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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My friend posted pictures of is his ex gf in without her face in it and was supposed to have a court date for it.

Even though she was the one who sent the photos to him at the time and he was on the wrong for sending them out but they are both minors so what would be the penalty for them and for some reason he hasn’t gotten a call or anything from the policeman that was supposed to call him and it’s been 5... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jul 13, 2020

He needs to get a lawyer immediately because what you described is child pornography which would require him to register as a sex offender.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How is my 13 year old expected to pay a citation ?

My 13 year old son was issued a citation for harrassment after hitting his mother in the arm with an outside trashcan, as self defense, after she repeatedly smacked him in the face up to 6-7 times, how is he expected to come up with $300, and can I fight it

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 5, 2020

First question, with cash, preferably obtained from his mother. Second question, no, but HE can fight it, and if you are a parent with custody , you have to be there to do so.

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1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it illegal to send pictures of penis while underage to someone also underage and they saved them w/out my permission?

The receiver saved the pictures without consent and then sent them to other people without my consent. Is the sender more at fault or the receiver?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 5, 2020

No one needs your permission to save the photos you send to them, what would make you think that they do? No one needs your permission to remember what you say to them, or to repeat it to someone else. What you put out on the internet or over texting on the phone is the same thing, and IT LASTS... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am 15. I want to be emancipated. I am capable of getting a job and of basic life skills. What is the process of this?
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Apr 14, 2020

The internet is full of information -- try this: https://www.palawhelp.org/resource/emancipation-of-minors.

Moreover, I have a general rule about a minor seeking emancipation: if a minor can't figure out the emancipation process on his/her own, that minor probably isn't ready to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is what is essentially a group of student guidance counselors legal?

I am on the student advisory board at my high school. We want to implement a peer mentoring program that would offer someone to talk to, conflict resolution, and help with schoolwork. To me, the first two sound like a guidance counselors job. Would it be legal for a student to do this on behalf of... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 11, 2019

None of what you described must be done by a professional if a fee isn't being charged. For instance a good friend or relative often does many or all of these. However the school, before allowing it, will likely have some supervision, standards, and limits/boundaries. But peer-to-peer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Today while I was at work police came toy home and arrested my 13 y/o son, I went to the district and was told

To wait they wouldn't give me any information or tell me why he was arrested. What should I do what can I do

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Dec 3, 2019

Get an attorney and have the attorney knock on the same doors. Attorneys are especially skilled at finsing out information. Most of us have connections with the police.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is a 12 year old allowed to get a tattoo with only 1 parents consent, if the other parent disagrees and doesnt consent?

The 12 year old got it saturday at her mothers, the mothers husband had a friend come to their house to tattoo the 12 year old.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Mar 27, 2019

Boy, that's not a good idea on so many levels. However, based on a quick Google search, it seems that PA has no minimum age limit for getting a tattoo as long as a parent or legal guardian is present and grants permission. If you share legal custody of the child, the mother may have violated... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I'm in Pennsylvania and 18y/o m. A 16 year old m didn't pay back my 200 dollars.

He challanged me to a fight, and to avoid more problems it seems like the best solution. What could happen here. Not fighting is kind of out of the option at this point.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jan 24, 2019

Do not fight him.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it legal for a 16 yr old be intimate with an 18 yr old? Can parents press charges?

In the context that the 16 year old 100% did consent in the state of Pennsylvania

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 5, 2019

It probably not legal and it's certainly not smart. Read the information contained in the link below.

https://www.ageofconsent.net/states/pennsylvania

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am 20 years old and this girl that is 16 keeps threatening me if she attacks me what should I do?

The girl is angry about a past situation that was resolved between the ones that were involved I really don't even know the kid I just know she is 16 I don't want that to happen and just want to know what to do in case something happens she is harassing me and stalking me and I can't... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Dec 31, 2018

I'm sure you can call your local police station before then -- and I suggest you do so, at the very least to document things before they get out of hand. Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: what does a juvenile get when charged with strangulation and aggravated assault in PA?

My son was choked out in school and the student is being charged with the mentioned charges plus simple assault. Looking to see if he will go to juvenile “jail”

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 28, 2018

Consult the victim assistance coordinator with the DA's office. Much depends on age of the youth, relative sizes, who did what if anything before, any record the youth has, etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I let my 15tr old brother drive to work, I was with him. we got pulled over. the cop let me drive home.

the cop said he could take my brother to juvenile court and tow my car but he is just going to send us citations in the mail. can my brother get sent to juvie? will I lose my license? I don’t care about paying fines. i’m worried about my brother

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 19, 2018

Not feeling this is a "juvenile court" matter, but much more a driving-without-a-license matter (which is just a fine). Pay it, and move on. Your brother should be OK. The cop was just trying to scare the both of you -- and looks like it worked.

Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If my friends mother kicked her out and threatened her with a knife and is now trying to report her as a run away

She is 17 and took HER clothes and is trying to call the police

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Aug 9, 2018

Have your friend contact the police herself to explain the situation. Hopefully they can help iron things out, or get her somewhere safe.

Best of luck to your friend.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If I am 16, can I legally move out of my house without parental consent? I would be moving into a healthy, safe home.

From what I have read, I cannot be made to move back in with my family unless I am in physical danger where I am staying. I want to move out as soon as possible. I may be pregnant and staying in this home will threaten the safety of myself and my baby. I will be 17 in five months. Please give me... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 21, 2018

First of all, I see you're asking from Ohio -- and this is a Pennsylvania law forum. The answers you get here will be about Pennsylvania law only. If you're looking for Ohio law, I suggest you post your question there.

As for a summary of your options and Pennsylvania law...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My grandparents don't have custody but I live with them. I'm 16. Can my boyfriends parents get custody of me ?

I'm 16. My mom and dad have custody of me but they are locked up. I live with my grandparents and have for awhile but they never had custody of me. There health is really bad so that's why they never fought for custody. I don't like how I get treated in my grandparents house. Can my... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jun 18, 2018

Probably not. I wonder if you might consider being a bit more sympathetic to your grandparents. You say they're health isn't good but they're still providing you with a home to live in, food to eat, and clothing to wear. It may be pretty difficult for people their age to deal with a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How can I find out my gravity score
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 18, 2018

Try here: https://www.pacode.com/secure/data/204/chapter303/s303.15.html.

Best of luck to you.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My grandparents are threatening to put a restraining order my boyfriend, but they dont have custody of me, I'm 16 hes 17

they are threatening to put a restraining order on my boyfriend because he is black and they don't want me seeing him, they are trying to say he put his hands on me but never did. I live under there roof but they do not have custody of me.

my mom knows my boyfriend and likes him. She... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 18, 2018

Sounds like a rough situation you're in - sorry to hear it. The only "restraining order" your grandparents might be able to obtain against your boyfriend is a Protection from Abuse Order, with them filing on your behalf (since you're a minor). They'd have to swear under... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I need some help.

My buddy said he was breaking off contact with the 13 year old girl he was talking to and blocking her. She said “fine I’ll go kill myself”. He gave her the suicide hotline number and the blocked her. He asked me if he could be charged with anything, and I said I don’t know. So if she... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 10, 2018

Your buddy has not committed any crimes based on the facts you've described.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can my buddy be arrested?

He is 18 asked a 13 year old girl out but that was before he knew her age. He then told her "if she wanted to date they could". He also sent her a picture with no shirt on but from the pecs up (nipples can't be seen, he also only had a shirt off). Now he is worried she could tell the... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 5, 2018

I believe I already answered this same question posted in another section here.

The general answer to "Can he be arrested?" is yes -- anyone can be arrested for anything. It happens all the time. Mistaken identity, false charges, etc. Just because someone is arrested...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it legal for a 15 year old date a 18 year old
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 4, 2018

Yes, it's legal -- which is to say the 18 y.o. will not be charged with Statutory Sexual Assault under Pennsylvania law.

That crime (a second-degree felony - no joke!) is committed when a person engages in sexual intercourse with a complainant to whom the person is not married who is...
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