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  • How long does it take to get juvenile court summons ?

    I was charged with trafic citation

    Kathryn’s Answer

    Your citation will most likely be mailed to you, using the address on your driver's license. If that address was not current or you are not sure they have your correct address, you may want to call or go by the clerk of court for the Juvenile court. Typically, juvenile courts like to keep things moving at a reasonably fast pace, so depending on how long it has been since you were cited, I would consider following up.

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  • Do I need an attorney to fight against a restraining order?

    A temporary restraining order has been issued. I have a court hearing in four business days. There are false allegations made by the petitioner that will have a serious impact on my livelihood. The petitioner claims I was sexually inappropriate...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    I think you answered your own question by saying that these allegations will have a serious impact on your livelihood. An attorney will work to prevent that from happening and present your side of the story. They will also know courtroom procedure, rules of evidence, how to subpoena and call potential witnesses, how to handle an opening and closing argument, and much more. You would definitely be well served an attorney. Good luck to you.

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  • Michigan Juvenile record

    When I was 14 years old I was adjudicated of 4 felonies for breaking an entering with the intent of larseny. After that I was made a ward of the state moved to Ohio got a violation of probation at 17 years old. Since then I have not been in any tr...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    If you were treated as an adult and not a juvenile, then it is possible that you could be a felon. However, if the case was in juvenile court, then it is also likely that the case has been sealed, or that you could seek to have it sealed. Because this is a highly technical question, I would suggest you contact your original attorney from the case when you were 14, and if you are unable to do that, an attorney who practices juvenile defense in the area in which your case was handled. Either party should be able to pull your court file and answer the question.

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  • Can a probation officer violate someone for something that happened a few months ago under a different probation officer?

    My husband is on probation. One of his requirements was "to continue therapy." (No real guidelines just continue therapy.) Due to scheduling conflicts with his job and his therapist moving, he wasn't able to go for a few months. His probation offi...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    Probation officers bouncing around is quite common. The new probation officer can certainly violate him for not going to therapy as ordered, but I would suggest a few things. First, have your husband provide schedule documentation (calendar, emails, appointments, etc,-- really anything that is proof that there were conflicts). Then, see if the previous therapist can write a letter explaining the move and in the same letter (if this is true) explain that your husband did a great job in therapy. These may no prevent the probation officer for violating the probation, but they back up your husband's claims and can be presented to the judge at the hearing. I also agree that your husband should take full responsibility for this, and not try to use the above as an excuse, but an explanation. Best of luck!

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  • I've been charged with trespassing and I'm unable to pay the total fine, is there any way to reduce the fine?

    I did not know the party was at an abandon house.

    Kathryn’s Answer

    Hi there. If you are trying to pay the ticket in lieu of going to court, for instance, online or at the window at the courthouse, then it might be difficult to get the fine reduced. However, if you do have a court date, your attorney could speak to the prosecutor and ask for a reduction. Or, sometimes a judge will allow you to be on probation to give you time to pay the fine off, however, this is not always the best option because you will then have to pay reporting fees to probation. Good luck.

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  • I got caught shoplifting, no cops were called, am I going to be charged?

    I regret this so much but me and my friend were walking around target and took like a necklace and this guy started following us around and picked up stuff we put down and he started talking about taking our license plate but when we told him that...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    I think that if they were going to charge you with shoplifting, they would have already done so on the spot. While it is possible they may decide to give the security tape over to law enforcement and have the case prosecuted, I think it is unlikely. If you do receive a court notice or phone call regarding the incident, do not make any statements and contact an attorney.

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  • How do you get a record sealed or expunged?

    My son got caught at 15 in possession of marijuana. He is 19 now trying to get an apartment. He failed because of the charges that came up in background check. Checked with court and they have two charges. Possession and possession of drug paraph...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    Juvenile records are typically confidential and kept private due to the nature of juvenile court. I would go ahead and get copies of all of your documents from juvenile court. If you find that the case was not handled in juvenile court or that he was treated as an adult, then I would go and pull the records from the court that handled the matter. At that point you would know the exact details of his case and what he did or did not plead to. Then, I would consult with a criminal defense attorney in Denver to see if the matter can be removed from his record. This will helpful for your son in other instances he will face in life as well, such as future employment. Good luck!

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  • Juvenile criminal court gave grandparents gaurdianship, should child support follow

    9/2014 CPS removed child from mother and turned over child to grandparents. 5/2015 juvenile courts put child on probation and assigned grandparents court ordered gaurdianship. During this entire time fathers CS payment goes to mother and she ref...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    The best course of action would be to hire an attorney that understands the nuances of how Child Protective Services in Texas works. This may be an attorney that handles juvenile or family law. These entities can be difficult to work with and have their own rules. This attorney may be able to consult with you and point you in the right direction, or you may need to hire the attorney to handle the matter. Good luck to you.

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  • Can I go to Juvenile Detention for a misdemeanor crime that is a first offense?

    I am fifteen and was arrested for fighting and also going on my grandma's property when I was not supposed to leave the house.This is the first time I've been arrested and commited a crime

    Kathryn’s Answer

    In my opinion, it is unlikely that the court would see fit to send you to the detention center--especially if this is your first time getting into any kind of trouble. The court will want to see that you are remorseful for your behavior and they may want to see you get involved in family counseling or an anger management program. They may also place you on probation and put a curfew and other rules in place, which if you violate, you would then run a stronger risk of being placed in the detention center.

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  • Under what circumstances can a juvenile be charged as an adult?

    What does it take for a juvenile to be charged as an adult?

    Kathryn’s Answer

    This is a very technical question that depends on the specifics of your case. Each state addresses this matter differently, weighing the severity of the crime and the juvenile's age. And, in some instances there are exceptions depending on the type of case, giving the state the discretion to hear the case in adult or juvenile court. If your child is facing this situation, I would recommend you seek counsel in your area immediately, looking specifically for an attorney that is well versed in juvenile law. Best of luck to you.

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