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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hit and run. Person fled on foot ditched the car. Car isn't registered to the person and can't contact. What to do?

I want to find them.

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

Notify your collision insurer and let it worry about chasing the driver and owner of the other vehicle. If you don't have insurance, you can sue the registered owner for up to $5k for property damage and up to $10k for bodily injury in Small Claims (two separate cases). The owner is liable... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Neighbor won’t return my friends dog

My friend was recently gifted a dog, the dog was stolen before she was able to register it. She has located her dog and knows the house it is being kept at. The guy who has her called her lost dog posters to tell her it’s his dog now, she was able to find his address from the number. She... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Sep 28, 2020

Plaintiff’s Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court; Form SC-100 (Lawsuit for monetary damages)

Request for Court Order and Answer; Form SC-105 (Request for Return of Property, filed with SC-100)

Order on Request for Court Order; Form SC-105A

Proof of Service; Form...
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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Son was severely physically disabled for life due to antioch cps. Do i have a case?
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William John Light answered on Sep 27, 2020

Maybe. Depends why they were using force against him. You and he will have to consult with an attorney to discuss all of the facts so that an evaluation can be made as to whether a lawsuit is a good idea.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I had a litter of puppies about 7 months ago and we would like her back because they’re mistreating her.

When they went out of town and left the puppy at our house, she was full of flees. They kept her out in the summer during the heat. They also kept her outside at night and it’s getting cold and when we saw her she was crying. We can tell she’s scared because when they allow her to run outside... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Sep 27, 2020

You have no right to take the puppy back. You can try to buy it back. If that doesn't work, and if the puppy isn't kept in a safe and humane condition, you can report the owner to Animal Control.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I am a senior care provider stole my dog and I want to have it returned legally what can i do please ?

I filed a restraining order because caregiver trespassed after she was told to stay off the property and she was seen by the neighbor coming after being told not to come back and took the dog from my yard i called police but because of covid19 they informed me to file online then i filed a... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Sep 26, 2020

Plaintiff’s Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court; Form SC-100 (Lawsuit for monetary damages)

Request for Court Order and Answer; Form SC-105 (Request for Return of Property, filed with SC-100)

Order on Request for Court Order; Form SC-105A

Proof of Service; Form...
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7 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for California on
Q: Could you please do my opposition to motion summary judgment?

I was hit by a car while riding my bicycle and the defendant’s attorney has sent me motion of summary packets. I need to respond so I need help with that paperwork please.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 26, 2020

You will have to pay someone by the hour. Expect to pay $10k for a summary judgment opposition. Better off to simply hire an attorney for the entire case. If you can't find an attorney, it's probably an indication that you don't have a good case.

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3 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Q: Can I get my deductible back after a car accident, and my kids' car seats replaced?

I was involved in a minor car collision (5-10 mph) approx. 2 months ago. Progressive found me not at fault for the accident, and Geico also said their driver was not at fault. I already had to pay a $1,000 deductible to get my car fixed, but since it is now a word vs. word situation are there... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Sep 25, 2020

Small Claims against the other driver is an option if you can prove s/he was at fault. You will need Progressive's consent to pursue the other driver since Progressive now owns part of the claim for property damage. You will need the receipt/estimate for repair, proof of payment of the $1k... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Wrongful Death for California on
Q: My grandpa had a successful foot operation and the day he was to be released from hospital we get a call saying he died

The nurse said the found him with no pulse and not breathing, they did not know how long he had been like that and that they were able to shock him back to life but fractured both sides of his ribs and chest and also he has no signs of any brain activity

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 25, 2020

I am sorry for your family's loss. You haven't asked a question but I assume you are interested in inquiring about whether the doctor/hospital had a role in his passing. That will require an autopsy, and a review of all of his hospital records as well as medical records from any health... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: What charges can I press against a person I used to live with, for harassment?

I have their numbered blocked and they will call my phone multiple times a day, to try to get my attention and try to make me hang out with them for sexual favors, even though I constantly say no, and to leave me alone. I have text messages showing that I'm constantly telling them to leave me... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Sep 22, 2020

Get a restraining order.

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3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: Hello, I’ve recently been sued by a debt collector and they didn’t want to settle for the amount I offered.

I can’t afford to do payment plans since I’m currently unemployed and husbands job slowed down. Please advice me on what’s the best route to take . I can’t afford a lawyer nor do I know how to go about this . Thank you in advance .

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

Bankruptcy is an option if the debt isn't barred by the statute of limitations.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I live in Los Angeles California, my former roommate lost my dog. Can I legally keep his deposit?

He was told repeatedly to keep the fence close because my dog would get out. He left it open multiple times and my dog has been missing for two months. I have had that dog for 10 years.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 21, 2020

Depends on the terms of the lease, but the deposit is usually for the landlord's protection, not roommates. Your damages are the fair market value of a 10 year old dog, if you want to sue in Small Claims.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Severe Injury caused by Door Dashers actions, what options do I have since injury will affect me forever

August 4th 2020, I ordered pizza from Little Caesers, who uses Door Dash for their deliveries. When the food arrived, the delivery person spread my order of 1 lg. pizza, crazy bread, and 2 sodas directly in front of my screen door, preventing me from being able to open the screen more than approx.... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Sep 21, 2020

You will have to contact some PI attorneys to discuss you potential claims. PI attorneys work on contingency fees and the initial consultation is free. Hopefully, you took photos of the scene of the incident while things were still in disarray. That is not necessary, but it would be helpful.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: What decides the ownership of a dog that was given as a gift.

I received my dog as a gift when I was a child from my father. Now that I am an adult, I plan on moving out with my dog. But my family and father are now refusing to let me take him. Am I allowed to just take my dog from the home? He has no proof of ownership, meanwhile, I have years worth of proof... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Sep 21, 2020

If the dog was a gift, then it is yours to take with you.

Civil Code 1146. A gift is a transfer of personal property, made voluntarily,

and without consideration.

Civil Code 1147. A verbal gift is not valid, unless the means of obtaining

possession and control of...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: My boyfriend is going through trail for corporal punishment against me the d.a picked up after i drop it. Should i go

What would that say to the judge if i went not for him so much as to know whats really going on because he is lying about the whole thing

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William John Light answered on Sep 18, 2020

If you know he is lying about the whole thing, then you apparently know what's going on, so I don't understand why your purpose is to know what you already know. As for whether you should go, have you been subpoenaed? If so, you should go whether you want to or not. A subpoena is a... Read more »

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5 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: I was in an accident about a month ago (hit by a car as I crossed the street from sidewalk to sidewalk while biking home

I was in an accident about a month ago (hit by a car as I crossed the street from sidewalk to sidewalk while biking home). I was knocked unconscious for a brief period and woke up to cops around me looking at me with flashlights. I was asked if I wanted to go to the ER in the ambulance and I... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Sep 16, 2020

Yes. You are responsible. You should be asking about a possible personal injury claim against the driver. You might be able to recover your medical expenses and your pain and suffering.

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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for California on
Q: Do I have to release personal text messages to my insurance company for a claim?
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William John Light answered on Sep 12, 2020

You have a duty to cooperate in your claim. What that entails depends on the nature of the claim and what they are asking you to release. If this is an auto claim and they want to know if you were texting and driving, it would make sense for the insurer to ask about text messages. In that case,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Communications Law, International Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Is someone allowed to be recorded without consent in a Discord Server (an internet chat forum) Under CA penal Code 632?

Discord is an online chat space for people who are playing video games. It is privately owned, and has it's own terms of service. Discord itself has a rule about following California's law. However, there is an argument that the chat service is a public space seeing as anyone on the... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Sep 11, 2020

Section 632 applies to recording of "confidential communications" which are carried on by means of a telegraph, telephone or other device, which seems to cover everything. However, 632.5 through 632.7 were added in 1968 to include cellular radio telephones and cordless telephones. If... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I sold a dog without the owners permission. I tried getting it back but the people refuse to return after telling them

I told owner Ill get their puppy back and it was a mistake. I called the people who got her but the refuse to return the puppy. I did inform them 2 hours after they got her she was taken/stolen from the original owners I need to return her now. They said too bad. Can the owner file a report... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 9, 2020

The owner can file a report against you and the new "owners." The owner can also sue you and the new "owners" in Small Claims for the value of the dog, a daily "loss of use" rate, and/or an order for return of their property.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I was assaulted in January by security/thugs at a local Chevron

There were two assaults back to back, the first one I fought off, the second one I sustained head and hand injuries. I had 4 rods put in my hand. What causes of action can I sue the Chevron for? I need specifics as I am planning on pursuing this in pro per, and if I could pursue the local sheriff... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Sep 9, 2020

Unless the Sheriffs Dept.'s denial/delay of medical attention caused you severe bodily injury, you have no case against it. Even then, there is a relatively high burden to prove such a claim.

As to a claim against Chevron, you would need to prove prior similar instances of violent...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My roommate went in my room stole my cat and moved out i have him on camera, what can I do?

I rent a Room in a house I had a roommate who was in the middle of moving now I was gone for the day I have a camera in my Room that records in case anyone comes into my Room and takes things or breaks things because things have been missing this same roommate who was in the middle of moving out... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Sep 7, 2020

Call the police.

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