Saint Paul, MN asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Minnesota

Q: can I a 16 year old tell someone who is a bad influence to my mother and siblings to stay out of the house?

So I'm 16 and my mom has a vary abusive boyfriend (not physically) and he just threatened to and I quote "ring his little neck. " (my brothers 18 and hes 31) is it possible to get him out of the house for good?

2 Lawyer Answers

Jonathan Matthew Holson

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: No. You cannot tell him to stay out, but you could certainly apply for a harassment restraining order or order for protection if one is warranted. That would be your best avenue to keep him out of the home.

Thomas C Gallagher

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: A person who lives in a home can lawfully ask a person who does not live there to leave. If they don't, police will respond to a 911 call to escort the trespasser out. But, if a child would ask a guest of the responsible adult in the home to leave, the guest could lawfully stay with the consent of the adult who lives there. Beyond that, even an invited guest can be removed or arrested for assault - either bodily harm or threats of bodily harm.

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