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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is what is essentially a group of student guidance counselors legal?

I am on the student advisory board at my high school. We want to implement a peer mentoring program that would offer someone to talk to, conflict resolution, and help with schoolwork. To me, the first two sound like a guidance counselors job. Would it be legal for a student to do this on behalf of... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 11, 2019

None of what you described must be done by a professional if a fee isn't being charged. For instance a good friend or relative often does many or all of these. However the school, before allowing it, will likely have some supervision, standards, and limits/boundaries. But peer-to-peer mediation is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: Found out my unlicensed brother gave my questions year old minor son at least 5 tattoos. What can I do legall
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 10, 2019

if your son was under age, technically your brother committed an assault. You need to take the youth to a dermatologist for starters. You can also sue him but if he doesn't own much that may not get you anywhere.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: My son is getting bullied and harassed in school. I talked to the principle and it is still continuing. can i press char

There is a gang in the school were my son is getting bullied and harrassed. The leader of the gang keeps approaching him with treats of gang jumping him and fighting. The leader is 13 and the members are 12 or so. Can i press charges against him and the school since i have had a meeting with them... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Dec 9, 2019

The short answer is yes. However, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss the specifics of your case. We are more than glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770) 240-0922.

2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: I am 16 years old, if my mom is highly intoxicated and starts to beat on me, do I have the right to leave home legally?

Or, if I decided to leave the house, will I be considered a runaway? Can she get police officers to find me and charge me as a runaway because my 16th birthday is Dec 15, 2019? If I do call police because she is highly intoxicated and she tries to hit me, if there aren't any visible bruises on me... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 9, 2019

Video your mother then email the video to your school counselor or to the Sheriff's Office

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2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for North Carolina on
Q: My mom is filing ungovernable youth charges against me. Do I have any rights as a minor?

Her reason for the ungovernable charge was that I am disrespectful and I do what I want when I want. About ten days ago. She slapped me, so hard I couldn’t hear out of my ear. That entire side of my face went numb. Then I yelled at her that I hated her and hit her arm. When she called the police,... Read more »

Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Dec 4, 2019

You have a right to an attorney and one should be appointed to you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for South Carolina on
Q: I would like to know how to become a paid guardian ad litem in the state of SC?

I have a bachelor's in Education and Psychology, and a master's in Counseling and Coaching. I am currently working with a residential non profit who provides housing and education for sex trafficking survivors. I would like to work with this population as a Guardian ad Litem.

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Dec 4, 2019

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Today while I was at work police came toy home and arrested my 13 y/o son, I went to the district and was told

To wait they wouldn't give me any information or tell me why he was arrested. What should I do what can I do

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Dec 3, 2019

Get an attorney and have the attorney knock on the same doors. Attorneys are especially skilled at finsing out information. Most of us have connections with the police.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: If the keys are in the car, is it still grand theft auto?

My cousin took a car without permission, but the key was in it. He had Intentions to return the car but on the way back he wrecked it.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 3, 2019

This is something a criminal defense attorney would know. You could repost the question in the Criminal Law section. Car accident attorneys (the category where you have it posted) usually only deal with the civil aspects of collisions, such as personal injury and property damage claims. They aren't... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: If a 23 year old has a baby with a 15 year old can he go to jail if her parents know she is with him. Kentucky.

My brother in law has a baby with a girl and she refuses to leave the premises. She has assualted others in the house and always yells and fights. If i call the police will i go to jail or will he?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 2, 2019

You probably should file it as an eviction to get her out. Once the authorities delve into a pregnant 15 yo by a 23 yo, he may be looking at statutory rape or UTWAM charges. I wouldn’t involve the police.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: My daughter is 22 and now pregnant. Boyfriend is 17 can they be married without his parents signing that he can
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Dec 2, 2019

Probably not since he is not 18. Once he turns 18 the parents will have no say so at that point. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: My ex wife is allowing our 15 year old daughter to date a 19 year old man. If this continues can I file charges?

I just found this information out. Can I press charges against this young man if he refuses to stop seeing her, and can I press charges against my ex wife for child endangerment?

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Nov 29, 2019

Yes you can file charges. There is a long list of possible criminal charges that can be filed against both the 19 year old and your ex-wife. The sooner you take action the less danger your daughter will be in. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: i already have an opened case, i stole my mothers car while the case was still ongoing but she didn't press charged

can they lock me up for that or is it up to the judge

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Nov 26, 2019

First, stealing your mother's or anyone else's car or property is NEVER a good idea. Period.

If she has not reported you to any authority (court, police or probation officer), there is no way for them to learn of your new indiscretion, and if they do not know about it, they cannot punish...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: I'm finna be 17 when I turn 17 can my mom do anything if I leave and hang out with friends without permission
Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Nov 26, 2019

The answer to your question is YES. You are not emancipated in the eyes of the law until you are either 18 years old, married or serving on active duty military service. Your mother can require that you obey curfew, and the law will support her if she decides to file charges against you.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for North Carolina on
Q: My sister is 17 and out mother pressed charges on her and she is currently locked up. I need to know how this all works.

Can someone other then her parent or guardian bail her out?

Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Nov 24, 2019

Anyone can post the bail money for a person. But be careful interjecting in this situation. If your sister is a minor, its unlikely they would hold her on much of a bond unless the charges were serious.

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: if i am pregnant and leave home at 17 to move out can my dad make me come home
Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Nov 21, 2019

Yes, your father can "make" you come home.

You are not emancipated until:

1. you reach the age of 18,

2. you are married or

3. you are serving on active duty with the armed forces of the U.S.

Being pregnant does not entitle you to emancipation....
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My 16 year old daughter made out with a 21 year old AND lied and stayed at the 21 year olds apartment twice.

Are there grounds for filing a case against the 21 year old. The 21 year old also exposed her to the Pagen religion and we believe alcohol. She met this individual at work, are their any consequences to the employer?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 20, 2019

(1) It is not illegal for a 21 year old and a 16 year old to make out. (2) It is not illegal to introduce people to different religions. (3) It is illegal to provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. (4) The employer has nothing to do with it. So, if there's evidence he is supply drugs or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: my daughter was involved in a juvenile school fight. A child walked up to my daughter and hit her in the face. My

my daughter reacted to being hit in the face and proceeded to hit the other student back in self-defense. The school has video of the assault. The officer who was there is calling the incident a "mutual combat," when my daughter had no knowledge she was about to be involved in said fight. Can I... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Nov 18, 2019

Consent is a defense to assault. Mutual Combat is an agreed fight, like a boxing match. Using force in self-defense does not transform an unlawful use of force into "mutual combat."

You can report a crime to the police, but they will decide whether or not to bring charges. It sounds like...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: My son is 16 years old recently went to jail for getting in a fight at school he is on probation but I have the video

and in video you can clearly see they get in verbal but nothing else only security pepper spray my son is this even legal

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 18, 2019

more info needed.

does the video show everything from beginning to end?

there is a difference between criminal law violations and violations of school rules and ordinances.

what is he on probation for?

if you are on violation for something that warns you of jail if x...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: If a 16 year old gets a 13 year old pregnant, what are the likely repercussions for the 16 year old?
Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Nov 17, 2019

Without more information about your case, it is difficult to provide you with an accurate answer. Generally speaking, a person commits the offense of statutory rape when he or she engages in sexual intercourse with any person under the age of 16 years and not his or her spouse, provided that no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: What could I do if a court came to a conclusion without a trial?

My friend is in a situation where he got into a fight with his dad, and it was going to court, but his dad talked to the prosecution office (my friend's dad used to be a police officer and he knows others in that field) and they came to an agreement and called off the trial but made a conclusion.... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 15, 2019

Is this a juvenile matter? If so, it sounds like the decision was made to put the case on what's called the consent calendar. Why would your friend want a trial in this case, and possibly face 1) a record (albeit juvenile), and 2) worse sanctions?

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