National Center for Youth Law

STRATEGIES

Miranda Rights for Youth (2020)
SB 203 (Bradford)

In 2017, California passed SB 395, a law that prohibits police from interrogating youth under age 16 until the youth has had a chance to talk with an attorney about their rights. SB 395 sunsets January 2025.

California’s SB 203, passed in 2020, requires all youth under age 18 to consult with an attorney before waiving their constitutional rights during a custodial interrogation. Counsel must explain the Miranda rights to the youth and what it means to waive them. By ensuring youth understand their rights, we ensure the outcomes of these police interrogations are just and lawful, and create greater trust, accountability, and due process for all.