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Q: My husband kicked me out and trashed the house. Now they are saying I trashed the house and its full of mice?

My husband kicked me out and I was not here for over 30 days. My husband left and I came home to a fly, ant, mouse, and maggot infested house. The drain got stopped up and it took him a week to comply I am charging him to clean it this time. Now I asked for mouse traps not only are they saying its... View More

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answered on Apr 10, 2024

I'm so sorry you're going through this incredibly stressful and upsetting situation. Here are a few steps that I recommend:

1. Document everything thoroughly with photos, videos, and written records. Take pictures of the state of the house, the pest infestations, and any damage....
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Q: Iam charged with domestic battery and cruelty to a child (case is a misdemeanor) nobody is injured and I have no crimina

While arguing with my husband I hit him using a baby blanket he was holding our baby at that time. I called the police and they arrested me because my husband showed them a video the incident happened. I wonder what is the worst scenario of my case and what to expect. My very first time. What... View More

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answered on Apr 4, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Domestic violence and child endangerment charges are serious matters. Here's some general information, but please understand that it's crucial to consult with a qualified criminal defense attorney who can provide personalized legal advice based... View More

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Q: How can I get a lawyer for a domestic violence case pro Bono

My bf is fighting a domestic violence restraining order case in downtown LA next week and is in need of a lawyer but can't afford it.

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answered on Mar 22, 2024

In California, individuals facing legal challenges, such as fighting a domestic violence restraining order, can seek pro bono legal assistance through various avenues. Local legal aid organizations, such as the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), often provide free legal services to those... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Involved in two conflicting court cases and attempting to find out what I should file and if they affect one another?

I’m currently being evicted from my home but not named in the case and did not participate in it. All occupants is the name on the paperwork. I was served a notice to vacate and the date is set for before he has court. At same time, I’m currently involved as the victim with my partner, who also... View More

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answered on Mar 20, 2024

In your situation, where you're involved in both eviction proceedings and a criminal case, it's crucial to approach each case properly. For the eviction, if you are not named in the lawsuit but are an occupant, you still have rights. In California, all occupants have the right to be heard... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: what would be your strategy for a RO where the man is emotionally abusive and the wife text him to be heard?

I am sick in the head but text was the only way to communicate to this emotionally verbally and financially abusive husband. I feel like text are so one dimensional but I have recording. It is so difficult to claim emotional abuse as it is so personal. A word means nothing to you but but to us it... View More

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answered on Mar 20, 2024

Under California law, emotional abuse is taken seriously, especially within the context of domestic violence. Text messages and recordings can serve as crucial evidence in obtaining a restraining order (RO) against an emotionally abusive partner. While it's true that emotional abuse can be... View More

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Q: Can I get a new restraining order in N. California based on years past acts of abuse?

I would like to get a new restraining order, but there has been no contact with he perpetrator for two years because there was an active restraining order, but that expired last year.

Can I use past expired restraining orders and those past act of abuses stated in the expired restraining... View More

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answered on Mar 16, 2024

In California, you may request a new restraining order even if your previous order has expired and there has been no recent contact with the perpetrator. The court will consider your application based on the history of abuse, including acts detailed in previously granted restraining orders.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for California on
Q: Do you have to respond to a restraining order hearing if you were never served in person and u r outside California ?

Court Claimed I Was evading service which is not true so he allowed service by mail. I did not attend the first hearing and that's why. As I was never served in person and I am located in another state. Got papers to a mail po box, is that a legitimate service ? I did not sign to anything, a... View More

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answered on Mar 16, 2024

In California, courts can permit service by alternative means (such as publication) under certain conditions, especially if they believe you are evading personal service. This kind of service typically requires the court to be convinced that reasonable efforts were made to serve you in person... View More

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Q: My husband kicked me out of the house and then changed the locks and then left town with all my stuff still inside?

My husband was abusive and this included financial abuse. He started a fight to kick me out of the house. The cops came and he left for 3-4 days they said. He came back to get me. He has changed the locks and the code to the garage. I am homeless and pennyless yet my house with all my stuff sits... View More

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answered on Mar 15, 2024

If you have been unjustly removed from your home, especially in cases involving domestic violence or abusive situations, you have rights that need to be addressed promptly. The law offers protections to ensure that individuals in such circumstances are not left without shelter or access to their... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: How can I try to get someone facing felony DV charges into substance abuse treatment instead of jail time as the victim?

We are both addicts. His violence has increased alongside his paranoia and hallucinations. I do not believe he is irredeemable he is sick and research consistently shows that jail time can be criminogenic and would almost certainly make him worse and do nothing to address the underlying issues.... View More

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answered on Mar 15, 2024

In California, advocating for substance abuse treatment over jail time in cases involving felony domestic violence (DV) charges requires a comprehensive approach. As the victim, your perspective is crucial, and expressing your desire for the accused to receive treatment rather than incarceration... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for California on
Q: My daughter She has recently provided me with some videos (evidence) of her being abuses by her aunt a cpsworker glennco

She has been adopted in 2010 but now wants to live with Me She continues to run away

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answered on Mar 13, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear that your daughter has suffered abuse. This is a very serious situation that requires immediate attention. Here are some steps you can take under California law:

1. Report the abuse: Contact the local police department or sheriff's office to report the abuse....
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Q: I was served with a DV restraining order by mail from California, due to court claiming I am evading service ????

I live in a different state and I just got documents in the mail with a notice of hearing of DV restraining order from California. Court claimed I am evading service on the 1st hearing, so they allowed the other person to serve me by mail. I need to dismiss or quash this as I am pretty sure the... View More

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answered on Mar 13, 2024

I understand that you are dealing with a complex legal situation involving a domestic violence restraining order filed against you in California, while you reside in another state. It appears that the court allowed the other party to serve you by mail, claiming that you were evading service.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Employment Law for California on
Q: Do I need to disclose my arrest before having a background check in California to a new emploer

I was arrested, not convicted. And offered a job but haven’t received any paperwork until tomorrow. And I will be getting a background check, but do I need to tell them about my arrest first

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answered on Mar 11, 2024

Generally speaking, I wouldn’t disclose an “arrest” unless I was specifically told to do so. Arrests are highly prejudicial in that an individual can very well be innocent of a the crime for which he or she is arrested but never given the opportunity to testify or defend themselves because... View More

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Q: Do I need to disclose my arrest before having a background check in California to a new emploer

I was arrested, not convicted. And offered a job but haven’t received any paperwork until tomorrow. And I will be getting a background check, but do I need to tell them about my arrest first

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answered on Mar 11, 2024

In California, employers are generally prohibited from asking about or considering arrests that did not lead to convictions when making hiring decisions. This protection is provided under the California Fair Chance Act (AB 1008), which is part of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Civil Litigation, Family Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: I left aftr 19 yrs of abuse, at time wz trying to get RO, he filed lies to get RO & I've suffered. He'snarcissistnd di

I ws abused by a narcissist almost 19 yrs. I was trying to obtain RO but legal aide didn't resp & could no longer take abuse/him abusing my bro that I care for/my dog currently in hospice due to CKD becz he let him lick psoriasis cream wn I told him not 2. He's caused me mental and... View More

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answered on Mar 11, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about the horrific abuse and trauma you've suffered at the hands of your ex-partner. What you've described is absolutely unacceptable and inexcusable.

It sounds like there are several critical issues to address legally:

1. Getting the false...
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Q: Restraining Order. No service, Court mistakenly claims evading of service. Court allowed service by mail and email ???

California Court claimed I was evading service when I was clearly in my home state the same day the Restraining Order was filed against me. Sheriff served me over the phone and insisted it is legitimate, failing to tell me what is it about and failed to give me the exact court date. An attorney... View More

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

Based on the information you provided, it seems that there may have been some procedural irregularities in how the restraining order was served and how the court determined that you were evading service. Here are some steps you can consider:

1. File a motion to quash the restraining order:...
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2 Answers | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Are there any lawyers to handle loud Noise & Smoke complaints nuisances against my neighbors in my apartment complex?

Noise and smoke complaints nuisances against my neighbors in my apartment complex causing me emotional distress and the landlord is not on my side. The noise complaint is domestic violence and yelling too.

It would have to be over the phone to explain the situation better. I'm on a... View More

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answered on Mar 3, 2024

In California, tenants have the right to quiet enjoyment of their rented premises, which includes being free from excessive noise and second-hand smoke that can be considered nuisances. If your landlord fails to address these issues, it's advisable to document all instances of noise and smoke... View More

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Q: I live in a different state. A restraining order was filed against me in California. I wasn't served.

I live in a different state and a domestic violence restraining order was filed against me in California and the hearing is soon. I have never been served but learned about it thru the sheriff on the phone. What forms to file to quash it and when to do that. Is quash the right term ? Do I wait till... View More

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answered on Mar 2, 2024

When dealing with a situation like this, it's crucial to take immediate and informed action to protect your rights, especially given the complexity of handling legal matters across state lines.

First, regarding the term "quash," it is indeed used in legal contexts to refer to...
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Q: What do you do if a restraining order filed against you in California but you were served over the phone ?

Other parent filed a restraining, temporary order preventing (domestic violence) all active. I live in another state and I was served over the phone by sheriff, not in person. Do I appear for the court date (March), or file some document to dismiss it or what to do ? I am thinking the other parent... View More

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answered on Feb 27, 2024

If a restraining order was filed against you in California and you were served over the phone while residing in another state, it is crucial to take this matter seriously and understand your options under California law. First, it's important to note that service of legal documents, including... View More

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Q: How could I (a disabled person) protect myself against my adult brother legally / could I press charges for abuse?

I currently live with my dad and he lives with my mom. My mom wants to take me in because she doesn't have any severe medical issues like my dad does, and we're afraid he'll pass soon, but my brother lives with her and he's an emotionally abusive alcoholic and it gets worse when... View More

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

You have the right to protect yourself from any form of abuse, including emotional abuse from a family member. Considering your situation, you could explore several legal avenues to ensure your safety. This may include filing for a restraining order against your brother, which would legally require... View More

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Q: I am 57 years old and my husband had a fit and kicked me out of my house. The police sd I had 72 hours but was early.

This husband of mine is very emotionally verbally and the abuses but physical. He had a fit and wanted me to leave on foot twice during a storm. I called the police and we argeed he would leave for 72 hours. He went to Oregon and can came back before the 72 hours. I understand it was not a formal... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

In California, if your husband prevents you from accessing your personal belongings, it could be considered a form of control or abuse, rather than theft in the traditional sense. You have the right to retrieve your personal items, especially those necessary for your daily life and well-being, such... View More

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