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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Business Law, Civil Rights and Intellectual Property for Maryland on
Q: Can I receive settlements from businesses?

I am a freelance model , I post most of my work on my social media accounts and run that as my business page as well . For years small brands and large cooperations use and manipulate my images into business logos , promotional marketing and evening jewelry and interior design products . Can I... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Mar 3, 2021

You need to retain local counsel to set up the right corporate entities for you, then have an intellectual property attorney set up the appropriate protections for you. THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE! YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY WHO IS LICENSED IN YOUR STATE FOR LEGAL ADVICE. This is merely... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: I live in an a apt in MD, the woman upstairs has been recording me in my place through the vents. What rights do I have

Vent cameras installed both bathrooms and our bedroom.

I'm 62 years old with severe medical issues

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 17, 2021

Call the police, this is a crime. It is illegal to install video recording devices to capture images of someone in their private home without their permission. If you can see the camera and reach it, pull it out of the vent to prevent the person from removing them and denying they were there, or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: Questions about state v. federal antidiscrimination laws in homeowner's associations, contracts

I need lawyers to review several related but different issues

Review an implied written contract between owner and Homeowner’s association for compensation when the HOA is incorrect.

Review complaints for ADA and FHA (housing laws) against an HOA, and help prosecute in Court.... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Feb 10, 2021

The terms of service for Justia prohibit lawyers from soliciting business here. The web site is for general information and access to justice. I've often written, however, on how to find a lawyer. I’ve written this same answer several times on Quora, and I don’t have enough time to rewrite... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: How do I get a title for a car that's been left in my driveway for 6 months
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 6, 2021

You would need to qualify for a lien on the title for the reasonable cost of storage of the vehicle on your property, then follow the law to foreclose on the lien and take possession of the vehicle. This involves notice to the titled/registered owner and public advertising of an auction date, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for Maryland on
Q: I read all that, but I am looking for a clear definition of "organized militia"

I read this, but request definition clarification, please:

§ 13-214. Prohibitions

(a) Except for the units of the organized militia and the troops of the United States, a body of persons may not associate as a military company or organization or parade in public as a military... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 8, 2020

Maryland law defines two legal types of militia under the Public Safety Article 13-202. ALL other bodies of persons organized as a military company or organization are prohibited from acting in violation of the provisions you have cited to n 13-204. That’s it. There is no need to further define... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Maryland on
Q: I need to obtain a form to present that will display my exemption from the vaccine. It will present grave consequence

Due to my genetic make up it will mean sure death as an Aboriginal American I have no need for the vaccine. As well as I have even stronger religious belief against it please help!

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 3, 2020

There is no law that requires any person to be vaccinated. It is a matter of free choice. Private and government employers may, however, impose a condition of employment that may require vaccination. If your employer has imposed such a requirement, then you should inquire as to whether they have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Military Law for Maryland on
Q: What are the laws governing private militias in MD?

I found many references to "Private and unauthorized Militias" but cannot find any definitions.

There are many Militias operating nationwide, but I cannot find any laws concerning their legality in the state of MD.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 24, 2020

Maryland Public Safety Code, Title 13. Militia.

The full act and statutes can be accessed here:...
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Adverse Possession Can You Adverse Possession Two Campuses And And The Whole Two Campuses With Different Buildings.

And And Can The Land Be Just Adverse Possession Regardless Of The Buildings Of The Two Campuses.

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Nov 13, 2020

By “campuses,” I’m going to assume you are referring to the common use of the word referring to the collected buildings of a university, college, or other openly used area of property in which a large community collects for an educational or other purpose. If that is so, then you are there... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Is Adverse Possession And And Squatting Two Different Things And Is Lottering Trespassing Breaken In Entey ( BNE )

The Same As Or As In Squatting Or Adverse Possession

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 12, 2020

Squatting is a slang term for the legal status of Adverse Possession. Anything to do with Trespassing is not Adverse Possession because the Defendant is cognizant that someone else is entitled to exclusive possession of the premises.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Can The Owner Of Land Call The Police / Unlawful Detainer Regarding Adverse Possession

Regarding Adverse Possession Or (Adverse Possession Squatting Rights And And Is Trespassing Loitering BNE Under Adverse Possession Or Squatting Rights

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 11, 2020

A person occupying or upon property they do not own and does not leave when asked, or returns after being told not to come on the land, is trespassing, and if that same person opens and enters any structure or building on the land, regardless of whether they were told not to be on the property, has... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: What if I’m just masturbating in my car

Is it legal in Maryland? Especially if masturbation on the metro in Maryland is legal

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 19, 2020

It's a crime if anyone sees you. If charged, hire a lawyer. You do not want this on your record.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Maryland on
Q: I am an African American male , that has been dealing with haraasment, retaliation n more from my work place.

When I reported it to HR not once but twice I was told that He was within his right as a manager to do that. They never took what I report serious as a result I was fired n refused to resign. I believe the is a serious cover up between HR and this adminstration n department. Im in the Baltimore, MD... Read more »

Andrellos Mitchell
Andrellos Mitchell answered on Oct 1, 2020

Well, you didn't pose a question so there is no answer necessary. However, if you felt your rights were being violated why didn't you file an EEOC Complaint? You may still be able to. Your facts were so thin, it's impossible to tell what your rights may be.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: How can a group of student get a class actions started against a college for discrimination and retaliation?

There is a group of African American students who want to file a class action suite against the college, based on discrimination, and retaliation. When we speak out about any issues we have regarding grading, not registering us for class, etc. he either fails us, and does not go over the test with... Read more »

Raul Jauregui
Raul Jauregui answered on Sep 21, 2020

This sounds like a remarkable moment for that group of African American students to transform education at that school for them and for the next generations of students of color. When you say "class action" you imply getting a lawyer who has experience in race discrimination in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: Questions lawyer asked for

questions

Have you parenting classes

Have you completed anger management classes

Are you enrolled in substance class

Are you working how can n you provide for child

What are your daycare plans

Who can help you in case of emergency with child

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Aug 6, 2020

These are discovery questions. They will help the attorney prepare their case. You should not ignore them simply because you do not understand them. If you fail to respond, the other attorney may file sanctions against you and ask the court to prevent you from entering evidence to prove your case... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Federal Crimes, Intellectual Property and Social Security for Maryland on
Q: I received an email about because I got a notice of le a legal proceeding should I take it seriously

Case File : PS0103019

Court House Address- -United States District Court 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007.

Lawsuit Cost - $4526.65(Including Attorney Fee/Court Fee/All Taxes)

Last Date to File Lawsuit - July 28th 2020.

Attorney Name- Paul Smith (Sr. Attorney in... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jul 28, 2020

It's a scam. Ignore it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Is it legal for the police to detain you and call a K-9 unit out solely because you have a single past criminal charge?

My husband and I pulled out of our driveway and passed a state trooper who immediately turned around, followed us for 2 miles (long enough to run our tags and see that he has a 5 year old closed misdemeanor drug case against him) then pulled us over into a parking lot. He said he pulled us over... Read more »

Robert C. Bonsib
Robert C. Bonsib answered on Jul 27, 2020

Unfortunately - this happens all to often.

If the police have a legitimate reason to stop a vehicle - the duration of the stop must be analyzed by the reason for the stop - for a minor traffic violation the time period should be brief - if there is no reason for the stop - then the stop...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Employment Law for Maryland on
Q: how do i know if i was involved in a class action lawsuit
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 3, 2020

Normally, if you can be identified as a possible member in a class action lawsuit, you receive some sort of communication to that effect. If there is a particular lawsuit you are aware of, then you can look up information on that lawsuit by doing a simple google search, and learn about the court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Can an HOA install cameras without the consent of all homeowners and tenants (privacy concern).

If they are installed in places places that peer into places on homeowner properties that are covered by reasonable expectation of privacy (e.g. patios, porches, windows, etc.)

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 3, 2020

I doubt your HOA documents provide that unanimous consent of all homeowners is required before they can take any actions. However, that does not mean they can necessarily act with impunity or infringe on privacy rights. Your HOA is made up of you and your fellow owners. You elect the Board who... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Maryland on
Q: I need answers!!!

my son is currently at Central Booking we have ask for his panal attorney to put in for a review of his case because he does have asthma and has been receiving treatment at Central Booking for it. Unfortunately since he has had the panal attorney assigned to him the panal attorney is always... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 9, 2020

It is not clear whether the problem is primarily that the panel attorney does not have the time to devote to your son's case, or is unable to do much given that the courts are all closed and operating to address only emergency issues and therefore cannot do anything at this time for your son... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Maryland on
Q: So in the state of maryland I can film anything from public property? That would mean there's no expectation of privacy?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Mar 25, 2020

“Film anything from public property”—no, if by that you mean peering into the interior spaces of someone’s home through their windows or into areas where there would be a reasonable expectation of privacy. It does not matter that you happen to be standing on public property if you are using... Read more »

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