Juvenile Law Questions & Answers

Q: I'm 18 and I want to go to school in a different state without my parents?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Education Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for New York on
Answered on Mar 25, 2017

If you're 18, you're legally considered an adult, and nobody can "take custody" of you. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child...
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Q: Under what circumstances can a minor sign a legally binding contract?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for New York on
Answered on Mar 24, 2017

For necessaries, if they're emancipated, if they have a cosigner: there are various possibilities. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce &...
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Q: Can my son go to jail for taking a knife to school in Prince Georges County Maryland?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 23, 2017

It's a whole other ballgame as to what kids can bring to school. If the knife is illegal in general, then potentially YES if he is charged as an adult. It sounds like they are going to charge him as a juvenile which is not a jail situation but could be reform school or similar. In our practice of juvenile law, generally those cases work out favorably for the defendant compared with a criminal court.
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Q: In Illinois is it legal to wear a body camera in a school with the intent to stop bullying? I am at a private highschool

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 22, 2017

The rules are whatever the school says. Ask them.
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Q: Do I need court approval for my pregnant minor daughter to get married? Live in Tennessee. Willing to sign papers.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 22, 2017

No, but you will need to provide the consent when they apply for a marriage license.
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Q: how long will a juvenile go to jail if caught stealing??

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Answered on Mar 20, 2017

It depends on the charge(s) and other case-specific factors. You should be given an opportunity to either hire an attorney or to have one appointed for you. This is a question best directed towards your attorney.
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Q: Hello, I am 15 years old. I want to know how to get emancipated once I turn 16 (6 months) its very urgent. Please help

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 20, 2017

To request emancipation, you have to prepare and file ( at the courthouse) a written petition requesting the Judge order that you be deemed an adult. A copy will have to be served ( delivered) to both parents. If you parents don't object, you petition will be granted. If they do object, a hearing will have to be scheduled for the Judge to hear testimony from both you and your parents. You need to obtain proof of your claims as well ( video or audio recordings or photographs).
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Q: Is it legal to receive oral intercourse from a 15 year old if your 18

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for New York on
Answered on Mar 19, 2017

No. See: http://ypdcrime.com/penal.law/article130.htm

More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This...
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Q: I'm a 16 year old in foster care. I'm trying to keep from going home at all costs, due to being abused and neglected.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Answered on Mar 19, 2017

I understand you situation, so I want to explain the legal system so you can make an informed decision. Colorado favors joint (50-50%) custody. It is possible that you father could get primary custody, especially if the current D&N goes really poorly (e.g. your mother refuses to participate). The chance of sole custody is very low for most cases.

Your father will need to file for custody (or a custody modification) in Colorado for any change to occur. The living situation you propose...
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Q: Can you have a fine for loitering?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Arkansas on
Answered on Mar 18, 2017

Yes, it is a criminal offence.
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Q: How do I drop a restraining/protection order against my boyfriend who is in juvenile hall?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for California on
Answered on Mar 18, 2017

The DA, not the victim, makes such decisions. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not...
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Q: Military disqualifications against minor juvenile records?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Military Law on
Answered on Mar 17, 2017

You need to understand that there is no right to serve in the military, and when the military trains a recruit, they spend tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. The recruiting standards exist based on probabilities as to who will have and not have problems conforming, serving, and meeting the physical and mental demands of military service. The military is not concerned about how the diagnosis was reached - just that there was a diagnosis.

Most of those who enlist in the military are...
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Q: My 16 year old is pregnant. She is in Florida. I give consent for an abortion but being out of state I need advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Mar 17, 2017

Ever hear of telephones, fax machines, or email?

Best advice I can give is to urge her to consider an adoption, in lieu of murdering an innocent baby.
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Q: In OK, if you are guardian to your grandkids & the GKs won't allow you to supervise or protect them, what can I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Answered on Mar 16, 2017

Must be really hard on you. On the positive side, they are in a good environment now, and I would hope their custodians support your contact. I would guess they are older teen agers.

I would try taking to dinner on school night at a place they want to go to, and initially keeping it short. Then movies they want to see, even let them bring a friend. Afterward a nice snack, with discussion of the movie. Keep this short too.

Failing this, perhaps the Judge supervising the...
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Q: My step dad (40 years old) kissed me in an argument and threw me slamming my head into a wall I'm 17 what can I charge?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Answered on Mar 16, 2017

Don't use names on this or any public site. All they have to do is put in your name. Ask Justia to remove it.

You can file a complaint against him with the police. If you have medical documentation you have a battery claim, but if he doesn't have money no one will take it without getting paid by the hour.
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Q: Can I kick out my 18 year old. Either who is still in high school?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 16, 2017

Here is a link to some helpful information:

https://www.ohiobar.org/forpublic/resources/lawyoucanuse/pages/lawyoucanuse-255.aspx

The support obligation continues for someone who is 18 if they are still enrolled full-time in school. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney about your situation.
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Q: If my child has been evaluated and volintary comited for evaluation, do I have leagal right to have him discharged?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 15, 2017

Based strictly on what you say in this question, I would say "yes" - as the parent ( I assume you have legal custody) you have the right to consent to treatment for your child or to withhold consent, or to withdraw consent.

However, if there are any court proceedings involved, this would change.
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Q: If a 16 y/o has court for trespass of a motervehicle, he leaves out of state and never come back what will happen

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Answered on Mar 12, 2017

He will have an active warrant in Texas, and any law enforcement that makes contact with him may decide to arrest him based on the active warrant. A judge would then be able to hold him under the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act.
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Q: Can i file a lawsuit for a juvenile hall staff making sexual slurs and inviting me to hang out when i got out ?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Answered on Mar 11, 2017

That sounds like a possible sex crime and abuse of a dependent juvenile. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education...
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Q: Last year my lawyer won my self defence case against a 17 year old minor. and now i think he and his brother want to kil

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Answered on Mar 11, 2017

Call the police to report the armed breaking & entering and any other crimes. You can also sue them in court for trespass and possibly for assault. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law:...
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