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2 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Maryland on

Q: If I’m born in January 26, 2000 date a girl born in December 13, 2003 without legal issues? It’s 3yrs,10months,18days

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 29, 2019

In most states adult men over the age of 18 (like you are) can be charged with various criminal violations if caught having sexual relations with an under-aged girl (like your girlfriend is). The difference in their ages is not relevant.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Maryland on

Q: My broker is requiring court documents showing I am the Guardian of my daughter's settlement money under title 13

I opened a Guardianship brokerage account in 2014 to hold around $6,000 from a settlement for my daughter. I am now trying to take that money out of the market and put it into a Guardianship bank account. But my broker is not allowing me to take the money out - they are requiring that I provide a... Read more »

Eric Todd Kirk answered on Feb 27, 2019

You need to get the court's permission to withdraw money from a Title 13 trust account. You need to apply to the circuit court of the county where you, and show cause and standing, for the withdrawal.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Maryland on

Q: So my daughter's Stepmom wants to get charges on her. My daughter called her sister and left a message saying she was

going to beat her up. This happened on Sept 18th 2018. Can she even do this because they are sister's my daughter is 12 and her daughter is 9. Its now October 1st. I have no idea why she is doing this now. I blocked all contact between us and them.

Gary Kollin answered on Oct 1, 2018

Sounds like your daughter did not call you. That is strange.

You know all your information through hearsay.

Why are you waiting around if youo are ACTUALLY concerned that your daughter is facing or suffering from physical harm.

It is now 14 days later.

You have the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Maryland on

Q: I’m a minor from MD I had weed over 10g I think, I got juvenile misdemeanor citation, if it’s over 10G I will be charge

Will I need a lawyer?

Mark Oakley answered on Sep 20, 2018

Check to see whether the citation says if it's "civil" or not. If civil, it will be under 10 grams. If not, then you will receive notification from the Dept. of Juvenile Services to appear for an intake meeting with your parents, and at that time you would likely be offered the option of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Maryland on

Q: Is it possible to run away at 17 in Maryland, if you've already graduated high school?

I'm graduating very soon, but because I have a late birthday, I won't turn 18 for several more months. In the summer after high school, my parents want me to see a conversion therapist, which I'm not to keen on. If I leave home and stay with a friend, will I (or my friend/friend's parents) suffer... Read more »

Mark Oakley answered on May 1, 2018

First, you and your parents should be aware that the Maryland State legislature just passed a law banning conversion therapy on anyone under the age of 18. The governor has said he will sign it. This pseudoscience has been widely discredited as junk science.

You can call Child Protective...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Maryland on

Q: My friend is 15 years old. She is pregnant. Her dad abuses her.she wants to runaway.can she live with the father ?

Can she live with the father of her baby and his parents ?

Cedulie Renee Laumann answered on Nov 21, 2017

Thank you for trying to find answers for someone in crisis.

Generally, child protective services has authority to get involved with any situation involving ongoing abuse of a minor. Options may include temporary custody to another family, some type of foster care arrangement or perhaps an...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Maryland on

Q: Can parents in marylandrefuse to feed cloth or adbandon their child if they are 19 but still in high school with learnin

Child had learning issues that's why they are still in high school

June Marie Marshall answered on May 6, 2017

Article ­ General Provisions

§1–401.

(a) (1) The age of majority is 18 years.

(2) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section or as otherwise

specifically provided by statute, an individual at least 18 years old is an adult for all

purposes and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for Maryland on

Q: How many years will my friend most likely serve in prison?

My friend is a minor, 16 years old, and has been charged with armed robbery, robbery, criminal assault of the first and second degree, criminal conspiracy and theft under $1,000. We live in Maryland and his friends and myself are all very worried about his sentence. How long do you think it will... Read more »

Eric Todd Kirk answered on Apr 21, 2017

These are obviously serious charges. If your friend has been charged as an adult, he faces in excess of 25 years in prison. Because of the number of charges, possible sentences may be impossible to predict at this point. He, or his family should immediately seek a consultation with an experienced... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Maryland on

Q: Can my son go to jail for taking a knife to school in Prince Georges County Maryland?

He was suspended in November 2016 for 10 days from school. I just found out today he submitted a written statement to the school police, no parent or representative on his behalf was present. He's 13yo and good to public school. I received a call 3/22/17 from Mr. Riggs at the Juvenile Justice... Read more »

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Mar 23, 2017

It's a whole other ballgame as to what kids can bring to school. If the knife is illegal in general, then potentially YES if he is charged as an adult. It sounds like they are going to charge him as a juvenile which is not a jail situation but could be reform school or similar. In our practice of... Read more »

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Q: Can me and my girlfriend get married, and can I get emancipated?

Hello, I'm 17 years old and I have a pregnant 18 year old girlfriend. Just the other day I proposed to her but I know my parents will not consent it (since I am underage). Since she is pregnant will Maryland law allow me to marry her regardless? Also, if i can marry her now, would I be considered... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 12, 2015

You need parental consent to get married, until you are 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Maryland on

Q: I had a trust fund that was spent by my guardian before I was 18. Why did this happen?

No court gave her permission. Is the bank at faullt for releasing the funds.

Thomas C. Valkenet answered on Sep 5, 2014

You must examine the trust documents, and how the money was spent. If the trust says funds can be spent on your education, for instance, and it was used to pay tuition, buy clothes and books, etc., then the money was properly spent. But in the end, you may have to sue. Our office just concluded a... Read more »

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