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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Can i leave my home when i turn 18 even if im still in school?

Im 17 and i will still be in school with a few months left when i turn 18 before i graduate. However i don't wish to continue living under the oppression environment in my home and running away didn't work even though i was 17 with 6 months left before being the age of majority and i was... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 16, 2020

Although I strongly advise you not to do it, Florida law will not prevent you from leaving home AFTER you turn 18 years old. Warning: that does not mean 17 years, 11 months; it means 18. (Being in school has nothing to do with it.)

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: The minor talked to the police, children and family is calling to investigate the issue, we have pics of injured man

15 yr Minor attacked 33 yr man, mother of the minor gave false statement, forced kids to lie, what can we do?

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Jun 4, 2020

Hire a lawyer as soon as possible...

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: A 15 yr got into a fight with a 33yr, the man defend himself and now boy accused him of battery

The 15 yr old attacked the man, the man has pictures of all the scars, bruises and scratches Can the man file battery/assault against the minor ?

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Jun 3, 2020

Your inquiry is a bit vague. When you say the minor has accused the adult of battery, do you mean the adult is now under criminal investigation or has been charged? Or you mean the minor just made an accusation to that adult or to someone who is not the police? Your inquiry is also vague as to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Intellectual Property and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: My son worked for Taco Bell back in February or March of this year. He was hired, submitted all his sensitive

SS Number, dob, birth certificate etc. And i have been trying to get my sons check after working there 3 days, and me making him resign after the THIRD school night and his manager making him stay to almost midnight, on a school night! I have been trying to go through the store but nobody could... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 1, 2020

If--as you say--your son has already given all his personal information to the owner of the Taco Bell franchise then there should be no reason for concern about re-submitting the same information in order to get the money owed.

But to answer your questions: No, the owner of the Taco Bell...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Can I parent hide a 17 year old ID, Birth certificate, Social security card even if the kid wants to work or move out?

My daughter’s boyfriend has 17 years old,his mother forces him to work for her but he does not get any paycheck and can't get another job or move out because his mom doesn’t want to give him his ID or social security card.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on May 9, 2020

Yes, until he turns 18 or is emancipated, his mother can refuse to let him get a job or move away.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Can my girlfriends parents kick me out?

I have a girlfriend that’s 17. She’ll be 18 in 3 months. I’m 20. We’ve been dating about 5 months. I’ve lived with her at her moms house for about a month now. I gave her stepdad the money ($700) to move in and paid for their lights to be turned on ($280). Do they have to get an eviction... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on May 8, 2020

If you paid them money to live there, yes, they have to present you with an eviction notice before they can bring suit against you for eviction.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: let's say hypothetically a 16 year old boy injures a girl around the same age;

for example a stab wound with a fork or something along those lines that will definitely cause a scar. would the boy go to prison? and would another teenager around the same age be able to bail him out of jail if they have the money to?

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on May 7, 2020

Hypothetically speaking, some hypothetical parent should take this hypothetical "boy" behind a hypothetical barn and beat his hypothetical backside to a pulp...That is the father of a young woman speaking...

As a lawyer, I will tell you that your hypothetical "boy" could...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: What would happen if I call the cops on my brother?

My brother is 16 he’ll be 17 in June but my stepdad recently went to jail for sexual assault on minors and my mother has custody of my brothers now and lives in her own place. They are still married so DCF agreed to them living with her and she’s planning on canceling all the bills for the... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 4, 2020

DCF has jurisdiction here; the cops can do nothing except take your brother (and you?) to DCF.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: If dcf has started and investigation and files a petition..

If dcf files a petition for an emergency removal and the statments they have obtained and are using as evidence in the petition can be proven untrue example, "if they say they have spoken to someone but they actually have never spoken to them" what can the parents do about the situation... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 26, 2020

The family will have to hire a lawyer to represent the PARENTS of the child now in DCF’s care.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Im 17 can i runaway from home to my boyfriends house and not get his family in trouble. They told me i could move in.
Jeffrey Snyder
Jeffrey Snyder answered on Apr 22, 2020

No. You are under your parents rules until 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: I have a 17 year old “runaway” that is living with me and my family. His father, and possibly mother, wants him home.

This 17 year old former soccer player that I’ve coached left his parent’s home and asked if I could help... he is currently staying with me and my wife (& 3 children). He is less than two months away from turning 18. His father is an alcoholic, and has been abusive- physically, verbally,... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Apr 14, 2020

You indicate that "both parents initially agreed to allow the individual to stay with me; however, after a week, the father is now threatening hospitalization for psychiatric evaluation. " I don't understand what you mean by "now threatening hospitalization for psychiatric... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: So my daughter has been arrested for attempted murder ( charged as a juvenile) how long can they hold her?

So my daughter was with 2 of her friends in the car ( she wasn't driving the car) , her friend was . One of the friends had a gun in the backseat and shot it at the person car. My daughter was laughing during the incident and recording it , and they charged her also but why was she charged... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Apr 10, 2020

Obviously they are charging her because they are not sure who may be guilty of what. She should ask these questions of her attorney, and in the mean time say nothing to anybody else.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: I have a no contact order against the person that has my children,she signed a affidavit saying I'm in contact with her

So now I cannot get in contact with my children.is there any way I could loose my children? I am terrified that will happen,what are the steps I should take to get my children?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Apr 5, 2020

Have you contacted the notary before whom the affidavit was executed?

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Can a 20 year old financial dependent in good mental state be claimed a runaway by their parents in the state of FL?
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 27, 2020

What do you mean by "financial dependent" and "runaway"?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Hello! i'm a 17 year old who's currently dating a 19 year old and some problems have arose with my dad. Please help!!!

Like i said i'm 17 and they are 19. With this quarantine going on i am out of school, and currently have a lot of time on my hands so what do i do? i spend time with my significant other. We of course stay inside and are safe about the current pandemic going on and my mother knows about my... Read more »

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Mar 25, 2020

There is nothing in your story that would suggest either a criminal or juvenile law...This sounds like a daddy-daughter issue and/or a mommy-daddy issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: My soon to be husband has been incarcerated for 12 years He was sentenced to 30 yrs imprisonment followed by 30 yrs pro

He's been in since the age of 17 for robbery. What can I do to try and get a reduced sentence? We are inclined to believe that sentence is excessive therefore violating the 8th amendment

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Mar 4, 2020

You are not providing any factual information necessary to make determinations as to whether the punishment herein violates the 8th Amendment. You should seek a lawyer immediately and have this file thoroughly reviewed.

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Internet Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: if you ask someone for a massage through snapchat and sent them money. then they say they are underage.

Is there any wrongdoing here if the 2 parties never met?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 26, 2020

You could perhaps be charged with attempt.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: I’m 16 and I have a court date today my parents know about it but my mom is sick and my dad has warrants

Can I go to the court date by myself

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Dec 30, 2019

Yes. If the judge determines that one of your parents needs to be there, the hearing can be continued to a later date.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: I'm 16, and my girlfriend is 16 also, I was curious if it is illegal to have explicit photos of her on my phone
Jonathan Blecher
Jonathan Blecher answered on Nov 11, 2019

Regardless of your age, it’s illegal to have sexual pictures of a 16 year old. Don’t make it worse by sending them or showing them to anyone.

Good that you asked. Change up this behavior. You’re a kid, for cripes sakes.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: I love in Florida can I uptain my own local attorney for a juvenile case in north dakota
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 3, 2019

By "local" do you mean one at your location in Florida? It is doubtful that you will be able to find a Florida attorney licensed to practice law in North Dakota. It would be better to find an attorney in North Dakota.

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