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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Hello I Have A Son in juvinille detention he is 14 years old he was on probation for runaways nothing past an hour or

This time he made a bad disition in not getting in the bus instead got picked up from a freind then droped off at a house with another freind where cops where looking for some guys who had stollen a truck when they saw him they took him blaming him off stealing never was involved he doesn't even... Read more »

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Jan 27, 2020

You can either hire an attorney to represent your son, or you can wait for the Court to appoint an attorney to represent him. Please understand, however, that unless you were present at the incident, the police version of the story and what your son is telling you may be different. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: can this document be copied and edited to accuse someone of choice no defendant mentioned

I feel during this time here in San Antonio alot of he did it she did it Crazy what money does to a state written by Felica marie gallegos from fresno ca lives in san antonio texas

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Jan 23, 2020

I am not sure of your exact question, or the situation you describe. Sit down with a local attorney. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Can a child go to Juve for arguing with their parents

I don’t have a good relationship with my mom and we argue a lot and she had threatened to send me to Juve for being Rebellious can she really do that

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 10, 2020

If you commit crimes then yes your parents can report your criminal acts to the officials. However, just arguing is not going to be enough to send you to a juvenile facility. Try and calmly communicate with your parents how you are feeling without escalating the situation. Consider writing to them... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: a runaway teen

im 17, almost 18 in a couple of months. i was taken from cps at around the age 11 maybe and then lived with my grandma because she took my custody i was 13 /14 at the time. after living there for a while i got in a huge fight with my older cousin ( male ) he almost got violent with me & that day... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jan 6, 2020

If anyone were to face criminal charges (or contempt) in this situation it would most likely be your mom. If you come back to the States before your 18th birthday any adult you stay with could be charged with Harboring a Runaway Child.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: My daughter is 22 and now pregnant. Boyfriend is 17 can they be married without his parents signing that he can
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Dec 2, 2019

Probably not since he is not 18. Once he turns 18 the parents will have no say so at that point. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: my daughter was involved in a juvenile school fight. A child walked up to my daughter and hit her in the face. My

my daughter reacted to being hit in the face and proceeded to hit the other student back in self-defense. The school has video of the assault. The officer who was there is calling the incident a "mutual combat," when my daughter had no knowledge she was about to be involved in said fight. Can I... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Nov 18, 2019

Consent is a defense to assault. Mutual Combat is an agreed fight, like a boxing match. Using force in self-defense does not transform an unlawful use of force into "mutual combat."

You can report a crime to the police, but they will decide whether or not to bring charges. It sounds like...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: How do I know when my court date is?

I am a 15 yo and I got a felony for bringing a thc cart to school and they said i have to go to court but they didnt give me no paper work about my court . I have no idea when is my court date and i dont not wanna mess my record up even more.

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Sep 26, 2019

Who would "they" be when you state: "they said i have to go to court". Have your parents talk with "them"; calling an attorney would help. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Can a 15 year old ( June 22) date/have sexual relations with a 18 year old ( June 18) without either getting in trouble?
Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Sep 16, 2019

No - it's called statutory rape because one is a minor.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: My teen is being accused of threatening a woman and stealing money from her but it was 2 other teens

Cops questioned

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Jul 24, 2019

The question of who did what is an issue of fact, and issues of fact are what jury trials are for. Your teen will need an attorney. Start calling around. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Could a 20 year old date a 16 year old in Texas if they are previously dating?

My son just started dating a young girl and she is 16. He is 19. I know about the Romeo and Juliet law in Texas but if he turns 20 before she turns 17, is that against the law?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jul 22, 2019

Romeo & Juliet only protects him if he is 3 years TO THE DAY older or less. If he is 3 years and 1 day older than she is then he can't use that defense for Sexual Assault of a Child or Indecency with a Child.

WARNING: He could be prosecuted for Sexual Performance of a Child until the girl...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Custody/guardianship of 17 yr old in Texas

I have the 17 year old best friend of my daughter currently living with me. One of her parents is incarcerated, the other on drugs. Her grandmother has guardianship of her but can no longer care for her and is willing to relinquish those rights to me. In Texas, I’ve been told that minors in... Read more »

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Jul 16, 2019

Call CPS.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Can a 17 year old face charges or get in trouble for leaving home and living with someone else?

If a 17 year old leaves home, can they be persecuted in Texas? If they are living in a non dangerous environment and the people they are living with are willing to take them in. Is there different laws for this in different towns in Texas?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jul 12, 2019

The people the 17 year old is living with could be prosecuted for the crime of Harboring a Runaway Child.

See: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/PE/htm/PE.25.htm#25.06

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: My son is 16 and we live in Texas and he assaulted me. If I press charges what happens?
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jul 1, 2019

You could report it to law enforcement, but they will decide whether or not to pursue the matter. However, you should be aware that you lose control of what happens when the state gets involved. Only the prosecutor can decide what punishment to seek and whether or not to drop charges. I guess I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Does a 17 yo need to agree on charges that their parents are placing on someone else without the child wanting them to?

If the child (17) does not want those charges to be placed, does the parent have to have their child (17) agree to placing the charges? Or can the parent just place them regardless if their child (17) wants them or not?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jun 29, 2019

Your parents can't PLACE charges on anyone... all they can do is report a crime and then law enforcement will decide what (if anything) to do about the situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Hey if I get in a fight with my girlfriends step dad and I'm 16 will I get charges pressed on me?

He is texting me that "i know where he lives just saying" and "when I think I can take come try"

Robert Allen Thornton
Robert Allen Thornton answered on Jun 24, 2019

The short answer is, it is possible. You would go to a juvenile court, though. Don't talk to the stepdad and let the dust settle.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: What do I need to do?

I keep calling the number on the back of my citation/ticket and they keep telling me my information is not in the system..

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on May 21, 2019

That happens sometimes. Consider putting a recurring event on your calendar that reminds you to call them every Wednesday at 10am. If you are bad at using your calendar perhaps set an alarm on your smart phone for that purpose.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: If a 17 year old girl wants to be with a 21 year old guy, is it legal in the state of Texas? If so what is the max age?

I know the age of consent in the state of Texas is 17. However does that mean that they are free to have a consentual sexual relationship with anyone of any age or is there a specific maximum age gap?

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on May 15, 2019

Texas Penal Code

Sec. 43.25. SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY A CHILD. (a) In this section:

(1) "Sexual performance" means any performance or part thereof that includes sexual conduct by a child younger than 18 years of age.

(2) "Sexual conduct" means sexual contact, actual or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: IF MY 16 YEAR OLD NIECE SWING AT ME AND MISS BUT THE KICKS ME AND IT LAND I SIT ON HER TO KEEP HER FROM HIT AND KICK ME

TIL SHE CALMS DOWN AND THE SHE GETS UP AND PUNCH ME IN THE FACE BECAUSE I PICK UP HER STUFF AND TELL HER SHE GOING HOME CAUSE SHE DIDN'T ASK ME TO GO ANYWHERE AND I HIT HER BACK CAN I GET IN TROUBLE AND SHE HAS A HISTORY OF FIGHTING GROWN UPS SHE CLAIMS I HIT HER FIRST BUT I DIDN'T I REACHED FOR... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Apr 10, 2019

Anyone can get in trouble for anything. A more important question is can you get OUT of trouble. In this situation it sounds like you may have justifications for self defense in Penal Code 9.31 and possibly also discipline of a child under PC 9.61 (if her parents wanted you to look after her.)... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Can an 18 years old male have sexual activities to a 16 year old girl? What is legality in terms of this in Texas?

Can I file a charge for 18 yo male for sexual advances to my 16 yo daughter?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Mar 7, 2019

It depends on what exactly you mean by "sexual advances" but the potential offenses are Sexual Assault, Indecency with a Child, and Sexual Performance by a Child. You'll need to compare what actually happened to the definitions of those crimes in the Texas Penal Code to determine which, if any,... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Can a 16 year old boy get arrested for getting a 14 year old girl pregnant?

The parents of the girl do not want to press charges. The 16 year old boy says she was with multiple friends of his at time of conception. 16 year old says he was with her almost a month after conception

Victoria Collins
Victoria Collins answered on Jan 24, 2019

Yes. You can be charged with and arrested for statutory rape. Since you are 16 years old, you will automatically be charged as an adult.

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