Legal

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The ACLU of Maryland works to ensure that all people in the state of Maryland are free to think and speak as they choose and can lead their lives free from discrimination and unwarranted government intrusion. We are guided in our work by the United States Bill of Rights and the Maryland Declaration of Rights. The Maryland ACLU acts without partisanship to achieve these goals.

The Civil Rights Complaint Line is 443-524-2558. Hours of operation are Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1pm and 3pm

410-889-8555
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 350
Baltimore, MD 21211
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Alternative Directions Inc. (ADI) provides three primary services: a pro se Civil Legal program which assists incarcerated people gain closure to things like child custody, child care support, divorce and expungements, provided they are uncontested and can be assisted to completion through the assistance of paralegals; a case management program for women exiting prison; and a child/youth mentoring program for boys and girls, aged 6-18.

The best way to contact them is to visit their website and fill out a contact form.

410-889-5072
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Caroline County is governed by a three member Board of County Commissioners, which fulfills both legislative and executive functions. The basic duties and responsibilities of the County Commissioners are: - Enact County laws and establish County policies - Decide what taxes are charged and set the rate - Set the County operating and capital budgets - Oversee the management of County departments and operations - Approve contracts and agreements - Promote welfare of Caroline County - Submit proposed changes of state law to the Maryland General Assembly

The Commissioner hold meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Work Sessions are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 9:00 a.m. Meetings are sometimes cancelled due to holidays or other circumstances, so please check the schedule to confirm the meeting. Meetings are held at the Caroline County Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Room 106, Denton, Maryland. There may be occasional advertised "on-the-road" meetings around the county, so check the schedule to confirm location. Open meetings are an important part of the democratic process. The commissioners meetings are where all important decisions regarding your local government are made - from adopting new legislation to setting the budget. All residents are encouraged to attend Commissioners meetings.

To facilitate citizen participation, there are open public comment periods at the beginning and end of each Commissioners meeting. However, most citizen concerns can be resolved without attending a meeting. If you have a question or concern, we encourage you to fill out this form or call out office at 410-479-0660. Our staff is committed to exceptional constituent services and will follow up with you within one business day.

Contact: 
Larry Porter, President
410-479-0660
Caroline County Courthouse
109 Market Street Rm. 123
Denton, MD 21629
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The Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) is an executive agency whose primary task is to appropriately manage, supervise, and treat youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system in Maryland.

The Department of Juvenile Services is involved in nearly every stage of the juvenile justice process from the moment a youth is brought into a juvenile intake center by the police or as a result of a citizen complaint to the time when a youth returns to the community after completing treatment.

Contact: 
Taneesha L. DeShields, Supervisor
410-819-6556
317 Carter Avenue
Ste. 105
Denton, MD 21629
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Call the Judge's Chambers at 410-479-2303 for an appointment to gain access to the library.

Photocopies: No copier; printer available
Computers: The library has one public computer with internet access and Westlaw Patron Access.

410-479-2303
Circuit Court House
109 Market Street, Room 200
Denton, MD 21629
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Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) may represent Maryland residents who have a disability and a legal issue within the scope of our Advocacy Services Plan. Contact our intake office at 410-727-6352 ext. 0 (ask for “intake”), Monday through Friday, between 9 AM and 5 PM to learn if we can assist you.

DRM represents children and adults of all ages with psychiatric disabilities, developmental disabilities, sensory disabilities, learning disabilities, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). We represent people with disabilities who live in institutions, live in the community, or are homeless.

410-727-6352 or 1-800-233-7201
1500 Union Ave, Ste. 2000
Baltimore, MD 21211
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The Employment Law Hotline is a telephone service which will provide you with legal information about your rights in the workplace. The Hotline will answer questions about many kinds of workplace problems including: discrimination in hiring, firing, promotions, or other working conditions; discrimination based on pregnancy; sexual harassment; family or medical leave issues; unpaid wages; contract issues; minimum wage and overtime violations; eligibility for unemployment insurance; or being punished by the employer for having acted together with other employees to improve working conditions.

877-422-9500
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The Women’s Law Center’s free hotlines answer questions about family law. Hotlines are staffed by experienced attorneys. While hotline attorneys cannot represent you in court, they will provide basic information to help you understand your rights and tell you about other community resources to help you. Hotline services are anonymous and are available to men and women.

When you call the Family Law Hotline, you will talk briefly with an attorney for free. The attorney will give you basic information about Maryland family law to help you understand your rights and legal options. The lawyer can answer your questions about:

Separation
Divorce
Custody and visitation
Child support
Marital property
Alimony
Paternity
Name change
Guardianship

1-800-845-8550
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Meet with a lawyer for legal advice concerning Family Law cases: custody, divorce, visitation, child support, name change, etc. Free Family Law legal clinics are held in every jurisdiction in Maryland. Call respective circuit courts for hours and locations, current clinic is Mondays, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Contact: 
Mary Bartholomy, Family Services Coordinator
410-479-1811
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BNI's Tenant-Landlord Hotline serves residential landlords and tenants throughout Maryland, with the exception of Montgomery County. The hotline handles more than 20,000 calls annually and there is no charge to callers for the service. Hotline Counselors provide both landlords and tenants with information about their rights and responsibilities under Maryland Tenant–Landlord Law and refer callers to other state and local resources such as rent court, small claims court, the local housing code enforcement office, and other legal resources where appropriate. Counselors are unable to provide callers with referrals to lawyers.

1-800-487-6007