my friend and I got caught shoplifting over $100 worth of items I am 16 now but turn 17 in 11 days if my court date if after i am 17 can they try me as an adult?
Because the offense was committed when you were 16 years of age, you will be prosecuted in juvenile court. The laws that would allow the prosecutors to treat you as an adult do not apply to your Shoplifting case. Your case will remain in the Juvenile System and will be confidential (i.e. not public record.) If this is your first offense, it will be a Progressive Sanction Guideline Level 2. That is minor intervention by the State, likely whatever manner of first offender program the local jurisdiction has.See question
That was when he was 16 now he is 18 what happens to those chages that he had as a juvenile.
Your son has a juvenile record for an Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (UUV) charge. Nothing will happen with that record just because he has turned 18 years of age. The record is confidential meaning, the general public will have no access to it. However, law enforcement agencies, the Federal Government (for example a military recruiter) and other public agencies do have access to the record. So, for private employment, private credit and private housing your son's record will be clean. However, to become a cop, fireman, or to go into the military your son will have a record of a criminal charge. Federal law reigns over state law so, there could be many more Federal Government jobs or contracts wherein the juvenile record would be accessed. UUV is a felony and that means you will have to wait until your son is 19 to get the juvenile record sealed. That is the law on juvenile record sealing. That he was never adjudicated and the police never actually proceeded with charges unfortunately, does not change the fact that he will have to wait until 19. The records of the charge are kept by local law enforcement and by the Texas Department of Public safety because local law enforcement reports to DPS.See question
Police pulled me over because i was speeding and then the arresting officer smelled weed in my car and took me , before she could search the car i told her that it did have drug but i didnt know until the last minute when she did pull me over whil...
You have been arrested and charged by police with intentionally or knowingly possessing a controlled substance. Your explanation and your statement that you possessed what was in the envelopes unwittingly indicates to me that you did not know you were in possession of controlled substances. Not knowing you were in possession means you are innocent. That defense should absolutely be advanced by your attorney at every step in the process. Just curious, was there any marijuana present for the officer to smell? I'm always suspicious of that.See question
So my son and another little boy decided it will be cool to shoot a BB gun at cars. So with that been said they both busted out people's windows out on the car. It's more then $500 less then $2000 . I was told by a officer that he will just have t...
Your son has been charged with Class A Misdemeanor Criminal Mischief $750-$2,500. Your son does need to go with you to Court and, as he has been accused of committing a crime, he will have to have an attorney to represent him. It may be that the case can be settled by simply paying the restitution but, you should be prepared for it to be more involved than that. If you cannot afford an attorney for your son, the Court can appoint one for him.See question
My boyfriend is on felony parole and had been out less than two months he fail two drug test and quit reporting to his po. He has now fled to California and I'm curious if Texas will extradite him?
Texas will absolutely bring your boyfriend back. There is a national database for open warrants including parole warrants. Law enforcement across the country has access to the database. Your boyfriend can be pulled over for a traffic violation and have the warrant served on him then. He should be proactive and hire a parole attorney to get the best outcome possible.See question
too many problems!
You are an adult for all purposes at 18. You can come and go as you please. However, burning a bridge with your mother would not be a very good start to your adult life. If you haven't finished high school, school isn't out for the year yet, that will make your life more difficult.See question
A minor made a transaction with two adults, and they agreed to provide the puppy back after he got a new place but now, they won't answer his phone calls, messages, and have blocked him out all together. Unfortunately, there are no documentatio...
I agree with Mr. Brosnan, this is not a contract issue it is a theft. If the first Lewisville Officer contacted won't do anything go to his or her supervisor. Go all the way to the top if necessary. Dispatching an officer to the location where the dog is and asking a few questions is not too much to ask. If the police will not do anything, with the help of his parents, the boy can sue the adults with the puppy for the dog by way of Small Claims Court which is located in Justice of the Peace Court. There is a Justice of the Peace Court, Judge Kerbow presiding, in Lewisville.See question
I received a letter from my county of jurisdiction (my probation was transferred) that basically referred me back to the original county (I was probated in Denton Co. and transferred to Tarrant county at the beginning of my probation). I have ne...
Regarding a warrant, the above answer directs you to the correct website to check and see if you have one. Being sent back to Denton County this late in your probation knowing there are violations is a bad sign. Denton County does revoke for the types of violations you have described and they are running out of time to do it as your probation gets closer to an end. Find a away to hire a Denton County attorney. We have several new specialty courts in Denton County that would benefit you but, the process for gaining entry can be difficult.See question
my parents are moving away in a few months, but i want to stay where we are. i have a job, and i go to school like im supposed to, and my credits would get messed up transferring to a different school if they dont have the same courses. i want t...
Until you are 18 years of age or you are legally emancipated you are your parents responsibility by law. In Denton County we do not treat 17 year olds as runaways. Here, a runaway report to the police would be changed to a missing persons report because of your age. Your name and other statistics would be entered into the state and national data bases. When you come into contact with a police officer anywhere that enters your name into his or her in car computer you will come up on the computer as a missing person. If you are still under 18, you will be returned to your parents. The prior answer raises the most important issue: where are you going to live? Work this out with your parents.See question
my 12 year old brother in law has been accused of sexual harassment. It was reported thursday but his parents weren't informed till today (monday) about the situation. The police has spoken to him and the girls parents are demanding that my in law...
Whatever actions your brother-in-law is alleged to have taken that amounted to sexual harassment could also constitute a crime. If he is ultimately charged with a crime he has a right to remain silent about the allegations, he has a right to an attorney to represent him regarding the charges, and he has a right to be proven to have violated the law beyond a reasonable doubt. There are, of course, a number of other rights involved in defending juvenile charges. Those are the big ones. If this situation is not criminal in nature but, rather a civil claim for damages caused by your brother-in-law he still has rights. He has an absolute right to say he didn't do anything wrong if that is the truth of the matter. He has a right to defend himself against the allegations in a court of law of a civil lawsuit is filed. He also has a right to contest the $100,000 demand and these are only some of his rights in the civil justice system. The Juvenile and Civil Justice Systems are very different and, as a result, the rights and duties involved in each are very different. For now, he does not have to pay any money or say he did anything wrong. If a case ends up in the justice system, he'll want a lawyer on his side no matter what.See question