Mark Oakley's answer 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 completing a program in exchange for the matter being closed informally. You may even receive such an offer in the mail without having to go to an intake meeting, so long as you sign up before a certain...
Mark Oakley's answer 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 Sevices (CPS) in your county if you feel coerced or in danger of being forced into fake medical treatment that you disagree with or believe may be harmful. You may also file a court action for full or...
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 agreement reached among all the parties. In unusual circumstances a teenager may seek emancipation or the legal right to be treated as an adult. The abused person may wish to call a non-profit legal...
Eric Todd Kirk's answer 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 criminal defense attorney.
Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr's answer 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 juvenile law, generally those cases work out favorably for the defendant compared with a criminal court.
Thomas C. Valkenet's answer 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 case like yours, where a young lady sued her family for failing to distribute money from a trust. She got her money, although it took several months in court.
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