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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: A friend (16) living in Texas sexts with a 60 y/o. What legal consequences could she face?

My friend is 16. She sexts with a 60 year old man. I’m trying to propose reasons why she should stop. She lives in Texas. What legal consequences could she face?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Apr 8, 2020

In the context of criminal law, the 60-year-old is the one who should be most concerned about potential liability in this situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: say im on juvenile PAROLE and i ran away from home and dont turn myself in after my 18th birthday can I be charged ?

say im on juvenile PAROLE and i VIOLATED PAROLE RULES. and I ran away im 17 and 8 months and my birthday is comin up soon and I dont turn myself in after my 18th birthday and a few months or when hit 19 can i be charged for RUNAWAY ?

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Apr 8, 2020

Short answer: yes. If you committed an offense, a birthday does not change the ability of the State to file criminal charges.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: How do I "counteract", as quickly as possible, to an ex parte that was granted based entirely on false statements?

There's proof that all statements made against me, which the other party signed, notarized & filed through the courts, are entirely false. Not 1 sentence stated has any truth. They were deliberate lies told by my son's paternal grandmother & my son's father, (who legally has no rights due to no... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 6, 2020

Well you start by documenting everything. You need people on your side who saw the things you saw. But you also have to be realistic. You need a lawyer on your side and that’s going to cost. Think of the situation you’re in now and what you want to interrupt your peaceful life and get involved.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: I have a question. I live in Michigan and I am 35. I was barely talking to a 17 year old. Can I get into trouble
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 6, 2020

I, like all lawyers, grow concerned whenever adverbs are used to qualify statements. What does "barely talking" mean? Did you exchange pleasantries or phone numbers? Without knowing what this talk was about, it's impossible to determine your legal exposure.

What seems apparent is that...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for South Carolina on
Q: Is it legal for a 16 year old girl & a 20 year old man to date and have sex with each other in South Carolina?
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Apr 6, 2020

The age of consent in the State of SC is 16 years old so the 20 year old can not be charged with statutory rape. That being said, a 20 year old could be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor in certain situations.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: My 17 year old daughter thinks that she can hang out with who she wants and stay where she wants to live. I disagree

She thinks she can stay with her dad who is a immigrant. She thinks she can go to whatever school she wants and does not have to follow my rules.

Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Apr 5, 2020

She is still a minor under NC law, unless she has filed a petition to emancipate herself, which is difficult to prove and she would have to show she can provide for herself without assistance, has employment, and a place to live, and is not merely a recalcitrant teenager.

At 18 she will...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: I have a no contact order against the person that has my children,she signed a affidavit saying I'm in contact with her

So now I cannot get in contact with my children.is there any way I could loose my children? I am terrified that will happen,what are the steps I should take to get my children?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Apr 5, 2020

Have you contacted the notary before whom the affidavit was executed?

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: When I was 16 I missed court so they filed a warrant , I’m 18 now and I had gotten arrested and they sent me to a

Juvenile center. They released me a month later and now I’m in release orders until my next court date saying I have to stay with my friends mom (who they released me to) I was wondering if legally they can do that since I’m 18??

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Apr 4, 2020

Yes, "they can do that". Turning 18 does not mean you are not subject to court orders. I suggest you speak with an attorney. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is it okay for an 18 year old girl to be dating a 15 year old boy in New Jersey?
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Apr 3, 2020

Sex does not matter, age matters and if this gets sexual in any way it could be considered endangering a welfare of a minor.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Utah on
Q: Our13 year old son (who we’ve adopted out of foster care at age 5) has raped our two daughters age 10 and 3.

He has been charged with 21 counts of rape and sodomy between the two victims. County attorney representing my daughters states he will most likely get 6 months or less of treatment/incarceration. He has already admitted to his crimes to police. County attorney is going to reduce charges to gain a... Read more »

Brent J Huff
Brent J Huff answered on Apr 1, 2020

You can hire an attorney, in Utah victim's of crimes have a right to be heard. One thing you should know is that the juvenile justice system sentences offenders for different purposes that adults. In the District court, a criminal sentence is meant to serve retribution or punishment among other... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm 17 a junior in high school, my birthday is in four-months till I'm 18. I'm worried about there well being as I worry

I may do harm to them. And have been verbally abused by a parent for many years. And I have strong evidence of that. The stress and the strictness and verbally(and some have been physical abuse) of the household is big and compare to a normal family. Could I take this to a court to be able to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 31, 2020

When you are 18, you are no longer a minor and can make your own decisions, move out, support yourself, etc. Until then talk to a teacher, family member or other trusted adult.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: Can I move out on probation if I’m considered ‘low-risk’ at 18?

(I’m on juvenile probation) I need to move out of an emotionally, verbally (and previously physically) abusive household with my mother, but I am on probation, my documents all say I am low risk, I only need to be seen once a month, but I’m not entire sure what that means. I just need to get... Read more »

David Joseph Dischley
David Joseph Dischley answered on Mar 31, 2020

Assuming you are 18 years old and on adult probation, the probation officer shouldn't have to contact your mother. Provided you are not ordered to remain in your current residence, talking through this issue with the Probation Officer should result in you being able to move provided it is in the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: What do I need to do if my sixteen year old has a warrant
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Mar 30, 2020

To state the obvious, you need to call an attorney. A lawyer can often get a warrant withdrawn and allow the defendant to appear and post a bond. Get a lawyer who does juvenile dependency in Mobile County, or criminal defense. We do both and you can contact us if you like.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Can I get out?

I’m 17 and live in Texas I need to leave my house because of constant mental abuse, control, and threats of physical violence when ever my Legal guardian drinks or does not get her way. I don’t know the extant of her parental rights as my mother is dead and my father has been in and out of... Read more »

Michael Glynn Busby Jr
Michael Glynn Busby Jr answered on Mar 29, 2020

I would suggest to join military service or get married. But in Texas, you need to file a suit to emancipate yourself to be an adult.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: My Son is 14 years old and was caught video taping his 12 year old Girl Cousin in the bathroom with a phone.

Can a civil suit be filed against him and would he be placed in the sexual predator list?

Mr. Shannon Willis Locke
Mr. Shannon Willis Locke answered on Mar 28, 2020

This is very serious and you need to contact a local attorney immediately. However, this is not likely a civil matter. If the authorities get a hold of the video there are a number of crimes that can be charged. If the video portrays any genitalia the video is child pornography. Any adult who... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Can a 20 year old financial dependent in good mental state be claimed a runaway by their parents in the state of FL?
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 27, 2020

What do you mean by "financial dependent" and "runaway"?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My niece was kicked out 3 weeks ago and the mother has had barely any contact with her, has not seen her , nothing.

She is 17 and her mom refuses any type of temporary guardianship til she is 18 in Sept. But doesn't tell her when and if she can ever come home I don't know what to do. i just want the best for her and honestly I believe it is with me. What if anything can I do?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 27, 2020

Contact your local children's services which can give you temporary custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Hello! i'm a 17 year old who's currently dating a 19 year old and some problems have arose with my dad. Please help!!!

Like i said i'm 17 and they are 19. With this quarantine going on i am out of school, and currently have a lot of time on my hands so what do i do? i spend time with my significant other. We of course stay inside and are safe about the current pandemic going on and my mother knows about my... Read more »

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Mar 25, 2020

There is nothing in your story that would suggest either a criminal or juvenile law...This sounds like a daddy-daughter issue and/or a mommy-daddy issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: 17 year old with 15 year old in Ohio

I’m 17 and a senior in high school and my girlfriend is 15 and a sophomore in high school. We have a multitude of the same activities together. I’m aware that under the current laws, since we’re both under 18 we can consent to each other. With that being said there will be a short period... Read more »

Breezy M Warner
Breezy M Warner answered on Mar 25, 2020

You are correct the age of consent in Ohio is 16 years of age. There is a close in age exception for minors. Once you turn 18, you cannot legally have sexual contact with a minor under the age of consent, 16. Whether or not you will be prosecuted for the relationship depends on numerous things,... Read more »

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