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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 Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Employment Law for Maryland on
Q: Can your job search your person and bags everyday before you can clock in? Does expectation of privacy go out the window
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answered on Feb 5, 2024

Employers may implement policies for searching employees' bags and persons as part of their efforts to protect company property, ensure workplace safety, or prevent theft. However, these searches should be conducted in a manner that respects employees' privacy rights and is consistent... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Regarding detective leave card on my door

A detective left a card on my door and after I called back he said the police station department has been getting lots of harrasment annoying phone calls and traced back the phone numbers IP adress to my house.He said if they get any calls he will charge everyone inside my house with... View More

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

If a detective has contacted you regarding harassment calls traced back to your house's IP address, it's crucial to take this seriously while also understanding your rights. Legally, charging someone with harassment requires evidence that the individual intentionally participated in the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I sue if I was force into meetings to see a person who has been harassing me. When both times I said no.

I had a person follow me around at school alot and was making me uncomfortable. When I told someone about it they didn't tell me or ask for consent and force me into a meeting with him and I. The second time I cried and didn't want one. I was dealing with him saying awful things about me... View More

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

It sounds like you've been through a distressing situation. If you feel that your college's actions in forcing you into meetings with someone who was harassing you were inappropriate or harmful, you may have grounds to take legal action. This could potentially include a lawsuit for... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: My brother was coerced into making an Alford plea by his paid lawyer, can we obtain new council and withdraw the plea?

He was uncomfortable with making the decision and pleaded his innocence but intimidation by his own council made him sign a deal.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 23, 2024

Pursuant to Maryland Rule 4-242(h):

(h) Withdrawal of Plea. At any time before sentencing, the court may permit a defendant to withdraw a plea of guilty, a conditional plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere when the withdrawal serves the interest of justice. After the imposition of...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: My brother was coerced into making an Alford plea by his paid lawyer, can we obtain new council and withdraw the plea?

He was uncomfortable with making the decision and pleaded his innocence but intimidation by his own council made him sign a deal.

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answered on Jan 23, 2024

If your brother feels he was coerced into making an Alford plea by his lawyer, it may be possible to seek new counsel and attempt to withdraw the plea. An Alford plea, where a defendant maintains their innocence but acknowledges that the prosecution's evidence would likely lead to a... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: Who do i need to contact if i believe law enforcement is conducting unlawful surveillance that's beyond harassment?

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For the last year, I've been followed by a ridiculous number of vehicles. It was about 20 at first but it has increased to 30+ vehicles. They circle the block of my home day and night; on vehicles and on foot. Even some of the neighbors are helping them out at this point.... View More

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answered on Jan 2, 2024

If you believe you are under unlawful surveillance by law enforcement in Maryland, you should consider contacting a civil rights attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and may provide legal options for addressing your concerns.

Additionally, you might reach out to the...
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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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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 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 Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Maryland on
Q: I have a CDS conspiracy to distribute and a CDS distribute. Both charge are felony with a guilty. Charges are from 1992.

I am trying to find out if these charges can be expunged in Maryland?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Dec 15, 2023

Felony convictions of possession with intent to distribute are expungeable after a period of years, ranging from 3, 7 and 10 years after all terms of the sentence and probation are completed depending on the nature of the controlled substance (cannabis being in the shorter range) and the specific... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Maryland on
Q: I have a CDS conspiracy to distribute and a CDS distribute. Both charge are felony with a guilty. Charges are from 1992.

I am trying to find out if these charges can be expunged in Maryland?

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answered on Dec 14, 2023

The process of expunging criminal records, especially for felony charges, varies significantly by state and the nature of the charges. In Maryland, the laws regarding expungement have specific criteria that must be met for a record to be eligible.

For charges related to Controlled Dangerous...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Military Law for Maryland on
Q: What are the rules about having a lawful peaceful protest
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answered on Nov 12, 2023

In the United States, the right to peaceful protest is protected under the First Amendment.

However, this right is subject to certain restrictions to ensure public safety and order. Local laws may require permits for large gatherings or the use of public spaces like streets or parks....
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Education Law for Maryland on
Q: Can my sons school district be sued for violating his civil rights and false arrest along with deny him due process?

On 11/04 my son was playing in class and brush up against a girls bottom. He apologized because it was an accident. The girl told a counselor she felt uncomfortable . The counselor pulled him out of class 2 separate times and questioned him that day, him and the girl agreed it was an accident and... View More

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answered on Nov 8, 2023

If your son's rights have been violated through a false arrest and a denial of due process, it may be possible to bring a lawsuit against the school district. Schools have a responsibility to ensure due process before disciplining a student, and a failure to notify you could be seen as a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: Can I own a firearm if my husband is a convicted felon?

I have emailed the supreme courts and administration of hearings also and they told me to ask MSP and MSP told me to ask a lawyer I explained to them it would be locked in a safe, I would only have a key and combination to the safe he would not have access to it I have rights this violates my 2nd... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 20, 2023

Your husband cannot own or “possess” a firearm. Possession encompasses “constructive possession,” which means the firearm is accessible to him. Any gun n the house he dwells in is close enough to be accessible.

“But my wife is the only one with a key or combination to the gun...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Maryland on
Q: I’d like to know how much my case is worth for employment discrimination based on sex and race, workplace retaliation.

equal pay, unpaid wages, withheld wages, medical bills and damages. My case is in federal court and despite the defendant’s attempt to dismiss, my case has moved to mediation. I was paid 83k less than the male I replaced. I was also paid up to 20k less than other males in lesser positions. I was... View More

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answered on Oct 15, 2023

Determining the exact value of an employment discrimination case can be complex and depends on various factors, including the jurisdiction, specific details, and evidence supporting the claims. Based on the information you provided, there are tangible damages, such as the wage disparity (83k plus... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: What are the laws for parking my live in cargo van at my family’s, single family rental home?

My mom has a money hungry landlord that I’m pretty sure has been reporting us for parking in front of my family’s home even though we have her permission and her rent is up to date. My mom has health problems so I need to be around as her oldest to help out but there’s no room to actually... View More

Shaneka Johnson
Shaneka Johnson
answered on Jun 22, 2023

Parking rules and regulations are typically covered in your (or your parent's) lease agreement. Additionally, if the rental property is subject to a homeowner's association, they may have additional parking rules and regulations. Further, if your vehicle is parked on a public street there... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Personal Injury for Maryland on
Q: My brother and I are the victims of electronic harassment. What are my options in the ways of gathering evidence?

I understand the gravity of this claim. I can’t let fear lie in the way of asking for help. I have no proof other than a list of license plates that are stored in my photos, voice memos, etc that I haven’t compiled because I am constantly exhausted from the harassment. Other than keeping a list... View More

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answered on Jun 18, 2023

If you believe that you and your brother are victims of electronic harassment, it is important to take steps to protect yourselves and gather evidence to support your claims. Here are some options to consider:

1. Document incidents: Keep a detailed log of any incidents of electronic...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Maryland on
Q: How do I remove an unrelated persons name from my indictment?

I’m in Silver spring, Maryland. I’m attempting to expunge a felony marijuana case from over 17 years ago. In the process of filing the paperwork, I discovered my date of birth on the internets case search was incorrect. I decided to purchase a copy of the indictment. In the indictment docket I... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jun 5, 2023

It depends on whether the mistakes were made by the clerk when updating the online Judiciary Case Search system, or whether these were errors made in-court by the judge at the time of sentencing or earlier in the charging documents by the police or prosecutors at the start of the cases. If the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: I was on interview at sheriffs office and made me take alcohol test. Interview said I smelled like alcohol

Can I sue for being accused of smelling like alcohol. I had to take an alcohol test which i passed.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on May 24, 2023

Sorry that you were treated this way by the Police. The Police have an obligation to act when they have a reasonable suspicion, they don't have to be 100%. If you feel that the request was motivated by some improper reason, your civil rights may have been violated and you should consult with... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Maryland on
Q: Can a police officer take a photo of my feet with his cell phone, while I'm being detained awaiting processing?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on May 7, 2023

Seems a bit odd. Is there an evidence based reason for doing so? Did a witness or security camera footage identify the offender in part by their footwear or feet? Was this a DUI where you failed to perform field sobriety tests and there’s a potential issue that the type of footwear interfered... View More

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