Civil Rights Questions & Answers

Q: Can I keep someones car if they owe me money? If they report car stolen could I get in trouble for having a stolen car?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Collections and Constitutional Law for California on
Answered on Feb 17, 2019
Vernon Charles Tucker's answer
Depends on what the car is worth and how much is owed to you. Also I would need to know what the loan was for? Did you do work to the car and then you did not get paid?

Q: If someone comes uninvited onto my property and let's out my dogs, can I hold them responsible for any damages?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for Idaho on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Kevin M Rogers' answer
Your defense is not good unfortunately. Short of getting a signed confession rom the person who lifted the bar that allowed the dogs to escape, I’m afraid that you’re absolutely 100% liable.

Q: Are there any lawyers with experience in the mental health laws is Virginia?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Health Care Law for Virginia on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
One option is to check with the Virginia State Bar's Lawyer Referral Service.

Tim Akpinar

Q: I have a friend who wants to put a TPO on a guy who keeps harassing her through messages and calls.

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment, Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Internet Law for Georgia on
Answered on Feb 15, 2019
David Edward Boyle's answer
If he publishes the photos he may face legal consequences under the revenge porn law. O.C.G.A. 16-11-90. It is a 1-5 year felony offense.

Q: I want to file a civil law suit against my ex who raped me. Do statute of limitations apply?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Personal Injury for California on
Answered on Feb 14, 2019
William John Light's answer
The statute of limitations for sexual battery is 3 years. Talk to an attorney asap.

Q: I was detained while in line paying for gas. I was accused of give a fake 20$ to the clerk. I asked to see the money was

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Answered on Feb 12, 2019
Daniel John Christensen's answer
I am sorry to hear about your experience. I would suggest you contact a Board-Certified Criminal lawyer as soon as you can. We are Board Certified lawyers, however, we handle personal injury matters. If we can ever help you, please feel free to give us a call. 512-888-9999. Good luck.

Q: My vehicle was towed from friends apartment. My reg expired. I am reg owner. Tow Co. in CA denying my property. Rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for California on
Answered on Feb 11, 2019
Louis George Fazzi's answer
Contact the local police department, which probably has the contract with the towing company. Explain that you need assistance keeping the peace while you attempt to recover your property. Bring your vehicle registration with you, unless everything proving your ownership is in the car. In that event, notify the police of that fact and request that they accompany you when you go to the towing company to recover your property, letting them know that all your ownership documents are in the car and...

Q: I have gotton a ticket from a forest service officer in november 2018 for putting my gate back up he told me that i d

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Colorado on
Answered on Feb 10, 2019
Donald C Eby's answer
This could be complicated, I recommend that you at least spend some time with an attorney to review your title work and other documents to assess the validity of your defense prior to going before the court.

Q: How can I get a pro bono? I need one for a criminal case. Can you please point me in the right direction.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Civil Rights and Construction Law for Alaska on
Answered on Feb 9, 2019
Gary Kollin's answer
The public defender is the one who provides legal services to the people without funds

Q: Am I allowed to see the results of an HR investigation I am involved in?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for California on
Answered on Feb 9, 2019
Louis George Fazzi's answer
You have the right to review and make copies of the contents of your personnel file pursuant to the provisions of the State of California Labor Code. To the extent that the report of the investigation resulting from the complaint you made is in your personnel file, you have the right to request an opportunity to review it. Even if the report is not in your personnel file, since you made the complaint you should be able to review the results of the investigation.

If you are a union...

Q: What happens to the offender 1nce warrant is executed? the crime itself has exceeded its statute of limitations.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Louisiana on
Answered on Feb 9, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
You haven't provided enough information. You need to hire a criminal attorney.

Q: Don't you have to be a felon to be a restricted person? Or have mental illness? Or have some conviction for violence?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for Utah on
Answered on Feb 9, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
You could additionally post this in the Criminal Law section. Criminal law attorneys would be able to provide more meaningful input on the issues mentioned here than personal injury attorneys would.

Tim Akpinar

Q: I was convicted of a crime and feel I've been abused by the system what should I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Feb 8, 2019
Louis George Fazzi's answer
Reach out to the ACLU [],

or contact the Innocence Project []

You can copy and paste either link in your browser.

Focus on lawyers with criminal defense experience, and if you have family members who can help, ask them to assist you in finding a good lawyer to help you. Some of the biggest law firms in Los Angeles...

Q: If i was granted a motion why is there a hearing

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Texas on
Answered on Feb 8, 2019
Roy Lee Warren's answer
The best source for information is...your lawyer.

Q: I'm being charged with 594(2) (a) PC mis in Amador county California now court ordered me to book and release ?why?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Answered on Feb 8, 2019
Dale S. Gribow's answer
much more info needed.

if you are asking to get an arrest off your record, i am not aware of how to do so.

you can get a conviction off your record .......on a felony filing 17B tor educe to mids and then 1203 to dismiss

Q: if i was put in jail. i win trial let but i lost everything.what should i do.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Government Contracts for Florida on
Answered on Feb 8, 2019
Charles M. Baron's answer
You question is vague, but you seem to be wondering if you can seek compensation from anyone for being arrested, jailed, and prosecuted. For compensation from law enforcement authorities, the answer is yes, IF there was no probable cause for the arrest and/or no probable cause for the prosecution. However, in almost all cases that go to criminal court trial, the probable cause exists; otherwise, the case likely would never have made it that far. Probable cause means there are facts that...

Q: A cop called asked to come in for questioning.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Answered on Feb 8, 2019
Brent T. Geers' answer
Ordinarily you are under no obligation to go and talk with the police, regardless if your mom told them you would. Whether it's in your best interest to do so should be discussed in depth with an attorney before talking with the police.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.