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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is a 12 year old allowed to get a tattoo with only 1 parents consent, if the other parent disagrees and doesnt consent?

The 12 year old got it saturday at her mothers, the mothers husband had a friend come to their house to tattoo the 12 year old.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Mar 27, 2019

Boy, that's not a good idea on so many levels. However, based on a quick Google search, it seems that PA has no minimum age limit for getting a tattoo as long as a parent or legal guardian is present and grants permission. If you share legal custody of the child, the mother may have violated that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I'm in Pennsylvania and 18y/o m. A 16 year old m didn't pay back my 200 dollars.

He challanged me to a fight, and to avoid more problems it seems like the best solution. What could happen here. Not fighting is kind of out of the option at this point.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jan 24, 2019

Do not fight him.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it legal for a 16 yr old be intimate with an 18 yr old? Can parents press charges?

In the context that the 16 year old 100% did consent in the state of Pennsylvania

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 5, 2019

It probably not legal and it's certainly not smart. Read the information contained in the link below.

https://www.ageofconsent.net/states/pennsylvania

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am 20 years old and this girl that is 16 keeps threatening me if she attacks me what should I do?

The girl is angry about a past situation that was resolved between the ones that were involved I really don't even know the kid I just know she is 16 I don't want that to happen and just want to know what to do in case something happens she is harassing me and stalking me and I can't get to a... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Dec 31, 2018

I'm sure you can call your local police station before then -- and I suggest you do so, at the very least to document things before they get out of hand. Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: what does a juvenile get when charged with strangulation and aggravated assault in PA?

My son was choked out in school and the student is being charged with the mentioned charges plus simple assault. Looking to see if he will go to juvenile “jail”

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 28, 2018

Consult the victim assistance coordinator with the DA's office. Much depends on age of the youth, relative sizes, who did what if anything before, any record the youth has, etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I let my 15tr old brother drive to work, I was with him. we got pulled over. the cop let me drive home.

the cop said he could take my brother to juvenile court and tow my car but he is just going to send us citations in the mail. can my brother get sent to juvie? will I lose my license? I don’t care about paying fines. i’m worried about my brother

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 19, 2018

Not feeling this is a "juvenile court" matter, but much more a driving-without-a-license matter (which is just a fine). Pay it, and move on. Your brother should be OK. The cop was just trying to scare the both of you -- and looks like it worked.

Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If my friends mother kicked her out and threatened her with a knife and is now trying to report her as a run away

She is 17 and took HER clothes and is trying to call the police

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Aug 9, 2018

Have your friend contact the police herself to explain the situation. Hopefully they can help iron things out, or get her somewhere safe.

Best of luck to your friend.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If I am 16, can I legally move out of my house without parental consent? I would be moving into a healthy, safe home.

From what I have read, I cannot be made to move back in with my family unless I am in physical danger where I am staying. I want to move out as soon as possible. I may be pregnant and staying in this home will threaten the safety of myself and my baby. I will be 17 in five months. Please give me... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 21, 2018

First of all, I see you're asking from Ohio -- and this is a Pennsylvania law forum. The answers you get here will be about Pennsylvania law only. If you're looking for Ohio law, I suggest you post your question there.

As for a summary of your options and Pennsylvania law concerning your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My grandparents don't have custody but I live with them. I'm 16. Can my boyfriends parents get custody of me ?

I'm 16. My mom and dad have custody of me but they are locked up. I live with my grandparents and have for awhile but they never had custody of me. There health is really bad so that's why they never fought for custody. I don't like how I get treated in my grandparents house. Can my boyfriends... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jun 18, 2018

Probably not. I wonder if you might consider being a bit more sympathetic to your grandparents. You say they're health isn't good but they're still providing you with a home to live in, food to eat, and clothing to wear. It may be pretty difficult for people their age to deal with a teenager just... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How can I find out my gravity score
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 18, 2018

Try here: https://www.pacode.com/secure/data/204/chapter303/s303.15.html.

Best of luck to you.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My grandparents are threatening to put a restraining order my boyfriend, but they dont have custody of me, I'm 16 hes 17

they are threatening to put a restraining order on my boyfriend because he is black and they don't want me seeing him, they are trying to say he put his hands on me but never did. I live under there roof but they do not have custody of me.

my mom knows my boyfriend and likes him. She lets... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 18, 2018

Sounds like a rough situation you're in - sorry to hear it. The only "restraining order" your grandparents might be able to obtain against your boyfriend is a Protection from Abuse Order, with them filing on your behalf (since you're a minor). They'd have to swear under oath, however, that abuse... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I need some help.

My buddy said he was breaking off contact with the 13 year old girl he was talking to and blocking her. She said “fine I’ll go kill myself”. He gave her the suicide hotline number and the blocked her. He asked me if he could be charged with anything, and I said I don’t know. So if she... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 10, 2018

Your buddy has not committed any crimes based on the facts you've described.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can my buddy be arrested?

He is 18 asked a 13 year old girl out but that was before he knew her age. He then told her "if she wanted to date they could". He also sent her a picture with no shirt on but from the pecs up (nipples can't be seen, he also only had a shirt off). Now he is worried she could tell the police and be... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 5, 2018

I believe I already answered this same question posted in another section here.

The general answer to "Can he be arrested?" is yes -- anyone can be arrested for anything. It happens all the time. Mistaken identity, false charges, etc. Just because someone is arrested doesn't mean...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it legal for a 15 year old date a 18 year old
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 4, 2018

Yes, it's legal -- which is to say the 18 y.o. will not be charged with Statutory Sexual Assault under Pennsylvania law.

That crime (a second-degree felony - no joke!) is committed when a person engages in sexual intercourse with a complainant to whom the person is not married who is under...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can my buddy be arrested for asking a 13 year old out, and sending her a picture with no shirt on but was from shoulder?

Alright so my buddy is 18 years old and he asked a 13 year old girl out (before he knew her age) also they never got together. Once he knew her age he said it was up to her and they could be friends till she turned 18. He also sent her a picture with no shirt on, but it was above like the upper... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 4, 2018

I think you're buddy's safe. I also think it's a GREAT idea for him to break off contact with the girl. That way, if the authorities ever question him, he can tell them he broke off all contact as soon as he found out she was a minor.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: What rights do I have as a non wed mother who is letting son stay with father without courts getting involved?

Have been together 13 years and have a 11 y/o son. I can't afford a lawyer right now and my son wants to stay with his dad (which is fine) We once separated and I stayed with my mom and made plans for me to get my son for the weekend but he decided last minute his mother was more important to see... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jun 3, 2018

You both have rights to be with your son but the best way to ensure that you're not in for a major battle every time you want to see him which he's with his father is to memorialize your arrangements in a court order. A notarized statement or agreement is not enforceable in the courts. Do yourself... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do both parties get in trouble for sexting, both are 14..

My 14 year old daughter was sexting with a 14 year old boy, he asked for inappropriate photos and sadly she sent them. The boy then turned her in because she wouldn't do anything else. I am told police confirmed the photos are still there (a week and a half later they interviewed the boy) after i... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on May 30, 2018

It depends on exactly what your daughter was charged with. When you say a "citation," that tells me that things may be happening before your local Magisterial District Judge ("MDJ") -- versus, say, a referral to juvenile court and a formal petition for delinquency. If so, the MDJ doesn't have the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it illegal for a 20 year old to date a 17 year old?
Zak Taylor Goldstein
Zak Taylor Goldstein answered on Apr 15, 2018

No, that is not illegal.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Phone Seizure Questions, Please Help

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Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Mar 11, 2018

You don't pose a question to be answered. Search and seizure law is pretty broad and fact specific. You can retry to post here but remember this an open forum and facts stated here can be used against you. Or you can consult local counsel and see if they can assist.

2 Answers | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: What kind of lawyer will help me if we believe our child is Gifted but we do not agree with his school's assessment?

We believe he is Gifted, however we do not agree with the explanations that the pyschologist and teachers are giving us

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 4, 2018

Contact the Education Law Center in Philadelphia & Harrisburg.Generally, you request an IEP. If the assessment you refer to was the IEP, your IEP should tell you about your appeal rights. In the meantime, there are programs such as the Center For Talented Youth that have advice in general.

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