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Cheap Shot or Reality?

Wabanaki Legal News, January 2007 edition by J. Peter Sabonis, Esq.; A 16 year old Glenburn boy takes a gun from his grandparents, goes on an 8 day spree of burglaries and vehicle thefts over four counties, assaults an adult with an ax, and sets off a massive manhunt which prompts fearful school officials to close four schools.  The boy is found, arrested and charged with 31 criminal counts.  If tried as an adult, the boy would face u more...

KIDS LEGAL

Wabanaki Legal News, Spring 2005 Pine Tree Legal's KIDS LEGAL program helps kids who need legal advice and representation.  KIDS LEGAL can help with a wide variety of issues, including school problems, homelessness, bullying, physical and sexual violence, and many other legal issues. They also partner with health and social service providers, if you need more than just legal help. To learn more, go to KIDS LEGAL more...

Teen Parenting Information

Wabanaki Legal News, Winter 2005 By Sara Meerse, Esq. Being a parent can be overwhelming. Being a teenage parent can be even harder. Keep in mind that if you live on a reservation, you can get direction to all tribal programs by contacting the Tribal Offices. You should also be aware that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) does NOT apply to every case involving custody of Indian children. The ICWA excludes more...

The State Juvenile Justice System

Wabanaki Legal News, Winter 2005By J. Peter Sabonis, Esq. There is one set of criminal laws for all persons in Maine. If a person under 18 years of age violates them, it is considered a juvenile crime and is handled under the Juvenile Court system. If a violator is 18 years of age or older, he or she will be charged and tried as an adult. At times, crimes are so serious that the state may ask that a juvenile be charged as an adult. (Transferring more...

Tribal Juvenile Justice

Wabanaki Legal News, January 2005By J. Peter Sabonis, Esq. It is commonly observed that there are two justice systems in America: one for the rich and another one for everybody else. Usually, the observation means that the rich are able to afford skilled lawyers, who are able to use their talents to help their clients avoid jail or hard time. But lawyers alone do not explain the different systems. Throughout the country, our courts a more...