Marshall Jason Ray's answer Whether a plea agreement is advantageous depends on numerous factors specific to your case. A lack of criminal history is only one thing to consider, and it may not be the most important, depending on the strength of the government's case (i.e., the evidence it has to support the charge). You should discuss these issues with your lawyer.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer The general short answer is yes, Courts may, under certain circumstances, order the removal of children and the termination of parental rights. To determine whether your rights were violated or whether you have any options to challenge the court action in your specific situation, you would need to sit down to discuss your case in detail and in private with a local attorney.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer This is the type of issue about which you should consult with a private attorney. Many attorneys offer free consultations and will help you evaluate any potential case you may have.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer For this very specific situation you should consult with a private attorney in your area. There are many who will offer a free consultation. Generally speaking, signing a resignation letter does not foreclose a lawsuit. Depending on whether you were the moving party, or the wording of the letter (i.e., whether it was a release), it might be very hard to overcome. Again, you should sit with an attorney in private to go over all of the details of your proposed case.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer There are attorneys who specialize in bringing lawsuits against law enforcement officers and agencies for violations of civil rights. They may advertise as personal injury or civil rights lawyers.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer Any case can be a pro bono case if you find an attorney willing to do the case for free. If you believe you have a viable lawsuit for money damages, you do not necessarily need a pro bono lawyer. Many lawyers will give free consultations, and if they assess that you have a good case they will represent you for a contingency fee (meaning they receive a percentage of any judgment or settlement, but get nothing if you get nothing).
Marshall Jason Ray's answer You do not necessarily need a pro bono lawyer. What you should do is reach out to an attorney in your area for a private consultation. Many attorneys give free consultations. Moreover, many attorneys take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they are only paid a portion of any award or settlement that is obtained, and do not charge up front. A local attorney will be able to evaluate your specific situation and advise you whether you have an actionable case.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer Employers can and often do given negative references regarding past employees. Whether they should and whether they can be held liable for doing so are different questions. Many individuals who are harmed by a negative employer reference bring lawsuits against the former employer, alleging claims such as defamation, libel, and tortious interference with contract, among other things. Sometimes these are successful, depending on the facts. Often, but not always, truth is a defense. Sometimes...
Marshall Jason Ray's answer The following constitutes general information and not legal advice specific to your situation. The collection options available with respect to federal student loans and private student loans are different. With federal student loans, there are few ways to make outstanding debt go away. Paying it off is the main one. There is no statute of limitations on federal student loan debt. In other words, it is not a viable plan to attempt to wait out and allow student loan debt to expire, or for a...
Marshall Jason Ray's answer You should reach out to a private attorney for a consultation so that you can be advised on what you need to do and what types of claims you may bring. Many attorneys offer free consultations.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer You might want to consider posting this question in the California section so that you can get answers from practitioners who are familiar with the the requirements in California.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer This is a very difficult situation. Generally, you cannot remove this type of case to federal court. In some rare instances, families or individuals facing termination of parental rights have brought federal court civil rights lawsuits, but not typically with success. It is not possible to fully advise your of your options without a better understanding of your facts. The information provided in this answer is merely general information, not legal advice specific to your case.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer For very fact specific, personalized questions you should consult with a private attorney. Many attorneys will offer a free consultation. Generally speaking, employers have the right to make work assignments, and the employer-employee relationship is presumed to be at-will. Whether your employer has acted or is about to act illegally depends on many factors which can be discussed in a private consultation.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer You should consult with your state labor department or a local lawyer to see if you are owed wages. Federal law (which applies in all states) requires the payment of time and a half for hours worked in excess of 40 hours a week -- if the worker is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act. It is not possible to answer your question without knowing more about what type of position is being discussed. Your state labor department will be able to help you understand both the federal and the state...
Marshall Jason Ray's answer You do not need a pro bono lawyer. You need a lawyer who will take your case on a contingency fee basis. Just because a criminal case is overturned does not mean you have a viable lawsuit for constitutional violations. You should consult privately with a local attorney to discuss the specific facts in order to determine whether you have a case.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer The meaning of a particular contract provisions depends in large part on the specific wording, read in conjunction with the rest of the contract. You should consult with an attorney in your area who can analyze the contract and give you personalized, private advice.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer You should meet with an attorney in your state to assess the strength and potential value of your specific case. Settlement or judgment values are unpredictable and are based on many factors, including the overall strength of the case and the extent of the injuries that you suffered.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer Inmates are supposed to be permitted to follow an administrative grievance process in situations such as this one to redress the situation. If the facility in which the inmate is confined has such a grievance process, failure to follow it usually means that the inmate may not bring a lawsuit to challenge the conditions of confinement.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer You should consult with a local attorney or with your state labor department. Depending on the circumstances employers can be required to compensate employees for the time "donning" and "doffing" certain articles. Upon consulting privately with an attorney you will have the chance to provide sufficient details regarding whether you should be paid for that time.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer You were caught in the Treasury Offset Program -- TOP. TOP has become one of the primary avenues for states to collect outstanding unemployment overpayments. Generally speaking, this program is legal, as long as the state agency using it follows the various requirements of federal law. Child support arrears are swept from tax refunds through TOP as well. Challenging a TOP sweep is very difficult to do because it typically only happens if the debt is established, final, and past the...
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