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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: How likely is it my kids would be taken if this was reported?

I live in an abusive home. I moved in with my grandparents in 2018 at the push of my grandmother. My grandmother adopted my sister for the money she gets, she tells she is going to leave her with me because she didn't sign up for the responsibility only the money. She calls her names, is... View More

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answered on May 16, 2024

It is unlikely that your children will be taken away from you simply because you have a condition which requires you to take medication. Many people in society have bouts of anxiety and depression and society, including family court, understands and does not condemn people who are going through... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: In 1985 a 16 year old was questioned about a murder. Was his guardian supposed to be notified?
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answered on Apr 17, 2024

The requirement for police to notify a guardian when questioning a minor varies depending on the jurisdiction and specific circumstances. In the United States, the Supreme Court case Fare v. Michael C. (1979) held that juvenile suspects must be given Miranda warnings before questioning. However, it... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Collections, Juvenile Law and Education Law for Florida on
Q: Hi, Who is responsible for my 14 child's medical bills (No Insurance)when he was bit by a rattlesnake inside his school.

I did not have insurance at the time due to a lapse during a job change. I am being sued for $40k in medical bills but I believe the school should be responsible.

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Apr 2, 2024

A school has a legal duty to make sure their premises is safe for students that attend. If the school was on actual/constructive notice that a rattlesnake was crawling around the property, (and failed to take corrective action), then the school would be liable. This would depend on the unique facts... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Collections, Juvenile Law and Education Law for Florida on
Q: Hi, Who is responsible for my 14 child's medical bills (No Insurance)when he was bit by a rattlesnake inside his school.

I did not have insurance at the time due to a lapse during a job change. I am being sued for $40k in medical bills but I believe the school should be responsible.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 7, 2024

If the school was negligent and you could demonstrate it, they could be liable for the bills. If they do not step up to the plate, it's likely you would need to bring legal action. If you have to file a lawsuit, you're probably looking at very short windows of time to take action (notice... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Juvenile Law and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Is there any Florida case law, that states when a court suspends a parent’s timesharing?

Is there any Florida case law, that states when a court suspends a parent’s timesharing that, they are not held to this statue and are not required to pay 100% child support to the other parent. This parent cannot exercise their timesharing because the courts suspended it, it's not that the... View More

Rand Scott Lieber
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answered on Mar 29, 2024

The short answer is NO. Although child support and timesharing are interrelated, a suspension of timesharing does not suspend a child support obligation. The financial obligation is ongoing pursuant to the court order unless and until it is changed. Speak with a local family lawyer for more... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: Alcohol resulted in sexual abuse of minor & DCF failed to consider continued alcohol use. What case law is similar?

An injunction was dissolved due to DCF failing to consider relevant information regarding ongoing alcohol use when determining the dissolutions and allowed the dissolution of injunctions in place to protect my son and his brother from their stepdad. The stepdad's history consisted of sexual... View More

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Feb 8, 2024

Aside from the criminal issues that you raised, you as a guardian for your children may be able to bring a lawsuit against both the stepdad and any other adult who could have or should have stopped the abuse but did not. Stepdad’s rental or homeowners insurance policy could be a source of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Can a school or official and a school police officer question of 15-year-old about a allegation that happened off school

The allegations was alleged to happen off school grounds and supposedly reported to the city police department the minor was questioned without his parents being there or aware of situation

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answered on Nov 29, 2023

In the United States, the rights of minors during questioning by school officials and school police officers can vary depending on the state and the specific circumstances. Generally, school officials have some authority to question students about incidents that may affect the school environment,... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Good morning, My (12 year old) daughter is a type 1 diabetic, and she was denied her accommodations at a Summer camp in

My daughter is type 1 diabetic, and she was denied her accommodations at a summer camp in Florida in which she was enrolled and we have been paying for more than 1 year to save her place, on June 15, 2023 I filled out all the forms required by the camp with all her necessary accommodations,... View More

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jul 27, 2023

The camp may or may not be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, depending on various factors. This publication by the American Diabetes Association is helpful: https://diabetes.org/sites/default/files/2021-06/Camp_2021_Fact%20Sheetsnewbranding.pdf

As explained there, the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: My 17 year old has a court appointed attorney and she says she can't talk to him with me present. Is this true

He was arrested for soliciting prostitution from an undercover. She is trying to get him to enter a plea deal and we haven't even went to court

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 12, 2023

His attorney probably wants to talk to him about the facts of the case. Anything your son tells his attorney is privileged. The attorney can't be made to disclose what her client told her. On the other hand, what your son says in your presence is not privileged, so, in theory, you could be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: In Florida, can a minor concealed carry an axis lock knife with a blade shorter than 4 inches in public.

The axis lock is used on Benchmade knives. It locks the blade in the open position. The person carrying the knife is under 18 years old.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jun 25, 2023

So, essentially a pocket knife. Sure, the concealed carry law doesn't prohibit the carrying of a "common pocketknife". See Chapter 790, Florida Statutes:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0700-0799/0790/0790ContentsIndex.html

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: Hi, there is a book published with my fathers, mine and my juvenile sons name in it, my question is don't you have to a

Persons permission to put there name and/or story out in a book for the world to see

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 30, 2023

No, unless the book is defamatory, none of you would have a case. The publisher is not required to obtain the permission of the persons named in the book.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Juvenile Law, Municipal Law and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Do I need a consent form from a stranger to show them in a monetized YouTube video?

I'm planning on making YouTube videos in which I record conversations with people in public places (with a cashier, waiter, person at the park, etc.) and then use that clip to help teach people English by explaining the meaning of what I and the stranger said. My YouTube channel is... View More

J. Tanner James
J. Tanner James
answered on Sep 20, 2022

A signed release is always your best option. Depending on your location, you could be dealing with privacy laws AND publicity laws, and a failure to obtain a signed release could expose you to serious civil liability. Given the purported nature of your videos, I would imagine participants would... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: I am 17, with my ged, form of income, and I live with my grandparents. I wanted to know if I could legally leave their-

care. My grandma has power of attorney over me. I live in florida and I dont know if I can but I really need to leave here.

Pamela J. Fero
Pamela J. Fero
answered on Aug 23, 2022

You can be legally emancipated by a court before the age of 18 if you can support yourself. You can show proof of sufficient income to cover your living expenses and daily necessities.

However, it is most practical if you sit with your legal guardians and obtain their permission.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Boy, 17, and girl, 15 go to a friend's house. Friend's dad gets them drunk. Teens have sex, girl says it was rape.

The kids all lied to investigators at first, and said their friend stole a bottle from their parents, and the parents didn't know they were drinking. But the girl's parents are mad, and they found out the adult hosts handed the kids shots when they walked in the door, and kept giving them... View More

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Apr 19, 2022

No, the boy probably doesn't have a viable defense to possible criminal charges by arguing that he didn't have the mental capacity. Any diminished capacity resulting from voluntary intoxication is normally not a defense. But of course, he should refuse to answer any questions about this... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: How do I terminate permanent guardianship? Child is uncontrollable because birth mother is encouraging bad behavior! Etc

He’s bullying 93 yr old in home causing my 5yr old grandson I’ve adopted to break down. He’s refusing to do schoolwork stealing taking off etc. I’ve called many agencies only to get one offering referral for counseling. This child needs a one on one situation that I can’t provide. I’m... View More

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Mar 14, 2022

You would need to file a motion to terminate the guardianship. I would highly recommend that you contact an attorney to assist you if this is what you want to do. If you can, it would be best if you could find someone else to take over the guardianship of the child and that way you can file a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: if im a juvenile in teen court florida can i move to another state and finish my sanctions there with parents permi
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jan 21, 2022

You would have to ask the judge (by filing a motion) for permission to do so.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Under 921.1402 a juvenile gets a sentence review after 25 years?

When does the 25 years start, the day the juvenile gets arrested or sentenced?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Dec 25, 2021

The statute seems relatively clear; it appears that it starts on the date of sentencing.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: corroborating evidence. How is it used exactly and what does it consist of. Dependency fl

At the adjudicatory hearing even though I was there at 9am as scheduled, although all other parties were provided with links to attend via voom, I didn’t leave the building till 3:30 that day without seeing the judge and when I asked what was going on the bailiff said I couldn’t speak to the... View More

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answered on Nov 28, 2021

Are you talking about a child custody issue? Why don't you repost it under family law. And in any event, clearly you need a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Is it legal for someone to record a minor without their consent?

A controlled by took place where in the video record of the controlled by there is footage of a minor smoking. I thought that without a minors permission given it is against the law and against their rights?

Michael  Mayoral
Michael Mayoral
answered on Oct 28, 2021

There are laws against video voyeurism (Fla. Stat. 810.145) and recording audio without a person's consent (934.03), but both laws have exceptions for law enforcement. This should be discussed with the criminal defense attorney handling the case. Also, legal steps can be taken to protect the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: My daughter was involved in a fight and now the school is trying to expel her. How can I fight for her rights

The other party has since withdrawn from school and my daughter is getting all the fault. They even say they investigated but will not share any of the file

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro
answered on Oct 7, 2021

Hire a good lawyer!!!

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