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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: What can I do to help my granddaughter who ran away and has a warrant

My granddaughter is 14 years old her mom jumped on her and she defended her self and got thrown in jail she got out missed her court date then she has been on the streets for the last 6 months what can I do to help her and her mom doesn't care what happens to her and she call to ask for money... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 12, 2020

I was going to say she should file to be an "emancipated minor" but your last line says she lives in LA, not CA. She needs to seek help from an attorney in LA for both her criminal situation (sounds like self defense) and her parental situation. Look on Justia for an LA attorney that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I lied about my age to get a job because I was underage. I lied on the paperwork too. How much trouble could I get in?

I was 15 and told my employer that I was actually 16, and even wrote it on the application and orientation paperwork. This was in California. It was a McDonalds. Whenever someone like my managers would ask me, I would always tell them 16 instead of 15. They still don’t know, and I still work there.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 10, 2020

Dude, you are in REALLY BIG TROUBLE NOW!!! The punishment is that you will have to eat at McDoo every day for the rest of your life!!! So if this comes from Detroit, MI and the McDoo is in CA, and you STILL work there, you must have one heck of a commute to get to work every day. You mix tenses,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: If a parent discovers pics and videos of 12 yo masturbating for people online and does nothing, r they guilty of crime?

permitting a 12 yr. old to take laptop into bathroom for extended amounts of time unsupervised, then discovering GRAFIC sexual content performed for adults in an online account yet not deleting pics and videos, not closing account, not notifying authorities, not enrolling child in counseling nor... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 6, 2020

more info needed........

it depends........maybe child neglect/negligence..............are you a family member?

maybe it is more important to address the act than the crime.

i would think the parent should be talked into taking the kid for therapy.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I’m taking care of a 14 year old and her parents don’t know who she’s staying with. What should I do?

She says her father kicked her out of the house but I think she ran away. She says her father is physically and verbally abusive and doesn’t feed her. She says this is the third time he kicks her out of the house. Her father is looking for her and I don’t know what to do. How long is she able... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 30, 2020

You could get into trouble since you are not the guardian of this child. If the parents are verbally or physically abusing the child, she should report it to the police, but this may lead to juvenile detention. She could file a petition to be declared an emancipated minor. She should, at least,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I ran away as a 17 year old. If I show up to the police department and ask to live with a family friend, what happens?
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 31, 2020

If you are off the grid, why would you have to go to the police to ask permission to live with a family friend, or anywhere? I am assuming that you are still under 18. You can file a petition for emancipation before you are 18 that would give you the right to live away from your parents. You can... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Civil Litigation and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Would one be able to "punish" a school or staff for compensation for the racial discrimination of students/theft?

In a specific situation, a friend of mine who's finally said something about what they had to endure in their seventh grade year. This was about two years ago. What had happened was that their bag which contained their Hmong cultural clothes and very clearly had her name on it was stolen by... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 27, 2020

First, the person who was wronged needs to post for themselves, otherwise this is just an "I am curious" posting. Claims against public agencies are subject to a requirement for the presentation of an administrative claim usually within 180 days, of injury. Since this happened two years... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: im thirteen and my brother is 17 turning 18 this year .. will he get introuble if he keeps on putting hands on me

Hes been putting hands on me since 2018 but it doesnt happen often but everytime he gets mad he punches me in the face

Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on Jul 26, 2020

He is in trouble now. He will be in bigger trouble when he turns 18. Ask your father to intervene immediately and to have him get counseling and to take anger management classes. Many young men do not realize that their lives could change dramatically by their obnoxious behavior towards minors.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Can I sue my Guardian for threatening me at 14?Can I get a job at 14 if I was kicked out of my house?
Chris M. Bradford
Chris M. Bradford answered on Jul 12, 2020

To partially answer your question about the problem with your guardian, until you are age 18 it is likely the judge will keep your guardianship in place. However the guardianship judge has the power to change the guardian to another person, if the current guardian is not doing his or her job... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: If my truancy ticket was from 2 years ago and i havent gotten reached out to pay it. Do i still have to?

I was caught leaving campus and they told me i would need to pay it off but i didn’t have the money and i finally found my ticket should i still pay it? Or is it wiped off my record? I stopped leaving campus after the ticket.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 8, 2020

Computers have memories longer than an elephant. You need to search the courthouse records where the ticket was issued to see what the status is. You can do this online using the ticket number or you can go to the courthouse when it reopens to the public to check it on the clerk's computers.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Social Security for California on
Q: can my father refuse to give me my social security benefits until I’m 18 even though he kicked me out?

months ago I was kicked out,my father didn’t really care but I didn’t tell them where I was going so my fathers sister reported me missing. I still had the missing person report even though everyone including my dad knew where i was at. we got that resolved and both of them stated it was fine... Read more »

Mike Darlington
Mike Darlington answered on May 25, 2020

Call or get online with the Social Security Administration; explain the situation to them and they will head you down the right path. May be a slow process but just take one step at a time and don't lose your patience.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: In california can a parent pay thier child to beat up another child everytime they see him
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on May 7, 2020

NO

however, more info would be interesting.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Did I break a law commenting on 17 year olds bikini picture?

The picture is of a person I follow on Snapchat. The picture is of the person’s side profile with her bottom arched out and the caption “am I thick?”. I replied with a thumbs up. After realizing this, I looked up her age, went back to Snapchat, attempted to delete message before it was seen,... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 15, 2020

i doubt if anything would come from your thumbs up

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Do you deal with CPS cases because this stupid app won’t let me ask my question

My grandson was injured while visiting family on his father side and being left in the care of his other grandmother while my daughter napped in the same house confident in the fact that she did not create this injury my daughter voluntarily took a lie detector test which she failed because she... Read more »

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

more info needed and more clearly explained

however, i don't deal with CPS which is normally more family law-oriented.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: what happens if you Move/Runaway at 17?

My friend is 17 and I am 22. She is unhappy living with her mom and they always argue. She wants to move in with me but she doesn’t think her mom will let her. If she just moves she thinks her mom will call the cops on her for running away. What can they do? Will I get in trouble if she lives... Read more »

Stephen Peter Anderson
Stephen Peter Anderson answered on Mar 3, 2020

You should be very careful when dealing with a minor. The courts have resources to deal with counseling issues and other avenues to repair child parent relationships. You could call your local Child Welfare Services office and arrange a meeting by the minor and a social worker. Have the minor... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I found out my minor has been stealing from me for the past three months, I have all the evidence. Can i press charges?

I never noticed money was being taken from my account. It sums up to more than $2,500. I have all many receipts with her name on it to things she purchased. I live in california and want them put in a juvenile detention center. How do i do this?

David Stephen Kestenbaum
David Stephen Kestenbaum answered on Dec 22, 2019

You don't "press charges" you make a police report. They take it to the District Attorney who reviews the reports and decides what charges to file. Depending upon his prior record, if any, he will either get Home on Probation or Diversion. If this is not his first time, he may be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: My x husband had are 2 daughters removed from him do to his house was raised for drugs. Ntf team called cps & they

Removed r girls from him. Cps never contact me & took r girls to Foster care. Now they don't at all want me to get r girls & now rgirls they gave to him. My question is. What would happen if I just went & took my girls from him. Can I get in trouble.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 14, 2019

more info needed.

is there a court order that you would violate?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: My son is 16 years old recently went to jail for getting in a fight at school he is on probation but I have the video

and in video you can clearly see they get in verbal but nothing else only security pepper spray my son is this even legal

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 18, 2019

more info needed.

does the video show everything from beginning to end?

there is a difference between criminal law violations and violations of school rules and ordinances.

what is he on probation for?

if you are on violation for something that warns you of jail if x...
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2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Is it illegal for an adult(or a 17 year old) to send a 14 year old nudes(without consent).
Nicholas John Saranto
Nicholas John Saranto answered on Nov 14, 2019

It’s against the law in California to possess, produce or distribute “obscene matter” depicting children younger than 18. This would be a violation of PC 311, the state’s child pornography law. In cases where both parties are under 18, state courts have been known to show some leniency.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I’m just wondering, if a 12 year old dates a 16 year old, will the 12 year old be sent to juvenile?

I’m just curious, so I can know more about “dating” you know?

David Stephen Kestenbaum
David Stephen Kestenbaum answered on Nov 12, 2019

If sex is involved then both of you could end up in juvenile hall! Absent any sexual activity, there is no law against dating. However, it has been my experience that it is very hard to stop after things get heated.....

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Can my son who got adopted able to sue the adopted mother for kicking him out at age 16 he collects tax let him with0

Parents of his friends buy his hygiene n supply still receive cash for him but he is hopeless this can't be right

Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman answered on Oct 16, 2019

His status as an adopted child is irrelevant to any part of your question. The impediment to his legal right to sue is his age. He will need a guardian ad litem to sue on his behalf. That being said, it is completely unclear what it is you think would be the basis for a lawsuit.

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