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author: Lara, Mitchell
co-author: Skinner


Developmental science concludes that cognitive brain development continues into adulthood, leaving minors with less capacity to understand their rights. Because of this, youth are significantly more vulnerable to giving false statements to authorities. SB 395 will safeguard young people’s rights by mandating that individuals 15 years or younger be permitted to consult with legal counsel prior to an interrogation. (This bill is now law.)