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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: In Texas, what are the powers of a security guard when hired to do security for a public neighborhood?

Can they tow cars, or ask people not to smoke weed in a public park?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 2, 2022

Security guards cannot tow vehicles. Only licensed towing companies can lawfully tow vehicles.

Anyone can ask someone not to smoke weed in a public park, including security guards.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Municipal Law and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: How can I find out about noise ordinance in my city?

An oil company is pumping water out of a strip pit that is really close to my house and their pump runs continuously disturbing my sleep all hours of the night.

Aimee Hess
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Aimee Hess
answered on Nov 8, 2022

Depending on where you live, your subdivision, city or county may have a noise ordinance and you can ask that they send someone out to measure the decibels produced by the pump and see if it violates the ordinance. If that does not work, you could ask the oil company if they are using a muffler on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: How can I find out about noise ordinance in my city?

An oil company is pumping water out of a strip pit that is really close to my house and their pump runs continuously disturbing my sleep all hours of the night.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 8, 2022

Many Texas cities have websites. Often, a city’s code of ordinances is linked on its website. If not, the office of the city secretary maintains a city’s ordinances which are publicly accessible. You can go to that office and ask to see and copy the city’s noise ordinance.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: If you find out that you purchase stolen goods that the seller paid for a service to have done what is your rights?

I have recently come to the suspicion that I may have purchased stolen goods on Facebook marketplace through a person I know and have their ID information and where they live.

I didn't inquire about the acquisition of the property until after the purchase was made. I don't want to... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on May 23, 2022

Make a police report and surrender the stolen goods

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: What kind of crime is it when someone fails to deliver the agreed paid goods and are holding them hostage?

The question above is relating to two people, one is the seller withholding information and the items purchased and the other is the buyer being lied to and cohearce into helping the seller to pay for their bills and will not deliver the paid goods unless paid otherwise. Is this extorsion, can you... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on May 23, 2022

Law enforcement might refuse to get involved because it is NOT a crime unless there is reason to believe that the seller already had the INTENT to keep the money without delivering the goods AT THE MOMENT the money changed hands. Basically, a scam.

On the other hand, if the seller did...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Appeals / Appellate Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: Q: I am researching info about possibility of expungement and/or cleared convictions.

I was a real piece of work in my youth. Reckless, lonely, hard drinking party animal.

I was convicted of my first DWI March/2009 in Rockwall, TX. I was under the age of 21. I plead guilty and took jail time after originally choosing probation.

In Aug/2013, I was arrested on a DWI at... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Apr 17, 2022

Your only chance would be a pardon but I think it would be very difficult to get pardoned

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Health Care Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: Can I take legal action for mentally ill wife's aunt convincing her gambling and alcohol is ok.

Wife is on 6 mental prescription and release to outpatient home care under my guardianship. Aunt is brainwashing her into gambling and alcohol. And threatening me for trying to stop it.

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Mar 15, 2022

You can tell the lady to stay away from your mentally ill relative. If you have guardianship of the person and her money don't give her money to gamble.

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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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 »

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 Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: Can a lawyer that I have used before represent the other party

I am suing a company and the lawyer that is representing them is a lawyer I have used in the past

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 29, 2020

A Texas attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It's difficult to address such a situation with a quick response. Aside from applicable Texas rules for attorneys, it could hinge on what you used the attorney for in the past, what she or he knows about you, any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: Can a lawyer I have used in the past be hired by the other side
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 25, 2020

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. As a GENERAL matter, it could be conflict, maybe not be the readily apparent type where an attorney could not simultaneously represent two parties of opposed interests in the same transaction (such as both sides in a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: How can I receive any evidenciarte material for my casw

March 25th 1-35 South. Fender Bender. I DON’T DRINK at all. They want to install equipment where I blow into

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on May 27, 2020

Hire a criminal defense attorney to obtain copies of evidence through the "discovery" process outlined in Article 39.14 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: Do they have the right to keep a warrent on me when they've turned me over to privat collection agency.
Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III
answered on Mar 5, 2020

I am not sure of you exact question, but a warrant can be outstanding for your arrest while collections efforts are made to collect fines and costs. Calling a lawyer may help. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Collections, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Can a 15 yr old traffic ticket in my maiden name still be pursued or can it be dismissed since it's not my legal name?

A small TX county sent me a postcard saying I had an outstanding criminal case against me pending. Called the county and was told their software was updated so all outstanding tickets were being pursued. No warrant yet, drivers license eligibility is still good. Need to find out how far back TX DPS... Read more »

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III
answered on Jan 16, 2020

Yes, a 15 year old traffic ticket can still be prosecuted even if the citation was issued in your maiden name and you are now married. The question is: were you the individual who was issued the ticket back then, regardless of what your name was or is now. Request an abstract of your record from... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: Old friend picks me up to move me to his home. Abandons me the next morning at a hotel. Can I do anything about it?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 29, 2019

I'm sorry this happened to you. Unfortunately, based on the brief facts, there doesn't really seem to be anything there in terms of a legal cause of action. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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, 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... Read more »

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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.

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