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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Banking and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My 12yrs daughter ran away from home in Ohio. She stole 120K dollars from my PayPal, she is in a different state.

My 12yrs daughter ran away from home in Ohio. She stole 120K dollars from my PayPal, she is in a different state. We have no idea where she is. If she comes back, which charges can I push against her? And how long is the statute of limitation before we can no longer push charges?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 16, 2021

12 years old? You need to be talking to the police. If she is found, they will investigate what happened to the money. The prosecutor would determine charges - but as a juvenile.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Are juveniles required to go to court for tickets or can they just pay them? It was a ticket for failure to yield w/MVA
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Jun 16, 2021

If the ticket indicates that you are required to go to court, then you are required to go to court whether or not you paid the ticket in advance. Most likely, a ticket w/MVA is a court required ticket-----what you need to do is report the MVA to your insurance company and request from your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What should my friend do if them and their brother are threatened to get kicked out when they're under 15?

My friend is currently living with their grandmother because their mother is trying to get up and off of her feet and get them a house of their own, but their Grandmother and Grandmother's boyfriend are threatening to kick them out again, and then they'll be back on the streets again.... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jun 15, 2021

Where are the parents?

Report abuse/neglect to DHS.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Family Law, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: My stepson’s mother is his conservatorship why he’s in a mental group home I just found out that Her his money .

My stepson is under a conservatorship is mother is currently he’s conservator. He was working a job and gave her the money and she’s using that money to start her own business is that legal and what can I do to put a stop to this

Jackie Marie Howard
Jackie Marie Howard answered on Jun 14, 2021

A portion of your question is missing; however, it appears you are asking if a conservator can spend money belonging to the conservatee's estate on bills/expenses/assets of the conservator. The answer is no. The conservator is answerable to the court for how the estate funds are spent. Get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: I’m 17 I live in the state of Tennessee. If I moved in with my boyfriend and go to school would I get in trouble or not?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 14, 2021

The boyfriend can be prosecuted for Statutory Rape.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: I have an in-home intervention w/court oversight with DCS. If I give my Brother guardianship will Dcs close the case
Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jun 14, 2021

The short answer is no. DCS will likely keep the case open until they are confident there is no longer a concern that the child(ren) will be abused or neglected. Merely giving your brother guardianship is not extremely reassuring; particularly because it is your brother and DCS will likely consider... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Utah on
Q: If I've run away from home and am living somewhere else unofficially can I contact my family? Can my dad take me home?

I ran away from home recently and DCFS hasn't really been over to tell me where I was going and what I was doing. They came over once to see if I had a place to go and a bed to sleep in, etc. The agent told the family I'm staying with that my father can legally take me home with him... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jun 11, 2021

There is no reason you cannot contact your family and for the sake of your future relationship with them, you should. Until someone else is appointed your guardian, you are emancipated, or you turn 18; yes, your father could take you home. As your parent, he has that right.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Can I stay with a friend legally, while I'm trying to get myself emancipated.

I'm 16 and I'm currently trying to get myself emancipated without my dad's knowledge. My parents are divorced and my mom has agreed to give up her rights, but my dad is trying to keep us trapped here. He is a very unfit parent and let's his girlfriend control everything and they bully us constantly.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 10, 2021

To be eligible for emancipation in Missouri, you need to be able to support yourself financially and have a place of your own. That doesn't mean you cannot have roommates or live elsewhere, but you would have to show the court that you would be able to afford a home and have an income, etc.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: Where can I find an experienced family defense lawyer for my dcs case

My boys are in dcs custody. They were taken while n the care of another. With false aligations. What do I do.

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent answered on Jun 9, 2021

I don't handle DCS cases, but I can refer you to some attorneys who do. Feel free to give me a call, and I'll pass their names and numbers along.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: My grandson 16 in November has been living in a terrible relationship with his mother. He wants a emancipation.

He ran away last year because his mother is on drugs. We went to Juvenile court and they made him go back home. They did require counseling But mother has refused and said she did not need it. This child has beg for help he is failing in school. I feel that he is a slave he is not allowed to even... Read more »

Gina Anne Smalley
Gina Anne Smalley answered on Jun 8, 2021

You and/or your grandson have options. Without more information, it is hard to answer whether or not he is entitled to emancipation. You may also have grandparent custodial rights. You should seek out a lawyer knowledgable in these areas.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my Guardian force me to quit my job in Oklahoma?

I'm a 17 year old which is above the legal age requirement for working in my state. But she says she can call and quit for me without my consent. Can she? Or would I have to do it since me working is legal?

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jun 6, 2021

"Can my Guardian force me to quit my job in Oklahoma?"

Of course she can. It can be described as pretty much this simple: Parents/legal guardians make the rules, children follow those rules.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it ok for me to date a 14 year old I’m 16 about to turn 17 may 29th and she is going to turn 15 on December 18.

I’m in 11 grade going to 12 she is in 8th going to 9th

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 4, 2021

Assuming that you are dating with no sexual contact that is OK by the law. By your ages, assuming she is over 14 and you are less than 18 it would not be illegal for you if you do have contact.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: i’m 17 and my girlfriend is 15 turning 16 is our relationship legal in new jersey?

her mother is scared i might get in trouble bc of us dating so i just wanted to prove to her that i won’t

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 2, 2021

Assuming that you are only dating with no sexual activity you may date freely. However the age of consent is 16 so at that point, should you engage in sex, that would be legal.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: Can they take my daughter or me to jail for fraud

My daughter had an Instagram (made her delete it) she’s 16 and wants to become a model. Someone approached her saying they were a company, everything was pretty suspicious from what i saw. She said she was interested and filled out a form asking about measurements, phone number, address, model... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Jun 1, 2021

A contract with a minor is usually unenforceable and it doesn't seem like a criminal violation if they gave her the money (as opposed to her stealing the money). If she's contacted by law enforcement, reach out to a lawyer ASAP. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: 17 yr F @ park with 16 yo M. M's g‐ma assaults F. F drives off w/M. F accused of taking a runaway. Police-"Felony".How?

My daughter was at a park with her bf's family. Grandma got confrontational with grandson and my daughter. Told me daughter to leave. Daughter gets in car and calls me. I told her to make sure she doesn't do anything to her bf. Bf gets in car. Gma goes to daughters driver door and... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on May 30, 2021

1. Almost nobody actually memorizes the law. There are too many and they change too often. Any halfway decent cop, lawyer, or judge will check the statutes for all but the most common offenses.

2. Your daughter could be arrested and charged with MURDERING the grandma if a cop believes...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How much trouble can a parent get if my counselor found out that my parents lets my underage brother and his friends

How much trouble can a parent get if my counselor found out that my parents lets my underage brother and his friends To drink and smoke and drive without a license and even buying the smokes for them

And letting them drink but don’t buy it for them

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on May 29, 2021

Big trouble.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How much trouble can a 17 year old girl get from runaway from home in Oklahoma

Let say a 17 year old girl runaway from home cause her home is toxic and she can’t handle everyone around making her feel like the bad guy and that the girl has mental health issues that are being neglected or ignored

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on May 27, 2021

I see that many teenagers describe their home as toxic, not enough freedom, controlling parents, or any one of a long list of other grievances. So, that part is not uncommon.

However, if there legitimately is abuse and/or neglect and this is not just a disgruntled teenager, this should be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: 16 yrs old girl dating 28 yrs old girl that's married.. what can be done as a parent to stop this if she wont listen?

She just tried to commit suicide and pretty sure its after a fight, all the photos found in her phone are holding hand pics and faces blocked.. need help.. she is now saying they are just friends but I know that is not true.

Rick  Davis
Rick Davis answered on May 25, 2021

If the two are engaging in sexual intercourse, then the 28 year old is committing sexual assault since your daughter is not considered to have reached the age of consent.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Back in 2002 I was convicted of a crime at the age of 12. I was questioned and forced to give a confession.

My mother was in prison at the time. My father had not been in my life since the age of 4 and my step father had no parental rights over me. I had no legal representation while being questioned alone with two detectives. I am seeking legal help for this. Can you help?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 25, 2021

What is it you want to accomplish? Were you adjudicated and want the record sealed? That can be done with a juvenile file as long as it wasn't rape or murder. Were you looking to sue the cops? That probably cannot be done. We you planning on trying to withdraw your plea and fight the case?... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: If my oldest child were 18+ & coerced by manipulation my younger child a minor into running away could I press charges?

Ex. My oldest has several mental health issues and oppositional defiance disorder. Once she moved out, it would be plausible she would 'get back at us' (parents) by manipulating and convincing her little sister to run away and come stay with her when things at our house were... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on May 25, 2021

It is a defense to prosecution for Harboring a Runaway Child that the actor was related to the child within the second degree by consanguinity or affinity, as determined under Chapter 573, Government Code. See section 25.06(b) of the Texas Penal Code.

A sibling relationship is the second...
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