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1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Internet Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Alabama on
Q: An underage (but of the age of consent) sent me a kinda suggestive picture, am I in trouble?

We had spoken for a while with a romantic tone, and she out of the blue sent me a picture last night of her in a baggy top with a bit of her chest showing. I'm really scared

Samuel G McKerall
Samuel G McKerall answered on Mar 30, 2018

No.

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Alabama on
Q: Can a 24 year old get in trouble for talking to a 17 year old?
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Feb 4, 2018

Talking to??? You mean having sex with, don't you?

Here is the statute:

Alabama Age Of Consent Law:

13A-6-70: (c) A person is deemed incapable of consent if he is: (1) Less than 16 years old...

13A-6-67 : (a) A person commits the crime of sexual abuse in the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Stolen Automobile

My friend stole his grandpa's truck and came and picked me and a guy up. His grandpa is pressing charges what would you think the results would be? I'm 14 years of Age in Alabama

Samuel G McKerall
Samuel G McKerall answered on Feb 3, 2018

With a good lawyer you probably won’t be found guilty of anything because under the facts as stated you didn’t do anything. With no lawyer you may get caught up in the system and not be able to avoid a conviction. On the brighter side, your friend is probably not guilty of the felony crime if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Alabama on
Q: IM 14 and my boyfriend is 16 , is it illegal for us to date ? If so can you please explain
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jan 15, 2018

By date, I assume you mean have sex -- and not go to the Malt Shop and listen to records. Here is the law

(a) A person commits the crime of rape in the second degree if:

(1) Being 16 years old or older THAT IS YOUR BOYFRIEND , he or she engages in sexual intercourse with a member of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Am I responsible for court fees as minor? (Continued) thanks mr. Coleman

It was a juvenile court case. I know for a fact that once a child has legally become an adult the court fees/costs are transferred to that individual. What exactly will happen when I show up on that court date? Jail time for not paying court fees even though that's not legally possible as minor?

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jan 4, 2018

The transfer of the liability for the fees is something with which I am not familiar. I don't know what role you played in the case. If you were represented by a next friend because you were a minor, you may be liable for the fees now that you are an adult. If you are still a minor represented... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Is a minor responsible for court fees?

The letter I received says pay or appear in court and it states my name I'm only 18 so why am I now responsible for my court fees. My mom refuses to pay the rest even though I gave her the money to pay it off. (Yes I'm aware the age of majority is 19) more info: i was put in a juvenile... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jan 4, 2018

What kind of case is this?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: If I am 16 can I legally leave home and live with someone else without parental consent?
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Dec 29, 2017

No. You are a minor.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Education Law for Alabama on
Q: In Alabama could I get in any trouble for my attendance when I’m 17 years old. Could it effect having to repeat.
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Dec 18, 2017

I assume you are asking if you can get in trouble for refusing to go to school? Yes, because you are 17 you could be the subject of a CHINS petition. Try your question again and give some details

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: If person at age of majority in SC (17) moves to AL where the age of majority is 19, does AL. recognize them as adult?

The 17 year old would be living with another family member (age 50) who would provide for them and keep them in school. This person raised them along with an adoptive mother but is now moving to Alabama and would like to take the young person with them. The 17 year old and the adoptive mother (who... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Dec 15, 2017

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: If I was in jail and my girlfriend lost our two kids how I get them back
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Nov 27, 2017

You need to supply a few more details before I can attempt to answer. I am guessing that the mother of the child had the children picked up by the Alabama Department of Human Resources. After that there would be a 72 hour hearing and then DHR would work to put the children back with the parents or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Alabama on
Q: I’m 15 years old and my boyfriend is 19, we are 3 years and 8 months apart can we date legally without parental consent?

When I turn 16 he will still be 19 is there any law saying that we can’t date when I turn 16 because I wanna be in an open relationship with him but I can’t because my dad will try to throw him In jail and has put in my head a bunch of lies saying stuff is a law when it’s not and I’m not... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Nov 15, 2017

By "date" I assume you mean have sexual intercourse with you. If your 19 year old boyfriend has sex with you he will have committed a crime. You might want to read Section 13A-6-62 of the Code of Alabama. Your father is correct. He would will commit rape in the second degree if he has sex with you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: My sister in law is refusing to return my children. She has filed a motion of some sort what can i do to fight this?

My sister in law was helping my wife while we were seperated, she got upset with my wife and kicked her out. Now she is making false accusations about my wife and i also threatening us with DHR. I dont know for sure but there is a rumor she may have filed a motion for custody. Im looking for some... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Nov 14, 2017

You really need to hire a lawyer in this kind of thing. SHe probably has filed a petition for custody of the children in the Juvenile Court. You need a lawyer to help you. Hire one.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: At 18 can you legally move out or leave home and move in with another family member without your parents permission
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Nov 12, 2017

Unless you are emancipated (that is, 18-years old and completely self supporting) you are still a minor and subject to the control of your custodial parent. However, at 18 years of age, the juvenile system is limited in what it can or will do in terms of dependency or granting a petition concerning... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: In Alabama, Can i prevent my 18 yr okd daughter from returning to my home?
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Nov 6, 2017

Who has custody of her? You?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: My son is 17 and lives with me. He doesn't want to live with me anymore. He is on my lease. Do I need a eviction notice?

Am I still responsible for him if he leaves?

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Oct 27, 2017

Yes you are responsible for him! He is a minor and not an adult. He is not on your lease as a renter (he can't be, he is a minor). You need to talk to a lawyer in your county about a CHINS petition or something similar.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: I am 18 and I am on probation. Can I move out of my parents without getting in trouble with my probation officer?
Jack T. Carney
Jack T. Carney answered on Oct 12, 2017

I am not familiar with juvenile law or probation rules, but I have a couple of thoughts. First, Alabama does not consider someone an adult until age 19 (so you may be limited doing something without parents permission unless you pursue emancipation). Second, you may just want to ask your probation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: If a child is 18, can they be emancipated while on probation?
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Oct 10, 2017

Strictly speaking, probation has nothing to do with emancipation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: I'm 16 years old and my step father and mother are breaking up. I refuse to leave with my mother as I can stand to live

With her. Is it legal for me to either stay with my step father(which would be preffered) or another family member until I'm 18?

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Oct 10, 2017

THe age of majority is 19, not 18. .I assume your mother has custody of you now. Your step father has nothing to do with your custody or where you live. You are not a subject of the divorce of the two of them.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: I am 17 years old and want to get emancipated because my brother and his wife do not support me anymore.

They will not sign or give their consent for me to get emancipated so I would like to know and explore other options how to go about things. I would have a place to go and reliable transportation so I could get a job and go to school. My boyfriend of 2 years has supported me more financially and... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Oct 9, 2017

You can't be emancipated until you are 18 years old. Period.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Landlord - Tenant for Alabama on
Q: Can I kick my 18 year old grandson out of my house. We live in Alabama and he doesn't pay rent
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Oct 8, 2017

WHo has custody of him? If you do, you can't.

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