Are parents responsible for legal lawyer fees for our18 Year old son until he is 21 Years old?

Asked about 2 years ago - Florida, NY

My son (18) got charged with a felony (graffiti spraying damage 1,100.-) and got referred to a legal aid. After talking to them we were told we are responsible for legal expenses until he is 21. Does that mean he can screw up and mess with the law and we have to pay up for it? Does not seem fair. What can he/we expect to happen going to court?

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  1. Benjamin J Lieberman

    Contributor Level 20

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    Answered . No you are not responsible for his legal fees. He is an adult.

  2. Joseph A Lo Piccolo

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    Answered . Yes-----


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  3. Jay K Goldberg

    Contributor Level 16

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    Answered . Your location says Florida, NY. Is this correct? In NY he would be considered an adult and you should not have to pay.

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