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  • Can my child be questioned by a school official after the school has been notified to not question them without a parent present

    As a parent and due to the high and explosive nature of the allegations being made against my child, I sent an email requesting that no one question my child without me or my husband present. This was completely ignored and my child was questione...

    James’s Answer

    You should consult a good juvenile defense attorney in SC to assist you. Your question raises several possible issues--(1) Did the school receive timely notice of your request? (2) Was your child under arrest at the time? (3) Was the school official acting under the direction of law enforcement? (4) Did your child ask for you or for an attorney before answering any questions?

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  • If a 15 year old was sexually involved with a 32 year old with consent of legal gaurdian , is it still illegal?

    a 15 year old was involved with a 32 year old man and she got pregnant and he got arrested , but the relationship was consented by the guardian of the minor , is he still suposed to be charged even though it was consented and ok with the minors gu...

    James’s Answer

    A guardian cannot give consent. She was too young to legally consent, so it is considered sexual assault of a child by statute. Had she and he been legally married (with consent of her parents or legal guardian), then it would not have been a crime, although I would seriously question the judgment of anyone who thinks it is a good idea to let their 15 year old daughter marry a man 17 years her senior.

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  • Can the reason for wanting my juvenile records expunged be seen by the military?

    I am now 18 and have not had any trouble with the law since being 18, not even a traffic violation.

    James’s Answer

    I believe that you could enlist in the military if the felony occurred as a juvenile and you then get the records expunged, however the military may still be able to access your juvenile history as your finger prints are probably on file with the federal government. In other words, if they ask if you got into trouble as a juvenile, then you need to explain it.

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  • Do I pay or not pay Palmer, Reifler, & Associates?

    15 yr. old grandson stold 2 small magnet rocks from a bag of 100, and after leaving the store thru them away? He then went on a ride when he got off an 6 flags rep approched him and said u stold merchandice from our store, they apparently had the ...

    James’s Answer

    Defense attorneys usually advise clients not to pay demand letters in these situations, albeit it is a risk that you take that they might sue. As a practical matter, it rarely occurs.

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  • In Ohio, If I graduate before I turn 18, can I freely move out of my parents house?

    I'm graduating a year early from high school, but my mom refuses to let me leave her house until i'm 18.

    James’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Beck, although I would suggest that you talk to your mother about going to college in a different town and living in an on campus dorm. That might make both you and her happy and it will also further your education.

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  • Do i need to pay a demand letter for settlement regarding shoplifting?

    my minor child was caught shiplifting at Spencers in Indiana, the merchandise was returned, since then i have received a demand for settlement for 300.00 in order to avoid a statutory civil damages claim within a certain time frame, and upon recei...

    James’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Kenyon. All of the criminal defense attorneys that I know advise their clients not to pay, and I too have never heard of anyone being sued as a result of not paying.

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  • What can i do? ,was this right?

    my 15 yrs.old son had an incident yesterday at school they search him and found a key chain blade,they call a police and they took him for finger prints and pictures they treat him like a criminal ,now him is having night mares because he thinks h...

    James’s Answer

    You should contact a good juvenile defense attorney in LA to represent him. You should be able to find a local juvenile attorney at www.lawyers.com. That attorney may be able to work the case out in such a way that it doesn't affect his future.

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  • Can i still move out when i turn 18, even if i will still be in high school.

    I live in North Carolina. I turn 18 on January 27, 2013. My parents are divorced. I'm a junior in high school.

    James’s Answer

    Yes, but it is probably a bad idea for all of the reasons stated by the other 2 attorneys.

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  • Can colleges check the juvenile records of applicants?

    I was charged with shoplifting two years ago and my ticket was "dismissed," but I believe the charge still remains on my juvenile record. Are colleges capable of checking if I have been charged with a crime? Are scholarship programs capable of che...

    James’s Answer

    You should contact a good juvenile defense attorney to advise you. You should be able to find a local juvenile attorney at www.lawyers.com. That attorney might be able to get the dismissed cases expunged from your record at some point.

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