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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: What laws are broken in the theft of a communication device creating a safety risk?

I live in Indiana, the device was taken from a minor and is used to ensure safety by making sure she can remain in contact with a parent when playing with a group of friends a short distance from home at a playground, about half a block away from home. A teenager has been taking it from her to... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Nov 19, 2020

Have you called the police about this?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: Can a 14 year old girl runaway from home and not get in trouble?

I’m 14 years old That lives in Indiana and I don’t want to live with parents anymore. They mentally abuse me. They control my life and don’t let me express myself. They always shut me down and always threaten me that they will hit me. I’m tired of waking up everyday and hearing they yell at... Read more »

Joel D. Hand
Joel D. Hand answered on May 1, 2020

The short answer is “No”. You cannot run away from home without running the risk that you will find yourself in juvenile court for a juvenile delinquency matter. You could be placed on juvenile probation and have many consequences imposed by the judge.

However, you really should reach...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: I got a speeding ticket going 77 in 55

I’m 17 and this is my first offense and before I could pay the ticket I have to go to an initial court hearing about it, and just wanting to know what happens in an initial court hearing

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Mar 5, 2020

You should consider speaking with an attorney before going to court. If you go and admit the violation it will add a minimum of 4 points to your record and likely increase your insurance costs considerably for the next three years or so.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: I need advice getting out of my grandmas house she’s mentally abusive towards me n I’m at my breaking point

I can’t go back to my moms yet untill an old step parent of mine is gone my boufriend has offered to talk to his mom and let me stay there but I don’t think I can leave with out her calling the cops after a while sayin I’ve run way and I do t wanna be charged for runaway when I wanted to get... Read more »

Kurt Schnepper
Kurt Schnepper answered on Feb 25, 2020

It sounds like DCS is involved with your family, or was involved anyway. If my assumption is correct, I'd suggest you reach out to your caseworker and talk to them about your situation. But if you feel you are truly being abused then you should call 911, or contact any attorney who would make... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: Is it illegal for an 18 year old girl to date a 15 year old guy in Indiana? The girl's parents keeps saying it is.

The girl has done research and there's such thing as the "Romeo and Juliet law." Would this protect the girl in this situation?

John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Feb 3, 2020

If the person is not more than 4 years older than the victim, the two are dating, and the defendant hasn't committed a sex offense against any other person, “Romeo and Juliet” exception can apply

I.C. 35-42-4

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: I’m 15 and the cops are trying to connect me to robberies that took place in the area,what’s gonna happen?
Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Jan 29, 2020

You and your parents should contact an attorney to discuss what you can do to protect your interest.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: If my cousin that is 17yrs old runs away can the friend she is staying with get in trouble with the law?
John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Jul 30, 2019

Based on the information provided in your question it is a possibility the friend can get in trouble.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: Can a adult ask for a restraining order against a juvenile from being in contact or threating another juvenile?

My 13yr old is being bullied by 7 other juvenile's and a 17yr old highschool juvenile! Not only at school in the State of Indiana but online social networks! This is not a case with mutual combat,my daughter doesn't have any social networks except "musical"so I just need help on... Read more »

Paul Stanko
Paul Stanko answered on Feb 24, 2019

You can file a petition for a protective order. Go to the County Clerk's office and fill out the paperwork.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: Is it illegal for a 24 year old to date a 16 year old in Indiana
Paul Stanko
Paul Stanko answered on Nov 29, 2018

16 is the age of consent, so "dating" is not illegal per se. Contributing to deliquency is an entirely different matter. That, of course, would be illegal.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: if I'm 17 are my dad and step mom allowed to touch my personal property and things i have payed for myself

or things my mother has bought for me with her own money

John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Aug 6, 2018

Based on your question, I can appreciate your situation being a young adult, but with that said you are considered a minor until you turn 18 and as such you can't own property. The property you speak of belongs to your parents or to those whom you live with. The property purchased by your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Gaming and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: Can my 12 yr old brother get in trouble with the authorities for stealing hundreds of dollars off of someone's account?

My 12 yr old brother stole around $500 dollars using my friends Xbox account, which was linked to his mother's bank account. Could he get in trouble with the authorities for thievery? This is not the first time this has happened, he recently stole $90 from my mother's credit card on video... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on May 7, 2018

Yes he can and it a police report has already been made will likely be prosecuted in the juvenile court.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: I'm 16 years old living in Elkhart Indiana. Can I move out of my parents house without their consent.

I make a stabile income. I am online homeschooled, and do keep descent grades. I have a stable housing offer. I am fairly responsible (I'm not perfect) But I feel I could do decently on my own. So again, my question is can I move out, with taking legal action, without consent, and without... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Apr 23, 2018

This is not a patent question. Justia needs to revise their topics to make it Patent/inventions as Patents looks a lot like Parents. You may want to drop the patent topic from this question

Good luck.

Kevin E Flynn

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: I got punched in the face 5 times by a 16yr old female. I'm in and out of hospitals. Can I get her on battery?

I got punched in the face 5 times by my boyfriend's sister. She is 16 years old. I am 33 years old. I am in and out of the hospital for my nose. She busted a blood vessel. And I now have a deviated septum and have issues with my nose. I now need to see a specialist for it. I'm in pain... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Mar 2, 2018

You cannot file criminal charges against her that is the responsibility of the prosecuting attorney. However, you can call the police to make a report if that has not already happened. The police should sent the report to the prosecutor to review for battery charges. It is entirely the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: I'd like to get my probation unsuccessfully terminated, how would I go about doing this?

I am on juvenile probation and my PO is trying to extend my probation due to three dirty drug tests.

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Feb 18, 2018

Be careful with an unsuccessful termination of probation, it could haunt you later in life.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: If I runaway, and I'm under 18, can my mom call the police and report me as a runaway and/or arrest me
Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 20, 2017

The short answer is yes. However, if you are considering running away, things must be pretty bad at home. You should contact the police, CPS or another agency to seek help. Do not put yourself in a dangerous position by running away.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: Should I turn in my 18-yr-old Indiana teen for sexting 16- & 17-yr-old boys? It's her 2nd time!
Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 4, 2017

If you pay for her phone, Take her phone.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: What can I do if my mom hits me or assaults me while she is drunk, she kicked me out of the house and Im missing school.

I'm the age of 16 she is 33, she kicked me out of the house and I have 1 pair of clothes I'm at a friends house and she was drunk. I'm missing school because of that and she is trying to send me to my grandma's 3 hours away when I'm trying to get a job and keep going to... Read more »

Chase T Wilson
Chase T Wilson answered on Oct 24, 2017

Call the police and/or the Department of Child Services immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: If my mom let my brother n sister hit on me constantly and put me out her house and I'm only 17 can she get in trouble?

My brother is 22 and sister is 20

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 9, 2017

Yes.You would also have assault claims against your sibs.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: If a 15 year old fights someone younger, will they get in trouble?

Say a 12 year old is instigating a fight with someone 15 years old or more, and they fight. Would the older kid catch a charge?

William Hurst
William Hurst answered on Sep 1, 2017

This isn't really a personal injury question, but they may be charged. If the fight was instigated by the younger child, however, the older child has the right to self defense.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: Can they arrest a 16 year old on three felonies without for sure knowing if she's guilty or not

My 16-year-old daughter and her 18 year old boyfriend A few other juveniles went to the park to go watch a fight with her boyfriend and a nother kid they started fighting and when fighting the other kids seen my daughter's boyfriend being stabbed my daughter jumped on them and punch them a... Read more »

William C. Head
William C. Head answered on Aug 16, 2017

To arrest, only probable cause to believe a crime was committed is sufficient. This is not even 50-50, but can be less than 50% likely. So, yes.

She needs to remain silent. Get a great criminal defense lawyer.

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