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    Default Opening Mail

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: California

    I know it's illegal to open somebody elses mail. But, if you are a minor, is it still illegal if your parents open your mail without your permission? If it is, what can you do to make them stop? And can you get a P.O Box at the age of 16?

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    Default Re: Opening Mail

    Quote Quoting jadorrex33
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    My question involves criminal law for the state of: California

    I know it's illegal to open somebody elses mail. But, if you are a minor, is it still illegal if your parents open your mail without your permission? If it is, what can you do to make them stop? And can you get a P.O Box at the age of 16?
    no

    nothing

    no

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    Default Re: Opening Mail

    If you wish to rent a post office box, try contacting some private mailbox rental companies and see if they'll rent to you despite your age.

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    Default Re: Opening Mail

    Quote Quoting jadorrex33
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    My question involves criminal law for the state of: California

    I know it's illegal to open somebody elses mail. But, if you are a minor, is it still illegal if your parents open your mail without your permission? If it is, what can you do to make them stop? And can you get a P.O Box at the age of 16?
    Your parents can also search you and your room at will, too ... they don't need your permission OR a warrant.

    As I tell my children, "The 4th Amendment does not exist here."

    And my favorite line from my then 10 year old son when we had a disagreement:

    Boy: "This is my room! Get out!"
    Me: "No, this is MY room and I let you sleep in it - YOU get out."

    He slept on the couch that night.

    - Carl

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    Default Re: Opening Mail

    That's greeeeeat...

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