Juvenile Law Questions & Answers

Q: foster kid (dep/neg) ran aways after 17, got caught with drugs & ran away again. what happens when she turns 18?

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 22, 2018

If she was charged with a delinquent offense, she can face juvenile court consequences until she is 19. If she wasn't charged, she still could be. She should contact an attorney to see if the charges can be resolved. She should also know that anyone who is helping hide her from DCS could face criminal charges.
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Q: Is it against the law for a person to claim they are the stepmother of a child 15 yrs of age in order to.....

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 22, 2018

A 15 yo does not need parental consent to go on birth control They can consent themselves. So someone pretending to be a step parent is irrelevant. A step parent could not consent if consent were needed. If consent is needed, only a parent or legal guardian can consent.
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Q: My cousin Madison has falsely accused me of sex crimes. No one believes me and her family has great lawyers.what do I do

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 22, 2018

If you don't have an attorney already, get one.
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Q: I am 17 and I own my phone its in my name and I paid for it. Are my parents able to take it from me?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 22, 2018

Do you intend to sue them? They can put limits on you since you are a minor and they are responsible for you. Their house, their rules, until you are 18.
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Q: I am 16 and being beaten by my adopted parents and dcs is looking into it, is it illegal for me to run away?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 21, 2018

You cannot run away. You should tell DCS the truth. You should also tell DCS about your desire to run away. This may get them to get you some help.
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Q: I want to move out I am 17 I'll be 18 in december. What do I have to do to be emancipated.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Jan 21, 2018

To be emancipated you have to be able to prove to a Judge's satisfaction that you possess the maturity and ability to care for and financially provide for yourself. That is a virtually impossible standard for a lot of 25 years olds these days, let alone a 17 year old. Your best bet may be to get a job and set aside funds so that you will be better prepared when you turn 18.
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Q: my brother is 16 and was arrested for driving 118 on the interstate where the speed limit was 70 mph. What can we expect

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 21, 2018

Wow, that is fast. What is your question?
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Q: HiI’m asking this for a friend she’s 15 about to turn 16 she’s dating a guy who just turned 19 and she might be pregnant

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 21, 2018

If there is not more than 4 years of age difference, he will not be charged with statutory rape. There could be other charges that could result from their relationship though.
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Q: I want to know how can a minor get emancipated from his parents

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Jan 20, 2018

If you're a minor in New Jersey you must have moved "beyond the sphere of influence" of both parents. This means the court must first find that you're responsible, independent, able-bodied, not attending school, not on public assistance, not in need of financial support, no longer relying on your parents for medical insurance, mad money, driving you around, cooking your food, buying you stuff, walking your dog, cleaning your room, providing you with physical, emotional or psychological support,...
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Q: Could a friend of mine legally leave her parents house @ 17 and go to college if her parents dont approve?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 20, 2018

She can't leave without her parents' permission unless she is emancipated. In order to be emancipated, she will need to petition the court and demonstrate that she is capable of supporting herself independently and making adult decisions. She should consult an attorney if that is something that she is interested in pursuing.
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Q: how do I give my fiance parental rights to my son?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Jan 20, 2018

Adoption. The most preferred method would be an agreed step parent adoption. Biological father is entitled ot notice, and if biological father does not agree, you will need to have a child and prove that termination is in the child's best interest. These are hard cases, and mere abandonment rarely rises to a significant level if the biological father wants to resume a relationship.
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Q: My 16 yr old girlfriend pregnant lives with abusive legal guardian, can she legally runaway to protect the baby?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Jan 19, 2018

She can't legally run away but there are things she can do. If she is being abused she can pick up a phone and call DSS or law enforcement.
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Q: can a judge make my son stay in school after he turns 18?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 19, 2018

It would depend on the circumstances, like if he is put on probation.
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Q: What are the consequences i would recieve if im 14 and punched my moms boyfriend who has m.s

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 19, 2018

If there are charges against you, the juvenile court will determine the proper punishment, which could include probation, community service, counseling, etc.
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Q: I’m 16, but I have a job. And I plan on paying rent In my fiancés house. Can I get emancipated and how do I do it ?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 18, 2018

No, you can't. Until you are 18, you are a minor, and your parents or legal custodian are obligated to support you. Here is more information.

https://www.ohiobar.org/forpublic/resources/lawyoucanuse/pages/lawyoucanuse-255.aspx
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Q: Can my parents file a restraining order on my 19 year old boyfriend who's in jail if I'm 3 months from being 18?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 18, 2018

Yes they can do that, and it seems like they have good reason for it. They probably are thinking of your future - which could be less than they had hoped, if he is already in jail.
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Q: If I'm 13 and I poison my father for hitting my mother (who has a restraining order) and hitting me can i go to jail?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Answered on Jan 18, 2018

Don't you can go to jail. Call the Florida Coalition against domestic violence hotline 1800-500-1119. See if you can talk to a counselor to evaluate your options. You need a place to go to and for the state to protect you. That's not something the system is optimally set up to do.

The Florida Department of Children and Families should be able to get you a counselor.

Then start lifting weights, live clean, grow strong, join the service and your time will come..
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Q: In Minnesota are there regulations regarding minors and being on a board for a nonprofit organization?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Business Law and Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Jan 18, 2018

Look at section 317A.205, which currently provides: "The qualifications and method of election or appointment of directors may be imposed by or in the manner provided in the articles or bylaws, provided that directors must be natural persons and a majority of the directors must be adults." It is always good to assess the "why" and consider alternatives, such as a youth advisory board, as being a director carries a number of important responsibilities and youth already have other legal...
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Q: 17 year old. 1 traffic offense already. Has 2 pending traffic violations on 2 different occasions. Suspend past 18

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 18, 2018

The judge could determine that she has not demonstrated enough maturity or ability to continue to have a driving privilege, so could suspend it. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain an attorney.
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Q: Is it illegal to run away from home?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Answered on Jan 17, 2018

It most likely is illegal under juvenile law, but most likely not illegal under family law in Arizona. However, circumstances of each person could alter the answer.
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