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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Missouri on
Q: Do I have a case for unlawful termination and can I sue ?

I was allowed to start working at a nursing home before the pre employment background check was conducted.2 months later, I was terminated because the background check showed an arrest for kidnapping and burglary, to which I am not guilty of,but no conviction. The case is still pending in court and... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Aug 8, 2022

Missouri is an employment-at-will state. With limited exceptions, an employer may terminate an employee at will and doesn’t need to be fair.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: Wondering if I may have a case for dismissal

So I went to my bond appearance today and the judge gave me a continuation to find a lawyer but when I got home I started thinking about it and she didn't actually ask what my plea was.

Her exact words (after I requested a court appointed lawyer) were "So I assume you are... Read more »

Matthew Mueller
Matthew Mueller
answered on Jul 19, 2022

At your initial appearance before a judge, the judge is required to appoint a lawyer for you if a conviction for the offense you are charged with would probably result in confinement and if you are shown to be indigent (i.e. unable to hire your own counsel). See Missouri Supreme Court Rule... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: What lawyers take contingency cases do all of them or who would you suggest?
Steve D. Hardin
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Steve D. Hardin
answered on Jan 4, 2022

Lawyers can only take contingency fee cases in certain types of cases such as personal injury cases. There are cases were contingency fees are simply not allowed such as family law or criminal defense.

If you wish to know what fee arrangement an attorney will take you will have to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Missouri on
Q: How can we sue a count jail for medical neglect and for violating inmates rights

Denied medical care after contracting covid due to the jails negligence and unsanitary conditions also bond set so high he can't get out $350,000 judge refuses to lower it and has yet to have been in front of a judge for a formal hearing or arraignment for his charges they held his arraignment... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Jan 2, 2022

A person may file a Section 1983 suit concerning lack of medical care by filing the complaint himself or hiring an attorney to do so. Attorneys who file civil rights suits generally do so on a contingency basis but are particular as to which suits they will choose to undertake given the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: What does A&S 03 mean?
Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Dec 20, 2021

I've been in practice for many years and have no idea. Perhaps if you provide some context you'll get a better answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: Can I charge rent for a shed that was left on my property by an old boss?

I quit in April 2021, he said he was going to come get the building. It is now November 2021 and he sold it to someone. Can I send him an invoice for rent since her kept his building on my property?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Dec 1, 2021

You can certainly send an invoice, but unless you had an agreement for the payment of rent you are not going to be able to sue for breach of lease or contract. Research Missouri's abandoned property statute.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: how do I tell if i have a lien on my property in missouri, cass county?

If i have a civil judgement, but the loan is strictly in my wifes name, but being married my name is on the deed, will that judgement money be taking out of the sale of the house?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
answered on Nov 16, 2021

To see if the judgment has been filed as a lien against your house, you can ask a title company to run a property profile or a preliminary title search on your home. That will reveal if the lien has been filed. If so, and the house is in both your name and your wife's, it is likely the lien... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: I live in St. Louis, Mo. I sold my home over two months ago. The house was inspected thoroughly and passed.

The new owners is having sewage problems and now wants to sue me. Am I liable for anything that happens to the house?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Nov 15, 2021

I suggest that you have an attorney review your sale contract and seller's disclosure form, as well as any written demands from the buyers. You are liable if the buyers sue you and prove their claim or claims against you by a preponderence of the evidence. I have litigated... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: If a jury finds someone guilty on a case that was dismissed prior to trial, what does that exactly mean?

There was two case numbers, one number apart from each other. The case the verdicts were issued on is the case that was dismissed

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Oct 6, 2021

It means that you are missing something. Juries do not decide dismissed claims. It wouldn’t make sense for a jury to issue a verdict on a dismissed claim.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: Can I be audio recorded without consent in a 2 party consent state?

I deliver in Illinois, a 2 party consent state. I wasn't made aware that the video camera in my vehicle records audio until I found out last week. I also deliver in Missouri. Would it be worth it to sue my employer since I signed no agreement and wasn't verbally notified my audio was... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Sep 19, 2021

Whether it is worth suing will depend upon the following:

1. What is your goal?

2. How much will it cost to sue?

3. What are your chances of prevailing?

4. What damages would you be awarded if you win,

5. Does the IL statute have a provision entitling you to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Elder Law and Trademark for Missouri on
Q: Can someone sue an individual who directly misuses them financially? I'm disabled.

This man was homeless and I chose to help him, he used me, he has money, and always did, he pretended to care for me, to keep a roof over his head. He is abusive.

Linda Liang
Linda Liang
answered on Jul 10, 2021

It depends on what you want him to do. You can ask him to leave. If he refuses, you can sue to eject him.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: Can my case be changed?

In 2009 I was charged for sexual misconduct which I received a class d felony. It should have been a class b misdomeaner.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy
answered on Apr 1, 2021

See about reaching out to the court to see if it was a clerical issue. If not, I would speak with an attorney about your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: Me and my boyfriend got pulled over for having a tail light out and for some reason the officers scheduled the car

For drugs and there was some Marijuana found but I did not know about any of it now I am being charged with a class D felony and two misdemeanors, what do I do, how can I get these charges dropped?

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy
answered on Apr 1, 2021

See if you qualify for a public defender and/or speak with a criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Libel & Slander for Missouri on
Q: What steps do I need to take to get deposit back

I can't relocate at this moment

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Feb 28, 2021

You've not provided any facts so there's no way to determine whether you are entitled to a return of your security deposit. If you are looking to terminate your lease before the agreed-up term expires, then it is unrealistic to believe that your landlord will simple agree to a mutual... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Missouri on
Q: What do i do if the prosecutor of my case has lost my firearm and it's legal and in my name and has no charges
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy
answered on Feb 22, 2021

The prosecutor does not retain custody of people's belongings, but regardless I would speak to a criminal attorney to better help you with your question.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: My little sister is 17, she graduates early and wants to move in with me is that possible?

We were all adopted, her adopted family is horrible. There has been many wellness checks on her from me. Many DFS calls on the family so much stress she ran away and they brought her back. She is 17 she graduates early, and would like to live with me. I've contacted so many people and they... Read more »

Spencer Williams
Spencer Williams
answered on Feb 21, 2021

She can file a petition for emancipation. You can consider filing for guardianship of your sister as well.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: Can a motel tell you that you can't have you belongings with you or tell you that you have to let them see the room
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy
answered on Feb 11, 2021

I would need to know more about the details of the situation to better answer your question.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Missouri on
Q: Is there any pro bono lawyers near me for a civil rights violation received while attending criminal court?
Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Feb 2, 2021

In general it is tough to find pro bono representation because you are asking a stranger to donate thousands of dollars of his or her time to your case. Therefore, you’ll need to be more specific if you want to catch someone’s attention.

In Section 1983 civil rights cases, prevailing...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: Is it legal to deny you Court proceeding hearings and be forced to be pro sa

Did not get to attend on 6/1/2020 a court hearing held without me and sale of a property or personal to one of the owners which the case was dismissed and I was charged everything that my girlfriend was he no longer has to pay and now put it all on me the courts gave granted $15,000 and property... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Dec 25, 2020

It is obvious that you disagree with the court’s ruling but your post is unintelligible. Try rewriting it using separate sentences with periods. If you do that, then you might receive some better answers.

It is unclear why a hearing was held without you and why you didn’t or could...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: my boss fired me out of retaliation for asserting my rights as a pet owner and the poeple who stole our cat.

being fired had nothing to do with my job and i know missouri can fire you for cause but this i feel was brought on because i went against her and tried to get my cat back home. do i have any grounds to stand on not to mention she has alot of my tools and wont give them back and didnt even give me... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Dec 24, 2020

I don’t understand why your boss would fire you for trying to get your stolen cat returned but, even if that were true, there is nothing improper, in an employment-at-will situation, for an employer to fire an employee on account for a cat situation.

The unpaid wages presents a different...
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