This comprehensive guide contains the most current information on the legal rights and responsibilities of young adults in all areas of their lives. Written in a clear, easy-to-follow question-and-answer format, its purpose is to help teens understand their rights at home, at school, behind the wheel, on the job, in juvenile court, in family abuse and neglect situations, and in connection with personal and sexual matters. The rights of young people have expanded considerably in the last 25 years, and this is the only work that comprehensively sets forth current law relating to these complex issues. Some of the provocative questions dealt with are: Does the school have a right to search my locker? How many hours can I legally work at a job if I am in high school? What are my rights if my parents divorce? Who is responsible if I have a car accident? How does the law on alcohol and drugs pertain to me?
This work addresses more issues of concern to teenagers than any other work on the subject. It is divided into eighteen subject sections: behind the wheel; at school; at home; on the job; on your own; your personal appearance; if your parents divorce; your sexual life; marrying and having children; your right to be healthy and safe from abuse; alcohol and drugs; teens and crime; age, sex, and race discrimination; gay and lesbian teens; property rights; entering into contracts; recovering money in court; and how to find the law. Each section is followed by a list of suggested readings. A glossary of legal terms, a section on how to find the law, a list of child protective agencies and national organizations assisting young people in legal matters, and pertinent tables and charts of minors' rights in the individual states conclude the work. The market for this book is school and public libraries, guidance counselors, teachers, and parents.