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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: Can my parents legally keep my money after I move out?

My mom started a savings account for me when I first started working and has been taking all of not most of my paycheck (against my will) and putting it in the savings account. Now that I’m 18 and moving out she still refuses to give me the money saved up under the grounds of “I don’t trust... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Aug 18, 2020

Wages earned while a minor may be controlled by a parent. Obtaining the age of majority does not change the nature of those wages any more than it truly makes one an adult other than in the eyes of the legal system. Children are extremely rarely able to earn a wage which could contribute more than... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Libel & Slander for Arizona on
Q: I want to press charges for perjury but the person I would go to the Attorney General is the defendant's lawyer already

Perjury is a criminal offense. To press charges you would make a police report and go to the Attorney General. However, in the case where the person committed the perjury the lawyer for that person is the Attorney General. So me going to the Attorney General would be a conflict of interest so how... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Aug 17, 2020

If I understand you correctly, you are accusing someone in the attorney general's office of perjury or possibly accusing a state employee in their official capacity of perjury. Either way, it is almost certain that the person you are wishing to have charges pressed against for perjury would be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: .my parental rights just got terminated and now they're moving to the adoption process what can I do for my case
Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 12, 2020

Likely not much. Since your rights have been terminated, you are no longer an interested party in the adoption proceeding. Am attorney would need a lot more information to evaluate whether anything can be done at this point. I can assure you that without extremely competent local counsel, you will... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Arizona on
Q: A teenager molested a child for three years straight 6 years ago, Is there hope to get justice for that now? Arizona.

The Child was 8 and the Teen was 13 when it began. The last time it happened was when the child was 11 and the Teen was 16. It happened 6yrs ago so the child is 17 now and the teen should be 22. The dude has a young daughter now and we’re so scared he might do something to her. We don’t know if... Read more »

Zachary Divelbiss
Zachary Divelbiss answered on Apr 16, 2020

If you are reporting a crime, you need to contact your local law enforcement agency.

Arizona felonies have a statute of limitations of seven years. However, certain crimes, such as this, may fall into a certain category where there is no statute of limitations. I will not go into further...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: I have a dcs case in arizona and it's super complicated...

I gave birth at home. It was planned, my second all natural birth. She came at 37 weeks just like my previous daughter. She was pink she cried she nursed she pooped. We went to sleep when I awoke she was not breathing. Called 911. Was told at hospital she had died. Then I was held in the room where... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jan 14, 2020

First, I cannot imagine what you are going through. I wish you the strength to weather this storm, the patience to deal with the government bureaucracies, and the resiliency of spirit to bounce back from this ordeal when you reach the other side.

Unfortunately, unless you can afford an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: I’m dating a 18 year old and I’m 17 and my parents want to put him in jail can they do that?

Me and my boyfriend were dating for three months prior to him turning 18. Recently, we were at my house and were messing around play fighting and he accidentally damaged my room causing my mom to believe that he hits on me. I dismounted the allegations and she now wants to end my relationship and... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jan 9, 2020

First, if he ever DOES physically, emotionally, or mentally abuse you; leave and do not look back. You deserve better. Period.

You ARE considered a minor in Arizona, but the fact that he is less than 2 years older than you and under the age of 19 makes it almost certain the prosecutor would...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: Regarding title 36 for a minor in AZ is that possible with parental request? Minor is 9 years old...

Minor is a danger to self and others

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Sep 6, 2019

The short answer is yes. If he is an eminent danger to himself and others, you should contact law enforcement to have him transported for emergency commitment and evaluation. If more prolonged treatment is required, the facility will be able to assist with filing the Title 36 paperwork.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: How can I get my son back from DCS

DCS took my son from the hospital becuz he tested positive for drugs. But my girl friend tested negative. Then they brought up an old case that my ex wife and I had. And the grandmother tried to have my son placed with her but the case worker told her right from the start that she was denied all... Read more »

Rich J. Peters
Rich J. Peters answered on Jul 10, 2019

Is your Court appointed attorney taking steps to deal with your concerns? Are you looking to hire private counsel?

I did not see any particular question that I can answer. I can say that my advice always in these situations is to bend over backwards to satisfy DCS that you are doing...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: i was found with a wax pen and its a felony in AZ but i'm only 16 can i somehow get that dropped to a misdemeanor

i was caught bc of shop lifting and lied to the cop so idk how thats gonna go in court and i dont have any priors

he told me my papers will come in the mail but people told me that when cops say that is just to scare me and he isnt gonna press charges

Zachary Divelbiss
Zachary Divelbiss answered on Jun 17, 2019

You really need to contact a lawyer as soon as possible! You are a juvenile and are facing a felony. These are two very important things that you should value deeply and want to solve the right way. There is good news with recent changes in the law and it is possible to have your case completely... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: My nephews mother through him out . He is 16 in California can I bring him to Az ?

He tells me she drinks all the time and dates he is a good kid is getting his diploma online and working a part time job. I have an apt with an extra room he can stay with me. Any info will be helpful.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jun 8, 2019

If she has thrown him out, she may be willing to agree to let him stay with you. You should draft a simple agreement stating that she is giving you guardianship, power of attorney, and legal decision-making power and have her sign it in the presence of a notary public. There are numerous websites... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: What is the law about joint custody and Child released on intence probation. Does he still get to go back and forth

My son is 15 He was released on intense probation to his father and now his father is saying he can’t live with me until he is off probation in a year. I wanted to know what my rights are. His dad has been gone for almost 2 years and just came back when my son got arrested.

Zachary Divelbiss
Zachary Divelbiss answered on Jun 2, 2019

You will need to check the Intensive Probation Order (IPO). The IPO is an order from the judge (or probation) that allows him to stay somewhere. This is not a decision from the father. You may be able to contact the judge or probation officer to have them allow your son to stay with you.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: I’m 15 and live in Arizona and my dad is a alcoholic and smokes out of wax pens and other things it’s hard for me please

I live in Arizona and I’m 15 am I able to make my decision with living with my mom

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Apr 26, 2019

Your opinion and the behavior if the male on your birth certificate should both be taken into consideration. You will need to petition the court for a review of the cold custody order. There are a number of factors which will need to be considered in determining where the petition must be filed and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: I'm married can I get in trouble for my step daughter not going to school
Randi Sirlin
Randi Sirlin answered on Aug 12, 2018

It would be the parent who would be held responsible, unless you are a legal guardian.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: Is it illegal to run away from home?

Thank you.

Randi Sirlin
Randi Sirlin answered on Jan 17, 2018

It most likely is illegal under juvenile law, but most likely not illegal under family law in Arizona. However, circumstances of each person could alter the answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: Can you be emancipated between the ages 14 and 17 in Arizona?
Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on Dec 27, 2015

Yes, emancipation is possible, but the individual has to prove independence.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: What dating rights does a 17 year old have in Arizona?
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Nov 8, 2015

There aren’t many lawyers answering criminal law questions in Arizona. You can use the Find a Lawyer tool on this site to search for and contact a lawyer. Good luck with your matter.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: will a sixteen year old get put in jail for kissing a 13 year old in AZ?
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Nov 8, 2015

There aren’t many lawyers answering criminal law questions in Arizona. You can use the Find a Lawyer tool on this site to search for and contact a lawyer. Good luck with your matter.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: MY SON IS 17 HIS BDAY IS MARCH 27TH HE IS ACCUSED OF MOLESTING A GIRL 12 YEAR OLD GIRL WHEN HE WAS 15 HE CAN HE BE CHARG

HE IS IN JUVENILE RIGHT NOW FOR THEFT OF A VEHICLE PENDING CHARGES THEY ARE GIVING HIM A PLEA AGREEMENT TO ADMIT GUILT TO SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH MINOR AND MOLESTATION WITH MINOR REGISTER AS A PEDOPHILE UNTIL 25 TWO DIFFERENT GIRLS

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Nov 8, 2015

You should talk to a criminal defense lawyer ASAP.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: As far as I know, you can give legal consent to sexual intercourse at the age of 18

Does this mean it is illegal for two minors to have sex even if they both agree to it? If so, what legal consequences do they face?

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Nov 8, 2015

Depends on the circumstances and their ages.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: What do i do if someone wont leave me alone

I have a 16 year old saying i owe him and his friends 10 dollars and i do not recall i owe them any money. So all he does is keeps harassing me and following says i owe him money but everytime i am with my mother or a family member he wont say a thing. He just does it when im alone and he will... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 20, 2015

Go speak with a private attorney about this.

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