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  • I was punched in the face by a 20 year old in a casino in Nevada... Do I have a case against the casino?

    A young man was very intoxicated at a music venue inside of a casino in Nevada. The kid was toying with all of my friends and eventually toying with me. I tried to create a distance between me and the kid and he sucker punched me in the face, kn...

    Anthony’s Answer

    I think counsel above makes a few good points you should consider. OTOH I wouldn't necessarily see a Nevada Lawyer. I would look for a lawyer who is admitted in NV but practices in California. I would want a lawyer who has federal experience as well.

    It may be hard to get a Nevada lawyer to take such a case against a casino, and further it may be tough to find a jury or a judge who will hold against a casino in state court. By virtue of your living in California, you have diversity of jurisdiction and if your injuries are above a certain monetary amount you will have the right to bring your case in California AND in a federal court where the judges are not elected but have lifetime appointment.

    Good luck.

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  • What would be the consquences for me stealing a truck exactly 3 times each and then just recently running away with me being 16?

    i just recently stole the truck on thursday night . and i was missing for the whole ngiht including half of friday. my dad & mom put out an amber alert & were searching for me since 1 a.m. friday morning . its not the first time that i have stole ...

    Anthony’s Answer

    Well that is certainly a possibility. Worse yet you could be charged as an Adult and face jail.
    You will get a lawyer appointed to your case and you must be completely honest with them. They will ask you questions such as

    So what is going on that makes you take off with the family truck?
    How you are doing in school.
    Describe your relationship with both of your parents
    Describe your relationship with your siblings
    Do you have a boyfriend
    Are you or have you used drugs? Alcohol? When did you start? When did you last have any??
    Who was with you on these little joyrides?

    Again scrupulous honesty is important. Do not be afraid to tell your lawyer anything in fact do not leave anything out. Your lawyer works FOR YOU, and you have absolute privilege (privacy) in your conversations with him/her (it must be you and him or her and any member of his/her staff. If someone else is present it blows the immunity). He will keep your secrets secret but he must know everything.

    If you work with the lawyer you may avoid jail, or a girls home and you may even find your situation improves greatly as well.

    I wish you well.

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  • Can the police do this?

    A friend and I were recently involved in a scuffle with another group of people. My friend was charged with assault and resisting arrest. Upon learning the police were notified, my friend activated the recorder on his cellphone and kept it in hi...

    Anthony’s Answer

    Do they have the right? No. Can you prove they did? Unlikely.
    The better way to do these things is to call your house phone's recorder or to call a friend or to put a lock on your phone so it cannot be accessed without the code.

    Your friend should seek an attorney anyway however it seems unlikely he will have a case as to the taping.

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  • Can the police use a prostitutes phone to pose as her and arrest clients?

    I work as an escort in Muncie, Indiana. Recently a friend of mine was arrested for prostitution. Her phone was taken from her during the arrest. The police posed as her and used it to contact all of her clients via text. When they arrived they wer...

    Anthony’s Answer

    Yes they can use her phone. What she (and all of you) ought to do is to have an attorney on call if you should get arrested. He should be called as soon as you are arrested and you need to demand that he be called. If you have a blackberry put a code on it. If you do not give the police the code, and they make X amount of attempts to get into it and fail, it will erase every number on the phone (you can put it back on through blackberry's backup service it keeps your address book in the cloud) I believe the IPhone works the same way using Apple's cloud service.

    Her attorney should try to work a deal out for her for all her "work" in helping police nab the johns however they would likely claim that she "Consented" for them to use her phone.

    This advice is actually good for anyone in any walk of life who has to keep secrets and keeps them on his mobile device.

    You and all of your friends should also check out Sex Workers Outreach Project which can hook you up to sex worker friendly law firms and other services. I have linked to their current web site below.

    Stay safe.
    Good luck

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  • I have been receiving continous harrassing emails from a former friend

    I have been dealing with continued harrassment by a former friend , Including emails ,phone calls (200-300 a day), emails to my employer accusing me of having harrassed her ( she is impersionating another employee , she does not work) I have tak...

    Anthony’s Answer

    Clearly you have been trying to accomplish this on your own and not with the help of a lawyer. I would go to the local or state bar association and I would hire the president or someone on the board with a reputation for being a top trial lawyer and politically active. I would ask them to become involved in protecting you. I think you will find that although this will cost you some money, the issue will clear up right away.

    A lawyer can humanize a client, he can also deflect questions and better push other lawyers and judges to do their jobs better because he is watching. Obviously a well-heeled attorney with some clout does the job even better. He has put himself in a position to be
    " the (wo)man to see" and his interest in the case immediately focuses other actors on the issues. He is a hard person to ignore.

    Find that guy or gal in your neck of the woods and ask for his or her help and I think you will watch this go away. The issue isn't that there isn't law to protect you, it is that you cannot spur the actors you need to take action to use the law, to do their jobs. Your lawyer if he is a good one, can accomplish that for you.

    Good luck

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  • Will i be arrested if going to muncipal court to schedule bail to pay my warrant

    I recieved a traffic ticket for failure to repair vehicle. I completely forgot to go to court. I had went on a Co-Op Study in spain and i just returned last week realizing i forgot about the ticket since july. my mom didnt tell me about the 2 lett...

    Anthony’s Answer

    Technically you could have bail imposed by the court for failing to come to court when you were supposed to come, however most judges will be glad you came and happy you are furthering your education and overjoyed if you paid in full right there and then. It doesn't matter anyway, if you fail to vacate the warrant, you will be arrested on the street probably at a very inconvenient time and then there will be all kinds of trouble. Better to handle it now.

    Get there as soon as possible, and start the new year off with a clean slate.

    Good luck.

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  • Is assisting people on AVVO considered pro bono work for lawyers?

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    Anthony’s Answer

    I think that lawyers who do a good job in answering these kind of questions could argue it is pro bono work but I would doubt it would fulfill a requirement for a bar association or school's certificate. I think most of us like to do the stuff we do here because we like the site, we like helping others and it helps us to be able to "show our wares" to our fellow lawyers. I know I have picked a few lawyers for referrals because their answers were consistently good and well written.

    I think most bar associations want a more formal program however out reach to the public through AVVO is a good way to inform non lawyers about the law and educate them about their potential to use the law to protect themselves or to obtain restitution when they are harmed.

    Tell me, do YOU think it is pro bono "work"?

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  • Ok i got convicted of possessing cocaine in indiana and i was sentenced. To a yr of probation and i never went to my probation

    It has been almost 4 yrs ago whats gonna happen can i pay it off without going to jail

    Anthony’s Answer

    Well now this is going to depend on a lot of things such as where you were during this time and why you did not go to probation and if you are clean (and I mean Squeaky clean and sober). I would call an attorney in Indianapolis and pray that not only can he help you, but that the judge is a forgiving soul because based on what you have and haven't said here, I'd put you in jail for disobeying the court's order, and I think I am somewhat liberal in forgiving many transgressions, so imagine what a conservative judge may do to you. Go see a lawyer right away. A Good Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  • Can I file battery charges against a club bouncer?

    I was at a club with some friends and one of them was being escorted out for being too intoxicated. I grabbed my friend's hand, following her out. A bouncer behind me pushed me for grabbing my friends hand and told me I was now being kicked out as...

    Anthony’s Answer

    The question isn't whether you can file charges (of course you can) it is whether the police will take the cross complaint and act upon it. I would urge you to hire an attorney ASAP to preserve those tapes. He should serve a subpoena on the bar and do everything in his power to get them. I would also call the DA and police Dept. and demand they try to preserve them as well.

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  • Should my fiance get a divorce or apply for citizenship first?

    My fiance has been in the US legally since 1988. He has a green card. He married a woman in 1996 who is in the US illegally. They separated in 1998 but never got divorced (no one had the money to pay for it). However now, my fiance has gotten the...

    Anthony’s Answer

    If he can adjust his status without having to marry a US Citizen (which I am assuming you are) then he should do so. Otherwise he would have to divorce before he could marry hence necessitating the divorce first.

    I would note that this question is best posed to his Immigration attorney. He should not attempt to adjust status without first seeking counsel. In seeking counsel he is best protected by hiring a good immigration LAWYER and not someone without a law degree as this is not an easy case and like most immigration cases it is best handled and he is most protected by a LAWYER. Not a paralegal parading as an immigration lawyer.

    Good luck

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