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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Hello! We have an odd situation. We're not "law suit happy" people, but we're wondering if our son's teacher violated

any laws with his behavior-- we're not happy. Our son was expected to write a private journal in his class and he does not care for the teacher (He's very rude and has a reputation for being an a-hole). He wrote his true feelings about the teacher, expecting privacy as promised.The... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Apr 1, 2023

Under California law, students have a reasonable expectation of privacy when it comes to their personal journals and private communications. If a teacher were to read a student's private journal without their consent or share its contents without a legitimate reason, it could be considered a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: A minor boy12 innapropriately touched my daughter 3 years ago when she was 9 she is 12 and just tood me what can i do?

What can i do since he also is a minor he was 12 or 14 at the time i cant remember the boy lives in Texas but it happened in california.

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answered on Mar 15, 2023

I'm sorry to hear about what happened to your daughter. Here's some information that may be helpful:

Under California law, the statute of limitations for filing a civil lawsuit for childhood sexual abuse is generally within 8 years of the victim turning 18. However, if the abuse...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Juvenile Law and Native American Law for California on
Q: Need help find legal help son was beat by police hancuffed with batons an they put false stuff on report

Native American an they harass him on a Dailey because of background

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answered on Mar 7, 2023

I'm sorry to hear that your son has been mistreated by the police. If your son was physically harmed by the police and they falsified reports, he may have grounds to pursue legal action against the police department or the individual officers involved.

One option is to contact a civil...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I am a Non offending parent of cps removal. Mother alleged drug use is reason for removal.

I am a Non offending parent of cps removal. Mother alleged drug use is reason for removal. But hospital has put her on methadone treatment for the last 5 months of her pregnancy. I am learning that this is the recommended procedure for a safe birth. At birth she was drug tested to see if she has... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Mar 1, 2023

In California, if CPS removes a child from the home, the parents have the right to request a hearing to challenge the removal. This is called a detention hearing, and it must be held within two court days after the child is removed from the home. At the detention hearing, the court will decide... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I think I'm being scammed over explicit photos sent over text

Hi so I have a question about a potential scam. So I matched with someone on tinder the other day. we started talking and she sends me her number so we can text. things start to become more sexual in nature. she sends me an explicit video and, I based on the previous messages thought to myself that... Read more »

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answered on Feb 24, 2023

I'm sorry to hear that you're going through this situation. It sounds like a scam commonly known as "sextortion." These scammers use sexual content to coerce victims into paying them money, and they often pretend to be law enforcement officials to make their threats seem more... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Can a assigned attorney lie to a client in a dcfs case

Dcfs case in la county. Baby was born clean. No drugs in her system. I was not. I have asked to appeal since day 1. Have given evidence that would help my case. At times my court appointed attorney blocked me completely. Until I called her supervisor. Now they are claiming she is not my... Read more »

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answered on Feb 23, 2023

It is not ethical or legal for an attorney to lie to a client in any case, including a DCFS case. However, it is important to clarify the roles and responsibilities of a court-appointed attorney.

In a DCFS case, the court will appoint an attorney to represent the parent or legal guardian...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I got in contact with a girl on a dating app. The same day, we take it off the dating app, she tells me she is underage.

Once I found out she was underage, I asked when she would turn 18, she said in about 2 weeks. I said I would still be okay with hanging out, but I would have to take some precautions for myself. We never made plans to actually hang out, just said possibly Sunday (we were in contact on Friday). On... Read more »

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answered on Feb 20, 2023

First and foremost, it's important to consult with a criminal defense attorney in your area immediately. It is possible that you may be facing charges for contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense, even if there was no sexting or physical contact involved.

As for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for California on
Q: My juvenile record was sealed and destroyed April 30, 2007. Statutes state that duty now terminated (again).

Juvenile registration statutorily ends when juvenile records are sealed. It is 'as if it never occurred and i may say so if asked. There is no underlying basis for its imposition, so why does a different county want me to register or be incarcerated?

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answered on Feb 20, 2023

It's possible that the different county is not aware that your juvenile record was sealed and destroyed, and is therefore treating you as if you have a duty to register. It may be helpful to provide documentation showing that your record was sealed and destroyed, and to consult with a lawyer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Probate for California on
Q: Power of attorney (financial) of minor child in california

Does a parent, (in California), with whom their minor child resides, need to gain Power of Attorney of said minor child in order for minor child to receive money left to child by father who died in accident? Parents were not married. Child is one of 5 children named by deceased father to receive... Read more »

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answered on Feb 20, 2023

In California, a parent generally has the legal authority to manage their child's finances, including money received from a deceased parent, without the need for a power of attorney. However, if the child's deceased father set up a trust or other legal instrument to manage the funds, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Can I sue the police department for making my 13 year old son identify his brothers body without my consent?

This incident happened in 1984 and ever since then my son was diagnosed with depression which turned into schizophrenia. He was the only one home and I was at work and they took him with them to see the body.

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answered on Feb 20, 2023

It is possible to file a lawsuit against a police department for certain types of misconduct or negligence. However, there may be some limitations to your ability to file a lawsuit, including the statute of limitations and the availability of evidence.

In California, the statute of...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Family Law for California on
Q: I am 16 years old and I drugged up a 43 year old and raped him now I'm pregnant what do I do

I am 16 years old and I lied about my age to a 43 year old he picked me up one night and I drugged him and raped him now I'm pregnant and he doesn't know

William John Light
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answered on Feb 6, 2023

Sounds like homework.

If this is a real problem, you are facing criminal charges in the juvenile system. You are also facing CPS involvement once your child is born given your potential convictions for rape and distribution of narcotics. Sounds like you would also test positive, and your...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Legal Malpractice and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Can a lawyer submit legal doc.s in 1 county superior court but label them under a different county superior court

example a lawyer representing a client in Riverside county and case being heard from Riverside county courts submit in documents that get accepted by Riverside county courts clerks office than files legal documents even though the acting lawyer has labeled this documents Los Angeles superior courts... Read more »

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Nov 16, 2022

This error could be malpractice if harm was caused.

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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: An employee took a video of a child at a private tennis court and posted on social media and it went viral. Legal?

The child is 9. The employee was taking videos of the court for marketing purposes. This video was not used on the company account but was posted on a personal Instagram account that is used for personal gain. The post encourages violence but does not violate the community guidelines of... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Oct 27, 2022

This question is posted in the employment law section of this site. This is not an employment law question. It is, instead, an intellectual property/usurpation of name and likeness claim. The parents need to find an attorney who works in that field.

Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: parental rights were terminated lost appeal in California false allegations can provide proof what can I do

Is there anything I could file to provide arguments

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 25, 2022

Speak with a local appellate attorney to see if you've exhausted you appellate rights. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law, Child Support and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: im 17 years old and my mom forcing me to go back to my country. When i turn 18 can i come back to US?
David Stephen Kestenbaum
David Stephen Kestenbaum
answered on Apr 11, 2022

In most countries, when you turn 18 you are considered an adult and can therefore make your own decisions. In the US, 17 year olds are still considered minors and therefore, unless you are able to get "emancipated" then you have to obey your family. Once you turn 18, you can apply for a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: How do I sue human welfare services for violating my rights and also not following procedures via penal codes
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Mar 23, 2022

The first thing you need to do is find a good lawyer. This service does not do that. Here, you can get simple legal questions answered. Your question is neither simple, nor does it include sufficient factual detail to arrive at a reasonable legal opinion of your possible case.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: My daughter was fraudulently freed for adoption and thus fraudulently adopted. What can I do to recover her?
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Feb 22, 2022

There is a whole lot of information missing. You need to start at the beginning and tell your whole story if you want to get any reasonable response. It must be a long and complicated story, but if you want help you'll need to tell it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Can I date my gf after I turn 18?

I'm 17 and gonna be 18 in December. Me and my gf started dating in September. She's currently 17 and gonna be 18 in July. We are in a long distance relationship so no sexual physical activity will be happening. Would it be okay for us to continue our relationship after I turn 18?

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answered on Dec 10, 2021

There is no prohibition to continuing in a non-sexual relationship with your girlfriend. However, if you intend to engage in a sexual relationship, that may be an issue. California Penal Code section 261.5 says it is a crime to have sex if one party is over 18, while the other is 17 or under.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: What liability or waiver do I need in my in-client's-home petsitting contract if my toddler will be with me?

I have been pet sitting for over 15yrs and have a current contract I have been using but now I'm a single mom to a 2yr old who will be with me during pet stays at client's home. I always meet the dog and owner before pet care is provided and bring my kid with me to make sure dog is none... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Dec 3, 2021

Make an appt to meet with lawyer to provide more info.

No lawyer should give an answer without more more info and like you have liability.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I am 15 and somebody challenged me to a fight, will i get in trouble for participating?

We are both 15 and he challenged me to a fight this weekend, can i fight him legally? I don't want to get in trouble with police. Are there any steps I can take to assure we both dont get in trouble?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Oct 1, 2021

IT IS NOT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BUT IT IS BATTERY.......AS A MISDEMEANOR IF NO WEAPONS ARE INVOLVED AND A FELONY IF YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE THROW SOMETHING AT HIM.

YOUR BEST BET IS TO SAY.........NO, YOU WIN.

YOU ARE NOT LOOKING TO GET ARRESTED AND ANYWAY IT IS AN IMMATURE WAY OF SOLVING...
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