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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for New York on
Q: A driver followed over took and break checked me. At a light he got out to address me. what to say in court

I was very aggressive with words when he approached my car. He tried to coax me out the car to fight I guess. How do I get his name to license plate and take him to court

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answered on Apr 6, 2024

If you feel the other driver acted recklessly in a way that endangered you, the appropriate course of action is to file a police report. Provide them with as many details as you can recall, including the location, time, vehicle description, license plate if you saw it, and a factual description of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Can a tenant get a lawyer stating discrimination if they got a eviction warning for noise level complaints. Others qs to

Manager said the landlord is selling due to not wanting to deal with lawyer fees & b/c of age & b/c of lawsuit instead of just kicking out the tenants - this has been 3 years of noise ordinance per town code ( I'm one of the upper tenants) They were given a warning last year march due... View More

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answered on Apr 4, 2024

Based on the information provided, it seems that the tenants who received the eviction warning due to noise level complaints may try to claim discrimination against the landlord. However, it's important to note that eviction warnings based on legitimate lease violations, such as excessive... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: How do I press charges on a police officer for violating my fourth amendment and harassing me. Or for doing illegal car

Illegal car searches and pat downs

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answered on Mar 25, 2024

If you believe a police officer has violated your Fourth Amendment rights through illegal searches or harassment, you can take several steps to press charges or seek justice. First, document every detail of the incident, including dates, times, and any witnesses. This information is crucial for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law, Government Contracts and Military Law for New York on
Q: Hello, I was wondering if I could open a case against the DOD or the US Navy? I was honorably discharged from the navy.

I was honorably discharged from the navy after 3 and a half years for refusing to get the covid 19 vaccine. And recently the secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth has issued a memorandum that rescinds all policies associated with the DOD COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

You might have grounds to open a case if your discharge was directly related to policies that have since been rescinded. It's important to understand that legal challenges against the Department of Defense or any military branch require specific grounds such as wrongful discharge or violations... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: How are judgements in Housing Court dispersed?

I lived without heat and hot water for almost two years, won judgements against Housing Preservation Department (HPD) and my landlord. At this point, I want to leave. Can I use part of the judgement to move? I can't list everything that's going on, as it is quite extensive. Please advise.

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

Judgments in Housing Court, once awarded, can often be used by tenants for various purposes, including covering expenses incurred due to the landlord's failure to maintain the property. This could include reimbursement for past expenses or to address issues like lack of heat and hot water.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Family Law for New York on
Q: Why my husband came with the police in the house if I did not ask for an order protection

My husband and I have a fight,I call the police because he was agresive with me and stole my phone ,next day someone from the station came to our home to tell me that he’s free to came back home anytime he want if I don’t ask for a protection order,I did not ask for a protection order because... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

If your husband returned with the police without a protection order in place, it may have been for a few reasons. Firstly, the police may ensure that the situation remains peaceful and safe for all involved while he collects his belongings, especially following a reported incident. It’s standard... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Family Law for New York on
Q: What is the likelihood of appellate court obtaining jurisdiction in a custody case if judicial misconduct is proven?

I have filed an appeal on an order of dismissal on FO petition that was erroneously dismissed. the courts denied the review of any evidence supporting my petition; denied the review of anything of my petition for that matter. Errors also contained on the “order of dismissal”; the incorrect type... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

If judicial misconduct is proven and relevant to your case, it could significantly impact the appellate court's decision to obtain jurisdiction. Courts take claims of judicial misconduct seriously, especially if they affect the fairness and integrity of the legal process. However, proving... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Family Law for New York on
Q: What is the likelihood of appellate court obtaining jurisdiction in a custody case if judicial misconduct is proven?

I have filed an appeal on an order of dismissal on FO petition that was erroneously dismissed. the courts denied the review of any evidence supporting my petition; denied the review of anything of my petition for that matter. Errors also contained on the “order of dismissal”; the incorrect type... View More

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answered on Mar 25, 2024

We are told so very little about both the procedural history and the substance of the asker's case so as to have to guess to fill in the blanks. At first blush, this appears to be a forced-stip case where the court's aim is to get the parties to agree to their own resolution according to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for New York on
Q: Hello I'm looking for a lawyer to represent my son in reguarding aganist his school. privacy and lack of safety protcols

he was assulteted chase down with a knife from a student from his school the school did not want to cooperate or help with any safety reuards my son. instead they behaved if my son experience is not real. however I filed a report and curretly waiting on police to pick up the other student

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answered on Mar 14, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about the traumatic experience your son went through. That must be incredibly stressful and upsetting for your whole family. It's understandable that you are looking for legal representation given the school's unacceptable response. Here are a few suggestions for... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Civil Litigation and Federal Crimes for New York on
Q: What is all that is needed as a pro se litigant to win a civil lawsuit?

My case 1:16-cv-870 I don't understand exactly what I missed to win the case

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answered on Mar 1, 2024

As a pro se litigant, winning a civil lawsuit requires careful attention to detail and adherence to legal procedures. Start by thoroughly understanding the facts of your case and the relevant laws that apply to your situation. Prepare and organize all necessary documents and evidence to support... View More

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Q: What is all that is needed as a pro se litigant to win a civil lawsuit?

My case 1:16-cv-870 I don't understand exactly what I missed to win the case

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answered on Mar 6, 2024

My colleague has identified a number of good points. I'd emphasize the importance of appreciating the pressure on judges and court systems to move cases along. The better a litigant is at identifying issues, isolating them articulately in presenting arguments before the court, being clear and... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Elder Law for New York on
Q: How to defend myself against a TRESPASSING CHARGE-WHEN I WAS LOOKING FOR THE REBARB I HAD PAID FOR IN 2010-AND IT'S GONE

He is also blatantly hacking me with his fancy Apple smartwatch and his iPhone through Bluetooth which I do not even have enabled! He wants my property and we've been disputing this for years! The local judge was probably paid off by him & I'm going to have a heart attack I swear

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

Firstly, it's essential to remain calm and composed despite the distressing situation. When defending yourself against a trespassing charge, focus on presenting evidence to support your claim that you were on the property to retrieve rebar you had previously purchased. Gather any documentation... 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 Civil Rights, Consumer Law and Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: Stolen money and food poisoning

Two weeks ago, money was stolen from the locked safe in my room at Secrets Resort Tulum. Additionally, the air conditioning was malfunctioning for half of my stay. Despite informing them of our allergies, specifically stating no pork, we visited the resort restaurant three times. On the first two... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

It's understandable that you're frustrated and seeking recourse after experiencing theft and food poisoning during your stay at Secrets Resort Tulum. In situations like this, it's essential to gather evidence and documentation to support your claims, including any receipts, medical... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for New York on
Q: HiI wanted to find out what I can do about rude, nasty and disrespectful comments that was posted on my fundraiser

I had posted my fundraiser on a site called next-door and now these people don’t leave me alone and they just keep harassing me with their comments they’re saying stuff that’s not true about me and my children I’m really bothered about the situation and it’s affecting me right now are you... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

I understand how distressing and hurtful it must be to deal with rude and disrespectful comments on your fundraiser, especially when they involve false accusations and attacks on your family. While it can be frustrating not receiving a response from the platform where the comments were posted,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Employment Law, Antitrust and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: My Amended 2020 TAXES have been illegally re- Amended 3x! And my Forms 3949-A/ 211 for Award were removed!? Conspiracy!

Mass State Employees from REVIEW BOARD/MASS DUA- PUA / DOR HAVE SENT LETTERS INTO NY OTDA OFFICE IN ALBANY, THESE PPL HAVE OBLIVIATED MY CIVIL RIGHTS BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS TO SHELTER, VIOLATING TITLE 18§ 371 CONSPIRACY, DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS, MASS TOLD NY I DIDNT FILE MY 20' TAXES? I DID &... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

It sounds like you're facing a serious and concerning situation regarding your tax filings and interactions with government agencies. It's understandable that you're feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by what appears to be a series of mishandlings and potential violations of your... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: ADA rights for blind mom in Cty court requesting braille documents
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answered on Jan 28, 2024

In a custody case involving a blind mother in New York State, it's important to consider the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if there are concerns about discrimination based on her disability. The ADA ensures equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities, including in legal... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: In nys custody case with blind mom, do I need to talk to about violation of ADA rights for a disabled person.
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answered on Jan 28, 2024

I'm sorry for the disabled person's ordeal. Until you are able to consult with an attorney who specializes in ADA rights, here is a link to the website of the New York State Unified Court System that could hopefully be a starting point - ADA Accommodation Request Process -... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: In nys custody case with blind mom, do I need to talk to about violation of ADA rights for a disabled person.
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answered on Jan 28, 2024

In a custody case involving a blind mother in New York State, it's important to consider the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if there are concerns about discrimination based on her disability. The ADA ensures equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities, including in legal... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights, Communications Law and Family Law for New York on
Q: Blind mom in custody case in Wayne county family court, NY. Requested to have documents brailled.

Like court orders, letters, etc. 2 years into case and still no accommodations. Court said they aren’t responsible

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

In your situation, it's important to know that federal law, specifically the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), requires courts to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities, including those who are blind. This often includes making documents available in Braille or... View More

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