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    Judge Tom
    Can the police search your phone without a warrant?
    The short answer to this question of whether the police can search your cell phone without a warrant is no, they cannot. However, like all constitutional rights, there are exceptions to this general r...[Read More]
    7/25/2014 4:51 pm Reply
    Anonymous
    Can I choose to live with my dad when I'm 13 and if so how does the process work
    7/25/2014 12:26 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: First, you need to find out whether or not your parents have custody orders through the court or if they worked out the current custody arrangement on their own. If both your parents are willing to let you live with your Dad, then there shouldn't be a problem. However, they may need to go back to court to get the custody orders modified if there are any orders in place. If your parents don't agree with letting you live with your Dad, then you will have to deal with the current arrangement. Since you are a minor, they get to make the decision, but if the court gets involved in making the custody decision, then the judge may want to hear from you about what you want. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    7/25/2014 4:15 pm
    Anonymous
    I have a simple question , Last month a group of my friends went pool hopping in a public pool. No cops were called or showed up that night but there was a security camera. They aren't sure if the camera even worked or not. If a pool staff called the police and said they seen them on the camera can they still be charged even though they didn't get caught on the scene?
    7/25/2014 4:06 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: Although it's possible that they could be charged, it's quite unlikely considering it would be very difficult to identify them based on the surveillance cameras alone. We suggest your friends stay out of public pools after hours as the police may be called on them next time. Thanks for writing us.
    7/25/2014 9:34 am
  • jewel
    jewel
    Okay I've just been released from all of my court issues. One of which includes truancy but I will be 18 in novemeber. And i to not wish to attend school anymore. At age 16 in virginia you may drop out. And since i have been released would that be an option for me?
    7/24/2014 4:41 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Jewel: If you are no longer under the jurisdiction of the court for the truancy or any other reason, and you're older than the state's compulsory school attendance law, you're free to drop out. However, as a minor, if you live with and are supported by your parents, you're required to listen to them including staying in school. We highly recommend that you don't stop your education now. It's your decision and one we hope you don't regret. Education is key to your future no matter what you end up doing. Good luck. (This is information only - not legal advice).
    7/24/2014 6:46 pm
    ANGIE
    ANGIE
    WHAT IF MY DAUGHTER REFUSES TO GO TO SCHOOL
    7/24/2014 12:46 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Angie: Depending on her age and the attendance laws in your state, she may be charged with truancy and end up in court. So could you as her parent. Google the name of your state and "compulsory attendance laws" for information on this. You can also talk with the school's attendance officer about this and find out what can happen if this keeps up. Good luck.
    7/24/2014 6:38 pm
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