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Theodore W. Robinson

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  • Hello I need to answer a summons with out hiring a lawyer will pay for the time .were can I get help

    I am being sued guy ran in to the back of the truck .the insurance company will not pay and it was not my truck .

    Theodore’s Answer

    With all due respect to you, you'll make a mistake if you try to draft an Answer to the Summons on your own. If the truck belonged to someone else, then report the accident to that insurance company and demand that they represent you under the owner's insurance coverage.

    If they refuse or decline, then hire a lawyer to sue them for a declaratory judgment directing them to handle the case by a court of law.

    However, save yourself a lot more problems by at least consulting with a local lawyer about this matter.

    Good luck.

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  • Peeing in an elevator and it was caught on camera will the cops try to find me?

    Peed in elevator and possibly it was caught on camera

    Theodore’s Answer

    While it is possible they will look for you, there is little likelihood they will look for you unless someone files a formal complaint with the police.

    However, it would be best if you don't do it again.

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  • Can I get a ticket while i am unconscious?

    I was driving and slipped on black ice and ran and knocked into an electric pole and fence. I blacked out and do not remember anything from the accident. I woke up in the hospital with a speeding ticket that said speed is prudent. So can i be tic...

    Theodore’s Answer

    Yes, your case proves you can be ticketed while you are unconscious. I've seen it happen before.

    However, that cop made a big mistake in my view. He/she charged you with imprudent speed just because you hit a pole. Many people hit poles without speeding. He/she made an assumption that will not likely stand up in Court under good cross-examination by an experienced lawyer.

    Good luck.

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  • I need to know if I can fly domestically with a felony warrant.

    I don't need the advice to take care of the warrant because I am planning to do that as soon as I have the money for an attorney. Right now, I just need to fly from where I live now, back to the state where the warrant is. I don't know if TSA ch...

    Theodore’s Answer

    If you know you have a warrant, why would you want to fly anywhere? It is not a good idea.

    More importantly, why leave a warrant outstanding? Why not surrender, get custody resolved voluntarily and deal with the situation, whatever it is? It is almost always better to work things out with the system than running or just leaving things open. They have a tendency to come back many years later (I've seen them come back 25 years later after the person established themselves in a nice life and it ruined everything they had worked so hard for) and then have to be dealt with. Usually, the same witnesses are available and it's just better to get it over with now. But that's up to you.

    Good luck, but don't fly.

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  • Can my landlord charge me for water & sewer although it is not spelled out in my lease?

    ALBANY, NY My landlord is attempting to charge me for water & sewer bills from 7/13 & 12/13 claiming it falls under the UTILITIES AND SERVICES clause in my lease which state Tenant shall be responsible for all utilities and services incurred ...

    Theodore’s Answer

    It appears that this landlord is illegitimate and does not have an ROP for the apartment. As a result, he does not even have the right to collect rent from you until he gets one - which he may not be able to get at this time. As for the utilities, since those things mentioned constitute utilities, you may well be liable to pay them, however, since he never asked for them before you reported him, it is retaliatory in nature. I suggest you put all this in a letter to him and explain that you're willing to work with him and try to negotiate a settlement with him and settle your differences if you want to stay there any longer.

    Good luck.

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  • What do we do?

    My friends boyfriend just kicked her out. What can she do to get all her personal items back? She is terribly distressed and its tearing her apart not being able to have her items. We live in New York.

    Theodore’s Answer

    She has a right to access to the apartment since the boyfriend didn't use legal means to evict her. She should go to the local police department and ask to be escorted to the apartment and ask to get inside to retrieve her things and ask the cop to stay there so he doesn't assault or harass her while she's there.

    He has the right to sue her for unpaid rent if he chooses later.

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  • Recording a conversation to hold up in court.

    I live in the state if New York. When I go to meet my "wife" we are separated, I am working on a divorce, do I have to notify her that I am recording her in person or do I not have to? Or can I state in front of her on the tape that this conversat...

    Theodore’s Answer

    You may use the recording in court as long as you are a party to the recorded conversation - with our without her consent. However, whatever is on the tape must be relevant to the custody hearing.

    Also, don't ever record your children talking or get them to say anything about their mother. That will likely be turned against you rather well by any attorney who knows what they're doing.

    Speak to an attorney about the matter in person if you want more particulars.

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  • I confessed a fraud/forgery crime to my psychologist Is he legally required to keep that confidential?

    I signed my psychologist's name to an evaluation report. The VA Inspector General wants to speak with him. Is he required to keep any/all of the information confidential?

    Theodore’s Answer

    Your initial confession is privileged and he cannot break that privilege unless you agree. However, because the fraud also included him (by signing his signature) that rule may no longer apply since you cannot cover your fraud by confessing what you did to the person whose signature you forged for your own benefit. I believe the psychologist will be able to testify that the signature is not his and then may be able to advise the police that you admitted doing it. Whether his statement and whatever evolves from it will ever be able to be used against you in a court of law will be up to the trial judge who hears the case at a pre-trial hearing. Get yourself an experienced criminal defense attorney right away.

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  • Can I sue the NY TIMES for posting my home address in the papers?

    My address was recently posted in the NY TIMES, over a crime. Can I sue for endangering the welfare of my family and I?

    Theodore’s Answer

    First, the Times made an error by posting your home address. Whether it was illegal or not is another question. I suggest you consult with an experienced local attorney to see if they will take such a case, but as a matter of practicality, I don't think anyone will take your case unless you pay them an hourly fee to do so and I don't believe you will collect against the Times unless some sort of damage occurs due to their post.

    Good luck.

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  • Regarding shopping and stop

    if I am in a department store after paying for items I was stop at front door and request to check my bag, at that point I am the only customer that was stop, if I feel discrimination, what should be the first step to take before leaving the store...

    Theodore’s Answer

    I agree that you seem to be overly sensitive in this instance and you do not have a case for civil rights violations. If you want to know what to do before you leave the store, ask to be taken to the store manager's office in order to file a report or a complaint and then see an attorney who specializes in civil rights cases. I believe once you tell your story to an experienced civil rights attorney, you will find you do not have a valuable enough case to warrant a law suit.

    Good luck nonetheless.

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