Louisiana Juvenile Law Questions & Answers

Q: Cruelty to a juvenile can my husband get his son

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Feb 8, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
A father can seek custody if the mother is beating the child. Just hire a custody lawyer.

Q: How can I help them?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Federal Crimes, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Oct 12, 2018
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
There may be implications from both a criminal and child protection standpoint. I'd certainly recommend that your mother contact an attorney who is familiar with both criminal and family law matters.

Q: Do doctors excused absences fall under punishable offence with truancy?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Oct 3, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
No not truancy. But make a copy of each doctor's note before you give it to the school.

Q: How do I get guardianship over a minor child?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Aug 6, 2018
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
It looks like you're in Missouri. You asked this in a forum for Louisiana.

Q: My sister in law is in juvinile drug court . She's pregnant . A couple weeks ago she was sent to green oaks because her

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Jun 16, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Her levels are either going up and down because she's abusing or because of an organic reason. If it's organic, she needs an attorney and a medical expert to testify or that baby will be take by CPS.

Q: What are the step parents rights and what can I do to change my custody to me? .

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on May 7, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
You need to hire a family law attorney to establish a custody/visitation schedule and perhaps contempt for involving the children in adult matters. Step parents have no rights unless they adopt.

Q: Can a 18 year old boy who is living with a 15 year old girl be granted guardianship by the parent who has left the home.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on May 3, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
No. If involved intimately with 15 year old he cannot be granted custody. We don't have guardianship in Louisiana.

Q: Can a person be put on probation while never being arrested nor charged with committing a crime?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 29, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
You have to have been charged or plead to be on probation. If not, someone had your record confused with someone else.

Q: If I am 16 and fight someone who is 14. (Not on their property) can I get charged with anything?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 27, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Yes, battery. Behave yourself and read a book.

Q: Is it illegal if I am 16 and my girlfriend is 19? Even if we are not in a sexual relationship? We kiss but that's it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 20, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
You are both fine. Use protection if you start doing more. Wait until you are 17.

Q: Is it illegal for a 18 year old girl to date a 15 year old boy?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 7, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
No but sexting is a felony.

Q: I'm 16 y.o and I was wondering is it legal for my parents decide for me if I can go to public school or not?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 7, 2018
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
I admire you for your drive and ambition. I would tell them flat-out that you want to stay and school and finish. Make a deal with them that you can stay in school as long as you continue to make good grades and stay out of trouble. Good luck!

Q: What are the laws on moving out at 17?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Communications Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Jan 29, 2018
Mr. James Zitzmann's answer
Well, someone has custody of you until you are 18. This means there is a possibility you could be returned. To get around this you'd need to petition a court for emancipation.

Q: AS A GRANDPARENT DO I HAVE ANY RIGHTS AFTER RAISING MY GRANDSON FOR 10 YEAR

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Dec 18, 2017
Mr. James Zitzmann's answer
It depends on the circumstances. Who has legal custody of the child right now? If you have reason to believe either of the parents having custody is a danger, you could always file a petition yourself. Grandparents also may have a limited right to just visitation under certain circumstances; this mainly occurs with the death or incarceration of one of the parents, but there are also a few other very narrow exceptions.

Q: My son will be 17 in two montths and wants ti move out. Can I get in trouble if I let him?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Sep 21, 2017
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
I don't see how you can get in trouble; however, I would suggest that you do a Voluntary Transfer of Custody. This will be required if the school board where he'll be attending is operating under a Federal desgregation order, and most school boards in LA still are. This may also afford you some protection if he causes some trouble down the road. Feel free to give me a call should you like to discuss further.

Q: What does Art. 4463 Tutor without bond mean in laymens terms. Court may dispense with the furnishing of security

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Sep 5, 2017
Mr. James Zitzmann's answer
Without bond just means that the tutor does not have to give to the court any security or monetary guarantee that they will perform the duties faithfully in being the tutor for the child. For example, you can compare it to when someone wants to get out of jail, they will put up a bond to ensure they will appear for court. A bond for a tutor ensures that that they will perform their duties correctly or they could lose the bond / be required to pay the amount of the bond. Regardless of whether...

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