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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can my 12 year old kid walk on the sidewalk alone? About 2 miles is the farthest
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Sep 26, 2022

This stuff has become super subjective. I’ve seen folks charged with child endangerment in some really questionable circumstances.

An officer encountering the child is likely to take a bunch of stuff into consideration. What’s the neighborhood like? And I’m not just talking about...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: How can we take away parental rights from someone in prison for attempted murder? Never married.

The father has been in prison since the child was 10 months old. Child is now 5. We don't not want him around child when he is released from prison. They were never married and he has not been a part of her life since she was a month old. He is a very dangerous person. How can we legally make... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Sep 26, 2022

If he never went to court to establish parental rights, he doesn't have any. If you want to be sure, or preempt his attempt to establish such rights, you file a private custody action in juvenile court seeking to terminate his rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: parental rights were terminated lost appeal in California false allegations can provide proof what can I do

Is there anything I could file to provide arguments

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 25, 2022

Speak with a local appellate attorney to see if you've exhausted you appellate rights. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Juvenile Law, Municipal Law and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Do I need a consent form from a stranger to show them in a monetized YouTube video?

I'm planning on making YouTube videos in which I record conversations with people in public places (with a cashier, waiter, person at the park, etc.) and then use that clip to help teach people English by explaining the meaning of what I and the stranger said. My YouTube channel is... Read more »

J. Tanner James
J. Tanner James
answered on Sep 20, 2022

A signed release is always your best option. Depending on your location, you could be dealing with privacy laws AND publicity laws, and a failure to obtain a signed release could expose you to serious civil liability. Given the purported nature of your videos, I would imagine participants would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Maryland on
Q: How can I petition terminating guardianship of a minor who was previously a foster child with DSS?

The child was a former foster child and we were granted guardianship of the child. However the child has become extremely unsafe, has several mental health challenges and it's become way more than what we can offer to support them. Where would we go to petition the court, the juvenile court... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 17, 2022

You file in the Circuit Court for the county (or City of Baltimore) where you and the child currently resides. However, if the child is no longer under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court because he has reached the age of majority (18-21 years old) and has not otherwise been declared mentally... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Ive been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor...he turned 18 a week after our last court date

He moved out to care for his pregnant girlfriend and now they have a baby. Can I still be in trouble?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Sep 13, 2022

Yes, the law is concerned with the state of affairs on the day the offense allegedly took place, not what has changed since.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Maryland on
Q: Is it illegal (e.g. "wiretapping") to record the air quality of my daughter's school without first obtaining permission?

I sent my daughter with a CO2 (carbon dioxide) monitor to school to check the ventilation level of her classroom. Is there some legal reason to have obtained permission from the school to record this kind of information (no audio or video, or any identifying information was ever recorded)? (There... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 8, 2022

County Boards of Education set the rules on what electronic devices are allowed to be brought onto school campus. This is not a wiretapping issue as it does not concern collection of communications between humans.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: What will happen if my 12 year old misses her first juvenile court for running away?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 6, 2022

They will likely issue a warrant for her and bring her before the court when she is picked up.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: What happen if I fail my drug test and violate probation as a juvenile and I Got locked up for a Felony
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Aug 29, 2022

Usually the Judge incarcerates you for some or all of your Sentence. In fact, the Probation Officer/Juvenile Officer usually takes you into custody when you fail the urine/hair test. Call your attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can Dcs legally make u separate from ur husband and threaten to take your kids away if you don't file a ppo on ur husban

D? How can I get my husband back in my house and not loose my kids to CPS custody either??

Bob G Huddleston Jr.
Bob G Huddleston Jr.
answered on Aug 28, 2022

It *sounds* like this is in the early stages of CPS involvement, in which case the Department of Children's Services merely needs to show there is "probable cause" to prevent your husband from having contact with your children, in the interest of keeping your children safe.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: I am 17, with my ged, form of income, and I live with my grandparents. I wanted to know if I could legally leave their-

care. My grandma has power of attorney over me. I live in florida and I dont know if I can but I really need to leave here.

Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on Aug 23, 2022

You can be legally emancipated by a court before the age of 18 if you can support yourself. You can show proof of sufficient income to cover your living expenses and daily necessities.

However, it is most practical if you sit with your legal guardians and obtain their permission.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can a juvenile be detained for a criminal act he admitted to even if everyone involved was not questioned?

My 16 yr old is being detained because he admitted to a criminal act but not everyone involved in the incident was questioned yet. Also, the weapon in the complaint is not what my son admitted too - and the complaint document was shown to us after he was detained.

Is this process correct?

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Aug 21, 2022

The short answer is yes a juvenile can be detained for a criminal act he admitted to even if everyone involved was not questioned. That being said that does not mean that the police didn't do something wrong in the investigation and you should definitely hire a lawyer to determine this and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: A friend's 17 yr old daughter is being harrassed and threatened by a 28 yr old female through txt and her work.

The 28 yr old is using someone else's phone to txt but she did show up at the juveniles work to verbally threaten her. The parent has tried to talk with the 28 yr old resolve the issue but the 28 yr old is continuing the harrasment. What options does the juvenile and parent have.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 17, 2022

Take a criminal complaint against the person who is harassing her.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: Long story short, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, speeding ticket, and out of state license

I am a minor, I got a speeding ticket for going 80 in a 35. I have court for that in 2 days from today. Today, I got the cops called on me for Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. I want to know the punishments that could potentially happen

Jennifer Alettia French
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Jennifer Alettia French
answered on Aug 16, 2022

You should seek counsel. 80 in a 35 is not simple speeding but rather reckless driving, a class 1 misdemeanor where the punishment can include jail time.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If a man goes to jail whom is now an adult can his juvenile records be brought up and used against him in court?
Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on Aug 13, 2022

The Short answer is yes, there are circumstances where a previous juvenile conviction can be utilized in District Court when someone becomes an adult (gun possession charge after have been adjudicated a delinquent). There are also circumstances where you might have the State/ City/ Federal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: Kids 11 and younger, does the psychotherapist need consent trom both parents if they are not married?

Is the therapist required to read and interpret parenting plans? Who holds the liability if they aren't followed, the parents or the therapist?

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Aug 13, 2022

The therapist is not required to enforce the law, and is entitled to rely on a representation made by a parent. Only one parent has to consent to therapy unless a parenting plan specifically states otherwise, which would be rare.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Juvenile Law and Social Security for Ohio on
Q: Im 17 years old (18 in nov) could I take legal action against my mom for dental neglect and keeping my survivors benefit

My mother keeps my insurance cards from me so I cannot make appointments on my own and denys me dental care appointments as a form of punishment when I have an abscess tooth and a gum disease I believe. I have asked for years to go to a dentist as I've had this abcess for years. (Around 2... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Aug 12, 2022

Talk to a teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult about your situation. They will be able to find the help you need.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: is there a way to remove a wrong juvenile charge in new jersey?

the case was about 5yrs ago as a juvenile case and it was a result of a plea verdict. Except the final charges didn't involve one of the original charges. New jersey courts didn't remove it, even though the charge appearing isn't correct. I want to know if there's a away I could... Read more »

Michael A. Smolensky
Michael A. Smolensky
answered on Aug 2, 2022

Depending on a variety of factors, you might be eligible to expunge the juvenile record. You would need to contact an attorney to discuss this option in greater detail.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I let my 17 year old son go from Massachusetts to North Carolina to visit his father his father agreed to bring him home

now his father is telling me he's no longer going to let him come home what are my rights I've been raising him for the last 17 years and his father owes over $100,000 in child support in Massachusetts what can I do to get my son back legally?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Aug 1, 2022

If you are the primary custodial parent he is in Contempt and a Contempt Complaint should be filed in the Court where your custodial orders were established ASAP with a Motion and Affidavit for Emergency hearing to have the child brought back to Massachusetts also potentially has also violated... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: I am 16 years old. Can I leave my parents house and stay the night somewhere else without their permission?

My parents will not let me stay the night somewhere and I left anyways and am staying at a friend's house. Can I get in trouble if they call the police?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 29, 2022

Yes. You could get in trouble and wind up in juvenile detention if they call the cops.

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