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2 Answers | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: Is it legal to travel around the US with a US passport but without an ID card?

I have an urgent need to go the Nevada from Maryland, and then I will go to California, and then to Bermuda. But I have no driver's license nor ID card yet, that is why I am asking.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 14, 2024

You are not required to have ID to travel about the United States. This is not a police state. You cannot drive a motor vehicle without a validly issued state driver's license, or with an acceptable foreign driver’s license, but your freedom of movement is not restricted. Private businesses,... View More

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Q: Is it legal to travel around the US with a US passport but without an ID card?

I have an urgent need to go the Nevada from Maryland, and then I will go to California, and then to Bermuda. But I have no driver's license nor ID card yet, that is why I am asking.

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answered on Jan 11, 2024

Traveling within the United States using a U.S. passport as your primary form of identification is generally acceptable. A U.S. passport is a federally recognized form of identification and is often used for domestic flights, checking into hotels, and other similar situations where ID is required.... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: Can a minor be an acting lawyer in a civil rights case against the government?

Regarding religion, privacy, etc

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answered on Dec 28, 2023

In the United States, minors typically cannot act as lawyers in legal proceedings, including civil rights cases against the government. Legal representation typically requires individuals to be of adult age and have completed the necessary education and licensing requirements to practice law.

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Q: Can a minor be an acting lawyer in a civil rights case against the government?

Regarding religion, privacy, etc

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answered on Dec 29, 2023

In Maryland, as in all states, one must be licensed to practice law, and obtaining a license typically requires, among other things, a law degree and passing the bar exam. Minors, being under the age of 18, are generally not eligible to meet these requirements, as they cannot yet hold a... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: if i have a handicapped permit visibly displayed, can I park in any handicapped space wherever I want?

I parked in a handicapped space to visit my friend at her apartment building and I was towed from a handicapped space with my handicapped placard clearly visible.

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answered on Dec 27, 2023

Having a handicapped permit generally allows you to park in designated handicapped spaces. However, it's important to be aware that there may be specific rules and regulations that apply depending on the location.

For instance, private properties, like an apartment building, may have...
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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: I live in Maryland and want to put led lights on my carCan I have lights on while driving?Tire lights?Front lights
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answered on Nov 12, 2023

In Maryland, the laws governing the use of LED lights on vehicles are specific and must be followed to avoid legal issues. Under Maryland law, vehicles are prohibited from displaying red or blue lights visible from directly in front of the center of the vehicle. This is generally to prevent... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I drive farm equipment on a private property (farm) without a license. Not going on the public roads.
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answered on Oct 20, 2023

In Maryland, you typically do not need a driver's license to operate farm equipment on private property, such as a farm, as long as you are not driving on public roads. Farm equipment is often exempt from certain licensing requirements when used solely on private agricultural property for... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I drive farm equipment on a private property (farm) without a license. Not going on the public roads.
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answered on Oct 22, 2023

Certainly. In Maryland, as in many states, there are generally no licensing requirements to operate farm equipment on private property, such as a farm, as long as the equipment remains off public roads. When you are solely on your private property, the state's driver's licensing... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: We have a issue with a contractor openly dumping the concrete from the east bound bridge into the Chester river any law

against this activity thaat may serve to stop such a poor idea

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 21, 2023

The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has jurisdiction over the navigable rivers of Maryland, including police authority, and there are laws prohibiting dumping of trash, waste materials and other objects into rivers, punishable bu criminal and civil fines and penalties. Local county... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: In Maryland is comor the law or does the Constitution matter more for entering public buildings without having to show

ID. I'm referring to a public building in a public lobby simply to do business.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 17, 2023

I assume you are referring to the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). When the State Legislature enacts legislation establishing various government agencies to perform governmental functions, they grant the power of the agency to enact regulations to carry out the statutory mandate and powers... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: In Maryland is comor the law or does the Constitution matter more for entering public buildings without having to show

ID. I'm referring to a public building in a public lobby simply to do business.

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answered on Mar 2, 2023

In Maryland, state law requires that an individual provide identification upon request from a law enforcement officer if the officer has reasonable suspicion to believe that the individual has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime. However, for entering a public building to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: How do you obtain a statewide ministerial license in Maryland and Virginia? is one required in both states?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 7, 2023

There are many providers of minister/clergy licenses where you can get "ordained" in a day or less. Maryland does not have a formal set of laws or regulations about this, beyond the general provision of Family Law Code 2-406(a) for performing marriages: "A marriage ceremony may be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Contracts and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I be paid to fix a reverse osmosis filter without a plumbing license? Would fixing the filter be considered plumbing

The task/job was assigned to me through an app called task rabbit.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 19, 2023

Maryland Business Occupations and Professions Code, Section 12-101, defines the term plumbing, and the need for a license, as follows:

(n) Provide plumbing services

(1) “Provide plumbing services” means to install, maintain, extend, alter, or remove piping, a plumbing fixture, a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: If the fiance (giver of the engagement ring) cheat before marriage can the fiance (receiver of the engagement) keep it?

Wouldn't this be a breach of the proposal/contract?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Dec 12, 2022

In Maryland, the law views an engagement ring as a "conditional gift" for which marriage is the condition. If the condition is not met, then the recipient must give back the ring, and the giver of the ring is restored ownership. This is different than the usual effect of an... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: In Saint Marys county , MD ! I was pondering filing a case for numerous unlawful arrest and on many other violations j

I was incredibly traumatized when during my time in the jail I had a heart attack and by nurse and ekg test was performed and confirmed by the nurse and reported to the doctor on call and told her to take me back to my cell and that they were unable to take me to the emergency room because of my... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

Based on the situation you have described, it does sound like you may have grounds to file a legal case regarding your treatment while incarcerated in St. Mary's county. Here are a few key things to consider:

- Unlawful Arrest Claims: If you were arrested repeatedly without probable...
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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: Boyfriend arrested because of active arrest warrant in another state. I didn’t know. Can I get in trouble?

Boyfriend had charges against him for misdemeanor credit card theft scheme, felony credit card theft, and identity theft in MD. Failed to appear in court and they issued an arrest warrant. I had no clue he had a court date or that he had an arrest warrant. Got arrested in PA after being pulled... View More

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jan 5, 2024

You should not be charged for harboring a fugitive if you did not know he had a warrant. He should retain an attorney to represent him on the criminal charges or go to the Public Defender if he cannot afford private counsel.

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Q: How long a promissory note can be in effect in the State of Maryland before it can be voided?

I recently did a promissory note with my HOA that I would like to cancel.

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Sep 26, 2023

You would have to review the promissory note to see if there is any language allowing you to rescind it. There probably is not. A promissory note is a binding contract. You can have an attorney review it to see whether anything can be done.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Government Contracts for Maryland on
Q: The complainant is looking for a contingency federal attorney to represent him in his Complainant in Maryland

As a matter of fact, the Complainant was discriminated against and harassed based on race (black), national origin (Nigerian), disability (physical), and retaliation for protected activity (prior activity, opposition to discrimination, and request for reasonable accommodation when: On March 2019 to... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 20, 2023

A Maryland attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. If you are looking for an attorney, it is going to be difficult for attorneys here to respond to you to offer their services. This site isn't set up like an attorney referral service - it's basically... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: Told at the Bel Air MVA office by mgt. that I had to renew my driver's license with a real ID license. Is this correct

I was told that I have no choice but to obtain a real ID license.

When I asked what legal authority mandates that I get a Real ID license, the manager browsed his computer for approximately ten minutes, then said he would issue me a 45 day temporary license to think about it.

He... View More

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Oct 17, 2022

It is a requirement under federal law:

https://mva.maryland.gov/Pages/realid.aspx

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: Can a public building require you to show ID to enter?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Sep 15, 2022

There is nothing illegal about requiring identification to enter a public building. It helps provide security in case something happens.

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