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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Collections and Municipal Law for Ohio on
Q: Everything I get when I’m a minor can I take when I move out at 18.

I’m still in high school and I live with my mother

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 10, 2019

Sure. Take what is "yours." And if you take something that is not "yours," or she claims is not "yours," she could file a police report for theft. Not a good way to start out being an adult when you turn 18. Can you prove those items are "yours." Do you have receipts? Since you are asking... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: What does anno and nisi mean

These phase was in my background check for my court dates

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Dec 9, 2019

"Anno" means the case is scheduled for an announcement setting, and "nisi" refers to the status of the bond posted in the case. "Nisi" is not good. Call your lawyer. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Why is a “theft by deception” case for over 5K being heard in municipal rather than superior court in Middlesex, NJ?
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Dec 8, 2019

Generally a case like this would be downgraded to municipal court because the proofs against the defendant are weak. Prosecutors know that the conviction rate in Municipal Court is much much higher than in Superior Court especially for theft charges.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: What is the difference of being charged in municipal court in NJ vs being charged in Superior Court for $5200?

Theft by deception charge, Middlesex County, NJ. Thx for your answer. However, it is actually being heard in Municpal Court, NOT Superior Court. The charge is for the Amt. Stated. Why is it being heard in Municipal Court?

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Dec 7, 2019

A very big difference in Municipal Court you're only subject up to 180 days in jail and up to a thousand-dollar fine. However the amount taken must have been under $200 to be in Municipal Court. Amounts taken over $200 and up to $500 is in Superior Court and subjects the offender to up to 18... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for New York on
Q: Why are lawyers afraid to go up against local village issues concerning water/sewer charges?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 6, 2019

It could be any number of reasons. One could be an issue of conflict, where if the lawyer represents anyone having any affiliation with the village, they don't want a conflict of interest, or at least the appearance of one. Another could be that if the lawyer has aspirations of handling work for... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Municipal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: What would total be on property tax bill w/interest for 8 yrs. on 11hundred a yr not paid (1% mo 12% yr) Vernon Cty, WI

If I hadn't been able to pay my property taxes for 8 yrs (and assuming they haven't foreclosed), at $1,100 a yr, what would the total bill be at the end of 8 years, with interest at 1% a month and 12% a year, in Vernon County WI.?

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Nov 24, 2019

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: Hi my name is Nikki. Wanted to see if my felony of DUI/w child under 15 could be expunged, if ever?
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Nov 20, 2019

It can be expunged if all charges stemming from the arrest were dismissed, or if you were found NOT GUILTY at trial, or if your conviction was overturned on appeal or pardoned by the Governor of Texas. If none of those things are true then it can't be expunged unless they change the expunction... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: I was pulled over in one county but the municipal court on my ticket is from a different county. Is this possible?
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Nov 14, 2019

There are a couple of possibilities, but a lawyer would have to look at the ticket to answer for sure. Could be an error by the citing officer. There are jurisdictions that 'share' a court, when one town doesn't want to maintain its own court. I have never heard of them being in separate counties,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: neighbors dog broken multiple fence boards in attempts to attack my kids, authorities don’t seem to care, what do I do?

I’ve contacted the owner, animal control, city code enforcement and local police and none of them either seem to care or say there is nothing they can do, I feel the system is failing me here and leaving me no safe options. I need some advice on how to proceed.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 13, 2019

It seems that you need a better fence. Six foot chain link or masonry so that the dog can't chew through it. If it's wood or chain link, beware. The dog can also dig under it. Neighbors have an obligation to share the expenses of a property line fence, assuming that you have otherwise complied... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Municipal Law and Public Benefits for Georgia on
Q: Is is legal for a PTA to auction off spots for cars in a "parent pick up line" ?

In an elementary school the parent pick up line starts to form more than 90 min before the students are released at the end of the day. The line is very long and the PTA has auctioned off the first two spots in the front of the line for the two parents (with the highest bid) to arrive anytime... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Nov 8, 2019

I don't hear anything illegal about what you have described. As long as the school's administration approves and there are no safety or traffic laws broken, the PTA can auction off those coveted spots. On the other hand, enforcement may prove interesting!

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770)...
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1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for New York on
Q: How can I find out if a lawyer is licenced in New York State
Michael Francis Barrett
Michael Francis Barrett answered on Nov 4, 2019

Visit the New York State Unified Court System website, and search the attorney directory.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Connecticut on
Q: Was the trial judge right or wrong to cancel my Stay? And are my Lawyers being honest?


Max Lavit Rosenberg
Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Oct 30, 2019

From the information you have provided, I would have a hard time answering this question. However, if you have trust issues specific to this attorney, you should really get to the bottom of it. You need to be able to have honest communication with your lawyer. Normally, my advice is to trust your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: What do I do next?

Hi so I had a fine from a conditional discharge that I thought i paid off and I paid the fee to get my license reinstated after getting it suspended for missing a payment for this fine. 2 months after I got pulled over and given a license suspended ticket. I go to the municipal office where my fine... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Oct 28, 2019

It doesn't just get dismissed without a good lawyer. The court does not send payment reminders they send warrants, license suspensions and failure to appears. You have to defend this case and good lawyer should be able to definitely help you win, reduce or eliminate the penalties that you face.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Foreclosure, Constitutional Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: Faulty hydrants caused total loss. No compensation only seizure of all personal and real property w/o a court hearing

They seized my personal and real property without cause or warrant. Selectively prosecuted me and and selectively inforced unconstitutional code took my property for a tax debt that was being paid but not for a house around thencorner owing $15,000 and not making payments. Destroyed my property... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 27, 2019

Whatever the municipal law, foreclosure, tax, or property damage issues are here, you mention prosecution. The matter appears to have escalated from something civil to something criminal in nature. Although there is not a question listed, as a higher priority than any of the civil damages you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: can personal possesions legally signed for and released from jail then 2-3 days later ask person to return as evidence

i picked up my fiancee personal possesions and signed for them an jail released them to me 2-3 days later investagator ask if i ring cell phone ack due to it was to e put in evidence locker but as not and released with personal possessions can that be done legally without telling me that i did not... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Oct 24, 2019

If the person has been in jail for 2 months then they almost certainly have a criminal defense attorney who you should be speaking with about this situation. The attorney will figure out what to do about the "chain of custody" problem that the property release may have created for the prosecution.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Municipal Law on
Q: In a claim against a municipality where they subcontracted their work, which person deals with me?

The municipalities contract with the subcontractor states that the subcontractor assumes liability, but is it the municipalities job pay me then disput the claim with the subcontractor?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 24, 2019

Based on the description, it looks like the subcontractor assumes liability. To be thorough, you could review the contract with an attorney in your jurisdiction to see if they identify anything that provides differently. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Municipal Law and Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: a municipal law deputy,says I am breaking law bc I am harassing my exgf,but he never saw her texts is this legal?

My ex asked me what else I needed to know to move forward and when I answered she said I was harassing her and would file. Municipalities police (not in my jurisdiction calls and says he is unbiased and never even saw the messages but that I need to cease or face penalty of law. I then asks his... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 23, 2019

How do you know it is a real call? Did you ever call him back?

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Do local or county law officials handle the noncompliant parties regarding tn code or is it strictly a civil matter

Tow company recieved fraudulent facts from property owner, did not comply with owner notifications rules nor rules set forth regarding sale

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 18, 2019

It is doubtful you will obtain a criminal prosecution of anyone involved, although you can try as the victim. But normally your remedy is pretty much limited to suing the Towing Co. for Conversion. You may be able to do this yourself in General Sessions Court or you might hire an attorney.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Indiana on
Q: Are biker groups rides for a cause allowed to to run red lites as w funeral processions? In Indiana?
Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Oct 6, 2019

The short answer is no, however, if prior arrangements are made with the city or town to have a police escort then most likely it would be yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Admiralty / Maritime and Municipal Law for Ohio on
Q: What if the defendant enters written bond into the case before the plaintiff can is that a dishonor?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 30, 2019

Based on the limited facts, any admiralty/maritime issues involved were not clear.

Tim Akpinar

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