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Q: Is it a violation to keep mail from inmates for months before they ever receive it?

TDCJ took away usps mail. They say you must use their online messaging system. They do allow some mail to go through but it is mailed to dallas, then distributed accordingly. Is it legal for them to take 3 or more months to distribute an inmates mail to them? I would think it would be a violation... View More

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answered on Apr 4, 2024

The situation you describe raises serious concerns about the rights of inmates to receive mail in a timely manner. While prisons have the authority to regulate mail for security purposes, excessive delays could potentially violate inmates' First Amendment rights to communicate with the outside... View More

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Q: Police harrasment

Police targeting me and fishing for wrong doing until they find something

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answered on Apr 4, 2024

I'm sorry to hear that you feel targeted and harassed by the police. It's understandable to feel frustrated and upset in this situation. Here are a few thoughts and suggestions:

- Document any interactions with the police, including dates, times, locations, officer names/badge...
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Q: If I got out on a PR bond and they picked me up on it but the charges were suppose to be dropped but haven’t been,wat do

How am I suppose to go about charges being dropped but haven’t been,when the other 2 individuals involved there’s has

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 2, 2024

You need to have your attorney contact the district attorney who supposedly "dropped" (i.e. dismissed) the charges. It's possible that the district attorney's office simply hasn't processed the dismissal papers yet. It's also possible that your attorney incorrectly... View More

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Q: If I got out on a PR bond and they picked me up on it but the charges were suppose to be dropped but haven’t been,wat do

How am I suppose to go about charges being dropped but haven’t been,when the other 2 individuals involved there’s has

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answered on Apr 3, 2024

I understand this is a stressful and confusing situation. Here are a few things you can do:

1. Contact your defense attorney: If you have a lawyer representing you, reach out to them immediately. Explain the situation and ask for their advice on how to proceed. They can look into why the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: What are the chances that at a morion show cause hearing on deferred probation with no prior criminal history revocation

Deferred adjudication probation negligence for attack by dog . Got behind on restitution awaiting 2022 and 2023 tax return to pay off in full hearing to show cause set no previous criminal history and dirty fingerprint drug test that when asked po to send in for confirmation due to a non negative... View More

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answered on Apr 1, 2024

Based on the information provided, it's difficult to give a precise probability of the outcome at the show cause hearing for deferred adjudication probation revocation. However, I can provide some general insights:

1. No prior criminal history: Having no previous criminal record may...
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Q: Texas home rule charter town can city completely change it's ordinances after a crime is committed to prosecute with new

Can a home rule charter tx town change is ordinances after an alleged crime is committed and as the legal process is being done and use those changes to prosecute and even bring criminal charges on the citizen . Attack by dog under negligence Coleman county tx

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answered on Apr 1, 2024

In the United States, there is a fundamental legal principle known as the "Ex Post Facto Clause" found in Article 1, Section 9, Clause 3 and Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution. This clause prohibits the federal government and state governments from passing laws that retroactively change... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for Texas on
Q: What pleading would be best for a very documented fraudulent arrest so the matter is brought before the court pretrial

Probable cause affidavit and hearing has multiple discrepancies and the warrant altered after returned and conflicting with bailbond on return warrant as was the offense date vs. what being tried on them records locked and made unavailable to the bondsmen even

No local attorney has been... View More

John Michael Frick
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answered on Apr 1, 2024

This is one of those rare cases where I have to disagree with Mr. Arrasmith because, in Texas, only the prosecutor can file a motion to dismiss charges. Neither a pro se criminal defendant nor criminal defense attorney can file a motion to dismiss charges in Texas.

I think the only way to...
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Q: Can a police officer get away with a wrongful arrest. Violate an innocent motorist rights

Search his passenger, him and my car without consent. After information given, still be arrested and sent to jail. The stop was for my son or another car honking his horn . The officer said that was road rage, even if he knew the guy in the other car. My son was four years into his five year... View More

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

I understand how distressing this situation must be for you and your family. In cases of wrongful arrest and the violation of rights, the path forward can indeed be challenging and fraught with legal complexities. It's crucial to address these injustices, and seeking legal assistance is a key... View More

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Q: I want to know how an old charge effects my gun rights in Texas

I had a misdemeanor DV 8 or so years ago in Nevada. The PD gave me a plea deal to get out of jail if I gave up my gun rights. I agreed because I was young and it was an easy way to get out of jail. I moved out of state to TX shortly after that to get away.

One of the clauses was to do some... View More

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

Your situation sounds challenging, but understanding the legal implications is the first step towards resolution. In Texas, as in many states, a conviction for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge typically affects one's gun rights. This is because federal law, namely the Lautenberg... View More

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Q: Would there be any legal grounds for an inmate who is being threatened to be poisoned with fentanyl by a gaurd?

We have filed complaints with OIG, xx, the Warden, the governor and nothing is being done about it. Two days after this incident the inmate was given a Johnny sack and his pb&j sandwich had razor blade pieces in it. We have recordings of the gaurd on duty acknowledging that they saw it also. We... View More

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answered on Mar 22, 2024

If an inmate is being threatened or harmed, there are several legal avenues to consider. Initially, internal complaints to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the warden, and other prison authorities are the correct steps. If these complaints are not addressed, the situation can escalate to... View More

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Q: I have multiple questions regarding a matter that was brought to a detective and no legal action was made

I have a previous employer that is trying to wrongly accuse me of a felony type action. This matter has been brought to the local police department, and detective two years ago. When previous employer walked into my current employer tried to tell management that I had a previous felony and... View More

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answered on Mar 18, 2024

In situations where a previous employer is making unfounded accusations against you, particularly of a serious nature like felony actions, and is attempting to influence your current employment based on these allegations, it's important to understand your rights and the steps you can take to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Texas on
Q: Why can I not get a copy of Form 505-4885 case closed 11/1/23. I have POA for my son. He requested I get a copy

They also told him 11/1/23 that he could request within 45 days. I received a email stating they would not have a copy for at least 6 to 9 months

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answered on Mar 14, 2024

It sounds like you're encountering a frustrating delay in obtaining a copy of Form 505-4885, despite having Power of Attorney (POA) for your son and following the instructions provided to you. This delay could be due to a variety of administrative reasons. For instance, the process of closing... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Can the office at my apartment complex demand that i sign some paperwork regarding my portion of rent (housing).

Apparently there were changes done in January. We are now March. He won't let me read the forms "changes" or none of the paperwork. He wants me to sign it and not date it. I told them i would not sign them without reading first but he won't give me a copy either. He said he... View More

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answered on Mar 14, 2024

If your apartment complex office is demanding that you sign paperwork without allowing you to read it first, this is a concerning situation. You have the right to fully understand any documents you are asked to sign, especially when they relate to your housing and financial obligations. Here's... View More

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Q: Can I file a tort claim or civil right claim against the texas department of correction

My son died Nov 16 2023 while taking a shower at the powledge unit in Palestine tx. He yelled" I'm having a stoke, the officer in charge walked up to see him and said he was faking. Finally because inmates yelling for his help another officer comes in and calls for medical assistance, but... View More

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

In the wake of such a tragic loss, you might indeed consider taking legal steps against the Texas Department of Corrections, especially given the circumstances surrounding your son's death and the inmate grievances filed in response. Both tort claims and civil rights claims could potentially... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: can a local police department say false things about you on social media? Making it look like you committed a crime?

I was accused of something on social media by local department and it was not like they said it happened. no. charges filed but the it made me look like i was still guilty . I wàs defended in comments and even after things were over they chose to lie and make me look like a thief still and... View More

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

If a local police department has posted false or misleading information about you on social media, suggesting you committed a crime when no charges have been filed, it's essential to address this matter seriously. The police are expected to adhere to standards of accuracy and fairness,... View More

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Q: I contacted the police about stolen items for my brother, but I want to be able to get them back or paid back

my brother stole my dad‘s ashes from me and my computer and I contacted the police and wanted to press charges but I don’t think if he goes to jail that he’s required to give it back but I would like it back and want to do anything I can but I need a lawyer pro bono

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answered on Mar 7, 2024

When you've reported stolen items, including something as irreplaceable as a loved one's ashes, to the police, you've taken a critical first step in seeking justice. However, criminal charges often focus more on penalizing the offender than on the recovery of stolen items. To address... View More

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Q: How can I find out someones address to file civil court case in my county

I loaned someone a large sum of money they owe remaining $1,500. I have a copy of their driver license but they no longer live there how can I find out their current address to sue them thru small claims court

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answered on Mar 7, 2024

To file a small claims court case, you generally need to provide the defendant's current address for proper service of the court summons and complaint. Here are some methods you can try to find their current address:

1. Contact mutual friends, family, or acquaintances who might know...
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Q: How can I find out someones address to file civil court case in my county

I loaned someone a large sum of money they owe remaining $1,500. I have a copy of their driver license but they no longer live there how can I find out their current address to sue them thru small claims court

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

In addition to the methods described by Mr. Arrasmith, you can find out if the person has a new address with the United States Postal Service by mailing an empty envelope to the last address you have for that person with the following typed in all capital letters above the person's name on the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Education Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: is my teacher allowed to get rid of something I wrote in my own time without my permission?

I'm in 8th grade and in my English class, I work on a story that I've been writing. admittedly it is during the time I'm supposed to be doing other assignments; however, I do find that the way she (my teacher) handled this was a little over the top.

She threatened that if I... View More

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answered on Mar 6, 2024

Under California law, your teacher's actions could potentially infringe upon your rights, especially if the work was created on your own time and does not violate school policy. Intellectual property laws protect the creations of your mind, and even as a student, you have rights to your... View More

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Q: Mistakes made on bond conditions , which cause loss of employment and incarnation

Impeding breathing case which was dropped, cause loss of employment. Court also made mistake on bind conditions

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answered on Mar 6, 2024

When facing legal issues that lead to loss of employment and wrongful incarceration, particularly due to mistakes in bond conditions or charges that were eventually dropped, it's essential to seek legal assistance promptly. An attorney with experience in criminal defense can help navigate the... View More

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