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    5/20/2015 9:53 pm Reply
    Anonymous
    I got caught shoplifting at Walmart. Stealing make up I know it's dumb but I didn't have enough money to pay it and I needed it for graduation. I'm 18 I'm in probation about to come out of it in June. This is the first time I shoplift but I was already part of shoplifting before as the look out . I had 24 dollars with me when I got caught but since I didn't had no ID with me they called the cops. I have court what's gonna happen to me?
    5/16/2015 8:32 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    You may be facing probation again with community service, a fine and possibly having to attend a class or counseling. You will find out more when you go to court including what your options are. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    5/19/2015 3:37 pm
    janaeya
    janaeya
    I am 17 years old and this girl i live with constantly goes in my things and she know i will always say yes all she have to do is ask so im the nicest perosn to her in the group home 3 girls including me but this girl has made sexual remarks to me and she went in my things i gave her 3 warnings and now that i whipped her ass her aunt and psychiatrist wants to press charges how many years will i get
    5/19/2015 8:04 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Janaeya: It depends on the laws in your state and the specific facts and circumstances including how badly she was injured, if any sort of weapon was involved, your criminal record, etc. You could try Googling your state's name and "simple assault" or "aggravated assault" for more info about the possible consequences. A simple assault could be a minor fight with shoving, hitting or kicking but no serious injuries. Aggravated assault would usually involve more serious injuries or a fight involving something that could seriously injure a person. We encourage you to try to talk to an adult at the group home about this, so that you can avoid another conflict or confrontation with this person. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    5/19/2015 3:15 pm
  • Jakob
    Jakob
    I am 16 years old. I was caught shoplifting a lighter from a Walmart when I was 15. I have to go to a diversion program, what can I expect? will there be drug testing? will I have to pay fines?
    5/19/2015 5:53 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Diversion typically involves community service, payment of a fine and possibly attending an educational class or counseling. Drug testing could be part of it, but considering your offense was not alcohol or drug related, it's not super likely. You can check our Directory at the following link for diversion classes available online. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    5/19/2015 3:09 pm
    Anonymous
    I am 18 years old and about to go to boot camp for the marine corps. My parents are convicted felons and I was wondering if I bought a gun in my name could I keep it in the house with me and my family
    5/18/2015 10:52 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    You'll have to refer to the laws in your state concerning felony records and possession of firearms. Since you are going to leave their home soon, it seems best to play it safe and not risk getting them into trouble especially considering you will not be living with them. Also, your parents may be able to look into getting their records destroyed or expunged, which could allow them to possess firearms again depending on the laws in your state as well the offenses that appear on their record. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    5/19/2015 3:03 pm
    Anonymous
    If your a juvenile living in a group home and you go on the run, will they expedite the juvy bk to sf....even if they are out of state
    5/17/2015 12:09 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: It's going to depend on the laws of the home state as well as the specific facts and circumstances. If the minor is about to turn 18 and age out of the system, it's less likely that they would go through such a process. Contacting the case worker involved should be able to specifically answer your question. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    5/19/2015 2:54 pm
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