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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: How much is the bond typically for domestic abuse battery
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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 16, 2022

This cannot be answered based on the information given. Bonds are set by Judges and there is no set amount published for the state. While some districts may have a general scale, it varies depending on which district sets the bond. And more importantly, it depends on the specific allegations,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Louisiana on
Q: What does it mean if the LA court denies the filing of a handwritten will citing articles 2891 and 1605
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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 13, 2022

More information is needed to properly respond to this. What exactly was presented to the LA court---the original or a copy of the handwritten will? If it was not the original, then that is the probable reason for the denial. if it was the original, then perhaps the document purporting to be the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on
Q: I received a Citation which the officer put a description of an infraction without citing a statute or ordinance.

Will this be thrown out in court? Should I call the prosecutor and ask for dismissal?

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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 13, 2022

I would not call the prosecutor and ask for a dismissal. If you hire an attorney, then if your attorney decided to do that, then I have no issue. In my estimation, while one might say the ticket is defective, it is something which the prosecutor can easily cure---as such, even were the ticket... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on
Q: How much is a 32:64/ORD SPEEDING ticket and a 14:99 Wreckless in Louisiana
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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 11, 2022

The total amount includes fines and court costs and fees-----the amount of the court costs and fees vary by jurisdiction. The back of the ticket most likely has a telephone number you can call to ask for an amount. Reckless operation is a misdemeanor in Louisiana and if you pled guilty to the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on
Q: How much is a 32:64/ord speeding ticket How much is a 14:99 wreckless ticket
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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 11, 2022

The total amount includes fines and court costs and fees-----the amount of the court costs and fees vary by jurisdiction. The back of the ticket most likely has a telephone number you can call to ask for an amount. Reckless operation is a misdemeanor in Louisiana and if you pled guilty to the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: How do I go by obtaining legal guardianship of my 8 month old nephew who has been living with me since he was 2 weeks?

My nephews mom wanted an abortion but was unable to get one because she had just gotten one so she asked my husband and I to take the baby. We did and now we would like to get guardianship of the baby because mom is now refusing to babysit the child or help. She receives benefits and childcare for... Read more »

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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 10, 2022

You need to contact a lawyer in your area to discuss your options and get the ball rolling. You should not do this yourself. In speaking to the attorney(s) you consult, you ask what are your options as well as what is your understanding as to the position each parent takes as to custody and/or... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Arkansas on
Q: Can you make a left turn into a businesses parking lot when there is a line of traffic at a stop light??
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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 10, 2022

Not enough context is in the post, but the answer of whether or not you can is yes. But there's more to your situation than what you have stated in your post.

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for Louisiana on
Q: Is it legal for a judge to reduce a bond higher than the bond a person has bonded out on after they’ve bonded out on the

First bond And is it legal for a judge to deny a person a bond reduction that hasn’t had a bond reduction since they’ve been incarcerated.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 10, 2022

The Judge has every right to change or modify one's bond while charges are pending. Quite often, additional factors become known which may impact the bond amount and could result in modification.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: What paperwork do I need to file if I'm representing myself in a domestic case?

I'm representing myself in a domestic case and I'm unsure of what paperwork I'm supposed to file before my pre motion court date

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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 9, 2022

This is why you should not represent yourself and instead get an attorney. If this is a criminal matter, then you can ask the Judge to appoint an attorney to represent you----the Judge will ask you a series of questions to see if you qualify and if so, he will appoint an attorney. if this is a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Mississippi on
Q: If passing a dangerous vehicle and you need to go over the speed limit momentarily to pass ? Is this illegal?

The vehicle is swerving and its a two lane straight away ,I speed up just to pass and then return to the speed limit is this illegal?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 9, 2022

If you are travelling over the speed limit and you are pulled over for speeding, then it's a valid ticket. You have the right to contest the ticket and depending on the circumstances you might prevail. The best chance at prevailing would be if you had a traffic ticket attorney representing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Would a lawyer be needed to file abandonment against an inactive father in the state of Louisiana.

My child is going on 9 and barely knows his own dad. He is court ordered to pay child support but does not pay it. He has a criminal background and has attempted to go after my son already over a nerf gun that my son pointed at him. I left the residents. My son says he wants nothing to do with his... Read more »

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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 9, 2022

You do not need a lawyer, however it is advisable to have, at a minimum, a consult with a lawyer(s to discuss your situation and whether or not you should attempt this with or without a lawyer. Use the Justia Find a Lawyer tab and search for family law or parental right lawyers in your area. Good... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: What happens if you are found guilty of 14:40.3 B1
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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 9, 2022

This is the criminal statute for cyberstalking. If you are found guilty of crime then it goes on your criminal record and you would be sentenced at the discretion of the Judge. In this instance, this crime (cyberstalking) is a misdemeanor, as opposed to a felony, but misdemeanor sentences can... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Civil Rights for Louisiana on
Q: My question is about speedy trial.

My significant other and I were arrested on August 8, 2020, for a supposed warrant for felony cruelty to a juvenile. We were both incarcerated for the next seven days until my boss, at the time, bailed us out. We are still both puzzled as to how and why this occurred, in the first place. We were... Read more »

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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 9, 2022

For each of you, I would meet with your respective attorney to discuss the status of your matter and the reason(s) it is taking this length of time. You can also discuss the merits of a speed trial motion. After said consult(s), then decide how to proceed. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Louisiana on
Q: How do I go about termination of rights for my 2 sons father
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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 5, 2022

Something this serious should not be done without representation and as such, I recommend that the first thing you do is consult with a few family law attorneys to discuss this and then decide how to best proceed.

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: First time offender convicted of domestic abuse/child endangerment felony

Took diversion program made two payments haven't for the next three months due to losing my job an being convicted made it hard to get one now I failed the program for not making a payment but was bless to have a family offer to pay it out for me how do I get back in an if not can I still pay... Read more »

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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 5, 2022

Assuming what you write is accurate, then if you are in diversion then the current charge is still pending. My suggestion is that you contact the people running diversion and see if you can re-enroll. Alternatively, get an attorney to represent you on this and have him contacted the people... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: I voluntarily filed to place myself on child support will the court determine my payments based off prior payments?

About 2 1/2 years ago - I started making bi-weekly payments to the custodial parent which was agreed on at a reasonable amount. Over the past year the custodial parent has been threatening to stop me from seeing my daughter due to her wanting an increase, which I agreed due to obvious reasons. The... Read more »

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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 4, 2022

If you have not retained an attorney to represent you on these issues, then you should do so now---this voluntary action between the parents does not seem even and if you are not satisfied, then you need to ask the Judge to assist you on this. In regards to child support, it is usually calculated... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: I missed my temporary restraining order hearing yesterday morning. I am the plaintiff. I’m out of city . What next ?

I am not going back. The relationship is over. Do I need to do anything today?

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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 3, 2022

Perhaps it is the lawyer in me, however, if you do not have one representing you, then I highly recommend that you seek a consultation with a lawyer in your area to discuss your situation. At said consultation, the lawyer should should be able to ask all of the questions and obtain the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: My little brother is currently in my elderly, disabled Grandmas custody. She wants me to take him. Will it be difficult?

My birth mother passed away last year leaving behind my little brother. He was left in the care of our grandmother who is old and sick. She called me up and asked if my husband and I would be willing to take him. I’m happy to take him but there is a problem that might affect the court allowing... Read more »

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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 3, 2022

Will it be difficult? It may not be, however more information is needed on this, including the involvement of your little brother's father who usually would have a say in custody decisions. That said, I highly recommend that you (and your grandmother) seek a consultation with a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Officer gave me two tickets in the same day at the same time.

the officer pulled me over on the highway and gave me a ticket i paid it in full but then received a letter telling me it had not been paid yet. i assumed i had not paid the whole ticket so i paid the amount they were asking. then i received another letter from the court stating my driving record... Read more »

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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Apr 29, 2022

Yes, you should certainly fight the 2 tickets alleging that it is for the same violation until the prosecution can show/prove that the tickets are for different violations.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: I need to make out a will, chance my power of attorney and make a living will. Please advise which lawyer and retainer
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Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Apr 29, 2022

Use the Justia Find a Lawyer tab above and search for will/estate attorneys in your area. Call a few (or more) and discuss what you seek until you find an attorney with whom you are comfortable and would be willing to hire.

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