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    Happy
    Happy
    I was caught shop lifting. The police was called and my fingerprint was taken. I want to curt and was ordered to pay for the items taken and also I did my community service. Now I want to apply for us citizen. Am I eligible. Can my past prevent me from qualifying ? From New Jersey.
    8/31/2014 10:26 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    It depends on the laws in your state as all states have different laws and procedures when it comes to dismissed charges and criminal background checks. You can check this site about the laws in your state concerning juvenile records. Otherwise, you could try contacting an immigration attorney. Many attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    9/1/2014 10:17 am
    Anonymous
    What are police procedures for questioning and testing minors suspected of underage drinking in tennessee. We were recently exposed to a situation where the police were 'tipped' to a teenage gathering with alcohol. Each minor was asked if he/she had drank. Many lied and said 'no' and were released to drive away. Those who admitted 'yes', even if only one sip, were bused to the police station and had to be bailed out. No miranda was given.
    8/31/2014 9:32 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: You would need to ask the police department for their procedures or in the alternative, if they are not willing to discuss that, consult with a local criminal defense attorney who handles matters out of juvenile court. Miranda is required only when a person including a minor is "in custody" (this usually means arrested) and before an "interrogation" or interview occurs. Being detained and asked if they were drinking may not amount to a "custodial interrogation." Again a local criminal defense attorney could answer more specifically based on the laws in your state and taking into account the specific facts and circumstances. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    9/1/2014 10:14 am
    Happy
    Happy
    I was caught shop lifting. The police was called and my fingerprint was taken. I want to curt and was ordered to pay for the items taken and also I did my community service. Now I want to apply for us citizen. Am I eligible. Can my past prevent me from qualifying
    8/31/2014 7:19 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Happy: AsktheJudge.info is an educational for and about teens and the law. You need to speak with an immigration attorney who can answer your questions. Many attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Good luck.
    8/31/2014 8:43 pm
  • Sandra Zavala
    Sandra Zavala
    Name is sandra zavala I am 16 years old . I am in sc rockhill , im in fostercare . If I get pregnant while in fostercare am I considered an adult an leave the system?
    8/31/2014 4:03 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Sandra: You are not considered emancipated or free to make your own decisions just because you’re pregnant or after you have the baby. As a teen parent, you will have rights and responsibilities concerning the care of your baby, but you’re still a minor which means that you still need to follow the rules of your foster parents/home. If you are unhappy with your current home, please talk to an adult you trust. Whether it’s your case worker, a relative, teacher, school counselor or a friend’s parent, they can help you make things either better with your current circumstances or explore alternatives for you. Also, check out our Resource Directory and look under Teen Health for resources in your area who may be able to help (just click on your state). Take care of yourself and your baby.
    8/31/2014 8:25 pm
    Anonymous
    I got caught switching rags at walmart they theft team at Walmart meet me outside and told me I was shoplifting I was wondering what the penalties or fines are in the state of Missouri if it was your second offense
    8/29/2014 6:15 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    The possible penalties depend on the laws in your state as well as the rules/policies of the court and prosecutor's office. You may be facing probation with community service, fines (anywhere from about $100 up to several hundred dollars), educational classes and/or counseling. You will find out more when you go to court including what your options are. We hope you learned from this as the penalties will continue to increase for additional offenses. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    8/30/2014 8:24 am
    alex johnaon
    alex johnaon
    I got caught with marijuanna in my car. The next day they told my job. Can they do that?
    8/29/2014 7:42 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Alex: Most likely your employer is in the right. Anytime drugs are used in the workplace, they can take action including firing you. Remember this for the future. Good luck.
    8/29/2014 10:49 am
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