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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hit by a van

A van hit me while I was riding a bike and did not stop at all. AfterWards a lady pulled up in her car, showed me a photo of the van and said “this Is the person who hit u and handed me a paper with the license plate number. I’m not in horrible pain but definitely noticeable pain . What... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 23, 2020

Call the police. If you are hurt, go to the doctor. An attorney can't help you if you aren't hurt.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: Fbi goes to grand jury, grand jury decides to indite, same day FBI bring case to a Judge and gets a warrant and arrests

1-current gand jury is unconstitutional. FBI goes to grand jury to get a sure conviction. Fbi on same day brings case to Judge and gets warrant. Arrest you and lie and say your arraignment is your due process. I think this is a clear violation of due process along with the violation one goes... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Nov 17, 2020

Some misconceptions:

1. Grand juries are not unconstitutional.

2. The FBI does not go to the grand jury, that is the prosecutor's job.

3. Arraignment is one of the pieces of your "due process", which continues through your trial, conviction and appeal....
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3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Criminal Law for California on
Q: Hello. Made a verbal car sale. The buyer has possession of the car but still owes over $10,000. I still have the title.
William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 20, 2020

If you have the title, you should be entitled to possession. Just as important, if you have the title, you are still liable for the use of the vehicle for up to $15k per person, $30k per accident for bodily injury, and $5k for property damage. Hope you kept your insurance active.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: What do I do please help ..... Puppy has parvo, free vet tricked me to sign my rights away... Need dog back

my baby was taken from me to be treated by a free vet for parvo. I was not able to afford the cost of treatment which I was told it could be up to 1500 dollars a day to hospitalize them for up to two weeks and still no guarantee they will pull through. Since this is a free program and the rate of... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Nov 16, 2020

Ask for a copy of the document, or go in to read it. If you signed away your dog, as they say, it's over.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for California on
Q: if the feds arrest you without giving notice, without a trial, without ever saying a dam word, due process violated.

with the grand jury now being a grand facade, then the feds arrest you without warning, this is tyranny at the hands of government. 10th amendment protects against goverment running roughshod over the states and citizens. How is that they feds are doing just what the constitution was written to... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Nov 16, 2020

You aren't entitle to "notice" that you are going to be arrested. Protect yourself by hiring a qualified criminal defense attorney to advocate on your behalf. Venting on Justia won't accomplish anything.

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3 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Employment Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Special Employment - Joint Responsibility

If I own a bar/night club and I “willfully/negligently contracted with a security company suspended by California Secretary of State and has no worker’s comp insurance to provide me security services, can I be liable or does my bar implicitly accept liability of the suspended company in the... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Nov 14, 2020

If you want legal research, you'll have to pay for it. This isn't a place to get free, detailed legal advice. Attorneys volunteer their time to answer questions for consumers in need. Issues of liability, special employment, agency, insurance, are complicated. Those answers... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: pet sitter - dog got sick in my care - had to have surgery - I saw no signs of illness - owner claiming negligence.

Dog consumed what the vet said to be a towel - I saw no remnants or evidence of shredded towel - I have signed contract from owner releasing me from all liability and veterinary expenses - but owner is claiming negligence - Should I be worried about legal action?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 13, 2020

Your release won't prevent you from getting sued. You can be sued. If that happens, you will need to retain an attorney to defend yourself, probably at your own cost. It is unlikely that your homeowners insurance will provide coverage for your business pursuits. Your release may give you a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Consumer Law for California on
Q: I believe I have been discriminated against and there has been disparity in treatment against my as a member of Kaiser.

My (minor) daughter had a procedure in the Surgery Department of Kaiser Permanente. My wife and I were both present. I was told (during sign in) that only 1 parent would be allowed to be with the child/patient due to COVID restrictions. To which I replied, that I understood (which Is also written... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 12, 2020

I do not see a claim for discrimination. These protocols are applied to all of us. I, too, have had to wait outside the medical facility for my family member.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: My car was stolen early sat morning. The police are not willing to write us a stolen car report?

My car was stolen early Saturday morning, my keys were in the car, I was at a friend's house with two other people my wife was home the whole night, we have full coverage responsible and non responsible full coverage insurance, the car is completely paid off and only worth a couple thousand... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Nov 8, 2020

You can make a "counter report" that you write yourself. The police appear to be questioning your story. Making a false police report and insurance fraud are crimes. Tread carefully.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: A car from opposite direction turns on their red light onto street in front of me, am I to blame?

The other driver turned all the way into lane #1 that I was traveling and as I switched to the middle lane to avoid hitting them, they switched also to middle lane in attempt to get BACK to lane #1, the lane they SHOULD HAVE turned into and I could not avoid hitting them from behind.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 6, 2020

Unless you have dashcam video or independent witness corroboration, you will likely be found liable. You hit someone from behind. You are supposed to control your vehicle taking into account hazards in front of you. Even with dashcam or independent witness corroboration, you will likely have... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: Can a business refuse services if you cannot "prove" your ethnicity based on their restrictions?

See question. Business wants to "prove" your ethnicity but only mostly accepts birth certificates, which not every state lists ethnicity on (by design, to prevent possible discrimination). Many do not especially in the South.

The only other alternative is grandparents or... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Nov 2, 2020

This sounds like an assignment that you should do yourself. If not, please be specific about how this is an actual legal problem that you are facing.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: how to approach a situation... Biker bail bonds won't return my $$ that was Not used toward any bond...

how to approach a situation... On 8/21/2020 I gave Biker bail bonds $7000 cash to bail a friend out.. For whatever reason the DA would not except the money from me and therefore it was never used for the bond... When I requested to have my money returned, I was given the run around told that they... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Oct 31, 2020

You can file a complaint with the insurance commissioner. That might get your money back. https://cdiapps.insurance.ca.gov/CP/login/

For more than that, you will need to consult with an insurance attorney.

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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can I bring a civil lawsuit against the homeowner who participated & conspired an attack against me.

My landlord is the homeowner. She along with the actual attackers conspired, calculated & Carried out. No arrests were made. I was given a report that marked me the victim. Next day, attemptedAn emergency restraining order, denied-under investigation, told to “call officer who’s assigned... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Oct 29, 2020

Recording people without their consent, if they have a reasonable expectation of privacy, is illegal. Penal Code section 632. The recording can probably be used in a prosecution against the person who apparently attacked you. However, you might also be prosecuted for illegal recording, and you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: If a dog bites someone on your property but not registered to you...

My brother lives with me and his dog at the moment. His dog nipped someone on our property. The dog is registered to him, can we be held responsible since it happened on our property? I think I know the answer but I have to ask. Thanks!

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 28, 2020

Your brother is responsible for his dog biting another person, regardless of where it happens. You are responsible, as a landlord, if you knew that the dog was vicious.

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: My brother got arrested in Portland OR for lighting particle board on fire. We are looking for legal advice.
William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 26, 2020

1. You are in the Calfornia forum for legal malpractice. Ask in the Oregon forum for criminal defense.

2. Tell him to stop setting things on fire. It does literally nothing to make whatever point he championing.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hi my question is. I have a Trump flag on my car say someone rips it off what are my options? Could I defend myself?

Say I have a concealed carry permit. Can I defend myself?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 22, 2020

No, you cannot use lethal force to defend your Trump flag. You, personally, have not been attacked and your life was not in danger. Section 505 of California’s Criminal Jury Instructions gives the elements of a self-defense claim: defendant will be considered to have acted in self-defense,... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for California on
Q: Business won't return my gates after painting them. No $ has been paid yet. Are they stolen property now?

Verbal and email agreement says we pay when delivered. They keep putting off delivery. We'll be glad to pay when they get here.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 20, 2020

I doubt that they are required to return the gates before you pay for them. They have a mechanics lien on the property until they have been paid for their work.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Neighbor runs his pool biz out of his home stores toxic chemicals in the trash bin located behind my home what can I do

Contacted HOA they are aware, but told me I would have to contact fire department shouldn’t the HOA be responsible for safety & violations? I’m just renting I’m terrified that it will explode or cause damage I sent photos etc. Can I sue HOA for negligence and putting me and home at risk?... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 19, 2020

You cannot successfully sue for being put at risk, unless you have actually been injured by that risk. Call Code Enforcement if the chemicals are not legally allowed to be stored there or in that manner. I don't get the reticence to make a complaint. You are willing to file a lawsuit. That... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for California on
Q: When did it become punishment by law to molest a child in California ? My family believes this was not punishable unt

My mom is a victim of child molestation and my family defends the man who did it- he remains in the family

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 19, 2020

The age of consent, at the time applying only when the girl is the younger party, was 10 when California introduced its Penal Code in 1850. In 1889 the age of consent was raised to 14. In 1897 the age of consent became 16. The age of consent in California has been 18 since 1913. Some media sources... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: If I allow another driver (who is covered by their own non-owner car insurance) to borrow my car.

And they get into an accident. Can the driver of the other vehicle also sue me since the car is registered in my name?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 18, 2020

Yes, and your insurance is primary for you and the driver who borrowed your car.

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