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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: A cop called asked to come in for questioning.

I don’t want to but my mom told him she’d take I didn’t agree I’m 22 years old. Can I call and tell him no how do I do it without self incriminating

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Feb 8, 2019

Ordinarily you are under no obligation to go and talk with the police, regardless if your mom told them you would. Whether it's in your best interest to do so should be discussed in depth with an attorney before talking with the police.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Education Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: My public school is having a school sponsored dance but they are only allowing females to attend. Is this legal?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 9, 2019

Unless they are prohibiting the organization and sponsorship of a similar male-only dance, I'm not sure there is a violation here.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for Michigan on
Q: I'm in the process of going to the Supreme Court over damages arising of legal malpractice the amount of my lawsuit I ne

Need to file superintending control I have all my documentation my investigative report against the attorney everything is done they said if all possible get help with citation with legal authority but I'm trying to get legal counsel as soon as possible if not I need to get this sent off they gave... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 26, 2018

You may be conflating the grievance process with a legal malpractice claim; they are two distinct things with completely different possible outcomes. If you are asking the Supreme Court for superintending control, that implies that you've filed a grievance with the Attorney Grievance Commission,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: what can be done about an inmate do about being assaulted by another inmate if they are totally disabled

the disabled inmate was to be transferred out the day before into another unit and when the assault occurred he was coming in from the yard and the other inmate assaulted him the day after he was suppose to be transferred out but was still in the same unit everything was recorded on video so they... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 12, 2018

When it comes to prison issues, there is very little you or I can do about anything that happens in there. The Michigan Department of Corrections has absolute control over what goes on, who gets transferred when and where, etc. There is a grievance process that prisoners MUST exhaust if they hope... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: i really feal that my rights have been violated and the whole reason behind this is because of first my car was stolen

My disabilities that i have i feal that these people took advantage of it between 2 companies I'm on soical security disability i feal that they used some of my disabilities for leverage please call me ill explain more to this story this just happened recently back in September of the 19th... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 16, 2018

Perhaps you can edit your question into separate sentences starting with a capital and ending with a period or a question mark. No one will call off this site

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: Mom took a phone away and won't give it back, and it was a gift to me?

My mom bought me a phone as a way of knowing where I am, but she caught me texting my grandma telling her thank for helping pay for my high school (senior)cap & gown stuff, so she took away the phone that was a gift and wont give it back because her new husband talks to her into not giving it back... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 15, 2018

Sounds like there is some family dynamic issues going on that you should discuss with your mom. Aside from that, your mom is well within her right to take the phone away. Her house, her rules. If you are 18, or something like this happens after you turn 18, you could take the phone, leave, and find... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Michigan on
Q: Is the severance offer fair and should I sign it under the circumstances of my release after 12 yrs employment.

It is not in line with another employees that I asked confidentially. They received one week for every year of service. I was only offered 4 for 12 years. There are many circumstances leading up to the company saying they accepted a resignation, I never gave and I repeatedly told them that.... Read more »

Marlo Bruch
Marlo Bruch answered on Aug 27, 2018

I recommend that you contact an employment attorney in your area to go over the agreement before you sign. This forum is too general to give an appropriate response.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: I am under the age of 18 and I have a driver's permit but not a Driver's License can I purchase a car at a Dealership?

I have the money to buy the car. ALSO How would I get my License Plate?

Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on Aug 22, 2018

it's unlikely that a car dealer will sell to you alone, without an adult, because minors may void a contract until their 18th birthday. But, if they do, the dealer will apply for the plate for you. You are not required to be a licensed driver to purchase a car, but you have to be licensed to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: If my dog is of leash and she approaches a person but does not touch or hurt them or their dog. Can they call the police

Can I get in trouble

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Aug 18, 2018

Anyone can call the police. I think you left out facts like possibly the dog was snarling and acting in a way that seemed like it would attack.

Does "is of leash" mean "is off leash"?

If so many laws exist that dogs are required to be on a leash

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: How can this happen?? 26 yr old husband arrested on juvenile warrant

I'm going to put as much detail here as possible my 26 year old husband was arrested on a juvenile contempt warrant last night in St Clair county Michigan. We are so confused on what is going on and the police won't tell us anything except that the warrant is from 2012, but he has been in jail... Read more »

Jasmine D. Rippy
Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Aug 8, 2018

People are charged with contempt when they fail to comply with a court order. The court can give you info on exactly why he’s being charged with contempt.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: Can a city ordinance officer walk on my lawn and look over my privacy fence into the back yard to give me tickets?

Ordinance officer has been consistently giving us tickets for any little thing he can find. When other homes in the area are in worse condition with no ticketing. He recently entered my yard, looked over the fence, and when I came out to see who was walking around my home, he began acting very... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 7, 2018

Your first call should be to the city's housing or code enforcement office, or whatever it's called where you live. Generally, I think a court would determine this officer's actions permissible. I doubt you'll get out of all this with a bare claim that he's trespassing.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: Can a officer legally pull me over without reason?

I was pulled over with out reason, my car was searched without my consent or probable cause, also I was arrested without being read my rights.

Jasmine D. Rippy
Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Jul 26, 2018

No, officers must have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to pull you over. If you feel that your constitutional rights have been violated by the police, you should have an attorney represent you. If you can’t afford one, you can request a court appointed attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: In Michigan, due to a traffic violation in a vehicle, does the passenger also have to give I.d?

Also, what can you do if an officer pulls you over for no reason at all?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Feb 15, 2018

On the street with the police is not the place to make these sort of challenges. Generally, you have a legal obligation to stop and identify yourself at an officer's request - this includes passengers in a vehicle. However, unless the passenger has active warrants or is otherwise arrestable, that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Probate for Michigan on
Q: how can I prove a house isn't being rented out while it is still in probate court.

my mother passed away almost a year ago and she left the house to me. I'm now currently living inside the house that she left me. The city wants me to prove that the house is not being rented out so they don't charge me more for property taxs. This is my down fall come into place and I need help... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 11, 2018

There is no quick solution here. You will need to open a probate estate as soon as you can. Until that happens, and concludes, you are renting the house from your mother's estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: How many years do you have to be separated to be considered Divorced in MI
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 29, 2017

If you are legally married (i.e. have a certificate of marriage on file with the state), then you are married until you are divorced. You may live apart forever, but you'll still be legally married.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: If you lure the police or public official into arresting you for disturbing the peace and disorderly person can you sue

Not sure what a better word is other than lure, perhaps planned. If you planned or lured the police or public official into having you arrested or arresting you, can you later sue them?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 23, 2017

What would be your basis for a lawsuit? If you were in fact creating a disturbance, a lawsuit premised on the arrest itself is unlikely to work. If your intention is to get yourself arrested to prove some sort of bad motive (e.g. that said police or public official treats some people differently... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: The county made a mistake and misapplied my tax payment and I lost my home. Was the right to pay my tax violated?

By the time I found out the mistake was made the appeal window was closed. I owned 2 properties and the tax was put onto my other property that was not in jeopardy.

David Soble
David Soble answered on Oct 6, 2017

So I have handled these matters before. You will need to provide documentation to support your statements. In a situation like this, a real estate attorney needs to review your documents and can then give you direction.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I have lived with my son's father for 24 years. Yesterday he served me with an eviction notice.

He has met someone else. Our home is in his name. We are from Michigan.

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on Jun 13, 2017

I am sorry to hear about your situation, but if the home is in his name alone and you have no claim to the equity in it, he probably CAN evict you. You should consult with a local divorce/domestic law attorney to see if there may be more you could do, but this goes WELL beyond something that can be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for Michigan on
Q: I have a 12 year old who is cognitive impaired who is being treated unfairly by the principal,staff

How can I build a case against the Detroit public school system regarding my son. He is cognitive impaired (mentally disabled) since he was under 5. He was sent home with black eyes ,bruised face, with feces still on him etc I have pictures emails where I met with people from department of... Read more »

Kevin Shields
Kevin Shields answered on Mar 30, 2017

You need to contact a special education attorney in Detroit. I can not recommend one but you can search online for a number of options. Your child has a right to an appropriate education. It does not sound like the school is living up to that promise. Students with disabilities are protected under... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Health Care Law for Michigan on
Q: Is the due process clause absolute?
Glenn B. Manishin
Glenn B. Manishin answered on Feb 17, 2017

Due process requires at a minimum notice and an opportunity to be heard before the government deprives a person of life, liberty or property, but otherwise can vary with the circumstances.

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