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Stewart C Crawford Jr.

Stewart Crawford’s Answers

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  • What's considered neglect

    What's considered neglect, as far as length of time from child

    Stewart’s Answer

    If you are speaking of leaving a child unattended, a variety of factors are considered including the child’s age, the length of time alone, the degree of endangerment. If your child has been placed in the care of an agency such as CYS, you should promptly meet with an attorney to assist you.

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  • What should I do signed a notarized letter agreeing to pay 500$ every 2 weeks for the care of my son but I can't afford it

    Child support

    Stewart’s Answer

    You may be best served by seeking formalized support through the courts rather than a mere agreement. When support is organized through domestic relations it is calculated based on your income. Of course, the down side of domestic relations is that they are less forgiving than a private party with missed payment and arrears collections.

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  • Is there a way to have the $2000 fine reduced or paid in a lump sum so that I can get a drivers license in PA.

    My drivers license is suspended in TX. for driving without insurance. I now live in PA.

    Stewart’s Answer

    Pennsylvania, like most states, has signed the interstate drivers compact whereby other states driving restrictions will be honored in Pennsylvania. To regain your driving privileges, you must cure the restriction in your home state. Write to the Texas DMV and ask them for a position on reinstatement. They should be able to tell you all of the things that you need to do.

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  • What do I need to do to get him to stop recording myself and my family in our rental property. How do I recoup monies lost?

    I am renting a home and it is infested with pests (mice, roaches and bed bugs). All of these pests were in the home prior to me moving in. (We actually spotted some as we were signing our lease and made the landlord write it in about him extermi...

    Stewart’s Answer

    You should consider contacting the police or the local district attorney, it might very well be a crime to record you without your permission in your home. With respect to the infestation, I advise that you give the landlord 30 days to cure the problem after which time you will divert the rental monies toward a professional exterminator. Keep in mind, this could cause the landlord to retaliate by attempting to evict you.

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  • Luzerne Co. Can a mortgage company demand rent?

    I (sorta) rent an apartment in a house. The deed, and common bills, are still in the landlord's name, but his mortgage company says they can collect rent. Oh, it is also up for sheriff's or tax sale, not sure which (yeah, it's me again), I think...

    Stewart’s Answer

    You need to have an attorney review the terms of the lease. If the deeded owner of the property has assigned his or her right to recover rents to the mortgage company, you may have very little control over that and may have to pay the mortgage company (even if they aren’t the true owner). Note, however, if you are paying certain bills that are the responsibility of the landlord, you may be entitled to deduct those sums from the rent. You need to also determine what happened to any deposit you had.

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  • What kind of legal options may exists? The lease has a provision that looks to be the legal definition of Disturbing the Peace.

    I currently lease an apartment in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. A next door neighbor, virtually every night is banging in the kitchen where it is plainly audible even if I am in the bedroom and has woken me up at least twice early in the morning (1AM-i...

    Stewart’s Answer

    Perhaps try notifying the police when you are in the midst of a disturbing the peace type episode. A police report would go a long way toward exercising that provision of the lease. Of course, if it is children making that noise it might not be an enforceable provision. Alternatively, try videotaping the sounds (from your own apartment). First advise the neighbor of your intention to do so.

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  • Can I still sue her in court from another state?

    HI my situation is a bit complicated. for 7mos I lived in a 3bedroom house with my daughter and two best friends at the time. For one of my friends of 8 yrs to leave me paying rent and all utilities after July. We moved to this property in April ...

    Stewart’s Answer

    Whether you have any rights to sue for contribution toward the bills will depend on several things including any provisions of your lease, the circumstances surrounding your early termination from the lease, and any side agreements you had with your co-tenants. Generally, courts will allow a pro rata share of any reasonable expenses. If your damages are under $12,000 you should consider small claims court. You will need proofs of the expenses and that you paid. Ideally, you should consider including the creditors as parties; although that tends to be a bit unrealistic. Meet with an attorney and see what options you have.

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  • What should I do plead guilty an take wat they give me or guilty an get diff options or go all out an Sue an plead not guilty

    Got in Accident I woke on a tree air bag popped out late so I got knocked out on steering wheel. I awoke an was delirious raining it had just recently began so was really slippery only thing I member is the cars back end start to slide so I tried ...

    Stewart’s Answer

    You need an attorney promptly to address the potential criminal charges and to address any possible civil liability from the accident itself. At a minimum, your insurance carrier needs to be notified. Keep in mind, any defects in the airbag should likewise be explore to see if you have an consumer or products liability claims or even a claim against the other driver. You generally have two years to start such a suit but it might be shorter depending on when the warranties may expire. Ideally, speak to a personal injury attorney with products liability and criminal law experience; however, no civil suit should be initiated by you if you have pending criminal charges. Don’t plead guilty without the advice of counsel.

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  • Is it possible to receive an underage drinking citation/summons from the Philadelphia PD in the mail with this new provision?

    The Philadelphia PD has a new provision stating that they will issue handwritten or electronic citations on the spot to offenders/defendants.

    Stewart’s Answer

    Yes. Notwithstanding Philadelphia’s efforts to speed up the process, Pennsylvania law allows for criminal citations to be sent in the mail, normally within 30 days. If you believe you will be receiving a summons, use the time to speak with a criminal defense attorney, there could be a lot of options and defenses available.

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  • Our fee now totals 8500. The court has no knowledge of his appearance. And he came to one hearing. what should I do

    Hi we hired a criminal defense attorney for my son his first fee was 3500 pre trial. We had no communication from him. He didn't show up for the first court hearing and called an hour into it to tell the clerk he apologized he was sick. The secon...

    Stewart’s Answer

    Your son (assuming he is not a minor) should be a part of any decision to hire a new attorney and find out before signing an agreement what the charges involved mean, what are the potential defense, and what are the prices. Only when you have a clear understanding of those things should you sign a retainer agreement. A criminal charge is a life altering event, your son should be absolutely comfortable with the person he chooses to help.

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