This change was made to increase access to mental health services, drug treatments, and rehabilitation for young people charged with a misdemeanor. However, individuals age 17 and older will still be tried as an adult for felony charges. Misdemeanor Charges The severity of a crime determines whether it is considered a misdemeanor or a felony.
It is always important for your kids that you reach an agreement concerning custody, visitation and support whether you were married or not. Communication is key, even if it requires counseling or mediation. No matter how messy things get, you need to work together in the best interests of your child. Rules for child custody
If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges for a DUI, hiring the right lawyer is profoundly important. Without expert legal representation, your penalties may include: Revocation of your driver’s license for a minimum of one year Possible imprisonment Hefty fines and other financial burdens Sentencing to community service Technically, any lawyer licensed
An order of protection (also sometimes called a restraining order) is a civil court order that can be requested against a member of your family or household who is abusing, harassing or intimidating you, or interfering with your personal property. A restraining order can also be obtained to protect a minor child or a disabled
Child support modifications may be necessary for a variety of reasons. If you have been considering modifying your child support payments, either as a custodial or non-custodial parent, there are several things you need to consider. Child support is ALWAYS modifiable, but you need to understand the different types of orders for child support, qualifying
Divorce proceedings can be complicated. Filing a tax return can be complicated. Filing a tax return in the midst of a divorce proceeding can be completely overwhelming. The attorneys at Sherer Law Offices regularly work with expert tax and accounting professionals to help our clients make sense of what can feel like chaos. As you
Foster care and guardianship are both designed to provide safe and healthy care to children if separation from the birth parent is either voluntary or involuntarily necessary. While adoption permanently severs the legal tie between birth parent and child, guardianship and foster care can allow some level of shared responsibility and parental rights. There are,
We live in a digital world where bank accounts, credit cards, media and an abundance of other personal information can be accessed through some means of technology. While this accessibility can make life easier now, have you ever thought about what would happen to all your virtual content if your life suddenly ended? Most people
When you file bankruptcy you’ll still be responsible for paying child support. Congress has declared child support to be a priority debt, meaning it’s too important to be “wiped out.” Though you will still be responsible for all child support debts and payments, there are ways filing bankruptcy can help. Bankruptcy Options There are two
You have the legal right to appeal the ruling of your divorce. Taking a ruling from the trial level to the appeal level is an extensive process, which usually takes over a year to accomplish. To ensure your best chance of success, educate yourself on what’s involved in the appellate court process before you appeal.
If Something Happens To Me, Who Would I Want Raising My Children? There’s little more unsettling than the thought of relatives arguing and a judge deciding who should care for your children if you and your spouse were to pass unexpectedly. Your children shouldn’t have to deal with that kind of stress on top of
There are common misconceptions about the differences between joint and sole custody, legal and physical custody, and how they intertwine. It’s important to educate yourself on some simple custody facts so you can plan an arrangement that will work best for your family post divorce. Stable custody arrangements help to ensure that the lives of