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    Anonymous
    I got told by my friend that there was a picture of me in key stage with my name on and I have been shoplifting for 2 months what shall happen!!!! If I cry if police come to my school will they let me off ?
    1/29/2015 3:38 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: If the police were to contact you about charges being filed, they most likely will not let you off because you cry. The store has a couple options. If they know who you are and have your contact info (name, address, etc.), they could choose to send you a civil demand letter requesting payment of a civil fine. They also could choose to contact the police and then it's possible that charges would be filed. If this occurs, you would receive a notice in the mail to appear in court. Diversion is typically offered for a first offense. We hope you have learned from this. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    1/29/2015 4:25 pm
    Anonymous
    If you are between 11-14 years and get caught on CCTV shoplifting do high schools get in to what happend and do they always send a letter to your parents if it is your first offence
    1/29/2015 2:33 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: Schools are not typically notified of a minor first offense shoplifting incident. Ultimately, it's up to the store as to how they want to proceed. Some stores will send you letter requesting payment of civil fine. Others may contact the police in which case, charges may be filed. You would then receive a letter in the mail to appear in court. If you have to go to court, usually parents are required to be present with their child. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    1/29/2015 3:21 pm
    Anonymous
    my husband signed a non compete agreement with a company he works for within 24 hours he decided he no longer wanted to work there so he quit. In the contract they offered him compensation for signing which was never received. Is the contract still valid? He has been without a job for going on 3 months now because of it.
    1/29/2015 10:33 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: AsktheJudge.info is an educational site for and about teens and the law. We suggest he speak with an employment law attorney about his rights under the circumstances. Good luck to him.
    1/29/2015 3:17 pm
  • Anonymous
    Hi I'm 18 and this my last yr of school I have a child with a 17 who is also in school we are no longer together and she lives with her mom.Wht rights do I have are need to take to see my daughter because I wanna b thr but my x mother want let me are my family see her beca of the break up.Me not wanting to b with the mother of my child has nothing to do with the love I have for her so wht can I do to get visits are something.
    1/29/2015 9:39 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: As the birth father of the child, you do have equal rights with the mother to custody and visitation with your child as well as the responsibility to support the child. We suggest you speak with your parents about this. Together you can decide how to proceed. You may want to consult a family lawyer who can explain to you your legal rights and how to protect them. Many family lawyers will give you a free consultation for the first 30-60 minutes. Ask about this when you call the lawyer’s office. Also, many courts around the country have a Family Law Assistance Program where you may obtain free legal advice on these issues. Finally, click here to read more about your rights as the father (although it's specific to California, it provides useful information which applies in many states). Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    1/29/2015 3:13 pm
    rocky allen dillon
    rocky allen dillon
    I'm a 17 year old male I turn 18 on July 17th. I am being charged with truancy I missed a couple months and I regret it all. This is my first offense with the law. An I recently got enrolled in treca I am doing amazing in school now I have A`s and B`s and one D. My plan is to graduate and go to my local colleage for heavy equipment classes. Again this is my first offense . What will I be charged with.
    1/28/2015 10:41 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Rocky: Since this is your first time having to go to court for truancy, you may be placed on a diversion program and have to complete some community service, pay a fine and attend classes or counseling. Be sure to tell the court your current circumstances and your future educational goals. It sounds like you've gotten back on track and have learned from your mistakes. Best of luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    1/29/2015 2:57 pm
    Judge Tom
    Do I lose any rights if I′m pregnant?
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    8/26/2012 10:27 am Reply
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    Comment by: Kali
    I'm turning 16 in June and my boyfriends 17. I'm 1 month pregnant and I want to move out when I turn 16, I live in Raleigh North Carolina. Can you please tell me about the laws for moving out are in my situation. Please help!!
    1/28/2015 7:48 pm
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    Comment by: hannah
    hi I live in Alabama and I have a few questions to ask if im 14 and my boyfriend is 15 can he get put in jail and can my parent keep him from seeing the baby and me? can my parents take by baby from me?if my step parent cause me to much stress or anger that I think is hurting the baby do I have the right to move out
    1/27/2015 9:22 am
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    Comment by: William
    o I am 22 years old and I got my 17 year old girlfriend pregnant. We live in iowa. We were wondering if there’s any way you can help me find out if she can get emancipated without her parents consent. She would be living me with and we both have good jobs to support all three of us and we plan on moving in together. Her parents are pressuring her to get an abortion and she doesn’t want to do that but her parents disagree. She would be done with school before she had the baby and she will start online college. Dear William: Iowa does have an emancipation law (232C-1). You can read this at any public library for yourself. Ask the librarian for help finding it or google “Iowa 232C-1.” It is not easy to obtain and it can’t be done behind a parent’s back. If your girlfriend files a petition with the court for emancipation, she must serve a copy of the petition on her parents who have a right to attend the hearing and state their position. Good luck. (This is information only – not legal advice).
    1/17/2015 7:59 am
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    Comment by: Haley
    I am 15 years old , soon to be 16 in July. I live in Michigan, and as a child I got token into custody when I was 8, by my oldest sister. Am I considered my own adult now? What are my rights in a situation like this?
    5/13/2013 7:37 pm
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    Comment by: Colette Adkins
    My niece lives in Ar. and she has a two week old baby, she's 1 month from being 17 yrs. old. The babies father is 16yrs. old. The fathers parents are threatening my neice with legal action if she doesn't let them see the baby. They wanted her to sign something to say that their son would not have to pay child support. No one is for sure if it's even the boys child. What can they do legally do to her? What are her rights as far as Ar.law goes Dear Colette: Your niece may want to contact a family law attorney in her area who could provide information based on the specific laws in her state as well as her circumstances. First, she does have rights as a teen parent and the possible grandparents on the father's side will have to take the matter to court if they want visitation rights of the baby. Since it sounds uncertain as to who the biological father is, a paternity test may need to be conducted. Your niece can choose to either ignore the grandparent's threats and wait to see if they take the matter to court, talk to a local attorney about her situation or try talking to the grandparents and work out some sort of compromise. Good luck to your niece. (This is information only - not legal advice.)
    1/20/2013 10:13 am
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