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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 Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for Georgia on
Q: She got into a altercation with a minor wasn't aware of her age no injuries we're sustained but it's a possible video

Don't know if the parents are pressing charges & for the moment she is in jail and bond is posted and already had a court appearance but asked for a court appointed lawyer & he hasn't showed nor called her & the charges she have is Aggravated assault (Felony) Cruelty to... Read more »

Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore answered on Sep 7, 2021

The first and only thing she should do now is secure defense counsel. She should not be speaking with anyone about the situation - period. Only discussions with legal counsel are protected.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Legal Malpractice and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: Can the victim can do anything about the lack of victim's rights offered and police & prosecutor not including evidence?

I was the victim of an assault from my ex. He was eventually charged (months after the assault) because I stayed in contact with the police department's Professional Standards Unit. The detective on the case was non responsive until PSU got involved. When the charges were pressed, the charge... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Sep 2, 2021

There doesn't sound like anything else to do in terms of criminal law. However, in civil law you could seek a protective order based on family or dating violence... and perhaps even stalking based on the voicemails. You might be able to sue him for the cost of medical treatment but unless... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Legal Malpractice and Municipal Law for Georgia on
Q: how much would it cost me if you got my dads case file?
Robbie Levin
Robbie Levin answered on Aug 26, 2021

I'm not sure what you mean by getting your dad's case file. Is it hidden somewhere, and you need someone to find it? Please give additional information as to what you are trying to accomplish.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: I signed a lease renewal now they've email me saying its a error with the price being lower then they mention i Orlando

I signed a lease renewal also sent a updated renters insurance and now they're emailing saying that they made a error that rent will be 600 more then expect but they will take off 200 and a free carpet clean I'm only 26 stay sodo downtown Orlando i never had this happen and don't... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 10, 2021

It appears that they may not be able to enforce their demand for $600 more. You signed the lease and, apparently they received it so I would argue that they are stuck with you.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Alabama on
Q: how much time will i have to do if i plead guilty
Nelson Craig Johnson
Nelson Craig Johnson answered on Aug 10, 2021

Would need a lot more information. Crimes you have been charged with, what you are pleading guilty to, are any other charges being dismissed as part of the plea, do you have a prior criminal history, etc.

Q: Can I be put on 6 months misdemeanor probation with $600 fine for poss of marijuana when it was less than a gram (.2g)

I was a passenger in a car. We were initially stopped by 2 city officers for the window tint. We're were immediately pulled out of the vehicle and searched. I had to tiny pieces of weed in my pocket. Not even a gram .2 grams to be exact. I plead not guilty. The judge set me a court date. Once... Read more »

Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon answered on Aug 10, 2021

They can if you ended up pleaded guilty or were found guilty by the court. The good news, though, is that at the of this the 6 months, your record will be expunged and it will not even show up on your record. The bad news is that you only get one bite at the apple when it comes to getting... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Admiralty / Maritime, Juvenile Law and Municipal Law for Oregon on
Q: Is it legal to dissipate ones assets and terminate ones parental rights and operate during the COVID 19 state shut down?

Is it legal or even right to dissipate a biological parent (the mothers) ; her assets; My funds, my right to be a human-do things like vote, make medical decisions, or be an ABLE body of my own? While under terms of the state shut down,from being a created parent which of whom was not approved of... Read more »

Tom Evans
Tom Evans answered on Aug 8, 2021

Sorry, but your question should be directed to a fanily law or domestic relations attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Municipal Law for Oregon on
Q: I'm having a hard time finding a list of contaminates that my City must test our ground water for and how often for each

I am trying to decipher our CCR, and I don't think that our City is testing for everything it needs, and it seems to be missing some information. I need to know if the Health Effects Language must be included or is just the likely source of contamination sufficent and what contaminates need... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 10, 2021

An Oregon attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a week. A starting point could be environmental agencies and public health agencies in Oregon. On the federal level, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversees environmental law, but nationwide, state departments of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: Texas Dps has not fully opened since Texas ended covid restrictions. Need drivers permit before app date can't get it

Was given an appointment for sept 23 and I'm trying to teach my son to drive before he leaves for school in August. I'm unable to sit and wait hours because of my job How is everything else open but public service

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Jul 6, 2021

Everything is open except "public service" (aka government jobs) because they make the rules. Welcome to government. You can teach your son to drive without them, but you'll need to deal with DPS to get him a license. The good news is that if he's old enough to drive,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: If a municipal planning department negligently acts to pass along for approval to the P&Z commission having jursisdictio

a set of plans which would result in the violation of the rights of the adjacent residents, could that be an actionable offense under 42 USC 1983 ?

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Jun 26, 2021

No, and you really need to schedule a consultation with a land use & zoning attorney to evaluate your situation and explain your legal rights. 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983, which provides a legal cause of action for violation of Federal constitutional or statutory rights, does not apply to complaints... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can you make a left turn crossing double solid yellow lines. Into a shopping plaza in New Jersey’s
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jun 25, 2021

No, your not allowed to cross the double yellow lines. If this is what your charged with consider hiring a lawyer as a good lawyer should be able to reduce or eliminate the points that this ticket carries here in NJ. Most of us traffic ticket lawyers offer a free in office consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law and Uncategorized for New York on
Q: My suitcase is lost thru taxi curb how do I find it
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 23, 2021

Did you pay through an app or other digital means? Maybe that info could be help locate driver and vehicle to ask if they have the suitcase. Another approach might be through the TLC - here's a link for Lost Property through the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Municipal Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: What recourse do I have against a AirBB next door, smoking affecting my health, I have serious asthma problems.

The guests smoke marijuana, even though they have a no smoking rule that the owner doesn't enforce, resident/son is rarely onsite to monitor, I have high risk, serious asthma and respiratory complications. They are just ignoring the problem or saying they know nothing about and say it must be... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 21, 2021

make an appt with a LOCAL lawyer for guidance. I am in Palm Springs!

if you can't afford a lawyer maybe filing in small claims for up to $10k is the answer.

i would first send a written demand letter to the owner setting forth the facts. Advised them, if this is not resolved...
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1 Answer | Asked in Election Law and Municipal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: A citizen of 4 years in our town did not transfer her voting location. Can she still run for City Council in our town
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Jun 16, 2021

The specific answer to your question is too complicated to be answered on a forum such as this. To answer this question, you would need to review the municipal code's laws governing eligibility to run for city council in your town--presumably there is a residency requirement---and assuming... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant, Municipal Law and Public Benefits for Georgia on
Q: What do I do when my HOA acts in an inappropriate manner?

1. HOA pools are defined as public in the department of public health document regarding pools. Public pools are smoke-free. But my HOA refuses to uphold a non-smoking rule.

2. The board member in charge on the grounds has a maintenance company and performed a job for the HOA. Conflict of... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Jun 16, 2021

If the HOA is not policing itself, then you can either vote the Board off and correct it, or you can consult with a HOA attorney in your area, obtain your options and then decide how to proceed from there. If there are other members of the HOA who are like mind with you, then y'all may be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can my HOA prohibit me from displaying the American Flag that has the thin blue & red line in support of Police and Fire

At one of the HOA meetings I attended (virtually) I asked if I could display the American Flag that had the thin blue and red line honoring firefighters and police officers (I have both of these heroes in my family) and one the members of the ARB barely let me finish my sentence before saying no... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jun 11, 2021

This is a complicated question which requires an examination of the organic documents of the HOA as well as a review of the history of the HOA in permitting outside displays. Are front door or outdoor terrace railing displays permitted by the HOA? Are flags permitted to be displayed for Flag Day?

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: my son was a passenger i a car that was stopped by frisco pd they asked them if they had anything in the car they said

they said no the cop said he sees and nugget of weed and that since they lied they nhad to search the car that was in the drivers sister name with insurance they driver is leagal to drive they search the car finds a glock 19 and some marijuana upon release they tell my son that his phones have been... Read more »

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Jun 9, 2021

If contraband is in plain view of an officer, then that officer has probable cause to b perform a search. I cannot comment on why the officer seized cell phones. Your son should meet with a lawyer; I can't comment on the relationship you have with your son, but in my experience, what he... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Louisiana on
Q: So. I got pulled over in turkery creek for turn signal, a year later got a warrent ticket was paid I got proof

Only thing on ticket was turn signal but searched my car anyway took my Bookbag with maybe a gram of weed but nothing was said. About it in the ticket not heard anything about it again paid ticket now a year later I find out I have a warrent for the weed is this legal? It doesn’t seem right I... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 8, 2021

Yes this is legal. Weed had to be sent to Baton Rouge for testing. Hire a criminal lawyer.

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