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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: My daughter is being cyberbullied by other students and the school is not doing anything to fix this. What to do?
Amber Forrester
Amber Forrester answered on Jul 15, 2021

While you may not be able to do much to force the school to take action, there is a criminal offense in NJ pertaining to cyber-harassment (found on this site by searching for 2C:33-4.1) and you could file a complaint at the police department against those bullying her under that statute. That said,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: My son is 12 and my daughter was 5 at the time if found guilty or plea guilty is jail time mandatory?

My son was the one did this he has 2 changes 2c:14-2b and 2c244a1

Amber Forrester
Amber Forrester answered on Jun 22, 2021

The offenses you’ve cited are 2nd and 3rd degree, respectively, and in juvenile court a 2nd degree carries as much as 3 years of incarceration and a 3rd degree carries as much as 2 years of incarceration. Because of his age, he will not be waived to adult court despite how serious the charges... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: i’m 17 and my girlfriend is 15 turning 16 is our relationship legal in new jersey?

her mother is scared i might get in trouble bc of us dating so i just wanted to prove to her that i won’t

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 2, 2021

Assuming that you are only dating with no sexual activity you may date freely. However the age of consent is 16 so at that point, should you engage in sex, that would be legal.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: If the person doesn't want to press charges on me can i still go to jail?
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Nov 15, 2020

Depends on who filed the charges, if filed by the police it generally doesn't matter what the victim wants.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: I committed a felony for the first time ever, I have no criminal record at all. It was a third degree, and I'm a minor

I am 16

What may be the outcome? If I am charged.

The company said if I pay back the money that will be the end. It was a civil demand letter to be exact. They said they will not press charges or get the cops involved but I just want to know what can happen.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Nov 15, 2020

If they keep their word and don't file charges nothing will happen to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: I am a minor, and I may be charged with a 3rd degree felony. The amount of money that was taken was $6,000 from my job.

What may be the charges and what can happen.

The company said they would not press charges, but it wasn't on paper.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Nov 14, 2020

It would be the same as if you were an adult. It's a third degree case which subjects you up to 3 to 5 years in jail $15,000 fine probation and restitution as required by the court. If you do get charged to make sure your parents hire a good lawyer for you to reduce or eliminate these penalties.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: can a non parent kick a minor out the house legally?

My mom lives with me, also my girlfriend and her two children do too. My girlfriend's 15 year old daughter hit my mother. And my mom kicked her out can she legally do that

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Nov 11, 2020

Are you really asking this as a legal question? You live with your girlfriend, her 2 children and your mother and an incident took place between your girlfriends 15 year old daughter and your mother, where the 15 year old struck your mother and in response to that incident, your mother told the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: If I’m 17 and on probation can I live with someone that isn’t a relative ?
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Sep 19, 2020

The decision will be up to your probation officer but generally you will need to live with your guardian who is generally your parents.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can I take my ex-wife to court for allowing my daughter to drop out of HS and not monitor the home school program?

I have Joint Custody of my 2 children, Daughter 17, Son 20 and Disabled. They both live with my ex-wife. The ex allows my daughter to do whatever she wants including not speak to me or complete the home school courses that I purchased for her. My daughter lies and says she does the work but the... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on May 4, 2020

What I am hearing more than anything in your question is "frustration" that you feel that your daughter is making terrible decisions that will affect the rest of her life and you feel powerless to do anything about it since your daughter is not listening to you / returning your calls and... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: i'm 16 turning 17 and i want to move out of my house with my friend and his mother, if i have a job would it be fine?

my parents and i constantly argue and i want to move out, my friends mom has already told me i can stay with them as long as i pay rent which i would be fine with. but would my parents be able to stop me if they wanted to?

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Apr 28, 2020

You are not going to like my response.... but I dont think I have ever met a 16 or 17 year old ( including myself when I was that age) who did not argue / fight with his / her parents. The fact that you and your parents are fighting does not mean that you are wrong or that they are wrong.... simply... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is it okay for an 18 year old girl to be dating a 15 year old boy in New Jersey?
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Apr 3, 2020

Sex does not matter, age matters and if this gets sexual in any way it could be considered endangering a welfare of a minor.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: My ex wife is allowing our 15 year old daughter to date a 19 year old man. If this continues can I file charges?

I just found this information out. Can I press charges against this young man if he refuses to stop seeing her, and can I press charges against my ex wife for child endangerment?

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Nov 29, 2019

Yes you can file charges. There is a long list of possible criminal charges that can be filed against both the 19 year old and your ex-wife. The sooner you take action the less danger your daughter will be in. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: My neighbors put a camera in their car pointed directly at my front lawn where my two year old plays. Is it illegal

We have open harassment charges against them because they constantly harass us day in and day out. This is something that we think they have done just to get on our nerves but I’m worried about what they will do with footage of my two year old.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jul 20, 2019

It's generally not considered illegal to have a camera recording in public unless for example it was used to look inside a private area in your house via the window etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: I recently found out my daughter sells weed with her friends. A deal went wrong and a customer ran off with my daughers

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H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on May 11, 2019

This is a criminal offence which you should never discuss online or over the phone today, because it can be traced right back to you and thus to her. Set up a consultation with an experienced criminal lawyer that's your best bet to get the right Advice. It may cost a few bucks to discuss the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: My husband was violated for a dirty urine while on parole and I'm trying to figure out how long will he have to do

I believe I need a lawyer for him

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Feb 13, 2019

Generally a dirty urine will result in a violation and yes he should have a lawyer, to try to reduce the time he may serve.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Support and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: my ex and I were Married and had our daughter in New Jersey . Transferred to Florida when she was 18 mon old . Got

Divored in Florida. My daughter and I moved back to NJ . Her Child support ends at 18 and it doesn’t mention helping pay for collage . Florida law says they don’t have to help wirh collage But Jersey law says they do . How do I get it changed so he is required to help with collage

Arnab Kumar Banerjee
Arnab Kumar Banerjee answered on Jan 29, 2019

two states have different child support laws. as for child support i presume the following : your child's support started in new jersey and then when you moved to Florida then you end child support in new jersey and started child support in Florida. then when you come back to new jersey again... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can I legally move out and live with an 18 yr old or older without parental consent at age 16?
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jan 19, 2019

No, you are not emancipated. You could have significant legal problems if you try to do so, as could the 18 year old.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: My son is 17 and a certified emt on a nj ambulance squad. He was arrested for a stem in his car. Can he be kicked off?

Can the police release info or inform the ambulance squad of his arrest to the ambulance squad since he is a minor?

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jan 6, 2019

The answer to this depends because generally you need a license to be an EMT they could kick him off the squad however will they find out is the question you may have to tell them anyway. Your best bet is to get a good lawyer to fight the case you may have a defense and even if he doesn't... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: If I was arrested at 17 but my court date is set for when I’m 18 do I need to bring my guardians.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Dec 14, 2018

More information as to the crime and the court you are in, but generally yes. However either way if you have a criminal charge you need a lawyer.

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