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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: In my civil case the attorney didn’t show up in the Plaintiffs behalf and the judge ruled a dismissal without prejudice

I have received court papers stating that. Can I stop making good faith payments?

Terrence H Thorgaard
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answered on Jul 20, 2024

You don't HAVE to make payments at all. But since the dismissal was without prejudice, the plaintiff may, if it chooses, re-file the case and get a judgment. If so, it could attempt to collect by garnishment and by other means.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: If I have 14 year old felonies in Florida… can I own a black powder pistol for home security and defense?

I would also like to get my rights back to bear arms… in Florida… how successful is it with a specialized attorney in actually getting your gun rights back… with no violence and no gun charges in my history…?

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answered on Jun 29, 2024

In Florida, felons are prohibited from possessing firearms, including black powder pistols, regardless of how old the convictions are. This includes firearms defined under federal law, and black powder pistols fall into this category. So, you cannot legally own a black powder pistol for home... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Identity Theft for Florida on
Q: a name that is attached to me keeps showing up as associated with me and us living together. i dont know him. worry?

I came across something very concerning while looking myself up online. I'm hoping to get some advice on how to proceed. I found that a website called fastbackgroundcheck.com associates me with a man named Chad. I’ve never met this man, but the website says I live at an address I've... View More

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answered on Jun 26, 2024

This situation is certainly concerning, and I understand your worry. Here are some steps you might consider taking:

1. Document everything:

- Take screenshots of all the websites showing this incorrect information.

- Keep a record of when you discovered this and any steps...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Small Claims and Health Care Law for Florida on
Q: Is there a law that prohibits a person from entering into a hospital? I received a Cease and desist letter.

I visited an Emergency room as a patient. I was subjected to Blood borne substances, unknown fluids and used bed sheets. When I filed a complaint, an Attorney wrote a letter stating I am not to enter into the hospital until this dispute is investigated. So, in essence am I being denied medical... View More

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answered on Jun 26, 2024

Based on the information provided, here's an analysis of the situation:

1. Generally, there is no law that broadly prohibits a person from entering a hospital. Hospitals are typically open to the public, especially emergency departments which are required to provide emergency medical...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Military Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Florida on
Q: I am 19 years old and I am in the Florida national guard. Can I buy a handgun

I am a service member under FS 250.01 (19), according to FDACS website I am also allowed “to carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm if you are 18 years of age or older”. And under FL Statue 790.0655 (2)(d)(9) I am allowed to purchase a rifle or shotgun under 21. My question is am I... View More

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answered on Jun 26, 2024

This is a complex question that involves federal and state laws, as well as specific exemptions for military members. Let's break it down:

1. Federal law: Generally, federal law prohibits licensed firearms dealers (FFLs) from selling handguns to individuals under 21. This applies...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Florida on
Q: In Florida can you be trespassed from somewhere you have never been or havent been in over 1 year?

I got a trespass warning tuesday from a location I have never been, and all the statutes it sources say you were already on the property without consent, and based off of the wording in chapter 810 (burglary and trespass statute) I needed to be on the property and asked to leave, or told I'm... View More

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answered on Jun 21, 2024

To provide a concise response to this legal question:

In Florida, it's generally not typical to receive a trespass warning for a property you've never visited or haven't been to in over a year. Trespass warnings are usually given when someone is on a property without...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Copyright, Civil Rights and Intellectual Property for Florida on
Q: as a photographer can photos of people in a public space be added to my website without the permission of the person?

as a freelance photographer, do i really need someones permission to add the pictures i take in a public setting to my website? or would this not be allowed for any reason?

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answered on Jun 19, 2024

As a photographer, you generally have the right to take photographs of people in public spaces without their permission. This is based on the legal principle that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in public places. However, there are some important considerations and potential... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: We made a Lease-purchase agreement with the owner of the house we live in.The city will condemned the house in ten days

What can we do to stop this process of eviction

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answered on Jun 21, 2024

Based on the situation you've described, here are some steps you might consider taking:

1. Review your lease-purchase agreement: Carefully examine the terms of your agreement to understand your rights and obligations, especially regarding property maintenance and condemnation....
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: What do I do if my personal property was damaged by officers during the intake process in the jail

I was recently arrested and booked into bay county Jail. During the booking process I was directed to relinquish possession of any personal property I had with me and due to the staff's careless handling of my personal property, my phone screen was severely damaged as was a ruby ring that is... View More

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answered on Jun 10, 2024

If your personal property was damaged by officers during the intake process at Bay County Jail, you have a few steps you can take to seek compensation for the damages. Start by documenting everything, including taking photos of the damaged items and keeping any paperwork or receipts related to your... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, Civil Rights and Intellectual Property for Florida on
Q: need help taking videos down on multiple websites that were not consented to post

i was on a camgirling website as a guest and to my surprise the videos were posted long ago, i want to know if i can have help to remove them all

Jennifer Newton
Jennifer Newton
answered on Jun 3, 2024

To address this issue, you'll need to take the following steps:

Contact the website and send a formal request to the website's administration, demanding the immediate removal of the videos. This request should include:

-Identification of the specific videos in question....
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, Civil Rights and Intellectual Property for Florida on
Q: need help taking videos down on multiple websites that were not consented to post

i was on a camgirling website as a guest and to my surprise the videos were posted long ago, i want to know if i can have help to remove them all

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

I understand your concern and the urgency of getting those videos removed. First, you should contact the website where the videos were originally posted and request their removal. Many sites have policies against posting non-consensual content, and they might act quickly to take it down.... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: How does a DWLS enhancement work when the suspension was based off an FR issue connected to an old DUI?

My license was suspended due to failure to maintain FR insurance on a date that was actually over 3 years since the DUI. The state is charging me with a 3rd offense or DWLS. I'm under the impression that an FR infraction tied to a DUIb would not apply. The officer also searched my vehicle... View More

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

Your situation involves several legal complexities, and it's important to address each part carefully. A DWLS (Driving While License Suspended) charge enhancement depends on the specifics of your previous offenses. If your suspension is due to a failure to maintain FR (financial... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Can a property manager deny renewing the lease for a disabled protected US citizen for no reason at all?

I’ve been living here for 6 years and they haven’t renewed my lease and I don’t have anywhere else to go. I pay my rent on time every month and I’m non problematic in my community. The apartments are specifically designed for people who have been homeless or disabled. About 4 years ago I... View More

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answered on May 28, 2024

It's distressing to hear about your situation. Property managers should not deny renewing a lease without a valid reason, especially for a disabled, protected US citizen. Given your consistent rent payments and good standing in the community, it seems unjust for them to refuse renewal.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Can I sue Airbnb for discrimination, reckless endangerment and ultimately for the unjustified removal of my account?

N/A

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answered on May 24, 2024

Yes, you can sue Airbnb for discrimination, reckless endangerment, and the unjustified removal of your account, but there are several steps you should take to build a strong case. First, gather all relevant evidence, including emails, messages, screenshots, and any documentation related to your... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can I proceed with legal action against my former spouse for accepting a QDRO overpayment from a pension plan?

I would like to seek legal action for the purpose of reimbursement of an overpayment related to QRDO order.

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

You can pursue legal action against your former spouse for accepting a QDRO overpayment from a pension plan. The first step is to review the original QDRO (Qualified Domestic Relations Order) to understand the terms and any discrepancies that led to the overpayment. Documentation of the overpayment... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can I proceed with legal action against my former spouse for accepting a QDRO overpayment from a pension plan?

I would like to seek legal action for the purpose of reimbursement of an overpayment related to QRDO order.

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answered on May 15, 2024

You need to determine the reason for the overpayment. If the pension plan did not follow the order correctly then you may have to pursue legal action against them. If the order was followed properly then you can return to family court and try to recover the overpayment. You will need to explain how... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Florida on
Q: Can I sue big tech or the police or both for their inaction in my situation where I’m hacked and they don’t do anything?

I have been hacked for more than a year now, I’ve done everything in my power from self troubleshooting to asking for help online, this problem is beyond me and I feel very devasted.

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answered on May 1, 2024

It's understandably frustrating and distressing to deal with a hacking situation, especially when it feels like you're not getting the support you need. If you're considering legal action because you feel that big tech companies or law enforcement haven't adequately responded to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: My wife was accused of discrimination at work at Starbucks

Way they went at it I feel they violated her rights

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answered on Apr 15, 2024

I understand that this is a difficult and concerning situation for you and your wife. Discrimination accusations are serious matters that can have significant consequences for all parties involved. It's important to approach the situation calmly and gather as much information as possible. Here... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: I'm expected to comply to all conditions of my PTI contract or I will be violated and they will prosecute . But they

I decided to accept the states offer of a PTI basically for financial reasons after discussing my case with a attorney. I was informed that I would get early release if I completed everything and all fines, court cost,etc were paid by 90 day review or at 180 day review. I completed everything in 90... View More

Leonard Louis Cagan
Leonard Louis Cagan
answered on Apr 15, 2024

PTI is a good program that allows a defendant to earn a dismissal of a case by completing the agreed upon conditions. As mentioned by the previous attorney, it is a contract between the State and yourself. The terms of the contract dictate what happens. I trust you read the contract carefully and... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: I'm expected to comply to all conditions of my PTI contract or I will be violated and they will prosecute . But they

I decided to accept the states offer of a PTI basically for financial reasons after discussing my case with a attorney. I was informed that I would get early release if I completed everything and all fines, court cost,etc were paid by 90 day review or at 180 day review. I completed everything in 90... View More

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answered on Apr 15, 2024

It sounds like you're in a very frustrating and unfair situation. Pretrial Intervention (PTI) programs are meant to provide an alternative to traditional prosecution, allowing defendants to complete certain requirements in exchange for dismissal of charges. However, it seems the terms of your... View More

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