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We live in Indiana. My 14 year old daughter was caught stealing

We live in Indiana. My 14 year old daughter was caught stealing a box of tampons from KMart. She has a court date already set with the state for criminal charges. However, I also just received a letter from an attorneys office offering a settlement of $300, at which time that is paid we would receive a release of a statutory civil "penalty" claim. I spoke with a representative of the lawyers office and she stated that this is a penalty fee for stealing, and it wouldn't have mattered if it was a $900 item, versus a box of tampons, the fee remains the same. The letter also states that if this $300 is not paid in full within 20 days, KMart may choose to prosecute for the above mentioned fee, lawyer fees, court costs, etc. Would you recommend paying the settlement, or risk the lawsuit? I feel $300 is a bit much for a box of tampons. Please advise. Thank you, XXXXX

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I store from a store 2 days ago and now they are putting my

I store from a store 2 days ago and now they are putting my picture on Facebook offering a reward to anyone who identifies meJA: In what state did this occur?Customer: VaJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: NoJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Should I call the store and just take the item back and apologize or pay for it?

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If a person is in prison on child molestation charges and

If a person is in prison on child molestation charges and applies for citizenship to another country will that shorten his sentence?JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: PennsylvaniaJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: No the inmate has gotten this information from someone in jail and he has given me power of attorney and he thinks he can go to France before his sentence is upJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No

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I have a friend who should've been placed in a minimum

I have a friend who should've been placed in a minimum security prison, based on her offense and her points, yet the BOP is calling for her placement to be in a low security prison. Can this be challenged?JA: In what state did this occur?Customer: This occurred in the state of Wisconsin.JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: The attorney says nothing can be done. However, I don't believe a thing this guys says, because he's the same guy who said it was NOT necessary to correct the NUMEROUS errors and falsehoods presented in the PSR...and the incorrect and incriminating information that he left unchallenged in that report is EXACTLY why she got the sentence she did, in the first place!!JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Just that she is completely innocent and this same attorney counseled her to take a plea, saying it would be the easiest for her and that she wouldn't even serve any time...worst case scenario, he claimed she might get 6 months house arrest.

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Im looking for help writing the court for leniency or

im looking for help writing the court for leniency or dismissal of a speeding ticketJA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in?Customer: NebraskaJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: No. I have a court date for bench trial May 30thJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: i cant afford an attorney and since its an infraction they wont provide one. I will lose my job if I receive too many points off my license

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I want to get my partner off the sex offender registry. He

I want to get my partner off the sex offender registry. He didn't commit the crimes he was accused of, but had to take a guilty plea where he has lifetime registry.

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I'm in California and I recently got a 3 year restraining

I'm in California and I recently got a 3 year restraining order against my neighbor after several instances of threats and harassment. Problem is I'm afraid to call the police on him if I need to. I didn't use the sheriff's department to serve him because previously I used them and he avoided service and continued to harass me. This time I had a friend serve him and he failed to show to the hearing and the judge made the order permanent. I have a feeling if he gets arrested due to the order, he will plead not guilty and try to deny he was ever served. Is there going to be a new trial I will have to attend every time I use the restraining order and he's arrested? And will his lawyer (or public defender or someone else) investigate the person (s) who served him to make sure it was properly served? I had a very hard time finding someone willing to serve him and they will be angry if they ever have to get involved again or go to court to testify regarding this. Thank you!!

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I am 19 years old. I got caught stealing a small makeup item

Hello, I am 19 years old. I got caught stealing a small makeup item ($23 Aprx.) at target. I didn't fully walk out of the store, just into the middle of the two main doors and I was confronted. I didn't fight back or anything I was just really embarrassed and ashamed. They took me to the back room and spoke wth me and told me if the item was $20 or less they would let me go, but it was $3 over. So they called the police and the police took me. I bailed myself out for $300 and I got a ticket "franchise fraud" i was wondering what I could do to prevent this from coming up in my records. I still have school and work ahead of me. I'm only 19JA: What confuses you?Customer: I was wondering if I go to court with a lawyer will this help prevent this information from coming up on my recordJA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when did this happen?Customer: Allen park, MIJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: I spoke with two different ones briefly. One said they would meet me with for $100 and I'll get everything in a document as well and another would charge me $60JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I'm very embarrassed and ashamed about this situation and I would like to fix this and get it off my record as soon as possible

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I am going to take an open plea to theft over $250,000 from

I am going to take an open plea to theft over $250,000 from a former employer. I have no past criminal history and have very limited memory of any wrong doing due to a suicide attempt. I need to write a letter begging for the mercy of the court during sentenceing. I have very limited brain function due to the suicide attempt. Could you help me please?

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