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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: My son was responding to a call he received from his girl friend needing a ride from a grocery store.

The girl had been arguing with her father and did not want to go home. They arrived at my son's and I's house and were greeted by police. He was charged with harboring a minor. He had just turned 18 three months earlier. They knew each other from high school. The police messed up his name... Read more »

Douglas T. Cohen
Douglas T. Cohen answered on Apr 28, 2021

sorry your son is going through this. However, to assess the case and whether the plea offer is reasonable, it would be best to retain an attorney to look at the police reports and all the facts and do further investigation if necessary in order to better negotiate with the DA.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Colorado on
Q: Can you ask for parental rights stripped when a parent is charged with cruelty to juvenile?

My ex husband kept my son from any contact with me for a year and a half. During which time he removed him from school telling him it was for his own good he is to stupid to be in public. He socially isolated him. Neglected to give medical treatment to him on numerous occasions. He and his wife... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Mar 4, 2021

You can ask for it if he has been convicted of a crime related to child abuse, however the court may grant supervised visitation instead if it determines that the supervised contact would be in the best interests of the child.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: I’m 4 months from 18. I have a job and a home I have my stuff at. My mother kicks me out all the time. Can I leave?

I’ve been physically and emotionally abused all my life. She’s hit me recently. My bestfriend of 5 year is offering me a home and her mother wants to help me. What can I do? I have money and I’m graduating hs early. Can I move out early?

Cindy Perusse
Cindy Perusse answered on Jan 7, 2021

The age of majority or when you are a legal adult in CO as other states is 18 years of age. Until that time, your parents are legally responsible for you. A child is required to stay in high school only until he or she is 17. After that the child does not need their parents' to quit.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: My friends 14yr old son punched her in the face and broke her nose. He also hits his brother and has fits of rage.

She had made several reports and no help, the police claim they can't step in. What can she do.

Sean Maye
Sean Maye answered on Nov 16, 2020

The best course of action is therapy or counseling. There are certainly grounds for getting the police or the courts involved if the boy hit his mother intentionally, and certainly when the result was a broken nose. But criminal sanctions may possibly result in the boy being removed from the home... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: My niece lives in New Mexico and has a warrant for her arrest for burglary she has an 8-year-old daughter and the dad's

Not in the picture. Can I go pick the daughter up and take custody of her?

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Nov 11, 2020

No, you have no basis at this time. You could consider bring an case in NM, depending on their laws. However, I doubt there is a basis. Perhaps the mother will consent to her daughter being with you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I get emancipated in my situation? what are the steps I have to take? And how long will it take?

I’m 15 years old I haven’t been going to school for a year now and I also haven’t been living with parents for a year.i have chosen to leave my home because of some Physical abuse and negligence I am currently not going to school because my parents didn’t want to enroll because of family... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Mar 21, 2020

I am sorry to hear about your situation. If abuse has occurred, you might consider speaking to your school counselor about the matter. That counselor could make a report to social services.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: 16 YO son wants to be be emancipated. He graduates high school in May. Will CPS let him do this?
Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Feb 25, 2020

It depends on his situation. Just graduating from high school does not emancipate him. However there are other factors that could such as his becoming self supporting or joining military service.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: How can a person be charged for sharing a private photo if the person sent it consentually

If a person takes a provocative photo and posts online or sends it to multiple people how can they down the road decide to press charges on one of the recipients for sharing the photo? My sisters Son received a photo of his friend as did many others via social media. Months later he sent it to... Read more »

Andrew John Contiguglia
Andrew John Contiguglia answered on Nov 10, 2019

You’ve asked a number of different quests over a few different posts. i will try to compound everything in to one answer to you don’t have to go to multiple places to get an answers.

Warrants are based on a very low legal standard called “probable cause.” There is no requirement...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: How can a warrant be issued for a crime if law enforcement does not make contact with you to question you of crime?

Example: My sister was on vacation. She was not home when police came to speak with her Son who was believed to have sent a friend an image of buttocks. She finds out over 4 months later her 13yr old child has a no bond warrant. This was the first anyone had heard of the image, the attempted... Read more »

Andrew John Contiguglia
Andrew John Contiguglia answered on Nov 10, 2019

You’ve asked a number of different quests over a few different posts. i will try to compound everything in to one answer to you don’t have to go to multiple places to get an answers.

Warrants are based on a very low legal standard called “probable cause.” There is no requirement...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: How can a warrant be issued for a crime if law enforcement does not make contact with you to question you of crime?
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Nov 10, 2019

Need way more information to understand your particular scenario, but when the police conduct an investigation they are not required to take statements from every witness or every person involved. They just need to reasonably believe a crime has taken place and have reasonable belief that a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: Would I be able to sue the department of social services in alamosa county?

I have an open case with the department of social services here in alamosa co. They took my children from me on August 29th 2018. I'm still not sure exactly why my kids were taken from me. I have just recently found out that my nine year old son has been diagnosed with rheumatic fever.

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Sep 17, 2019

I am sorry to hear about your situation. Social services should tell you why they took your children. You can contact them to find out. If they were concerned for the children's safety and removed them for that reason, unless they did not have a sufficient basis for the determination a lawsuit... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: My child was being sexually abused while in the care of daycare. Can I sue the daycare?

My child was being sexually abused by another child.

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 9, 2019

There are issues of liability which you should discuss with a lawyer you consult directly

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: If I'm on pretrial at 17 years old and go on the run till I'm 18 will I still go back to jail when I'm 18
Brian K. McHugh
Brian K. McHugh answered on May 3, 2018

If there is an active warrant for your arrest, yes. Your age at the time a warrant is issued and your age at the time you are arrested on that warrant are irrelevant.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: My boyfriend and I want to get married. I’m 18 he’s 19. We live in Nebraska. If we go to CO can he get in trouble?
Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Feb 1, 2018

The Colorado marriage would only be valid if one or both parties of married couple were Colorado residents (permanently reside in Colorado for at least 91 days). If the residency requirement can be met in CO, the CO marriage can be transferred to NE (even though legal majority in NE is 19). An... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: How do I get emancipated without parental consent?

Im 18 years old and a freshman in college. I have a part time job. I currently do not live with my parent, they live in a different state. My mother was abusive to me when I was younger, but will try to continue verbal abuse over the phone. My father never stopped it or tried to stand up for me or... Read more »

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Jan 25, 2018

At age 18, you are a legal adult and are emancipated. You can decide what contact you have with your parents.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: Can a father kick out his daughter when she turns 18 if she is still in high school?

I am her mother and do not want her to leave. she is a great kid.

Stephen J. Plog
Stephen J. Plog answered on Jan 24, 2018

A child becomes an adult at age 18. From a family law standpoint, the parent is no longer legally obligated to let them stay in their home. If you all live in the same home, that will be an issue for you and the father to work out. In a technical, legal sense, the father might have to go... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: My daughter wants to move out at 18, we live in Colorado, can she do that?
John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Jan 11, 2018

At age 18, she is a legal adult and can live where she wants.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: I am paying child support on a 17 year old will be 18 in 10 days. He was arrested for 22 armed robberies.

Can he be emcipated due to being in state custody?

Stephen J. Plog
Stephen J. Plog answered on Dec 28, 2017

If the 17 year old is in prison and not coming you, you should be able to seek a termination of the child support obligation.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: If a 16 year old punches a 17 year old, what are the legal consequences that could happen?
Mr.  H. Michael Steinberg
Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Nov 22, 2017

The case will be filed in Juvenile Court - and most likely - if the injuries were not serious - the juvenile will be offered a diversion program which is a kind of probation that ends with a dismissal of the case following anger management classes etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I leave home at 16 without parents permission? I have a steady job and a child and aswell as a car.

Moving into apartment

Samuel Ventola
Samuel Ventola answered on Sep 14, 2017

No, not unless you become emancipated.

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