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Nicholas Nelson

Nicholas Nelson

Southern Valley Legal Services PLLC
  • Landlord Tenant, Family Law, Criminal Law...
  • North Dakota
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Summary

My purpose is to protect individual liberty and provide access to United States justice.

Practice Areas
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    60 minute free consultation
  • Contingent Fees
    25-30% plus costs
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $50.00 - $150.00 per hour
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Dakota
8th Circuit
Professional Experience
Law Clerk
Wahpeton Law Firm
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Education
University of North Dakota School of Law
J.D. (2016) | Law
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Activities: Student Bar Association - President
Minnesota State College & University - Bemidji State University
B.A. (2013) | Political Science
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Activities: Student Senate - Co President
Professional Associations
North Dakota State Bar # 08754
Member
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State Bar Association of North Dakota # 08754
member
Current
American Bar Association
member
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Legal Answers
48 Questions Answered

Q. Child custody
A: Your question has multiple factors that cannot be adequately answered without a full consultation. However, general speaking, a parent may bring a custody dispute in ND if the child lives in ND. To protect your parental rights, you may want to file for a judicial order that gives you custody and prevents the father from taking the children out of state. ***This is general legal information, and I cannot provide adequate legal advice without first discussing at length the particular facts and circumstances of your matter.***
Q. Is a k9 sniff sufficient probable cause to search a stopped vehicle
A: A K9 sniff is sufficient probable cause subject to certain limitations. Relevant circumstances include whether the K9 was initially present on scene, the original reason for the traffic stop, the length of the traffic stop, etc. In certain situations, relevant circumstances may deem the K9 stiff unconstitutional, thus not admissible as evidence. This is general legal information, and I am unable to give adequate legal advice without first speaking with you at length of the circumstances surrounding your particular situation.
Q. Can the mother lose custody if she lets our son hang around a sex offender who failed to register?
A: North Dakota Century Code CHAPTER 14-09 PARENT AND CHILD deals with parental rights and when they can be taken away. I hope this helps!
Q. Can I sue a ski resort for an injury I got while skiing there?
A: This depends on the particular circumstances of the incident. I cannot provide adequate legal advice without first speaking with you on the particular details of your matter.
Q. My friend stayed at my apartment and caused a fire that damaged other units in the building.
A: You should certainly seek legal counsel to mitigate the damages you may be liable for if you have not already. Also consider your legal options against your friend that started the fire. This is general information, and I am unable to provide adequate legal advice without first discussing with you the particular facts and circumstances of your matter.
Q. If a charge is sealed, verdict changed from guilty to not guilty and signed by judge. Can it be used for a 2nd offense?
A: Your question is someone of a complicated one. Even when records go off the public record, the government can still access them. I would certainly argue that the "not guilty" charge should not count as the "first" charge, as you were "not guilty". Note - cases are highly fact dependent and I cannot give adequate legal advice without first discussing with you the particular details of your matter in their entirety. That being said, those are my initial thoughts. Good luck!
Q. if a town make a rule change and they seize you personal belongings do they have to composite you for the money invested
A: Further details are needed to adequately address your question. Generally speaking, a law is not valid if it seeks to "punish" a person for an "act" that was previously legal. However, as I said, I cannot provide adequate legal advice without first discussing all the particular facts and circumstances of your matter.
Q. Police came to apartment after girlfriend called claiming i hit hee but i was not there when they arrived but 2 warrants
A: With active warrants you want to retain an attorney as soon as possible. If you truly were not there, you certainly would have a chance of beating the charges. Your options are to either 1) continue absconding and wait to be either arrested or summoned to court or 2) get an attorney, then turn yourself in and hopefully get released on bail pending your trial - then gather witnesses that can account for your whereabouts on the night in question. ***This is general legal information, and I cannot provide adequate legal advice without first discussing with you in detail the particular facts and circumstances of your matter.***
Q. I need help with determining if I can get a holding deposit back on an apartment we were denied
A: Generally, a tenant that does not qualify will qualify if co-tenants qualify, as you alluded to. Generally speaking, a landlord cannot keep a deposit if a contact was never entered into. You described the deposit as a "holding deposit". Therefore, the consideration the landlord gave for your $300.00 was to hold the unit for you. The language and circumstances surrounding any agreement, signed or non, for a "holding deposit" will likely be dispositive, especially any mention of your friend to be living with you. This is general legal information, and I am unable to provide adequate legal information without first discussing with you all the particular facts and circumstances surrounding your matter.
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Southern Valley Legal Services PLLC
921 Dakota Ave. Ste. A
Wahpeton, ND 58075
USA
Telephone: (701) 640-9632