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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue a hospital for discrimination?

I spoke to a few attorneys who told me that the law protects drs during this period due to COVID 19 to an extent anyway, however I am curious if they are protected against discriminating against their patients also? I was very clearly neglected and discriminated against but I can not get anyone to... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 23, 2021

Not sure you have a discrimination case so much as you might have a malpractice case. Your question does not make clear how you believe you were discriminated against; it sounds like the ER doctors made a medical decision. Whether opting not to perform surgery was the right call is something only... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: Can I be prosecuted for assault when I told a drunk to leave my property several times and he refused to leave?

Told drunk to leave my door several times, he refused, it got physical, he kicked my storm door in. I was charged with assault, while in my home, a month later. He was arrested for dui and trespassing that night. Local prosecutor is trying to silence me. I had been disagreeing with her prosecution... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 16, 2021

Do you have an attorney? I probably don't need to tell you that you're not going to get very far with the approach you are taking. Focus on your case and your set of facts; It will get you nowhere talking about what the prosecutor could've, would've, should've with other... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: Can I file a lawsuit against someone for defamation of character and discrimination?I have proof ? Accusing me of crime

A supervisor at my old job is accusing me of committing a crime of vandalism on his vehicle, there is no evidence against me but I have messages of him calling me a criminal saying and also telling people it was me who committed the crime of a vandalism act to his vehicle , he even reported my name... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 5, 2021

You probably could take him to court, but unless you have provable damages, I don't know what good it will do. Defamation and any civil claim is different and carries a different burden of proof than a criminal case.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue a company for wrongfully accusing me of a crime I did not commit ?

My old job is trying to say I committed a vandalism act against a car in their parking lot, no evidence against me or no proof of me being there just going by hearsay and blaming me for it , can I sue ?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 4, 2021

Whenever someone talks about suing someone, we first must ask the question: what are the provable damages? Have you been turned down for other work?

Keep in mind that we're not talking about a criminal case here. No one needs to prove anything beyond a reasonable doubt. You would be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Environmental for Michigan on
Q: R299.922(q) Civil Infraction Question

I received a civil infraction bt the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) in a state park. The Civil infraction is R299.922(q). I am trying to understand the penalties that come with this CI as the ranger said it was just a fine but I want to make sure it doesn't show up on my driving record... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 2, 2021

A Michigan attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a month. As a general matter, each state might operate differently in terms of what their Departments of Natural Resources (or Environmental Protection, Wildlife, Fisheries, etc.) share with their Departments of Motor Vehicles.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: I live in Coldwater Michigan and I want to get my gun rights restored, but my convictions are in NJ & NY what to do?

Last conviction was April 29, 2004! Do I apply here in Coldwater Michigan or do I apply in NY & NJ?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Feb 17, 2021

You would need to apply here in the court you were convicted in. That will restore your gun rights while you are in Michigan. However, if you want to purchase firearms from a dealer with a federal firearms license - including Cabelas, etc., - you will need to complete a similar process in NY, NJ,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: My account was hacked then banned and the company who runs the service refuses to help, should I seek legal action?

I am not sure if i should get in contact with a lawyer about this issue due to not knowing if legal compensation is possible but i want to exhaust all my options. in short I have an account with the company Activison-blizzard (the people behind games like Call of Duty) this account was compromised... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Feb 11, 2021

What damages have you suffered? Has someone used this data against you? Has someone stolen money? Without actual damages, it's going to be tough finding a lawyer to do much more. I'm not sure how you'd be able to show them being complicit in data theft, let alone fraud, if the breach... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: daughter went in to police custody had no bruises hospital report done while in custody,came out multiple bruises
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Feb 8, 2021

What is the question? If your daughter is alleging police misconduct, a report should be made to the arresting police agency, or if occurring while within jail, to the sheriff's department that runs that particular jail.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: What if any crime is the result of consistent and intentional harassment? Eight years worth so far

I’m being approached by messengers telling me that this male plans to never stop plus he hates me. He lies to justify his actions by telling others that I broke into his home 2019 and I robbed him at gun point 2020. This started after my rejecting all of his advances to spend time with me away... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 15, 2020

To start, you should petition the court for a personal protection order.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: LLC is suing a Member. Does the Member have to be represented by counsel to defend their own interest. Not the LLC

LLC is suing a Member by another Member who has equal share. The defending Member is not representing LLC. Does Member being sued have to represented by counsel. If so, why, if the Member is not defending the LLC

Sarah S. Shepard
Sarah S. Shepard answered on Dec 4, 2020

The general rule in most states is that business entities, such as LLCs, must be represented by a licensed attorney in court. Individuals generally may appear pro se, meaning that they may represent themselves, in court proceedings and lawsuits.

That said, it is best generally best...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: I was tried as an adult at 16 on a drug charge, should I sue the state for sending me to prison underage.
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 5, 2020

I don't think you have a valid claim to sue the state for sending you to prison on an adult conviction. Many people under 18 are incarcerated in prisons in Michigan as well as just about every other state.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: Why is there a hold on my car at the impound lot, i got pulled over on the 9th sept 2020. No insurance.. So they towed

It, now as of this day sept 24th 2020 i found this out, now they are telling me call tomorrow business hours, public safety dept told me they will get the officers that pulled me over to call me, keep my phone close.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 25, 2020

At this point, the only ones who can tell you why there might be a hold is the police department because they are the ones who would have put the hold on. Call or wait for them to call you.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: Can school districts forcing parents to homeschool (do the teachers job) be considered as forced servitude?

I understand we are in a pandemic, my son has a fairly severe mental handicap, I feel it should be illegal to force me to attempt to homeschool him against my will and without compensation especially when I have absolutely no skill/ability in doing so.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 12, 2020

Interesting take. While understandably a hardship, I don't think "forced servitude" covers taking care of your own children. Interestingly, there is no constitutional right to public schools as we know them; if they ceased to exist, all parents would be "forced" into servitude.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Land Use & Zoning for Michigan on
Q: Our new houses well is dry, no issues were disclosed, and we've already closed. Are the sellers financially responsible?

I moved my family into a new house in Quincy, Michigan. A day after moving in, our water stops working. It turns out the well is dry, and the whole area is just bad for water. We spoke with multiple well contractors and learned that we can install a good well about 100 yards from the house at the... Read more »

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on Sep 11, 2020

Without seeing the closing paperwork and disclosures it is hard to say for sure. You need to have a local attorney look at the paperwork (did you use an attorney to review the closing? You SHOULD have!) to determine if anything like this can survive the closing.

Did you do inspections?...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Education Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue the school district for religious discrimination for my child to not wear a mask. It is against our religion
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 17, 2020

Interesting scenario...I'm not sure how such a suit would play out. Generally, claims of religious discrimination requires you to substantiate that what you are saying is an established component of your religion, and that you are a devoted member of that faith group. That is commonly done in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal for the police to do background checks on people creating protest events?

I created a support protest for Black Lives Matter and found out through a friend that the police had checked into my background and my friends too (she's a minor and the co-host for the event). Neither of us is under a current investigation that we know of and haven't had the protest yet.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 10, 2020

Do you mean through accessing their information / investigation networks? No. The police can investigate anyone at anytime, and can access and act on publicly disclosed information (e.g. Facebook). Certainly as the subject of an investigation, you have rights, most importantly the right to remain... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Gov & Administrative Law for Michigan on
Q: What action can I take if the Secretary of State/DMV is falsely reporting that I committed a crime?

I was charged (but not convicted) with Minor in Possession of Liquor when I was 16. The case was dismissed. I was told the record would be expunged when I turned 18. I am now 23 and this incident is still showing up on my driving record (Why my driving record??).

This is now hindering my... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 15, 2020

Lots of questions here...who told you it would be expunged when you turned 18? And even if true, court records (which a judge would have the power to expunge) are different than the Secretary of State's records (which judges have no authority over).

My first step would be to reach out...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: Wasn't given rights to a speedy trial low income is there someone I can contact there's been other misconduct
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 15, 2020

What do you mean by not having a right to a speedy trial? Delays in getting to trial can be attributed to the prosecution OR the defense, and unless you happened to be a MDOC prisoner at the time, there is no absolute right to have a trial within a certain period of time. What speedy trial does in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: i am FTM transgender. Is there something i can do about my general manager discriminating against me to co workers?

i am 25, and FTM transgender. I lost my job beginning of March due to the sudden outbreaks of the virus, i was talking with a former co worker about possibly getting my job back, he said he would ask the manager, i was then informed my General Manager is being discriminating & slanderous... Read more »

Jeff Herron
Jeff Herron answered on Jul 8, 2020

In late June, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (which covers Michigan), holding generally that discrimination (and by extension harassment) against transgender individuals because of their status or gender nonconformity is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: If I vacate a home I own with another unmarried person in MI, does that person have gain rights to my share of the home?

We have resided together for 20 years (last 10 in MI where the house is). We own it jointly. I have made all the payments and have proof. If I move out, and continue maintaining the home and paying the mortgage, can the other person gain financially when we finally sell due to my not residing in... Read more »

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on Jun 30, 2020

You do not need to reside in a home to maintain an ownership interest in it.

However the nature of the ownership matters. I would suggest you bring a copy of the deed to a local real estate attorney ASAP to review that and ALL the circumstances.

There may well be issues not...
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