A friend of mine showed up at my house explaining that CCSO issued him a no trespass citation because the landlord who was there didn't want him there any longer. He has lived and gotten his mail delivered there for the six months I've known him. I offered to go to his place of residence with him (he staying in my car). I then called CCSO so that a deputy could meet us there so that my friend and I could retrieve his belongings. I also wanted an explanation as to how CCSO could put a person out in such a manner. Within 10 mins of my call the deputy that did the deed called me and said I could go to the people living there and ask to get his belongings. The deputy got very angry when I asked several times what law allowed him to use the NTO as a means to an eviction. The deputy threatened to come and arrest us if I keep insisting he cites the code allowing the action he took. Does my friend have a civil case against the CCSO and landlord if something happens to his belongings.
I know you are trying to help, but the starting point is for you to stop acting like your friend's "lawyer." Don't speak to the police on his "behalf," don't write into on line legal blogs for advice, and certainly don't go back and "advise" him or her what you found on line (that could constitute the unauthorized practice of law, which can be a crime in this state). Either tell him to do it himself, or, help him get a lawyer. YOU interfering here is just likely to make things worse.
That said, generally, one needs to use the courts to evict "tenants," but your post, for some reason, does not indicate if your friend WAS a tenant (i.e., you don't mention if your friend and the "landlord" had a "RENTAL AGREEMENT," whereby your friend agreed to PAY RENT in exchange for being able to stay). There is a summary procedure for "unlawful detainer" which only requires an affidavit, and which authorizes the sheriff to remove the trespasser from the property. Not sure if that is what happened here, but who knows.
The bottom line is, if your friend wants to do something about this (NOT YOU, though!) then he should consult with, and retain a good local tenants lawyer.
Hope this helps.
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Sounds like your friend never had a lease to be at the property. This is just a guess from the fact pattern. If that is correct and he was a squatter he has no specific right to retrieve his property which was illegally at the location. Since you dont have any firsthand knowledge of the facts, I would suggest you stay out of the matter before you run afoul of the law as well.
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