What Are My Rights?: Q&A About Teens and the Law (Teens & the Law) (Paperback)
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Accessible, straightforward answers to more than 100 questions about teens’ legal rights and responsibilities.
“Can I be prosecuted for comments I make online?” “What are my rights as an undocumented teen?” “When can I get a tattoo?” These questions—and many more—are asked and answered in What Are My Rights? Teens often have questions about the justice system but don’t always know where to turn for answers. This book provides those answers, exploring more than 100 legal questions pertaining specifically to teens. This revised and updated fourth edition includes fresh facts, updated statistics, and brand-new questions and answers. Using a straightforward tone and drawing on examples from real-life juvenile court cases, Judge Tom Jacobs helps readers learn about the laws that affect them, appreciate their legal rights, and consider their responsibilities.
Teens & the Law Series
The Teens & the Law series familiarizes young readers with our legal system, dispels myths and mysteries, and shows that the law is by and for the people—including teens. The books cover numerous important legal issues pertaining to young people, such as the rights of minors; the rights to privacy and freedom of expression; the rights of gay and lesbian students; the rights of students with disabilities; the rights of parents, schools, and workplaces; the voting and political system; abortion; living wills; traffic laws; curfews; probation; and juvenile versus adult court. Crimes discussed include forgery, obscene conduct, defamation, vandalism, gang-related crimes, gambling, theft, underage drinking, drug and weapon possession, hacking, cyberbullying, sexual harassment, rape, hate crimes, arson, threats, and violence. Each book offers discussion points, tips and advice, detailed resources, emergency hotlines, and probing questions for further reflection.
About the Author
Thomas A. Jacobs, J.D., was an Arizona assistant attorney general from 1972 to 1985, practicing criminal and child welfare law. He was appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court in 1985 and served as a judge pro tem and commissioner in the juvenile and family courts until his retirement in 2008. He also taught juvenile law for ten years as an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University School of Social Work. He now writes for teens, lawyers, and judges. Judge Jacobs also maintains the popular website Ask the Judge: Answers for Teens About the Law at askthejudge.info. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
“As a teen I found myself frequently testing the boundaries of my parents, my school administrators, and the law. Unfortunately, a resource such as What Are My Rights? was not available to me. After becoming a probation officer, I have found this book quite valuable in assisting with questions from my probationers that I would not have been able to answer adequately or accurately. Thank you, Judge Tom, for publishing such a great resource to a demographic that is often unaware or uninformed of their rights. This tool has been invaluable to a number of people, and continues to evolve as issues surrounding juveniles become more complex due to technology.”
— Michael Olson, probation officer, Flagstaff, Arizona
“Children and teens, because of their dependent status, can find themselves struggling for meaning and straight answers to questions they might be afraid to ask, questions about circumstances that can affect them profoundly. Judge Tom Jacobs, from his research and deep experience in the juvenile and family court system, understands the questions and the concerns these youngsters live with. In his newly revised and updated book, What Are My Rights?Q&A About Teens & The Law, Judge Tom answers questions involving the law and relationships at home, at school, in the community, and in the vast reaches of the online world. His gift of plain and straight talk eliminates confusion and offers encouragement for responsible action, while his compassion for young people comes through on every page.”
— Dr. James Sutton, psychologist and author of The Changing Behavior Book: A Fresh Approach to the Difficult Child
“This year thousands of parents will receive a life-changing phone call after their teenage son or daughter is arrested. Will they need a lawyer, what will it cost, has their teen’s future just gone KAPUT? What Are My Rights? answers more than one hundred questions about the law in an easy-to-read, quick-to-search guide before mistakes are made. Every family needs this book. The future is in your hands. This is a great book!”
— Jon Davis Wiley, retired senior probation officer, Phoenix, Arizona