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    Anonymous
    I live in NJ and I'm 15. There was weed residue in my locker and there was a search and I was caught. They asked me questions and I told them it was mine. I thought that if I told them the truth (it wasn't mine and I didn't know whose it was) they wouldn't believe me and they would think I was lying and I would be in more trouble. We tried going back to tell the truth but it was too late. I was drug tested that day and suspended for 9 days from school but the results never came back and they never will because they messed it up somehow. The prosecutor told us I could be randomly drug tested, put on probation, or forced to go to a class about drugs, they would let us know. Its been over a month and they haven't gotten back to us. Im tired of waiting I just want to know and move on. Would it make a difference if we called the police department and talked to the prosecutor? What will most likely happen to me? Did they just drop it and is there a time limit to where it doesn't matter anymore? PLEASE please answer this.
    3/2/2015 7:12 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Reader: The time limit for filing drug charges depends on where you live and the applicable drug laws. It could be up to a year or longer, so it does matter. We suggest you talk with your parents about this. They can contact the police and ask for an update on the case. You may have lucked out and nothing will come of this. If not, you may be offered "diversion" if you have a clean record. Once you successfully complete diversion, the case will be closed and you won't have a record. Good luck (This is information only - not legal advice).
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    3/1/2015 4:56 pm Reply
    Anonymous
    Let's say someone sends a not so fully clothed picture of themselves to someone when they're 16 and then it resurfaces on a fake facebook when they're 18. Can they get in any trouble if they report this in NY? Also if reported and that person lives far away and are found what can be done?
    3/1/2015 2:15 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    New York does have a sexting law that applies to minors. You can click here to read more about it. Since you're now 18, it's unlikely that you would face consequences for the act, but ultimately it would depend on the statute of limitations or time limits the state has to file charges for certain offenses. You could try Googling "NY sexting law statute of limitations" for the specific time limits in your state. Finally, the police/prosecutor's office would have to decide whether or not to conduct an investigation into this matter. Depending on the possible charges the perpetrator faces, he/she could be extradited or brought back to NY to face criminal charges. The police would be able to tell you more about this. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    3/1/2015 3:11 pm
  • Anonymous
    My son has been living with his father for years and now he is 17 and his father just got remarried and he kicked him out, my mother went and picked him up and he has been staying with her for about 3 weeks now. He has only took a shower once, he wants to stay up all night and play video games or listen to loud music, she washes his clothes and he throws them in his room, he wont go apply for jobs, he has a 15 yr old girlfriend and has tried to run away twice to go see her, he wont eat when food is prepared, then when he is ready to eat he fills sink up with dishes, he sleeps all day, he cant attend GED classes until 4/16/2015, I have told him to get my mom to take him to library and check out the newest edition of the GED practice book, he refuses to do that, he curses repetitively, someone bought him one of those vapor cigarettes, he takes my moms phone after she is asleep and calls his girlfriend. He told my mom that he has been in jail 8 times. I need to know what I can legally do to have him put in a Juvenal Detention for help.
    2/28/2015 12:54 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Juvenile detention isn't an option until he is charged with a crime and a judge decides to incarcerate him. He's definitely in need of some "tough love" and a dose of reality, especially at his age. You can contact your local juvenile court and ask for assistance. Some courts have pre-detention, pre-charge services for kids like your son. A sit-down meeting with a probation officer may open his eyes to his future if he continues this behavior. Good luck.
    2/28/2015 1:12 pm
    Ricky Ross
    Ricky Ross
    I have been accused of an armed robbery. I haven't been arrested or convicted for this and its interfering with me finding work. What should i do?
    2/28/2015 9:54 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    We suggest that you contact a criminal defense attorney for advice. Some offer free initial consultations for a brief interview, so ask about this. Take a look at our Resource Directory for professionals in your area: www.askthejudge.info/directory Good luck.
    2/28/2015 1:07 pm
    Anonymous
    i am 20 years old and had sexual relations with a 17 year old guy not realizing at the time he was only 17. he is now blackmailing me and telling me that if i do not continue to talk to hijm and have sex with him he is going to tell everyone and get me into trouble. Am I going to get into trouble? What should I do about this?
    2/27/2015 7:44 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    That depends on the laws of consent where you live. Google the name of your state and "age of consent" for information on this. If he continues to harass you, notify the police who may intervene on your part and talk with him or his parents. Good luck.
    2/28/2015 1:04 pm
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