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1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: We have a issue with a contractor openly dumping the concrete from the east bound bridge into the Chester river any law

against this activity thaat may serve to stop such a poor idea

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 21, 2023

The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has jurisdiction over the navigable rivers of Maryland, including police authority, and there are laws prohibiting dumping of trash, waste materials and other objects into rivers, punishable bu criminal and civil fines and penalties. Local county... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: I submitted a car registration renewal request online for Maryland and forgot to update the address? What should I do?

I also had switched insurance providers so, would that be a factor as well?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Aug 21, 2022

Go to the MVA and ask them for the proper information to amend your address and the insurance company. I do not know if that can be done online.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: How long do I have to legally hold my exes belongings before I can get rid of the stuff?

I live in Hagerstown Maryland and my ex left some of his belongings in my apartment and he was not on the lease. It has been 50 days and I have asked him numerous times to get his belongings and he has not come to get it.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Aug 16, 2022

Assuming there is not some other written agreement or court order that specifically addresses the issue, you should send a final, written notice by any (or multiple) means likely to reach your ex, that he must make immediate arrangements with you to pick up his belongings at a mutuall agreeable... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law and Probate for Maryland on
Q: What type of deed is used in Maryland to transfer property from the treasurer to an individual? Is it a special warrant
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Sep 20, 2021

There are three types of deeds in real property in Maryland: 1) General Warranty Deeds; 2) Special Warranty Deeds; and 3) Quitclaim Deeds. The first is rarely used in Maryland. It promises that the transferor's title was good from all claims before him. The second type merely warrants that the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law, Agricultural Law and Land Use & Zoning for Maryland on
Q: Is there a way to own a rooster if my county’s municipal code states that owning a rooster is prohibited?

I live in Frederick county Maryland and our municipal code states that only female chickens are permitted; no roosters. There is a rooster at my local animal shelter that I have grown quite found of. I was wondering if there are any ways to get around this rule prohibiting them. Could registering... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 9, 2021

Kinda like asking if there’s a way around speed limits because, well, you are fond of driving fast and speed is emotionally calming to you. If there’s no exception in the law that prohibits roosters, which I have not looked up, then there’s no way around it. Areas are zoned as farmland and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: Had court date but pandemic came. Wasn’t given a court date and license for suspended

I got scheduled a court date for 39:3-40 back in March for my insurance I believe. Pandemic came and they scheduled it again for June but courts weren’t open. Just paid that ticket from the courts and it was $153 plus $33 court fees. Before me paying that ticket, I got pulled over again for my... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander
answered on Sep 6, 2020

Hi there,

That sounds frustrating. I doubt you will lose your license. In all likelihood, you will show up at the mandated hearing, explain what happened to the prosecutor and if you can show proof that everything is in good order (ie. license is back in good standing, registration is good,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: Can a municipality,a.k.a.,city be sued for PUBLIC NUISANCE?

When a city's agencies and officers repeatedly do things that not only contradicts the city's own codes but harm it's residents and citizens,can its citizens sue the city leadership on the grounds of being PUBLIC NUISANCE?

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Apr 17, 2019

Hard to give an answer without more facts. Generally you can sue for just about anything - can you win? That's another issue. Consult local counsel for options.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: What crimes would be charged against a subject for self defense of their home or property?

More in depth if a person used a firearm in the defense of self or others what crimes are they being charged with?

Thomas J. Maronick Jr
Thomas J. Maronick Jr
answered on Jan 18, 2018

Almost anything. Maryland generally DOES NOT allow use of deadly force to defend against property. The gray area is that Maryland does allow citizens to make an arrest when warranted and that the castle doctrine means you ARE allowed to defend yourself within your home using reasonable force and... Read more »

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