Marquette, MI asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan

Q: I have a question. I live in Michigan and I am 35. I was barely talking to a 17 year old. Can I get into trouble

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: I, like all lawyers, grow concerned whenever adverbs are used to qualify statements. What does "barely talking" mean? Did you exchange pleasantries or phone numbers? Without knowing what this talk was about, it's impossible to determine your legal exposure.

What seems apparent is that whatever was said has you concerned enough to ask the question. If you have to ask, you probably shouldn't be doing it. So if you have not already, I would stop all contact for your own sake.

A word of advice: when you are 35 talking to a teenage, and there is some discrepancy between what was said or done and by whom, you will not get the benefit of the doubt.

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