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Q: The right to travel does that mean it is legal to drive without a driver's license?
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James Laukkonen answered on May 19, 2021

Having a right to travel does not mean that you have a right to drive a car. You can travel by walking, by riding a horse, or by many other methods that do not involve cars. Driving a car is a privilege, and all states regulate that privilege.

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Q: What to expect when you were caught shoplifting from a store you were trespassed from.

Back in 2017 I was caught trying to leave a Walmart without paying for items in my cart. I signed a no trespassing promise and didn't go back for 3 years. Recently I've fallen on hard times and went into Walmart because they have the best prices in town. But I wasn't able to afford... Read more »

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James Laukkonen answered on Feb 21, 2020

Under similar circumstances, I have seen people charged with Trespass, Theft, and Burglary. By entering a place that you knew you were not allowed to be, and committing a crime there, you made it a lot worse. You will need an attorney to help you through this. It sounds as though you likely... Read more »

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Q: My girlfriend hit a tree while drunk and lied about it to her insurance. She made fake tow receipts someone called geico

Siu to report her fraud after they’d already repaired the car. Does geico follow up on the things and wouldn’t she have heard from geico within a week?

James Laukkonen
James Laukkonen answered on Sep 13, 2019

The short answer is that yes, they do sometimes follow up after paying. From the description, she committed a crime. She might or might not ever hear directly from GEICO (except maybe to cancel her insurance). Much more likely is that if they found out about this, they reported it to the police.... Read more »

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Q: How do I get my case dismissed?

I got a ticket for dws. I wasnt driving. Car wasnt running. And no keys in the ignition. Parked in a parking lot at a gas station. Wasnt even my car. So I went to court on the date the ticket told me to. Which was 2 weeks from the date I got the ticket. I wasnt on the docket. I asked the court... Read more »

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James Laukkonen answered on Sep 13, 2019

There are a couple items that jump out at me here. The first is that driving while your license is suspended is not just a ticket. It is a criminal offense. It isn't a very serious offense, but it is still a criminal charge. I know the form that they wrote it up on looks just like a traffic... Read more »

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