AN ACT CLARIFYING THE MANNER IN WHICH A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER MAY TAKE CUSTODY OF A JUVENILE WHEN EXECUTING A NONSECURE CUSTODY ORDER UNDER THE LAWS PERTAINING TO ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND DEPENDENCY.
Amends GS 7B-504 to allow a law enforcement officer or other authorized person executing a written order for nonsecure custody under laws pertaining to abuse, neglect, and dependency, to take physical custody (was, assume) of the juvenile who is the subject of the nonsecure custody order.
Allows the court to authorize law enforcement to enter private property to take physical custody of the juvenile if it is the finding of the court based on the petition for custody or the testimony of the petitioner that there is no less intrusive remedy available.Also permits the court, if required by exigent circumstances in the case, to authorize law enforcement to make a forcible entry at any hour as long as the officer has reason to believe that the juvenile is being abused at the time that the officer is executing the nonsecure custody order.
Applies to orders issued on or after the date that this act becomes law.
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