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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Education Law, Juvenile Law, Libel & Slander and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: My son got suspended for a YouTube video can I fight it

My middle child got suspended from school for his YouTube video. He made a song an posted it on YouTube I personally previewed the video and I didn’t see anything wrong with the video but the school suspended him and threaten to call the police for cyber bulling. The video was a distract on one... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 14, 2024

Possibly, but you have to consider what it will cost you. One option is to try to arrange a free initial consult with attorneys to find out what it could cost to pursue. Such matters could involve speaking with students, reviewing videos, assessing school codes, etc. Attorneys don't generally... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Education Law, Juvenile Law, Libel & Slander and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: My son got suspended for a YouTube video can I fight it

My middle child got suspended from school for his YouTube video. He made a song an posted it on YouTube I personally previewed the video and I didn’t see anything wrong with the video but the school suspended him and threaten to call the police for cyber bulling. The video was a distract on one... View More

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Jan 23, 2024

In situations like this, it's important to understand the school's policies and the rationale behind your son's suspension. Schools often have codes of conduct that extend to students' online behavior, especially if it's seen to impact the school environment or other... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: In Michigan, how can a teen victim contradict her story several times and the defendant is still found guilty?

I know that the victim is not the one on trial, but shouldn't the inconsistencies be a red flag and weigh in on the jury's based on beyond a reasonable doubt? I don't know if I worded the question correctly.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Feb 9, 2023

Only the 12 people on that jury can answer that for you. The jury's job is to weigh credibility of witnesses. They can believe everything or nothing, or some combination thereof.

In CSC cases, it's not at all uncommon for testimony to be inconsistent as stories and memories...
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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... View 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... View More

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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... View 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 Michigan on
Q: I am on 30 days house arrest with no tether. After my 30 days, am i technically allowed to go out without supervision?

Would I have to wait for my next meeting with my probation officer?

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answered on Jul 3, 2023

The conditions of house arrest are set by the court and supervised by the probation officer. It is crucial to strictly adhere to the terms of your house arrest order until your probation period is officially over and your probation officer gives you permission to resume normal activities without... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: My nephew is 17 and has been living with me for almost 3 months now. Can he live with me permanently if he wants to?

My nephew and his mom's relationship is toxic and he has done a 180 in school now that he has been living with me, my husband and his cousins. He does not want to go back and he is safe with us. He has been sleeping on the couch for now but we are in the process of turning the spare room into... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Feb 26, 2023

Have you looked into guardianship? Practically speaking, if the mom is not raising an issue, and him being 17, he can stay as long as you'll have him.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Wrongful Death for Michigan on
Q: Michigan school shooter

In the case of the Michigan school shooter what if the defense argues that the boy had mental health problems and argues that the parents were negligent in not seeking treatment, buying a gun for their teenage son and not notifying the school that he had access to gun? Can the state use the... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 4, 2022

Yes. And that is why each party has his or her own attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: Can the police make a 14 year old go back to her home, where she says she is being abused? She's at a teen safe-house.

A report has been filed with CPS. Her parents filed a police report when she didn't return home from school. A teenage friend took her to the teen shelter for homeless and run away kids. Her parents and police are there telling her she has to go home with her father, and she's very frightened.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Dec 10, 2021

Sounds like this is in the hands of the professionals; I would leave it there. If there's a genuine concern, CPS will take appropriate measures. For your sake, do not involve yourself in this situation in a negative way by having her stay with you.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Family Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: CPS used threats for compliance. There is proof, how can that help an appeal of termination of parental rights?

Cps threatened to have kids removed, foster care worker lied, refused services, added heresay statements on record, denied parent access to children for medical, dental, and school appointments

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 8, 2021

For the uninitiated, you will find "threats" mean something different in the legal world. When CPS (or police, prosecutor, attorney) says "if you don't do this, I'll do that"...and the "that" is something lawful - meaning under the law, they, or a judge, can... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: I had voluntarily signed my rights off of my kids. I'm now married and pregnant. Am I able to keep this one?

I had voluntarily signed my rights off of my 4 children back in March 2021 after fighting with DHS for 2 years. I'm now pregnant, due December 2021), and married a different guy (not my other kids dad) and was unsure of if I'm able to keep this baby after he is born? I wasn't sure of... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Aug 8, 2021

You can. But expect CPS to pay you a visit at the hospital or soon thereafter. There are some advantages to you in this situation because you voluntarily terminated. And that you have a different partner and apparently made some strides in your life further increases the likelihood that you can... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: My 15yr old granddaughter and her 4 younger siblings were removed .put in separate homes parents havent contacted cps

The fifteen year old and her siblings are extremely close they are placed in 3 homes 3 different counties . She wants to see her siblings and she is told because her parents haven't contacted cps she can not. She has about 8 months till she turns 16 and would like to make steps toward... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 3, 2021

That's a tough situation. The siblings will be assigned an attorney - a lawyer guardian ad litem - who can help work through that issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Juvenile Law and Military Law for Michigan on
Q: How can a victim get information on the defendants release information

A year ago my bf went to jail for online solicitation of a minor. I was wondering since my parents filed against him but won't share his sentencing information, how can I get that information as the "victim". I'll be 18 in a month and I was hoping to file a motion to drop the... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 19, 2021

You can likely look up public access records from the court he was convicted in. It's highly likely that a no-contact order with you remains in place through his term of probation or parole. It is also highly unlikely, given your age and nature of the offense, that a judge will grant your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: I'm in Michigan and a minor I know has a climate of terror in their house, can I apeal for guardianship?

They are afraid to sleep and dont feel safe, they have said they have to beg in order not to be touched and they are just plain scared.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Mar 19, 2021

You should contact Child Protective Services. Depending on your profession, you may in fact have a legal obligation to do so (Mandatory Reporter). No, you can't just apply for guardianship though.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: Can a 14 year old child in court make his own plea over his father's decision
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 2, 2020

Yes. The child would have an attorney, and would be entering a plea with that person's advice, not a parent's. At times, when a judge believes a parent may be acting against a child's best interest, a GAL could be assigned to the case as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: I was tried as an adult at 16 on a drug charge, should I sue the state for sending me to prison underage.
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 5, 2020

I don't think you have a valid claim to sue the state for sending you to prison on an adult conviction. Many people under 18 are incarcerated in prisons in Michigan as well as just about every other state.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Criminal Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Michigan on
Q: Can I request that my fourteen-year-old daughter be locked up at the juvenile detention facility? Just for a short time?

Recently my 14 year old daughter has been acting out doing things such as getting aggressive with her younger brother and sisters she ran away this morning when I found her I was able to get her in the car and then she began hitting me and fighting me. What are my options as a parent what can I... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Aug 26, 2020

Unfortunately, no, unless you are wanting criminal charges filed against her - which may become your only option at some point.

If you have the resources, you should look into counseling, perhaps even inpatient.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: Does a juvenile probation officer have the right to enter my home for an unannounced home visit w/o a parent being home

My 15 year old son currently has a juvenile case. He has made all his probation appointments and is doing everything the probation officer had asked him to do. Twice now the probation officer has done an unannounced home visit and entered my house without me being home. Does he have the right to... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Aug 1, 2020

Probably not best practice for a number of reasons, but I believe if your son is home, the probation officer can visit at any time. Remember, probation is a grace granted by the court as an alternate to jail - or in the case of juveniles, detention.

I would mention this and your concerns to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: am i allowed to buy alcohol while im 21 years old but haven't received my new license
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 9, 2020

Yes. Your current license has your birthdate on it, and so when they check it, they will know your age.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: Can a 12 year old boy be represented in the court by someone that’s 15 years old even if there is a legal attorney?

Even if the 12 year old has an attorney can the 15 year old boy be the main representative but under the guidance of an attorney?

This is not a true scenario but for the future is any of this possible? Also the 15 year old boy would know about the laws and know the rights, crimes, possible... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 2, 2020

No. Courts will recognize either the litigate or a licensed attorney appearing on behalf of the litigate. In some cases a person may have a "next friend" step in his or her shoes and can still have an attorney. The 15 year old in your scenario would not be recognized by a court as a... View More

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