Right to counsel

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Legislation, Truancy - Petition Against Child

In Kentucky, truancy is treated as a status offense, pursuant to Ky. Rev. Stat. §§ 610.010(2)(b) and  630.020(3).  And Ky. Rev. Stat. § 610.060(1)(a) provides that children in such matters who are unable to obtain counsel are entitled to appointed counsel, whereas Ky. Rev. Stat. § 610.060(2)(a) specifies that the court must appoint counsel regardless of indigence if it intends to detain the minor.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no