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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Can I be held in contempt of court if I was summoned to court and the app they provided to me did not function

I was summoned to court as a witness the app that they provide to me was glitchy and unable to function properly also the helpline that was provided on the summits went to call center they were also unable to answer any of my questions and could not help me with the app what are my options if they... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Feb 8, 2022

At the contempt hearing you testify about your problems with the ap. You will need to be able to persuade the judge that you did everything you could to obey the subpoena.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for Florida on
Q: My lawyer is violating my right to adequate representation of counsel over a year with no communication

Lawyer has no returning any of my attempts to contact and correspond also has not been present at league proceedings

Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on Feb 1, 2022

If you believe you have exhausted all efforts to contact and discuss your issues with your attorney and they are still not responding or unwilling to settle, you have the option of hiring another lawyer. However, keep in mind that if you terminate a lawyer, you may be charged for the amount of work... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: If my girlfriend called the police on me because she thought I would hurt myself and they pull me over and

I tell them I have a firearm in my vehicle, does that give them the right to search my cat after I tell them no they can’t?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Feb 1, 2022

Are you being prosecuted for some crime relating to the incident? If so, your attorney should review all of the facts to determine if any incriminating evidence they may have found may be used against you. But, in general, if you told them you had a firearm in the vehicle, they would be entitled... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Family Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: My boyfriend in prison he has covid do I need a lawyer

My boyfriend was rushed to a hospital with covid it’s no medical release on file nobody telling his family anything we in the blind on how we doing the are refusing phone calls and not allowing us to know anything about him do I need to get a lawyer to get information on him or what it’s been... Read more »

Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on Jan 27, 2022

Contact a local attorney to learn how you can get compassionate release or temporary medical release for your boyfriend.

3 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: When on a FL HOA board when can new rules be implemented and is a lawyer needed to have new rules added or rules update

I'm currently in a HOA board and we are trying to figure out what rules/by lawns are currently in place. How can we change them/ modify them and how to move forward. One board member says to make any changes we have to have a lawyer and then have a vote. I'd like clarification on what can... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jan 18, 2022

A lawyer is probably not required, but the board member who says that perhaps figures that a lawyer is more apt to be able to spell "bylaws".

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: The mall next to my school won't let students get picked up or go there starting 2:40 to 5:30, but it's a public mall.

I'm a senior in High school from Florida the Police won't let anyone in unless you're 18 and show your driver's license.

When I got a paper from our school telling us we couldn't go to the mall, the paper had no phone number and was not signed by anyone or the city.... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Jan 19, 2022

The privately-owned mall you want to have fun in after school--and all other privately owned malls, shopping centers, grocery stores, shoe stores, movie theatres, tennis courts, golf courses, etc., are entitled to establish rules regarding public use of their private property. They are also allowed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: What type of lawyer do I need to hire in a matter of being falsely accused by an individual and targeted by the person.

I've had an individual file report accusing me of things I have not done and know nothing about with the local state and fed. This guy is targeting me because he for she rain thinks I've slept with his girlfriend or whatever she is. I don't know if this girl is feeding him a bunch... Read more »

Michael  Mayoral
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Michael Mayoral
answered on Jan 13, 2022

Generally speaking, a criminal defense attorney would know best how to navigate the criminal justice system and analyze what is happening in order to tell you if any crimes are actually being committed against you.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: How do I sue the police department?
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jan 10, 2022

There is no simple, on-line answer to your question. You need to schedule a consultation with an attorney handling civil rights matters. It indicates above your question that you writing from South Carolina, but it went into the inbox for Florida attorneys, so not sure where you incident was.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for Florida on
Q: After an arrest, can the officer place you in the car with windows up and engine off while he finishes his investigation

After about 10 minutes a sheriff from the county came over on his own to show some decency and open the door for me so I could breathe.

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro
answered on Jan 9, 2022

This is an interesting question and you are protected by the constitution against cruel and unusual punishment. Given your fact pattern, I don’t believe that the actions of the officer rise to that level, the intervention by the deputy was appropriate and kept the situation from the escalating... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Can I sue the sheriff's department for excessive damage done to my home during the execution of a search warrant?

Every window, door, window and door frames, main structure beams and much much more was unnecessarily damaged!

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Dec 27, 2021

If you own it, yes; if you are renting the place the answer is no because you do not own it.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Products Liability for Florida on
Q: What are the legal limitations when it comes to damages done to a home during a search by the police?

My rental property was destroyed to the point that the house is now unlivable. They broke every window in the house, tore all doors off and damaged the structure. Broke beams

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Dec 27, 2021

Since you are renting you do not own the premises, so report all of this to your landlord or their agent.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Am I being Abused?

For a while I have struggled with some issues throughout my family, and now I have came to the internet to see if my "problems" are actually signs of abuse. I've listed some of my situations below, and if I am being abused, what do I do?

Today, I went out on a walk without... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Dec 17, 2021

The things you list don't appear to be child abuse. However, the incident of your father threatening to hit you in the mouth and then hitting you on the arm may be.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Federal Crimes, Government Contracts and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: What is the best way to find/establish a lawful team to sue a prison for negligence, wrongful death, & other violations?

Prison Location: North Carolina

My Location: Florida

Relation to deceased: Daughter

Date of Death: 10/18/2020

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Dec 12, 2021

So sorry to hear about your daughter. Since this happened in North Carolina, you must search for an attorney in that state. Look for attorneys handling civil rights. Options: (A) Click on the Justia find-a-lawyer tab up top; (B) Search the National Lawyers Guild site at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Insurance Bad Faith for Florida on
Q: Is a Bails Bondsman allowed to hand cuff you, put you in a dark room, force the person signing for your bail to go to

their vehicle and get the purse of the person on bail and make the signer get into the purse and pull out a credit card and run the card for 3500 dollars and then bring the person on bail out to the desk still handcuffed and force them to sign a collateral receipt and take 50 dollars cash from the... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Dec 12, 2021

For this issue, you must consult a criminal defense attorney (either hired by you or court-appointed). Bail bondsmen have certain limited powers to detain a defendant who has failed to appear in court while on bond. Whether the one in your situation went beyond their legal powers is a question... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Can someone tell me a recent case of violation of the fourth amendment because that person detained and inspected?

It's a project for school and Google won't show me concrete results and I'm not sure which websites I can trust! Would love someone's help!

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro
answered on Dec 9, 2021

This is not the purpose of this site and anyone answering this question would be assisting you on “cheating.” Good try but you need to use something other than google to obtain research for your school project and/or learn to better frame your searches.

This is a question best answered...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Do you have to answer “yes” if a police officer asks you if you’ve ever been arrested if the prior charge was dismissed?

If you were arrested, but the charge was expunged / dismissed / or adjudication withheld, and then in the future a police officer pulls you over and asks you if you’ve ever been arrested, are you required to answer “yes”?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Dec 3, 2021

No. The only thing you have to do is, if requested, show the officer your license, registration, and proof of insurance.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Hello is asking someone if they have hiv because it was heard from someone else ilegal can they sue you for that?

I heard someone had hiv and I just asked them now they said they are going to sue me for asking is this possible?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Dec 1, 2021

No, you are not liable. If whoever told you is sued, and the rumor is false, that person may be liable for defamation if the report is untrue and "they" can prove damages.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: corroborating evidence. How is it used exactly and what does it consist of. Dependency fl

At the adjudicatory hearing even though I was there at 9am as scheduled, although all other parties were provided with links to attend via voom, I didn’t leave the building till 3:30 that day without seeing the judge and when I asked what was going on the bailiff said I couldn’t speak to the... Read more »

Jane Kim
Jane Kim
answered on Nov 28, 2021

Are you talking about a child custody issue? Why don't you repost it under family law. And in any event, clearly you need a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Can I file multiple civil law suites in one complaint ? Can I sue individuals involved in same suite?
Michael  Mayoral
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Michael Mayoral
answered on Nov 12, 2021

Consult an attorney because it depends on the facts of your case/dispute, but generally speaking, yes.

Florida Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 1.210 - PARTIES, states as follows:

(a) Parties Generally.

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All persons having an interest in the subject of the action...
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4 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Can my job force me to get a COVID-19 vaccination?

I am a remote worker based out of Tampa, Fl. I am assigned to a medical center in Barre, MA. I am actively trying to become pregnant and there is not enough data on how COVID can affect my pregnancy or child. Not to mention long term affects of the vaccine itself. As a healthy 30 year old female... Read more »

Jay P. Lechner Esq.
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Jay P. Lechner Esq.
answered on Nov 18, 2021

To clarify the previous responses, the Florida legislature has passed a bill that will prohibit a private employer from imposing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for any full-time, part-time, or contract employee without providing individual exemptions that allow an employee to opt out on the basis... Read more »

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