• Teen Chat Room – get answers to your questions about the law

    Ask your questions and make your comments to Judge Tom and your peers here.

    What is your Question?
    Anonymous
    how many dimes of weed makes up an ounce?
    11/20/2014 8:58 am Reply
    Anonymous
    how many dimes of weed are in one ounce?
    11/20/2014 8:57 am Reply
    Anonymous
    I am 15 and I've missed a lot of school. And we have already gotten an letter from truancy and my parents said that if I missed another day they were going to be really mad at me. Today I am home from school. What should I do?
    11/19/2014 8:16 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    You need to get to school is what you need to do. The more school you miss, the more serious the consequences including having to go to truancy court or even having to repeat a grade. Talk to your parents and/or a school counselor about this. Maybe there is an underlying reason why you are having trouble going to school. Perhaps they can help resolve any other issues. Good luck.
    11/19/2014 2:13 pm
  • Anonymous
    Can the state of Kansas hold me in foster care once I am 18?
    11/18/2014 5:35 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    It depends on the laws in your state. Typically, youth age out of foster care at 18, but there are exceptions depending on the laws and specific circumstances. Talk to your case worker about this. Also, Kansas provides benefits or services to youth who transition out of foster care until the age of 26 in some circumstances. Click here to find out more about services that may be available to you. Good luck.
    11/19/2014 7:30 am
    Anonymous
    Hi, I am a student that goes to school in Virginia. I have never got in trouble before. My friends wanted to fight a girl so they were making a plan on how everything would work on Facebook. Somehow, the school went through our facebook messages and got the deputy involved. I was pulled out of class and sat in an office by myself for about 1 hour. They were taking time out of my school day to make me sit in an office? I was very upset about this. How could they look through my private Facebook messages?
    11/16/2014 2:16 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: Good question. First, check out your school's "Acceptable Use Policy" or AUP which are the rules concerning electronic devices on campus. Are students required to give their Facebook passwords to the administrators? If this is the case, they may be violating student's rights. However, if they have reasonable suspicion that a crime is occurring, then they may conduct a search of a student's phone, Facebook account, etc. Perhaps you and your parents can ask for a meeting with the principal or vice principal to discuss and let them know your concerns about your rights being violated. Find out more about your rights concerning cell phones at school here. Good luck.
    11/17/2014 2:36 pm
    Anonymous
    i was pulled over and contained in car and questioned i'm only 17 and did this with out telling my parents they had me . cops searched my car and i sighed a paper saying I'd go to court for improper turn and posion of marighuna. i am two weeks from my 18th okbirthday and my court day with be once i am 18 , so will they charge me as a adult even though the arrest was first made as a minor ?
    11/16/2014 12:19 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    That depends on the laws in your state. Read the ticket you received to see if there's any mention of juvenile court. When you go to court, the legal process will be explained to you. If this is your first offense, you may be offered "diversion." http://www.askthejudge.info/what-are-juvenile-diversion-programs/ You may want to discuss this with your parents since you're still a minor. They may be able to help out if they go to court with you. Good luck. (This is information only - not legal advice).
    11/16/2014 1:25 pm
    Page 1 of 28212345...102030...Last »