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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Education Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue my middle school? I’m now 18 years old and feel like I can speak for myself and how badly this effected me.

When I was 12, I was charged with disturbance of peace and false terrorist threat. I warned another student about what I heard out of fear about someone “shooting the school on Monday”. Little did I know I was soon to be racially profiled being Arab as well as another girl, African American,... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 9, 2023

Yes as an 18 year old you can file a lawsuit on your own behalf. Be aware that such lawsuits will take a lot of time (2-3 years) and cost you a lot of money (most likely $100,000+) and your chance of success is very low (<5%).

But, as an adult now, you are competent to make that...
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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Gov & Administrative Law and International Law for Michigan on
Q: Am I eligible to have a vehicle registered in my name in the state of Michigan as a non-resident without a U.S. DL?

To be more specific, I would like to know if foreign driver's licenses accompanied with English translation (i.e. international driver's permit) and a valid foreign passport with a valid U.S. visa are acceptable documents to register a vehicle and have its title transferred in the state... View More

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 7, 2023

Based on the information provided from the Michigan Secretary of State website, it seems that a Michigan driver’s license or ID is required to title and register a vehicle in the state. While you've mentioned having a foreign driver's license and other documents, these don't appear... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: Does the Michigan Governor have authority to remove locally elected City officials (NOT Township officials)?

4 Albion City Councilmembers illegally /improperly removed 4 appointed board members from the Albion Economic Development Corporation: on or about 21 August 2023. No advance notification of the removal was provided to the 4 EDC Board members. No written description or statement of the basis for... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 5, 2023

Your question is way too complex for general legal advice. It's highly technical. Believe it or not, not all cities are created equal; by statute, there are distinctions based largely on size and charter. But your question alludes to the basics of state government: counties and cities are... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: If a inmate in a correctional facility request to go into protective custody to avoid a confrontation with another inmat

And the guards refused to let him and tell him if he does so write him a ticket. Is that against the inmates rights?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Aug 10, 2023

I think if something were to happen now, there's possible liability on the prison. Whether a denial of protective custody at this juncture is appropriate is very much a fact-dependent question. Prisons do not need to just place someone in protective custody just because they ask. Usually,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Michigan on
Q: Can victims rights in michigan hang up on me because I am mad? mind you i am not cursing or threatening just tone.

Like I said I am not cursing out this office or threatening my voice just sounds displeased as well as it should be they are not protecting my girlfriend who had a ppo granted ex parte on my sons mother who is yet again trying to find her and harass her. So i called she hung up. I call back and she... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 5, 2023

First thing: your current girlfriend has the PPO; this is her battle to wage, and she's the one - and only one - that should be calling that office. Second, with a PPO, violations should typically first be reported to the police, not victim services; what is it exactly you expect them to do... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: Should dashcam footage from Michigan state police have date time stamps. Kalamazoo county

My public defender wants me to see psychologist because I find it weird the dashcam has no date time stamp

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 26, 2022

Typically it would have date stamps. But I'm not sure that's the issue. You should have a conversation with your attorney about why he or she is recommending you see a psychologist.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Banking and Child Support for Michigan on
Q: Can a bank legally take money from my account that was a veterans disability back payment. And send it to child support

I’ve been actively making my monthly child support payments and I got a lump sum va disability payment. my bank held and took funds to send to my child’s mother via child support office .Is this lawful?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 8, 2022

Likely yes. First, your bank didn't do anything except comply with a presumptive lawful order issued by a court. Your issue is with the court, not the bank.

VA disability is considered income for child support purposes, and so is subject to garnishment.

I would suggest you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Gov & Administrative Law for Michigan on
Q: The state of Michigan PUA claims through their collections department that I owe them 21,840.00.

On March 1 2022 Judge Finch dismissed this claim. for the past 5 months this ruling is under legal review by PUA while their collections department is now threatening wage garnishment. I have tried without success to get this matter resolved. Collections refuses to stop harassing me. Shouldn't... View More

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander
answered on Jul 20, 2022

Probably. Assuming the dismissal was with prejudice and you are no longer responsible for the alleged debt. I suggest you contact a debt defense lawyer to review your legal options.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Michigan on
Q: How do politicians (or anyone) get away with denying saying something that was recorded, in many cases audio and visual?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 26, 2022

Great question! Politicians are judged by the court of public opinion; and quite frankly, many people are not interested in the truth. And sometimes even audio and visuals can be rendered to make it seem someone is saying or doing something they are not.

Believe half of what you see and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Michigan on
Q: How would someone go about filing a Complaint against a Mayor of a community that is not considered a Town?

He has also received funds for said Community and has done Nothing for the Community.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 7, 2022

It's an elected position. You could try petitioning for a recall election. Just keep in mind that mayors don't act alone; there is often a city manager or commission.

2 Answers | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Consumer Law, Business Law and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: How can the government claim ownership of confederate gold when it was abandoned or intentionaly hidden by confederacy

If the president of the Confederate Treasure left the gold intentionally would that not legally invoke the finders keepers laws? Who initially owned the confederate gold?

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Feb 11, 2022

The federal Confiscation Act of 1862 would apply to gold owned by the Confederate States of America (which the Act did not recognize as an entity), with the result that the United States would own the gold. This is a hypothetical question because the CSA government probably held no gold at the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Michigan on
Q: What does MCL 28.722 (s),(u) or(w) mean when it comes to a criminal sexual charge.

Filing paperwork to get off the registering list

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 20, 2022

They describe the different tiers. You should know, or will need to find out, what tier you are.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal in the state of Michigan to collect police license plates?

I am a collector of Michigan police badges license plates insignias etc

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 18, 2022

Are you looking to collect actual plates? You may want to check with various police departments. My understanding is that most local police have municipal plates - same plates as any other city vehicle, with an "x" in the middle. Not sure how much of a collector's item that would be.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Michigan on
Q: Michigan UIA requesting money back after paying unemployment claim.

I filed for a PUA claim using the reason "independent contractor experienced a significant reduction in usual or customary services" as I did work for the local school.

When I went to re-certify earlier this year they asked for proof of 2019 income and I gave them my 1099.... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Dec 14, 2021

Possibly. You'll need to read the notice you received closely to determine what steps are needed at this point. You may also wish to seek the assistance of an attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Michigan on
Q: Got a notice from the State of Michigan Unemployment Department- please help!

I got a letter from the Michigan Unemployment Office saying a “question of eligibility and/or qualification has been raised on a claim in which you are an interested party”. The dates they want proof of income on range from 3/2020 all the way to 5/2021.

If I got unemployment benefits... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 23, 2021

You really need to speak to a lawyer soon, and preferably before you respond to the request for information. Whether criminal charges arise may depend on intent.

Just remember: there's an old tale that says it's not the act itself that gets us in trouble; it's often the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Gov & Administrative Law and Legal Malpractice for Michigan on
Q: I have been charged for a misdemeanor. Covid caused court delays and my Jury Trials turned into a pressured guilt fest

I had 3 pre-trial conferences with the Assistant Prosecutor and my lawyer. 3 dates were scheduled for Jury trial of which, 1 turned into another pre-trial. 2 of them were cancelled due to covid but I was still required to show up in front of the judge and it was literally just the judge calling... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 18, 2021

You are not alone. However, the court did not cause you to lose your paid representation; that is between you and your attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Native American Law for Michigan on
Q: Can a tribe decide to transfer a case of tribe member 2 tribal court from state court if crime was not on indian proprty

Multiple charges, drug related at a residence of a tribal member. Kids custody affected, and defendant is being treated with cruel an strange threats and absurd penalties

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 15, 2021

Not only can then, but if it's an abuse or neglect case, different rules apply and the tribal court would have jurisdiction.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Michigan on
Q: Is the side note for speedy trial rights that charges being filed within 30 days of arrest differ by state ?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Aug 21, 2021

Not sure of the exact nature of your question. Speedy trial rights are different than the timeline between arrest and charges. And it is true that you cannot be held for very long without any charges.

It is not uncommon - especially in serious crimes - for someone to be arrested or...
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Q: Good Afternoon, Recently got denied a fireworks license renewal. Been there since 2012.

Need to be open asap. Looking for a lawyer familiar with the NFPA 1124 and With the Michigan and the Bureau of Fire Services

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow
answered on May 5, 2021

Contact an attorney about this.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Michigan on
Q: I was supposed to be in a court hearing today for an upcoming trial. Is it ok everything was changed 12 hours prior?

I was sent a text from my public defender that my court hearing would no longer be in person, but on zoom, the time was changed to 2 hours later, and that my public defender would have another person subbing for them. They also said they would text me the zoom link prior to the newly set time. This... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 19, 2021

Without knowing your case or details at all, I would assume today's hearing was a pretrial conference or status conference. Often, clients aren't really involved in those hearings unless you are ready to enter a plea. And rarely would anything significant about your case be discussed.... View More

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