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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I kick out my child once they turn 18 or do I have to legally evict from my home?

Said child is a troubled youth to put nicely with a list of juvenile offenses and a domestic violence. He has a drug addiction and has stolen from myself as well as his brothers and causes much turmoil in the home. Some say I have to evict since he receives mail other's say no. I am trying to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 23, 2021

If you don't follow the proper eviction process, then he could sue you for unlawful eviction, and the court might order you to pay him monetary damages. But the eviction process takes a few weeks, and the situation could become uncomfortable at home during that time. If he makes threats of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Ohio on
Q: So my father had a sting operation set on him. The charges are below.

State: Ohio

Charges:

Soliciting a minor

Child solicitation by electronic communication device

Prostitution

He went an hour away to meet the girl(underage)

And the mom. He was gonna pay $100

Is he doing jail time?

How long if so

Anything I should know

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 6, 2021

Your father needs to sit down privately with an attorney to discuss this matter ASAP. This is a serious slate of charges which could lead to a number of consequences including prison time.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My friend is 17 and has her own little one and wants out of her parents house is she aloud
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 6, 2021

Until a person is 18, the person is a minor, and is the responsibility of the person's parents. The parents make the decisions. Having a baby does not change that. After turning 18, the parents no longer have responsibility, and if the parents decide to stop support, the person must arrange... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My child is 17 and out of control she bought a car without my permission she has no license what are my options

She doesn't fully know how to drive no one is willing to put the car in their name out of fear of the title being illegal so she is driving with no tags no plates nothing

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 23, 2021

She is a minor. If an uninsured minor has an accident, the parent could be financially responsible or found negligent if she injures someone. A car won't start without a battery, and won't go anywhere if none of the tires has air. Talk to a school counselor who might have suggestions... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Need advice on what legal recourse I have when it comes to my unruly son?

I'm at my wits end. He won't listen to me or his dad. He has been truant from school most of the past school year. He has run away and continues to threaten to run away even after the cops found and brought him home. What do I do?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 21, 2021

This is not a legal question. I would suggest you get family counseling. These sorts of behavioral issues are better addressed by psychologists and psychiatrists than by lawyers.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My 12yrs daughter ran away from home in Ohio. She stole 120K dollars from my PayPal, she is in a different state.

My 12yrs daughter ran away from home in Ohio. She stole 120K dollars from my PayPal, she is in a different state. We have no idea where she is. If she comes back, which charges can I push against her? And how long is the statute of limitation before we can no longer push charges?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 16, 2021

12 years old? You need to be talking to the police. If she is found, they will investigate what happened to the money. The prosecutor would determine charges - but as a juvenile.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Back in 2002 I was convicted of a crime at the age of 12. I was questioned and forced to give a confession.

My mother was in prison at the time. My father had not been in my life since the age of 4 and my step father had no parental rights over me. I had no legal representation while being questioned alone with two detectives. I am seeking legal help for this. Can you help?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 25, 2021

What is it you want to accomplish? Were you adjudicated and want the record sealed? That can be done with a juvenile file as long as it wasn't rape or murder. Were you looking to sue the cops? That probably cannot be done. We you planning on trying to withdraw your plea and fight the case?... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I will be 18 in less than two months. I will be having my daughter in July . Can my parents take my baby if I move?

I was thinking about moving with my boyfriend who lives with his grandmother previously. I will be getting a job as soon as possible. And plan to move on my own once I have enough money.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 21, 2021

You should work out a budget of all your income and expenses. It is difficult for mothers of newborns to work without full-time support for the baby, and day care is expensive. So it is unlikely you will have enough money for all the expenses without government or family assistance. Have you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I wasn’t able to sign my daughter’s birth certificate now her mother new boyfriend is wanting to adopt her.

I haven’t been able to see her because the mother refuses to let me come to their house or to meet me. She won’t let any of my family see her. Her Son is not her boyfriend either but he has boyfriends last name and he can’t have children. How is this legal for her to do?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 5, 2021

If the mother is not married, then she is the sole legal custodian of the child, and decides who can or can't have time with the child. It does not matter whose name is on the birth certificate. The biological father would have to prove paternity, then file with the juvenile court for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My son is 15. I'm wanting a 50/50 agreement. Do I need to file a motion to modify custody, or just visitation?

We currently have a shared parenting agreement. I have him twice a week after school until 8 and every other weekend. We split all holidays and breaks from school. But the magistrate said she still considers it basically standard visitation, and the mother the primary guardian or custodial parent,... Read more »

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Mar 2, 2021

Yes, you should file to modify parenting time. It would be best to have an attorney assist you in how best to present your arguments. You will probably want to ask the magistrate or judge to interview him on what time he’d like with you.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I bought an iPhone and airpods with my own hard earned money. Then my dad just took it away and wont give it back.

He took it and wont give it back to me. Is he legally allowed to do that?

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Feb 13, 2021

I'm sorry for your situation. Unfortunately, while you are a minor, your parents are in control. Unless your father is physically abusing you, there is nothing you can legally do.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I have a capias my juvenile son is being sentenced tomarrow if he is released will Juvenile court run my name

I wasnt abke to clear my capias for probation before my sons sentencing hearing( he is a juvenile) court is in person. If he is released to me will jv court run my name prior to his relases? In. Other words if i show up to his court will i be arrrested and currently noone is aware i have this... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 21, 2021

It's unlikely, but not impossible. You really ought to clear up your warrant.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: i’m 17 in ohio, let’s say i want to leave at 11pm and want to come back home at 3 or 4 is that illegally?

like let’s say i want to go out with my friends and come home late but i’m still coming back to sleep under there roof is that illegal or is it allowed

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 11, 2021

Parents have the legal duty, right, and responsibility to set boundaries for their children, including curfews. Nothing good ever happens after 11 PM -- only mistakes. Parents make the rules for their children who are minors, and can restrict which "friends" they associate with. It is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: What can happen if i run away 2 months before my 18th birthday

I'm 17 and will be 18 in 2 months. I cant stand my mom anymore she grounded me for seeing my boyfriend and is homophobic im a male and dating a Male. I live in Logan Ohio and my mom has cameras all over the house. She also tracks my phone and one of the cameras are in my room. I don't... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 7, 2020

That is an unfortunate situation for you, but running away is not a good plan. Talk to a school counselor, teacher, or other trusted adult.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Im 15 and I want to be emancipated, how would I go about that ?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 30, 2020

Ohio does not allow such voluntary emancipation. Here is more information:

https://www.ohiobar.org/public-resources/commonly-asked-law-questions-results/family-relations/circumstances-say-whether-minors-are-emancipated/

If there are problems at home, talk to a family member,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I got pulled over for the first time the other day for going 80 in a 65 and since I’m 16 I need to appear in court.

Will they take away my liscence? Give me a ticket? Or make me take an additional driving class? Also would they drug test me?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 19, 2020

All of those penalties are up to the judge, who will likely feel that an inexperienced driver going 80 mph is totally irresponsible, and endangers the lives of others. Driving is a privilege, not a right, so when you endanger others, expect not to be driving for a while. Use the Find a Lawyer tab... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a 19 year old date a 16 year old who’s turning 17. Me and my boyfriend are 2 years and 4 months apart.

Can they also engage in sexual activity

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 12, 2020

Engaging in that activity would be a criminal offense, and the older person could be classified as a sex offender.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: How much time can a juvenile get for 17 breaking an entering charges in ohio
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 25, 2020

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local criminal attorney to represent you and advise you what your local court might impose.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I want to get emancipated. I live in Ohio i am 16 but I have questions to see if I have a chance.
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 17, 2020

A minor cannot be emancipated in Ohio. It is normal for there to be friction between teens and their parents. Talk to your parents, other family members, a teacher, or other trusted adult if there are problems. Here is a link to more information about emancipation in Ohio:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can i take a 14 year old to court for hurting me?

I babysit for my friends mom, the 14 year old threw a tennis ball at my face and busted my lip while making area of impact and lower left face numb. Can i take him to court, i have a witness to this as well.

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Aug 13, 2020

Parents are usually responsible for the actions of minor children, so you'd likely want to sue the parents as well.

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