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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for South Carolina on
Q: This is kind of an odd question lol so prepare yourself.

I am a 16 year old girl and am constantly asked for nudes on social media sites like snapchat and instagram. I’m often offered money for said photos or videos. I don’t ever want to send my own photos so I started just looking up photos online and sending those photos in exchange for money.... Read more »

Stephen Grooms
Stephen Grooms answered on Apr 13, 2020

What you are doing is definitely not legal, I would strongly recommend you quit immediately and stop interacting with strangers on social platforms. There are a number of different federal and state criminal charges this could fall under (not to mention potential civil claims) and the people you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for South Carolina on
Q: Is it legal for a 16 year old girl & a 20 year old man to date and have sex with each other in South Carolina?
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Apr 6, 2020

The age of consent in the State of SC is 16 years old so the 20 year old can not be charged with statutory rape. That being said, a 20 year old could be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor in certain situations.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for South Carolina on
Q: My dad used to abuse me from 12-19. Now I don’t live there, but he does it to my stepsister. Is there anything I can do?

My stepsister is 16. The abuse was mental and physical. (I’m also in South Carolina)

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Jan 21, 2020

You need to contact law enforcement in that area that they live as soon as possible and filed a report so that they can begin an investigation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for South Carolina on
Q: I would like to know how to become a paid guardian ad litem in the state of SC?

I have a bachelor's in Education and Psychology, and a master's in Counseling and Coaching. I am currently working with a residential non profit who provides housing and education for sex trafficking survivors. I would like to work with this population as a Guardian ad Litem.

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Dec 4, 2019

Check out this website: https://www.scbar.org/public/get-legal-help/common-legal-topics/guardian-ad-litem/

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for South Carolina on
Q: My fifteen year old is being charged with conspiracy because he knew but didn’t tell what do I do?

Has been suspended for 10 days possible expulsion because they said he wrote the note for a bomb threat but then they found out who really done it he told his side and they are charging him with the other two all Bc he knew and didn’t tell

John W. Molony
John W. Molony answered on Jan 21, 2019

Retain counsel as soon as possible. Contact a South Carolina criminal defense lawyer immediately to discuss this matter further.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for South Carolina on
Q: If I'm 17 and drive ny parents car and break somethings on accident, do I legally have to pay them? Can they make me?

I'm 17 and I have been told I broke a few things in my car. One I will pay for, but the rest they claim I broke when I didn't. Can they legally make me pay for it, even though I'm underage and there was no contract?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 12, 2018

Technically they'd have to show it was you, but you need to decide how much you want to push the issue. You'd come off more mature saying that you didn't break the other items but you'll be glad to help out by paying them.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for South Carolina on
Q: Are there any cases in SC where 15 yr old can be emancipated?

In the case where the biological mother is a drug abuser and the biological father has criminal domestic violence charges can a 15 1/2 year old female become emancipated? She can show where she will be financiallly cared for by another family willing to have her live with them.

Brian Lehman
Brian Lehman answered on Jan 13, 2017

Assuming that you are the 15 1/2 year old female, I would recommend going to a lawyer immediately. I would expect that you could find a lawyer who might help pro bono. Check out http://www.theparentingplacepca.org, which is an organization in the city you listed (Easley, SC). You might also... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for South Carolina on
Q: Can a 15-16 year old go to juby for leaving a cine, & no divers license?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 30, 2016

Only if there was major damage or serious injury.However a lot depends on the charges.The juvenile needs to talk to a lawyer who handles tickets.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Personal Injury for South Carolina on
Q: Alright so if a 16 year old and a 21 year old guys fight and the 21 year old tries to sue, who wouldWin the case
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 13, 2016

The person who didn't start the fight, who tried to back off. However both could be charged criminally. And if neither has money no one will get to collect.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for South Carolina on
Q: If there is proof of a 15 year old tampering with a car vehicle what would happen
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 14, 2016

Depends on what the tampering involved. Could be a wide variety of charges. By the way, any facts discussed on this site can be seen by anyone. So don't tamper; if you have, try to warn the person so they don't use the vehicle; get with an attorney. Not on a website.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Juvenile Law for South Carolina on
Q: How old does a child that is living in the UK have to be to leave home and come to the US without parents permission?

She is 16 was born in the US and has dual citizenship but been living with her american mother and British father in the UK for 8 years, I think it is. She is asking to come live with us, her American grandparents.

Camlinh Nguyen Rogers
Camlinh Nguyen Rogers answered on Apr 24, 2016

When she is older than 18, she is an adult

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