John Curtis Rentz’s Answers

John Curtis Rentz

Denton Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Can you drink wine in a restaurant at 18 in Texas if your parents are with you

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. John Curtis Rentz
    2. Max Allen Keller
    3. Jonathan Neal Portner
    3 lawyer answers

    You must be in visible presence of an adult parent, guardian or spouse. Texas Alcohol Beverage Code 106.04 (consumption law) & 106.05 (possession law)

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  2. When did Texas start having juvenile courts

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. John Curtis Rentz
    2. Evan Edward Pierce-Jones
    2 lawyer answers

    1907. The Texas Juvenile Court Act of 1907 began the formation of the first juvenile courts in Bexar, Dallas, Harris and El Paso counties.

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  3. In the state of Texas, can I move out when I'm 17 without being labeled a runaway or being forced to move back home, etc.?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Mark Louis Scroggins
    2. John Curtis Rentz
    2 lawyer answers

    Mark is correct. The Family Code treats you as a child for purposes of its laws (runaway is one) even though the criminal laws treat you as an adult at 17. Chapter 31 of the Texas Family Code governed "removal of disabilities of minority." Section 31.001 lists the requirements as 1) be a resident of the state; 2) 17 years old (or 16 under a different set of facts); and 3) be self-supporting and managing the minor's own financial affairs.

  4. When did Texas first pass a drinking age

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. John Curtis Rentz
    1 lawyer answer

    1933 was Texas as well and it was 21. It was lowered to 18 in 1973, raised to 19 in 1981 then to 21 again in 1986 in response to the federal government's intervention on the issue.

  5. How do i hv a old felcony case seal.? its at least 22 years old.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Evan Edward Pierce-Jones
    2. John Curtis Rentz
    2 lawyer answers

    The only thing I would add to Evan's answer is that if the case was a juvenile case it may be subject to sealing. The sealing of juvenile felonies are at the discretion of the juvenile court unless it is of a type that is not subject to sealing.

  6. How can I serve my time in jail instead of completing probation?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Evan Edward Pierce-Jones
    2. John Curtis Rentz
    3. Laurie Keel Landsittel
    3 lawyer answers

    Talk with your probation officer. Many probation departments can work with you on your fees if you have no income. They can also ask the court to reduce fines as well. If nothing else works and you are doing everything else right on probation, the probation officer can recommend to the court that you serve your time in jail up to the sentenced amount.