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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: I have trial readiness court scheduled tomorrow. Can i tell my lawyer that i am not happy and want a different lawyer?

He has done nothing to help me at all. He hasn't contacted any witnesses and he barely remembers anything from the last time we spoke. He just stands around laughing and chatting with the DA and tries to convince me to take a deal. He hasnt returnes my emails and i feel like he hasnt tried to... Read more »

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Aug 5, 2020

You could ask the court for a Marsden hearing, where you have the opportunity to explain the breakdown in the attorney client relationship (because of his refusal to investigate/subpoena witnesses) such that you have no trust in the lawyer's ability to defend you, and request appointment of a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft and Consumer Law for California on
Q: My four-year-old student loan was just added to my credit report. It ruined my mortgage is this legal

I got a business school loan refinanced by local bank. At the time it seem like their policy was not to report the debt to credit bureaus. Four years later with a perfect payment history they decided to report it. It didn’t hurt my credit score but it did hurt my debt to income ratio and now... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman answered on Aug 2, 2020

You have a right to accuracy. If it's inaccurate you have a claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Banking, Civil Litigation and Identity Theft for California on
Q: How do I subpoena a bank to produce records on fraudulent checks paid? Need to find out what account they were deposited

I freelance as a QB accountant and doing this for one of my clients. Their bank produced years of checks, but can only tell me which financial institution they were presented. I need to find out the name and account number from the respective banks. It is several thousand dollars.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 30, 2020

more info needed.

have you tried to do this informally?

you would have to file a lawsuit as I see it.

maybe you can file in small claims for up to $10k and subpoena with that lawsuit. If the matter is only a few thousand small claims may be your answer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft and Lemon Law for California on
Q: Can a car dealer in California sell my car without my signature?

My daughter when to a car dealer to buy a new car and she gave the dealer my car that we own together as "AND" on the Title. Can the dealer legally take the car without my signature? Can I legally go to the dealer and ask for my car? I reside in California.

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman answered on May 16, 2020

Legally? Probably not. But, that rarely stops a car dealer! Try the dmv investigations unit, as they police dealers...

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and Small Claims for California on
Q: If someone is in prison and they give someone power of attorney, and they take out loans in the person in prisons name..

Can he or she sue? This is without his permission.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 11, 2020



1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Contracts, Identity Theft and Criminal Law for California on
Q: I gave someone my bank account information and now they are taking all my money. I want to know if I can still report
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 19, 2020

more info needed.

how long ago was this? did you report it? to whom? put a freeze on your account and contact police,

1 Answer | Asked in Probate, Banking and Identity Theft for California on
Q: How can i prove the probate administrator commited fraud for stealing 220k pod account by way of false court order ?
Bill Sweeney
Bill Sweeney answered on Jan 11, 2020

Owners of bank accounts can designate beneficiaries by adding a "payable-on-death" (POD) designation. At the death of the account holder the POD beneficiary can claim the money directly from the bank without probate court proceedings. Similarly, owners of investment accounts can designate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Probate, White Collar Crime and Identity Theft for California on
Q: Would a criminal court judge grant a exparte petition in a probate matter ?
James Edward Berge
James Edward Berge answered on Jan 10, 2020

No. Both are separate branches of the superior court, but both have separate functions: a criminal court adjudicates criminal law matters and a probate court adjudicates matters affecting trusts and estates. Rarely will one branch of the superior court step on the toes of another branch of the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: Can i argue to not include the sales tax in a grand theft case?

I was charged with grand theft last year because the items were rung up as being over $950, $956 to be exact. Having the sales tax included in the total makes my case a felony instead of a misdemeanor. The deal i was given does not fit my crime. But instead if looking at what happened, all the... Read more »

David Stephen Kestenbaum
David Stephen Kestenbaum answered on Dec 16, 2019

Generally sales tax is NOT included in determining the loss just as "sale" prices don't apply. They both only apply to actual "purchases" not theft.

I find it hard to believe the DA included tax and your lawyer should make a Motion to Reduce to a Misdemeanor at the Preliminary Hearing.

Good luck!

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Civil Rights and Identity Theft for California on
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David Stephen Kestenbaum
David Stephen Kestenbaum answered on Nov 11, 2019

Sorry, is there a question you would like to ask?

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4 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: where should I report extortion and identity theft
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 1, 2019


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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: Can I request money from identity theft before the case is settled
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Sep 16, 2019

You are certainly allowed to ask the person you suspected that stole your identity to provide you with restitution even before their case is settled. Don't threaten them or offer anything in exchange, simply ask that they make you whole again. If they are smart they will realize that paying... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Appeals / Appellate Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: I am seeking a pro Bono lawyer to help with this matter. My family was laughed at as we left the motel also followed

The motel employees and owner treated us like crap and now we are sleeping in my truck. My children are ashamed and disappointed by the treatment and verdict.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 6, 2019

I'm sorry for your ordeal here. You could contact the State Bar of California - they have resources for free legal help that you could explore. They are located in the section of their website, "Public." Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft and Criminal Law for California on
Q: I am a minor I cut off my ppp house arrest bracelet and came to Mexico I have a warrant for my arrest will I be arrested

If I try to cross the border back into California

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Aug 23, 2019

Going through customs! Yep

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Federal Crimes, Identity Theft and White Collar Crime for California on
Q: Out first & ONLY attempt to release <in hand> absolute, binding proof, Staff + Exec Credit Union Corruption/Fraud/Kiting

Question is: who wants it? This won't even make it to arbitration, it's gonna be handcuffs for at least 3 High-ranking executives, down to scrub(s) that open account in July 2017.

As the CIO stated, "you can have as many sub-accounts as you want" Apparently I have... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Aug 15, 2019

Sounds like a criminal or regulatory matter. The National Credit Union Administration is the independent federal agency that regulates, charters and supervises federal credit unions. You can submit a complaint to it here:

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Business Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: my deceased business partner's husband is using her phone and taking my business calls. is that legal?
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Aug 9, 2019

There are several interesting legal issues here. What was the partnership agreement's conditions on what happens in the event of a death? Was there any consideration given to whom your partner's share of the business will go to? Was their share to be assumed by their estate? Is he... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Gov & Administrative Law, Sexual Harassment and Identity Theft for California on
Q: I have a card debt with $35,000 used with me and my boyfriend. he didn't have a social so I let him use and pay me back

But apparently, he did not. He just keep talking he will pay me back, he will work hard, but nothing paid back. I let him use my credit card for daily life, but he used for sports betting without my consent. He kept promised me he won't do it again but it is still happening and he even do... Read more »

Peter Maurice Lively
Peter Maurice Lively answered on Aug 7, 2019

I'm sorry for your circumstances which sound stressful and frustrating, you are certainly not alone.

You could spend a lot of time energy and money obtaining a judgment and trying to collect the judgment from someone without succeeding.

You might be eligible for a bankruptcy...
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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: The phrase “without regard to its conflicts of law provisions” may be looked over by the contracting party?

“The validity of this authorization is governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois...”

I am in California the defendant parties will not respond when asking if they can investigate whether my signature or original or if it was done without my... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 30, 2019

this is listed as a WC question which i do not do.

I think you have to set up an appt with an attorney close to where you reside to see if the facts will warrant jurisdiction and a filing there.

otherwise, you may be forced to deal with Illinois law.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: Office Depot charged my account for purchase never made, they can't locate the transaction. Paypal denied help. Lawsuit?

I made a purchase online at Office Depot in April, I got the item (chair). In June, same amount with the same exact details was debited AGAIN from my Paypal, by Office Depot, but I didn't make this purchase this time. I reported it as fraud, then as a duplicate transaction to Paypal. Both... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 29, 2019

Sue Office Depot in Small Claims for a refund, and/or notify your credit card company that you dispute the charges and that you instruct it not to pay.

Q: I live in CA. I am not represented. What would be the appropriate DWC forms to address the following?







William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 8, 2019

Get a workers comp attorney for your case, or pay for a full consultation on how to address the issues you raise. This forum is not for detailed, free advice on how to litigate your case.

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