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Q: no

mr. kent thomas jones ; nothing happened. she hangs out with them sometimes, one of the girls mothers are saying she's a pedo and that she's going to call the cops. nothing sexual, nothing in that nature, cause she knows she can and will be charged.

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 4, 2019

There is no crime involved with adults associating with minors, so long as nothing criminal occurs like threats, abuse, sexual acts, etc.

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Q: my friend is 22, lives in TN.. she has about 4-6 friends who are between the ages of 14-17 can she go to jail for that?

a close friend she has who is, i believe is 15, his mom knows how old she is and everything..

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 3, 2019

It is not a crime to be friends with minors. Did something else happen?

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Q: My 15 year has a v.o.p in TN with his p.o. he got arrested in Al for 2 their of property in the 1 St degree. They are in

In a junior. Detention center. His father and I live in TN how do I get him back in tn

Cayley Turrin answered on Jul 19, 2019

He might have to finish his case in Alabama and then handle his TN case.

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Q: My little brother doing 15@100% for an agg rape.how long do he have to serve for his release?

Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 16, 2019

Apparently there is no Parole Eligibility Date. Read the Judgment of Conviction to make sure. So 15 years has to be served. But I would have thought he might get 15% off for good behavior with that conviction. I may be mistaken but the Judgment must be examined.

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Q: My 16 year old brother lives with me but our older sister has guardianship of him; who has to be at court for his felon

I was the one who spoke to the cops and dealt with it with them. Our sister can’t take off work as easily as I can. Since he lives with me, does she have to be at court too?

Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 12, 2019

If there is a Case at Juvenile Court, then the Guardian must appear with her Ward. But if the Case has already been transferred to Criminal Court, then the Defendant and his attorney must appear. Possibly your assistance is needed, but not necessary. Be very careful what you say if anything,... Read more »

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Q: Does a juvenile have right to privacy to their cell phone. If the cell phone was purchased by the parents.

Who would have to give consent to search the phone? The parents who bought it or the child who uses it?

Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 6, 2019

There may be a reasonable expectation of privacy for a juvenile using a cell phone. I do not think there are enough facts here for me to fully answer this question. For example, where does this question arise? At school, home, police involvement? Each of those situations may have different law that... Read more »

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Q: Tn Code 40-17-121.basically if a child under 13 gives testimony that he was penetrated..evidence enough 4 conviction?

Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 25, 2019

If the actual Victim testifies in Court then that would be extremely damning Evidence. Irrespective of any other Evidence of the State, that might be enough to convince a Jury. Defendant may wish to see if the Victim is taking any drugs or if an Alibi is available.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on

Q: If a mother did not complete anything asked and judge issued no contact order, how hard would terminating rights be

Children are with father, this has went on a year. She didnt know to court, father has proof of her being high and passing out at supervised visits when she got them. Stepmom wants to adopt

Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 1, 2019

Terminating a Parent's Rights is always difficult. The Couple can file a Petition for Adoption which must be served on the Mother as it is attempting to terminate her rights. The Couple must also be fit and proper Parents as they will be scrutinized also by various Parties, Agencies, etc. If... Read more »

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Q: What's the consequences of being a minor and getting charged with possession of a controlled substance (schedule IV)?

Cayley Turrin answered on Feb 16, 2019

It is an A misdemeanor punishable up to 11 months and 29 days and a fine of $2500. You should consult with a local criminal attorney immediately.

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Q: My 17 year old son has to go to court in a few days for being accused of a crime. Should I have him plead not gilty ?

Breaking in to some storage units

Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 11, 2019

Hire a competent attorney immediately to prepare for Court. You did not specify if it was Juvenile or General Sessions, but even Juvenile Dispositions appear on Records nowadays. He does not need a conviction as it will ruin his life from now on. At worse he needs Diversion, Dismissal and... Read more »

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Q: If I filed unruly for one child would the court say I won't be able to handle my other 2 and be taken into DCS custody

Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Jan 11, 2019

your question can't be answered without a thorough and complete review of all circumstances, which is beyond the scope of this question and answer format. Consult an experienced family law attorney for advice on your specific situation.

However, strictly speaking - a juvenile petition on...
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Q: My niece is in a bad living situation. She will be 17 in Feb. Can she legally move out? She lives in Tennessee

They dont have a stove in their trailer that they live in. And they have about 7-10 cats most of which are not fixed and all the pets have fleas and my sister is not treating them. They also have three dogs. The living situation is not good at all. My niece cannot drive yet due to the fact that my... Read more »

Cayley Turrin answered on Dec 29, 2018

Unfortunately no but you can make an anonymous tip to DCS if you are very worried for her.

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Q: If I am 16 can go to jail for truancy

Cayley Turrin answered on Dec 29, 2018

You can be housed in juvenile detention for this if the Judge decides it’s appropriate.

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Q: Assault and Battery from a Juvenile

My son was beat up on our street by a school mate once they got off the bus. He didn't require Emergency Room care but came home bloody and scraped up. My son is 11 and his school mate is either 11 or 12. Can I press charges? This same child has thrown rocks at my son in the past and verbally... Read more »

Cayley Turrin answered on Dec 29, 2018

Yes. I would suggest contacting the police immediately.

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Q: My daughter just got charged with assault. She has to go in front of the judge Monday morning what should I expect?

Thank you for your time!

Cayley Turrin answered on Dec 9, 2018

That is not good. I would suggest hiring an attorney for her immediately so it does not affect her future.

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Q: If I’m 18 and I had a 16 year old accuse me of touching her no intercourse what’s the worst that could happen?

Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 12, 2018

Several possible charges: Aggravated Sexual Battery; Assault; Attempted Rape; and others.. I recommend not having any contact with her or her friends.

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Q: My b/f turned18 this year, I’m16. We been dating for about a year. Our parents allow us. Can he get in trouble

he is scared that because he just turned 18 that he will get in trouble. Both of our parents consent to us dating.He is concerned that because we have had sex in the past he will go to jail. Can we get in trouble if there is 2 years between our birthdays,our parents know, I’m not mentally... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 1, 2018

Yes he can be prosecuted. Somebody will get jealous or mad, and will then turn him in. You will be pressured by the authorities.

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Q: How can i go about emancipating my two teens?

and I have been going through this nightmare as a single mom for years.

I have files numerous unrulies filed. What i am trying to do is get them emancipated. I almost got evites because of their behavior i jist cannot do this anymore.

Its like living under a roof being ran over,... Read more »

Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Oct 5, 2018

You have to file a written request ( a "petition") with the local court clerk asking for this to be done. The other parent will have to also join in or at least be notified and receive a copy of the petition ( that is called "service of process"). Your question does not specify the ages of the... Read more »

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Q: I am 19 my daughter is turning 1 but her mother is 15 about to be 16 can i get in trouble?

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 5, 2018

Yes, It is statutory rape .

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