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Q: Do I have to use sick/vacation days if I don't wish too?[sick or not]if I call out ill I am forced too,now

for 12 years I had to meet strict guidelines of how I used or didn't use paid time off,I was not compelled to use my time if I choose not too,save it,use it I decided I was not forced too, even if I called out ill, I still decided if it was used or not...on my behalf, paid or not paid........

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Feb 6, 2020

Your employer cannot compel, or force, you to use your vacation time if you are otherwise entitled to sick leave. Vacation time is yours, and you cannot be compelled to use it for anything other than vacation time. If you get sick, then use your sick time. That is what it is for.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Libel & Slander, Civil Rights and Education Law for California on
Q: I have a libel, slander and harassment case; based upon my eye condition. What type of lawyer do I need?
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Feb 5, 2020

You should start by consulting an employment lawyer who represents employees only, if the matter is related to your work. Otherwise, you have not provided enough detail for me to try to refer you to a different kind of attorney. You can go to the San Joaquin County Bar Association's lawyer referral... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: I was a victim of physical assault. I was jumped by 6 guys outside of a bar, can police contact my parents if I’m 21?

I was jumped by 6 people outside of a bar, police came in and made everyone leave. I was beaten badly so I went to the hospital where an officer came and took statements from me and my girlfriend because she was struck in the head aswell by those guys. They contacted her mother without her consent... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Feb 5, 2020

They may have notified next of kin. If you’d prefer they not contact her, supply them with additional next of kin information instead.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770) 240-0922.

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Louisiana on
Q: I need help I am not able to drive or walk down la trace rd to my home how can this be legal

Nabors will not give me access to my property on la trace rd passed his house I need help

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Feb 5, 2020

You should seek the help of an attorney who handles property matters to determine if you have a servitude (or right of passage) across your neighbor's property. If so, that attorney can help you enforce your rights. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for New York on
Q: I was recently charged with a DWI. Breathalyzer concluded that my BAC was 0.03, I was then brought to the police HQ .

When I was brought back to the police headquarters the officer instructed me to look at the wall. NOTE: I was not given a clear and unequivocal warning that a chemical test was being performed and the consequences of not performing the test.

With that said, I replied to him, "look at the... Read more »

Michael Arbeit
Michael Arbeit answered on Feb 4, 2020

When did the arrest happen and where? Did you go to the Refusal hearing? You need to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney for proper representation.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Minnesota on
Q: I have been sentence for a certain day but wondering who do I talk to about other inmates that dislike me

I want to be able to recieve good time and not have to do the full sentence because there's people that dislike me

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Feb 4, 2020

You won’t lose good time because other inmates dislike you. Keep your head down and stay out of trouble.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Kentucky on
Q: I've been on SSI for the past 3.5 years.KY Child Support froze my bank account and then seized funds.What should I do?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 3, 2020

File a challenge to the seizure and hire a family law attorney immediately. If all the proceeds they seized were SSI and you can prove it, you can likely get that money back. Plus, if you’re receding SSI, the child should be able to draw his own check off you you. Get in this immediately so... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: What can I do about my son being taken from babysitter s house while I was at work and someone giving him away

My name was forged in paperwork signing my rights away of my child to a complete stranger hours away. He has since been adopted and idk what to do or how I can get my baby back. This has been going on for 2 years almost and I reached out to several law enforcement agencies to try and find my baby... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Feb 3, 2020

The circumstances of your case are unfortunate, it is best to contact an attorney who can assist you with the specifics of your case and provide you with a tailored response and representation.

We are glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

I wish you well....
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Kentucky on
Q: I put on a video one night, when my downstairs neighbor was being disruptive. I end up having a seizure.

I have since had multiple seizures since the first one. My neighbor continues to be regularly disruptive. I have involved management and as far as I know, he was sent a letter about my noise complaint. I missed several work days due to some seizures. I am also now considering legal ways to break my... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 3, 2020

Doubtful you can break the lease unless management agrees to let you out of it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: arrested with DWI 3rd but brought evidence that DWI 2nd was dismissed DWI 3rd dismissed

resisting charge was from same arrest and going to jury trail no option was given for speedy trial excessive force of officer and never shown warrant for blood and only pulled my own arm away could it get dismissed and I could ask permission to sue

Robert Sterling Guest
Robert Sterling Guest answered on Feb 3, 2020

If you are set for a jury trial you need to have a criminal defense lawyer representing you. Could you get the resisting dismissed? You need a lawyer to see how likely that is. Most prosecutors are reluctant to dismiss resisting cases, but I'm not sure which court this is in. Can you ask for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: I got served a civil summons from an exlandlord in Tn stating I owe from Jan 2013. They filed in 2018 but its now 2020.

They tried serving me since 2018 but i wasn't actually served until jan. 2020. Has statute of limitations run out for them?he wouldn't show me the breakdown of how I owe $3000 . also do you think detesting it with the judge and using statute of limitations is a good idea

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 3, 2020

Hire a competent attorney now. Service of Process may be deficient because of the time, but may again be now proper. Contract SOL is usually six years, unless agreed otherwise. A good lawyer should be able to settle this cheap, but you may be too vulnerable.

3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Estate Planning for Kentucky on
Q: My mother passed away in 2008 her daughter lives in are mom house does she still owe me for my half we in kentucky
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Feb 3, 2020

It is not possible to correctly answer your question without a lot more information, but it sounds like you and your sister inherited a house together. It also sounds like your sister is living in it and you are not. You have the right to live in it as well. You also have the right to sell your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Ohio on
Q: Is the question below legally allowed to be enforced by the University I am attending?

The University I am at enforced a new parking rule saying cars are not allowed to pull through a spot or back into it, all the license plates need to be facing the isle for the security cars to scan them. I feel like that’s a bit much and can the university really restrict the way in which a car... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 3, 2020

A parking lot is private property, and the owner can impose any restrictions on parking, and tow vehicles that do not comply.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: arrested with DWI 3rd but brought evidence that DWI 2nd was dismissed DWI 3rd dismissed

resisting charge was from same arrest and going to jury trail no option was given for speedy trial excessive force of officer and never shown warrant for blood and only pulled my own arm away could it get dismissed and I could ask permission to sue

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Feb 3, 2020

You need to sit down with your lawyer; you have stated several separate issues that need individual attention. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: Can a person say whatever they would like to someone? I had a situation today where I asked the parties to stop.

They did not as such I was scared and called the police. I wanted them to leave me alone and they refused then continued to verbally threaten me, harass and get in my face when I was near the female. To me this is 100% illegal. Situation was in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 2, 2020

"Near the female" situations can be challenging both for humans and their companions. If the situation stops when you are not near the female, avoid being near the female. Free speech does have some limits. Contact your attorney if you are interested in bringing a lawsuit for the "whatever they... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: How can someone charged in a robbery case met with so called traumatized victim then contact them to drop charges?

Ive writtened emailed faxed phonedthe governor mayor attorney general city manager and im not gonna stop until someone with some authority looks into this case. Ive got a website that has this case. Noone wants to listen or even cares this is my sons life

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan answered on Feb 2, 2020

Sounds like you are suggesting someone either has or is trying to reach out to an alleged victim to get them to drop criminal felony charges. Not a good idea at all. Anyone who does so Faces the very real risk that the alleged victim might contact authorities and say they felt pressured. In that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: I was charged with felony and in plea agreement was moved down to misdemeanor after probation and was denied firearm

I was charged with 2 felonies. Possession of marijuana and distribution. Happened in February of 2018. In my plea agreement that I signed it said my felony charges were to be moved down to misdemeanor after I did one year probation and 40 hours community service. I completed both things and... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Feb 1, 2020

Go to IN.gov and run your criminal history, there is a fee, and see what is documented. It may be a clerical error.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Civil Rights, Domestic Violence and Small Claims for Arizona on
Q: My ex boyfriend sued me for gifs after I got an order of protection against him.

I was served while walking in to court for one of the orders of protection since he was appealing it. I didn’t respond because I was confused and I was waiting for a court date. Now I’m in default and they want to garnish my wages. I’m a single mom with only my income. I need help what can I do?

Diane L. Drain
Diane L. Drain answered on Feb 1, 2020

Thank you very much for contacting my office. I realize this is a challenging time for you and that you have lots of questions. It is okay to be anxious and overwhelmed; the trick is not to fight it. Instead, you are on the right track by educating yourself about options to help deal with your... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: I need advice

My feoncé just got into trouble for burglary of a habit and I was not involved when I found out the stuff was stolen the cops were already notified that the stuff is stolen and he put it at a mutual friend house the detective wants me to get it to him would I get into trouble

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jan 31, 2020

The best way to minimize the chances that you will get into trouble is to hire a local criminal defense attorney to manage and handle your communications with law enforcement.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: What policies exist to prevent police from using your personal information to contact you outside of official business?

I live alone in a rural area and filed a report against neighbors whose dogs have repeatedly entered my property, killing and injuring my animals. The deputy that came to my home began following me on social media the next day using information he gathered during official business to search for me... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Jan 31, 2020

More information is needed before an accurate answer can be provided. It is best to consult an attorney who can review and assist you with the specifics of your circumstances.

We are glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law...
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