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    Anonymous
    My cousin was recently bullied at school and the suspects of the bullying told lies about her being suicidal which led to her being arrested and sent to a mental hospital for nothing .there are pictures and witnesses for this crime what should be done immediately
    12/19/2014 2:14 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    What is an incorrigible child?
    In the juvenile justice system in the U.S., there are crimes referred to as "status offenses." These are crimes that only a minor (someone under age 18) can commit. If found guilty of a status offen...[Read More]
    9/17/2012 7:14 pm Reply
    Sarena
    Sarena
    Today was open campus for the high school I go to, and I found out my is let me take his exam tommrow instead of today so I decided to go to the library that was a block away from the high school to study. To get to the library I had to go past the middle school. A parent called the middle school thinking I was trying to skip. I got to the library and started studying. Next thing I know one of the middle school vice principles comes up to me asking what my grade and name are. She asked to use my phone to call the school. Instead of calling the school she looks though my phone to call my mom.She didn't ask to do so . I was off campus when this happened and then she made me ride back to the middle school with her so my mom could pick me up. Is it legal for a vice principles to do that?
    12/18/2014 10:20 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Sarena: Under the rules at your school, it may have been okay for the vice-principal to question you and ask to use your phone. Usually if they have what's called "reasonable suspicion" to believe that a school rule has been broken, they can investigate the situation without calling for the police to get involved. Take a look at your Student Handbook for the rules regarding cell phones and school violations. Good luck. (This is information only - not legal advice).
    12/18/2014 11:30 am
  • Anonymous
    My question is for a school report I was hoping someone here could answer for me. Question: in Virginia a dog is left in a car on a day estimated at about 80 degrees, a person goes into the store and is gone unknown time when a man walks by and sees the dog, he calls the police but does not try to find the owner, now man claims to have waited over and hour for police again not once trying to find the owner, man takes it upon himself to now smash out the window and proceeds to key the car and slash all four tires. He is arrested and the owner presses charges for the damage done to the car. What would the man be sentenced with? Any help is greatly appreciated.
    12/18/2014 8:40 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    The penalty depends on the specific property damage laws in Virginia, the position of the prosecutor and the victim, and the practice of the assigned judge who will impose the sentence. Also the criminal history of the defendant comes into play. There are many variables that come into play when determining an appropriate sentence for a crime. Good luck. (This is information only - not legal advice).
    12/18/2014 11:23 am
    Anonymous
    Would a husband/father be able to file parental kidnapping on the mother when the mother is refusing to allow him to see their daughter? This is a Florida resident and the mother took the child but have since filed the divorce petition however she is not allowing the father access to the baby. In the event this does not constitute parental kidnapping ss there anything to be done in the meantime that will allow the father to see and spend time with his child?
    12/17/2014 1:08 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: AsktheJudge.info is an educational site for and about teens and the law. The father could report the matter to the police, but if there are no custody orders in place at this time, it's unlikely that the police will get involved. The father should contact a local family law attorney for further information. He could try legal aid as they may be able to provide assistance for free or on a sliding scale basis. Good luck.
    12/17/2014 7:56 pm
    Rohit Sureshanand
    Rohit Sureshanand
    Hello Judge, Yesterday, during lunch in my middle school, I took my friend's lunchbox and attempted to search it for "drugs" (As a joke). During that he grabbed it back but I refused to let go. We had a brief struggle for it and finally, it ripped (During the struggle he attempted to pinch my hand but didn't, he only touched my hand). (It was also a 2 year old lunchbox). The rip was a 2 inch long tear but not wide. The lunch box was still very usable and was $12.99 at retail price and I offered to fix it telling him I would ducktape it, glue it, or sew it back together the next day. He said "no" "no" and "no" to all of these. The next day, my other friend (who is on his morning bus) told me that Peyton said he would file a lawsuit for destruction of property and possesion of stolen property; also a restraining order but he didn't mean it seriously. Then today at lunch, he said he fixed the inner layer of the lunch box but not the outer (there was an inner and out layer). Today, I told him I am willing to buy him a new lunch box or pay for a partial amount that he would want, yet again he refused. My other friend said I should pay for all of it but I refused too because I said I wasn't "completely" responsible for it. My friend (the one who's lunch box ripped) said I was completly responsible because I took his lunch box without his consent and it was possesion of stolen property and robbery. I said it wasn't my fault completely because only when he attempted to grab it back it ripped. This made us have a huge argument on whether I had stolen it and who's fault it was. He accused me of robbery, burgurlary, possesion of stolen property, and destruction of personal property. I told him that these claims were completley false and that he was partially responsible as am I; not just me. Finally, I decided that I would ask a judge to help us sort this matter out and he agreed. So can you clarify this for us and provide some insight? Thank you, Rohit Sureshanand
    12/17/2014 12:13 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Rohit: You would have to look at how these offenses are defined in your state, but generally robbery and other theft offenses involve the act of taking something with the intent to permanently deprive. This does not sound like it was the case under the circumstances you described. Burglary typically requires breaking and entering into a structure to commit a criminal act. There was no breaking and entering into a building. The only possible offense that could apply is criminal damage or something of that sort, but considering the property at issue is a $12.99 lunchbox, it's unlikely that criminal charges would be filed even if the police/prosecutor's office found that you were responsible. Perhaps you could settle the matter once and for all by buying him a new lunchbox. If you find one on sale, it may only cost you half of what he/his parents paid. Thanks for writing us.
    12/17/2014 6:37 pm
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