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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If a man goes to jail whom is now an adult can his juvenile records be brought up and used against him in court?
Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on Aug 13, 2022

The Short answer is yes, there are circumstances where a previous juvenile conviction can be utilized in District Court when someone becomes an adult (gun possession charge after have been adjudicated a delinquent). There are also circumstances where you might have the State/ City/ Federal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can A 14 Year Old Make A Statement On The Stand?

Hi, I was wondering if my 14 year old sister could go up to the stand and make a statement. She wants to clarify the situation since our parent(s) are completely over-dramatizing the situation (according to her) .... She feels as if it's our parents are against the defendant (19) and she... Read more »

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on Jun 1, 2022

As a general rule age is usually not a bar two ones ability to testify as a witness in a courtroom as long as they have the capacity to testify truthfully and their testimony could assist the trier of fact (Jury or Judge). However, the attorneys on each side could have something to say about it. I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My rights were terminated in NC 3 yrs ago Im now in Oklahoma can parental rights be restored, contact, anything and how

I also had another child since moving to Oklahoma and My fiancé had a case in NC we have done everything even a home study and approved fit stable loving environment Is there anything I can do I know I’m not aloud contact with them ether but my oldest Continues to reach out to me and i can’t... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on May 12, 2022

If your rights were terminated and the child was adopted to another then it is very rare that you can get rights restored. There are a couple exceptions but those are extremely hard to prove and validate. As such the other parents have ultimate say over their child. Contact an adoption attorney to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I want to get emancipated and I'm not sure of the process. How can I get emancipated without parent consent in Oklahoma?

I'm 16, I'm transgender (trans masc enby) and my parents are threatening to kick me out because of it. It's taking a toll on my mental health and I feel I would be better off living on my own as a legal adult. I want to be able to be myself, get my mental health in order, and keep a... Read more »

Evan Humphreys
Evan Humphreys
answered on Mar 16, 2022

I'm so sorry to hear about your situation. Emancipating is a difficult process and one that is not often used. It requires a "next friend" (an adult who will not work against your interests) to file a petition in court and give notice to your parents. The judge will decide at a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If the custodial parent has died, do I still owe arrearges? And who do I owe them to?

After her death I received some legal papers from an attorney explaining that she had passed away and that our minor child wanted to live with his older step brother. Having had no contact or relationship with the child for 16 of his 17 years I consented to his request only to find out later that... Read more »

Anna L Self
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Anna L Self
answered on Oct 5, 2021

If the custodial parent has died and the child is still a minor then you owe the child support arrears to the person who has guardianship over the child or if the child has received benefits from DHS due to your nonpayment of child support you may owe DHS.

If the child is now an adult and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I’m 17 I’ll be 18 in four months my mom always cusses me out and says I need to be responsible for my siblings.

She’s always drunk and doing dope I don’t want to be around that’s anymore she takes off and leaves us at a hotel we’ve been homeless for about four months. I don’t want to be with her anymore she’s always in my face and pushes me she say she don’t care what happens to me she took my... Read more »

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown
answered on Aug 20, 2021

First, that's a lot and this is probably really heavy on you.

I'm not sure exactly what you're asking for you and what you want to do. You have a bunch of different options, but they all come with different explanations and consequences.

If your goal is for you to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I move out of my toxic parents environment 3 months before turning 18?

The family willing to let me stay with them, would help me get my car back, get a job and help me with an apartment. And my biological family said I could leave.

Anna L Self
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Anna L Self
answered on Aug 17, 2021

You could file a petition for emancipation with the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If a minor raped an adult in the state of Oklahoma, is there legal action that can be taken?
Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown
answered on Jul 16, 2021

Yes - both criminally and maybe civilly.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is it possible to sign my rights away to my out of control 16 year old?

He runs away constantly, has wrecked cars, is using drugs and alcohol, stolen cars, and violates curfew constantly. Dropped out of school and has been inpatient 5 times over last 7 months.

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on Jul 13, 2021

Sign rights away to who?

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Are juveniles required to go to court for tickets or can they just pay them? It was a ticket for failure to yield w/MVA
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 16, 2021

If the ticket indicates that you are required to go to court, then you are required to go to court whether or not you paid the ticket in advance. Most likely, a ticket w/MVA is a court required ticket-----what you need to do is report the MVA to your insurance company and request from your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What should my friend do if them and their brother are threatened to get kicked out when they're under 15?

My friend is currently living with their grandmother because their mother is trying to get up and off of her feet and get them a house of their own, but their Grandmother and Grandmother's boyfriend are threatening to kick them out again, and then they'll be back on the streets again.... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on Jun 15, 2021

Where are the parents?

Report abuse/neglect to DHS.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my Guardian force me to quit my job in Oklahoma?

I'm a 17 year old which is above the legal age requirement for working in my state. But she says she can call and quit for me without my consent. Can she? Or would I have to do it since me working is legal?

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on Jun 6, 2021

"Can my Guardian force me to quit my job in Oklahoma?"

Of course she can. It can be described as pretty much this simple: Parents/legal guardians make the rules, children follow those rules.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How much trouble can a parent get if my counselor found out that my parents lets my underage brother and his friends

How much trouble can a parent get if my counselor found out that my parents lets my underage brother and his friends To drink and smoke and drive without a license and even buying the smokes for them

And letting them drink but don’t buy it for them

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on May 29, 2021

Big trouble.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How much trouble can a 17 year old girl get from runaway from home in Oklahoma

Let say a 17 year old girl runaway from home cause her home is toxic and she can’t handle everyone around making her feel like the bad guy and that the girl has mental health issues that are being neglected or ignored

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on May 27, 2021

I see that many teenagers describe their home as toxic, not enough freedom, controlling parents, or any one of a long list of other grievances. So, that part is not uncommon.

However, if there legitimately is abuse and/or neglect and this is not just a disgruntled teenager, this should be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My 15 yr old had sexual relations with a 18 tuned 19 in February 2021 Can he be charged with a crime?

Last night he sent a message to a 15 yr old asking her to have sex with him. I would love to see this person in jail. This is disgusting what he is doing & has done. I have heard from several teens this is not the first time he has been accused of sex crimes.. A 13 yr old came forward just... Read more »

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown
answered on May 3, 2021

In Oklahoma, the age of consent for minors is 16. That means it is illegal (because it can't be consented to due to age) for an 18-year-old to have sex with someone 15 or younger. That is called "statutory rape."

I'm sorry that you are in this position.

2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I move out at 17? My step mom is always mentally abusive and my dad does nothing about it

My step brother is physically abusive towards me also. It has been reported to dhs twice and to cps in Texas a bunch. No one is doing anything about it.

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on Apr 24, 2021

When you are 18 you can live where you want. If there is abuse it should be reported. If DHS finds evidence of abuse they will have no problem taking swift action.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My 17 yo has runaway what are my rights as the parent. I've contacted local authorities and filed a runaway report.

My 17 yo has runaway, I've contacted local authorities and filed a runaway report. I've been told by authorities that if they make contact with her they can not force her to return home if she refuses. If I make contact with her can I as her mother force her to come home? If not, what are... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on Apr 2, 2021

Assuming there is not something going on in the home that would be a legitimate reason for the child to be placed outside the home, then my answer is pretty straightforward.

As the parent, you make the rules, period. The child does have options but you can limit those options to the child...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Juvenile Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: can i lose my parental rights if i sign perimission to another family member to have partial parental rights?

my daughter lives with my cousin in another town because she is going to school there. They want to get her teeth fixed but in order for them to get her on their military insurance, she has to be part of their family so they want me to sign some kind of temporary parental control or something like... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on Apr 1, 2021

Parental rights in Oklahoma are only terminated in connection with an adoption or for abuse/neglect in a deprived child action. If there is a guardianship where someone else has control of your kids that does not terminate your rights, but it can give that person the right to have possession of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My out of control step son has come to live with us. Can I cuff him 2 me to keep him from running away?

He is constantly running away and tries to jump out of the moving car. Can I handcuff him to me to keep him from running off?? Is that legal?

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown
answered on Mar 23, 2021

Absolutely not.

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