When Can You Call in an Amber Alert?

Be Ever So Careful

In keeping with our mission to keep you informed and educated about how to best care for your family’s safety, we here at the Law Offices of David S. Bouschor, II want to make you aware of the facts regarding Amber Alerts.

In 1996, a small child by the name of Amber Hageman was abducted and killed in Arlington, Texas. The outcry following the senseless tragedy led to the formation of the AMBER alert system, thusly named in honor of the nine-year-old girl who was abducted while riding her bicycle in an abandoned parking lot.

Be Alert

Here in Texas, contrary to popular opinion, there is no time frame required to wait prior to reporting a missing person if you feel that person is in danger. Missing children under the age of 13 are especially susceptible to being exploited or hurt soon after their whereabouts become unknown. In short, do not hesitate to contact law enforcement immediately when you learn of a missing child.

America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) is one of three alert systems, followed by Silver and Blue Alerts, to get the word out as efficiently as possible in the event of a missing person.

Here are some facts you should know about the AMBER Alert System:

  • AMBER alerts are administered by law enforcement agencies only
  • Law enforcement alone makes the decision on whether or not a missing child’s case is appropriate for the AMBER alert system
  • These alerts involve serious threats of child abductions
  • Law Enforcement makes the decision on whether the AMBER alert goes statewide or not based on certain criteria
  • Once activated, the system is designed to reach all media immediately, including several branches of the national and statewide alert systems, the National Weather Service and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Currently, our nation is suffering from heightened feelings of breaches in security on national, state and local levels. It is imperative that you report any suspicious behaviors to law enforcement. If you sense there is something amiss in the interaction between a child and an adult, say something or do something appropriate. Any caring loved one will not be angry for your concern for their child.

If you have any questions about how your custody agreement affects your parental rights or those of a loved one, please give us a call at Bouschor Family Law. Our knowledgeable staff will shed light on the details of your divorce or custody agreement to ensure you and your family are in compliance. In addition, the dedicated staff at the Law Offices of David S. Bouschor, II will work tirelessly with you and your family to achieve and maintain the dignity you deserve when faced with the need for a family law attorney. Please contact us at (940) 202-8323 if the need arises for representation or if you have questions on the implementation of family laws in our state.

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