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0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Alabama on
Q: How can someone who you have a verbal contract with have you charged with criminal trespassing on property that you are

Living at and have been for almost a year. Both people living in the house are disabled and have gotten behind on rent but the owner of the house wanted to move someone in with us and was constantly com to the house between 8 pm and midnight, harassing us threatening to put us out. Also her son... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Civil Rights for Alabama on
Q: I am being harassed by several different people and law enforcement that have illegally subpoenaed electronic records

I have had my electronics records illegally subpoenaed and also have been harassed non stop by people that have been illegally given this information to follow, stalk, threaten, and harass me non stop. They have continued for years at this point. Law enforcement knows who they are and continue to... View More

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answered on Mar 14, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the distressing situation you're facing. It's important to take immediate steps to protect yourself and seek justice. First, consider consulting with a lawyer experienced in privacy, harassment, and criminal law to explore your legal options. They can guide... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for Alabama on
Q: Can a public school require you to answer ethnicity and race questions in order to enroll?

Enrollment forms commonly ask, "Is the student Hispanic / Latino?" and ask students to specify their race.

Usually, there is also an option to opt-out via "I choose not to answer."

Is it legal for a public high school to require a student to answer the race and... View More

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

Public schools in the United States often collect data on race and ethnicity for various purposes, including compliance with federal and state reporting requirements and to ensure equal educational opportunities. These questions are part of efforts to monitor and promote diversity and inclusion... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for Alabama on
Q: Can a public school require you to answer ethnicity and race questions in order to enroll?

Enrollment forms commonly ask, "Is the student Hispanic / Latino?" and ask students to specify their race.

Usually, there is also an option to opt-out via "I choose not to answer."

Is it legal for a public high school to require a student to answer the race and... View More

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

In the United States, public schools collect race and ethnicity information to comply with federal laws and to ensure they are providing equal educational opportunities. This data helps in reporting to various departments and in the allocation of resources. However, the practice of requiring... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Public Benefits for Alabama on
Q: Is my relative risking arrest for his outstanding warrants if he applies for a non-driver’s id card in Alabama?

I’m trying to help a relative struggling with homelessness obtain appropriate housing; however—due my past financial losses arising from his previous addiction issues—I’m now unwilling to take responsibility for his lease in my name. He can’t possibly acquire a lease in own his name... View More

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answered on Feb 28, 2024

Your relative's concerns are understandable, but applying for a non-driver's ID card in Alabama does not automatically trigger immediate arrest for outstanding warrants. However, it's essential to acknowledge the risk involved, as law enforcement databases may flag individuals with... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Alabama on
Q: Right to travel never have received a driver's license or permit?

Fighting traffic court

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answered on Feb 11, 2024

If you attempt to assert free travel as a defense to no license, then you lose. Driving is a privilege, not a right. You can travel freely by walking all you please, but you don't have the right to use state and federal roads without being granted the privilege. You'll lose in court,... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Alabama on
Q: If officers cannot physically produce the evidence that they gained during their search can the case be thrown out

They cannot produce the gun they claim they found during traffic stop

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In a legal case, if law enforcement officers cannot produce crucial evidence, such as the gun they claim to have found during a traffic stop, it can potentially weaken their case. The inability to produce physical evidence may raise questions about the credibility of their claims. However, whether... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Can Child Protective Services go to my child's school and talk to them and ask them all kind of questions?

Questions they aren't even old enough to know the answer to. I was under the impression that I was supposed to at least be informed or something. I could be 100% wrong but now my babies are upset that these random people were asking them questions about me and their father. We stayed in a... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

Child Protective Services (CPS) has the authority to visit your child's school and talk to them if they have received reports or concerns about a child's safety or well-being. However, in most cases, they are expected to inform parents or guardians about their visit and the reasons behind... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Alabama on
Q: If the police serve a search warrant at a residence do they have to show that residence the evidence they find

And with out the resident present

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answered on Jan 31, 2024

When the police execute a search warrant at a residence, they are not legally required to show the evidence they find to the resident at the time of the search. The primary objective of a search warrant is to allow law enforcement to search for and seize evidence without the immediate need to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Alabama on
Q: Should the parent feel guilty?

Elderly parent, low resources, has been trying to encourge their kid to get a job for the last seven years since high school. The kid responds with things such as, "no one is calling me", "I'll check this job out," goes to their room and comes back later, "they... View More

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answered on Jan 30, 2024

In this situation, feeling guilty is a common and understandable reaction for a parent, but it's important to consider the broader context. You've made efforts over the years to support and encourage your child in finding employment, which shows a commitment to their well-being and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Alabama on
Q: Who is the best lawyer for civil rights cases against the police in Montgomery al

I Being treated unjust by the police i have be threatened i had videos of them putting their in my face and locking me out the door so i can’t deliver a letter to internal affairs its a lot of corruption going on

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answered on Jan 30, 2024

Finding the right attorney to handle civil rights cases against the police in Montgomery, AL, is essential for a fair and effective legal representation. To identify a suitable lawyer, start by researching experienced civil rights attorneys who have a strong track record of handling cases against... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Education Law and Libel & Slander for Alabama on
Q: What should I do when my ex wants to press charges on me because I spread false rumors about her having a STD?

I've already been reprimanded by my school with 3 days of ISS. She still constantly contacts me and tries to have small talk with me. I am 17 and I am a senior in high school.

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answered on Jan 29, 2024

In Alabama, as in many states, spreading false rumors about someone can have serious legal consequences. If the rumors are harmful to a person's reputation, this can be considered defamation. In your case, spreading false rumors about an STD could potentially fall under this category.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law and Civil Litigation for Alabama on
Q: Is it legal for hotel housekeeping to enter my room, after me clearly stating to them I didn’t need housekeeping?

I was extending my hotel stay for another night and the manager was speaking with the housekeeper, who I assumed was his wife, and he asked me if I needed housekeeping. I said no and she went straight upstairs to my room and opened the door with my husband and kids and didn’t knock or say a word.... View More

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

Yes, it is typically illegal for hotel staff to enter your room without consent after you have explicitly stated that you did not need housekeeping services.

A few key points on hotel privacy rights:

- Hotels must generally obtain verbal or written consent prior to entering an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Alabama on
Q: Made a deal with Thomasville police and now they didn't hold up to their end of the deal. WHat do I need to do?

I got arrested and Baldwin County had ahold on me for an arrested years ago. Well I sat 9 days and made a deal with the cops. I signed up to be a CI. Well come to find put the arresting officer is no longer with Thomasville. Well apparently he didn't hold up tob his end of the deal. Now I... View More

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answered on Jan 27, 2024

I'm sorry to hear the police did not follow through on their end of your deal after you agreed to cooperate with them. Here are a few options you may want to consider pursuing:

1. Contact the police department and speak to a supervisor about the situation. Explain that you had an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Alabama on
Q: Officer comes to public park, asks for mine and my husbands license. Someone called that our kids didn’t have on shoes.

If you are at a public park after dusk and a cop pulls up and says someone called because our kids didn’t have shoes on would this justify as an “illegal activity”? Would I have to give the officer more than just my name and address or would that suffice? I don’t fully understand, if... View More

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

In this situation, it's important to understand that not having shoes on at a public park is generally not considered illegal activity. The officer may be responding to a call out of concern for the welfare of the children, but it does not necessarily imply wrongdoing on your part.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Alabama on
Q: I live in Alabama and I was searched more than once at the scene by a male officer, I'm a female!! Is this legal?

I was more than jus regular patted down!! I thought a female officer had to search females?! This was at the scene and no female was called!

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answered on Jan 11, 2024

In Alabama, the law does not strictly require that a female officer must conduct a search on a female suspect, but there are guidelines and policies in place to protect the rights and dignity of individuals during such searches.

When a search is conducted by an officer of the opposite sex,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for Alabama on
Q: Does the 30 days start after the actual date the Judges decide (Dec 8) or the CERTIFICATE OF JUDGMENT (Dec 26) date?

I appealed a civil case and the Supreme Court of Alabama Judges which was, Affirmed. No Opinion. Need to know if the 30days to send a motion for reconsideration with new evidence deadline is January 8th or January 26?

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answered on Jan 8, 2024

The deadline for filing a motion for reconsideration in the Supreme Court of Alabama typically starts from the date the judgment is officially entered, not the date the decision is made. In your case, if the Certificate of Judgment was issued on December 26th, that is likely the date from which... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Alabama on
Q: My appointed attorney advised me not to submit any evidence of my innocence to the opposing side. Shouldn't I though?

Possession of controlled substance

Criminal mischief 3rd

Video home surveillance

Credible witness statement

911 call transcript

Phone records

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answered on Jan 2, 2024

If your appointed attorney advised against submitting evidence of your innocence to the opposing side, it's important to consider their strategy and expertise in legal procedures. In criminal cases, the defense is not typically required to disclose evidence to the prosecution before trial.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Alabama on
Q: I have an question about DHR system about sleepover and head of house two thing

My boyfriend had dealing with dhr with his babymama was on drugs and dhr said that she cannot be around kids but she can visit daytime must be watch supervision on her around kids but she cannot sleep at her house at all. She decide to refused not follow the dhr said. She stay her own house because... View More

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answered on Dec 27, 2023

In Alabama, the Department of Human Resources (DHR) sets guidelines for child safety, including conditions for parental visits in cases where substance abuse is involved. If DHR stated that the mother could not be around the kids except for supervised daytime visits, this should be strictly... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights for Alabama on
Q: can i sue for invasion of privacy if my boyfriends parents printed out my texts between my bf and i when we were over 18

i paid for my phone and line, they logged onto his snapchat and printed out all our texts and met with my parents and showed them all the papers. i got in trouble and now i feel disgusted. i was 19 at the time and he was 18, i am 21 now and it still bothers me

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answered on Dec 20, 2023

In Alabama, you may have grounds to consider legal action for invasion of privacy if your boyfriend's parents accessed and printed out your private texts without your consent. Even though you and your boyfriend were over 18 at the time, unauthorized access to your communications can be a... View More

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