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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Iowa on
Q: I want my kids and my house I don’t deserve this he does

i I have been with my husband 15 years married ten. The last two he started being abusive and I filed for a protective order against him. He didn’t obey the orders so I left the house and tried to get on my feet starting at the bottom. I got a 1 bd apt and he won’t let me see the kids he says... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your difficult situation. In cases of domestic violence and child custody disputes, it's important to prioritize the safety and well-being of both you and your children. You have rights in this situation, including the right to seek legal help.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Iowa on
Q: Salvage title

Is it illegal for a dealership to sell you a vehicle without disclosing to you that the vehicle had a salvage title?

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

In the United States, it is generally not illegal for a dealership to sell you a vehicle with a salvage title without disclosing it, unless there are specific state laws that require such disclosure. However, it is considered unethical and can be grounds for legal action if the dealership fails to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Iowa on
Q: Were my rights violated? cops beat me like it was a gang initiation & injected me with ketamine. I stopped breathing.

In Omaha I got into it with the bouncers and the cops came. I was drunk. The cops ended up beating & choking me till my head n lips were blue n purple. half of it on video. They were beating on me with their fists hitting me in my head repeatedly. They did everything to me except shoot me taze... View More

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

Based on the details provided, it does sound like there could have been violations of your rights and excessive use of force by the police officers. Some key things to consider:

- The repeated beating and choking clearly seems excessive, especially once you were subdued and not posing an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Iowa on
Q: Is hard to get a visa for people from England?

My friend goes to school here on scholarship and they were wondering if it’s a long process and how they can stay in America legally. Also my apologies for the mistype in the question I didn’t catch it until I hit submit.

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

No, it is generally not difficult for citizens of England and the United Kingdom to obtain visas to legally stay in the United States, whether as a student or otherwise. Some key points:

- The UK is part of the Visa Waiver Program, so British citizens can enter and stay in the US for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Iowa on
Q: Is this possible ? I sat in county jail 8 months on a $100.000 cash only bond fighting my case to trial .

I had a strong case with witnesses one which was there during the traffic stop and even claimed the drugs found because they were his but he was released n I was arrested ( so much involved not enough room to text) and had cop cam to prove alot of the wrong doing n violations of my rights . I... View More

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answered on Jan 24, 2024

Your situation raises concerns about the handling of your case and the legal advice you received. It's not uncommon for cases to be resolved through plea agreements, even on the day of trial. However, the decision to accept a plea should be based on a thorough understanding of your case, the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for Iowa on
Q: Can you go sue people for workplace bullying? Like they are constantly trying to get me upset to make me feel worthless.

They will push me of saying stuff to me to make me upset and if I slightly raise voice I get accused of yelling, but they do it to me and HR told me to ignore them if they do it to me, I am not to do it to them ever again or I am fired. They lie about it they wait till boss is gone to do it. they... View More

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answered on Jan 21, 2024

In the United States, there is no specific federal law that addresses workplace bullying as a standalone issue. However, if the bullying is based on your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information, it might fall under the purview of federal... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Federal Crimes and Criminal Law for Iowa on
Q: Is it legal to buy a fake ID and customise it for my dog as a joke? i think its funny but can i carry it in my wallet?

I know falsifying government documents is illegal but it's going to be like a picture of a dog weighing 9 pounds height 8 inches and all that. Dogs can't drive and obviously, a dog who was born in 2023 can't buy alcohol. So would it still be illegal if it is a joke? (the joke being... View More

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answered on Jan 20, 2024

Let me see if I understand your question. You want to know if it is legal to lie to a state or federal agency by filling out an application by lying about who the applicant is, providing false answers to those questions and providing a false signature. Is that right?

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Federal Crimes and Criminal Law for Iowa on
Q: Is it legal to buy a fake ID and customise it for my dog as a joke? i think its funny but can i carry it in my wallet?

I know falsifying government documents is illegal but it's going to be like a picture of a dog weighing 9 pounds height 8 inches and all that. Dogs can't drive and obviously, a dog who was born in 2023 can't buy alcohol. So would it still be illegal if it is a joke? (the joke being... View More

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answered on Jan 21, 2024

Creating or possessing a fake ID, even for humorous purposes, is generally considered illegal in most jurisdictions, including Iowa. While the intention may be for a joke, the creation, purchase, or possession of fake identification documents can carry legal consequences, as it undermines the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and Employment Law for Iowa on
Q: Was told i was being laid off due to a theft investigation. I get paid salary. Am I supposed to still be getting paid.

Was told laid off in one text from employer and laid off in another text

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answered on Jan 18, 2024

If you have been informed that you are being laid off due to a theft investigation and you receive a salary, whether you are entitled to continued payment during the investigation depends on the specific terms outlined in your employment contract, company policies, and applicable state laws.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on
Q: What if statements made in the minutes of testimony contradict the statements made by the same witness in trial info

The aresting officer claimed the defender was arrested and placed in jail and also claimed the defendant was written a summons and released

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answered on Jan 3, 2024

If statements made in the minutes of testimony contradict the statements made by the same witness in the trial information, it raises concerns about the consistency and accuracy of the information provided by the arresting officer. Discrepancies between claiming the defendant was arrested, placed... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Iowa on
Q: If someone owns property that they live on. And rent out part of the property to a friend that live in a RV. Agrees to

Hundreds of dollars to live in. Now the landlord is saying I can't have my girlfriend at my RV cause she doesn't want her on the property. Can they tell you no and or have her arrested if she doesn't want her on the property

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answered on Jan 2, 2024

In Iowa, the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants are typically governed by state law and the terms of the lease agreement. Generally, landlords have the authority to establish rules and restrictions for the use of their property, and tenants are expected to abide by these rules as... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Iowa on
Q: Can a male officer put his hand in a detained woman’s pocket during a traffic stop in Iowa?

I was pulled over for a busted tail light and apparently my license was suspended, 2 male

Officers detained me, hung up my phone which was on a call with my mom, and searched in my pockets and up the bottom of my pantlegs.

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

During a traffic stop in Iowa, law enforcement officers are generally permitted to conduct a search of your person if they have reasonable suspicion or probable cause. However, the extent of the search must be reasonable and related to the circumstances at hand. While a search of pockets is not... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for Iowa on
Q: My nephew needed $575 deposit to get an apt so my mom wrote him a check. Now he has moved and they won't give him the mo

money back. Who is suppose to file the small claims? Him because it was for his apt or her because it was her check

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answered on Dec 27, 2023

In this situation involving a $575 deposit for an apartment, where your nephew has moved and is unable to retrieve the money, the appropriate party to file a small claims case would typically be your nephew. Since the deposit was intended for his apartment, he is the aggrieved party seeking the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Iowa on
Q: Am I entitled to money on a joint account that was closed and taken out without my knowledge?

I had an account as a minor with one parent that had money coming in from social security from the death of my other parent. This account was closed after my 18th birthday with no money. Am I able to get any of the money back that my one parent took out of it?

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answered on Dec 27, 2023

In Iowa, if you had a joint account with a parent that was closed and emptied without your knowledge, particularly after turning 18, your entitlement to the funds depends on several factors. Joint accounts typically grant equal rights to all account holders, meaning either party can withdraw funds... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Iowa on
Q: Can you lose custody of your children if you live with your cousin
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answered on Nov 29, 2023

A Court will often look at the best interests of the child when determining whether a parent should be awarded custody or retain custody in a modification. If you are awarded custody in a prior court order, the burden for changing custody is often much higher. Each case is unique. Whether a... View More

Q: Can i sue primary health care for misrepresenting me defamation of character amd conflict of interest

I was homeless 2021 2022 and i lived on the streets so i and a girlfriend decided to sign into the homeless outreach program through primary health care tp which we were assigned a case worker by the name of xx now this worker never assited me in any of the services that primary health care offer... View More

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answered on Nov 16, 2023

To consider a lawsuit for defamation of character, misrepresentation, and conflict of interest against Primary Health Care, you'll need to establish specific legal elements. For defamation, you must prove that a false statement was made about you to a third party, causing harm to your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Iowa on
Q: Do I have a basis to sue my employer for wage theft

he has been taking my lunch breaks out of my pay without me actually taking any

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answered on Nov 13, 2023

In Iowa, if your employer is deducting your lunch breaks from your pay without you actually taking them, this could potentially be a case of wage theft. Employers are required to pay for all hours worked, and if they're deducting time for breaks that aren't being taken, they're... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Iowa on
Q: Does my husband still have to pay medical expenses for his daughter? She is 18 and he no longer pays child support

His ex wife insures her on her health plan. His daughter is employed full-time as well

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answered on Nov 7, 2023

Parents are generally responsible for the medical expenses of their minor children. However, once a child turns 18, they are considered an adult and are responsible for their own medical expenses.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of internet questions and responses, the information provided...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Iowa on
Q: having a phone conversation with daughter. lady told her she was going to record our conversation. Is this legal

My daughter lives with this woman and she's using this information to cause me legal problems

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answered on Nov 5, 2023

In Iowa, the law permits recording a conversation if one party to the conversation consents to the recording. This means that if your daughter or the lady intended to record the conversation agreed to the recording, it would typically be legal.

However, if the recording is being used to...
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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Iowa on
Q: Do you need to be present at a DUI hearing?

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answered on Oct 16, 2023

Whether or not you need to be present at a DUI hearing in Iowa depends on the type of hearing.

Preliminary hearing: You are not required to be present.

Arraignment: You are required to be present.

Trial: You are required to be present.

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