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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: I currently rent a house with my boyfriend, things are not working out and we are now on a month to month lease.

The landlord is on my side, but how do I legally get him to move out, since he won’t leave on his own. We also have an almost 2 yr old daughter and I want to have full custody of her. He is a convicted felon x2 and on probation.

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on May 16, 2020

I regret that I do not handle domestic relations or child custody matters. Sorry. If you and the faster of the child are both on the lease, the landlord will have to proceed in Court to ask the Court enter an order for possession against him. You need to work with the landlord on that issue. It... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: i have a hearing for a restoration of firearm rights. Id like to know what i need to expect and how i sohuld prepare.

I had a felony drug charge in 2011. I have not had any charges since. I have no violent charges. I have been employed for the last 6 years and have been a part of a long term rehabilitation clinic since 2011. I have also passed urine tests every month for the past 9 years. I have a great family and... Read more »

Brian S Szmak
Brian S Szmak answered on May 5, 2020

A Virginia Court can restore your firearms rights for "good cause shown." You should be prepared to give them a reason to do so. Bring anything with you that may help make your case, and demonstrate the positive facts you mention above. For a petition like this, the opposing party is the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: I need a civil lawyer that practices out of florida?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 1, 2020

You could repost in Florida. Your question remains open for two weeks, but was posted under Virginia. You might have better luck simply contacting Florida attorneys - this is only a Q & A Board. See the link above (Find-a-Lawyer), or you could run your own independent searches. Good luck... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: Why is commander in chief important, why should it be an important role of the president?
F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jan 8, 2020

The U.S. Constitution provides for it.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Government Contracts for Virginia on
Q: Dbids afi 31-113 for base proceedures. Can a commander bar you from base based on a 27 years old conviction?

My dbids access card was recently flagged for something that happened 27 years ago in Salinas CA. Im honorable discharged Combat Veteran of 23 years. I work on base at fort eustis, VA.

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Dec 27, 2019

I regret that I do not handle military base access card matters. Sorry.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: Can the Virginia Form DC-383 be filed without the respondent's name? Or how else can one stop a private nuisance?

I live in the State of Virginia. I believe that I am being harassed by a neighbor in a manner that I feel meets the definition of a private nuisance. I would like to file a court order to prevent this behavior. I know the origin of the disturbance but I am not sure if I know the individual's name.

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Dec 26, 2019

I regret that I do not handle criminal cases. Sorry.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: I have a question I have been given my civil rights back a few years ago but have to go through so called petition court

NOW that my county in virginia is a gun sanctuary city can I legally purchase or possess firearms

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Dec 19, 2019

No you cannot and you will be flagged if you attempted to purchase a firearm.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Virginia on
Q: I live in Hanover County VA and need to KNOW if I can legally by firearms have been given civil rights back??

The law about petitioning the court to do this is DIRECTLY against 2nd amendment and COSTLY to those not financial able. PLEASE HELP I do NOT want to BRAKE the law or get in trouble. The courts in HANOVER county are NOT exactly law abiding characters who uphold the law and don't care for the... Read more »

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Dec 19, 2019

You lost your rights when you received a felony in the state of Virginia. Nothing is absolute. You have to go through the petition process after your civil rights are restored by the governor. If you have had those rights restored, you petition the circuit court of the county/city where you live.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Products Liability, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Virginia on
Q: Hey, so my friend is 19 and is moving out soon. But his dad is stealing and breaking his stuff. Is this legal or illegal

Ik it seems like a silly question but better to be safe than sorry

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 12, 2019

I'm sorry for your friend's ordeal. Unless the possessions are very valuable, he is probably better off just getting stuff out for safekeeping as quickly as possible before further damage instead of losing time from work or school in court. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: How do you change venue?

Custody juvenile court?

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller answered on Oct 30, 2019

Are you changing venue as in moving from one county in Va. to another county? Or, are you changing to a new state?

If moving county to county, then Va. Code § 16.1-243(B) applies. "2. Custody and visitation: In custody and visitation cases, if venue lies in one of several cities or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: If a protective order has been broken, can another be filed?

My ex-boyfriend had a protective order filed against me for absolute dumb reasons. (6 months) it has since expired and we’ve seen each other on multiple occasion, while it was active and when it expired. My question is, since technically the first one was broken - could another be issued if he... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 16, 2019

YES

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Real Estate Law for Virginia on
Q: Can a house be built on land to block the right of way & only access to another’s house, used for 100 years?

Family members used land as driveway to have access to their home. Portion of land bought by someone else now has home almost built land locking the house in back of it. Thought the land used as driveway by family members would be grandfathered in in Va. what is law? Does City have any... Read more »

Ross Cameron Hart
Ross Cameron Hart answered on Jul 21, 2019

It is certainly suspicious, but there are not enough facts to be able to answer your question. This forum is designed and good for simple, general questions that will get you to the 'next step' for legal situations. Sometimes all people need is a simple answer. From the facts you’ve... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: What can I do?? I need help.

I have raised my grandchildren ages 3 &6.

Since the day they were born. A CPS worker took my grandchildren from me and placed them in foster care bcuz im a felon. I made a mistake 15years ago and I paid my debt. I changed my whole life around. She discriminated against me and bcuz of... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jun 15, 2019

I regret that I do not handle domestic relations case, personal injury cases or civil rights cases. Sorry.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: What can I do cps lied

They went into foster care for 5 days were physically abused . They have been taken from the only family that they have ever known .they are traumatized this is all bcuz i am a convicted felon of 15 years ago there is so much to this. I can peove ur all i need help to get them back home where... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jun 12, 2019

I regret that I do not handle family law matters, child abuse law matters or domestic relations law matters. Sorry.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: If an employer garnished employees pay based on a frivolous instrument, is that employer liable?
F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jun 10, 2019

An employer may only withhold and garnish wages based on a Court's order that is stated in a Garnishment Summons. Not sure what you mean by frivolous instrument.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Newly renting, Carpets smell like urine, 2 small babies in house. Owner refuses to replace them. What rights do we have?

Just moved in, site unseen unfortunately cause of military move. Carpets smell like strong urine. 2 small kids in our house. 3 years old and 10 months. The house was also filthy when we moved in and we had to pay ourselves to have it cleaned. Property manager said they nor the owners will replace... Read more »

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Mar 3, 2019

Check your rental agreement first and also see if the Virginia Landlord Tenant Agreement covers this situation. It may be something you want to retain a lawyer to investigate further as they can tell you what rights you may or may not have and also your liability if you choose to breach your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Health Care Law for Virginia on
Q: Are there any lawyers with experience in the mental health laws is Virginia?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 16, 2019

One option is to check with the Virginia State Bar's Lawyer Referral Service.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: My ex is filing a damaged property claim against me. If I haven't done anything wrong, how can I defend myself?

If my ex has threatened taking me to court before and never did anything. My ex also stated in a phone call "you just made your life harder for you"... Can I sue for emotional harassment?

My ex is also in possession of my cat (which I pay monthly vet bills for) can I 1) get... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Feb 1, 2019

Rather than suing for emotional harassment, which may require your physiatrist's testimony to prove your claim, you would be better served to go to the Court and apply for a "protective order" based on harassment.

I do not handle domestic cases, especially with regard to cats. Sorry.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Virginia on
Q: I have a felony eluding the police that has been going on in the courts since march 2018 and was put under advisement.

I went to Circuit Court in front of the judge and they put it under advisement for 1 year under the conditions that I pay my court fines, do my year of probation, and 100 hours community service. I was told that if I completed that abd came back for review that the charge would be reduced to a... Read more »

Susan Fremit
Susan Fremit answered on Jan 22, 2019

You need to speak to your attorney regarding what you need to do to try to avoid a felony conviction, which will remain on your criminal record for life. Start your community service hours immediately. Speak to your attorney about the possibility of converting your court costs to community... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Virginia on
Q: is it illegal for a citizen to install bugs or videos in my house without my permission or to hack into my phone?

Someone is claiming they have video of me while on my bedroom and in my house. They have detailed knowledge of things I have done in my house. This has been ongoing for months. There is a police report. I worry that my phone has been hacked or video surveillance placed in my house. I need to... Read more »

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt answered on Dec 18, 2018

Read the following law:

https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title19.2/chapter6/section19.2-62/

Virginia is a one party consent state to record. If there is a police report then it appears you reported this to the appropriate investigative body.

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