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G. Jason Thompson

G. Thompson’s Answers

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  • Work suspectected I was intoxicated. They took me to the hospital for testing.

    They called my coworker ( roommate) and told him I could not return to work until the results were received. My supervisor also told him in person other details. My results came in... And as I knew they were negative. Work then said I could not re...

    G.’s Answer

    This sounds like an employment discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act or retaliation case. From the brief facts you stated, it sounds like they are looking for a pretext to fire you (make you quit / constructive firing). I no longer practice in this area, but it would behoove you to contact an employment discrimination attorney immediately as there are time limits on notifying the EEOC.

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  • Can a founder of a non profit endorse a political candidate?

    I am a founder of a non profit. I want to use my name to endorse a local political candidate. I know I can't legally have my non profit organization endorse a political candidate. But is it legal if I use my name to endorse a political candi...

    G.’s Answer

    I agree with what both of the above lawyers stated. As long as you do it in your "individual capacity" it's fine. Just remember, however, that when you do this, the candidate will often use your non-profit organization as endorsing them -- even though you tell them not to do so -- which makes for a messy situation. The bottom line is that is it better not to endorse at all in my opinion and avoid the headache.

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  • I got a traffic violation ticket in Atlanta, Georgia for driving wrong way down a one way road. I'm concerned about 2 things-

    1) I'm filling out job applications and there is a field which asks me "Have you ever been convicted of a felony"? What should I answer? Yes or No 2) Can the companies reject me for this minor traffic violation ticket? There was no arrest, I was...

    G.’s Answer

    First, it's not a felony. You might want to get an attorney to try to negotiate a plea with the prosecutor to an amended charge such as a city or county ordinance of you have not already entered a guilty plea. Second, the only kind of business I can think of that might hold this against you is a driving job -- but even then, unless you have a horrible driving history, and this is your only blemish on your driving record, I would doubt a company would care about this charge unless alcohol was involved.

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  • Is it a legal agreement if it is stated in an email without an actual signature?

    I co signed a lease with an ex girlfriend and shortly after moved out. I was unable to get my name off the lease so the damages that happened after I moved out are still mine as well from what I understand. She told me she was handling it when I f...

    G.’s Answer

    I would suggest calling the collection company yourself to find out if you can work out your own deal instead of relying on statements of your ex girlfriend in an email or message. If what she says is true and you did in fact pay half, and since you are on the lease, you would still be on the hook for the remainder. Assuming for the sake of argument, that the email constitutes reliance (I think you would have a hard time with this), your credit may still be affected by her lack of payment even if you did pay half and planned on suing her later for the difference.

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  • Cited for following too closely in minor accident while avoiding major accident, can I get this dropped before going to court?

    My wife was cited for following too closely after an accident on the interstate in Cobb county Georgia. The cause of the accident was the vehicle behind her. In stopped traffic, she attempted to avoid being rear ended by a vehicle coming upon he...

    G.’s Answer

    There are different questions you have asked. One is "Can I represent myself." Your wife could represent herself, but unless you are an attorney, you cannot represent her. It is not a good idea for your wife to represent herself. You are more than likely not going to get a trial by jury with a traffic ticket of following too closely, but you could try. What the responding officer said is technically correct but it is totally understandable why you wouldnt want a vehicle to slam into yours with young children in the back. If she has witnesses, she should get them as soon as possible -- their names, numbers, and addresses. I think you will be able to find an attorney to represent her for this matter at a reasonable price. If she has a clean driving history, it also helps.

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  • My son was arrested for his third dui and was driving with a suspended license

    Will he be able to get decent representation from a public defender and what are the probable penalties

    G.’s Answer

    There really needs to be more information here. Is this his 3rd offense in 10 years or his 3rd offense lifetime, for example. Also, if it is in a municipal court, the prosecutor might want less jail time than a prosecutor in a state court (or superior).

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  • One dui one reduced to reckless driving driving on suspended liscences 2x. now a new dui. all fines paid to date.

    Cannot afford a lawyer , will i go to prision?

    G.’s Answer

    If you are still on probation, you will more than likely have a probation revocation hearing where the judge could revoke whatever you have left on your sentence. You will also be looking at much stiffer penalties for a second DUI and I suggest you contact a DUI attorney immediately.

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  • Should I hire a lawyer?

    My boyfriend and I have a joint checking account. A large check for over $100,000 came in the mail to me which he was supposed to deposit into MY account with only my name on it. However, he put it in our joint account and just wrote "for deposi...

    G.’s Answer

    Assuming the $100,000 check that came in the mail to you was legal, you may also want to contact the police.

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  • Childcare provider terminated 11 month old baby for crying and retained the 2 weeks deposit.Is it the right practise??

    We put our 11 month old baby in a daycare,He stayed there from Monday to Friday(less than 20 hours for the week).On Friday noon,I received an email asking me to seekout other childcare options since his crying was uncontrollable.We signed a contra...

    G.’s Answer

    The only other thing I would add otherthan what was said by the other attorneys above is that it seems the daycare provider could terminate without notice for "uncontrollable" behavior by stating the non-stop crying is such behavior. I realize that you are upset about the deposit/money. However, it may be a blessing in disguise that you found out your child is in a daycare where he or she cries all day with no relief and you can get him/her out of this place.

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  • I was arrested for shoplifting a bag of chips after a miscommunication over who paid for them, is PreTrial Diversion acceptable?

    There was an inebriated miscommunication about who bought a bag of potato chips & I was arrested for shoplifting. My friend told me she was buying me a bag, she was standing in another line & actually bought a different bag than the one I had, un...

    G.’s Answer

    This is a very unfortunate incident. However, this is the type of matter for which pre-trial diversion was made. Sometimes, it is better to have pre-trial diversion than it is to go to trial and be acquitted or have them just drop the case. And the reason for this is expungement, which is much harder to get without pre-trial diversion. Expungement is not automatic, however. Should you enter into a pre-trial diversion agreement with the prosecutor, the wording will have something like "eligible for expungment." That is because it is a separate process that is done once a case is dismissed / nolle-prosequi-ed. Although, pre-trial diversion can be simple, if you do not have legal training, it would be a good idea to hire an attorney to assist you through this process. Having a theft crime off or your record will help with employment as well. What is nice about pre-trial diversion is that you know for sure how the result will be once you complete it. With trial, no matter how good you think your case is, you are always putting the decision in the hands of the jury (or the judge for a bench trial).

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