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Q: Should I take legal action against my boss?

I got in a car accident while at work and I’m 26 weeks pregnant. While doing my run picking clients up I was rear ended pretty hard and my boss didn’t take me being hurt or if my unborn child was okay into consideration. She was more worried about me finishing my run. When I got back to the... Read more »

Joseph D. Allen
Joseph D. Allen answered on Jul 26, 2018

As far as injuries to yourself and related medical expenses, your situation seems to fall squarely under the workers compensation system. Any non-injury related damages you incurred (or potentially damages to the unborn child) might or might not fall outside workers compensation. It certainly... Read more »

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Q: If you break house arrest and they book you, do u only serve the time you were supposed to serve or is it longer?

Does time add on? What if you are 17?

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on May 20, 2018

This is a criminal defense question. I do not understand your question.

However, if you broke house arrest I wish you the best.

And if you are the 17 year old, then ask your lawyer. You either retained one or was appointed one

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Maryland on
Q: If I have a housemate and the police produce a search warrant for them, are my possesions included in the warrant?

For example; can they search my room or if I have a locked safe?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 18, 2018

The search warrant generally applies to an entire premises, unless it is limited by its terms. If not limited, they may very well search and seize your items. If that were to happen, you would need to retain counsel to either invalidate the seizure as to your possessions, or move to suppress any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: What does a person normally receive in MD court for inhalent abuse
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 15, 2018

There is no "normal," as sentencing takes into consider a wide array of factors, including past criminal history, age, employment, nature and aggravating circumstances of the case, victim impact, the defendant's actions to address any substance abuse or emotional/mental issues that may underly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Probate for Maryland on
Q: My brother was living in my home for about 4 months. He recently passed away in his sleep. I have a question. ..

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Cedulie Renee Laumann
Cedulie Renee Laumann answered on Feb 5, 2018

You may wish to re-post with the specific question.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: Can I still file with the eeoc if I passed the 180 day limit to file with the mchr (Maryland)

I was under the impression that filing with my employers (county gov.) eeo office was the same as filing with the Mchr. Filed with employers office and filed with MCHR after 6 month deadline(missed by a few days)

Jonathan C. Puth
Jonathan C. Puth answered on Jan 23, 2018

Yes, you have 300 days to file with the EEOC in Maryland, where there is a state deferral agency. If you are referring to Montgomery County office of human rights you should also be timely.

By the way, if you're late with a filing it doesn't matter usually if it's one day late or 100....
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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.

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