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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 how do I deal with... Read more »

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 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. 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 mother... 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 game... Read more »

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 being... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn answered on Apr 23, 2018

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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 everyday. I... Read more »

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 state's... 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 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 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 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 school, but if I go to my... Read more »

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 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 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 couple... Read more »

William 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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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on

Q: Can I change a verbal statement without incriminating myself?

My ex got arrested for criminal recklessness and when I gave my statement at the scene I told the officer he was dating an underage girl because of gossip I had heard, and because he was fighting with said minor at the time of the incident. They are now trying to charge him with sexual misconduct... Read more »

Paul Stanko answered on Jun 21, 2017

It is unlikely that the prosecutor is basing such charges on just your hearsay statements. You never should have given irrelevant statements at the scene to begin with, but that is all water under the bridge. To protect yourself, consult a criminal defense attorney to make sure you are not facing... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Indiana on

Q: I am a 16 year old female, If my 18 year old boyfriend gets me pregnant, can my parents put him in jail or sue him?

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Apr 11, 2017

The age of consent in Indiana is age 16, so no, he could not be arrested for intercourse with you under statutory rape laws.

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate, Juvenile Law and Securities Law for Indiana on

Q: My gpa passed away when I was 12 and left me a very large amount of money. Obviously I wasn't allowed to have it

Till I was 18. When I reached 18 she said I couldn't have it till 19. Well I'm 21 now and she has yet to tell me any information about my money. When I was around 16 she said that she didn't have it anymore that they had used it and she invested it in the stock market without my permission. She... Read more »

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Mar 1, 2017

You are legally entitled to the money that was left to you as a minor. Your mother as your custodian had a duty to hold that money for you until you came of age. You need to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options as there may be an issue with the statute of limitations... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on

Q: Im 17 ill be 18 this year, If I runaway until I'm 18 can they still charge me?

Paul Stanko answered on Feb 26, 2017

Until you are 18, unless you are emancipated, you are still under your parents' care and control.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Indiana on

Q: If my 17 year old brother attacks me and I'm 18 but I don't attack him back, can I press charges and not get in trouble?

It happened at home in the kitchen. He choked me and punched me in the face and I didn't hit him. I did pinch the back of his neck to get him to stop choking me. I have a mark on my back from this and witnesses that saw my face was red and swollen from where I was punched. Our mom decided not to do... Read more »

Paul Stanko answered on Feb 26, 2017

Are you sure you want to get the authorities involved? Once you call the police, the decision on whether charges are filed is entirely with the prosecutor. You will have to give a statement, and if the case goes to trial, you will have to testify. Of course you can go against your mom's advice, but... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on

Q: If my older sister hits me a 16 year old multiple times, and calls the police on me, can i plead assaulting a minor?

My sister and i got into a fight,she is 19 and im 16, she hit me multiple times and i told her to back off, in self defense i put her in a sleeper hold, the only thing i could think of doing at the time to incapacitate her, is that grounds for pressing charges against her?

Paul Stanko answered on Feb 15, 2017

The prosecutor will look at the facts and make that decision. Only prosecutors can file charges.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on

Q: If I will be 18 on march 15 can I my mother report me as a runaway?

She keeps telling me this even when I haven't tried to runaway and i don't know what I can do or if I can get out if her house

Brian Lehman answered on Jan 28, 2017

First, before doing anything drastic, I recommend reaching out to social services or an organization that might help you out. Any young person is at an increased risk for all sorts of bad things, and it's wise to ask people for help.

With that said, the law that applies in Indiana is this...
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