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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: Son & Gf has lived with me for 3yrs baby was born 19mths ago mother is with her 10hrs wk and wants to take her away

And live an hour away I can’t get the mother to get up with the baby and feed her unless it’s 20 mins before she goes to work at 1 in the afternoon Father is on disability .grandbaby is with me 90% of the time what can I or my son do they were never married . Baby response to me as her mother .

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Oct 20, 2020

You and your son may want to consider consulting with an attorney. The default rule in TN is that a child born out of wedlock belongs to the Mother until the Father or other relative petitions the Court for Paternity/custody. TN courts have a fifteen factor best interest of the child analysis that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can a officer give a 16yr a citation and then come back and tare that one up and give you a new one.

My son who s 16 was given a citation from a police officer for illegal weapon on the back of the citation it says you have been charged with a municipal offence and do you do not have to appear in court and the officer marked 1 charge 100.00. When I went to pay it they said the officer is new he... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 14, 2020

General Sessions is not a Court of Record, and the Citations or Warrants can be amended or dismissed at anytime with new Charges being instituted. You might want to hire an attorney so this will be as painless as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Tennessee on
Q: There is someone that hates because she can’t control me. She accused of being a pedafile. There has never been anything

Anything happen. The only I have ever done is give the child some gift or something for her birthday. Everything done in eye view. Never anything alone. She has spread rumors and accusations.

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Aug 12, 2020

I recommend you immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. You may also want to consider consulting with an experienced defamation attorney, if there is no basis in fact for any of the allegations against you. Sexual crimes involving children have strict punishments and can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: My wife took my 11 y/o daughter to get a retainer today. My wife was not allowed to accompany her to the exam room.

When she attempted to enter the room she was told Covid-19 policies prevented her from accompanying my daughter, this was after my wife had paid the fee. My wife was told that there would be only females in the exam room. My obvious question would be, is this legal? Of note, my daughter suffers... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Jul 28, 2020

This is a different world we live in for now. Medical Providers are trying to find a way to provide a relatively covid safe treating environment. I wish this had been explained better before you got there- so that maybe some of the anxiety issues could have been dealt with. My guess is your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: got charged for simple possession when I was 17 and now graduated and trying to go to school in a different state how

Can I get this over with? Or do charges get dropped when moved to different state?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 8, 2020

You need to complete the charge problem until it is dismissed or diverted. A conviction will hurt you forever. Talk to your lawyer or hire one that is competent. You will probably be drug tested.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: Is an unmarried minor automatically emancipated if she gets pregnant?

Not married, still living at home, 17 years old.

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Jul 6, 2020

The simple answer is no.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: So basically vandalism accured egging and im only 17 but they may press chargers should i be worried?
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 3, 2020

Yes, anytime someone is pressing charges against you, you should be worried. It sounds like a juvenile court case, but you should hire local counsel to represent you.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can a 17 year old leave home with an 18 year old and live together with the 18 year old helping to take care of them ?

This is a question with the laws of Tennessee because I frankly have no clue, and would love a more simple answer then a very long 5 page written answer preferably only a 2 page answer or shorter . Thank you ! And sorry .

Bob G Huddleston Jr.
Bob G Huddleston Jr. answered on Jun 11, 2020

If the parents of the 17 year old approve, then yes.

If the parents of the 17 year old do not approve, then maybe.

Maybe because . . . it exposes the 17 year old to a charge of juvenile "unruliness" and being placed in the protective custody of the Tennessee Department of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: I will be 18 tomorrow and I want to move in with my girlfriend tomorrow and she's 17 and her parents are okay with it.

My parents are not okay with it and say I can't because I'm still in high school but I will be a senior and I'm in Tennessee but I don't know if I can move out help pleae.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 3, 2020

That is called Statutory Rape in Tennessee.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: can i legally leave home tonight if I am 16 years old (almost 17) and will i be sent to juvenile for it?
Brandon D. Fersten
Brandon D. Fersten answered on May 14, 2020

If you do not have your parents' permission to leave your house, I would advise against it. If you leave your home without your parents' consent and they call the police, you will be known as a runaway and the court can find that you are an "unruly child" in need of treatment... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: Girlfriend doesnt want to go home but she is a minor. Can the boyfriend get into trouble?

My cousin is 18 and his girlfriend is a minor. She doesnt want to go home but instead stay with him. Can my cousin still get into trouble even tho it's her choice?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 29, 2020

Absolutely

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: 15 yes old being accused of theft but no prove? And now cop wants to charge him for pictures of girls on phone?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 11, 2020

He needs to quit talking to the LEO's and hire an attorney today.

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: Now I8 can I get copies of my case and all records of my case. Being charged as a juvenile in juvenile court in Tennesse
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 29, 2020

You have not stated what is going on with you. However it is certain you need to hire a competent attorney to represent you immediately. You are fortunate for the Juvenile Court to maintain jurisdiction of you, but you need a lawyer to keep it at a "delinquency" level, and non-criminal.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can I call the police if my 18 yr old ran away in Memphis,tn?
Bob G Huddleston Jr.
Bob G Huddleston Jr. answered on Jan 29, 2020

If your child is 18, then they wouldn't legally be considered a "runaway" as defined by Tennessee law dealing with delinquent or unruly children.

Of course you CAN call the police and file a missing persons report in order to try to find out if they are at least alive and safe.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: So a juvenile in Tennessee. Rutherford County. Was trialed as and adult with only misdemeanor charges and one felony.

The felony charges was only theft over $1,000-$10,000

And the Juvenile is an American Indian

Claimed His tribe and is a sovereign body.

How could the court system go against the laws and the rules of the courts.

And the Juveniles deliquency background is clean.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 3, 2019

Apparently the Defendant underestimated the seriousness of the Charges against him. He should have hired a competent attorney. When he is in Rutherford County, Tennessee, subject matter jurisdiction exists to prosecute him under the Laws of Tennessee. Even illegal aliens are subject to our... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
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.
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.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Gov & Administrative Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
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.
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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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
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
Cayley Turrin answered on Jul 19, 2019

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: My little brother doing 15@100% for an agg rape.how long do he have to serve for his release?
Anthony M. Avery
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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