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  • Will a disorderly conduct charge appear on the permanent record of a minor?

    My daughter is 17 and was recently caught drinking underage. The police officers were very nice and decided that since everyone there was cooperative and good they would only charge the kids with disorderly conduct as opposed to an underage charge...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    I would definitely recommend that you speak to an attorney who is experienced in working with youth. While it is possible the charge is not reported to the agency that reports criminal histories, you do not want to take a chance. In addition, if she has no prior history and was cooperative, it is quite possible an attorney could negotiate an even better resolution than entering a guilty plea. Perhaps the matter could be dismissed once she completes some community service or undergoes a drug and alcohol evaluation. There is a lot to consider and your daughter has her entire future ahead of her. I would be as proactive as possible. Best of luck.

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  • What happens next after I got caught shoplifting?What happens at court? And will I get any letters even though they didn't say?

    So yesterday night my 2 other friends and 1 went to Macy's and made a really dumb mistake of shoplifting a few things. I only took a pair of socks. We are all minors. We went into the dressing rooms and put it in our purses. This was our first tim...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    If you have no prior history, you may be given a probation or diversion sentence. This means that when you complete certain conditions such as community service and perhaps moral recognition therapy/counseling then the case will be dismissed. However, every state and court has different rules and I would recommend speaking to a lawyer that is comfortable handling cases in juvenile court. Regarding the civil demand letter, you may or may not receive one.

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  • Does cps have the right to go after me and keep my kids from me when at the time I didn't. Have custody of them .

    I gave my parents temporary guardianship / placement agreement form notorized prior to cps involvement

    Kathryn’s Answer

    If your parents have temporary guardianship, but you are still a part of the kids' lives, then it is possible they could look into whether or not you are a fit parent. However, you have clearly taken steps to give guardianship to your parents and you could argue that you are looking out for their best interests. CPS and family protection services in general have wide latitude and I would recommend talking to an attorney in your state that handles these issues. Good luck.

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  • How do I find my juvenile court date if none has been sent to me?

    I got a ticket for alcohol possession as a minor and the ticket I was given said I would be mailed a court date because juvenile courts can't hand the date out on the spot. It has been 2 full months since and I haven't received anything regarding ...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    You should contact the juvenile courthouse that is closest to the location where you were given the citation. It's possible there is a backlog and that is why your court date has not been mailed out, however it is better to be proactive. Based on the citation number and your birthday and other identifiers, the court should be able to advise you or at least put you in contact with the appropriate court.

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  • Do I need to hire a lawyer for juvenile court?

    My 17 year old daughter was picked up for underage drinking over the weekend. The officer said we would receive our summons later this week. Should I hire an attorney for this? This is her first offense, she is a straight A student and mentor a...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    Yes, your child's future is at stake. While she may have no prior history, and you are being proactive in getting counseling, there are no guarantees in court. You will feel much more comfortable hiring an attorney that focuses on juvenile defense before you walk into the courtroom. The juvenile court system is much different than adult court and to get the best result for your daughter, you are going to want an experienced attorney that is well versed in juvenile defense. Good luck!

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  • Sealing Juvenile Record in California?

    I had a petty theft violation when I was a minor and went to court and plead guilty. Was given diversion. I'm now an adult, would I be able to have my juvenile record sealed fairly easily or would it be difficult to get the court to accept?

    Kathryn’s Answer

    Laws regarding the sealing of juvenile records can be intricate and confusing. It is possible that your record has been sealed since you participated in a diversion program, however there is no guarantee, and you are definitely doing the right thing by proactively looking into the matter. I would suggest you speak to an attorney who specializes in juvenile criminal law in the state where your juvenile case occurred.

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  • Juvenile Law

    Me and my mother do not get along. Her and my father has divorced and I don't see him much I just want to move in with my grandmother because she is the only one who cares for me..I need to know if I could get in serious trouble for leaving withou...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    Based on your age, you could be facing charges in juvenile court for running away. I would advise that you speak with your grandmother and mother so there is open communication. This will prevent any potential issues in the future.

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  • What would happen to me if I got caught using a fake ID if it did NOT involve the purchase or consumption of alcohol?

    I'm 17, a senior in high school, and my boyfriend is a freshman in college. In order for me to stay in his dorm room, I have to be 18. I want to purchase a fake ID to be able to do this, and I'm not going to use it to purchase or consume any alcoh...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    My interpretation of the law is that you would be charged with a misdemeanor, since you are under 21 and are using the ID to obtain entry into an age restricted facility. It would also be a misdemeanor if you used the ID to purchase alcohol. If you use the ID to rent a car or cash a check, then this would be a felony.

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  • Juvenile (F) violations: curfew & in park after hrs. Public Defender enough or do I need a lawyer? What is her/mine punishment?

    First offense; No destruction.

    Kathryn’s Answer

    As the others clarified, a public defender is a lawyer. I would need to know more information to give you an idea of the punishment range, however if there is no prior history, based on what you described, I would anticipate that probation or even an informal adjustment is a possibility. It is important that you feel comfortable and informed as you go through the process, and remember that the juvenile court system is very different from the adult court system.

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  • Can a juvenile with a low IQ still be found competent to stand trial in Superior Court?

    Juvenile with a low IQ was found competent to stand trial in Superior Court. However, the examiner didn't know the interview was for a transfer to Superior court & therefore she didn't ask a series of questions she would typically during such int...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    Yes, as the competency evaluation will take other factors into account. If you feel that the interviewer did not obtain all of the necessary information, or perhaps did not have access to important documents or records pertaining to the juvenile, you should contact your lawyer and let them know. The lawyer can potentially request additional testing so that a thorough and effective interview can be performed.

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