Youth Law

General Youth Law Articles

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
At 18, your child may enter into contracts and sign legal documents for herself. As she becomes an adult, she may wish to give you some access to information and authority to make decisions in order to have your continued help. For example, she can put in place a HIPAA release authorization form, an advance health care directive, and a durable general power of attorney.
In Maryland, possession or use of less than 10 grams of marijuana is not a criminal offense. Possession or use of up to 10 grams of marijuana is still illegal, however, and carries civil penalties.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a form of immigration relief available to undocumented children living in the U.S. who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected by at least one parent and meet several other eligibility requirements.
This article explains the steps in the juvenile record expungement process.
Maryland law restricts reading, writing, or sending a text message, or using a handheld telephone, while operating a motor vehicle.
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.

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

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.
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.
The age of consent refers to the legal age in which someone may engage in sexual activity.
Maryland law makes it a crime to fail to provide for children in your care.
This article explains the steps in the juvenile record expungement process.
The juvenile expungement law establishes a procedure through which a person with a juvenile record can ask a court to have the record "expunged" (removed from public view).

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

Emancipation of a minor generally refers to the process of freeing a minor (person under age 18) from parental control.
For minors who want emancipation from their parent or guardian. Depending on age, minors have the right to make some independent decisions.
For parents who want emancipation from their child.

Employment

When you need a work permit, and how you can get one.
This article describes laws written to keep minors in the workplace safe

Health Issues

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.
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.

Juvenile Expungement

This article explains the steps in the juvenile record expungement process.
The juvenile expungement law establishes a procedure through which a person with a juvenile record can ask a court to have the record "expunged" (removed from public view).
For a court to order a juvenile record expungement, the judge must make the findings and consider the factors explained in this article.
Maryland law permits a person with a juvenile record to seek to have that record expunged under certain circumstances.

Schooling

This article outlines the rights of students and the types of discipline that can be imposed.
This article outlines the types of offenses that a student may be disciplined for in schools.
This is a summary of the procedures for school discipline in Maryland. There are three types of disciplinary penalties and different procedures apply to each.
This article lists links to local county school handbooks.
"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.
Maryland law requires all children, 5 years and older and under 18, who live in this state and attend public schools to attend school regularly unless excused with a lawful absence.