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Hello Jacustomer,

Television and movies make many people think that there's a fundamental right to a phone call after an arrest. There is no such thing. If the defendant's a juvenile his parents would likely have to be notified, depending upon the state, but beyond that, allowing a phone call is at the discretion of the police. In many instances the police will allow a phone call depending upon how busy and crowded they are, but they simply don't have to.

Every rule has its exceptions, and if you have a specific situation in mind, you can use the reply tab and I'll expand this answer.

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