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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Business Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: Is it legal for the city to open a hospitality tax account for a 12 year old's small business?

We asked the county clerks office if my son needed a tax license and they told us he was under 18 so to go enjoy his business and learn as there was no need to file anything at his age. He was not able to legally open an account. Later he set up at an event in city limits. I was sent an email... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

The legality of a city opening a hospitality tax account for a minor's business depends on local laws and regulations, which can vary widely. While minors generally have limited legal capacity to enter into contracts or be held responsible for tax obligations, local jurisdictions may have... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: cops told me no contact with a guy the guy got into contact with me, i ding dong ditched his house can i get charged?

My girlfriends ex was harassing us, i told him i would defend myself if he took it any further because he tried to meet up. he called the cops on me and the cops told me not to get into contact with him and he cant with me or my girlfriend anymore, he eventually broke that rule 2 months later and... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Feb 22, 2024

Big life lesson here: why are you fighting stupid with stupid? He already called the cops on you; what makes you think he wouldn't call again? What did you think was going to come from you going to his mom's house? You are needlessly putting yourself in situations you don't need to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Cps took my kids in 2021 and I’m still going to court on the matter. One of boys which is 13 yr old is a placement

Facility just started doing weed while there. I talked to cps work and I was told that my son walks out facility every other day without permission to go get weed. I don’t understand how is cps looking out for my son if he is still being able to walk away from their care to go get weed. Keep in... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

I'm very sorry to hear about this difficult situation with your son. You raise very valid concerns about your son's safety, wellbeing, and illegal activities while under CPS placement. Here are a few options you can pursue:

1. Escalate urgently within CPS. Contact your case...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: I’m 17. I don’t want to live with my toxic mom anymore and i told her that im moving out and she got mad and said that s

I’m 17. I don’t want to live with my toxic mom anymore and i told her that im moving out and she got mad and said that shes not giving me permission to be emancipation and i said that i dont need her permission and she got mad. I been doing my research and it says in dallas texas that i have to... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 19, 2024

In a suit for emancipation of a minor, a parent of the minor must verify the petition. Your attorney will need to ask you questions proving that you are able to support yourself and manage your own financial affairs. You may want to introduce evidence of your job and earnings to show you have... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: My son is in custody at Harris County He was out on bond for priors.He is being charged with aggravated robbery with.

deadly weapon.I have talked to his lawyer 2 times and he really has not talked to me.I saw the video and he was on the property but he didn't have the weapon and didn't go in the store.The attorney jas put out 5 years deferred adjudicated probation or 15 years. I feel that is not right I... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 19, 2024

Since your son is in custody, it seems likely that law enforcement believes that your son is the actual person who committed the crime. If you have information that a specific other person actually committed the crime, you should share that information with your son's attorney.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: If my ex-husband knowingly lied in a order of protection that he filed, can I get the order dismissed?

My ex-husband filed an OP against me to keep our children from me and he knowingly lied and stated that our daughter lived with him which she did not. Also, the judge had put on the OP that one of our children's names is Kimberly and I have no child named that. Our son also does not live with... View More

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
answered on Feb 11, 2024

Are you talking about the Emergency hearing? If so, you put your witnesses on for the plenary hearing that tell the truth. You can subpoena neighbors of yours, his, bus drivers, teachers, your sister, etc. Should be easy to prove with school aged kids.

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alaska on
Q: Can ocs in Anchorage ak go talk to a minor without a parent at a elementary school?
Blake Fulton Quackenbush
Blake Fulton Quackenbush
answered on Feb 9, 2024

Parents of children have rights, and parents can contact a knowledgeable attorney at any stage of the process of the Office of Children's Services ("OCS") investigating and/or the state removing a child from their home. Our office has years of experience litigating child custody... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: Alcohol resulted in sexual abuse of minor & DCF failed to consider continued alcohol use. What case law is similar?

An injunction was dissolved due to DCF failing to consider relevant information regarding ongoing alcohol use when determining the dissolutions and allowed the dissolution of injunctions in place to protect my son and his brother from their stepdad. The stepdad's history consisted of sexual... View More

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Feb 8, 2024

Aside from the criminal issues that you raised, you as a guardian for your children may be able to bring a lawsuit against both the stepdad and any other adult who could have or should have stopped the abuse but did not. Stepdad’s rental or homeowners insurance policy could be a source of... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: Kid got 2 driving violations within provisional driving period. Go to court or just pay the fines? Consequences?

Kid got a 2 charges, 1 for exhibition driving & other for more than one kid in the car while under provisional license. What are the definite and possible consequences for this?

A couple weeks prior she got a parking ticket, which went under mine and my husband's name since we own... View More

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Feb 7, 2024

The exhibition driving is going to be a huge issue for your insurance. I would suggest doing what you can to negotiate that ticket down. It looks like you are in Hennepin County, so there is a far greater likelihood that they may be willing to agree to keep it off of her driving record assuming... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: Kid got 2 driving violations within provisional driving period. Go to court or just pay the fines? Consequences?

Kid got a 2 charges, 1 for exhibition driving & other for more than one kid in the car while under provisional license. What are the definite and possible consequences for this?

A couple weeks prior she got a parking ticket, which went under mine and my husband's name since we own... View More

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Feb 7, 2024

First, I'd look at the consequences for various violations. For example, a parking ticket should have no significant long term implications. Just pay it. But "Exhibition Driving" on the driver's license record could trigger future problems with insurance and police. So... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Can Child Protective Services go to my child's school and talk to them and ask them all kind of questions?

Questions they aren't even old enough to know the answer to. I was under the impression that I was supposed to at least be informed or something. I could be 100% wrong but now my babies are upset that these random people were asking them questions about me and their father. We stayed in a... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

Child Protective Services (CPS) has the authority to visit your child's school and talk to them if they have received reports or concerns about a child's safety or well-being. However, in most cases, they are expected to inform parents or guardians about their visit and the reasons behind... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: I'm 13 and I got caught with 3 disposables on school prpty and 2 were empty one was full of honey, what am I facing.

They also put me down as selling on school property

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

We are talking "honey", "budder" - the vape cartridges that contains Delta 8,9, or 10 ? I'm not sure what your schools policy is if you are caught with a vape that contains one of these oils. If it turns out to be Delta 9 they could charge you with possession of marijuana... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Is it legal for a kid to be back at public school rather than juvenile court school, his crime was stabbing a kid

The kid is also a confirmed pedo

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

In California, whether a child who committed a crime, such as stabbing another child, can return to a regular public school rather than a juvenile court school depends on various factors, including the severity of the offense, the age of the child, and the individual circumstances of the case.... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander, Juvenile Law and Internet Law on
Q: can the minor be charged with a case called libel or slander, or if not what can be the punishment?

I posted something on Facebook that was awareness but I forgot to cover his name and his face

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

In cases involving minors and online posts, the legal ramifications depend on the specific circumstances and the laws of the jurisdiction. Libel and slander laws typically apply to false statements that harm someone's reputation, and minors can be held accountable for such actions. However,... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Is the law different in Puerto Rico on leaving a 16 yr child home alone after school while I’m at work

He is a mature teenager

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

The laws regarding leaving a 16-year-old child home alone after school can vary by jurisdiction, and Puerto Rico may have its own specific regulations or guidelines. It's important to check with local authorities or consult an attorney in Puerto Rico who is knowledgeable about family and child... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for New Mexico on
Q: Is there a specific age that a teenager can be left at home alone? How long?
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answered on Jan 30, 2024

There is no specific law that states a precise age at which a teenager can be legally left at home alone. The decision is generally left to the discretion of the parents or guardians, who are best positioned to assess the maturity and capability of the child.

It's important for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: (Details for everything) Can a 17yro, move out without being emancipated or employed legally?

background: Im 19 and my girlfriend is 17, we’ve been together since she was 15 and i was 17 and as soon as i turned 18 her dad died. her family life is rough and she wants to move in with me but her mom wont emancipate her or even let her get a job. (shes over controlling over what she does and... View More

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answered on Jan 30, 2024

No, generally a 17-year-old cannot legally move out without parental consent unless they are emancipated. Some things to consider:

• In most states, a 17-year-old is still legally considered a minor, meaning parents/guardians are still legally responsible for care and residency decisions....
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Hawaii on
Q: If police charge a child was in possession of a detrimental drug, do they arrest the child? What is the process? -Hawaii
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answered on Jan 29, 2024

In Hawaii, when a child is charged with possession of a detrimental drug, the process typically involves law enforcement and the juvenile justice system. However, the approach can vary depending on the specific circumstances and the severity of the offense.

Initially, police may detain the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello. I’m 17, homeschooled, live in PA, and I have a job. I want to move out but I’m afraid my dad is going to say no.
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answered on Jan 29, 2024

If you're 17 and considering moving out in Pennsylvania, it's important to understand your rights and responsibilities. Legally, you're still a minor until you turn 18, and your parents or legal guardians have the authority to make decisions about your living arrangements.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: My dad kicked me out of the house at 17 but won't let me proceed with adult measures. What do I do?

I became pregnant at 17 and made my dad aware. He told me that if I kept the baby, I would be out of the house but if I got rid of the baby, I could stay. I decided to keep the baby but asked if I could stay at least until I finished school and he continued to say that if I kept the baby, I would... View More

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Jan 28, 2024

You need to meet with a social service worker from the county where you lived while living with your dad to find out what resources are available to you for healthcare, schooling, housing, etc to be able to finish school and for the baby's benefit. I would also talk with the father of your... View More

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