Juvenile Law Questions & Answers

Q: If a teenager runs from an independent living facility at age 17. Would they still be charged with anything as an adult?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 18, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
They certainly could be, depending on the severity of the crime.
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Q: My kids are 17 and 14. Can they stay home alone for a week?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 16, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Depends on their maturity levels, but likely yes , especially if the 17 year old is responsible. There is no statutory age at which they can stay by themselves. It is the parents decision to be made on a case by case business. If you have an adult who can look in on them and respond if there is an emergency, then they should be fine.
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Q: I’m 16 and my pregnant girlfriend is 15. When we have our baby do we both have rights? Or Do they go to girlfriend paren

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 16, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Since you are unmarried, the mother will have sole legal custody of the child. And since she is a minor, her parents can stills set rules for her. An unmarried father has no legal rights unless he establishes paternity and a court grants him parental rights, and then the court can also order the father to start paying child support until the child reaches age 18.
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Q: If you're 17, can you move out without any troubles with the law in florida?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Answered on Apr 16, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
In Florida you are not emancipated until you turn 18.
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Q: Is it illegal for a 20 year old to date a 17 year old?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Apr 15, 2018
Zak Taylor Goldstein's answer
No, that is not illegal.
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Q: Can a 17 year old with no prior criminal background be sent to prison?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, White Collar Crime and Juvenile Law for Arkansas on
Answered on Apr 14, 2018
Stewart Whaley's answer
Yes, depending on the crime. Juveniles can no longer be sentenced to life without parole in Arkansas. They can still be sent to prison. Having no criminal background helps when negotiating a plea without prison time, if you go to trial and during sentencing, if convicted
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Q: My 16yo niece is on probation for auto theft. A condition of probation is that she's not to be outside her home unless

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Answered on Apr 12, 2018
Grant St Julian III's answer
Yes, your niece is at risk of violating her probation, even if she does so with her mother's consent. "Mom said it was OK" is not a defense.
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Q: Can my 17 yr old babymother come live with me if I’m 19 and her guardian kicked her out ?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 10, 2018
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer
She can temporarily, but she needs to contact dfcs if her legal guardian kicked her out.
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Q: My court hearing with dfcs is tomorrow. can i go to courthouse today and request a attorney or is it too late?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Gov & Administrative Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 9, 2018
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer
You need to speak with an attorney ASAP. If this is a permanency hearing, you should've already been afforded the opportunity to get a court appointed attorney. If you have not, ask for one tomorrow. They will have to determine if you qualify for a court appointed attorney, so they may have to continue the hearing IF you haven't already applied and been denied, or if you haven't refused at an earlier hearing.
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Q: I am 17 yr old and live in an abusive house with my mother and stepfather. My real father called DCFS no results.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Answered on Apr 9, 2018
Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden's answer
Under Illinois law, both parents get visitation (now called "parenting time") with their children. Therefore your legal father should have court ordered visitation with you. On the Order of Protection which named you without your consent, you can appear in court on the OOP & tell the judge that you do not want an OOP against your father. You can file for your own OOP against your mother & her abusive boyfriend. If your parents were married there should be a divorce case; if they were never...
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Q: My daughter is 14 and got in to a fight with a girl at school she pulled one of her fake braids out of her head which

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Apr 9, 2018
Steve Miyares' answer
What is your question?
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Q: DHHS became involved due to my bf's criminal record. He has nothing against children. My son is 11 has been with me all

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Maine on
Answered on Apr 9, 2018
Robert Guillory Esq's answer
you can file a motion to modify the order giving the father sole parental rights to change the contact provisions and primary residence etc. you will have to show something has changed since the order giving sole rights to dad. That would be your son's reaction to living with his dad. Of course if yoiu do this dhhs may become involved again.
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Q: I am a 17yr old in NC and I want to leave my house... i know i need to plan so I need specifics.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Apr 6, 2018
Amanda Bowden Houser's answer
At 17, you be respectful and do what your parents tell you. At 18 - do what you want.
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Q: If another state dramatically mismanages a foster child's case, can I sue the sate for legal guardianship?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Apr 5, 2018
Mr. William Ray Glasgow's answer
There may be actions you can take to get children properly placed, but it appears you need an experienced attorney at this point. "Suing" the state should not be at the top of your list. It is difficult for everyone when the state finds it necessary to remove children from their parents. These case often get out of control despite the good intentions of the state actors. Y
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Q: Shd 1 expln th fcts n defns of an MIP Tobaco cita to th judge at the herng for disml OR just respctfly demand demd dissm

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Answered on Apr 5, 2018
Andy Wayne Williamson's answer
No idea. There is not enough information here to venture a response. It is clear that you have some type of court case pending. Asking what you should or should not do in a court case, via the internet is not the best approach. If you are representing yourself in a litigation case, and you do not know what to do in this situation, you should really rethink acting as your own attorney in the case.
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Q: My 15 year old son has refused to come home and has been living at his friends house for the past 2 weeks.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Answered on Apr 5, 2018
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer
I suppose you could report the friend's parents for the crime of Harboring a Runaway Child (PC 25.06) but that doesn't sound like the sort of solution you are seeking.
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Q: Can multiple eyewitness can help us? What is our situation here?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Answered on Apr 4, 2018
Dale S. Gribow's answer
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Q: So, if a 19 Year Old in England is soliciting nudes from a 16 Year Old in america, what laws apply?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 4, 2018
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer
Sixteen is the age of consent in Georgia too. That said, you should still address it with the police. Nothing will likely come of it, as he will not be arrested for anything unless he comes to Georgia, but there could be other crimes here.
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Q: After school ends me nd my girlfriend will go on vacation somewhere until school starts, but without parental consent 17

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 3, 2018
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer
Yes, you are too young to make that decision.
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Q: Is it okay for a 14 year old and a 17 year old to date and not have a sexual relationship

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Answered on Apr 3, 2018
Roy Lee Warren's answer
They can date but sexual contact is forbidden with a minor, either of them. The Romeo and Juliet law is an affirmative defense if they are no greater than 3 years apart in age. They could still be charged but the defense could then be raised. No paper work I am aware of to protect either.
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