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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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Q: I need a lawyer to represent me in a case against the juvenile detention agency in san Diego county
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 20, 2021

A California attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. You could continue to await a response here, but it could be difficult for an attorney to reply - this is only a Q & A board. Some options you could consider include looking into sites that do operate as attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Family Law, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: My stepson’s mother is his conservatorship why he’s in a mental group home I just found out that Her his money .

My stepson is under a conservatorship is mother is currently he’s conservator. He was working a job and gave her the money and she’s using that money to start her own business is that legal and what can I do to put a stop to this

Jackie Marie Howard
Jackie Marie Howard answered on Jun 14, 2021

A portion of your question is missing; however, it appears you are asking if a conservator can spend money belonging to the conservatee's estate on bills/expenses/assets of the conservator. The answer is no. The conservator is answerable to the court for how the estate funds are spent. Get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I have a 17 year old daughter and she likes a 13 year old girl they started to cut themselves how can I stop them

My daughter said she will kill herself if I stop her from talking to this 13 year old girl I don't know what to do . Can I file a restraining order ? My daughter does have a Psychiatry list and she speaks with a counsellor already . But I think this girl is influencing her.

Alexander C. Safarian
Alexander C. Safarian answered on May 24, 2021

This is a very delicate situation and there is single right answer on what you can do. I suggest maybe also reaching out to the other girls parents to help figure out a solution.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Im 18 and pregnant. I got pregnant at 17. My boyfriend is 22 can he go to jail?
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on May 21, 2021

possibly, but I doubt it would happen.

if it was consensual sex and some time ago, though not technically legal, I don't think it would warrant jail.

you are still with him and he is supporting the two of you?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I have a 17 year old daughter and she likes a 13 year old girl they started to cut themselves how can I stop them

My daughter said she will kill herself if I stop her from talking to this 13 year old girl I don't know what to do . Can I file a restraining order ?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on May 13, 2021

she needs a psychiatrist and medical treatment more than a lawyer.

a mother and father should sit down with her and try to get through to her.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for California on
Q: Drunk grandmother hit my 17 year old daughter my 19 year old son defends his sister and he gets put in jail what do i do
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on May 13, 2021

more info will be needed

obviously, you need to get a lawyer either private or by requesting the court appoint the public defender at the arraignment.

write out all the facts and have any wits do the same so the lawyer can evaluate the case and determine if it was self defense or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: My ex was 31 and I was 17 and he kicked me out at 18 legally did he molest me? Was I even able to consent mentally?

So I was 17 and he was 31 when it started. I thought it was fine but there were red flags, I know I could call this in because I was used but I’m afraid of getting in legal trouble too, I didn’t know his card was stoll on my Amazon prime and ended up using it to make a large purchase (I was... Read more »

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Mar 21, 2021

If you have not been contacted by the police yet, I would try to return the money as soon as possible. If you wait, it could help prove you intended to steal.

If the cops are already involved, talk to a local criminal defense attorney before you do anything else.

Good luck!

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: How do I get a discovery on my son's case?

I don't want to ask his crooked attorney

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 15, 2021

more info needed.

if you think your lawyer is crooked and need to change asap.

you should have trust in your lawyer.

the attorney requests discovery from the DA and may have it already.

ask the attorney for copies of discovery.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: What if I know someone who was 17 years old and never had a fitness hearing at all. They just charged him as an adult

Alleged crime happend when he was 17 and they waited until he was 18 and just threw him into adult court with no mention of him being a minor at the time of incident.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 2, 2021

more info needed

s/he must discuss this with their attorney/PD asap

they will have all the info to discuss intelligently.....

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I’m a 17yo minor. I “signed” a contract with PayPal when I was 12. I disavowed it. Their stonewalling me. What can I do?

EDIT: I signed it when I was 11

I was scammed a large amount of money for virtual goods (one of the people scammed me in BTC aswell) before I was medicated. I disavowed my contract with them, and told them that I want my money back (under “Contracts with minors 4318.02). I’m also on the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 26, 2021

You may have a claim under various consumer protection and unfair business practice Acts. Contact a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California who deals with consumer debt issues. They give free consults.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I'm a 19 year old girl in California who wants to date a 17 year old guy in Texas. Would it be grooming or illegal?
John Karas
John Karas answered on Feb 20, 2021

I don't know what you meaning by "grooming" but it would not be a good idea. If you were to engage in any sexual activity (not merely intercourse but "petting", oral, sending each other pic's of yourselves nude, etc.) you could be charged with lewd acts with a minor,... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: How can I appeal a juvenile court jurisdictional hearing before the disposition hearing and get a new judge and lawyer?
David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Jan 26, 2021

Sorry, but that is broad question. You need to talk to the attorney who handled the case and see what your chances are going to be.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Native American Law for California on
Q: Can cps detain and continue detainment based on one positive drug test? Can it be a er test? Only allegation on case?

Er didn't notify us test was even being done. It was a dip stick test with no 2nd confirmation test. One positive test followed by 6 negitive tests including on day of birth mom and baby tested clean. Cord blood came back clean. Mother has no criminal history of any kind, minor and adult.... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Dec 26, 2020

More information is needed. The mother needs to find and obtain a lawyer with experience in Indian Child Welfare law in order to protect and assert her rights. If she needs your assistance, you need to remember that she will be the client and few attorneys will get involved in advising a client... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: What is the easiest way for a 15 yo to get emancipated

Abusive stepdad,can not pay, mom says she is going to take him back after his classes. That can not stand.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 1, 2020

google a family law attorney in your area.

maybe someone would take you on pro bono without payment.

type up a summary of all the facts so you will have them ready for the lawyer.........all your info and same on mom and stepdad. much more info is needed and the lawyer is more...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: is there anything i can do if i want to move out of my parents house ?

i am 17, will be 18 in six months , and i want to move out now , i have a stable place to live once i move out but my parents aren’t letting me . is there a way to move out anyways ? if not what are the consequences if i do it ? will the person i move with be charged as well ?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Oct 23, 2020

You could file proceedings to become an "emancipated minor" which will probably drag on until after you reach 18.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Mom lied about court order and sever child abuse in CA

I had custody of children, mom was on supervised visits. 11/13/19 I could not attend court, judge granted mom alternate weekends. Minute order was typed wrong and mom took advantage and took the children. Children have suffered sever emotional abuse and false imprisonment. I just got the transcript... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 21, 2020

MUCH MORE INFO WOULD BE NEEDED.

WHY DID YOU WAIT ALMOST A YEAR TO ADDRESS THIS?

I AM NOT A FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY. HOWEVER, FROM A CRIMINAL STANDPOINT A LAWYER WOULD WANT TO ORDER A COPY OF THE PROCEEDINGS LAST YEAR.

IF THERE WAS AN ERROR WHY WASN'T RECTIFIED SOONER? COVID?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for California on
Q: When did it become punishment by law to molest a child in California ? My family believes this was not punishable unt

My mom is a victim of child molestation and my family defends the man who did it- he remains in the family

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 19, 2020

The age of consent, at the time applying only when the girl is the younger party, was 10 when California introduced its Penal Code in 1850. In 1889 the age of consent was raised to 14. In 1897 the age of consent became 16. The age of consent in California has been 18 since 1913. Some media sources... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Can a 16 year old girl in canada send nudes to a 23 year old in the USA legally. Because age of consent in canada is 16
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Oct 13, 2020

The intricacies of International Law and Federal Law. Here is the problem, in the U.S. child pornography and its possession are prohibited under federal and state laws. If you possess it in the US you are committing a crime. A "child" is strictly defined in federal law as someone under... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: What legal action can a 15 year old girl do with an ex boyfriend thats threatening her?

My friend says her ex boyfriend is stalking her and threatening to shoot her. I’m telling her to call the police but she doesn’t want to get her parents involved. Legally, what can she do?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 18, 2020

MORE INFO NEEDED.

IN MY OPINION, YOU WERE RIGHT.......CALL THE POLICE AND DISCUSS WITH FAMILY.

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