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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for California on
Q: Can a person lock me out of the house if im still renting and have time to move out
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Sep 24, 2020

This isn't really a civil rights issue, but involves your property rights. However, you haven't included enough information to let us know how we could answer your question. You can be renting property but still be evicted for a myriad of reasons, which is why you should be asking lawyers... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: Privacy online school

Dear Lawyers,

I would like to respect my privacy and not let my school teachers look into my household // room. I'm extremely uncomfortable with the fact that people can look into my house whenever they want. I would like to know if there is a law in California protecting my rights.

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Sep 22, 2020

If you are using Zoom to log in for school, go to the settings in the Zoom application and choose a virtual background so the camera only shows you on screen and your immediate surroundings. Also make sure you are as close to the camera on your computer or tablet as you can be, so you fill the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Can I file a lawsuit

I, an adult female, was asked to leave the dressing room because another female felt uncomfortable with me there along with a child. I believe after the employee realized I was a female and the child (11) is a male then went on to say it was because of the child being in there with females. I... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich answered on Sep 22, 2020

Did you file a report with a supervisor or manager? Do you have the contact information of the customer that requested you be removed? These type of cases are difficult to prove discrimination without much more information. The employee could have any number of reasons to ask you to leave,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: Is it a racial discrimination case to kick me out of a hotel for smoking and covering up a smoke detector with no proof

After they told my girlfriend a hour before that everything was fine then when I arrive at front desk a hour later to ask why my room wasn’t cleaned they say we have to check out and we already paid for the weekend up until Monday this incident happens Friday! So they kick us out with ZERO proof... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 22, 2020

It would be racial discrimination if smokers of your race were the only smokers being kicked out of the hotel. You should request a refund of your payment as to the days you did not occupy the room. They may have a policy about extra cleaning of the room if you smoked in it. I understand the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Identity Theft for California on
Q: High Risk for severe Covid, DA is recommending 6 years 8 months for 9 felony charges yet co-def got summery probation

Feb. 2020, while at court, I suffered a mild stroke, could barely form simple words, disoriented,etc. My attorney, knowing I did not want to plead guilty without a deal, entered guilty plea to 9 felony ID theft charges. I have several health issues which makes me high risk of severe Covid-19. The... Read more »

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Sep 21, 2020

If you entered a plea at a time when you were not thinking clearly due to the stroke, you might want to have your plea withdrawn. Discuss this with your lawyer. If it was a 'good deal', and there are no problems of proof,for the DA, you may not want to. You might be looking at more time... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: i was issued a ticket for driving on a suspended license expired registration i missed the courtdate do i have a warran

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Douglas Hugh Ridley
Douglas Hugh Ridley answered on Sep 17, 2020

If you were issued an infraction or misdemeanor for driving on a suspended license and do not show up for the court date, the court will issue a warrant. It will probably be immediate, but there could be a slight processing delay (especially with Covid). The best solution is to go to that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for California on
Q: What does it mean when the sheriff attempted to contact me regarding a civil matter? I am under 18 years old.
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 17, 2020

It means that you should call the Sheriff and find out what he wants? Could be process serving, could be a subpoena, could be a number of things. Insufficient information to determine what the Sheriff wants from your post, and my crystal ball is out for repair.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for California on
Q: Civil rights attorney, I want to sue Dept of children services for removal of grandkids, only to dismiss case 10months

I was denied due process, and kids religion was violated.

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Sep 14, 2020

It would be helpful if you provided sufficient information to be of service. As grandparents, what legal right did you have to custody of your grandchildren? That would be step one in understanding what your rights might be. Grandparents don't necessarily step into the shoes of parents when it... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: What do I do? I have police lying on reports, the district attorney lying in court. And much more. I have proof of it.

I had a officer refuse to file charges against a person that pressed a gun against my face and he also told me it was legal because I did not show fear. The police will not arrest him even though on the statement he gave to police he stated that he pulled a gun on me and punched my friend in the... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Sep 11, 2020

You need the advice of a good civil rights lawyer. One option you may have is to file suit against the perpetrator for assault and battery. There are some good civil rights lawyers in Fresno. Most good lawyers who handle these kinds of cases give free consultations. If the local DA's office... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for California on
Q: I have been assaulted by police,I have a letter from the county saying I need to file a extension.
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 10, 2020

Pursuing any type of claim against a public entity is a complicated matter, you need to hire an attorney to assist you. There are personal injury attorneys located on this website and in your area that could probably assist you, and may even be willing to work on a contingent fee. (I cannot speak... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Shouldnt allegations be proven?
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 10, 2020

Yes, allegations should be capable of proof. But people can allege a lot of things that end up being unproven. Some politicians allege that they are the smartest people in the world, but that has yet to be proven.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I was assaulted in January by security/thugs at a local Chevron

There were two assaults back to back, the first one I fought off, the second one I sustained head and hand injuries. I had 4 rods put in my hand. What causes of action can I sue the Chevron for? I need specifics as I am planning on pursuing this in pro per, and if I could pursue the local sheriff... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 9, 2020

The answer most lawyers will give when asked a legal question is IT DEPENDS. Unless a lawyer has received all the facts s/he can’t spit out a credible answer. Junk in equals junk out.

Every case is unique, and more information is needed to properly answer your query intelligently. In...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: If somebody is a convicted felon what can they carry legally for self defense and protection
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 6, 2020

more info needed........

it depends.....what were they convicted of? how long ago? on parole or probation? do terms of probation or parole address that issue?

the best person to ask is the person who represented them on the underlying case.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Can a client tell their lawyer who they don’t want involved anymore as a witness?

Like if a client asked someone to say a statement to their lawyer and the person said yes because the client reassured that they would remain anonymous but the lawyer asked the witness to testify but the client doesn’t want them too. Can they tell their lawyer to no longer involve them or put... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 5, 2020

This is called "lawyering your own case." It happens all the time and is usually a bad thing for the client. You hired an attorney for his professional evaluation on how to best handle your case and now you want to contradict him? When a client refuses to follow my counsel, I usually... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: If I was stopped for a red light violation showed the officer where sheathed knives we’re on me are they concealed

I got pulled over for a supposed red light violation. I let the officer know that I had two sheathed knives on me I showed him where they were and he charged me with concealed dirk dagger and didn’t even charge me with the red light violation which was his probable cause

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Sep 5, 2020

Talk to a criminal defense lawyer in Fresno right away. He or she will know what to do with this. Most attorneys will give you a free consultation to discuss the citation you received. You may have a civil rights violation based on what you stated. So be sure to contact a good criminal defense... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: Can I sue for harassment? Invasion of privacy? What can I do to stop threats I get 3 or 4 yearly?

I live in a senior mobile home park, mobiles are owned by tennent, spaces rented monthly. Management inspects property often but never gives notice. They take potographs of patio, porch, yard and space under mobile, then posts letter with threats of eviction actions for things like: any item under... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 4, 2020

Sorry that you are having to deal with this at a time when you should be resting on your laurels. In my experience the operators of MHP are often little dictators with the park as their empire. The believe they are the law. You should sell and move to a better place, if possible, because what... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law, Constitutional Law and Consumer Law for California on
Q: Does a home buyer have to disclose to the seller that they will be turning their house into a community care facility

Before purchasing a home does a buyer have to disclose to the seller that they don't have any intention on living in the home as they plan on using the home as a community care facility? If so what kind of legal action can be taken against the buyer for not doing so?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 30, 2020

Fraud would be the failure to disclose material facts regarding the sale of the property. Once you transfer the title the new Owner can make whatever legal use of the property they choose, you do not have any say in what they do. Therefore, the failure of the BUYER to disclose his future... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Hello I wanted to ask if can I sew a company for not fulfilling their competition promises ?

ok dont need it anymore

Mirko Ivanovic
Mirko Ivanovic answered on Aug 30, 2020

A noncompete agreement is a contract between parties in which one party agrees not to enter into competition with the the other during or after employment. These legal contracts prevent a person or entity from entering into markets or professions considered to be in direct competition with the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: How many years for pc 182.5?

My girlfriend just got arrested this Tuesday on the 25th and they are trying to give her 20 years. She has never been arrested used to work with law enforcement. She was on her way yo work and they issued a warrant for her and they have 4 charges on her

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Aug 28, 2020

The amount of time depends on the felonies involved. 182.5 punishes someone who is actively participating in a criminal street gang and promoting, assisting or benefitting from a felony committed by the gang. The charge is conspiracy to commit that felony, which is punishable in the same... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: I received a subpoena for a mandatory appearance between my ex and her ex boyfriend for a civil case through email..

My ex's boyfriend had me subpoenaed. Is email a valid way to serve someone? And do I need to reply? Also, my sister was also subpoenaed, but not personally it was given to her husband. Is this a valid subpoena? Thanks in advance.

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Aug 27, 2020

Email is a valid way of serving a subpoena if you agree to accept it that way. If you refuse to accept service in that manner, you need to advise the party and/or the lawyer who served you that you do not accept email service. I always recommend my clients accept email service of a subpoena for an... Read more »

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