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  • My attorney advised me to lie at my dr. appts. I told the truth but now all but my initial visit tell his version what to do?

    I was hit by a car and went to a local law firm and told them what happened. The person that i spoke to referred me to an injury center but told me to lie. I told him I would not as I had no reason to and that my injuries were real. I went to my a...

    Valerie’s Answer

    Contact a reputable personal injury lawyer that practices in your jurisdiction - not just a lawyer or a firm that has fancy TV advertisements - and explain the situation in person. S/he can then point you in the right direction which will probably entail firing the current attorney and bringing a complaint with the Florida Bar, and possibly even criminal charges.

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  • I believe my attorney has not acted in an ethical manner with regard to my case.

    I also believe my attorney has dragged out the case so that he can continue to bill me - also known as "churning the file". I would like to know if this practice is just unethical or is it illegal. What recourse do I have if any? Can the Bar As...

    Valerie’s Answer

    It would be helpful to know if you're receiving itemized statements, if there are multiple and frequent communications with your attorney, whether it's a complex litigation case, whether your attorney has a reputation for questionable billing practices, etc. If your attorney can't satisfactorily address your concerns, you can contact the Florida Bar to look into the matter. I suggest you talk to another local attorney first though; sometimes the wheels of justice turn slow and it takes time to fight the good fights.

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  • I was there with my ex for 16 years durin have time we were together I had to pay her child support and she receiving food Stamp

    and now I'm in arrears in child support payments

    Valerie’s Answer

    Please restate and clarify your question. It's not clear who "she" is , nor on whose behalf you were paying child support.

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  • I am pregnant and would like to go back to the UK to have my baby, how can I do this legally?

    I am an Fedex employee, myself and the cleaner was recently arrested for suspicion of theft based on a video that does not show any form of theft. basically the video shows the cleaner telling me to move my packages out of the way of her changing ...

    Valerie’s Answer

    Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Your question provides a lot of identifying and potentially incriminating information. Prosecutors have access to AVvO too!

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  • I went to court to fight my ticket and the fhp officer perjured himself. What is my recourse?

    I plan on getting the transcript and his dashcam and proving it! The officer testified we were the only 2 vehicles on us 19 in the middle of the day when there were at least 3 cars between us. I already contacted the news and they are interested.

    Valerie’s Answer

    You really need an experienced attorney handling this for you. Just because the trooper's recollection differed from yours doesn't necessarily mean he's lying or that he committed perjury. Even if he was outright lying, proving its affect on the outcome of the hearing is a completely different matter.

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  • What are my chances of winning this Hague case?

    wife is German. I'm American.son was born in Germany in 2013. Upon birth obtained his consular report of birth abroad, and US passport. wife got a US immigration visa and came to the USA with my son in August 2014. She now has a green card. Novemb...

    Valerie’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague - you should immediately contact an experienced attorney. The issues you've presented are far too complicated and far too important to try to handle this matter on your own with the assistance of online postings. Good luck.

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  • There is no serial number of the radar gun on my citation. It's in Hernando county florida.

    Four lane highway with cars in between me and the trooper

    Valerie’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague - contact an experienced local defense/traffic attorney. These cases CAN be won, but it takes skill. I'm impressed that you've obviously done your research to figure out the failure to include the serial number is significant. Good luck to you!

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  • Wat kind of a lawyer would I need to handle a case where a car dealer sold me a truck with the wrong mileage on it

    Need to know wat I should do

    Valerie’s Answer

    I suggest you contact a local attorney that handles small claims matters, and perhaps one who has some experience as a prosecutor or defense attorney. Good luck.

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  • How can I stop DCF from continually harassing me over repeated false reports from the same person?

    My mother is 84 yrs old with Alzheimer's, dementia & macular degeneration. My nephew told me that she had a brain tumor & 2 months to live. Im her son and I came here to help her with her affairs. I found out that my sisters were taking all her mo...

    Valerie’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear your situation. I recommend you contact an experienced, local criminal defense attorney (one with prior experience as a prosecutor, if you can find one locally). He/She can explain your rights as well as some of the hidden dangers of dealing one-on-one with DCF that you might not have even considered. There is a statute that criminalizes false reporting of abuse/abandonment/neglect, but I've only seen the State prosecute them a handful of times (in my area of Northwest Florida). Also, I recommend you consult with a local attorney that handles guardianships. Good luck to you.

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  • Can I press charges? Do I have a case against her? Why Would she press charges?

    My friend took me into her home to live, and gave me a phone to contact me. After two months she kicked me out without notice after we had a disagreement. Within a few days she came to my grandmothers, who took me in, and forced herself onto me an...

    Valerie’s Answer

    There are a lot of issues in your post that can't be easily addressed in an online forum such as this one. In my jurisdiction, s/he who calls the police first is referred to as the "victim" and s/he who calls the police second is referred to as the "defendant." I suggest you try to schedule a consultation immediately with a local criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the practices in your county. Even if it costs you $100 or so, it will probably be well worth it to know your rights and know what your options are. Good luck .

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