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Criminal Law: Expungement FAQ
If you're thinking of trying to have a criminal record expunged (erased) or sealed (hidden), it's important that you understand what may be expunged, as well as when and how. Get detailed information about Expungement and Record Sealing in your state. ... READ MORE

Sexting: Pornography or High Tech Flirting?
Are naked pictures of your teen being sent from person to person or posted on the internet? If your teen has access to a cell phone there's a chance that there are. Three teen girls in Pennsylvania, several boys in their class, a boy in Wisconsin, and other teens all over the country are facing charges ... READ MORE

Can We Send Juveniles to Jail for Life?
In May 2010, in a much anticipated decision, the US Supreme Court answered the question, "Can we send juveniles to jail for life?" And the answer is: Sometimes. The Court ruled that juvenile offenders who've been convicted of crimes involving the killing of another person may be sent to prison for life without ... READ MORE

Arresting Kids
A juvenile may get by with “catch and release” or endure a formal trip to the stationhouse, depending on the circumstances of the stop and the suspected crime. ... READ MORE

Judges Plead Guilty: Youth Sentencing Kickbacks
Operation Greylord. Bernard Madoff. Charles Keating. Pyramid Schemes. All conjure up images of people who viewed themselves as above the law by abusing their positions of power to take money from unsuspecting, trusting citizens. Two Pennsylvania judges have pleaded guilty to taking something even more ... READ MORE

Parents’ Responsibility for Their Children’s Actions
Can you be made to pay for bad parenting? ... READ MORE

Juvenile Crimes and Rehab
If your child is in criminal trouble, you'll want to learn as much as you can about the juvenile justice process. It's best to hire a lawyer to represent your child as soon as possible after you learn of the problem. Remember, however, that the attorney represents the child and not the parent. Arrest ... READ MORE

Juveniles Who Commit Crimes
When juveniles commit crimes, the court treats them differently from adults - especially if they come from a background of abuse or neglect. The court aims to save juvenile offenders from the path they're on and rehabilitate them through counseling and other efforts. But this doesn't always work. Some ... READ MORE

Under 21 Drinking Is a Crime
The laws regarding juvenile drinking vary considerably from state to state. Depending on where you or your child lives and the circumstances involved, the juvenile offense of underage drinking might result in no punishment at all or a misdemeanor charge. The legal drinking age is 21 in all states. Juvenile ... READ MORE

Expungement Erases a Juvenile Criminal Record
A juvenile criminal record can follow you for the rest of your life, making it difficult for you to get a job or join the military. Expunging your juvenile record can give you a fresh start in adult life. If you meet the eligibility requirements to have your juvenile record expunged or erased, you'll ... READ MORE

 

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Can her mother and step dad search her bedroom?

Q: She is 17 years old. They go into her room when she is at school and go through everything just to see if they can find something. The step dad is the worse about doing it. She has no privacy whats ... Read more

My daughter was cited with underage drinking at a party but she was not dri

Q: My 17-year-old daughter was cited tonight for underage drinking at a house party. The cop said she wasn’t drinking. She will lose her license and be fined. Do we have recourse? A: I believe t ... Read more

Is it legal for a 19-year-old to produce homebrewed beverages?

Q: I’ve always been interested in experimenting with the possibility of homebrewed beverages, and am curious if I truly need to wait to start trying different things out. Assuming I DO NOT CONSU ... Read more

Can my friends be issued a subpoena?

Q: My three friends and I were caught in a car with a bookbag that had marijuana and marijuana related paraphernalia in it. The car was not turned on or moving. It was just really cold and windy so we ... Read more

Would it be a violation of probation to be signed out of high school at 16?

Q: I recently started probation and I’ve been failing my classes for a while now and making no significant progress. Parents said if I don’t improve my grades they’ll sign me out and ... Read more

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