Youth Law

Defendant's Rights

Criminal

  • The age of consent refers to the legal age in which someone may engage in sexual activity.
  • A Child In Need of Supervision is a child who needs guidance, treatment, or rehabilitation, and falls under one of three categories.
  • Overview of Maryland's Juvenile Justice System
  • In Maryland, effective October 1, 2014, possession or use of less than 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. Decriminalization replaces criminal penalties with civil penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. Before October 1, 2014, the possession or use of any amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense.
  • Maryland law makes it a crime to fail to provide for children in your care.

Domestic Violence

Discipline

  • This article outlines the rights of students and the types of discipline that can be imposed.
  • Here is the procedure for school discipline outlined in Maryland law.
  • This article lists links to local county school handbooks.
  • Maryland law requires all children between the ages of 5 and 16 who live in this state to attend school unless excused with a lawful absence.
  • This article outlines the types of offenses that a student may be disciplined for in schools.

Working Conditions

Child Abuse/Neglect

  • Children (under age 18) are deemed to be "in the need of assistance" if there is apparent abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) or neglect by a caretaker.
  • Maryland law makes it a crime to fail to provide for children in your care.
  • In Maryland, a child under the age of 8 years may not be left unattended at home, at school, or in a car. Effective October 1, 2013, when a parent or permanent custodian becomes aware that a child under the age of 13 has gone missing, that person must notify appropriate law enforcement within 24 hours, and when a parent or permanent custodian becomes aware that a minor has died, that person must notify appropriate law enforcement or medical authority within 5 hours.

Custody & Visitation

  • Custody and visitation are the legal terms for court decisions about how the child will spend his/her time between parents (or others).
  • Visitation is the part of the court order that defines when, how and where the non-custodial parent may have contact with the child.

Medical Benefits

  • The Mission of the Maryland Healthy Kids/EPSDT Program is to promote access to and assure availability of quality health care for Medical Assistance children, teens and young adults less than 21 years of age.
  • Medicaid (also called Medical Assistance) is a program that pays the medical bills of people who have low income and cannot afford medical care.

Alcoholism/Substance Abuse

  • In Maryland, effective October 1, 2014, possession or use of less than 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. Decriminalization replaces criminal penalties with civil penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. Before October 1, 2014, the possession or use of any amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense.

Medicaid/Medicare

Youth

  • In Maryland, effective October 1, 2014, possession or use of less than 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. Decriminalization replaces criminal penalties with civil penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. Before October 1, 2014, the possession or use of any amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense.

Health

  • The Mission of the Maryland Healthy Kids/EPSDT Program is to promote access to and assure availability of quality health care for Medical Assistance children, teens and young adults less than 21 years of age.
  • In Maryland, effective October 1, 2014, possession or use of less than 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. Decriminalization replaces criminal penalties with civil penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. Before October 1, 2014, the possession or use of any amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense.
  • The Maryland Court of Appeals has held that medical care is the responsibility of the parent. This article outlines some rights in regard to minors.

Starting a Lease

  • There are times when a tenant needs a co-signer. Sometimes a tenant, through frugal spending habits, can actually pay the required rent, but doesn’t meet the basic income requirements of the industry.

Landlord/Tenant

  • A lease is a contract. A minor is generally not bound by his or her contracts. This means that, if a minor enters into a contract, the law will allow the minor to "void" the contract.

Licenses

  • In the past few sessions of the Maryland General Assembly, several new laws were passed that greatly restrict the way minors can operate their automobiles

Motor Vehicles

Child Abuse

  • Children (under age 18) are deemed to be "in the need of assistance" if there is apparent abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) or neglect by a caretaker.

Criminal Law

  • The age of consent refers to the legal age in which someone may engage in sexual activity.
  • A Child In Need of Supervision is a child who needs guidance, treatment, or rehabilitation, and falls under one of three categories.
  • This article defines who is counted as a child under Maryland criminal law.
  • Maryland law makes it a crime to fail to provide for children in your care.
  • In Maryland, a child under the age of 8 years may not be left unattended at home, at school, or in a car. Effective October 1, 2013, when a parent or permanent custodian becomes aware that a child under the age of 13 has gone missing, that person must notify appropriate law enforcement within 24 hours, and when a parent or permanent custodian becomes aware that a minor has died, that person must notify appropriate law enforcement or medical authority within 5 hours.

Custody

  • Custody and visitation are the legal terms for court decisions about how the child will spend his/her time between parents (or others).
  • Visitation is the part of the court order that defines when, how and where the non-custodial parent may have contact with the child.

Emancipation

Employment

Health Issues

  • The Mission of the Maryland Healthy Kids/EPSDT Program is to promote access to and assure availability of quality health care for Medical Assistance children, teens and young adults less than 21 years of age.
  • Medicaid (also called Medical Assistance) is a program that pays the medical bills of people who have low income and cannot afford medical care.
  • The Maryland Court of Appeals has held that medical care is the responsibility of the parent. This article outlines some rights in regard to minors.

Schooling

  • "Bullying" occurs when you are repeatedly harassed or intimidated by another student. Bullying includes threats and nasty remarks as well as physical actions like pushing or hitting, written conduct, and damaging your property. It is considered bullying if the other student's words or actions prevent you from doing well in school or enjoying after-school activities, or if the conduct substantially interferes with your physical or psychological well-being. Bullying also includes electronic communication, such as that transmitted by a landline telephone, cell phone, computer, or pager. This is often referred to as "cyber-bullying." Bullying is conduct that occurs on school property, at a school activity or event, or on a school bus. Conduct that occurs in other places is also considered to be bullying if it substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a school.
  • This article outlines the rights of students and the types of discipline that can be imposed.
  • Here is the procedure for school discipline outlined in Maryland law.
  • This article lists links to local county school handbooks.
  • Maryland law requires all children between the ages of 5 and 16 who live in this state to attend school unless excused with a lawful absence.
  • This article outlines the types of offenses that a student may be disciplined for in schools.

Youth Law

  • Maryland law restricts reading, writing, or sending a text message, or using a handheld telephone, while operating a motor vehicle.
  • There are times when a tenant needs a co-signer. Sometimes a tenant, through frugal spending habits, can actually pay the required rent, but doesn’t meet the basic income requirements of the industry.
  • In the past few sessions of the Maryland General Assembly, several new laws were passed that greatly restrict the way minors can operate their automobiles
  • Overview of Maryland's Juvenile Justice System
  • In Maryland, effective October 1, 2014, possession or use of less than 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. Decriminalization replaces criminal penalties with civil penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. Before October 1, 2014, the possession or use of any amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense.
  • Many aggressive children and adolescents have grown up in violent homes and neighborhoods, but some become violent for other reasons.
  • A lease is a contract. A minor is generally not bound by his or her contracts. This means that, if a minor enters into a contract, the law will allow the minor to "void" the contract.

Other Legal Issues

  • In Maryland, effective October 1, 2014, possession or use of less than 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. Decriminalization replaces criminal penalties with civil penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. Before October 1, 2014, the possession or use of any amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense.
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