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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
Hon. Richard W. B. Davis
Hon. Richard W. B. 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.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: A friend (16) living in Texas sexts with a 60 y/o. What legal consequences could she face?

My friend is 16. She sexts with a 60 year old man. I’m trying to propose reasons why she should stop. She lives in Texas. What legal consequences could she face?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Apr 8, 2020

In the context of criminal law, the 60-year-old is the one who should be most concerned about potential liability in this situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: say im on juvenile PAROLE and i ran away from home and dont turn myself in after my 18th birthday can I be charged ?

say im on juvenile PAROLE and i VIOLATED PAROLE RULES. and I ran away im 17 and 8 months and my birthday is comin up soon and I dont turn myself in after my 18th birthday and a few months or when hit 19 can i be charged for RUNAWAY ?

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Apr 8, 2020

Short answer: yes. If you committed an offense, a birthday does not change the ability of the State to file criminal charges.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: When I was 16 I missed court so they filed a warrant , I’m 18 now and I had gotten arrested and they sent me to a

Juvenile center. They released me a month later and now I’m in release orders until my next court date saying I have to stay with my friends mom (who they released me to) I was wondering if legally they can do that since I’m 18??

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Apr 4, 2020

Yes, "they can do that". Turning 18 does not mean you are not subject to court orders. I suggest you speak with an attorney. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Can I get out?

I’m 17 and live in Texas I need to leave my house because of constant mental abuse, control, and threats of physical violence when ever my Legal guardian drinks or does not get her way. I don’t know the extant of her parental rights as my mother is dead and my father has been in and out of... Read more »

Michael Glynn Busby Jr
Michael Glynn Busby Jr answered on Mar 29, 2020

I would suggest to join military service or get married. But in Texas, you need to file a suit to emancipate yourself to be an adult.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: My Son is 14 years old and was caught video taping his 12 year old Girl Cousin in the bathroom with a phone.

Can a civil suit be filed against him and would he be placed in the sexual predator list?

Mr. Shannon Willis Locke
Mr. Shannon Willis Locke answered on Mar 28, 2020

This is very serious and you need to contact a local attorney immediately. However, this is not likely a civil matter. If the authorities get a hold of the video there are a number of crimes that can be charged. If the video portrays any genitalia the video is child pornography. Any adult who... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: just turned eighteen and ive been wanting to move out of my parent house from the get-go. what should i be aware of?

what are some crucial details that could potentially hinder my chances at getting out of the household?

Michael Glynn Busby Jr
Michael Glynn Busby Jr answered on Mar 25, 2020

In Texas you are emancipated at 18. Your parents can no longer force you to stay such that a judge or the police would require compliance with your parents decisions, but they can cancel your health and/or dental insurance, not advise you on life in general. Perhaps you should go looking for an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: What would happen if a girl broke my hand when I provoked her? I never hit her though.

There is a girl in my school that threatened to break my hand, If she does is it assault? I didn’t hit her, I provoked her. She is 16 years old, and I am 17 years old.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 28, 2020

You should speak with a Texas attorney to learn exactly what would happen. But you wait three weeks for a response. Until a Texas attorney could meaningfully advise you of exactly what would happen and exactly what charges could possibly result, keep in mind that as a general matter, it could be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: if a 16 year old is running away from home and stays the night at your house but u didnt know they had ran away could

me and my parents get in trouble for letting them stay for one night in the state of texas. please reply quickly

Sharita Blacknall
Sharita Blacknall answered on Feb 22, 2020

aking in a runaway child without permission from the child’s parent or legal guarding is known as “harboring a runaway” and it’s illegal. Under Texas Penal Code 25.06, a person commits an offense if he knowingly harbors, or hides, a child and he is criminally negligent about whether the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Can a Juvenile receive deferred prosecution for a first degree felony?

He was detained 17 days

At the adjudication hearing we were forced into signing paperwork to release our lawyer. His paperwork said “bond violation hearing.” The summons I received was to answer for a felony petition. There was no lawyer in record at the time my juvenile was sentenced

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Feb 10, 2020

Yes, deferred probation is available for a juvenile, on a first degree felony. The body of your question, however, raises many more issues, and no one in this forum can adequately comment on the facts or status of a particular case. Talk with your lawyer. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Is Texas a one party consent law for recorded phone conversations? Is this admissible in court?

I need a lawyer for juvenile son with disability. He has been the victim of malicious prosecution

No summons to appear

Detained 17 days proper protocol not followed for suicide watch

Denied medication

“Sentenced” without lawyer

Received “deferred... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Feb 10, 2020

For the purposes of adult criminal law, introducing the recordings will require a witness who is acquainted with the voice of the speakers and can identify them. The witness should be able to establish who made the recording, how it was made, that it is a fair and accurate representation of what... Read more »

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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... 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... 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.... 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...
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