Are parents liable for damages done to victims in the juvenile court for crimes of their children I’m Michael McGlinn. I’m a criminal defense attorney and I practice in San Diego County, California. The answer is yes, however it’s a qualified yes. Parents are liable if they have custody and control of the minor. For example, I just recently was able to free a biological father from the obligation of restitution because even though he was the biological father, he did not have custody and control of the minor. These are important.