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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: In Maryland, is the statute of limitations for a criminal misdemeanor trespass 1 year or 3 years?

Not quite clear from the statute which applies since trespassing could result in a 90 day sentence ...

§5–106.

(a) Except as provided by this section, § 1–303 of the Environment Article, and § 8–1815 of the Natural Resources Article, a prosecution for a misdemeanor shall... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 2, 2023

Any misdemeanor punishable by jail has no limitations for prosecution, unless the statute which charges the offense states that it does. Trespass has no limitations stated in the statute which makes it a crime. That does not mean a prosecutor would bring a stale charge long after it was committed... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Maryland on
Q: I co-signed my husband's car, and he refuses to pay for it and is hiding it. He now said he abandoned it. What do I do?

Could the judge do anything about the bank coming after me for the car loan?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 2, 2023

As a co-signer, you owe the full balance of the loan. Your husband's actions are no defense. If both you and your husband are co-defendants in a lawsuit, you can file a cross-claim against your husband if your arrangement was that he was to pay for the whole loan, and then you'd have a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Rat infestation on rental property, who is responsible for cost?

This is my 3rd year with tenants and first time with rats. We believe they are coming from vacant bar next door. I had Health Department come out and they are opening a claim on the new owners of that property. I got one estimate so far for an extermination service to get rid of rats and... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 2, 2023

It is unclear, but your question suggests you are the landlord. If this is a residential property, it is your responsibility to eradicate the rats. A residential tenant can start a rent escrow action in District Court to compel the landlord to deal with the issue, or terminate the lease if the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Probate for Maryland on
Q: if someone owned a small business and you are co-president of the company and he dies with a non signed witness will,

and you are running the business do I have any rights?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 31, 2023

Your use of pronouns "someone", "you", "he" and "I" is beyond confusing. It is unclear who these pronouns are referring to, other than the "I."

I'll take a stab: the owner of the company died without a will, and you are...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Can my dad win my custody of me even tho he owes some child support money from previous years?

He has a debt because he had an injury and stop working, that formed into a debt. My mom is trying everything she can to not let me see him and now has an arrest warrant towards him. Since we live in different states if he were to travel to see me he will get arrested. I don’t want to live with... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 27, 2023

If you are a minor child, so you are limited in what you can do. Your father's child support arrearage is not a bar to his having primary residential custody. Judges will start to take into consideration the wishes of the minor child at around age 12, and by 15 or 16, the child's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: My ex has over 24k I. Arrears( childsupport). How to go about getting a judgement. We both reside in maryland .

Also, how to report child support application fraud?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 26, 2023

(1) Take your court order for child support to the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) in the county in Maryland or City of Baltimore where the order was entered, and have them open a case. If the child support order was entered in another state (you list Washngton DC in your question but... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Maryland on
Q: Can you dispute a juvenile peace order
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 25, 2023

A final peace order may only be issued after a hearing or by consent of the person against whom it is sought, after service of the interim or temporary peace order and notice of a hearing. The hearing is like a trial, and each side can testify or call witnesses, present evidence, etc. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: if a contractor or company doesn't pay for services and rental of equipment can we file criminal case for theft of

services in Delaware, our home state.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 25, 2023

Theft typically requires an intent to steal and not pay as of the time the property is taken, so if equipment was obtained under a rental agreement from its lawful owner, without force and voluntarily provided to the contractor by agreement, then the owner of the equipment would have to prove that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Can videos taken by the security camera at the marital house be used legally as evidence in court?

I and my spouse separated. I moved out and my spouse stayed with the marital house. One day when picking up my child from that house for a doctor appointment I noticed that someone else was in that house.

Then I realized that I still had access to the front door security camera. By checking... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 19, 2023

Possibly, since your spouse presumably knew when the videos were created that the video surveillance system was in place and operational, so that she cannot claim she was videotaped without her knowledge or consent, even if she forgot she was being recorded. But further legal research should be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Contracts and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I be paid to fix a reverse osmosis filter without a plumbing license? Would fixing the filter be considered plumbing

The task/job was assigned to me through an app called task rabbit.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 19, 2023

Maryland Business Occupations and Professions Code, Section 12-101, defines the term plumbing, and the need for a license, as follows:

(n) Provide plumbing services

(1) “Provide plumbing services” means to install, maintain, extend, alter, or remove piping, a plumbing fixture, a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Collections and Elder Law for Maryland on
Q: A debt collector is attempting to collect a debt over 15 yo from my elderly parents who are MD. Is that possible?

By the way, I read that a debt collector per the State of MD cannot collect on a debt that is more than 3 years old. The debt is over $2,000 but they (Lake City Credit) will settle for $300.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 19, 2023

The statute of limitations for debts is 3 years, meaning a lawsuit must be filed within 3 years of the debt becoming due, or the debtor can move to dismiss the court action as beyond the statute (limitations is an "affirmative defense" that must be raised by the defendant or it is... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Maryland on
Q: In the state of Maryland is the smell of weed a reason to search my car
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 17, 2023

Yes. Possession of marijuana is still illegal in Maryland, even if the amounts are below the criminal threshhold and only qualify for the civil infraction, and simple possession will remain illegal until the new Maryland law goes into effect in July 2023. After that time, mere odor of marijuana... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: My ex is in arrears for alimony in Maryland, he pays something each month but not the full amount
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 17, 2023

You can file a motion to (1) hold your ex in conempt of the court order to pay the full child support amount, and (2) enforce the child support order. You will need to list the total amounts over the time period he should have paid, and th amounts he actually paid, to support your motion. If you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: CAN THIS TRESPASS LAW IN ART. SIX, SUBTITLE 4 APPLY TO THE VISITING FAMILY OF ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENTS

OWNER OF ALF CALLED POLICE WHO ISSUED A WRITTEN WARNING TO DAUGHTER OF A RESIDNET

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 17, 2023

People do not get trespass notices out of the blue. There's usually a reason, something the person did to get ordered off of the property and told not to return. You are not explaining what the person did to get themselves banned from the property. The assisted living facility has every... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: I injured a person who was trying to enter forcefully into my apartment.

I am pregnant female and lives in an apartment complex. Someone tried to enter forcefully into my apartment and in self defence I injured him with a knife and called the police. He was arrested on scene and police told me that he is under the influence of drugs. Police took him to the hospital and... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 16, 2023

You are not being charged as far as I can tell. The subpoena is so you will come and testify on behalf of the State in their case to prove the intruder guilty of a crime. You are a witness (and victim) of the crime. You do not need a lawyer. The prosecutor will call you to the stand to tell the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: what does "Maryland annotated code, courts and judicial proceedings 6-202..." mean in a custody case?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 16, 2023

That section simply sets forth the appropriate court venue (the county or City of Baltimore) where a suit may be filed for various types of actions. In the case of a custody matter, that Section states, "[T]the following actions may be brought in the indicated county: ... (5) Action relating... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Maryland on
Q: I own a collection of action figures (superheroes, Godzilla, ect.) Can I use photos of them to make t-shirts or posters?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Use of trademarked and copywrited products and characters in other products for sale is not permitted and will subject you to possible lawsuits and damages which will include forfeiture of all profits from such sales, payment of attorney's fees and court costs, plus possible punitive or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Maryland on
Q: can I sue the business I work for as a contractor?

I have been a contractor for business A for a year and a half. I have single highhandedly successfully expanded their business all while, here are some details:

-been paid sporadically, almost never on time. This has affected my personal financial issues

-been owed up to $6,000 but... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 16, 2023

You have not described any circumstances supporting a viable legal claim. You are a contract employee, but you do not descibe any written contract terms. If you have a contract, your rights are contained in that agreement. If you do not have a contract, or it's verbal, or you no longer wish... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: I was given a ticket on I-95N for Maryland's TA 22-223 (c) by a Sheriff. Can I fight this with lawyer or pay the fine?

It was on 01/11/2023 at 7:43 PM on I-95 North at MM 80. There was slight fog and I was using my High Beam of headlights. After a while a cop was following me for less than half mile and then gave me a ticket with Maryland's TA - 22-223 (c) in Harford county. Ticket says I need to pay $60 fine... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 14, 2023

Subsection (c) of this section of the Code makes it a violation to drive behind another vehicle within 300 feet with your high beams on. It is unclear how this officer determined you were violating that section, as the officer was behind you. The charge is not a moving violation and carries no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Maryland on
Q: Can equitable tolling of the SOL be applied to issues that were incorporated in prior lawsuits that were dismissed?

Can equitable tolling of the statute of limitations be applied to issues or claims that were incorporated in prior lawsuits that were eventually dismissed for other technical reasons?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 11, 2023

Maryland courts construe statutes of limitations strictly, and equitable tolling only will be applied to suspend the running of a statute of limitations if the defendant holds out an inducement not to file suit or indicates that limitations will not be pleaded. Otherwise, the time to file suit... Read more »

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