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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Need guidance on criminal and civil charges for an adult providing alcohol to my 15 year old.
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Apr 8, 2021

You can report a suspected crime to law enforcement. That usually means the police department if the incident occurred inside the incorporated city limits or the sheriff's department if it happened out in the county.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Medical Malpractice and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: Can a 16 year old minor be prescribed medication with only one parent knowledge and consent in Tennessee?

My wife scheduled mental health counseling for our 16 year old son. Prescription medications SERTRALINE

and FAMOTIDINE were prescribed. I am the father. And was not aware or approved of prescription medications. Can a minor in Tennessee be prescribed these drugs without both parents consent?

Jonathan Tanaka
Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 24, 2021

Hello, thanks for your question!

I am not a doctor and am not sure what those prescriptions are for, but since you're both married and this is your son, you both are free to make medical choices regarding your son, either jointly or separately.

I would suggest that you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Collections and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Are recreational balisongs/butterfly knives legal?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 25, 2021

They should be legal as the law that banned them (dealing with switchblade knives and anything similar) was repealed.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: For example me being a 17 year old can I move in with my brother but he’s in another state
Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Feb 24, 2021

That depends - how do your brother and your parents feel about it? Your parents have control over where you live until you are 18.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: She's 16. She got into a fight. When I picked her up cop told me court date in mail. Why'd Iget Probation letter instead

She got no court hearing just charged with assault causes bodily injury it says. The one's pressing charges she didn't fight with. They jumped in on her and the mom. What can I do? Anything?

F. Edward (Ed) Brown
F. Edward (Ed) Brown answered on Jan 31, 2021

A 16-year-old is considered a juvenile in Texas; therefore, the case is referred to the Juvenile Probation Department for intake. The probation department may decide to handle the matter informally without court involvement. Alternatively, the case could be referred to the juvenile prosecutor and a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: If a minor's last name was changed in Georgia, but the father was living out of state and was never notified?

If a minor's last name was changed in Georgia, but the father was living in Texas and was never notified, is there anything the father can do to reverse it? The father's address was known and he continuously paid child support but he never received notification or gave his written consent.

Rick  Davis
Rick Davis answered on Jan 11, 2021

The answer to your question depends on Georgia law and the Georgia rules of procedure. Had this happened in Texas, the father could theoretically file a Motion for New Trial if he did so within 30 days of the date of the Judgment. If he learned about it after 30 days, he could theoretically file... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: 16yr moved in with his aunt and now wants his paper work, but I am his legal guardian,what do I do ?

the boy is my brother in law, his parent s passed away and our home burned down. he left to live with his aunt by choice, and now wants his social and birth certificate. can I give him his stuff without going through a lawyer or court? or can he use it against me in a case of any sort?

Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers answered on Jan 7, 2021

You can give him his social security information and also his birth certificate. I would give him copies, not the originals, especially if he's still a child or if he's in any way likely to lose the originals. If there's anything on the birth certificate that might be upsetting to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: What can I do when a judge coerces me out of my fifth amendment right, mocks me for contacting local Rep in congress?

I was belittled and coerced in a court of law by a judge and the opposing parties lawyer. The judge told me even though I was denied a continuance I requested due to inadequate representation of counsel, that if I plead the fifth that she will pursue me as guilty and if I don't answer the... Read more »

Rick  Davis
Rick Davis answered on Jan 7, 2021

You may try contacting the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. http://www.scjc.texas.gov/

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: I have a 16 year old with a 1 year old baby in the state of Texas. She's been caught selling weed and other criminal act

She introduced cocaine and bars to juvenile. They keep giving her probation but at home she caused more havoc as much as selling weed out of our own house. My husband and I care for our grandchild. We need lawful intervention. Wat can be done?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Nov 2, 2020

Consult with a local Family Law attorney who has experience in the area of child custody and grandparent's rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Can a 15 year old almost 16 go to jail for lying and stealing

I adopted a my ex kid and she is lying and stealing from me I asked why and she says she doesn’t know I told her I would send her to jail and she still stealing and lying I don know what to do

Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers answered on Oct 12, 2020

Ok, this is simple. Do not call the police on a 15-yr. old child, even if she IS almost 16. Don't ever do that. I'm s criminal lawyer, and I know what I'm talking about.

Call your family doctor and get a referral to a good mental health practitioner who specializes in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: We have a young teen living close to us,, about 13 or 14, he sexually abused his 5yr old cousin. Can he be at school

He had court this past month. The family has kept it quiet.

But the boy goes to school, rides the bus, and plays basketball.

Is this allowed?

This is in concord arkansas.

Rick  Davis
Rick Davis answered on Aug 31, 2020

Unfortunately, I can only answer questions that relate to Texas law. I suggest that you consult with an Arkansas attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: There is a40 year old woman who asked my 16 year old son and his 17 year old friend to spend the night? What can I do?

They have stayed at her house before as friends to her 18 year old daughter. But this time she asked them to stay, according to my son. We think she may be providing drugs to them but we have no proof.

Rick  Davis
Rick Davis answered on Aug 29, 2020

You could prevent your son from staying there, unless he will not listen to you. You could also take your son to an independent lab and have him drug tested.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: At what age can a child decide on their own which parent they want to live with?
Chad Zubi
Chad Zubi answered on Aug 10, 2020

They can decide on their own when they are 18, but a court is required to take a child's opinion into consideration if they are aged 12 or up, if they are under 12 then the court may or may not take their opinion into consideration. The child's opinion is not controlling and the court... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Should my son give a statement to investigator

So a month ago my 11 year old son exposed himself to a younger girl.we know it's not right CPS was called CPS closed out the case and he has been in therapy since then to try to figure out what happened it was completely unnormal for him to do this. However last week we got a call from an... Read more »

Rick  Davis
Rick Davis answered on Jul 6, 2020

The investigator has threatened to take the case to the District Attorney if you do not bring your son in. It is quite likely that if you do bring your son in for an interview, the investigator will still take the case to the DA, only your son will have made the DA's case a lot easier. The... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Could someone please let me know if in Texas a pregnant 16 yr old and 18 yr old can get married with parental concent?

They live with the 16yr old's parents.

Rick  Davis
Rick Davis answered on Jun 22, 2020

Yes, they can.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: If I got a citation for no insurance and there’s a lot of information Incorrect do I have to Go to court

They have the wrong first name and date of birth they also put a ID number in but I told him my ID was in the car ahead of us so he never got it and I don’t live in the town I was stopped in so I gave him my family members house that I was staying at for the summer so if I don’t show up to... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jun 11, 2020

Incorrect information on the face of the citation does not make it invalid but could give your attorney a starting point to argue that the office was simply wrong about [insert something the prosecution must prove to win a conviction] and although we don't have direct evidence of that, we can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Q: I'm 14 and my boyfriend is 18 with parent permission in the state of Texas can we get married ?

My mom is willing to sign any paper, but would I have to get emancipated for us to get married?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on May 5, 2020

Check out Section 2.003 of the Texas Family Code. https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/FA/htm/FA.2.htm#2.003

Marriage is legal at 18, but the human brain isn't fully developed until 25 years of age, so you would be wise to wait.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: I am 14 my boyfriend is 18 we have my parents permission, can he still get in trouble, even with parent permission
Rick  Davis
Rick Davis answered on May 5, 2020

In Texas, it is considered statutory rape for a person to have sexual intercourse with someone under age 17. However, there is an exception (that is, an affirmative defense) to the statute if the person having sexual intercourse with the younger person is not more than three years older than the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: my mom lied to cops saying i hit her ..im 17 and did not hit her. what do i do?

That day my mother tricked me saying we were going to a job cite but really we were going to a mental institution. i didnt agree to it ;unaware of my rights i left . i didnt want to sign up for anything i was not informed of. she grabbed me by the hair and punched me several times trying to stop... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Apr 22, 2020

This question is marked both Utah and Texas. This response assumes the incident happened in Texas. If it didn't happen in Texas then you can disregard everything else I have to say below...

You just posted an online confession to assaulting your mother by grabbing her wrist. In...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: If I’m 17 in Texas and my fiancé is 20 with my parents permission , is that illegal ?
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Apr 22, 2020

The 20-year-old could be charged with a crime like Sexual Performance of a Child until the younger one turns 18 years old. Whether or not local law enforcement is likely to actually stoop that low is a question that can only be answered by someone in your community.

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