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Ernest Saadiq Morris

Ernest Morris’s Answers

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  • Do i need to Plead guilty or not guilty at Arraignment

    I have found a mobile device at my workplace reception counter on a holiday weekend, as no one was present at the counter i picked the device and left the place with the device.A week later i was approached by the security team with evidence, to ...

    Ernest’s Answer

    Based on your summary of the facts, I agree that you should plead not guilty at arraignment.
    Depending on the actual criminal charges, your INTENT at the time of your CONDUCT could be a valid defense. Hire an attorney immediately to figure out the best defense strategy.

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  • Misdemeanor harassment violation but never served papers in order to know about it.

    I am being accused of violating an anti-harassment order. I am accused to have contacted the plaintiff after the order was in force however I was not living at the address that the service processor attempted to serve papers. I NEVER knew of ANY ...

    Ernest’s Answer

    Yes, it sounds like you have a good defense to this charge but do not be fooled into relying on the prosecutor to show mercy or even common sense. If you contact the prosecutor yourself, anything you say may be used against you. Use AVVO to find and hire a criminal defense attorney in your area.
    Good luck.

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  • Resident of Washington yet denied residency from University of Washington. Which type of lawyer is right for me?

    I have been a legal resident of Washington since 2012. I have Washington Medicaid, I am a Washington state voter. I have a Washington State ID. I became a resident at 16 and I am now 18. University of Washington is denying me residency. My GED was...

    Ernest’s Answer

    You need a lawyer with Higher Education experience, as well as civil rights experience if your unconventional family structure is resulting in your being discriminated against. In Higher Education, and especially at the UW, there are many seemingly complex rules and procedures for students with grievances to follow. In some cases, the grievance process can be inadequate or lead to an inadequate result. I have found that when dealing with a large university, like the UW, familiarity with the university's hierarchy of bureaucracy is sometimes equally important as knowing the law. You have to know how to get to an actual decision-maker. A lawyer with this knowledge can (after conducting an investigation of the specific facts of your case) initiate dialogue with the University to assert your rights to them directly. There should be at least a few lawyers on this site with these specific qualifications that also offer free consultation, myself included.

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  • I was a graduate student at Argosy University Seattle. They let me go due to some cognitive issues. Do I have a case?

    I was getting close to graduation with two courses left and completing an internship. I had some problems at the site they placed me at and they refused to accommodate me due to my multiple sclerosis and a neuropsychological test I took with a doc...

    Ernest’s Answer

    If you are a person with a "qualified disability" under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, you have a right to reasonable accommodations within the academic programs of your school. However, there are limits to what is considered reasonable and this is where you need a lawyer with significant disability civil rights experience, as well as Higher Education law experience. It may be possible to resolve this issue without actually filing a federal lawsuit, but that can only be determined by your lawyer after conducting an investigation of the specific facts of your case and initiating dialogue with the University to assert your rights to them directly. There should be at least a few lawyers on this site with these specific qualifications that also offer free consultation, myself included.

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  • Do I need an attorney to appeal a disciplinary decision made by my daughter's high school?

    My daughter has been suspended from school for 3 days for an altercation with another girl. There is video to show what happened, and it was clear from the beginning that the other girl was the aggressor and my daughter was simply defending herse...

    Ernest’s Answer

    Yes, there are very strict time limits and procedures for appealing school discipline decisions.
    A good Education attorney will understand the administrative process and can aggressively challenge unfair discipline of your child and keep your options open for pursuing legal action down the road.
    I provide free consultations to parents that are weighing their options under these circumstances.

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  • My daughter was sexually assaulted by a male teacher at her school and we need to know what type of lawyer to look for?

    The school is not being cooperative, they are trying to assist the accused, and this is the male teacher's 3rd incident involving sexual touching this year.

    Ernest’s Answer

    This is a civil rights Title IX case. You need an experienced federal civil rights lawyer with Title IX and Education rights experience. I am currently representing the parents of a young child that was sexually abused at school. These cases are not simple, they require legal expertise and understanding of school law and bureaucracy. Feel free to contact me at Justice@DefendMyRight.com or call me for a free consultation.
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    Ernest Saadiq Morris
    Law Office - www.DefendMyRight.com
    Director, Urban Youth Justice Initiative (Urban Youth Justice) -
    www.UrbanYouthJustice.org
    Tele: 888-938-7770 ext. 1

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  • How do I find an attorney specializing in ADA (Title II) and civil rights violations of the disabled by police departments?

    Our case involves false arrest, denial of ADA Title II rights to an interpreter (for the Deaf), absence of Miranda, probable 1st and 4th Amendments violations, jail (also without interpreter services), and more. We are in Washington State and wou...

    Ernest’s Answer

    Yes, Title II ADA discrimination suits against state entities require a very specific skill set, even more specific when it involves Section 1983 police misconduct claims. You are not going to find a private attorney that "specializes" in both because, frankly, there are not that many of these cases to specialize in them. You need to find someone that is experienced in both.
    I have extensive experience in all of the above. Feel free to contact me at Justice@DefendMyRight.com I will fill you in on my experience and you can give you me more details. Then we can arrange a call for later.

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  • How do I look for an attorney who covers 1983 issues?

    I was told to look for an attorney here in Avvo.com to find an atty who did 1983 issues. I looked around and I dont see a listing for this. Help please

    Ernest’s Answer

    under Section 1983 an individual has the right to sue for civil rights violations by state government employees or anyone who's actions are supposedly "under color of state law"
    Your injury must be either to your civil rights or constitutional rights, so you need an experienced civil rights attorney to review your potential claims. I give free consultations for potential 1983 cases.

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  • I am a parent of a special needs child and it was recently come to my knowledge that the terms and goals of her iep aren't being

    met . an IEP is a legally binding contract and now it's been over 2 months and my child has been falling desperately behind

    Ernest’s Answer

    If you believe your child's IEP is not followed by the school, you should formally assert this belief in writing to the Principal and/or IEP coordinator and request a meeting to review the IEP and the school's performance to date. You have to document everything because these situations can escalate quickly and may result in the need for mediation or due process complaints. For this reason, you should hire a special education advocate/attorney to assert your rights.

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  • My son has ADHD/ODD. We have a 504 plan in place with the school. He got written up for defiant behavior. Can they do this?

    My son has ADHD/ODD. We have a 504 plan in place with the school. He got written up for defiant behavior twice in one week. Can they do this even though they school is aware of his ODD. The school has never contacted me letting me know there was a...

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    First, if your son has a 504 Plan but does not have an IEP (individualized education plan) that addresses behavior intervention and discipline that is an unfortunate oversight that often leads to these types of problems. Second, your son may qualify for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), even though you may hear otherwise from the school staff and advocates that Attention deficit disorder (ADHD) does not qualify. Frankly, a 504 plan provides less rights and protection to a student than the IDEA, so you need a professional to evaluate if the disciplinary incident(s) fall into a gap in the law that covers your child or if the school is denying him a right that they are currently obligated to provide. You need to consider hiring an Education rights/Special Education attorney.to evaluate the specific details of your son's circums

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