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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: Where would I begin looking for an attorney for grandson who is a criminal defendant with mental health issues?

What concerns me most about my grandson's case: My grandson appears to not have substantive conversations with a public defender who represents his interest. For example, the public defender who appeared in court on January 16 thought my grandson was still in the state mental health hospital... Read more »

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr
Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 19, 2018

We handle these issues and you can call us at 410 244-5068. The initial consult is free.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Can i sue if a police they lock me up for a burglary i didnt commit and mistake me for the guy who did it .

There were two suspects and a black male and the other a lighter male the lighter male came to my house casually and didnt know he was on the run and the police came through my door and chase through my house through him and lock up me because they think i was the other guy . they told my family... Read more »

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr
Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 18, 2018

Possibly. Depends when the incident occurred --- must generally be within 1 year to fulfill notice requirements -- and there would have to be some degree of damages. Deprivation of liberty could be part of that.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: If my mom is in prison, will that affect my background checks?

My mom is in prison for benefit fraud and child abuse (not to me) but I had nothing to do with it, could it still affect my background checks and ability to work in the government?

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr
Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 18, 2018

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: If I give a friend permission to use my mailing address is that against the law
Cedulie Renee Laumann
Cedulie Renee Laumann answered on Jan 5, 2018

No.

People are generally free to forward mail anywhere they choose. However, where someone is required to report their actual residence / address, they must report their actual address (e.g., if someone is a registered offender).

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: What are the legal responsibilities of an independent contractor.

The employee expects me to use my computer and cell phone, travel using my vehicle.

Cedulie Renee Laumann
Cedulie Renee Laumann answered on Dec 29, 2017

The question is extremely broad as an online post cannot realistically outline every legal responsibility, much will depend on the particular field/industry.

Generally speaking, thought, an Independent Contractor assumes responsibility for all his/her own work and does not have an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I record an incoming call to my personal cell phone even if I am not showing it to anyone?

If just to have for my own records, can I record incoming calls to my person cell phone or house phone?

Cedulie Renee Laumann
Cedulie Renee Laumann answered on Sep 28, 2017

No. Maryland law requires the consent of the other person to record a phone conversation. Sometimes consent may be implied if someone keeps talking after an announcement "this call will be recorded."

For more information you may wish to read up on Maryland's wiretapping laws.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Maryland on
Q: How can I deal with this situation?

This attorney is my kids father fiancee, she testified only as a witness for him in a final protective order hearing I had against him, and then after the judge granted my order she went on to represent him as his lawyer for an appeal in the same final protective order i have on him, then she got a... Read more »

Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk answered on Aug 9, 2017

There is a well known and long standing rule of professional conduct prohibiting a lawyer from acting as a witness and an advocate in the same proceeding.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: What violates a child welfare safety plan during a sexual abuse investigation?

What violates a child welfare safety plan?

I have shared physical and joint legal custody of my children, Im also in the process of getting it modified. My child father's girlfriend 8 yr old son, sexually assaulted my 9yr old child, CPS had opened up a case to do an investigation so there... Read more »

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jul 16, 2017

I am not normally a fan of reporting to CPS. However, there is already a plan in place that your ex is aware of. The fact that he is not thinking about the implications of the children spending the night shows he is not demonstrating good judgment. Your first priority is to protect the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: Is it illegal for a boy to threaten to hit a girl? Along with that try to hit a girl?? He was trying to hit me

If nobody was blocking him he would of hit me

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2017

Attempted assault. Context matters.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: Is it possible to sue an employer in Maryland?

I was approached by a recruiter of a technology company in Maryland and was offered a position that would require me to relocate my family. I received an offer letter and sent it in, officially locking in my position with the organization. When I was asked about criminal history, I disclosed that... Read more »

June Marie Marshall
June Marie Marshall answered on May 17, 2017

Generally, employment is "at will" in the state of Maryland, i.e., at the will of the employer or at the will of the employee. You may have a breach of contract if you can show that you and the employer made a contract for employment and the employer breached that contract by dismissing you. You... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Maryland on
Q: Can my son go to jail for taking a knife to school in Prince Georges County Maryland?

He was suspended in November 2016 for 10 days from school. I just found out today he submitted a written statement to the school police, no parent or representative on his behalf was present. He's 13yo and good to public school. I received a call 3/22/17 from Mr. Riggs at the Juvenile Justice... Read more »

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr
Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Mar 23, 2017

It's a whole other ballgame as to what kids can bring to school. If the knife is illegal in general, then potentially YES if he is charged as an adult. It sounds like they are going to charge him as a juvenile which is not a jail situation but could be reform school or similar. In our practice of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Exigent circumstances

Is a warrantless entry still allowed if the exigent circumstances no longer exist?

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Jan 24, 2017

Depends on the actual facts of the question presented. Consult counsel.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: My neighbor has several cameras pointed at my house with one pointed at my bathroom window. Do I have legal action?

I've asked him to move them and he says he can legally do what he wants.

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Dec 3, 2016

Probably not. If the cameras are located on his property he can point them at any point he wishes for security.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: how can I go about and file a claim against the Charles county sheriff for excessive force
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 1, 2016

You'd be best off consulting a member of the Md Assn for Justice who handles police misconduct cases--they give free consults. Do you have an expert ready on the force issue? How about on medical impairments resulting from that? It's not d.i.y. time.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: Can I sue the court for false imprisonment after serving jail time for violating an illegal probation?

Maryland statute clearly prescribes that probation cannot exceed 5 years; unless probationer has given written consent for the purposes of payment of a restitution.

I was in Montgomery County Adult drug court, and I have served approximately 900 days in jail on a probation that has been... Read more »

Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk answered on Oct 27, 2016

The courts, the employees thereof prosecutors, and other core personnel typically enjoy either qualified or absolute immunity for their actions in their official capacities. Probation may be extended or tolled for a variety of reasons, some of which may be applicable to your situation. Nevertheless... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Education Law, Constitutional Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: Can I sue my school on basis of discrimination?
Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Oct 16, 2016

You could. But as a Plaintiff you'll bear the burden to prove your case. Consult with local counsel.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: My son is suing me and I don't know the reasons I haven't been served as yet How long can my son has to sued me for

Also can I be arrested on this

My family has been threatenING me

They said the sheriff and others has been at my home and I better answer the door before they have me arrested

I haven't been home while whom ever has been coming to my door

I am very upset with... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Oct 3, 2016

If your son has filed a lawsuit against you; the next step is that he must serve it on you. He has the option to have the Sheriff attempt service. Which is why the Sheriff has probably been to your home. To answer your other question...if it is just the initial stages of the lawsuit, then no, you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Maryland on
Q: How long do you have to file a complaint for destruction of property ( a cell phone in my home)?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 1, 2016

If you mean criminally, it doesn't get taken seriously if you wait a long time.Civilly, 3 years. Or you could run it through homeowners if it's above your deductible.

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for Maryland on
Q: My grandson is a special needs child. His Civil Rights are being violated by the school he attends.

He is being bullied and the kids who are bullying him are blaming him and he is getting suspended and in trouble all the time. For instance someone threw a pen cap in the vicinity of the teacher and 2 kids said he threw it (his pens do not even have caps) so he got suspended for 3 days. This has... Read more »

Marshall Jason Ray
Marshall Jason Ray answered on May 12, 2016

You do not necessarily need a pro bono lawyer. What you should do is reach out to an attorney in your area for a private consultation. Many attorneys give free consultations. Moreover, many attorneys take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they are only paid a portion of any award or... Read more »

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