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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Are their any laws that prevent a parent of an 18 year old from going to see their lover or friends

Also are there any laws that prevent a toxic, controlling parent from controlling an 18 year old’s life

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jun 29, 2020

I regret that I do not handle family law or juvenile law cases. Sorry.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: Can ex get an order in state of VA prohibiting fiancé to move in?

We have been separated for 8 months joint custody of 2 kids. Agreement says we will not interfere in the others life and live as though we were never married. Can he obtain such an agreement and can I fight it? Fiancé is a great man and loves my kids.

James D. Williams
James D. Williams answered on Jun 29, 2020

The agreement appears to just say that you and the ex are living as you two, specifically, are not married to one another. It's not requiring that you live unmarried, most likely, and if it is, then it's probably invalid.

If there is a custody order from the court where the...
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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Can a parent legally restrict an 18 year old that still lives under their roof from leaving the house.

Are their any laws that prevent a parent of an 18 year old from going to see their lover or friends

Also are there any laws that prevent a toxic, controlling parent from controlling an 18 year old’s life

Afsana Chowdhury
Afsana Chowdhury answered on Jun 24, 2020

Once they’re 18, they’re an adult and get to make their own decisions. You cannot force an adult to stay in your home if they don’t want to. But you can make an adult leave your home as long as you follow the law in doing so.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: I was convicted of a felony as a juvenile in Virginia when I was 16 years old. I am now 29, Can I buy a firearm?

Does an underage felony conviction prevent firearm ownership for the rest of my life?

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Jun 22, 2020

At this point, now that you are 29, you should be able to purchase a firearm as long as you weren't convicted of certain violent offenses. You can actually follow up with the State Police to ask them about the firearms form because they run all background checks for firearm purchases. here... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: Can I move out on probation if I’m considered ‘low-risk’ at 18?

(I’m on juvenile probation) I need to move out of an emotionally, verbally (and previously physically) abusive household with my mother, but I am on probation, my documents all say I am low risk, I only need to be seen once a month, but I’m not entire sure what that means. I just need to get... Read more »

David Joseph Dischley
David Joseph Dischley answered on Mar 31, 2020

Assuming you are 18 years old and on adult probation, the probation officer shouldn't have to contact your mother. Provided you are not ordered to remain in your current residence, talking through this issue with the Probation Officer should result in you being able to move provided it is in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Virginia on
Q: can i get in trouble for being 23 sending a 16 year old boy nude photos of myself unknowingly?

i was unaware the boy was 16 i was told he was 18 and i have never physically met this boy in real life just sent photos on the app snapchat i was just made aware he is 16 and i am 23 he saved all photos and videos and now using them as blackmail to sleep with me

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Feb 7, 2020

Unfortunately there are many scams that are going around where people are doing this for either money or other kinds of issues. I would keep screen shots of everything and go to the police for extortion. Cut off contact, but do not change your number - just don't reply to anything they are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: I am 15 can i go to detention for assult and battery even tho i was assulted also ?

I am 15 years old i got into a altercation with my mother for assult and battery but the judge dosent know that she hit me in the head with a metal object during the altercation and my grandma had to take me to the hosptial because i had a knot... Even tho i was assulted also in that situation wat... Read more »

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Jan 16, 2020

There are a number of factors that go into answering your question. However, most importantly sounds like you need to talk to a lawyer to adequately present your defenses to the court. If you were acting in self-defense, you may need help presenting that argument to the judge. You can ask the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: How do you change venue?

Custody juvenile court?

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller answered on Oct 30, 2019

Are you changing venue as in moving from one county in Va. to another county? Or, are you changing to a new state?

If moving county to county, then Va. Code § 16.1-243(B) applies. "2. Custody and visitation: In custody and visitation cases, if venue lies in one of several cities or...
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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: My daughter tapped a boy with a pencil. He turned quickly, the pencil went into his ear causing injury. Who is liable?

This occured in school with witnesses who confirm the incident. The school teacher said it was a accident too. The boys parents want medical bills paid. Is this a reasonable request? If I pay, am I admitting that I am liable for medical bills and possibly a civil suit for pain and suffering?

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F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Oct 23, 2019

I do not handle personal injury cases. Sorry.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: My 16 year old son got caught with someone that had beer and weed on them what will happen

The cops just called for me to go pick him up

Paula Hough
Paula Hough answered on Jun 17, 2019

Was your son charged? If not, nothing will happen to him. If he was charged, you should reach out to an attorney for advice and a consultation regarding the charge(es). Both underage possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana are criminal misdemeanor charges.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: What's the best course of action for a reckless driving charge in VA?

17 year old driver, licensed in WV, supposedly clocked at 92 in a 70. Parent in car, clean driving record. Juvenile District Court.

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Mar 3, 2019

Every court is different on how they treat 92 in a 70. Some courts give jail time, others convict and suspend the license but don't give jail, and many others will reduce with community service/driving school. Talk to an experienced traffic lawyer in the location where the offense was. Once... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: What are the concequences when a 15yr3mth old get caught and ticketed for driving without a license in VA?

A Va state trooper pulled him over for a broken tail light, then found out he was not old enought to even have a learners permit. He wrote him 4 tickets...driving without license, broken tail light, loud exhaust and no seatbelt.

How will this effect him getting his learners permit? Since... Read more »

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Jan 23, 2019

His case will be in the juvenile and domestic relations court in the jurisdiction where he committed the offenses. The main one to be concerned with is the driving without a license because that's a misdemeanor. Many judges would continue the case to let him get his permit and consider... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: im 17 & slapped a pregnant women , i now have a court date what might happen?
Bryan J. Jones
Bryan J. Jones answered on Dec 12, 2018

You will probably be put on probation and have to complete counselling and stay out of trouble.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: When a 14 year old gets arrested in the state of Virginia does the parent have to be present for the questioning?

Or Does the child have to ask for their parent or lawyer

Bryan J. Jones
Bryan J. Jones answered on Jun 6, 2018

The parent does not have to be present for questioning.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: I'm 13 and want to live with my dad who lives down the street but my mom with full custody wont allow it....help?

He has wanted me to live with him for a while, i have a better relationship with him than my mom and step-dad. Those 2 abuse//hit me when there mad at me.

Wayne E. Holcomb
Wayne E. Holcomb answered on May 20, 2018

Hello. We would need to talk to your father I suppose. This is probably your only option right now. Hang in there.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: i was pulled over and found to have schedule IV substance and now i have a court date. i know that it is usually a

class 2 misdemeanor but i am a minor and this is my first offence so what are thew chances o me being jailed or fined and if so how long and/or how long

G. Rex Flynn Jr.
G. Rex Flynn Jr. answered on May 10, 2018

You should contact an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney would be able to assist you by getting all of the facts of your specific case and determining what bases there are to challenging the stop and search as well as any other possible defenses. After reviewing all of that information as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: My daughter is 14 and got in to a fight with a girl at school she pulled one of her fake braids out of her head which

Has caused the girl to get two stables in her head so they are giving her a felony which is dropped down to misdemeanor only if she is good in school out of school no more fights til the next court date and also has to participate in programs then they will dropped the felony to me this punishment... Read more »

Steve Miyares
Steve Miyares answered on Apr 9, 2018

What is your question?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Child Custody for Virginia on
Q: Can my daughter move out at 18 even if she's still in high school?

She wants to move in with a friend.

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller answered on Feb 27, 2018

She can move at age 18 because she is an adult.

It would also terminate the obligation of child support. Even though she is still in high school, she would not be residing with the parent who would be receiving child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: If someone has been charged with 15 felonies and 17 misdemeanors what's the likely punishment and can they get bond?

This person is a first time offender. Never had any charges at all, and was VERY cooperative with the police. He even turned himself in.

Bryan J. Jones
Bryan J. Jones answered on Feb 15, 2018

Getting bond would be difficult, but it really depends on what the charges are.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: If someone got arrested with 15 felonies and the rest misdemeanors and it's their first offense.. can they get bond?

It's my husband's first offense, he has trespassing, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering contributing to the delinquency of a minor because a minor was with him grand larceny petty larceny propety damage

Susan Fremit
Susan Fremit answered on Feb 15, 2018

15 felonies? Reason not to get bond is that he may not show up for court or he’s a threat to the community. Hire a local experienced criminal defense attorney to increase the chances of him getting bond.

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