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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for California on

Q: Teen deliberately drags 10 year old to deep end of the pool while knowing she doesn’t know how to swim and nearly drowns

Both of them; can she be charged and if so what are the charges?

William John Light answered on Jun 16, 2019

The decision to charge criminally belongs to the District Attorney. Whether they would pursue charges in this case is unknown. A full examination of the fact would be necessary to even guess what the DA might do. Child Endangerment might apply.... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Personal Injury for California on

Q: Dui accident on 06/13/19 , charged with involuntary vehicular manslaughter/ great bodily injury in,San Bernardino county

Accident was caused by , the negligence of a semi truck driver makeing a sudden illegal u-turn .

Clearly marked "NO U-TURNS"!

In a marked 50 mph zone.

William John Light answered on Jun 16, 2019

There could be a personal injury claim arising out of this for the decedent and any injured. Consult with a PI attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for California on

Q: Pro bono ?

Dui (drugs) / great bodily injury/ involuntary vehicular manslaugther.

Pro bono attorney in San Bernardino , Ca.

William John Light answered on Jun 16, 2019

Get a public defender. If you want a private attorney, you will have to pay, and for those charges, it isn't cheap. Time to call on your family and friends to chip in.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on

Q: I employ a caregiver at home. She is on payroll. How do I protect myself if she hurts herself and decides to sue?

William John Light answered on Jun 15, 2019

Call your insurance agent and make sure that you are covered for liability and workers compensation with your homeowner's carrier for in-home caregivers.

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law for California on

Q: Lexus had my car's since. January say I own them 3600 for damage I done to a loaner no repair was done to my car what c

William John Light answered on Jun 15, 2019

Notify your auto liability insurer about their claim for damages against you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on

Q: Isn't technically true that I don't need a license to operate a motor vehicle and shouldn't have been taken away

William John Light answered on Jun 14, 2019

If you are driving on public streets, you need a license.

You have a right to use public streets and highways. The government has the right to regulate the usage of those streets and highways by ensuring citizens have a minimum level of competence of knowledge of the rules of the road....
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on

Q: Can you be taken to court in absence for rental car damage in UK.

Husband took ill while driving car and taken to hospital. Daughter who wasn't on rental agreement was driving car back to hotel and got in accident. Car company say we are liable for cost of car, which is a lot of money. Can they sue us in our absence? And what would happen if we can't pay it?

William John Light answered on Jun 13, 2019

Yes, you can be sued in your absence. The rental car company can take the judgment, bring it to CA and have the CA courts recognize it and enter a new judgment that the British judgment is enforceable, then your bank accounts can be levied, your wages garnished, and liens placed against your... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for California on

Q: I am in search of someone that can help me obtain the medical records of my deceased wife. I believe she died unjustly.

I believe that the doctor (s) in charge let her pass by stopping her CPR treatment. I know there is a term for it - slow something or other.

William John Light answered on Jun 12, 2019

You can go to the medical records department of the hospital, assuming that is where she was, and fill out the form to request the records. Make sure that you check all of the boxes for every different type of record (progress notes, nurses notes, physicians order, medication administration,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Collections for California on

Q: Should I respond to a civil lawsuit or just wait for my hearing.

Me and wife were served a summons for a civil lawsuit for an outstanding hospital bill from 10/13. We have no assets, don’t own our home and I am on SSDI wife is unemployed and has pending SSDI claim. We have no way of paying this. Is it in our best interest to file a response to this summons or... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jun 12, 2019

You appear to have a viable defense. The statute of limitations is 4 years on a written contract. Code of Civil Procedure section 337. Whether or not you agreed to extend the statute or it has been tolled by your progress payments is unknown.... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on

Q: If you have not received your settlement in 70 days or real news in the status of the settlement? more details below

Mediation is over and If you have not received your settlement in 70 days or real news in the status of the settlement? What should I ask if my lawyer for proof his working on it or has the money already something on paper? I already ask what is the status of my settlement in a letter the... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jun 11, 2019

You are entitled to be updated and know the status of your case. However, it is not unusual for settlements to take weeks, or months to complete.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for California on

Q: I’m being sued by Midland for $1200 credit debt and don’t know how to respond. What do you suggest ?

William John Light answered on Jun 11, 2019

1. Pay;

2. File an Answer within 30 day of service upon you and defend yourself; or,

3. Consult bankruptcy counsel.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for California on

Q: How many days do they have to do the actual autopsy after death? Shouldn’t it be done at least 48 hours after death?

William John Light answered on Jun 9, 2019

Depends. The body might not even be in the coroner's custody withing 48 hours of death.

For an infant, autopsies are supposed to be completed in 24 hours. Government Code § 27491.41.

For all deaths, if the coroner is informed that a a certificate of religious belief was signed...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: Are my dogs responsible for hurting stray kittens whilst trying to play with them in our backyard?

I had no idea the kittens were there, they are strays. I want to call animal control but not if my dogs are liable for the injuries.

William John Light answered on Jun 8, 2019

No, they are not.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: My friend has my dog an he gave it to a friend of his at a rescue. He was suppose to hold onto the dog for a few days.

The day after I dropped it off he gave it to his friend. I found out a day after he did this. He won’t give me the rescue contact information to get my dog back. He says I have to pay him $300 for the. Dog before he gets it back from the rescue place. I have proof on messages an papers I made a... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jun 7, 2019

Unclear why you dropped off your dog at your friend's and what he was supposed to do with it. Assuming that he was just dog sitting, you can sue him and the Rescue in Small Claims.

First, make a demand upon your friend and the Rescue that they return your dog. If your demand is refused,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on

Q: Is a lawyer allowed to interplead your settlement for a non lawyer?

My old attorney held back half of my settlement for a "lien" his employee claimed for working on my case. The lawyer was paid in full. Despite my not wanting him to hold my settlement he waited 6 months to deposit them with the court. Now he is suing me for the interplead fees and the release of... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jun 6, 2019

If a third party has a lien, which is either created by contract, by statute, or by equity, then the attorney has to either hold the money until the lien is resolved, or to interplead it. It is unclear why an attorney's "employee" would have a lien. Nevertheless, to only safe way to resolve... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law for California on

Q: Can a 22 year old date a 17 year old if they got permission from the 17 year old parents

William John Light answered on Jun 12, 2019

You can "date", by which I mean, go out, have dinner, talk on the phone, hold hands, etc. You cannot engage in any form of sexual contact or you risk going to prison for statutory rape or other related sex crime.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: Could I have a Raccoon or Red Panda as a pet in Oregon state?

William John Light answered on Jun 5, 2019

You should ask an Oregon attorney, and/or the City or County at issue. Oregon Revised Statute 609.205 provides that ". . .a city or county may prohibit by ordinance the keeping of wildlife, as defined in ORS 496.004 (Definitions), and may prohibit by ordinance the keeping of exotic animals as... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: While picking up my friends dog from the pound it was mandatory before release to have the dog chipped. My friend,the

Owner had no ID so we chipped the dog with my name etc. He is homeless ,the owner, and has got the dog impounded several times and ive helped recover her financially etc. He has now been in jail 5 months and I have kept her with me. I dont want to give her back due to his neglect. What rights do I... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jun 4, 2019

Nice of you to take care of the dog. You have no right to claim it as your own. You have induced reliance by the dog owner to your custody of the dog for her benefit. You now wish to take advantage of that reliance by claiming that the dog is yours. You don't get to own somebody else's dog... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: A friend in CA had her dog taken by the animal shelter and has been ordered to be uthinized.

A neighbor with an aggressive small dog attacked the neighbors mastiff. The mastiff charged back. She called animal shelter and they sent a man. When she opened the door. The dog bite him.. Can they do this. He thought he was protecting his master and home

William John Light answered on Jun 4, 2019

Yes, they can do this. Your friend has an obligation to control her dog when strangers ring the doorbell. Your friend is entitled to a hearing. Conditions can be placed upon her ownership of the animal, or the animal can be euthanized.

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