In the Matter of Z.A.K., 189 N.C. App. 354 (2008)

Reversed and remanded in part
Affirmed in Part

The trial court did not err by denying the juvenile’s motion to suppress his statements to police. The juvenile’s father took him to the police station for an interview, where he was not handcuffed but was escorted at all times and was not told that he was free to leave or could refuse to talk. Viewing the entire circumstances, the court concluded that when the interview occurred the investigation was exploratory, the juvenile was not a suspect, and a reasonable person would not have believed he was under arrest or significantly restrained.

Motions to Suppress
Custodial Interrogation
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