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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: What can I do?

I have been trying to get custody of my 2 year old niece since July 2019, I have done everything as far as background check, home inspection, drug test and weekly visits. Even though I am her paternal aunt the judge will not grant the motion for her to be moved out of foster care and placed into my... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Oct 11, 2019

It sounds like you need to consult with and/or hire a lawyer where you live who specializes in this area of the law.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: My minor child got pulled over and had a vape pen with a sealed cartridge of THC. Do we need a lawyer?

The police said they would contact us with the lab results. My child has started counseling and the counselor thought he might need a lawyer.

Jonathan Blecher
Jonathan Blecher answered on Sep 23, 2019

Possession of THC is a vape cart is a felony. The State has moved away from charging possession of cannabis cases (flower form), but they are still prosecuting vapes. Your child needs a lawyer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: Can my friend 20 year old be with a 15 year old legally? She lied about her age and said she was 18. Her dad found out.

The dad wants to press charges against my friend. She was completely okay with the relationship. And gave her consent. But she lied about being 15 and said she was 18. He didn’t know until the dad reaches out and said she was only 15 and is demanding to be paid $4200 for the damages the little... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 25, 2019

Tell your "friend" that he should break off all communication with his 15 year old girl friend before someone files a criminal charge against him. Claiming that the child "lied about her age" is not a defense against the crime of statutory rape in Florida. Tell your "friend" to look up the severe... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support, Juvenile Law and Social Security for Florida on
Q: Is it against the law for my mom not giving me my SSI check?

My mom has a disability so shes not able to work therefor she receives an SSI check for her, me and each of my sisters. She always spends it on herself and never gives us a dime. Is it wrong that she is not giving me my check?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 19, 2019

Unless you are over the age of 18 your mother can do pretty much whatever she wants.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Juvenile Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Can my non guardian grandmother kick me out, a minor, if i have paid 200 a month to live with her.

I am a 17 year old living with my grandmother in a trailer/rv park. She does not have legal custody or guardianship of me, as she moved to get me out of a bad situation. She is now kicking me out with no where to go because she doesnt like me as a person. I have lived with her for 3 month approx.... Read more »

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Aug 14, 2019

Your grandmother would have to obtain a court order to evict you.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: is there grounds to sue a school for seperating 2 students because of gender and to interrupt their learning?

they work better when together

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Jul 27, 2019

Bsed on the limited information you provided, it is impossible to answer

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: I received a voicemail from a detective wanting to question my 13 yr old as a witness about an incident, must i comply?

The incident involved another student who was touching himself during a school show in the cafeteria. He was playing his switch video and seemed not to be aware he was touching himself since he didn't realize some students noticed. One student told the teacher but nothing came about it and that... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Jul 5, 2019

You could do nothing.

You could cooperate.

You could complain later should someone do something to a loved one when there was a non cooperative witness, that the other person was too selfish to care

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: How long can you get if you are a minor at the age of 16 and get caught with a warrant?
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Jun 17, 2019

A warrant for what?

Anyone under 18 is a minor

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Want my daughter back, my father has sole custody. Hearing was done in Ala, while I was in hospital.

2 years ago I was in a hospital in Dothan. For my daughters benefit I turned custody over to my father as I was not sure how my health issues would affect me in the future. I was not a good person then. I signed papers provided under duress from my father, so he could have sole custody of my... Read more »

Denise Martinez-Scanziani
Denise Martinez-Scanziani answered on Apr 3, 2019

You've posted this question for a Florida lawyer, but it seems that you should ask a lawyer licensed to practice in AL. If that is where the child is, that is the state who will have jurisdiction over your daughter.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: I'm 16. I have a sleeping disorder and am most alert at night. Am I ablen to get a court-ordered exemption from curfew
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 29, 2018

You can ask, but probably not. A curfew law might prohibit you from leaving the house at night, but it wouldn't require you to stay in bed.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Is the information discussed in a delinquency hearing confidential?
Sasha Dadan Bonna
Sasha Dadan Bonna answered on Oct 23, 2018

Juvenile cases are generally not published to the public. However, delinquency hearings are open to the public.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Can I move out at 17 with parental consent?

I plan on moving out of state to start a new life for myself, unfortunately my family cannot just up and leave their lives for mine so I figure I can do it myself. My mother is fine with my decision and conesents wholeheartedly. Can I move out at 17 with parental consent and without court... Read more »

Sasha Dadan Bonna
Sasha Dadan Bonna answered on Oct 18, 2018

You would need to file for emancipation.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: I assume the maximum age of juvenile law is 18 but is there a minimum under which a child can't be prosecuted?
Sasha Dadan Bonna
Sasha Dadan Bonna answered on Oct 15, 2018

Competency plays a major role in whether the State Attorney's Office decides to prosecute a juvenile offender. I represent children who have been accused of crimes in my practice. If I think the child is to young, has a low IQ, an IEP plan, or has difficulty understanding the role of the judge,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Do minors charged with crimes face a jury or a judge?
Justin Gary Hausler
Justin Gary Hausler answered on Aug 23, 2018

There is no jury in juvenile court, only a judge decides the facts at trial.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Is there a grey area in Florida's 'Romeo and Juliet' law?

So i'm 18 and i have this "friend" who i have known for two years. She has, on multiple occasions, asked to move things forward to an official relationships to where we could be more intimate (I don't mean ALL the way but more of just kissing and hanging over at her house) which is all fine and... Read more »

Shiobhan Olivero
Shiobhan Olivero answered on Jul 23, 2018

The "Romeo and Juliet" law does not make sexual contact with a minor "legal." It makes the person charged and convicted of the crime eligible to petition to be removed from the sexual offender registry after a certain period of time and if all other requirements under the statute are met. Sexual... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Hi I’m US citizen married to a Mexican filed form I 797C to bring my step daughter is there a faster way

I was told there’s another form I can fill out to bring her to the US why she waits for her approval is this true

Kevin D. Slattery Esq.
Kevin D. Slattery Esq. answered on Jul 18, 2018

You may be thinking of the K-4 visa process, but unless your wife is pursuing the K-3 visa, your step-daughter would not be able to employ that strategy. Consider scheduling a consultation with a competent immigration attorney who can speak with you to more fully understand your case history and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: I’m 17 years old and expecting a baby. Can my parents force me to sign over my rights because I’m not 18?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 16, 2018

Can the force you to sign a document? No. Can they seek some sort of court-ordered relinquishment? Perhaps.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: I’m 20 and I moved to Florida after hurricane Irma. My mom lives in Puerto Rico and she wants to force me to move back.

Can she legally take me back? Even if she has a court order from Puerto Rico can she take me back? She threatened me to get a court order but I’ve been living in Florida 8 months. I turn 21 in two months.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on May 21, 2018

In Florida you are emancipated at 18.

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