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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for Oklahoma on
Q: How far back legally can taco mayo in Oklahoma go on a background check?

My bf was denied a job at Taco mayo from a domestic back n 1999-2000

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Charles Watts answered on Sep 20, 2021

Typically, backgrounds go back 10 years for credit and 7 years for criminal convictions but that can be longer depending on the job, responsibilities, etc... If it is expunged, or deferred adjudication was successful, then they will not see it at all. The State is restricted by statute to even... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Oklahoma on
Q: I was given a ticket for running a stop sign at a school crossing at 6:50 first day of school. The sign was just put up.

I was unaware the sign was even up (It wasn't up the morning before), til I noticed the officer setting there and I glanced out my window just in time to catch a glimpse of the stop sign as I passed it, it was 6:50a.m. and there was no persons present and as I passed the school there was only... Read more »

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Charles Watts answered on Sep 20, 2021

He is not obligated to give you a warning. The stop sign is an iconic symbol and designed in a fashion that it allows people to see the sign in plenty of time to stop. Street signs are typically not the responsibility of the school district to maintain, unless it is in their parking lot, however,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I shot a bird out of a window in Oklahoma and got called in and pulled over

What is the punishment

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Charles Watts answered on Sep 20, 2021

You should contact a criminal attorney. There are things you will need to clarify .... out of a window (car, truck, house, etc...) if a vehicle (moving or stationary) ... what kind of bird (protected or not protected) - etc.... Your question is not specific enough for this type of forum and you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Im native and im trying to get a motion to dismiss for tulsa,Oklahoma case # CF-2018-1145
Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 16, 2021

Good luck on your case. If you have a question you can try posting that. Based on your original statement I would recommend finding a criminal attorney in the Tulsa area and have them assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Oklahoma on
Q: In a protective order case can a motion to correct a clerical error be filed at anytime?

Venue was transferred to family court in the county where paternity was pending. However judge who ordered the transfer in the same breath set a court date to be back in his court for a review hearing in 90 days. Family judge thought a full hearing and final order was already made due to that... Read more »

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Charles Watts answered on Sep 16, 2021

You need to contact an attorney and let them review all your file and have them file any appropriate papers for you. Trying to handle things like this pro se are not advisable.

2 Answers | Asked in Environmental, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: A neighbor has dammed and rerouted water way with dozer and excavator. Altering flood plain and threatening residence.
Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 16, 2021

You need to contact an attorney to assist you with this. Based on the limited information you may have potential damages but you need to have an attorney go through your case with you to make sure.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Government Contracts for Oklahoma on
Q: Long term sub in process of provisional sped cert, signed 3 year contract. Can I get out of it? Never received copy.

I still need 18 credit hours or M.Ed sped. I am being paid as a long term sub in moore public schools and they say they will back pay me once certified.. I am in the ok st dept sped bootcamp. I was offered a different state job with benefits that I really need and if I wait for my provisional... Read more »

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Charles Watts answered on Sep 16, 2021

Depending on your contract. There may potentially be a clause releasing either party from the agreement. However, like wise there may be a financial obligation/penalty to execute that clause.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Oklahoma Tax commission has ahold on my Oklahoma liquor license saying they don't have my taxes.... I have filled out
Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 16, 2021

Not sure if you have a question. The tax commission can put a hold on that if you haven’t filed a previous year.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my adoption parents give me to another family.

i get thretend and im not loved as much asi would like and i dont get treated right.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 15, 2021

Children (minors) cannot just be given away legally, more specifically the parental rights still remain with the parent. There are legal avenues that can be taken.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My husband is incarcerated and has no earned income, can I file mfj and claim the ctc for our kids based on my income

I filed this way for 2020 and the IRS says my advanced ctc payments are eligibility pending, did I file my return in error?

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 14, 2021

You would need to have your return reviewed by a Tax law attorney or a Tax Accountant to determine if you did something in error. You also need to make sure there has not been any other returns made where the kids were claimed, such as if the kids are your step kids then the other parent may have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Oklahoma on
Q: If the car was on when stolen does that make it “ok” for a criminal to steal it? Or can the criminal be held accountable

I’m a delivery driver and we leave our cars on when we’re busy. My car was stolen while I was inside. Yes the guy was caught but when I mentioned suing the parents to a friend. (The kid is 13). He told me that I could lose because it is my fault for leaving my car running. Although, yes I could... Read more »

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Charles Watts answered on Sep 14, 2021

You should consult with an attorney to go through the specifics in more detail. There are other avenues other than larceny of a vehicle such as unauthorized use of a vehicle or even trespass. All issues have potential areas that have defenses, but you need an attorney to guide you through the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: outside city limits. neighbors dogs get in my trash and approach me and bark at me in my yard. what are my rights?

They have 3 mostly pit dogs, one great dane, and two smaller dogs. all unleashed and unfenced. They also go into my garage and take things.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 14, 2021

As a land owner you have the right to defend yourself on your property, however, the first thing to do is call the Sheriffs office in your county and have them come out. They may be able to speak with the dogs owner and resolve the situation without any harm to you, the dogs, or the neighbor... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is there a way to get a chance of venue from one state to another in a child molestation case?

Case is in New mexico and we moved over to Oklahoma to get away from child molester

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 14, 2021

You will need to contact an attorney and go through your specific case with them. While there is avenues for change of venue, there is a balance of the two states, justice, interest, evidence, etc.... This forum is not able to get into those specific of details because all issues are different,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I am a father trying to get joint custody/visitation of my 5 year old daughter. Her mother and I were not married.

What court forms do I need to file

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 14, 2021

I agree with Mr. Louden. If you are the legal father already, then contact an attorney for the paternity action to establish custody/visitation. Contact a family law attorney for more guidance in your specific case.

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I sue my attorney for dropping me, after I paid him $1500?

I paid my attorney $1500, then he dropped me. I had to pay ANOTHER attorney $1500 again. The first attorney should return my money. Correct? This is malpractice.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 14, 2021

You would need to look at your attorney/client agreement (or engagement letter) - More than likely you have agreed to payment. If the attorney did any work on your case then that is services in which they are due money. If you truly feel you have a case against this attorney then you have to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Do I have sole custody of my son since our paternity case was closed due to inactivity and we were never married?

We had a temporary order put into place for a 2-2-3 schedule. After that was put into place my sons father stopped doing anything with the courts and it was recently closed due to inactivity. On OSCN it says count 1 and party as my name where it shows the judge closed the case. He is the one who... Read more »

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Charles Watts answered on Sep 7, 2021

You should consult with a family law attorney. Most will give a free consult and that may be all you need. However, it may require a little more than the consult in order to determine the relevant information in your case. There is a chance you have sole custody for now but that doesn’t mean it... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Wrongful Death and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can we sue brother inlaw for going over our heads and signing a dnr when we didnt want that?

My fiance died last sunday,he has a wife but they been seperated gor about 4ish years she lives in another state. He has 4 kids the oldest bein 18,she graduated. We live in his parents home with me him and the kids,his mom and dad,and a brother his wife and 2 kids. The brother and wife brought... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 7, 2021

You will need to hire an attorney to investigate all these issues. Hospitals are usually very stringent on the POA because a general POA normally does not include medical issues. Consult with an attorney sooner than later.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Construction Law, Criminal Law and Environmental for Oklahoma on
Q: What is the law about distance of a dispensary to a baseball field in Oklahoma?

Distance of baseball field to dispensary

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 7, 2021

There is not one. The limitation is in reference to a public or private school, so unless this baseball field is on school property, then there is no restriction currently.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Criminal Law and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is a motion to hear new evidence how you get a judge to rule victim abused a protection order Okla Statute 22-60.9E ?

the victim made false allegations, omitted exculpatory evidence, and presented a materially altered protection order to a law enforcement officer to effect an arrest. The first chance Defendant talked to public defender he had him talk to the DA about the exculpatory evidence that negated their... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 7, 2021

Based on that, you need to hire an attorney and let them go through your case to determine exactly what has happened, and your best course of action to move forward.

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is it illegal for the the police or investigators to, what I have heard called, go on a “fishing exhibition”?

They had all they needed to arrest the target of an investigation(a drug dealer), but did not, then wiretapped his phone to find out who his associates were and how they are involved with the target all while allowing the illegal activity in order to bust more than the original suspect. I’ve also... Read more »

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Charles Watts answered on Sep 2, 2021

In order for the wire tap to be legal there would have to be a search warrant that set up the specific information be sought. Assuming they have that, then yes it is legal. Having what you need to arrest is a subject is a slippery slope that we wont get into here, because every criminal... Read more »

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