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Forgot to mention I was 18 at the time and it was on long Island NY
3/12/2014 7:33 pmReply
I got a dui and resisted arrest back in 2005. I spent the night in jail and got a court date appearance in a month from then. I never went cause I left to my home country and now I have that bench warrant. I was told that if I enter the states I'd get arrested there and have to wait for another court date and see what I'd get for not appearing in court in 2005. It's a misdemeanor but I would like to know what exactly the judge will give me for my charges, how much the bail would be, how many days would I be held in prison etc.
3/12/2014 7:25 pmReply
If I plead guilty to a felony in ohio juvenile court and the case is sealed. Can I answer no to criminal history questions such as, "Have you ever been convicted of or plead guilty to a felony?"
3/11/2014 11:09 pmReply
Yes, you can answer no because in juvenile court you are not "convicted" you are "adjudicated" and you do not "plead guilty", but instead you make an admission. Always read the language on any application very carefully so that you can answer truthfully. Good luck.
3/12/2014 8:26 am
I just wanted to know what gives teachers and the school the right to detain my phone for 24 hours and holding it for more than those 24 hours because they only give us 20 minutes after school for my parents to pick it up. Also I heard somewhere that public schools are not allowed to confiscate any property worth over $300. Is that true and Thank You for your time.
3/11/2014 3:16 pmReply
All schools have what's called an Acceptable Use Policy concerning the possession/use of electronics on campus. Check your Student Handbook for your school's AUP to see what it says. Schools are allowed to set rules and policies concerning cell phone use and may confiscate phones for a period of time if the rules are broken. But you must be given notice of what those rules are, which is why you need to check the AUP. We are not aware of any law about not taking a student's property worth $300+. Again, this may be a school district policy or possibly a local law, but certainly any property that's worth more than $300 and illegal will of course be confiscated (drugs, weapons, etc.). Thanks for asking.
3/12/2014 8:19 am
Are parents legally required to support a teenager who moves out at 18?
This is an issue before a New Jersey court. In October, 2013, 18-year-old Rachel Canning moved from her home to a friend's home. Rachel is a senior in high school and is a cheerleader, on the honor ro...[Read More]
3/11/2014 8:48 amReply
I'm 15 and a friend and i have been accused of talking about a girl negatiely. We have never said anything to her whether onnline, through text, or face to face. She is saying she is going to report us. Does she have any basis to this that could get us in trouble?
3/10/2014 7:02 pmReply
Dear Sebastian: Based on what you are telling us, it does not sound like there is any reason for you and your friend to be in trouble. Perhaps she overheard a conversation, but was mistaken about who or what was being talked about. Although she can report her story to the school administrators, you and your friend should have the opportunity to explain your side of the story. You may want to check your school's Student Handbook to see what it says about the anti-bullying policy just so your clear about it and know that you have not violated it in any way. Also, if the girl is deliberately making up stories about you, it's possible that she is violating the policy. Finally, if you feel comfortable, you could consider confronting her and explain that you have not talked about her. Good luck.
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