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Can minors express their political views?

The First Amendment generally prohibits the government from taking any actions to limit your speech, the same as adults. There are certain exceptions, particularly if you are enrolled in a public ...
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What is the purpose of not having jury trials for juveniles?

The government has the choice They can prosecute the child for a crime in the adult system and the defendant then has the right to a jury, or they can refer the matter to the juvenile justice system (...
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Is it legal to own a photo of someone and spread it around without their permission?

Copyright The photographer, not the subject(s) own the copyright in the picture. So, unless this was a selfie, you have no rights in the picture. Privacy If the photo was taken in circumstances where ...
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What is the law about adults dating a minor?

So as pointed out in the comments, most states do not set 18 as the age of consent (in the U.S. a majority of states have 16 as age of consent. 18 becomes famous because that's the age of consent in ...
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Is it legal in the US to leave a gun in the hands of a minor without oversight?

Aiden4's answer about Winconsin's statute 948.60 is correct, but incomplete and the complete reason is interesting/funny, so I'll expand on it: The statute reads: 948.60  Possession of a dangerous ...
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If a minor requested a doctor prescribe her birth control, can she demand the doctor not disclose her request to her parents?

united-statestexas In the US, it depends on the consent-to-treat laws of the state. In Washington, under RCW 9.02.100, everybody has a right to reproductive privacy (be it contraceptives or abortions)....
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If a minor requested a doctor prescribe her birth control, can she demand the doctor not disclose her request to her parents?

england-and-wales A 16 year old is not considered, for these purposes, a minor so she can legally engage in consentual sexual activity (with certain exemptions not relevant here). A child under 16 can ...
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What is the law about adults dating a minor?

iowa based on the OP's profile. Re: Say that a guy was dating this girl since he was a junior in high school and at the time she was a freshman. Say that they stayed together over the years and he is ...
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Is destroying a mailbox a felony?

Technically, yes: Whoever willfully or maliciously injures, tears down or destroys any letter box or other receptacle intended or used for the receipt or delivery of mail on any mail route, or ...
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Is it legal to own a photo of someone and spread it around without their permission?

Personality Rights In many jurisdictions, a person has the property right to control exploitation of a picture of them. This is generally connected to economic exploitation, but a court operating ...
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In the USA, do parents have the right to control their children's possessions?

The fundamental question is whether children can own property: they clearly can. See Cyclopedia of Law and Procedure (I improved the link so it can be more easily read). As a general rule any ...
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Can you sue an underage contractor?

Generally speaking, you have to disclose that the defendant is a minor in the complaint and their deadline to respond is tolled until the court has appointed a guardian ad litem for them. So, while it ...
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Is it legal in the US to leave a gun in the hands of a minor without oversight?

Those blogs are half right. The relevant federal statute is 18 U.S.C. § 922(x). I won't reproduce it here for brevity, but it prohibits minors from possessing or purchasing handguns*, with some ...
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How much authority do teachers get from *In Loco Parentis*?

The school can confiscate a cell phone if you violated phone usage policy, because schools have broad powers to set student conduct policies. Searching the phone is a separate matter: a search ...
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Why is Age of Consent set at a specific age?

I was initially going to vote to close this as a political rather than a legal question, however, I think there is scope for separating out the two dimensions. Our society makes a distinction between ...
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What is the law about adults dating a minor?

Dating is not sex (or at least, isn't necessarily sex). There is no "statutory rape" equivalent to dating someone younger than you in a way that does not involve sex or child pornography. ...
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Can one individual (not a dealer) give or sell a firearm to another individual without reporting the transaction?

I assume that "in Oregon" means that the donor (transferor) and recipient (transferee) are both in Oregon, also that neither party happens to be a licensed gun dealer. You turn to ORS 166....
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If a minor requested a doctor prescribe her birth control, can she demand the doctor not disclose her request to her parents?

france Parental consent is normally needed for any intervention made on a minor but two topics are exception, in which they incur secrecy and never needing parental consent, birth control and IVG (...
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Is it legal for a parent in Florida to remove their minor child's doors and install a surveillance camera looking into the bathroom and bedroom?

The relevant law is not so specific. It prohibits child abuse and child neglect which are defined only as general standards and not as specific rules. This doesn't appear to be child neglect, indeed, ...
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Can you sue an underage contractor?

There are several issues here, but all of them are going to depend on the particular laws in the jurisdiction involved. In many jurisdictions a person hired to perform a service, such as a contractor, ...
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Why is marriage with a minor legal in the US while sex with a minor is not?

The ultimate answer as to why any given law is the way it is, as opposed to some other way that it might be, is because the legislature, or the courts if it is part of the court-made common law, chose ...
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If a 12 year old child uses his mother's car without her consent

Depending on the country (not mentioned), the mother may be at fault for not keeping the car out of the hands of her son, but on the other hand, it seems quite impossible to 100% prevent a determined ...
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What is the purpose of not having jury trials for juveniles?

Because there are competing public interests. Jury trials are public and produce a permanent public record. There is (at least in contemporary US society) a widely held belief that children are not ...
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Is it legal to walk out of school, unexcused in Colorado

One of the relevant cases is Tinker vs. Des Moines. In it, students wore black armbands in protest, and were suspended from school unless they agreed to remove the armbands. Because their protest ...
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In the US, at what age can a child refuse to attend a religious service mandated by their parent?

Are there actual laws written, or de facto situations (e.g. let's say another law specifies that a child can't be physically forced to go anywhere without causing abuse) where the child can refuse ...
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Why is Age of Consent set at a specific age?

We set speed limits so we don't have to spend time fighting over whether you were driving too fast. We put up fences so we don't have to spend time fighting over whose property you are on. We set ...
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Keeping children away from an ex-convict legally required?

You are responsible or assessing risks to your children A parent (or a person in loco parentis) is obliged to care for and protect their children this includes assessing the risk to those children and ...
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Is there an "high altitude mountain climbing age" within the United States?

In General: No There is no federal law and, as far as I can tell, no state law which sets an across-the-board minimum age on mountaineering or climbing. I based this on searching through the statutes ...
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Must a minor be given access to his parents if requested when detained by police or a school?

Does a minor saying, "I want my mommy" have the same legal effect as an adult saying, "I want my lawyer"? NO If a suspect in police custody asks for a lawyer, the interview must stop. If the ...
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