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Stewart C Crawford Jr.

Stewart Crawford’s Answers

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  • My friend is being charged for theft by unlawful taking- movable and receiving stolen property but he was never arrested for it?

    The "arrest date" is listed on his paperwork as July 2015, but he was never "arrested" on this date. ( I know that for certain). The "initiation date" is early august and the "filed date" is late august. How could all of these dates be separate? T...

    Stewart’s Answer

    A discrepancy between the offense date and filing days does not seem like it would be that important (unless there was several years in between or there was an alibi for the incident date). Right now, your friend should focus on retaining an attorney. The next several court appearance s are critical

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  • What can I do if my landlord refuses to give me a rent recipient

    I recently moved to Pittsburgh, PA and when I signed my lease, my landlord told me I can ask for a rent receipt if I needed one. When I did ask for one for my second months rent, I was told they don't do that. So I paid thirds month rent with a ch...

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    Your bank will have proof of all checks drawn from the account

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  • I received an In Court of Common Pleas civil Division Notice

    It says notice is given that a judgment in the above captioned matter has been entered against you in the amount os 1,298.49 Am I going to jail?, I haven't been able to make a 1st payment since my last court July 2nd... I lost my job... sho...

    Stewart’s Answer

    You cannot go to jail for the failure to pay a debt (unless you were already convicted of a crime and ordered to pay restitution). If you wish to challenge the debt you have some rights that might expire if you don't act immediately.

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  • Do I need to update probation on my new prescriptions?

    The day I got processed for probation I had to list all medicines I was taking,well now I don't take the one,and another two prescriptions have been added. One is temporary for an allergic reaction. The other is more permanent for high cholesterol

    Stewart’s Answer

    It would be wise to do so if you are subject to random drug screening

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  • Can a debt collector sue me for alleged past due invoices from 2012?

    I am a small business owner being harassed and threatened by a debt collector hired by a former vendor. They are claiming that my credit card was never charged, but the merchandise was shipped and delivered, for two orders I allegedly placed in 2...

    Stewart’s Answer

    Send a letter disputing the debt with instructions to not contact you any more. Keep a journal of any subsequent debt collection efforts. If they sue, contact a consumer attorney for guidance.

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  • How to I ANSWER a Petition to strike down/open a default judgement. Do I file this or wait for a hearing?

    I won't a default judgement. The defendant sent me a petition to open/strike down judgement. I typed up an answer to dismiss the petition and award the judgement. How do I server this. There is a petition hearing tomorrow, do I wait until tomorrow...

    Stewart’s Answer

    It needs to be filed and also delivered to the opposing party (or their attorney) before that hearing

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  • Do I need an attorney or does my auto insurance handle this?

    My daughter was in a car accident where the other driver came all the way across the road and hit the car. The other insurance accepted fault. Now I have received a writ to add my daughter as a defendant to a suit against the other driver. It stat...

    Stewart’s Answer

    Yes. Act immediately to get an attorney. If you had insurance on the car she was driving, notify your insurance carrier as they might be required to hire an attorney she has 20 days to file a response or a judgment can be entered against her. Don't wait

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  • How much does it cost to have a lawyer help me to file a complaint in an appeal?

    I need help to file a complaint in the appeal. The case is about car accident. I am the plaintiff. Defendants never showed up at the lower hearing so I won by default. Now the defendants have appealed and I need to file a complaint within 20 days.

    Stewart’s Answer

    Many attorneys work on a contingency fee for those types of cases (ie they take a percentage of winnings rather than get paid out of pocket)

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  • Stay away order for harassment and property vandalizing

    I am a landlord with rental properties and tenants including a church. They are all in the same area. I need a "stay away" order against a woman who continuously vandalizes my properties, and harasses my tenants. I live in NJ and, although my hu...

    Stewart’s Answer

    File a harassment claim or private criminal complaint. Ask for a stay away order as part of the relief. A lawyer might also be useful, a cease a desist violation could be good grounds to support that form of relief

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  • Do I need an attorney to break a lease?

    Current landlord has refused to fix safety issues within the apartment I rent from him. We have tried negotiating a time with him multiple times and every time that he says that something will get fixed the time he gives us comes and passes. if ...

    Stewart’s Answer

    Whether you are justified in breaking the lease under these circumstances doesn't mean it will be an easy path to reclaim your security. Meet with an attorney to explore your options. Perhaps you can redirect the rent toward completing the repairs

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