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2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Can a probation officer remove the siblings of his client (my son)? He was the offender younger kids were victims.

My son is being convicted of CSC 1 and 2 counts CSC 2. The victims in the case are my younger kids. My younger kids are worried that they are going to be removed from the home. And the probation officer just scared them today by just showing up. So I was just wondering if a probation officer... Read more »

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
answered on Feb 1, 2023

The PROBATION officer won’t but protective services may have issues.

I hope this is already in the works but, you NEED to have both legal and mental health professional assistance for your family. Seek that help right away.

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2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Can a probation officer remove the siblings of his client (my son)? He was the offender younger kids were victims.

My son is being convicted of CSC 1 and 2 counts CSC 2. The victims in the case are my younger kids. My younger kids are worried that they are going to be removed from the home. And the probation officer just scared them today by just showing up. So I was just wondering if a probation officer... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Feb 1, 2023

The probation officer can't, but as Mr. Zichi indicated, CPS can. The probation officer can ensure that your son is not in the residence or having contact with your other children. This is likely already ordered as part of his pretrial release conditions; probation officers are charged with... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Can they terminate my rights to my children if the father has chosen to do drugs?

They have been in foster care for 18 months and talking about termination because their father is on drugs. But I have everything that was required in order for my kids to come home.

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

If you are still living with the father after 18 months of your children being in foster care, the Court has likely determined that the children can't be released back into your home, if the father is not sober. There appear to be some details that have been left out if the Court is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Juvenile Law for Washington on
Q: Am I able to travel outside the US with a sealed record from when I was under 18?

I have a sealed record from when I was under 18 and I am planning to travel to India for 2-3 months. This was originally a felony but got reduced to a misdemeanor and later sealed.

Also, Would I have to check the boxes that state criminal records? Because it is a sealed record?

Min Hwan Ahn
Min Hwan Ahn
answered on Jan 27, 2023

In general, if your criminal record has been sealed, it means that it is not accessible to the public, and it should not be considered when applying for most jobs, housing, or other opportunities. However, when it comes to international travel, the rules can be more complicated. It is possible that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Juvenile Law and Legal Malpractice for Arizona on
Q: In Arizona, who handles grievances toward court appointed counsel? Does it matter if the lawyer has their own firm?

I fired my attorney, right in front of the "mediator", and she told me "all the lawyers here are interchangeable. They're going to tell you the same thing. " Had i only known i needed to say it to the judge. Maybe it wouldn't have made a difference at all.

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Jan 27, 2023

The Arizona Bar handles complaints about lawyers.

As for having their own firm, it really doesn't make a difference.

If you think of suing your lawyer, you really should speak to a legal malpractice attorney before you file anything.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law on
Q: Q: Dependancy & Neglect case, can you file a motion for Judgment and Order for Possession to get your children back?

Your children are considered property. In a D&N case the children were unlawfully removed under fraud (have proof) the children were removed @ birth. Falsified allegations in order to get an Ex Parte warrant, then removed the allegations from the petition before the 72hr court hearing to some... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 27, 2023

Children are not considered property in US jurisprudence. If a court order has terminated your parental rights and awarded custody to others, your remedy is to appeal that order.

Replevin is a legal remedy that applies to personal property, not to children. It would be frivolous to try to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Maryland on
Q: Can you dispute a juvenile peace order
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 25, 2023

A final peace order may only be issued after a hearing or by consent of the person against whom it is sought, after service of the interim or temporary peace order and notice of a hearing. The hearing is like a trial, and each side can testify or call witnesses, present evidence, etc. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Juvenile Law for Mississippi on
Q: Can I be adopted without parental consent?

I am 16 living in MS. My parents are non-abusive but I can not stand living with them anymore. Is there a way I can put myself up for adoption without parental consent?

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jan 17, 2023

No. You cannot put yourself up for adoption, and you cannot be adopted without the consent of both of your parents, unless a Court has terminated their parental rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can i do anything about a nurse giving wrong dosage meds at school?

My son is in middle school and takes a controled substance after lunch daily. Nurse gave him 2 pills today instead of 1. She called and told me her mistake. My son said he asked why 2 pills and she said becayse his dose changed.. and came and got him later and said she made a mistake. She told me... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 16, 2023

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I hope your son is okay. It could depend on whether there were any significant damages as a result of the wrong dosage. I hope there were no serious consequences, but any lawsuit would be based on the severity of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: Can the school search my child's locker with my consent or knowledge?

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My 13 year old sons person was searched, his backpack, coat, hoodie and locker. We were not notified. Then they find weed rolling papers. (Obviously he shouldn't have them) then they threatened to call the cops and said he'll have fun in juvie. He was so terrified that he... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Your primary issue needs to be resolving any school administrative action or juvenile action against your son. Yes, schools can search students' personal belongings and lockers. The appropriateness of other actions described should be discussed with a local attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: Can i (15 in a month 16) date a 23 year old legally? Im from the Netherlands and hes from Virginia.
Timothy Carignan
Timothy Carignan
answered on Jan 14, 2023

Most places do not have laws regarding dating; however, there are limits as to sexual contact. Typically, one cannot have sexual contact with an underage person (15-18, depending on the jurisdiction) if they are more than three years older.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Utah on
Q: I pressed charges for finding marijuana in my son's(15) but now 2 days later I am dying with regret. Can I drop those?
William Melton
William Melton
answered on Jan 8, 2023

No, you can't. It is a common misconception that the person who reports something to the police is "pressing charges." That is now how it works. You may report the case, but one you do it is out of your hands. The government (the prosecutor) is always the one who brings the charges.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: My son is 15 and want to detention center til Monday. He took my car for a joyride. What will they do to him for this?

He was already going to court for smoking pot at school. This time they didn't drug test him to see if he was clean. He is on meds for ODD and ADHD.

Leland Hulbert
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Leland Hulbert
answered on Jan 6, 2023

I would hire an Attorney. They could detain or release him.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: My son is 15 and want to detention center til Monday. He took my car for a joyride. What will they do to him for this?

He was already going to court for smoking pot at school. This time they didn't drug test him to see if he was clean. He is on meds for ODD and ADHD.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 6, 2023

Likely he will have to answer the charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle. He could be detained by the court, but likely will not be unless he has an extensive juvenile record beyond what you’ve detailed here.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: If a judge says no contact with ur children can the parents still get supervised visitation with their children?

The prosecutor and judge said no contact with our children, can we still get supervised visitation through children services?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Jan 5, 2023

If there is a no contact order arising out of a criminal case, or out a juvenile court case, children's services cannot override such an order and permit visitation because they would literally be facilitating a crime. It is against the law to violate a no contact order.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law on
Q: Can a 16 year-old that is leaving home and live with a 18 year-old?

The 18 year-old and 16 year-old have been in a relationship for a year and a half now. The household of the 18 year-old is safe and no harm could come to the 16 year-old. The 18 year-old lives with their parents who are 50+, the house hold that the 16 year old is leaving is not safe for the 16 year... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 3, 2023

As long as the parents of the 16-year old consent, it is unlikely the 18-year old will get into trouble.

I strongly recommend getting the parental consent in writing in case one or both parents later change their mind.

Without parental consent, the 18-year old and his/her parents...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Family Law and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: I'm 16 and in foster care what do I have to do to get emancipated
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 31, 2022

File a petition for emancipation in the district court of the county in which you live.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: If my grandchild is 15 and horribly disrespectful in MANY ways, can I press charges and him be taking to bootcamp?

This child lives in my home and his mother as well. His mother lets him get away with literally EVERYTHING and won't do anything about his behavior. He has broken things in my home, disrespectful, smoking cigarettes, walks the roads whenever he pleases, cusses all the time and back talks... Read more »

Hayden Glass Sizemore
Hayden Glass Sizemore
answered on Dec 30, 2022

It is possible that you could file a CHINS (child in need of supervision) petition in the juvenile court for your county. However, before you seek that remedy, perhaps you should talk to the mother and explain your frustration with the child's behavior while the two are residing with you.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: im 17 but turn 18 in 6 monthes can i move out i live with my grandma i live in alabama
Hayden Glass Sizemore
Hayden Glass Sizemore
answered on Dec 30, 2022

Unfortunately, the age of majority is 19 in Alabama. If you are seeking to be treated as an adult, and be able to enter contracts (like leasing an apartment) you would need to be emancipated.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a 16 yr old boy sleep with and have sex with a 15 yr old girl?

The parents can't do anything about it. When the issue is addressed the boy and girl cause a big argument. The girl is the one that talks the boy into how he's acting. Her parents put her on birth control because she's been having sex for awhile now with others. Her dad is in jail... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 30, 2022

Under Oklahoma’s “Romeo and Juliet” law, consensual sex between two minors is not a crime as long as each individual is at least 14 years of age and younger than 18 years of age.

If the girl’s family is as dysfunctional as you describe, you might turn to the boy’s parents or...
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