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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Is the police chief legally able to do this ?

Chief's Message, Wednesday, January 22nd, 2


(a) Any person, persons, corporation or association desiring to use a public park, street or other public property of the City of Port Clinton to hold an activity or event shall first obtain... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 23, 2020

Yes, permitting for public events is common throughout the country. As long as it’s done for safety and scheduling’s sake and not used to discriminate, the courts allow it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Education Law for Ohio on
Q: I was wondering if I can be expelled from school for something not mentioned in the handbook.

I was accused of something with no proof, given 30 seconds to gather all of my things, expelled for something not mentioned in the handbook and off of school property.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 23, 2020

You can certainly be expelled for something that isn’t in the handbook. They can’t possibly be expected to cover every possible action and most contain some catchall kind of phrase like “other conduct unbecoming of a student.” What are you accused of doing?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can I put my boyfriend on the lease for low income housing if we have a NCO? Will the landlord for low income find out?

So the police put a NCO on him because he hit me and now he has a felony. Now we are getting along and he is helping out with my kids. I got accepted into housing and want to add him on my lease so I don’t get in trouble when he’s there all the time. The landlord for low income housing needs... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 22, 2020

You may want to go to the court to explain to the judge that you wish to have the NCO dropped to enable you to enjoy cohabitation and co-parent. If you just really need help with the kids and you are, in fact still in fear of imminent harm that supports a NCO, then you should probably seek the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Education Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: outside agency counselor to see my son after an email stated to stop .

My son attends the school in our area. When asked verbally to stop services from an outside agency the school counselor stated she misunderstood. There was a conference call shortly after this incident stating again I did not want an outside counselor agency coming to the school to see my son. The... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 22, 2020

Put it in a fax to the agency, school board & outside agency to cease.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Communications Law and Environmental for Texas on
Q: my daughter is 13 and has 20 hours of community service she only did 10 because she ran out of space on the sheet whats
Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 22, 2020

Please complete your question. Your daughter can make copies or ask for another sheet.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for New Mexico on
Q: Firearm ownership in new Mexico

I legally bought a rifle and shotgun in 1978; in 2009 I was convicted of nonviolent felony, sentenced to 8 months, completed sentence in May 2010;

May I legally have the firearms, in my home, in new Mexico? If not, is there a way to legally do so?

Keep in mind- rifles, not handguns,... Read more »

Concetto Kirk Di Giacomo
Concetto Kirk Di Giacomo answered on Jan 22, 2020

No, you aren't legally allowed to own a firearm. See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 30-7-16.

This same statute defines a "felon" using the following language:

“[F]elon” means a person convicted of a felony offense by a court of the United States or of any state or political subdivision...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Florida on
Q: I want to keep my unborn baby out of the system. I have three kids i just had a tpr on... Can i sign baby over to dad?

Im in florida. The father has no criminal history and makes great money and dorsnt do drugs. Cant i just sign the baby over before ots born to avoid it going into the system?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jan 22, 2020

Since you are not married the best thing to do before the baby is born is to make sure the father agrees to claim the baby is his and have the hospital or doctor put his name on the birth certificate. Then you can start proceedings to turn the child over to their legal father.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Collections for Oklahoma on
Q: Were my rights violated?

I went to court unrepresented, the judge was upset with that and locked me up. I do not recall any formal reason from him other than that. I stayed in jail for two weeks just to qualify for public representation. I wasn't given forms to file for one until the district attorney was called and... Read more »

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan answered on Jan 21, 2020

most judges are reasonable and quite tolerant in terms of giving you time to secure private counsel to represent you if you bond out of jail. I suspect the judge gave you more than one chance to show up with an attorney and you were either unable to secure one you could afford or you refused to do... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Small Claims and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Need an attorney against pastor of organization that discriminates and put our lives in danger.

Me and my daughter went to a religious women home to split rent and be part of organization.

We discussed rent amount moved in

Shortly realizing his tenants Below did not appreciate him moving me and my daughter in the home and started harassing us started coming to the home late... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 21, 2020






1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Nebraska on
Q: What state has Jurisdiction under UCCJEA?

4 Children born NE

Parents divorced

Mother and 2 children move to IL

Father and 2 children remain in NE

2 children travel to NE for summer vacation.

Father files Emer. custody and doesn't return children to IL

Mother was never served and... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jan 21, 2020

For an initial custody determination, the state where the children have been residing the last 6 months is generally the court/state that gets to decide the custody issues. For a modification action, jurisdiction generally remains with the original jurisdiction as long as at least one of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for South Carolina on
Q: A black male, early 40's, arrested for illegal carry, never charged with any other charges, ever, doesnt have money to

...hire competent counsel. Obtains legal aid attorney. About to go to second hearing. Can he request and receive a continuation until he secures competent counsel?

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Jan 20, 2020

It is likely that you will be able to have your case continued but I would recommend talking to some attorneys in your area. Many attorneys that practice criminal law will take a payment plan.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Texas on
Q: Looking to get a public defender or lawyer not sure what to do next?

Possession of ampthetampine and a firearm . Pistol was legal and in my vehicle passenger was arrested with the drugs also never told them they could search to begin with . They ran my pistol an when it came back clean he said I’ll go put this back for you and proceeded to search car then persons.

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Jan 18, 2020

If you cannot afford an attorney, you can request the Court appoint an attorney to represent you. If you believe you can retain a lawyer, start calling attorneys in your area. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for California on
Q: ·pc4502 "Prisoner Poss. Weapon" (Dagger) Can officers charge 1 if 2 housed in cell?

Days b4 "John's" controlling charge was dismissed due 2 PD violating his 4th Amendment Right "Illegal Search & Seizure"... C.O.'s searched ONLY ONE cell occupied by 2 inmates "John & Doe", But Only "John" was charged (pc4502)... Report says weapon referred 2 as a "Dagger" (but really a County... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 18, 2020




1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Indiana on
Q: I was lied to about not being included in my father's will. But there was no will...
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 18, 2020

You could repost in the Probate and Estate/Planning sections here. Attorneys who practice in that area would have the most insight into your situation. It would be helpful if you structured your post in the form of a question. Also, there is no need to include any personal information about... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Civil Rights and International Law on
Q: Can I file a lawsuit against someone for calling me a “lazy sod”?

I work at sea and recently contacted a fellow colleague with regards to assistance with work. He replied and indicated that if I needed more help he was willing to assist. I emailed him back taking up his assistance however his supervisor replied stating I should do the work myself and referring to... Read more »

Tom Evans
Tom Evans answered on Jan 18, 2020

Was any of this due to your being a minority of some sort - race color creed personal orientation? If so you may be able to make a civil rights claim. Otherwise you are left with defamation which likely tequire much more harm.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Gov & Administrative Law for Kentucky on
Q: Our sheriff has best prisoners had to step down as constable He's signed illegal search warrants

Why hasnt he been fired who do we contact!?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 17, 2020

See my other answer to this question!!

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander, Family Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: If I can prove perjury from the report by a CPS worker that got my children taken away will the whole case be dropped?

I have evidence that the Child protective services case worker who made the report after having my children removed from my custody lied in the report to justify her actions. Not only do I have documentation proving her lies, but I also have eye whitnesses to the entire incident when she took my... Read more »

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Jan 17, 2020

If you can demonstrate that based on the cases workers lies, the children would not have otherwise been deemed dependent, you may be able to get your case dismissed. You need to consult with an attorney to discuss your allegations and options moving forward. An attorney should be appointed to you... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Who was Mr Joseph Beans attorney in this case?
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jan 17, 2020

1. Figure out which county the case was filed in.

2. Figure out which Clerk's office has the record.

3. Contact the Clerk's office and ask to examine the physical file.

4. Find a motion or other document filed by Mr. Joseph or his attorney.

5. Find the signature...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Ohio on
Q: Help with understanding how this is fair? It seems like it should be illegal .

While trying to install a sewage system my town lost money on two occasions by hiring companies that didn't finish the job. So to make up for this loss they force you to hook up to their sewage , charge a seemingly large amount every month for doing so, and if you get behind disconnect you, add a... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 17, 2020

Public sewer issues are usually handled locally. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who can review local ordinances and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Gov & Administrative Law for Georgia on
Q: Local Police and USPS mail regulations

This question is for attorneys well-versed in USPS regulations. Does a county police officer (not state or Federal) have the right to stop and interrogate a USPS mail carrier to ask them to verify an addressee's name on a delivered mail item? The police officer in this analogy has no search... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Jan 17, 2020

The simple answer is no. Since USPS is a governmental agency with specific regulations and rules, it is best to sift all these type grievances through their channels. On the surface, it appears to be a privacy issue. It is always best to consult an attorney who can assess the specifics of your... Read more »

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