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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for District of Columbia on
Q: Hello, I am a landlord in Washington DC and need advice on how to deal with my HOA and my tenant.

My tenant is renting via the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Lease started March 1, 2021. He pays rent on time, keeps unit clean and I haven't had any problems. The neighbors have complained about his noise levels and says he has become a nuisance, aggressive and harrassing. Board called a... Read more »

Laurence L. Socci
Laurence L. Socci answered on Dec 6, 2021

I am a DC landlord/tenant lawyer. As long as the tenant is not violating his lease, you cannot evict him. The evidence you discuss is not sufficient to warrant eviction. As to whether or not they can fine you, that depends on what is in any agreement you have with the Board. You will likely have... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for District of Columbia on
Q: If an employer "requests" that you complete a dd3150, are you legally obligated to complete and submit that form?

The form specifically states: "While the information requested on this form is intended to be used primarily for internal purposes, in certain circumstances it may be necessary to disclose this information externally. And 85 Fed. Reg. 17047 states that "Providing this information is... Read more »

Matthew T. Famiglietti
Matthew T. Famiglietti answered on Oct 4, 2021

You do not have to sign the form. However, by not signing the form you can expect to be treated as not having been fully vaccinated. The policy is not discriminatory on its face if it is equally applied to everyone regardless of sex, race, national origin, religion or disability. It does not seem,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights, Elder Law and Small Claims for District of Columbia on
Q: can i file suit for defamation and elderly abuse under Title 18 in dc? under what sections? Cannot get an answer.

I am 70 years old. I asked a question during a town hall meeting at the senior wellness center I have attended daily for the last 7 years. The 55 year old program director, did not like the question because she did not have a valid answer, was embarrassed. She then filed a fictitious Barring... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 5, 2020

A Washington, D.C. attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. At this point, you could reach out to attorneys in the Libel & Slander sections to discuss. As a general note, keep in mind that such cases are not generally handled on a contingency basis the way... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for District of Columbia on
Q: Is a law firm responsible and liable for their attorney's misconduct?

I hired a lawyer that can practice in DC, however, his firm is based in Atlanta, Georgia. This lawyer lied, filed documents without my consent, and disappeared by not responding to emails and text messages, etc. and my case was just dismissed due to his erratic behavior.

I reached out to... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Jul 2, 2020

It sound like you may have a legal malpractice claim against the firm. Without more details, it's hard to provide more information, but it's certainly worth exploring and I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to engage an attorney. Good luck.

3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: In DC when the police are called, do I have to answer their questions? Do I have to show them my ID? Can I leave?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 19, 2018

You never have to answer questions, and you are free to leave at any time until and unless you are under arrest, for which they require probable cause to believe you have committed a crime in their presence, or a recent crime nearby, or if they have an arrest warrant.

Regarding pedestrian...
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Q: Can US citizens file a civil suit against a former senior member of the U.S. Government for negligence?

If so, is their case law?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 3, 2018

Anyone can sue for anything but a case that 1) is for a generalized harm 2) for a non-specific injury (e.g. he acted to limit our 2nd amendment rights) 3)is tolled by the statute of limitations 4) where the Federal Tort Claims Act was not complied with 5)or that concerns discretionary duties will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for District of Columbia on
Q: What can I do if my son who's is 9 wants to come home and his dad won't let him neither of us have court order custody

He went to finish the school year no his father's cut all contact no number to reach him no address and I try to call via face book no answer neither of us have a court ordered custody threw the courts and his father just recently started coming back around he been in and out all his life... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 26, 2017

You can file for custody rights in court. If the dad abducted your child, you can report that to the police. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for District of Columbia on
Q: What type of offense is it?

My Building manager threatened me in the receptionist's presence, "You don't pay rent. I will get you kicked out. I will call the cops on you." He was not aware that I had cleared my dues except for $1000.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 1, 2017

As far as calling the cops it's probably a misdemeanor. Otherwise "I will get you kicked out" is ....bad management. You can complain to the owners but they may not care.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for District of Columbia on
Q: How to counter a criminal summons with a civil claim before a court date?

State of Virginia Trooper in collusion with a Sherrif's deputy and towing companies. Anti-fraud statute should apply under Sherman Act, presumably?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Feb 20, 2017

You should contact a VA lawyer about this, rather than posting on the DC forum. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for District of Columbia on
Q: I live in Washington, DC and I am in need of locating a Pro Bono Civil Rights attorney ASAP.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 21, 2016

Contact the ACLU or your local legal aid non-profit. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for District of Columbia on
Q: "Does the ADA put an affirmative duty on public schools to provide an accommodation to a policy for a disabled student?

What notice what a parent have to give that would trigger an ADA accommodation for a public school policy

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 9, 2016

The ADA requires public schools to provide reasonable accommodations for students falling under ADA protections so long as the student/ parent properly and timely discloses a valid disability listed under the ADA. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more... Read more »

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