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Q: The court placed a restraining order against my boyfriend and I because we're 17 and 34 but he has committed no crime

Thomas Briody answered on Aug 5, 2019

I don't see a question here. However, you are a minor, and if you are living at home, your parents are going to have a say as to who can come to their house. And while I understand that affairs of the heart can cause people to do and say many things, a judge is going to be very skeptical about a... Read more »

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Q: Can a family court in rhode island take away my phone when I'm 13 under the orders of a judge?

Truancy

Neville Bedford answered on May 14, 2019

They are more likely to prohibit you from using it. Speak with your court attorney to have them press your best arguments against such an order.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on

Q: What does a TRIAL DEPOSITION IN DCYF CASE mean?

just had court for my 5 month old who was taken from the hospital, the judge said that we're going back to court in May for Trial deposition what does that mean???

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 17, 2018

What is DEPOSITION?

The testimony of a witness taken upon interrogatories, not in open court, but in pursuance of a commission to take testimony issued by a court, or under a general law on the subject, and reduced to writing and duly authenticated, and intended to be used upon the trial of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Can a 25 year old talk to/date a 15 year old

Neville Bedford answered on Jan 11, 2018

Talking is OK. Dating is a different matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Juvenile Law and Municipal Law for Rhode Island on

Q: My son's catholic middle school has no basketball team program. Can he play for the Town Middle School Team??

We live in Rhode Island

Neville Bedford answered on Nov 27, 2017

Contact the town and see what they say.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Im a minor and I was sentenced by family court can I get out of the sentence early

I was ordered to 40 hours of community service and take a driver retraining class and probation till 19 and ordered not to get my license till 19 and I have fulfilled all of the orders and im still on probation and i turn 18 next month

Neville Bedford answered on Nov 20, 2017

Talk to your attorney about applying for a provisional license.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on

Q: my 12 year old son is expressing to me that he can't take the stress and anxiety that he is feeling during time with dad

he calls me thru facebook and looks very worried and nervous but when i say i will come get him even though its not my day he says no it will just make it worse. his anxiety and stress just seems to be getting worse. he father and i have joint custody and shared placement since the divorce. his... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 6, 2017

Work with his counselor and your best to help establish healthy co-parenting support. If it becomes necessary to modify the custody situation, meet with and retain an attorney to assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on

Q: can you move out at the age of 17 in rhode island

my girlfriend is trying to move out of an abusive home and move in with me, she just wants to be away from her mom who constantly belittling everything she does and treating her like absolute garbage while her mothers "boyfriend" screams and yells at her about what a useless drama queen she is and... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Jun 5, 2016

Are you thinking of marriage at such a young age ?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on

Q: What is the legal age to drop out of high school in Rhode Island?

Neville Bedford answered on May 28, 2016

Technically, it is not legal to drop out of school at any age as the law provides for mandatory attendance - with few exceptions.

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Q: I have a question about truancy court for my son who is 17. I live in Rhode Island what can I expect.

He will be 18 on May 13 and are court date is the 24th. He missed 23 days I can only account for him a couple of those days the other days is because he does not like certain classes in school and he started working with his dads business. Please advise, what we can expect.

Neville Bedford answered on May 7, 2016

If he is scheduled to graduate this year, you may be able to negotiate favorable terms at the hearing. The best thing you could bring with you would be a practicing attorney familiar with the process and the law .

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on

Q: In Rhode Island in public high school once you turn 18, do you have adult rights in school or school related activities.

Neville Bedford answered on Mar 31, 2016

It depends on what type of rights you are alluding to ...

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Q: My 16 y.o.boyfriend got taken to a troubled teens center called ironwood maine against his will, can they hold him there

His dad neglects him, leaving him without food or even talking to him for days. His dad has attempted suicide many times and is severely depressed. He himself went through a cutting phase because of the neglect at home. His brother wants him out too and he basically raised him. His mom died at a... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Aug 24, 2015

Sounds like he needs an attorney. Hopefully, he will find one - or his parents will find one for him.

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Q: At what age will you be released from Juvy ?

Neville Bedford answered on Mar 27, 2015

When you have a problem like this, it is best to see an attorney and retain them to assist you.

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Q: what age do you have to be to leave your parents house in rhode island?what the emancipation process is? court laywer?

Neville Bedford answered on Nov 30, 2014

Common elements of emancipation of minors are: 18 years of age and not disabled and completed high school, or married. Consult with an attorney to review your particular facts in private.

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Q: Youngest a juvenile can be processed as an adult for having tobacco

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 25, 2013

If "processed as" an adult, they are no longer a minor ... and somehow the offense disappears. Most likely to be a civil offense with a fine.

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