information. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102315D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107569D-H1
02/05/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107569D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB746H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/19/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108764D-S1
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/24/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108764D-S1
02/24/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB746S1
02/24/2020Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Placed on Calendar
02/26/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108764D-S1 (96-Y 0-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB746ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/27/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 480 (effective 7/1/20)
03/27/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0480)

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