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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Indiana on
Q: Cops entered private property no warrant search, cuff then place me under arrest. That a violation of 4th Amendment

Illegal search and seizure no warrant private property, did they violate my 4th amendment?

Sean Maye
Sean Maye answered on Nov 30, 2020

The 4th Amendment search warrant requirement is very complicated and there are several exceptions to the rule unfortunately. The answer to your question is yes, the police cannot come into your home and search it without a warrant or good-faith belief that a valid exception to the warrant... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: At a traffic stop, are police allowed to search my purse without my consent/prob cause?

I gave consent to search my vehicle but they just took my purse from me as I was stepping outta my car & without asking or anything, proceeded to search it, which led to a drug charge. But I feel as if they violated my rights.

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Nov 30, 2020

If they did not have probable cause to search the vehicle or your purse, but you gave consent to search the car, there may be an issue with consent to search your purse. Contact a local defense attorney to discuss the case in more detail.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Social Security and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: If i where to get married, and then in the future need to go on disability (due to health) would i be able to get ssdi

My partner may also have to get on it but we want to get married. Neither of us are currently on it . We live in Indiana but may move to Michigan or Wisconsin

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Nov 15, 2020

Marriage does not affect SSDI. To be able to get SSDI, you would have to have worked long enough and recently enough to be fully insured. In most cases, you must have earned at least 20 credits during the last 10 years. You earn work credits and become insured for Social Security retirement, SSDI... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Rights and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Indiana on
Q: I’m a 19 year old female an my boyfriend is 16 an we are pregnant can We get in trouble?Would we have to deal with dcs
Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Oct 12, 2020

You are both of legal age, there are no issues unless he was 15 when you got pregnant.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Indiana on
Q: signed up for dance lessons in Jan through May. I paid in advance.they refuse to give me partial refund

Signed up in january- for classes once a week until end of may.

They switched to online classes but since i have hardwood floors and not a lot of space and i was doing tap dance i asked for a refund, they said this was not to be inplace of a dance class. that it was just to keep your body... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 11, 2020

An Indiana attorney could answer best, as consumer issues could involve state law. But as a general matter of contract law, it could depend on how the agreement was written, in terms of how it addressed certain unforeseeable or foreseeable intervening events. These types of situations have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: I need assistance obtaining case records from the county court house in reference to filing for compensation

House Bill 1150

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 6, 2020

This is really something that an Indiana attorney would know best, but you await a response for four weeks. As a general matter, without regard to the type of case, court clerks can sometimes assist in obtaining file documents. However, in many places, COVID has changed some of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Indiana on
Q: Can the police pull me over just to talk to me
Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Aug 21, 2020

Assuming you are not a CDL operator and in a commercial vehicle, no, not without a valid traffic violation.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: Can Indiana hold inmate longer than 30 days on extradition warrant out of Oklahoma?

No charges in IN. 3 misdemeanor charges from OK. What to do if inmate is not released?

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Aug 3, 2020

The person needs to file a motion with the court where they are being held asking they be released. Also someone should advise the correct county in Oklahoma that the person is in-custody in Indiana and request they start the extradition process.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Indiana on
Q: Can I sue for discrimination if someone is harassing me calling me names cause of my disabilities and taking my money

The girl is calling me retarded and blacked mailed me into giving her money and then steal money from my bank account and keep telling me I’m retarded and that I should kill myself

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Aug 2, 2020

You need to call the police, it is very likely she is committing several crimes.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Education Law for Indiana on
Q: I spent 5th grade with my mouth literally taped shut using 2” masking tape.

With I’m sure toxic glue as it was the 90’s, while the teacher encouraged the class to mock and make fun of me. I want to sue Demotte Elementary School, which is Kankakee Valley School Corp., I’m dead serious and will find representation somewhere. Most of those classmates are still residing... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 26, 2020

It would be best for an Indiana attorney to advise, but you await a response for four weeks. You ask about what type of lawyer? A personal injury lawyer, preferably one with insight into the education system. But you are looking at a very formidable challenge in terms of the timeline here. I'm... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Rights for Indiana on
Q: What is it called when a parent lies to the other parent about the child being in an emergency room? And what can i do ?
Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Jun 18, 2020

Assuming you share custody with the other parent, you have a right to know about medical emergencies pertaining to your child. If the party is regularly withholding information from you, you can consider filing an action for contempt against them.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Construction Law and Consumer Law for Indiana on
Q: can I run away if I don’t feel safe in my house ?

My mother blames us for the way her boyfriend treats her they fight all the time the last fight they had he called my mom crazy and then he called me crazy when me and my mom get in fights she thinks it ok to put her hands on me last time she put her hands on me I threatened to call the cops and... Read more »

James Avery
James Avery answered on May 7, 2020

A better option might be to call County Dept of Social Services and make a report, they will find you a safe home if necessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Civil Rights for Indiana on
Q: I own a small hair salon in Indiana a client is refusing to wear a mask saying that she’s protected by the ADA because

Of childhood trauma she says I cannot refuse her service is this true when in Indiana you are required to wear a mask in public and in businesses

James Avery
James Avery answered on May 4, 2020

I don’t believe any small private business is subject to civil rights liability under ADA. Call Office of Civil Rights to confirm.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Medical Malpractice for Indiana on
Q: if i wanted to file a lawsuit against a medical provider for refusing service to me. How can I?

I went to this provider and stated that I had pain in a particular area of my body. He roughly and unexpectedly tapped the area with his instrument causing immediate pain to me and I reacted by coming up out of my seated position, to the Dr.'s alarm. I immediately and angrily said to him... Read more »

James Avery
James Avery answered on Apr 23, 2020

You have to start by filing a complaint with the Commissioner of Insurance. Go to the website to get the particulars.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: Covid-19 early release. How do I go about doing this before it is to late?

He is a non violent offender with under a year of time left. His name is Jamie Wacasey and he was arrested and charged with driving while suspended. He was traveling to walmart for children's tylenol when he was arrested. We are all very worried about him and this virus rapidly spreading... Read more »

Mike Cunningham
Mike Cunningham answered on Apr 17, 2020

Sorry to hear about this. You should consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to consider his options. There are motions that can be filed on his behalf to try and get him relief during this scary time. Good luck!

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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Indiana on
Q: Does a jail have to get a prescription to put an inmate on a medication?

I was recently arrested and while being incarcerated the jail put me on a medication called Zyprexa without speaking to any medical staff or doctor. I don't have any prescriptions that I'm supposed to take. The medication they put me on caused extremely visual hallucinations. They gave me... Read more »

James Avery
James Avery answered on Apr 2, 2020

You should not be forced to take medications, especially when they are not prescribed by a physician. This violates the 8th Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Indiana on
Q: What is it considered when someone tries to kiss or touch my baby without my consent because they adore babies?

People try to kiss and handle my daughter all the time in public because they love babies and think she’s adorable I ask them to back away and they get really mad with me. If they try to come back anyways I sometimes have to shove them away. What’s the legal standing on people attempting to... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 18, 2020

You'd have to check with an Indiana attorney on this, as to how the kiss or touch could be defined under state penal codes or civil laws. But your post remains open for four weeks. By textbook definition, one could argue that the conduct amounts to battery, but in terms of viability, it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: I was charged with felony and in plea agreement was moved down to misdemeanor after probation and was denied firearm

I was charged with 2 felonies. Possession of marijuana and distribution. Happened in February of 2018. In my plea agreement that I signed it said my felony charges were to be moved down to misdemeanor after I did one year probation and 40 hours community service. I completed both things and... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Feb 1, 2020

Go to IN.gov and run your criminal history, there is a fee, and see what is documented. It may be a clerical error.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Indiana on
Q: I was lied to about not being included in my father's will. But there was no will...
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 18, 2020

You could repost in the Probate and Estate/Planning sections here. Attorneys who practice in that area would have the most insight into your situation. It would be helpful if you structured your post in the form of a question. Also, there is no need to include any personal information about... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: You I need to know if a police officer can infact arrest me for driving while suspended if he never pulled me over

You

..I've been yanked around in court...and Eve. Charged with driving without ever reviewing a license...when I infact DO have them ,they r just suspended...I even took papers from the DMV stating I have them...and they don't do anything about it..You

And ..,while I was... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Jan 15, 2020

You should consult with a local attorney or contact the court to request a public defender.

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