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    Anonymous
    Hi, My name is Bradley and I'm 22 years old. I currently reside in Florida. I have an important question to ask you. When I was 16 I got arrested in Florida for shop lifting. I was released to my grandparents and I never went to juvenile court, but I went through a diversion program where I completed 50 hours of community service and did 3 nights of jury duty and I passed the drug test. Eventually, my charges were dropped. Now I want to join the police force and it's been my dream since I was a kid. Will this disqualify me from becoming a police officer? I was told that was I turn 18 (I'm 22 now) that it'll erase forever.
    10/28/2014 3:29 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: It most likely will not disqualify you, but you need to look to the policies of the police department as well as the laws in your state. To find out if there is anything on your record, you could try contacting the court and request a copy of your record. Since you were a minor and you completed diversion, most likely there is nothing on your record but every state has its own laws on the matter. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    10/29/2014 10:09 pm
    Anonymous
    is it sexual harassment if the victim is paid and agrees and the perditor is not refused and if the preditor asks and is given a refusal but does not have physical contact but comes semi close
    10/28/2014 4:10 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    The “f-word” leads to four days in jail
    That's right, and they were said in a court building. 23-year-old, Valerie Perez, was in court in Illinois for a speeding ticket. After waiting most of the morning for her case to be called, the ju...[Read More]
    10/28/2014 2:20 pm Reply
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    Teen athlete decides against competing due to religious beliefs
    We have written many times about students professing their religious beliefs and exercising traditions and rituals on and off campus. Once again we see a student courageously taking a stand regardin...[Read More]
    12/3/2013 8:18 pm Reply
    Anonymous
    Hi judge , i recently turned 18 in october 16 , i have a baby , he is one year old , im yrying to move in with my babys father he is 23 , but my parents threaten me to beat him brutaly and take my baby away , i live in nort carolina , also my baby doesnt have his fathers last name due to my parents hate against him , he is really responsible he has a job , and hes been saving up for the baby , he already has an apartment for the three of us , and i have one more year of high school to go , what can i do , theyve kept me away from him for two years and he hasnt even met his son , please help , thank you for youre advice ..
    10/25/2014 9:43 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: Since you are 18 years old and a legal adult, you have the right to make decisions about your life and your child's life. We don't provide legal advice to our readers. However, we recommend that you talk with a local lawyer who practices family law. Some offer free initial consultations so ask about this if you contact one. You could also ask Planned Parenthood for advice as they would know the laws in your state. Take a look at our Resource Directory for professionals in your area: www.askthejudge.info/directory Good luck. (This is information only - not legal advice)
    10/26/2014 11:03 am
    Anonymous
    I live in Tennessee & Me and husband are separated both of us are in relationships, nothing about our seperation is legal... he's refusing to bring our 5 year old back to me can he or does he have that right to just up and decide not to bring him back to me?
    10/25/2014 5:57 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    This website is an education resource for & about teenagers and the laws that affect them. We don't provide legal advice to teens or adults. We suggest you talk with a lawyer who practices family law. Take a look at our Resource Directory for professionals in your area: www.askthejudge.info/directory Good luck.
    10/26/2014 10:37 am
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