Is it legal for a 16 year old high school to sign their name to something at school without parental consent? 24 Answers as of September 20, 2012I am a minor who signed my name to a statement I made when a school official asked me to but I didn't have parental consent. Is that legal and does that make the statement void ?
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
It depends. If you signed a statement which accepts blame for something, then you were forced to violate your 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. You may need to consult with an attorney who could review the document that you signed.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
It is dependent upon the document, but a minor cannot bind himself to a contract.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Lombardi Law Firm | Steve Lombardi
Well what was it you signed and how was it to be used? A teacher ask you to sign your homework. A teacher can ask you to sign an exam paper. Can a teacher ask you to sign a statement intending to use it against the student criminally? They can ask, but can it be used? That's another question altogether. But ask yourself this, what are you involved with that teachers are asking you to sign a document that would concern you if your parents weren't present? What the heck are you doing at school? Are you there to learn or to run a criminal enterprise? Are you there to learn how to earn a living or attend college and succeed or are you there wasting your time? Get a clue; every day you make a decision about whether you will be a success or a failure. Only you make that decision, not your parents, your teachers or anyone else. You and you alone determine success or failure. If you're a loser it's because that is the choice you made. Don't blame it on anyone but yourself. So tell you what, the lawyer in my would give you one answer and the coach and father quite another.
Answer Applies to: Iowa
R. D. Kelly Law Firm, P.L.L.C. | Robert Kelly
Usually, anybody over the age of about 8 or so can be considered competent to be a witness, depending on whether they know the difference between the truth and a lie. If somebody under 18 signs a contract, though, the contract is void because minors do not have the legal capacity to enter into binding contracts.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Law Office of Lisa Hurtado McDonnell | Lisa Hurtado McDonnell
What was the statement for. Did you admit to committing a crime or a violation of a school rule. Or were you a witness to someone else committing a crime or a violation of a school rule. If you are a suspect and you were questioned regarding a crime by the police, then the police need to notified your parents and advised them of your right to an attorney before any questioning. School rules vary regarding parent notification, you will have check your school rules.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Law Office of Evan E. Zelig | Evan E. Zelig
If it were a contract it may be voidable; however depending on what the statement was (confession, admission or otherwise) it may be used against you without parental consent to your signature depending on the circumstances.
Answer Applies to: California