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Got arrested over RMV negligence, can I sue?

Hi MeFi, This past Friday I was pulled over by Brookline PD for speeding (doing 42 at 35) -- they told me my license was suspended and immediately put the cuffs on me and took me in. I told them this has to be a mistake, but they didn't want to listen. My license was briefly suspended in November when I was laid off from my job and was unable to pay for one of my tickets. I rectified this once I got my first unemployment check and have proof of payments via my bank statement. When I went to the RMV to get my license reinstated, they charged me $140 and told me I was all set. This very same day I bought my auto insurance via Progressive and we all know you cant buy insurance unless your license is valid. The cops at Brookline PD are saying my RMV record shows nothing about my license being reinstated and they believe that someone at the RMV made a clerical error and did not do their job properly. My questions are as follows; - Can I sue this RMV branch for negligence? - How can I get this stupid shit off my record? They took my photo and all. I don't want this lingering on my record! I've never been arrested before. [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on May 11, 2014 - 5 answers

How to study in Canada with an arrest on your record?

My partner and I are moving to Canada to get our PhDs and so we have to apply for study permits (we're US citizens). The application asks if you've been arrested, and my partner has been once. How do we explain the arrest on the application, how do we ensure his study permit isn't denied because of this? Is there anything special we should include? [more inside]
posted by jardinier on Mar 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Applied for a new apartment- they claim I'm a criminal

They say their background check turned up something awful. I have never been arrested. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2014 - 12 answers

My ex-girlfriend assaulted me. Now what?

My ex-girlfriend assaulted me, damaged my property, and kicked in a door to a public establishment where I was hiding from her. What's going to happen now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2013 - 20 answers

Does case closed mean it's over?

Someone that lives with my father was arrested for identity theft in Franklin County, OH and went to court last week. Can anyone help sort out the current status of the case based on the Public Records search? The person involved can't be trusted to provide a reliable account. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2013 - 7 answers

I don't know how to help him or myself

My boyfriend of 8 years just had what looks very much like a manic episode. It involved him doing incredibly stupid, dangerous stuff with alcohol that got him arrested. He's out of jail now, he's in touch with a lawyer... So, the legal stuff is as settled as it can be right now. But now we're dealing with much larger psychological issues, and I am desperate for advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2012 - 8 answers

When do Miranda Rights need to be read?

Are there any time that the police don't have to read you Miranda rights, when you are arrested? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Aug 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Can I still be a teacher with a DWI arrest on my record?

Can I become a teacher with a DWI arrest on my record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2012 - 7 answers

"Consult your attorney" only makes sense if I know what to ask

I was recently arrested at Occupy Atlanta. Background here. What should I be sure to ask/say when I meet with my attorney soon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 - 13 answers

I just want to smash the state a LITTLE bit...

Theoretically, if I were to be arrested at Occupy Wall Street, what would that mean for my future employability? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2011 - 28 answers

Is this a lawyer up situation?

Asking for a friend: Question about sentencing likelihood for a Class B Misdemeanor for marijuana possession in Travis County, Texas. Previous record and details of current arrest inside...YANML [more inside]
posted by argylekneesocks on Sep 19, 2011 - 11 answers

How do I go about researching my old arrest in TN?

How do I go about researching an expunged shoplifting charge (my own) in Tennessee? (And what does expunged mean in this case anyway?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Economic Crimes

Ai WeiWei, the dissident and artist, is under arrest for suspected economic crimes what the hell does that mean? what is it code for?
posted by PinkMoose on Apr 6, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I make contact with recent parolees for a radio piece?

I'm looking to interview recent parolees for an independent radio piece. I'm looking for smart, responsible ways to make contact with them or to invite anyone interested in participating to contact me. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jan 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Should I get an arrest without charges expunged?

Will an arrest and detention without charges turn up in a records search in California? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I find out what happened to a friend who was arrested for something terrible?

I just found out my friend got arrested two months ago for flying into the US with (allegedly) child pornography on his laptop. Nobody's heard from him since. How do I find out what's happening without getting dragged into it? [more inside]
posted by jgt246 on Jul 24, 2010 - 9 answers

Employment repercussions of having a criminal record

If I get arrested in an anti-logging protest, will I never be able to work as a teacher/engineer/doctor or any other professional organization? (in Canada specifically) [more inside]
posted by figTree on May 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Animal Control officer harassing us over unregistered dog. Can arrests be made for fines not paid?

Animal Control officer harassing us over unregistered dog. Can arrests be made for fines not paid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2010 - 18 answers

How do arrests without charges appear during background checks?

I was arrested and held for 12 hours without charges. How will this appear when background checks are run on me while applying for jobs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2010 - 5 answers

How to avoid police charges?

After being apprehended but before being charged by the police, how do you maximize your chances of being let off with a warning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2009 - 19 answers

They got the robbers. Now what?

They got the guys who robbed us. They were arrested but have posted bond and are awaiting trial (I guess). What happens now on my end? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on Jul 27, 2009 - 7 answers

But I'm not an axe murderer anymore

I've heard that it's hard to enter the USA from the UK if you have a criminal record. I was sectioned in 2007 (for being a danger to myself, rather than the more serious condition of being a danger to others) so technically have been arrested. Will this bar me from ever going?
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2009 - 10 answers

How are pre-op transsexuals divided in short-term holding areas after incarceration?

Where are pre-op transsexuals placed in short-term holding tanks when they are arrested? The men's area, or the women's? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Feb 2, 2009 - 10 answers

A Woman In Danger?

My friend, who hasn't lived in Texas for decades, was dismayed to learn that there was a longstanding warrant for her arrest in Texas for a traffic violation she could not have committed. The warrant's for not paying a fine. (She thinks someone stole her driver's license and identity.) [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Sep 5, 2008 - 15 answers

It's a Federal Rap, No, it's a State Rap

Book Research Filter: How is jurisdiction determined when someone is arrested on Federal and State charges at the same time? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Dec 16, 2007 - 10 answers

Drug arrest and release- what's next?

My female friend's car was pulled over yesterday, and marijuana was found. They released her with some conditions. She is getting a lawyer, but we are wondering if what occurred is common, and where she should go from here. [more inside]
posted by zoey08 on Jun 30, 2007 - 41 answers

Treated Like a Criminal for Being in Public After Drinking

Advice about "Drunk in Public" charges and how to handle my complaints of excessive force and (possible)restriction of my civil rights. [more inside]
posted by a_green_man on Jun 6, 2007 - 51 answers

Can you join the force if you have a record?

Does having a minor arrest record automatically disqualify one from joining the police force? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang on Mar 28, 2007 - 16 answers

What does expungement do and what doesn't it do?

What does expungement do and what doesn't it do? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl on Mar 19, 2007 - 12 answers

Sherrif's Business card on door?

What could a buisiness card from a Sheriff's Deputy left on your front door mean? I called but had to leave a message and am freaking out. [more inside]
posted by rainbaby on Feb 7, 2007 - 26 answers

I swear she's innocent!

How do you clear your name of criminal charges after identity theft? And how could these charges have been incurred? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Aug 29, 2006 - 8 answers

Can someone fly internationally with a bench warrant?

I wish to take a business trip to Japan next week and I wish to take my new girlfriend. She tells me shes afraid to go because she has a bench warrant out for her. if I take her to the airport will they check this and arrest her? [more inside]
posted by geengi on Apr 2, 2006 - 24 answers

Quasi-urgent legal question about a recent arrest of a friend.

Quasi-urgent legal question about a recent arrest of a friend. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Jan 17, 2006 - 26 answers

What's the Miranda warning called in countries where Miranda never happened -- or is it called anything at all?

The Miranda warning is well known in the US. "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law...". But are there equivalent warnings that people in other countries hear when they are arrested? What are they called? How are they worded? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Nov 8, 2005 - 14 answers

Are all mugshots in the public domain?

Does everyone who gets arrested have a mugshot taken of them, and must all mugshots be released to the public? Are there any restrictions on their use? [more inside]
posted by thewittyname on Oct 19, 2005 - 21 answers

Law & Order: SVU vs. real life

Is it true that we can't be arrested in our own homes in the United States? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Jun 26, 2005 - 11 answers

Tenant Arrest Warrant

I'm a landlord and yesterday the violent crimes unit came by with a felony arrest warrant for one of my tenants, who wasn't home. They left me their card and asked me to call them when she was at home so they could come get her. My trouble is, I left a note on her door asking her to call the cops, which apparently she got, and apparently she did, though I haven't seen her at home any time recently. Have I just obstructed justice by trying to be fair to my (in my estimation) good tenant?
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2005 - 22 answers

One Phone Call

"I want my phonecall!" In movies and on TV shows, the protagonist/antagonist always asks his jailers for his "one phonecall" to a lawyer. Do you really only get one phonecall? Do regular people really have a lawyer's number on them? How's this all work? (I'm not in trouble, promise)
posted by kahboom on Nov 24, 2004 - 13 answers

How does house arrest work?

How does house arrest work? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez on Jul 16, 2004 - 14 answers

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