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Steven Todd Keppler

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  • I need a pro-Bono lawyer to represent me against my landlord whose a slum lord

    My landlord refuses to make the four family house habitual and refuses to make repairs, the house is in foreclosure and the landlord has not paid on mortgage in five years nor the taxes all he's concerned about is getting his rent. He is trying to...

    Steven’s Answer

    Call legal aid in Essex County. http://www.eclaanj.org/

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  • Just Bought Used Car Expired Inspection Issue

    Hello, I bought a car two months ago where I Just got the title today for it. The problem is the car does not have current inspection. What is New Jersey law regarding this? Does the dealer have to inspect the car, and if. The car fails insp...

    Steven’s Answer

    A dealer should be selling you a used car that passed inspection already.

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  • If party in a complaint claims I agreed to a contract yet in deposition he changes story, do I have to address his new story?

    In his complaint the party claims I agreed to a contract --with promises from both sides. Now-in deposition he changed his story and now admitts there was no contract--but I agreed to give him something without any promise from him in return. Do...

    Steven’s Answer

    You've heard this before - don't represent yourself in litigation. The other party almost certainly has an attorney, and that attorney knows what she/he is doing. You lack that expertise and it very likely will negatively affect your ability to win this case.

    That said, if the other party changes a material portion of the story like you describe, that's something that might permit you to move to dismiss the action (assuming the case is predicated upon the contract and not some other issue). A good attorney would pounce on a clearly contradictory statement like this.

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  • How will a DUAI conviction in NY affect my NJ driver's license

    Was convicted of DUI but was able to plea down to DWAI. Blood alcohol test was .00

    Steven’s Answer

    if your BAC was .00% then it calls into question how you were convicted of a DUI (or DWAI for that matter)...unless the intoxicant was a medication or illicit drug. You don't say, so I'm left to guess.

    Either way, your NJ license will be suspended once NY reports it to NJ MVC under the interstate compact. After that, it will be treated as a prior offense for the purposes of sentencing if you should find yourself charged with another DUI in NJ .

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  • What should I do

    On July 27 I went to Long Island Auto find and bought a 2008 Land Rover when we finished filling up all the paperwork for financing they were changing the brakes and suspension on the car by the time we were finished with the paperwork they were n...

    Steven’s Answer

    As this is a New York contract and transaction, a NY attorney is needed. NY laws, are not, however, as consumer-friendly as New Jersey's. In fact, NY is a very pro-business state and your rights are going to be very limited in comparison.

    Contact an NY attorney immediately to discuss your case in detail. Many NJ attorneys are also licensed in NY.

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  • What are parking regulations for tenants in a very large complex of apartments. Is the landlord required to provide parking?

    The landlord of my complex has suddenly decided to charge each tenant 40.00 a month for parking although parking is already in the lease.

    Steven’s Answer

    I concur with my colleagues and would add that if the lease is silent with respect to parking fees, the landlord cannot add additional rent during tenancy in the form of a parking fee, either.

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  • Can a landlord remove their tenants property in NJ?

    My sister is late with her rent. In addition to trying to charge a $50 late fee(not in the contract), he has threatened to remove her stuff from the house and put it on the street. The rent is only 2 days late because she has not been paid yet. Th...

    Steven’s Answer

    No, the landlord is prohibited by law from removing a tenant's property by himself. A so-called "self-help" eviction is expressly outlawed by statute in NJ. Your sister should speak with a landlord tenant attorney to protect her rights.

    An illegal eviction can result in damages paid to the tenant as well as attorney fees, under some circumstances.

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  • Public Video recording in NJ

    I'm not sure if this is harassment or not because of the "one party" law in NJ for recordings. My son's father and I use the Mall as a drop off/pick up spot for our son. He has now started to bring his friend along to record the pick up and drop ...

    Steven’s Answer

    It might be harassment, but the truth is you're going to have a hard time proving that in municipal court. And, if you bring a harassment charge, he'll counter with a harassment charge of his own...and then you'll almost certainly end up in front of a judge in the Family Division dealing with some sort of custodial battle.

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  • Can I get helped!!? #Emergency

    I went to a car dealership and put $2000 down on a Mercedes-Benz CLK where the price was $5900 the dealer over charged me for $7900. The day i went to pick up the car off the lot the vehicle had damages that weren't there when I test drove it I ga...

    Steven’s Answer

    This sounds like consumer fraud. You'd need to sit down with an attorney and bring all your documents with you. Many of us offer a free consultation.

    I'd love to tell you more but the truth is I'd need to see these contracts you're talking about. If your story is backed up by the evidence, this could be a very strong case.

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  • My car got caught on fire after picking up from dealership - how to proceed?

    My car got caught on fire after picking up from Mercedes dealership. (within dealership premises) i had my car there for diagnostics, and no repairs were done, my car was 100% drivable when i brought it there. as soon as we got into the c...

    Steven’s Answer

    I hope you and your wife are ok - it's entirely possible you ingested some toxic (or mildly irritating) smoke that caused the nausea. Or, it's possible the nausea and vomiting are psychosomatic results of a very traumatic experience. In any event, see your doctor and f/u with him/her.

    As far as the damage to the car is concerned, this is a VERY fact-specific inquiry. One possible explanation is that the dealer did something wrong or negligent which caused the fire. Another possible explanation is that it's a complete fluke. An expert witness will be required to determine what happened, and if you're considering a lawsuit you must NOT repair the vehicle until it has been thoroughly reviewed to determine what happened.

    As for what attorneys can take this case, the easy answer is that any licensed attorney in NJ can probably take it on. You don't want 'any" lawyer, tho. You want one with the experience to handle a matter like this.

    Most likely, this isn't a lemon law issue, or even a consumer fraud case. To qualify, there needs to be a deceptive business practice, not a negligent one. Mercedes Benzes don't typically burst into flame and I'm not presently aware of any TSB on the subject...which is why I suspect the tech may have left a rag or something in the engine accidentally.

    Call around, many attorneys will offer a free consultation Good luck

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