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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Municipal Law, Consumer Law and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: If I was asked not to return to a store in Florida, is there a time limit to how long I can be trespassed for that store

If there is a time limit, how long is the trespass in effect for? I was just given a verbal warning by the store manager not to return. No paperwork or charges were filed. I am allowed to go to other stores with the same name; just not that location. (I asked the store manager upon him asking me to... Read more »

Tina El Fadel
Tina El Fadel answered on Apr 4, 2018

You should not risk returning to that store location if you were told not to. You do not want to get arrested for trespassing. If you are able to go to other store locations but not one specific store, stay away from that store, period. No need to cause problems for yourself when you can go to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: Is it legal to open carry a knife in Florida?

I understand in Georgia you cannot open carry a knife longer than 5 inches. A man talked at a sporting goods store said it is illegal to open carry a knife in Florida, and from my understanding, it is legal.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 23, 2018

There doesn't appear to be a similar provision in Florida law. See

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0700-0799/0790/0790ContentsIndex.html&StatuteYear=2017&Title=%2D%3E2017%2D%3EChapter%20790

Florida Statute...
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3 Answers | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: It is unconstitutional for my local city to charge me $100/day for violating a city ordinance regarding recreational veh

I keep a boat on the side of my yard behind a fence. The city is imposing a $100/day fine for violating the city ordinance of no recreational vehicles after hours and on weekends. It's on my private property. I am not part of an HOA or gated community. I have no plans to remove the boat. Is a... Read more »

Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson answered on Oct 11, 2017

No way to say for sure without being able to review the ordinance and the paperwork you have received.

You need to hire an attorney to assist you as the fine is likely supported by the authority of the city as a governmental body.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: neighbor's tree leaning on our house after storm. Who's responsible?

Tree still attached and rooted in neighbor's yard, but landed on my house. Need removal

Jennifer Isaksen
Jennifer Isaksen answered on Sep 20, 2017

I am sorry for your misfortune and I'm sorry to say, you are most likely responsible for repairs to the home and tree removal, unless you can prove your neighbor was negligent by not caring for a decayed tree or somehow the tree caused a dangerous condition and should have been trimmed or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: What lawyer would help deal with a name change problem?

My wife has a name change issue from when she was in high school that is making her life difficult - we just moved to Florida and are not able to get a drivers licensce due to it.

Sabina Tomshinsky
Sabina Tomshinsky answered on May 25, 2017

A family law attorney should be able to assist. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Tax Law, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: The house I'm renting is being sold for taxes in April, is there anyway to buy it before it is auctioned?
Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson answered on Mar 4, 2017

Typically if the house is going up for sale for unpaid property taxes then it could mean several things. 1st, it means that the owner has not paid the taxes. Typically if an owner does not pay the property taxes and there is a mortgage on the property the bank who holds the mortgage will step in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Legal Malpractice and Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: Our petition for reconsideration has been blocked on specious grounds for insufficiency. How can we get this resolved?

1043 electors (29% of voters) have petitioned the City to reconsider an ordinance. The City Clerk has declared our petition insufficient based on some falsehoods and some specious interpretations of law. None of these insufficiencies are defined in the City Charter. We have counsel, but how do we... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 1, 2016

If your counsel cannot answer your question, perhaps he or she needs to consult with an attorney with more experience in municipal law.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: Broward County wants $1,200 foe court fees for possession of cocaine can charge in 1999 why so long what can I do

Isis 55 months in the state prison I'm not sure the $1200 is for court fees are for the Chargers

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on May 16, 2016

Ask your attorney, who will know more details about your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: When a city annexes property into the city, what does all abutting right-of-way mean in terms of police jurisdiction?

Does this mean the city's police have jurisdiction over the roadway abutting the property in question? The full roadway across to the other side of the street, or just half? What if the property on the other side is a different city?

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 9, 2015

One has to read it all, not just what you have written, to get a conclusion about what you have asked.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: Do I need an attorney to file for a Quieting Title or can I file myself? Do I file at the County Court?
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 10, 2015

You must have an attorney in my opinion. Your second question indicates this very strongly.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: Broward county "circuit civil" case.Need to subpoena someone.Only see "county civil" subpoena forms online.Same?or no?

If you have additional details about your question fill them here

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 10, 2015

Basically the same.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: As the owner and Board member of a Condo Association, do I have the right to silence an active fire alarm?

Local Fire Department does not have key for fire data cabinet. The cabinet is clear and they can see the alarm history. The alarm greatly exceed dB requirements and it is difficult to communicate during an emeregency due to the noise. Condo is all concrete building.

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 10, 2015

Read the rules and regulations. Probably.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: If my property has been declared a public nuisance what rights do i have
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 9, 2015

Already declared, by court? If so, read the order. You might have a right to appeal.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: Can i sell tobacco products in a retail store in Volusia county
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 9, 2015

Yes, if you have the proper authority and license to do so.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: What happens when the government breaks its own law?

Grant a franchise to collect garbage without proper procedure?

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 9, 2015

Not enough facts are given here. Perhaps a lawsuit can be filed.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: Can I play my guitar on the street in Pensacola Florida?

Are there specific places where this is allowed and do i need a license if i'm not using an amplifier?

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 9, 2015

Go to city hall and ask them if you need a license.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: Must the area to be annexed contain part of #2 for #3 to be used. #3 states in addition to the area dev for U P 171.043

Mist a aera to be annexed meet some of the definition in subsection #2 for Subsection #3 to be used as subsection #3 states ( In addition to the area developed for urban purposes, ) ? Does that mean that some of the area to be annexed must contain some of the area as defined in subsection #2... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 9, 2015

You needed to go see a local real estate attorney about this for a full discussion.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: In florida a subdivision was plated 1926.45 ft easements for road way and utilities are granted to the county.

What does the county have to do to close the road and make it a storm water run off holding pond.

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 9, 2015

This question is over 4 years old. Have you gotten a complete answer by now?

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: WHO SHOULD HELP WITH SIDEWALKS ETC. FOR DISABLED PEOPLE THAT LIVE ON PUBLIC ROADS BUT ARE PRIVATELY MAINTAINED
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 8, 2015

The city? The county? You gave no facts, just a question.

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