Try to focus on just two specific problems.
What happened (briefly). What was legally wrong. What do you now want to happen.
Then post each of these two specific questions under "civil rights" or "criminal law" or whatever is appropriate.
One or two problems with focus.
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Mr. Doland has given you great guidance as far as getting responses from attorneys on this forum. Also, since you are broke and don't have any money to pay for legal services, below is a link from the California Courts Judicial Branch that lists information and resources for free and low cost legal help Also, I’m including a link from the American Bar Association of various sources for pro bono legal help. I hope these are of assistance to you in getting the legal assistance you are looking for. Best of luck…
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You are in a tough spot. You want someone to donate thousands, maybe tens of thousands of dollars to you, but you don't say why an attorney should give you this windfall. Most attorneys donating their services do do through legal aid organizations. Your best bet is to find a legal aid organization and see if:(1) you actually have a legal matter for which the law provided a remedy and (2) you qualify for legal aid.
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