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My 17 year old daughter is due in court in 2 days 221.10-UPM

My 17 year old daughter is due in court in 2 days for a 221.10-UPM charge (first offense). Up until yesterday, I was under the impression that this is no big deal. We were told by friends, counselors and police officers to just show up and pay the fine. But as I was researching this on line as the date is rapidly approaching, some questions came up. I don't want to hire a lawyer and pay outrageous fees if not necessary, however, I of course want to do right by my daughter and protect her future. First of all, her first name is ***** ***** the ticket and we were told this may warrant an immediate dismissal. Secondly, do we plead guilty? Or request an adjournment contemplating dismissal? I was going to bring in a letter from her rehab counselor showing she's in the program and has been doing excellent, with clean tox screens for a while now. She has totally straightened out. I have read that if she is on "probation" for a year until case is sealed, we may have a problem getting student loans. She also just got her learners permit and I'm not sure if any issue will come up based on this. I am not sure what to expect as I've never been to court before. Can you answer my questions and give me some guidance about how to handle the court date? Thank you.

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Zoey, JD

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I owe a payday loan the account is delinquent. I've had some

I owe a payday loan the account is delinquent. I've had some financial hardship. Now there getting in touch with me though email, and are threaten legal action on me. Please advise, I am afraid, I cannot work if I am arrested and will loose my job, and still will be unable to pay this loan in full. Do you have any options for me? Please advise, I live in the state of TexasThank YouKaren WattsThe email statesComplaint Case File No – 24SK2206Plaintiff/Complainant – ACA – American Cash AdvanceAFFIDAVIT COPYThe legal affidavit states three allegationsCount 1- Violation of Federal Banking RegulationCount 2- Collateral Check FraudCount 3- Theft by DeceptionAffidavit implies the Plaintiff, ACA, utilise the EFT which stands for an Electronic Funds Transfer to solicit a payday loan into the Defendant's bank account. At the time of repayment, the EFT was returned by the Defendant's bank, Constituting of a worthless Electronic Check.The affidavit implies that the defendant has taken out this loan with no genuine intentions of returning the funds back to the Plaintiff; as a result, the Plaintiff has written the amount to be loss and declared it to be possessed by Theft under section 55 of the Criminal Code of Conduct 8, Section 8.1.2The affidavit implies the total pending amount including the principal amount of the loan, and interest rates possessed under the Defendant is a total amount of $1287.77 which has been reported by the Plaintiff to legally settle the whole account in full which if not legally refunded, will amount to a full penalty amount of $6500.00 USD to be paid at the remanded local Court provided by the Defendant's local Authorities. Any dispute to penalty prepares the Defendant for a 90-day full incarceration.The affidavit implies if the Defendant do not have any prior convictions which is not limited to worthless Checks, Grand Theft or Money Laundering, An Arrest Warrant will be issued followed by the necessary disciplinary actions covered under section 55 of the Criminal Code of Conduct 8, Section 8.1.2 if the Defendant fails to fulfill his/her legal obligations before the end of the rectification date.Thank You​Officer Brian Rosner​

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I'm being sued if Florida :-/ My lawyer died before he got

I'm being sued if Florida :-/My lawyer died before he got the case dismissed and I can't afford to pay another!My Question "Should I fight it anymore"?I make $400.00 a week netMy wife is disabled and hasn't worked in 3 yearsI have no money in the bankSo I assume I'm considered Head of Family so I can't be GarnishedANDI think "Tenants by Entireties" protects my personal belongings...What's your thoughts????

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I am being charged with a 5th degree assault misdemeanor and

I am being charged with a 5th degree assault misdemeanor and need to know whether I need to hire a lawyer. The only evidence of what happened is in an email I sent a few hours after the incident, which I will quote below:----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hi Abby,I know I already apologized, but I'm not good with words so I thought I would put it in writing as well. Firstly, to be clear, I didn't mean for it to come across as aggressively as it did. I only meant to pull your hood back, not pull you by your hair and yank your head. I realized afterwards the execution was much more aggressive than I had intended and did not realize you were seriously bothered by it until you asked me to stop, at which point I didn't know how to respond because I hate being wrong. Just wanted to reach a mutual understanding of what took place and the intentions. Again, I tender my most sincere apology for what took place this afternoon and how it was handled thereafter. By the way, you're really good at volleyball :)Sincerely,Kevin------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Is this evidence enough to be convicted? Or do you think I need to hire an attorney? I don't want this to go on my record, but I really don't want to pay thousands of dollars if I don't need one either. What is your advice?

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Zoey, JD

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My Ex wife is trying to have me Incarcerated child support.

My Ex wife is trying to have me Incarcerated for unpaid child support. I have no job and am a disabled veteran with a small disability check monthly that I live off of. I am no longer able to work because of my Military injuries, and I have filed for SS Disability with the help of an attorney. The other day her "Legal Aide" attorney sent me a letter in the mail. In the letter was a visa form for my daughter so that she can travel to Mexico to visit her grandparents. The letter made me feel like they were trying to coerce me into signing the letter if not they would seek jail time for the unpaid child support. I feel that my Civil rights are being infringed on according to the 7Th Amendment- In suits of common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury , shall be other wise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law."They have not even bothered to conduct an indigent hearing for me to determine my financial status or work status.Furthermore they request the presiding Judge to confine me for no less than 90 days, and 10 years probation after that. Under the 8Th Amendment- " Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted."Her lawyer is imposing an excessive fine, and bail that I could not pay being that I am indigent. It is very well known to me the "Memo" released by the (U.S. Department of Justice) dated March 14,2016 to all courts through out the Country. I qoute "Dear Colleague, The Department of Justice is committed to assisting state and local courts in their efforts to ensure equal justice and due process for all those who come before them. Recent years have seen increased attention on the illegal enforcement of fines and fees in certain jurisdictions around the country-often with respect to individuals accused of misdemeanors, quasi-criminal ordinance violations, or civil infractions. Typically, courts do not sentence defendants to incarceration in these cases; monetary fines are the norm. Yet the harm caused by unlawful practices in these jurisdictions can be profound. Individuals may confront escalating debt; face repeated, unnecessary incarceration for non payment despite posting no danger to the community, lose their job; and become trapped in cycles of poverty that can be nearly impossible to escape. Furthermore, in addition to being unlawful, to the extent that these practices are geared not toward addressing public safety, but rather toward raising revenue, they can cast doubt on the impartiality of the tribunal and erode trust between local governments and their constituents. To help judicial actors protect individuals' rights and avoid unnecessary harm, we discuss below a set of basic constitutional principles relevant to the enforcement of fines and fees. these principles, grounded in the rights to due process and equal protection, require the following:(1) Courts must not incarcerate a person for nonpayment of fines or fees without first conducting an indigency determination and establishing that the failure to pay was willful:(2) Courts must consider alternatives to incarceration for indigent defendants unable to pay fines and fees:(3) Courts must not condition access to a judicial hearing on the pre payment of fines or fees;(4) Courts must provide meaningful notice and, in appropriate cases, counsel, when enforcing fines and fees;(5) Courts must not use arrest warrants or license suspension as a means of coercing the payment of court debt when individuals have not been afforded constitutionally adequate procedural protections;(6) Courts must not employ bail or bond practices that cause indigent defendants to remain incarcerated solely because they cannot afford to pay for their release; and(8) Courts must safeguard against unconstitutional practices by court staff and private contractors."End quote.It goes on to say that " We at the U.S. Department of Justice observed that many of your, particularly judges municipal and local JP courts have been violating the US Constitution US Supreme Court precedent (which given your position, you should already know) by incarcerating and/or extorting the indigent for the fine money to fill your jurisdictions coffers, and doing so without proper legal, constitutional hearing, or providing legal counsel to the accused.AS OF NOW YOU ARE ON NOTICE THAT THAT WILL STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!!Should we find any of you violating ANY of the aforementioned items, we will seek your indictment for (Federal Civil Rights) and or other criminal violations, and if true billed, we will send a US Marshal or other representative of the US Department of Justice to your court, home or anywhere else that you may find to arrest and incarcerate you. You will then face a jury of your peers, most likely in the jurisdiction where you may have incarcerated various individuals"Please help me.

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In Florida. Does the governor have the power to fill an

In Florida. Does the governor have the power to fill an empty city commission seat? There are city charters that say he does. The city I am thinking of does not have that provision. I have found in their constitution where the governor can fill county commission seats. If a city commission seat goes vacant, who could fill it without an election?

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My sister is an ER nurse. She was working one night when a

My sister is an ER nurse. She was working one night when a cop came in and while she was working on a patient requested assistance. She jokingly said not my patient I don't like cops you take him. He wanted a Neosporin swab. The tech got the swab. When my sister was done she got up to get the swab but the tech had done it. She said Oh, I was going to get it. Tech said, I did it. she said, I was going to do it when I was done. My sister always kids around ER is a very tough gig especially at that hospital which is in the highest crime district. She has a great rapport with the staff, first responders and police BUT this cop FOLLOWED her around to patients rooms after he was administered aid from the tech. My sister didn't say a word to him. He got on the phone and called his wife, so did his partners wife. They launched a Facebook attack on my sister that went viral asking that she be fired and have her license revoked. They also posted on the police blog even worse things. She is afraid for her life. She resigned. She has had a heart attack on the job working on a patient. 6 yrs oncology. 18 yrs ER. THEY have posted all kinds of vile, nasty things. What is our recourse. They are saying reveal her name and address. Let's get her.

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My lawyer is involved in realastate...I allowed m to talk me

My lawyer is involved in realastate...I allowed him to talk me into signing a contract with his friends who are real estate agents...they have done nothing..I have a buyer for my house..through another realator however..my lawyer did not sit down and explain the contract to with me thoroughly...and said that it would be in my best interest as far as paying for her concession would make the sale go faster..he then told me we would sell the house as is and that...the new buyers are to pay for testing of the soil and tank removal...conviently he changed it around so that once again the cost of the removal of the oil tank is coming out of my sale of the house..further more he is hard to get ahold of ..meanwhile I need every dime I can get and between he and the realator I feel I'm being manipulated in more ways then one and not even being represented or any or my rights protected....I guess in the end people don't care as long as they get paid...what I wanted to know is even though I signed a contract can everything be put at a halt and for me to find a different lawyer..if I feel I'm being taken advantage of...I know it's a far cry for help but I'm not sure what else to do

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Irwin Law

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My son has been given numerous restraining orders by s ex

my son has been given numerous restraining orders by his ex girlfriend by two different police deparments and then she never shows up in court and now he is being arraigned tomorrow on a violation of some type of restraining orderJA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when did this happen?Customer: Massachusetts and it happened June 12th and she go a restraining order on the 13th but it lists no courtJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: noJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: she is following him around and tagging him on social media sites and then deleting the postsJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Lawyer about your situation and then connect you two.

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