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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Hawaii on
Q: Is a car in the county impound considered "free game" after 30 days, considering cars marked AV roadside, are?

My van has been stuck in the county impound since I have no paperwork for it. I've been homeless since and would like it back. They won't be having auctions for awhile but its been 30 days already.

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

In most cases, vehicles impounded by the county are subject to specific regulations and procedures regarding their release or disposal. While it's true that some jurisdictions may have provisions for disposing of abandoned vehicles after a certain period, it's essential to understand the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Elder Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for New York on
Q: I'm on a woman's Shelter waiting for housing with a City Voucher. It appears the Voucher is not going to help me.

We were told we could report.Real Estates who do not accept the Voucher or ask us for money to find an apartment. Legally what can we do in this case?

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

In this situation, it's essential to understand your rights and the legal protections available to you as someone seeking housing assistance with a City Voucher. Firstly, you should familiarize yourself with the local housing laws and regulations that govern the acceptance of vouchers by... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law on
Q: Can bylaw enforcement forcibly remove a person from an unoccupied area of crown land ina municipality?

Bylaw is RDN (regional District of Nanaimo) municipal is not an electoral area as RDN is.ie been threatened with arrest even arrested one time and all my personal chattels taken without written warning or any notice.

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

Bylaw enforcement in a municipality typically has the authority to enforce local regulations and ordinances, including those related to the use of crown land within their jurisdiction. However, the specific powers and procedures for removal may vary depending on the municipal bylaws and applicable... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: Do public schools in Michigan have a right to prohibit dogs on school property if they are on a leash?
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answered on Feb 23, 2024

In Michigan, public schools typically have the authority to establish rules and regulations regarding the presence of animals on school property, including dogs. While some schools may allow dogs on a leash under certain circumstances, such as for therapy or service dogs, others may choose to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Georgia on
Q: I need avid fo proof that I lived a address from January 1 2018 to December 2018 don't have a lease agreement .

Have a tax I payments from a car registration and a nailer that can verify

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

To prove your residency at a specific address from January 1, 2018, to December 2018 without a lease agreement, you can utilize alternative documentation such as tax payments, car registrations, and utility bills. These documents serve as evidence of your connection to the address during the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Vermont on
Q: How do you claim an abandoned vehicle on public property in Vermont.

The vehicle has been parked on public property since September of 2023 or longer, there is no plate, registration sticker or emissions sticker and the car is partially gutted on the inside, is missing a side mirror and has lots of exterior damage.

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

To claim an abandoned vehicle on public property in Vermont, you typically need to follow a specific process outlined by local authorities. Begin by contacting the local law enforcement agency or the Department of Motor Vehicles to report the abandoned vehicle and inquire about the steps for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: What is the form called to waive publication of my name change?
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answered on Feb 23, 2024

The form you need to waive publication of your name change typically varies depending on the jurisdiction where you're filing for the name change. In many states, this form may be referred to as a "Petition to Waive Publication of Name Change" or something similar. However, the exact... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: In Saint Marys county , MD ! I was pondering filing a case for numerous unlawful arrest and on many other violations j

I was incredibly traumatized when during my time in the jail I had a heart attack and by nurse and ekg test was performed and confirmed by the nurse and reported to the doctor on call and told her to take me back to my cell and that they were unable to take me to the emergency room because of my... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

Based on the situation you have described, it does sound like you may have grounds to file a legal case regarding your treatment while incarcerated in St. Mary's county. Here are a few key things to consider:

- Unlawful Arrest Claims: If you were arrested repeatedly without probable...
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Q: If i have a lot of money can i just buy a huge land like 100acre and do anything on it private house,horses US,Washingto
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answered on Feb 22, 2024

A Washington real estate/land use attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. You could enjoy many activities on 100 acres of land. But you'd still need to comply with environmental, zoning, public health, and other public rules and regulations, as well as not... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Federal Crimes, Criminal Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Is it illegal to put up and turn on red and blue lights when in a parking lot(ralphs, movie theater). in California

If I were to put these lights up only when in the parking lot for a car show and take them down after would that be illegal in california. These would be for display purposes only and would not be used for police impersonating or pulling people over.

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Yes, it would still be illegal to display flashing red and blue lights in a parking lot in California, even if it's for a car show and you don't intend to impersonate police.

Under California Vehicle Code Section 25269, it is prohibited for any vehicle to “display a flashing...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Do landlord tenant laws apply or does municipal code apply to tenants of 4 years if landlord/city gives 1 week notice?

We have stayed on commercial property in RV for past 4 years with owner permission, but now city is only giving us 1 week to move out because they are enforcing municipal code regarding living in RV in city limits. Our agreement with the owner of the property has been we get to stay here in... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

In California, the legal protections available to tenants, including those living in non-traditional dwellings like RVs, can be complex and vary based on the specifics of each situation. While landlord-tenant laws typically govern residential leases, living in an RV on commercial property with the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: In California is there a notice posted on the building or served to a property owner before an abatement happens?

If a property owner was cited for various code violations but has corrected them as far as they can tell (some of the violations were written vaguely and a few were incorrect), and the code enforcement officer says they are still not correct, is there a hearing held before the abatement process he... View More

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answered on Feb 20, 2024

In California, before any abatement action is taken on a property due to code violations, the property owner is typically given notice and an opportunity to correct the violations. This is a fundamental part of ensuring due process. The specific procedure can vary by jurisdiction within the state,... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Constitutional Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: Put on a final for attendence written in november improve above a verbal but handbook says can change to convenience

Can an employer not approve municipal court for absence?

Can attendance guidelines be changed to companys convinience and not adhere to progressive disciplinary process? Can hr state a written can be removed if improvement but can be accelerated to final if problem reocurrs within 12 month... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

Based on the information provided, there are several issues that raise concerns around the legality and ethics of the employer's attendance policies and actions:

- Employers typically cannot discipline employees for absences that are legally protected, such as approved FMLA, ADA...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal for a cop to sit in an apartment complex parking lot posted private property and pull people over speeding

I live in an apartment complex in Michigan in a little village and a cop always sits in the parking lot and radars people and pulls them over because there's a big speed trap right were the apartment complex is goes from 55 to 25 mph

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

In Michigan, law enforcement officers are generally allowed to enforce traffic laws on public roads, including areas adjacent to or near private property such as apartment complex parking lots, especially if they have a direct impact on public road safety. However, the legality of a police officer... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law and Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: Police said my new license plates didn’t match car. Car got impounded, cop took plates, cost me $400

Now he says they are registering to my car now and I can go pick up my license plate at the office. But I have to drive there with no plates and I’m out money for nothing

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answered on Feb 16, 2024

You can take Uber or Lyft to go pick up the license plates and you have excellent grounds to demand that the seller compensate you by repaying the $400 + the cost of the rideshare. If the seller doesn't pay, you could sue in small claims court and maybe win.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Mississippi on
Q: I was working on a burned house on private property on which I had permission to be. Did county police have right to tow

I had a warrant in Lee County. Was not driving. Truck was parked

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answered on Feb 13, 2024

In Mississippi, if you were on private property with permission and not in violation of any visible parking or trespassing laws, the circumstances under which law enforcement can tow your vehicle might typically be limited. However, if there was an outstanding warrant for your arrest in Lee County,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Indiana on
Q: I have a friend who was living in a cabin on a privately owned pay lake. The police put him out of the cabin.

They told him he's not allowed to live on public property. The incident occurred in the city of New Albany, IN. Is there anything he can do legally?

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answered on Feb 6, 2024

Your friend's situation may involve local ordinances and regulations related to housing and land use, so it's essential for him to consult with an attorney who specializes in municipal or property law in the New Albany, IN area. Here are some general steps he can consider taking:... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Banking, Municipal Law and Probate for Oregon on
Q: After losing my dad last year I have not been able to access money he left cause the bank wants more information

I provided my soc.

PhotoID

And other bank account

Offered my birth certificate

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

I'm sorry for the frustration this situation must be causing on top of grieving your father's loss. The bank likely has certain procedural requirements they are obligated to follow before releasing funds, but there may still be some things you can do here:

- Request a written list...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights, Municipal Law and Employment Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can an employer put up camera surveillance in the workplace without disclosing their locations? I love in Tennessee

I understand and agree to camera surveillance in the workplace for security. But my employer wants to use it to “keep an eye on productivity”. She claims she’s not going to tell us where said cameras are, but I feel like this may be a violation of employee privacy. Especially if we need to... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In Tennessee, employers generally have the right to install cameras in the workplace for purposes such as security and monitoring productivity, provided the surveillance does not occur in areas where employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as bathrooms or locker rooms. However, the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Tax Law, Municipal Law and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: how many days do i have to answer a motion to compel discovery or any other motions? is there a statute or rule?

in florida collier county civil?

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In Florida, the time you have to respond to a motion to compel discovery or other motions generally depends on the specific rules of the court in which the motion was filed. However, as a general guideline, you typically have 20 days to respond to a motion in Florida's state courts. This... View More

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