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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I found out my minor has been stealing from me for the past three months, I have all the evidence. Can i press charges?

I never noticed money was being taken from my account. It sums up to more than $2,500. I have all many receipts with her name on it to things she purchased. I live in california and want them put in a juvenile detention center. How do i do this?

David Stephen Kestenbaum
David Stephen Kestenbaum answered on Dec 22, 2019

You don't "press charges" you make a police report. They take it to the District Attorney who reviews the reports and decides what charges to file. Depending upon his prior record, if any, he will either get Home on Probation or Diversion. If this is not his first time, he may be given custody... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: My x husband had are 2 daughters removed from him do to his house was raised for drugs. Ntf team called cps & they

Removed r girls from him. Cps never contact me & took r girls to Foster care. Now they don't at all want me to get r girls & now rgirls they gave to him. My question is. What would happen if I just went & took my girls from him. Can I get in trouble.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 14, 2019

more info needed.

is there a court order that you would violate?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: My son is 16 years old recently went to jail for getting in a fight at school he is on probation but I have the video

and in video you can clearly see they get in verbal but nothing else only security pepper spray my son is this even legal

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 18, 2019

more info needed.

does the video show everything from beginning to end?

there is a difference between criminal law violations and violations of school rules and ordinances.

what is he on probation for?

if you are on violation for something that warns you of jail if x...
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2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Is it illegal for an adult(or a 17 year old) to send a 14 year old nudes(without consent).
Nicholas John Saranto
Nicholas John Saranto answered on Nov 14, 2019

It’s against the law in California to possess, produce or distribute “obscene matter” depicting children younger than 18. This would be a violation of PC 311, the state’s child pornography law. In cases where both parties are under 18, state courts have been known to show some leniency.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I’m just wondering, if a 12 year old dates a 16 year old, will the 12 year old be sent to juvenile?

I’m just curious, so I can know more about “dating” you know?

David Stephen Kestenbaum
David Stephen Kestenbaum answered on Nov 12, 2019

If sex is involved then both of you could end up in juvenile hall! Absent any sexual activity, there is no law against dating. However, it has been my experience that it is very hard to stop after things get heated.....

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Can my son who got adopted able to sue the adopted mother for kicking him out at age 16 he collects tax let him with0

Parents of his friends buy his hygiene n supply still receive cash for him but he is hopeless this can't be right

Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman answered on Oct 16, 2019

His status as an adopted child is irrelevant to any part of your question. The impediment to his legal right to sue is his age. He will need a guardian ad litem to sue on his behalf. That being said, it is completely unclear what it is you think would be the basis for a lawsuit.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Elder Law, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I just went to a IEP for 13 old developmentally delayed told to find out on conservitership. Need help & answers.

Do I need to do conservitership, at what time and for what reason since we are her natural parents?

Jeffrey Louis Gaffney
Jeffrey Louis Gaffney answered on Sep 18, 2019

You do not need a conservatorship until the child turns 18. The conservatorship then will allow you to still continue to make all of their decisions for them as you care for them. The process takes 3 or 4 months so start early. Many places can provide you with help at that time; here in San... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: I got a ticket for disobeying sign/signal/ markings at intersection in BH, officer gave me a juvenile ticket but I’m 19
Marc David Pelta
Marc David Pelta answered on Jul 7, 2019

You should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to schedule a case review, most do not charge for the first meeting with you and then you can consider your options.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: DA offices said No charges will be filed against my sons. But the detective says it's being referred to probation. Why

My son was cited intent to sell 3 thc cartridges. DA office rejected the case. I contacted the detective to get my sons phone back, and he informed me that my sons case is being referred to probation and he isn't able to give me back the phone. The only paperwork I received was from the DA office... Read more »

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Jun 5, 2019

If they are minors, it is most likely a referral for informal handling through juvenile probation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: 17 and less than a month to be 18 runaway subpoenaed.

My friend is 17 and a runaway from a foster Home. They are a little under a month away from being 17 and he was subpoenaed to his uncle court date for sexual acts done to him which is why he was in foster home.. What will happen because he is a runaway and did not go to the court date?? Will he go... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on May 15, 2019

much more info needed

he needs to have a consult with a lawyer in his area.

many lawyers will offer a free consult.

i would recommend he writes down a complete summary before seeing the lawyer

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: At what age can you legally purchase marijuana in California?

Is it at 21 or 18?

Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on Apr 24, 2019

21. However, keep in mind that it is still illegal under federal law.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Can a sb 620 be addressed on a Franklin hearing remand??

I was sentenced in 2007,when I was 19 (a youth) I received 7years for attempted murder and 25yrs to life for the gun enhancement. I have to go back for a Franklin remand can I bring up the sb 620 as well??

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 22, 2019

much more info needed.

you should pose this question to your lawyer who has your entire record and all pertinent papers in front of him/her.

if you don't have a lawyer see if the public defender would talk to you and review your factual scenario.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Military Law for California on
Q: I was arrested for the following when I was 12.. I am now 26 and recently made contact with the attorney

that represented me in juvenile court. He suggested and is confident we can successfully unseal my record, file a motion to reduce all felonies to misdemeanors, file a secondary motion to have the case dismissed by a judge, and re-seal the record. By doing so, will that make me eligible for... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Feb 4, 2019

CA Penal Code 17b relates to reductions of crimes for juveniles, depending on the circumstances. See:§ionNum=17.

As for information in a background check, typically such checks uncover all arrests that are...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Can a 20 year old girl date a 16 year old guy? How is that viewed? f they were to get physical could the girl go to jail
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 2, 2019

Sex with a minor in CA is a crime, as consent by a minor is invalid. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: What does it mean when a detaining county has "no jurisdiction" over a two-year old child that currently is being detain

County has had child in custody for six months, case occured in different county,where no charges were filed, county had placed child in home where she endured phyiscal abuse from foster parent, happend in June 30,2018. Mother(I) have attend & completed classes for an parent advocate, I still dont... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 29, 2018

More info needed.

You need to ask this of lawyers who are familiar with Indian Law.

However normally when an Entity has no jurisdiction, they no longer have any interest in the matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Would I get in trouble if I hit my 22 year old roommate?

I’m 16 and my roommate goes through my stuff every day yelling at me and telling me how useless I am.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 20, 2018



1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Need a lawyer regarding my 7 year old daughters school for incidents that have taken place. Wanting to know what to do.

My daughter was choked twice and sexually harassed by a student in her class, 1st grade. I met with the district once and nothing was resolved. I have been keeping my child home because I am so concerned with her safety at that school. The school can not tell me when that boy will be back at... Read more »

Angelina Bradley
Angelina Bradley answered on Oct 20, 2018

You need an attorney who specializes in Title IX work. Your daughter has certain rights that can be enforced through the Title IX process.

Do a search for “Title IX attorney San Francisco” and that should be a good place to start.

I’m sorry this is happening to you daughter....
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: what can i do about false or mislading statemnts given under oath by social worker to supreme court of ca
Donald Arthur Hilland
Donald Arthur Hilland answered on Sep 29, 2018

How do you know the statements are false or misleading? What is your proof that the statements are false or misleading? Are you a party to the child custody case? Or are you simply someone who knows the truth? There are too many uncertainties in your question. Filing documents with the supreme... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: What can we do against a false allegation of child sexual abuse (Abuse of a minor by a minor)?

My sister-in-law claims that my son, who is 15 years old has sexually abused her youngest daughter who is 5 years old after having had a one-on-one conversation with her and having taken her to a psychologist. She has threatened us to legally proceed against our son and us, and she will go as far... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 7, 2018

Hire a criminal defense attorney. There is no recourse against a false accusation except defending yourself unless your son is the victim of intentional misconduct. It would be a very difficult case to claim that a 5 year old was intentionally lying and that a psychologist was intentionally lying.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Hello, I am inquiring about my legal options in regards to an incident that occurred with my 8 year old daughter.

A person who has since been identified, took a photo of my 8 year old daughter from my wife's Instagram page. Once the person had the picture she wrote derogatory comments on the picture about my daughters weight and made comments about my 8 year old daughters chest (breasts). She then posted it on... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Aug 31, 2018

You need to contact a lawyer who has expertise in cyberlaw. There may also be an issue with child porn if the person made sexual references regarding your young daughter. Perhaps a phone call to your local FBI office might be useful to help sort out all the issues with your unfortunate experience.... Read more »

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