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In the state of CA, isn't it illegal to put a gate from an apartment community to a public school?
8/21/2014 12:25 amReply
Dear Lee: AsktheJudge.info is an educational site for and about teens and the law. You'll need to research the property laws in your state or possibly speak with an attorney who handles property issues. Good luck.(Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
8/21/2014 7:14 am
what is the law on minors in Washington state smoking marijuana and if they get caught with it on there person
8/20/2014 7:13 pmReply
Dear Anon: Although personal use of marijuana has been legalized in the state of Washington, it's only legal for those 21 and older. So, if you are a minor, it will be treated similar to a minor in possession of alcohol. You'll need to refer to your specific state laws to find out more about the possible penalties. Click here to read more about the marijuana possession laws in Washington. Thanks for asking. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
8/20/2014 8:50 pm
is it illegal for the principal to have a students cell phone and call another student with that phone?
8/18/2014 9:10 pmReply
It may not necessarily be illegal, but it's probably not a good policy for the school/principal to have. Take a look at your school's Acceptable Use Policy concerning electronic devices on campus. It should be in your Student Handbook. Depending on the specific facts and why the principal took your phone and made the phone call, you (and your parents) could request a meeting with the principal to further discuss this. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
8/18/2014 9:28 pm
How can I live with my aunt on my dads side,all me and my mom and grandma do is fight. But there is no way they will let me live with my aunt my aunt said I could and I'm 14 gonna be 15 in december . so what can I do to go live with her
8/18/2014 8:21 pmReply
Dear Anon: Unfortunately, since you are a minor, you need your Mom's consent in order to live with your aunt or another adult for that matter. Unless you are emancipated, your mom continues to be responsible for you and gets to make decisions about your upbringing including where you live and who you live with. Not all states have emancipation laws, but the ones that do make it somewhat difficult to become emancipated. Click here to find out whether your state has an emancipation law as well as the age of majority in your state. Perhaps you can try sitting down with your Mom and having a calm, mature talk about why you are unhappy at home. She may surprise you by making an effort to make things better for you. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
8/18/2014 9:21 pm
If I have a misdemeanor for possession of Marijuana can I still become a DEA Agent in NY?
8/17/2014 7:21 pmReply
According to the following site, history of drug use could disqualify an applicant for a DEA agent. Also, applicants must go through a lie detector test. Do your research though. If this is your dream, it's worth pursuing. Just be sure to stay away from any drug use or criminal activity. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
8/17/2014 9:18 pm
Yes my friends phone got stolen and he got this app called kik back on his phone and logged in to his account and saw some people he kik and there was photos sent but they was not nice and clean photos. Can he still get in trouble for picture he did not send?
8/17/2014 1:08 amReply
Dear Anon: It depends on the sexting laws in your state. In many states, a person does not face consequences for photos he received, but did not ask for, forward, share, etc. Be sure to tell your friend to delete any photos and not forward them or show them to anyone else. Check out this site for more about the specific laws in your state. Good luck to him. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
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