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Q: Can you take legal action against 21 yr old man for hanging with a minor?...Restraining order? Something?

14 year old family member was found at hotel with her friend and also a 21 year old, against parents wishes.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Dec 6, 2017

In Minnesota, a parent can Petition the Court for a Harassment Restraining Order under certain circumstances. Details can be found following links on this page from the Court: http://www.mncourts.gov/Help-Topics/Domestic-Abuse-and-Harassment.aspx

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: What would be my consequences if I fought a person in school i'm a high school senior and he is a junior

I'm going to fight this kid and I hate the unknown so what will the consequences be

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Nov 20, 2017

One can never know for sure the future consequences of our actions. But fighting someone outside of a combat sports athletic context could be charged as an assault crime in Minnesota. The severity level of the criminal charge could depend upon several factors, including the level of harm. People... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: Police police gave citations to everyone who drank underage. They got my info down but didn’t write my citation.

Will they mail it to me? Or how does it work.. I talked to the cops about it and they just kept saying “the instructions are on the back of the citation” but the thing is, they didn’t give me one, but they got my info down.. and they said if we don’t pay the ticket we’ll get arrested or... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Oct 29, 2017

If a police officer gives a person a citation, that person should respond as instructed in the citation. If a person does not receive a citation from a police officer, or a citation or court Summons in the mail, there is nothing to respond to. There is no third possibility.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: If you get a citation for drinking underage , do I have to go to court ? And does my parents have to come too?
Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Oct 29, 2017

Take a look at the citation. Does it say you need to appear in court? If unclear, you can call the court and ask. Probably you do, with at least one parent. Most people in this situation will go to court with the goal of keeping their juvenile record clean of an adjudication. Though non-felony... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: In Minnesota if my records expunged what I still be able to be a police officer. Or could they see that when I apply

I live in Minnesota and as I was 15 I was charged with a felony and was in adjudicated delinquent which from my understanding is the equivalent of the guilty verdict. My dream in life even before that was to become a police officer. And I've had very bad luck finding the answer online but if I... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Oct 10, 2017

The best way to get a good answer to those question would be to ask the right person with the P.O.S.T. Board (police licensing agency in Minnesota), and the appropriate military branch (probably with the J.A.G. office, not a recruiter, for example).

I do not know the answer to the specific...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: I'm 15 and I made a pledge to a organization on the phone am I forced to donate what I pledged ?

It's a cancer organization located in Florida and I'm located in Minnesota I made a pledge of 35 dollars and I want to if I could get in trouble if I don't donate or could my parents get in to some sort of trouble.

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Aug 22, 2016

In a word, no. You'll be fine.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: need to know safety watch kids wearable can be used in hennepin county mn

my kid is autistic and recently separated. bought smartwatch which helps my kid to call me when kid needs my attention. can my kid wear this to all places or not

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Jul 31, 2016

I am unsure what it is you are asking, your child can obviously wear anything you want your child to wear. Are you thinking of a particular scenario or place where your child is being told not to wear the watch? More information is needed.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: I'm looking to get a past charge expunged

The charge is a 4th degree CSC that happened over ten years ago I have no same or simulars. I feel that the charge was wrongly tried I've also had to deal with two failure to register since then from paperwork errors on the states behalf and served 390 days incarceration that was not justly... Read more »

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Jul 21, 2016

A criminal defense attorney can help you. However, know in advance that expungements can be a bit of a crapshoot and the rates of success tend to be low. With an attorney on your side, you can present a more solid case for the expungement. An expungement tends not to be an expensive case.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can my daughter be charged or questioned without my permission?

My daughter who is 16 was told by three girls they are going to jump her after school. My daughter then called her two cousins, they then came up to the school and confronted the girls. They were all yelling and screaming at each other when a teacher came out, grabbed my daughter and took her into... Read more »

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Jul 19, 2016

Hire an attorney to stand between your daughter and the police, it will be money well spent. Unfortunately, I cannot provide advice here because I do not know the specifics of your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can you date a 17 year old when you are 12?
Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Jul 19, 2016

No. If you are a twelve year old, you should discuss this with your school guidance counselor ASAP.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: Is it true that after five children, the father doesn't have to pay child support?

Would it be true for children all from the same mother, or all different mothers?

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Jul 19, 2016

Child support does not stop because you had a certain number of children.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Family Law for Minnesota on
Q: Is it legal for a 17 year old to move back in with there dad after living with grandparents

I am going to be 17 in four days and have been living with my grandparents since the end of my 8 th grade year. I would like to move back in with my dad

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Jul 18, 2016

Is it legal? Yes, it is absolutely legal as long as your grandparents did not become your guardians and your dad's rights as your father have not otherwise been interfered with.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: can I still press sexual assault charges after 7 years: Minnesota

When I was 14 i was in a relationship with a 20 or 21 year old, I became pregnant right around my 15th birthday and he was 22 when the baby was born. There was an investigation and I didnt press charges then because I was too scared of him, my mom didnt either because I asked her not to, can I do... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 18, 2015

You appear to have answered the question within the facts that you gave. Go see a family lawyer about these concerns.

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