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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: In Texas, what are the powers of a security guard when hired to do security for a public neighborhood?

Can they tow cars, or ask people not to smoke weed in a public park?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 2, 2022

Security guards cannot tow vehicles. Only licensed towing companies can lawfully tow vehicles.

Anyone can ask someone not to smoke weed in a public park, including security guards.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Indiana on
Q: May I run a massage therapy business in my home, if I live in Marion county, indianapolis, Indiana, 46241
Michael Ray Smith
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Michael Ray Smith
answered on Nov 26, 2022

I cannot answer your question off the top of my head, but the two areas of possible concern:

(1) Are Indiana massage therapists, in general, subject to laws that would prohibit you from practicing in your home? Sources of possible restrictions include the provisions of the Indiana Code...
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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Municipal Law for Indiana on
Q: I have a vehicle that I put in someone else's name for a time and they promised to sign the title back over but won't?

How can I get the title back in my name and out of theirs?

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Nov 22, 2022

Your only hope is to sue them, but I don't know what you'd allege. When you signed the title to them, voluntarily, it became their car. I know this was all verbal. See an attorney and expect to pay a good amount for someone to take your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Federal Crimes and Municipal Law for Ohio on
Q: My son had a case which ended up getting dismissed. Now, 2yrs later they have indicted him for it. (F4 handling firearm)

They issued a warrant but told him over the phone he just needs to come to the court to receive the indictment and set a court date and he won't be arrested at that time, is this true or a trick? Also, what should he do concerning going forward with the charge/indictment? The case was closed,... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 10, 2022

Your son should hire a local defense attorney and follow his or her advice. The statute of limitations on a felony charge is 6 years so while 2 seems like a long time, it is far from being precluded.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Municipal Law and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: How can I find out about noise ordinance in my city?

An oil company is pumping water out of a strip pit that is really close to my house and their pump runs continuously disturbing my sleep all hours of the night.

Aimee Hess
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Aimee Hess
answered on Nov 8, 2022

Depending on where you live, your subdivision, city or county may have a noise ordinance and you can ask that they send someone out to measure the decibels produced by the pump and see if it violates the ordinance. If that does not work, you could ask the oil company if they are using a muffler on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: How can I find out about noise ordinance in my city?

An oil company is pumping water out of a strip pit that is really close to my house and their pump runs continuously disturbing my sleep all hours of the night.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 8, 2022

Many Texas cities have websites. Often, a city’s code of ordinances is linked on its website. If not, the office of the city secretary maintains a city’s ordinances which are publicly accessible. You can go to that office and ask to see and copy the city’s noise ordinance.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Personal Injury Lawsuit, filed in the wrong County, can I get it tossed out?

Hello, I have a personal injury lawsuit on my hands due to someone falling on my property and having injury due to them not following my walk way and cutting across my property/lawn while working for a Big company. The Case was filed in Superior Court; Civil Division, but in the wrong County.... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Nov 7, 2022

Yes if you have a lawyer you should definitely advise him of this fact.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury and Municipal Law for Colorado on
Q: Yellow water, has a bad smell and when taking a shower causes stinging. Is this normal for colorado springs water?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 20, 2022

A Colorado attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It doesn't sound normal. Shower water isn't supposed to sting. There are law firms that handle toxic tort matters (these are cases that deal with exposure to toxic or hazardous substances). But the first... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Improper passing of a stopped school bus and told it was a Class C by the officer. Do I have to be booked for this?

I was driving in a 5 lane road and the bus was stopped on the oncoming traffic side 4 lanes over. I was looking in my mirror at a guy on my tail. I looked back down to see the bus and hit my brakes. The guy behind me came even closer so I let off and eased forward past the bus with the guy behind... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 20, 2022

It is up to the LEO whether to arrest you or summon you to Court. Here a Citation was issued, but he is requiring you to be booked. You must show up for the process or an Arrest Warrant for a Class A Misdemeanor will probably be issued.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Ohio on
Q: How can I go about getting a local bar shut down due to criminal activity? Multiple shootings happen at this bar.

The bar is in my neighborhood and I am sick of the crime it brings.

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
answered on Oct 19, 2022

In some limited cases, you can bring a claim for nuisance against the bar and seek to enjoin it from operating. This is typically done by the municipality, sometimes by a community development clinic or other non-profit, and very infrequently done by private individuals.

While you certainly...
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1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can the police tow a legally parked car because of expired registration, even if I renewed it on the scene?

They towed my car for expired registration, but once I paid the renewed the registration on the scene , the police officer said now its under investigation. Can they legally do this?

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Oct 7, 2022

Unfortunately, at the time they saw the car it was unregistered so yes they could tow it. Luckily it seems you didn't get a ticket for expired registration just the tow.

Q: Are inspection warrants rqd. to contain the same elements as criminal warrants , ie., Seal, clrk stamp, 2b legal?

An inspection warrant was served upon my property. The probable cause was was due to noise complaints, per fire marshal. No evidence of existing health or safety violations, or noise citations. Accused of selling alcohol, w/out evidence. Warrant looked incomplete, no Seal, no clerk stamp, and... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Oct 7, 2022

You will need a lawyer with experience in dealing with code enforcement issues with local governments.

Inspection warrants need to be issued by a judge on a showing of some probable cause to issue the warrant. You should have been given a copy of the warrant, which you can give to whatever...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Missouri on
Q: What is everything I should know about representing myself in a criminal case in municipal court in Missouri?

Lots of details, so bear with me please. About a year ago a neighbor tried to forcefully enter my home and I used physical force to remove the individual, after which, the individual called the police and I received a ticket for misdemeanor assault with their reason being they had marks on them and... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Oct 4, 2022

"Everything you should know"--all you need to know is that you should hire an attorney to represent you. Or you should ask the Court to appoint an attorney to represent you --the Court would question you and make a determination if you are indigent such that appointment of an attorney is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law, Environmental and Municipal Law for Missouri on
Q: Franklin County, MO, municipality is negligent in maintaining alternative sewer system, creating health hazard.

The municipality signed an agreement with the original property owners in 2004. That they were installing a step septic tank system on their properties, that the village owned, was part of the village sanitary sewer system, would maintain, repair, and service. The system on our property was... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 1, 2022

A Missouri attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. This is a complex matter. Evaluation of the septic system could involve the expertise of civil engineers and wastewater experts. Assessment of contamination could involve sampling and lab analysis conducted by... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Trapping cat on my property?

Hello, my neighbor's cat has been pooping on my property for years, they even litter on my outdoor furniture. I tried to talk to the neighbor but they refused to do anything about it and says that it might be a stray cat somewhere. So I decided to set a humane trap on my back yard. In the next... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 23, 2022

A lot of these animal laws are local and specific. Generally, you should have the right to set the trap on your backyard if the cat is routinely trespassing on your property. You have a right to quiet use and enjoyment of your home. Look at the local codes on animal control in your jurisdiction;... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for California on
Q: I was denied Rent help from an organization because I didn’t look like she wanted a person. Asking for help to look l

I have been ignored have contacted the city of Santa Ana supervisor,congressman ,program supervisor other programs and nothing

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 22, 2022

Different legal aid clinics have received grant funding recently to help those persons harmed by the pandemic. Maybe you should speak with a clinic in your area. If they can't help you, I'm sure they'll be able to connect you with local resources. Good luck. [I litigate cases.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Juvenile Law, Municipal Law and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Do I need a consent form from a stranger to show them in a monetized YouTube video?

I'm planning on making YouTube videos in which I record conversations with people in public places (with a cashier, waiter, person at the park, etc.) and then use that clip to help teach people English by explaining the meaning of what I and the stranger said. My YouTube channel is... Read more »

J. Tanner James
J. Tanner James
answered on Sep 20, 2022

A signed release is always your best option. Depending on your location, you could be dealing with privacy laws AND publicity laws, and a failure to obtain a signed release could expose you to serious civil liability. Given the purported nature of your videos, I would imagine participants would... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Minnesota on
Q: I was stopped arrested in my affidavit says a citation was issued I was not given a copy of said citation

Or given opportunity to sign the citation

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Sep 18, 2022

I'm a bit unsure about the question, since some of the terminology used in it may be different than as used by attorneys. A traffic stop alone is not an "arrest." When a driver is issued a citation by a police officer, that is done instead of an arrest, normally. In any event, you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for Illinois on
Q: In a municipal case in Illinois court outside of Chicago can I use case law from Wisconsin that is similar to help my ca

It is a civil / municipal case where the village did along with the police department a total seizure of our house our property they made our car disappear our two dogs our two cats. They had the police illegally remove 2,175 plus items of our personal belongings from the house and they will not... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Sep 11, 2022

The short answer is: Yes. If you cannot find a case on point in Illinois and the Wisconsin case is on point, most judges (and it is up to the judge) to allow you to reference another State. Frequently, in Judge rulings if they cannot find applicable Illinois case law, they will cite case law... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Municipal Law for Missouri on
Q: Is there a distance requirement the state must maintain? As in a minimum distance for brush and tree limbs from the side

Brush blocks the view of a driveway in a 55 mph zone

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 11, 2022

A Missouri attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. You'd probably get the most reliable guidance from an attorney or lawmaker familiar with the specific region. The requirements you describe are often governed by local ordinances, in addition to any state... Read more »

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