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

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    Anonymous
    What is the sentencing for accessory to crime (child abduction) and what is the sentencing if you abduct a child?
    10/24/2014 6:30 pm Reply
    Anonymous
    What is the sentencing for if you are an accessory to crime and what is the sentencing for if you abduct a child and you are under 14?
    10/24/2014 6:29 pm Reply
    Kelli
    Kelli
    If I'm 17 in the State of West Virginia, is it okay if I get my own apartment and have someone who is 23 live with me? Without him getting into any trouble for it We are really close.
    10/24/2014 2:38 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Kelli: The legal age of majority in West Virginia is 18. That is when you have all the rights and responsibilities of an adult. With the consent of a parent or guardian, you can leave home and live with an adult. Until then, you're required to listen to your parents. Otherwise, both of you could be facing legal action if someone decided to enforce the laws. Good luck. (This is information only - not legal advice).
    10/24/2014 4:15 pm
  • Anonymous
    My friend sent nude picture to 15 year old girl via the internet, he is 18. She is now threatening to send the pictures to the police and his university unless he goes and pays her 50 pounds tomorrow. What should he do? This is in the United Kingdom.
    10/22/2014 8:28 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: We suggest your friend talk to a lawyer (barrister) about this incident. Sexting is against the law as well as extortion. He can also talk with his parents for advice. Good luck.
    10/23/2014 4:01 pm
    Anonymous
    If i live in Massachusetts and i am 18 and my girlfriend is 15 and we have had sexual intercourse and she consents but her parents do not after she turns 16 can they still charge me with statutory rape?
    10/23/2014 12:10 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: Yes, they may be able to make a report to the police even after she turns the legal age of consent. It depends on your state's laws and the statute of limitations, or time limits the state has to file charges against a person. You can find out more about age of consent laws here. Good luck.
    10/23/2014 3:44 pm
    Anonymous
    My grandson is 12. He hung with boys who talked him into vandalising a school truck, and stealing a bike. He is in court next week for 2 counts of vandalism and one count of theft. What can we expect?
    10/22/2014 3:44 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: The possible consequences depend on a number of factors including his prior record (if any), the specific facts and circumstances and the laws in your state. He may be facing probation with community service, fines/restitution and having to attend educational classes or counseling. He will find out more when he goes to court including what his options are. Good luck to your family.
    10/22/2014 8:53 pm
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