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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: Can I sue WalMart and Bartow county police for assault, false imprisonment, and false arrest?

In June 2015, Walmart security took me to the back room where I was belittled, and accused of shoplifting, but they couldn’t find anything that I had supposedly stolen, so I stood up to leave, but was shoved back into the seat and sat on by one young man while another twisted my left arm around... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Feb 20, 2020

It is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible who can assist you with the specifics of your case.

We are glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770) 240-0922.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Municipal Law for Georgia on
Q: Is it inhuman to keep an inmate in a holding cell for 13 days without a phone call or visit of any kind. Under invest.
Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Feb 10, 2020

It depends. It is best to consult an attorney as soon as possible who can assist you with the specifics of your circumstances.

We are glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770) 240-0922.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: I was a victim of physical assault. I was jumped by 6 guys outside of a bar, can police contact my parents if I’m 21?

I was jumped by 6 people outside of a bar, police came in and made everyone leave. I was beaten badly so I went to the hospital where an officer came and took statements from me and my girlfriend because she was struck in the head aswell by those guys. They contacted her mother without her consent... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Feb 5, 2020

They may have notified next of kin. If you’d prefer they not contact her, supply them with additional next of kin information instead.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770) 240-0922.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: What can I do about my son being taken from babysitter s house while I was at work and someone giving him away

My name was forged in paperwork signing my rights away of my child to a complete stranger hours away. He has since been adopted and idk what to do or how I can get my baby back. This has been going on for 2 years almost and I reached out to several law enforcement agencies to try and find my baby... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Feb 3, 2020

The circumstances of your case are unfortunate, it is best to contact an attorney who can assist you with the specifics of your case and provide you with a tailored response and representation.

We are glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: What policies exist to prevent police from using your personal information to contact you outside of official business?

I live alone in a rural area and filed a report against neighbors whose dogs have repeatedly entered my property, killing and injuring my animals. The deputy that came to my home began following me on social media the next day using information he gathered during official business to search for me... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Jan 31, 2020

More information is needed before an accurate answer can be provided. It is best to consult an attorney who can review and assist you with the specifics of your circumstances.

We are glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

I wish you well.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Georgia on
Q: do i still have constitutional rights while under a criminal investigation?

loss of privacy, loss of freedom, interference with job opportunities and ability to work, prevention from obtaining information, etc.

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Jan 31, 2020

The answer is yes, you absolutely have constitutional rights even while under a criminal investigation. It is extremely important to contact an attorney, even in this early stage, who can assist you and ensure your rights are not violated.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: My roommate died and was the owner of the house my lease isn't up until next month. Can I stay until then?
Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Jan 31, 2020

A review of the lease is necessary before an accurate answer can be provided. In most cases, a new owner does not have to honor the former lease. However, there are tenant rights that must be afforded to you. For these reasons, it is best to contact an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: my husband assault me an put my gun to my head

the officers ask him if he did this an he said yes but they did not take him to jail or let me press charges

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Jan 31, 2020

It is best to contact an attorney as soon as feasible. You have a right to file a police report and a temporary protective order.

We are glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770) 240-0922.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: i was assault by my husband but the police did not arrest him an wound not let my file charges what can i do
Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Jan 31, 2020

You can file a police report; it is your right to do so. Secondly, you can file a Temporary Protective Order. It is best to contact an attorney who can assist you with the specifics of your circumstances, especially if you are receiving no assistance and push back from the local police department.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Civil Rights and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: In GA, why is custody interference considered a civil issue when the statute clearly states otherwise?

I'm in Forsyth County and this ongoing issue and the sherriffs dept not enforcing our parenting plan, has led to severe damage to our child, alienation from me, emotional, psychological and more legal and financial strain and abuse (control) due to me filing contempt. He suesxme for custody. Now I... Read more »

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Jan 28, 2020

Whether an officer elects to file a charge for criminal interference with custody is unfortunately a case by case decision. Another option that you have is to file a warrant application for the interference, which will put that decision before a judge to determine whether there is probable cause... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander, Family Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: If I can prove perjury from the report by a CPS worker that got my children taken away will the whole case be dropped?

I have evidence that the Child protective services case worker who made the report after having my children removed from my custody lied in the report to justify her actions. Not only do I have documentation proving her lies, but I also have eye whitnesses to the entire incident when she took my... Read more »

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Jan 17, 2020

If you can demonstrate that based on the cases workers lies, the children would not have otherwise been deemed dependent, you may be able to get your case dismissed. You need to consult with an attorney to discuss your allegations and options moving forward. An attorney should be appointed to you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Gov & Administrative Law for Georgia on
Q: Local Police and USPS mail regulations

This question is for attorneys well-versed in USPS regulations. Does a county police officer (not state or Federal) have the right to stop and interrogate a USPS mail carrier to ask them to verify an addressee's name on a delivered mail item? The police officer in this analogy has no search... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Jan 17, 2020

The simple answer is no. Since USPS is a governmental agency with specific regulations and rules, it is best to sift all these type grievances through their channels. On the surface, it appears to be a privacy issue. It is always best to consult an attorney who can assess the specifics of your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Wrongful Death for Georgia on
Q: How do you get a coroner to do a inquest when you can’t get them to respond to your phone calls, emails etc?

They have no physical address for a office and has went out of his way to ignore the family for over 3 years now even though they are aware the family does not agree with the findings, has the evidence to prove the cause and manner of death to be different then listed on the death certificate, has... Read more »

Ecleynne Mercy
Ecleynne Mercy answered on Jan 16, 2020

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Primary: (404) 244-2600

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: U live in Georgia i can't get id because i don't h a certified birth certificate i cant get that because i can't get va

Id what should i do

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jan 16, 2020

If your question is how to get a birth certificate from another state, this isn't the forum to answer that question. You can search online for how to do that.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: I'm 23 years old, my mother has guardianship over me as an adult, she made me move out and doesn't take care of me.

My guardian is my mother, she's the only person listed on my guardianship papers, she made me move out of her house and into my fathers house, I believe she isn't doing her duties as my guardian anymore because she doesn't take care of me and hardly checks on me, My father is never at home because... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Dec 9, 2019

You may want to consult with an attorney who can review the facts of your case in detail and present you with the options. Also, if you have a case worker at all you may want to discuss this with that person and see what they suggest. Without knowing the facts of your case in detail it’s... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Georgia on
Q: A few months ago, while walking at night I was stopped and questioned for failure to have reflective gear.

I did find out that there is no city ordinance or county ordinance or law that states it is mandatory or necessary. I

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Dec 2, 2019

More information is necessary. There is a difference between being stopped and being cited/ticketed. Please provide a clarified question, and I or one of my colleagues will be glad to provide you with an answer.

We are glad to assist you. I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770)...
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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Family Law and Divorce for Georgia on
Q: What document do I need to submit to court to close a civil case after the judge has spoken on it and not dismiss it?

The judge has spoken on a civil contempt case and the case shows open and not closed. Child support enforcement cannot move forward with their case because the civil contempt case shows open. I don’t want to dismiss the case only close it.

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Dec 2, 2019

Your attorney should have prepared an order for the judge to sign. If you were not represented by an attorney, the judge should have given instructions. It is best to contact an attorney who can go over the specifics of your case and advise you on your next best steps.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: What can I do?

Me and my ex fiance bought a house last Nov, she moved out in April. Shes on the deed but not mortgage and wont sign a Quit Claim Deed. I also found out shes moving into a new place.

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Nov 23, 2019

More information is needed about your case in order to provide you with an accurate answer. You should consult an attorney who will go over the details of your case and provide you legal counsel tailored to your need.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770) 240-0922.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Sexual Harassment for Georgia on
Q: I’m currently facing several legal litigations after a horrific nightmare... I was at a local bar & grill during hours.

It was later (still open) I was brutally assaulted physically & sexually... bar owners had law enforcement come to arrest me for trespass after I expressed what had just happened. I was forcefully drug down the steps & put into solitary confinement (my rape kit was postponed) they didn’t believe... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Nov 23, 2019

You need to contact an attorney As Soon As Possible. You are entitled to a vigorous defense, and we are glad to assist you. Contact us today.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770) 240-0922.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Identity Theft, Small Claims and Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on
Q: I have two puppies,they got out of the fence & are trapped at my neighbors house because they have them what can i do?

I couldnt find my puppies when they got loose but i can hear them whining at my neighbors,and everytime i call for them its like they take them inside,and they have pitbulls so i dont know what to do,what can i do about them keeping my puppies? Or if they dont give them back?

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Nov 22, 2019

Have you called the police? If you have and they classified it as a civil matter, you will need to sue your neighbors for taking your property. It is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible for the safety and well-being of your puppies.

We are certainly glad to assist you. Contact...
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