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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Libel & Slander and Sexual Harassment for Massachusetts on
Q: My child continues to get harrassed in person and on social media. A female posts statements claiming my son "sexually

harrassed" her. She sent it through snap chat. It is not accurate. What are my son's rights. BTW both ages are 14 years old.

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Aug 24, 2018

You are in a tricky spot to navigate as there are so many ways to go and so many pitfalls too. Have you contacted the police about the cyber-bullying? If they are in the same school, have you notified the school so they can intervene on the bullying as well? As for the harassment, if they were... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I reside in Massachusetts had my child since she was born till I decided willing to let the father have one child

And I have the other we had a verbal agreement things where great up to about two or theee months ago where he stop answering my calls and text and Facebook messages for my daughter he never not once cared to speak to his other daughter that I have but that never stop me from reminding him and... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Apr 20, 2018

If you are living in Massachusetts with one of the children, Massachusetts has jurisdiction over that child. However, if the other child is living in another state for 3 years Massachusetts does not have jurisdiction over the other child- the other state does . You have not stated whether there was... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Is there anything I can do if DCF is threatening to force me to live with my other biological parent?

I'm 17 years old. I don't wish to have any contact with my biological father for personal reasons I believe are valid. In early 2017, my parents went to court about visitation and I won so, I haven't been forced to visit, talk, etc...with him. Recently, he called DCF on my mother about my brother... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Feb 20, 2018

it looks like you need to promptly be seen by your pediatrician and/or psychiatrist concerning the medications not bringing you relief and the absence of medication is apparently worsening how you are feeling. Your failure to attend school on time is an indice of neglect which needs to be addressed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Is there any help I can get to move out from Massachusetts to providence Ri without my parents permission

Im 17 and pregnant.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 26, 2017

You can file for emancipation in court. Be warned: sex with a minor is a crime. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My 17 - year old son is being targeted by the School Resource Officer. Can they question him without a parent present?

Many events they are asking about occur outside of school hours or property. Neither his father nor I are ever called or informed that this is happening. We are not sure if we need to intervene or let it continue. My son is only a junior, so he is potentially looking at another whole year of... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on May 27, 2017

It depends on the facts at play here. They can typically speak with students without parental permission each time, but if they're harassing him without cause, that's a different story. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Family Law, Juvenile Law and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Massachusetts on
Q: Where can I turn for real help with an out of control 12 year old when the police wont help?

He has physically hurt his 8 year old brother. He doesn't listen to his father or me. Yells at us, hits walls, throws things and does as he wants.Leaves thw house when he wants, tells us he isnt doing chores becuase he isnt a slave. I am scared of him, what he can do to me and my yougest son. I... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on May 27, 2017

Perhaps therapy is the answer. You and your husband may start with a therapist to learn how to deal with this. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: your at a house that burned down and the kid who owned it was there throwing a party, can you get in trouble if caught

Ok so i was at a party and the kid who owned the house was there but the house was burned down but he doesnt own it anymore the insurance does. I got caught by the police and they said i might get charged with breaking and entering. The kid who threw the party at his burned down house opened the... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on May 7, 2017

I hear no case for B&E if you were invited into the house by the owner, but if the boy didn't own the house, then that might qualify as B&E. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Im 16 years old in MA, what are my best options of leaving my house? that can not get in legal trouble, of course.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on May 2, 2017

You'd have to file for emancipation in court. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My daughter is 14yrs old was in the school bathroom set a paper on fire then put it out she was suspended for 11 days.

The other 2 girls 1 day now we have to go to court what will happen with the outcome this will be her first time in court.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Apr 17, 2017

She may be facing a misdemeanor, which may involve juvenile incarceration, a fine, probation, and/or community service. She may also face expulsion.

See: http://www.aeesq.com/education-lawyer/school-campus-crimes/

More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Collections and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Am I liable for my underage son's eBay and PayPal account balances

My 14 year old son secretly created an ebay and a paypal account. On the eBay account he sold a few items, the money was transferred to the PayPal account where he spent it on in video game purchases. He never sent the items and eBay issued the buyers a refund along with service charges which put... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 30, 2017

Yes, you may indeed be sued for that. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My step son was just arrested for armed robbery. Assault on a person over 60.And larceny.. He is 16. What's he Lookin at

He has a prior record for stealing a police mountain bike, and vandalism.. So he's not squeaky clean. And the person he assaulted got 5 staples in his head

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 3, 2017

This sounds like it would be charged as a felony, and he might be tried as an adult. He may be facing prison years, especially if he used a gun, and restitution fines. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I ask that my child be emancipated if he refused to provide me with proof of college enrollment?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Feb 8, 2017

Adults over 18 are not considered minors, and legal emancipation is a process for minors - not adults. Perhaps you're confused? Are you dealing with a child support order that you want to challenge because you're not sure you're child is in college and you're paying for it? If so, you can file for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: What are the steps I have to take to get custody back from a third,willing party?

3 years ago dcf took them from my custody for drugs, lengthy process later my mom ended up with third party custody. For the last 2 years I've been clean and live with her and my children every single day. I need to know whats going to happen when I try to get custody back, she is 100 % willing to... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 12, 2016

You have to file for child custody rights in court. You can bring your mom as a witness if she supports your rights. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My 16 yr old does not want to live with me anymore or go to his dad. Do I go to family court or can he just leave.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 1, 2016

It depends on whether he's filing for emancipation. The bigger issue is whether he's safe at home. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice nor does it create any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Is DCF reqrd to file w police and have criminal charges brght against an adult emp that inappr touched a minor in a gr

home..while under DCF care???

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Sep 20, 2016

Even if the department didn't , if you learn of a minor being abused you can contact dcf and the police.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Is submitting a video from a phone to court illegal?

I was standing on my property and recording on my phone with video and audio my neighbor who was standing on the public street. The neighbor violated my harassing prevention order so that recording ended up in court as evidence of the violation. I did this to protect the safety of my children. I... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 7, 2015

Don't you think it is a good idea to actually go see an attorney about this? It may well be admissible.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: What are the rights of an 18 year old?
Lefteris K. Travayiakis
Lefteris K. Travayiakis answered on Dec 30, 2010

Very simply, the rights of an 18 year old are the same as those of every other adult (except for alcohol)...The question is very broad, but if you'd like to narrow down the issue I'd be happy to be more concise for you...

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