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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: I have seen in some states if I’m 17 can I voluntarily runaway or is it illegal in Indiana ?
Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Apr 15, 2021

It is illegal in indiana to run away as a juvenile, however, you may be able to seek emancipation which is saying you are legally an adult.

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Consumer Law, Traffic Tickets and Collections for Indiana on
Q: Abandoned vehicle at storage has been here for years, tag expired 2012 Is there Streamlined abandonment tiitle Process?

Vehicle stored over 5 years with no payments or contact with owner.

Attempts to contact owner satisfied but unsuccessful. Vehicle valued under $700, not road worthy.

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Apr 15, 2021

If the vehicle is abandoned, you can file a request for salvage title and obtain title to the make it your property.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Indiana on
Q: My daughter's father and girlfriend are denying me of getting and spending time with my daughter we haven't been to cour

I have video proof of my daughter's father and his girlfriend being high while they have my daughter letting another kid hit my daughter out of anger my daughter's father coming at me rude and defensive in front of the kids

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Apr 15, 2021

You can consider filing an action for contempt and possibly a modification of custody. It would be a good idea to sit down with an experienced family law attorney to discuss your case in more detail.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: Tow capability of deisel trucks on the road

I have friends that have 2500 deisel pickup trucks that they pull the 5th wheel campers with. My question is regarding their weight ratings and legal ramifications in the event of an accident. For an example my friends truck has a payload capacity of 2200 pounds it can have on the truck but can... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Apr 14, 2021

If your friends knowingly exceed the manufacturer's recommendations and that condition contributes to an accident, your friend could have significant liability AND he would be giving HIS insurance company a great argument that they are not liable because of his affirmative decision to exceed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: My son has missed allot of school, can I eventually get in trouble for him not going??? How can I make him go legally?
Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Apr 13, 2021

Yes, you can be charged with educational neglect. If he is not showing for school, contact the school resource officer.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Indiana on
Q: Do you have to sign medical history consent to be paid work comp benefits?

I injured my shoulder, never injured before. MRI shows tear, company has suspended my family insurance, work comp insurance pressuring to gain authorization to investigate past medical history or possible denial of claim, their words in print. I'm not sure how to proceed. Work for biggest... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Apr 12, 2021

The WC carrier has a right to your current medical records. Why do you care if they access your past medical records? They are of no use to the carrier if they are unrelated to your work injury and the carrier has a duty to protect them. In Indiana, the Workers' Compensation carrier has an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: I need help understanding IC code: IC 9-21-8-1, for disregarding traffic officer.

I was trying to enter the highway based on google maps. I saw two police cars parked in one lane of the lanes of the highway, so I slowed down completely to go around the car, like you normally would on the highway when a lane is blocked. There were no stop signs of traffic cones to block the... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Apr 12, 2021

You should consider speaking with a local criminal/traffic attorney who will be able to best argue your position. If you simply pay the ticket it will add a minimum of 4 points to your record and could raise your insurance rates.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: Can my 15 yr old be arrested for being violent, destroying the house, breaking things? Hes a 6" 250 lb boy.
Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Apr 12, 2021

Yes, he can be charged through the juvenile court.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: I have tickets that are from 2019 an have gone to collections and are way more just because should I pay the whole amout

Need help I don’t have all of witch there asking for

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Apr 9, 2021

Depending on where your tickets are filed it may be cheaper to have an attorney see about setting aside the judgments and working out agreements that will not impact your license and insurance as much if you just pay the tickets.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: My friend was driving my car he got a dealing in possession of methamphetamine charge they found drugs on the floor

Does that make it mine because it's my car I got a possession charge probable cause charge so far

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Apr 7, 2021

"Possession" means that something is "within your scope of control." It has nothing to do with "ownership." Drug laws intentionally make NO DISTINCTION between possession and ownership because it is contraband - illegal to have it - irrespective of whether it belongs... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability, Entertainment / Sports and Environmental for Indiana on
Q: baseball hitting my house, causes damage either to my property or to someone in the house who's liable?

School baseball field almost right next to our backyard, yesterday a fly ball crashed right into our yard a meter from me. I have three kids and I can't help but forsee glass windows breaking and one of the kids getting hurt. The school has a tall-ish fence up however the balls have been... Read more »

Brandon A. Yosha
Brandon A. Yosha answered on Apr 6, 2021

First, you should notify the superintendent of the little league program. It is quite possible that the superintendent will take steps to prevent foul balls from colliding into your house (i.e. building additional fencing. You could also hire an experienced Attorney to draft and prepare a temporary... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Indiana on
Q: I may be moving interstate with 9m left on lease. Landlord said I have to pay the whole 9m on leaving. Is that legal?

So I may have to pay $7,450 on leaving? What happens if they lease it out in 1 month?

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Apr 6, 2021

Technically, yes. However, in practice, most judges will require a landlord to show good faith in marketing and reletting the property to a new tenant, and generally a landlord is given 2-3 months for this purpose (some exceptions permitted for exceptional circumstances). Courts will usually... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: How do I know as a minor what kind of protection/restraining order was put on my boyfriend by my parents?

We began dating 7 months ago I was 15 he was 19, he's now 20. My parents knew about our relationship the entire time, but they decided to put a restraining order when they found details of our relationship. I'm just wanting to know if it is a restraining order that will expire, one I can... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Apr 5, 2021

The protective order is likely for 2 years so it will expire before you turn 18, however, your parents may be able to get an extension. Additionally, if you and your boyfriend are sexually active and there is more than 4 years in age difference, he is committing Sexual Misconduct with a Minor... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: Indiana sentenced under old law before July 1 2014 . violated twice as a condition of probation what’s the credit time

I violated twice 3 do 18 months... 180 do 90 days served then 144 days did 72 then 720 365 she is arguing it was condition of probation and credit time isn’t the same but that’s the new law and she says I still have a boat load of time left to serve I need to see if I can even dispute this and... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Apr 3, 2021

You should contact the attorney who assisted you with the plea agreement to get a more definite answer, however, you should be getting day for day credit.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Indiana on
Q: I need letters of administration regarding my father who passed away in Florida. Do I need an attorney in Florida.

There is unclaimed property for him in New Jersey and they are requesting this. I live in Indianapolis Indiana.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 29, 2021

I doubt that you will have to file Probate just to obtain property in NJ. A NJ lawyer may be able to record an Affidavit of Heirship, then use it to claim the property for the next of kin. At worst, you may be able to file some type of small estate proceeding either in FL, NJ, or possibly IN.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Indiana on
Q: Ordered to court to answer interrogatories for a small claim... what if I choose to ignore?

State of Indiana. I’ve received subpoenaed/ summons for this small claims a few different times but have been ignoring it as for I do not have the money to pay at this time. This last time though, I got a summons with an actual court date saying I am ordered to appear in court and answer... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 27, 2021

An Indiana attorney should advise you, as your question could involve state-specific civil procedure practices. However, your question remains open for two weeks, and as a GENERAL matter, it would not be good to ignore those things. As a GENERAL matter nationwide, ignoring summons & complaint... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Indiana on
Q: I filled bankruptcy and the trustee is taking more than half of my taxes. My business suffered greatly because of covid

I have been off work for 5 months due to a surgery. Are there any provisions set forth for Covid to where he can not take them?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 23, 2021

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: System want let me pay my tickets

I paid some tickets.. But one say unplayable.. Can u help..317 2469749

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Mar 18, 2021

I am assuming you have tickets in Indiana and are trying to pay the tickets online. You should consider speaking with a traffic attorney to determine if paying the tickets in the long run will be more expensive than hiring an attorney who may be able to negotiate a better resolution to the case.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Indiana on
Q: In Indiana if you have 9 months left on lease then evicted, do u still have to pay the remaining 9 months after eviction
Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Mar 17, 2021

In theory yes. However, after you leave the unit, the landlord has a duty to make a good faith effort to find another suitable tenant, and most judges will allow landlords 2-3 months to do this. Judges will usually be hesitant to find the tenant liable for anything more than that, under the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: My 19yr old niece has had a membership @ a tanning salon for over a year now. Recently she took a “friend “ with her who

Influenced her to steal tanning lotions. She believes they are aware & seen her on camera. Can a warrant be issued & if so would it be issued immediately? Meaning after the police report was filed? We have no clue if any of this has happened she’s just VERY nervous to the point she won’t go to tan.

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Mar 16, 2021

If charges are filed you would be able to see them on mycase.in.gov, unless the prosecutor requested the warrant be sealed.

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