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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New York on
Q: Question about ACD for petit larceny

I received an ACD for petit larceny back around the end of 2019 / beginning of 2020. Along with the usual "don't get arrested again" bit, part of the deal was to complete 20 hours of community service but for reasons including the unexpected arrival of the pandemic, I was unable to... Read more »

Brian Berkowitz
Brian Berkowitz answered on Jul 16, 2021

Thank you for your question. This is not something you want to have hanging over your head and if possible, you should reach out to the attorney who originally handled your case to see what, if anything they can do to help you and answer your questions. If you are unable or unwilling to contact... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Arizona on
Q: The person we had TEMPORARILY caring 4 our dog as we searched for a place to live, is trying to keep him. What can I do

Someone had been watching our dog as we looked for a place to live. Among other things, the pandemic prolonged the time it took to do so (4 months). Right before we were to contact the guy to get our dog, he randomly texted and said he killed the dog and threw him in the fire. Devistated, we... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 2, 2021

Unfortunately, it is not as easy as merely requesting a civil standby. I have not filed a case like this personally, but I believe you should be able to file a case in justice court instead of at the superior court level since all you are seeking is possession of the property (dog). The fees will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Medical Malpractice for Texas on
Q: My father got covid in jail! Can I sue the jail? Or state?

My father test positive for Covid! 2hours after he was released from county jail! He was wearing the same mask he got booked into jail with. 18days with the same mask! I asked and requested that he get a new mask or if I could bring any in. SEVERAL TIMES!!! Was told “I’ll get him one” spoke... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jul 1, 2021

You can sue anyone for almost anything but that doesn't mean you can win. A lawsuit like this would never be a matter of Criminal Law even though it involves the administration of the county jail. This would be a matter of Civil Law and may need to include some sort of Civil Rights argument... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: is it true that you have to be inditied before able to get a speedy trial for a felony

I’ve been on bond for a year and have not been indited ..or no court date or anything, been asking my “paid attorney”for a speedy trial since day one,because of my innocence. But I do think he knows the law very well. Keep saying cuz of covid but I’m going through a divorce and I’m going... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jun 22, 2021

It is true that the right to a speedy trial does not attach until the case is indicted. It is also true that there is no right to a speedy indictment. However, you can usually force an indictment by demanding an Examining Trial to determine probable cause. This is only a good idea in rare... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Education Law for New Jersey on
Q: I'm looking for help with my daughter's virtual high school attendance...

She was given a school-issued Chromebook in September, when she started high school. Due to the pandemic, I kept all 3 of my kids virtual. Her particular Chromebook would not stay connected to my home wifi and she would use her personal laptop to log into school. On the days she used her laptop,... Read more »

Amber Forrester
Amber Forrester answered on Jun 21, 2021

You didn’t specify, but if you’ve got a court date, I assume you (and your daughter) are facing a truancy charge. That can be treated as a disorderly persons offense (NJ’s term for misdemeanor), and while the fine is low, it’s still not something you’d want to have on your background,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If you are bonded out of jail when you go to your court date can you still get a court appointed attorney?
Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan answered on Jun 15, 2021

This is a bit of a difficult question to answer as it varies from county to county, from Judge to judge (particularly with the coronavirus pandemic having ravaged the country this past year or so.

In many instances the courts have dramatically reduced bonds to get people out of custody as...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Manager @ CA Regional RV Park covered up an employee Cov-19 OUTBREAK. Endangering 200+ residents. This can’t be legal!

Manager hosted internal company party while gov. ordinances, i.e. “no social gatherings” were in full effect. Masks not enforced. 9 employees contracted Covid-19 at this party.

Facility falsely reported only ONE Covid positive case.

Employees were laid-off for a month to... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 9, 2021

more info needed.

you can always petition or sue for anything.......whether you can get a lawyer to take the case on a contingency AND collect anything is another story.

i would think contacting the owner of the establishment would make the most sense.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: How long does it take to get a dismissal for a misdemeanor criminal case? (Lowest possible criminal crime)

My friend was arrested in November 2020 is put on bail and has a court appointed attorney. The last thing he heard from the attorney is that it looked like it may be dropped because the plaintiff isn't responding to them. This was a month ago and the attorney also said he had 5 other cases in... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on May 10, 2021

Wow, complaining about a free attorney? Beggars can't be choosers. It isn't the defense attorney's decision when or if the prosecutor dismisses the case. Sure, the defense attorney can attempt to INFLUENCE the prosecutor but ultimately if you have a stubborn prosecutor sometimes... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: friend made parole release 5/21 , got caught w drugs moved to g4 , no store , no ecomm , has to Do 6mth class now aug

Can they hold him that much longer why can’t they start class now instead of august how much more can they take from him he caught COVID in there

Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers answered on May 9, 2021

Sounds like he's somehow been enrolled in SAFP, an in-custody drug rehab. If you are saying that he can't begin the program until August, then that means that there isn't an available spot and he has to wait in line, while in prison, in order to get into the program and then... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Landlord ?: can I technically give “1 day leases” with 0 tenant/landlord obligations to have a gathering during covid?

Technically couldn’t I give unlimited leases just for one day to have all attendees be considered “household members”

William Stanger
William Stanger answered on May 3, 2021

The one day lease isn't the problem. A contract (including a lease) is not valid if it has zero obligations. You are also limited in the number of legal tenants to two per bedroom. Further, it seems likely that such a lease would be deemed to have an "illegal purpose" and be void... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: Can I pursue federal court case against many neighbors engaged in harassment/threats of violence to family and I ?

Things started with neighbor whom moved out with harassment towards my family and I. A friend living across street from him then continued to do the same to us depriving us of peace in our own home. This is 24/7 and has been ongoing for over a year at least. Things have escalated, they’ve... Read more »

John Karas
John Karas answered on Apr 22, 2021

In order to file a lawsuit in Federal District Court, there has to be "diversity of citizenship" (meaning you live in 1 state while the defendants live in another). The amount of damages also has to be in excess of $75,000.

From what you've described, you have several...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Texas on
Q: Can you get a felony case dropped if they haven’t indicted you after 180 days of getting out of jail?

I got arrested in Waller Texas in October of 2020 and it’s almost been 180 days since I’ve been out. I had an arraignment but i read online that if I don’t have an indictment that I can fight to get my case dropped and was wondering if this was true.

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Apr 9, 2021

If the case is dismissed now then you will be released from the bond. However, if you are later indicted an arrest warrant will be issued because you are no longer on bond. The state has up to 3 years to indict you for most felonies so should be sure that the prosecutors don't want the case... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law and Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: I am a victim of theft by deception $14K, i filed in township municipal court . is that the correct action.

2 desired outcomes i am looking for

- stop this crime from happening to others( looks like this contractor has already done this with many other homeowners in princeton, monroe,hillsborough,flemington,south brunswick )

- refund of my money

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Apr 1, 2021

This is a Civil case that must be filed in Superior Court, Law Division. As someone who has successfully handled a significant number of these cases, I can make some statements with a very high degree of certainty, which is good news for you. It is extremely rare that any Home Improvement... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Collections for Texas on
Q: How can I get my money back from a lawyer I feel has done nothing since hiring him half a year ago?

I paid $3000 to a lawyer who assured me of good things. My husband even denied a plea bargain with the state because this lawyer said he would and he can get a better one. But now he never answers and the state wants my husband to do even more time now. He now even has warrants that he didn't... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Mar 7, 2021

An attorney has an obligation to respond to his or her client, which in this case is your husband. Even if you were the one who originally retained the attorney, it should be your husband who is calling or texting. If you don't get responses in a couple of days then send an email. If you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Products Liability, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Texas on
Q: Envirox H2Orange2 Concentrate 117 Sanitizer virucide cleaner is what we spray our warehouse with against COVID-19.

On the back it says it’s a violation of Federal Law to use this product inconsistent with its labeling. It kills only 4 viruses being Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2, Influenza A2/Japan, HBV, and HIV-1. None of these are Coronavirus/COVID-19 related. Therefore being a violation of Federal Law and... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 6, 2021

No. That's not what use inconsistent with means. Who knows, the company may have consulted an industrial hygienist.

Also, to sue for damages you have to show you actually suffered something--not could have.

If you have a concern you may report it to your state OSHA or US Dept of Labor OSHA

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for California on
Q: How can i get a hardship drivers license or some kind of restricted license to work if i have never had one?

my privilege to drive has been suspended for 21 years by dmv for a second dui despite i paid for my crime in jail and through fines etc. I'm in the classes dmv wants but i need something to be able to drive now . i'm desperate im the only one providing for my family due to covid. I work... Read more »

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Mar 4, 2021

I am sorry that you were going through this. In general they will not you apply for it driver's licence until you complete the dui class. You can call or go to your nearest driver safety office which is part of the DMV and ask them if there's anything you can do.

Good luck.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: Didn't know that i missed court date back in October now got bench warrant please can you help me.

Is it safe to go to the court this morning alone to try in get this matter resolved or would i be arrested there in taken to jail on the spot?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 27, 2021

more info needed.

why did you miss court date? did you not know or just forgot?

if it was a Felony it will be more serious than a misdemeanor.

you should either hire a lawyer or ask the court for a public defender. They will put the matter ON CALENDAR for the day and your...
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4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: I need help ! I don't know how to go about this and if it's even worth it ..

I have a public defender . She calls me the day of my court date and tells me that the court is closed due to covid so no one is allowed in the court house . She left me a voice mail stating this loud and clear and repeated her self twice . she would notify me when the court re opened ,in the mean... Read more »

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Feb 24, 2021

Sorry about what happened. I would make sure that her office knows what happened to you and see if there is any way to help get your $2000 back. Unlikely, but worth a try.

Keep those VMs!

Good luck!

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Kentucky on
Q: I am on probation and they want me to come in but im scared due to covid until I get vaccination. Do I have any say so?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 23, 2021

No. If you don’t go in, they’ll likely violate you for absconding. Best to go in snd see what they want.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: if a certain person not to possess finds a gun and turns it over to cops can he still b charged?

my fiance found a plastic pellet gun down the cushion of a chair in the resort and casino room that we were staying in, he took it to security who called the local cops who arrested him charged him w certain person and possession, the casino took his photo and banned him then security came up to... Read more »

James A. Abate
James A. Abate answered on Feb 18, 2021

The only answer is to retain a lawyer. Recent orders from the NJ Supreme Court could permit his release while he waits trial. While his case is serious, the possibility exists of a jury aquital.

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