Waxhaw, NC asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for North Carolina

Q: My mom is filing ungovernable youth charges against me. Do I have any rights as a minor?

Her reason for the ungovernable charge was that I am disrespectful and I do what I want when I want. About ten days ago. She slapped me, so hard I couldn’t hear out of my ear. That entire side of my face went numb. Then I yelled at her that I hated her and hit her arm. When she called the police, she told them ‘I backhanded her’. She failed to mention she hit me. She has assaulted like that over 50 times. Slapping, kicking, dragging.She doesn’t have a job and her only income is child support. She has a hoarding problem and has not helped in the house for 2 1/2 years. When I left this summer for work, nothing was done. But now that I am back I take care of everything. I take care of the pets, the dishes. The most she does is go on a walk make herself food, shop, and drive places. Paying the bills isn’t that hard she doesn’t work. I love my pets, and she doesn’t take good care of them. I don’t want anything thing to happen to them. I just want to know if and or what rights I have.Thanks.

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2 Lawyer Answers
Adam Bull
Adam Bull
Answered
  • Asheville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: You have a right to an attorney and one should be appointed to you.

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Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: We you hit your mother for any reason other than accidentally - it is assault. When she hits you for being disrespectful - it is discipline. As to your rights, you pretty much have the right to do what you are told not 'what you want when you want'. Essentially, all it appears you are doing is making things hard for yourself. If this is how you want it, this is what you will get. You should just consider doing you time respectfully and peaceably until you turn 18 at which point - then you can do what you want when you want and also bear all the consequences for it. Best of luck.

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