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Civil Rights Questions & Answers

Q: I had just got my fishing licence and found a old abandoned dock that had no, no trespassing signs and got a ticket.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Entertainment / Sports, Environmental and Land Use & Zoning for Virginia on
Answered on Aug 24, 2016

I think it's going to depend on the facts of the case and the actual layout of the land and signage. For example, could it be possible that the signage on the other side made it clear you couldn't be on this side? It would be a good idea to consult with a local criminal defense/general practice attorney to consider fighting your ticket. Good luck to you.
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Q: If a job application asks about past illnesses, whom defines past illnesses, me, or my diagnosis history?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Aug 23, 2016

Your answer is perplexing, as you have not explaied why you seem to disagree with your own medical records as to diagnosis history and whether there is a valid way to dispute it.
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Q: I had a probate matter adjudicated in 1992, I had a Co-T who wanted an accounting, looking for trouble as he had same

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Probate, Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for California on
Answered on Aug 20, 2016

If a beneficiary has filed a petition, you can file a demurrer based on the statute of limitations. Since this is complex, hire an attorney to assist you.
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Q: Can a sex offender have his name removed from the registry if he feels his life is in danger because of it?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Aug 19, 2016

No, not until the time period for registration has passed.
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Q: The school has been withholding certain foods and drinks packed for her. Is this legal for them to do?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on
Answered on Aug 18, 2016

Depends on their reason.If they don't have a doctor saying it's inappropriate, then you need to suggest that shouldn't they listen to what a doctor says?
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Q: Can a civil judge do a criminal case

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for California on
Answered on Aug 17, 2016

I'm not sure what you mean by civil judge. Judges in Modesto rotate so over the course of their career, they will hear criminal cases, civil cases, family law cases, etc. A judge currently sitting in the civil division of the Stanislaus County courts (there's only 4 in civil) shouldn't be hearing a murder, assault, or attempted murder case.
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Q: Is a lawyer needed to give deposition in civil suit against a corporation in Tn? I'm not the defendant or person suing.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Answered on Aug 16, 2016

I assume its a subpeona, which is a court order to appear ( which you must obey). Otherwise, testifying is voluntary. The lawyer obviously thinks you have information which is useful for his case. I suggest calling him/her to advise that you no longer work there and just ask him why you are needed . In other words, play "dumb' and see if you can get him to explain what he thinks you might know. He could be 'fishing'- that is, he is just looking for info and if you don't know anything, you can...
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Q: can I get power of attorney over my 27 year old son?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Health Care Law and Social Security for California on
Answered on Aug 16, 2016

Yes, you can. Consult with a probate attorney - you might need to be appointed as a guardian or conservator as well as get a power of attorney.
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Q: Do I need a lawyer in Tennessee to give a deposition in a civil suit if I'm not the party being sued?

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Answered on Aug 16, 2016

Lets clarify-You are not sued YET, and lawsuits can be amended to add additional defendants. You haven't mentioned anything about the substance of the case you are testifying in, so it may be that you are truly just a witness. However, many lawyers offer a free consultation, so perhaps you ought to find a lawyer and go into some detail of the case to see if there is any possibility that you might be exposed to some claim(s). the last thing you would want to do is inadvertently say something to...
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Q: CDCR is admitting fault by trying to pay every inmate affected a settlement of $3500 for sensitive info breach.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Rights for California on
Answered on Aug 16, 2016

You would have to prove someone used the information to your detriment--very hard to prove. However why not contact a member of who handles computer breach issues.
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Q: Is it illegal to record video in the Department Motor Vehicles without permission?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law, Internet Law and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Answered on Aug 15, 2016

First, may be illegal under their rules--usually is. Second you are looking for trouble with a reposting.
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Q: hi there my girlfriend and her brother kept being physically hit and threatened to leave the house for small issues

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Family Law, Personal Injury and Domestic Violence on
Answered on Aug 15, 2016

More a question for a counselor.Outcome finacially is if parent is incarcerated not much support. 21 year old is free to leave.They are an adult.14 year old needs to talk to a counselor.
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Q: Is it legal for somebody to obtain my password to unlock my cell phone

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 15, 2016

That depends on who obtains it and how. The police need a warrant, but you might just tell your girlfriend.
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Q: I signed in at my doctor's office with a kiosk machine. Kiosk asked me if my fingerprints were on file. Is this legal

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 14, 2016

Assuming it's for the doctors' office yes. Impersonal, bad atmosphere, but legal.
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Q: in minn. can a tow co. keep my personal property that is in my car until i pay the initial $588 fee i cant afford?

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Consumer Law and Civil Rights for Minnesota on
Answered on Aug 14, 2016

First, try the state police--as to getting your stuff. Second if you have collision that should cover tow and storage. Third, if you can borrow the money then argue--at 35 a day before you know it it's over 1k. Better to have the car, then argue than have a gigantic bill and if you lose the argument......

Towing is often a rip, storage definitely. You can also contact whatever Minnesota agency governs/licenses towers.
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Q: I am a professional female living in CT. my ex's current female friend stole a 5 yr old explicit video from his phone

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Internet Law and Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Aug 13, 2016

If it does become a court case, perhaps it would fall under Invasion of Privacy. You might let her know that there would be legal consequences to her if she were to post this video and that you would have no hesitation in taking legal action.
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Q: I have a settlement conference coming what are the chances of me getting the amount that my lawyer is asking for

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Rights for New York on
Answered on Aug 12, 2016

I assume your lawyer has discussed with you what he is asking for and the reasonable expectation. If not ask him. No one can tell you in the abstract--depends on facts, medical records & what they say, who is on the other side, who the mediator is.
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Q: I have a Thai friend who was born of a American father. He would like to know his citizenship?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Immigration Law on
Answered on Aug 10, 2016

If he has proof that he was born in the U.S. he might have a chance at getting citizenship but again it might take years for him to get approved. Talk to an immigration attorney in private to talk about this situation in more detail.

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Q: My mother, who lives in Pennsylvania, was supposed to recieve 89,000.00 for a class action mesh lawsuit.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Personal Injury and Products Liability for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 9, 2016

I already answered this, I believe. Was it only fees? Fees, costs, and medicare reimbursement? She should have received 1) a fee agreement and 2) a disbursdment sheet showing how things would be apportioned.

Most attorneys have the client sign these. If none of the above happened, as I mentioned before, she can contact the bar association fee dispute resolution committee but I'm not hearing she even called the law office to find out these details.
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Q: Where can a 17 and 15 year old couple run away legally without any trouble?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Military Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Aug 8, 2016

If the question is "where, " then the answer is NEVER. A minor can't give consent. Rather than "run away" perhaps you should try filing a lawsuit asking the Judge to declare you (each of you will have to file separately) "emancipated." In other words, A Judge ( and only a Judge ) can declare that you can be considered an adult, even though you are still under 18. You have to convince the Judge that you are mature enough to take on adult responsibilities ( running away is not a good idea if...
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