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My 15 year old son has been arrested for shoplifting and is being held in Police station and i have been denied access to him.
I am told he will meet with the local prosecutor on Monday, but I do not understand the process.
I need urgent advice.
Thank you,

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Thank you for your email.
Please note, if this is a simple shoplifting case,Japanese police did not arrest 15 years boy.  I am afraid this case must be a serious one, such as long time, organized crime.
Maybe tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, a judge will decide if your son is sentenced a detention or not.
If the detention is decided, there is no doubt it is very serious case, so you must contact nearby criminal lawyer.

question

Thank you ,
Is there anything we can do over the weekend?
Can we please have telephone conversation? I understand that fees may be applied, but I am desperate for help.

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No time for telephone communication.
Email your concrete question/concern to me.
I will get back to you by tomorrow morning.

question

Ok…understand.
1.  Can the authorities (local prosecutor) interrogate my son without anyone else being present?
2.  At what stage would representation be allowed by a lawyer?
3.  Who attends the meeting with the local prosecutor?
4.  If the prosecutor decides to prosecute, how long before it goes in front of a judge?

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See my comments below.
Ok…understand.
1.  Can the authorities (local prosecutor) interrogate my son without anyone else being present?
Yes.I am sorry but not “Miranda rule” in Japan.
2.  At what stage would representation be allowed by a lawyer?
Right now.
3.  Who attends the meeting with the local prosecutor?
No one, but an assistant of the prosecutor.
4.  If the prosecutor decides to prosecute, how long before it goes in front of a judge?
One day, normally.These are the types of questions I would like to discuss.

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