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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: I have a friend who did not show up to court and now the Sheriff's Department is looking for him.

They came to my hotel and started asking questions about me (license plate number, room number, etc.) and suggested the hotel evict me...which they did. I am not under investigation by this department and they came here solely looking for my friend and, for some reason, thought he was with me. I am... View More

John Michael Frick
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answered on Jun 10, 2024

When a deputy sheriff is looking for a fugitive, he/she absolutely can talk to people who may know the fugitive and ask questions. You have no obligation to answer them. Your recourse is to decline to answer the questions.

While they can suggest to a hotel that it evict you, they cannot...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: I have an inmate who was dealing with fire ants in her cubicle. The staff at tdcj would not help her fix the issue.

Inmate had to protest by sitting in the grass until she was awarded a different housing option. The staff put her into a situation with another inmate that would cause safety concerns. She brought this to the Warden. The Warden put her in segregation and took away her privileges because she asked... View More

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answered on Jun 8, 2024

Sounds terrible.

All of the issues are part of Administrative process. The inmate has the right to have all of the paperwork and Notice of all the alleged violations by the inmate. You need to get all of those documents and comb through them to see if there really are violations, and...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: I have an inmate who was dealing with fire ants in her cubicle. The staff at tdcj would not help her fix the issue.

Inmate had to protest by sitting in the grass until she was awarded a different housing option. The staff put her into a situation with another inmate that would cause safety concerns. She brought this to the Warden. The Warden put her in segregation and took away her privileges because she asked... View More

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answered on Jun 8, 2024

This situation potentially involves several legal issues related to inmates' rights and prison conditions. Here are some key points to consider:

1. Eighth Amendment: The Eighth Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. Poor living conditions, such as the presence of fire ants,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Can apartment complexes with gate access only have one way to open gates?

I live in a gated apartment complex in Austin, TX. When I moved in access to the gate was controlled by NFC cards given to each resident. Since then they have 'upgraded' all resident front door locks to smart locks, and has switched to using Chirp app for gate access. I have asked and... View More

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

Apartment complexes can implement specific methods for gate access, but they must ensure that all residents have reasonable means to enter the property. If the app-based system is unreliable and causing issues for multiple residents, the management should address these concerns and provide an... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Went to jail on GJI that was dismissed. still in jail, bondsman went off bond before charge dismissed judge raise bond

Amount, can I get bonds reduced back down

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

If the grand jury indictment was dismissed but you are still in jail, you may have grounds to request a bond reduction. Since the bondsman withdrew before the charge was dismissed and the judge raised your bond, you should discuss your situation with your attorney. They can file a motion to have... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law and Education Law for Texas on
Q: Can you sue a charter school for discrimination of a child entering into the district Already with learning disabilities

The district has performed false Ard Committee meetings and had my children under regular general Ed program when they have more learning disabilities and one of my children has autism diagnosis

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answered on May 24, 2024

Yes, you can sue a charter school for discrimination if your child with learning disabilities, including autism, has not received appropriate accommodations. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act protect students with disabilities, ensuring... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: Can i actually or have any decent chance of getting my gun rights back for 2 state jail felonies in Texas?

Non-Violent, Non-Drug related, Was 17 years old. Charge 1. Burglary of a building with intent to commit criminal mischief Charge 2. False Alarm or Report.

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answered on May 24, 2024

In Texas, regaining gun rights after being convicted of state jail felonies can be challenging, but it is possible under certain conditions. Since your felonies were non-violent and non-drug related, and you were 17 years old at the time, you may have a chance to restore your rights. Generally,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: (Texas) Recently I saw a man take a picture of a woman's covered buttocks in a public grocery store Is this a crime?

I live in Texas this happened in a grocery store self checkout line with cameras everywhere. what would he be charged with?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 20, 2024

He would probably not be charged with anything unless he took the picture inside a restroom or other private place. Generally speaking, anyone can take a photograph or video of anyone else in a public place where there is no expectation of privacy, like a grocery store aisle.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: I need help filing a lawsuit against Texas border town sheriffs department, prison system, Del Rio police department

I’m being charged with smuggling of people when I drove a friend to eagle pass to pick up what I thought was his nephew. There was never talk of money to be exchanged or anything . A sheriff in a truck out of the blue and tail my car with his bright lights on never the police lights. My gps... View More

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answered on May 19, 2024

It sounds like you’ve experienced a troubling and complex situation with multiple law enforcement agencies. To pursue a lawsuit, it's important to gather all evidence and documentation related to the incident, including any police reports, witness statements, and any communication records.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Probate for Texas on
Q: Writ of possession/probate

How does writ of possession pertain to probate no landlord tenant

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

A writ of possession is a court order granting the right to take possession of a property. In the context of probate, it typically comes into play when dealing with the estate of a deceased person. If an executor or administrator needs to take control of property that is part of the estate, but... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Probate for Texas on
Q: Writ of possession/probate

How does writ of possession pertain to probate no landlord tenant

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answered on May 15, 2024

A Writ of Possession is where the Court instructs the Sheriff to give possession of a property or apartment to someone, who has a newly granted legal right to possession of the property. Example, is when an heir (son of deceased), has received an Order or decision of a Probate Court, naming him as... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: My brother is Incarcerated and is trying to fire his court appointed attorney because he feels he's not doing anything f

They will not let him fire his Court appointed attorney

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John Michael Frick
answered on May 1, 2024

In Texas, a mentally competent individual can fire his attorney, including a court-appointed attorney, at any time for any reason.

He may not be entitled to a new court-appointed attorney and firing his attorney does not entitle him to a continuance. But he can fire his attorney as long as...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: My brother is Incarcerated and is trying to fire his court appointed attorney because he feels he's not doing anything f

They will not let him fire his Court appointed attorney

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answered on May 1, 2024

In situations where someone feels their court-appointed attorney isn't effectively representing them, they have the right to request a change. This usually requires filing a motion with the court explaining why the current representation is inadequate. It's important for your brother to... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Social Security, Civil Rights and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: hello, Can a person get sued for emailing another persons social security info with no permission?
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answered on May 12, 2024

Emailing someone's Social Security number without their permission may be illegal under various state and federal laws. Here are a few potential legal issues:

1. Identity theft: If the person emailing the SSN does so with the intent to commit identity theft or fraud, they could face...
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3 Answers | Asked in Social Security, Civil Rights and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: hello, Can a person get sued for emailing another persons social security info with no permission?
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John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 30, 2024

It depends on that facts and circumstances whether the person had a duty to treat the other person's social security information as private. An employer or healthcare provider has a duty to keep such information private and cannot email that information to another other than for a permitted... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Wrongful Death for Texas on
Q: Why are emergency rooms in Florida and Texas refusing to help a pregnant women? Two instances where this happened?

Some people tie it to the abortion law but the one women was turned away and had a miscarriage in her car. Is that legal. And what does abortion have to do with it?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 19, 2024

A federal law from the Reagan Administration (abbreviated EMTALA) requires emergency rooms to treat or stabilize patients who are in active labor and provide a medical transfer to another hospital if they don’t have the staff or resources to treat them. Medical facilities must comply with the law... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: My neighbors allow their dogs to bark excessively. What can I do as they refuse my requests to quiet them.

I cannot even walk into my own yard or sit on my patio. They keep me awake at night and wake me early in the morning. I am 67 and still work part time.

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answered on Apr 15, 2024

I understand how frustrating and disruptive excessive dog barking can be, especially when it's impacting your sleep and ability to enjoy your own property. Here are some steps you can take to address the situation:

1. Document the disturbances: Keep a detailed log of when the dogs bark...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: Pulled over no working license plate light ..lie ..it worked ..asked to search my truck i said no they called out k9

Said k9 alerted on my truck searched it without concent found nothing held me for a hr over nothing but a license plate light that worked ..is this a violation of my rights and can i file a lawsuit against them for harassment the second officer that pulled up also agreed with the first officer and... View More

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answered on Apr 14, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, it seems that there may have been a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against unreasonable searches and seizures. Here are a few key points to consider:

1. Probable Cause: The officers must have probable cause to search...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Is it true a cop can make you exit the vehicle for any reason even just to violate your rights and purp inflict injuries
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answered on Apr 10, 2024

No, that is not true. Police officers cannot make you exit your vehicle for any reason they want or just to violate your rights. There are specific circumstances under which an officer can legally require you to exit your vehicle:

1. Reasonable suspicion: If an officer has a reasonable...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Is it true a cop can make you exit the vehicle for any reason even just to violate your rights and purp inflict injuries
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John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 9, 2024

No, a police officer cannot make you exit a vehicle "for any reason" or specifically "to violate your rights" or to "inflict injuries."

During a traffic stop, a police officer can order you to exit your vehicle for many possible legitimate reasons, including as...
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