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John Robert Sauter

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  • Unlike Small Claim Court, which required people to state how much money they are suing for, what court for those want justice?

    Small Claim people must state the value they lost or damage, and much they want... But in other court, do people must state what they want for remedy from plaintiff...in case of slip and fall, and other issues related to personal civil matter, for...

    John’s Answer

    Based on how you've phrased your question, I'd highly advise you to at least consult with, if not retain an experienced attorney to discuss your claim before you proceed. You don't file a motion to sue someone for libel (or slander - these are different and it's important to know the difference), you file a complaint. Which court you file the complaint in depends on the amount of the damages you're asserting. If you don't have any damages, you're wasting your time and money.

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  • In Ohio a joint acct for a jewelry store, finace broke off engagement and he wants me to pay for ring now. What do I do?

    Fiance and I got a joint acct at Helzberg Diamonds for my ring, he just broke off the engagement and refuses to make payments. We did a joint acct to help build up his credit and now he refuses to pay because "he is done". I have the ring but can'...

    John’s Answer

    Sell it. Pay as much as possible on the account. Hope they don't come after you for a deficiency. Take him to court (most Ohio small claims courts have a $3,000 limit) for his portion - or all. Hope you get some money from him.

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  • NOTICE OF APPEAL~ TIME IS NOT ON OUR SIDE:(

    My Fiance just pled out to 7 yrs on charges that he wasn't guilty of due to strong arm tactics etc. To make a long story short his counsel was insufficient & he will have no problem prooving that. He had 3 SEPARATE cases and the prosecutor sentenc...

    John’s Answer

    A successful ineffective assistance of counsel appeal is incredibly hard to prove. The fact that you believe your boyfriend, who is now sitting in jail, will be able to prove ineffective assistance without any problem (without an attorney!) indicates to me that both you and he do not realize what an incredibly difficult proposition it is that you're proposing.

    Advance appellate advocacy is hard. It's not something that is even taught in law school. It's not something you're going to learn on avvo.com. It's not something done without an attorney while sitting in jail.

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  • IN A FEDERAL SUE MOVING FOR SUMMARY JUDGEMENT OR DISCOVERY

    Material facts, if you believe your case demonstrates you may win and your complaints are backed by case law would it be well advised to move to request discovery immediately or summary judgment.

    John’s Answer

    It would be advisable to hire an attorney to represent you - merely asking the question in the manner in which you did indicates to me that you're in waaay over your head.

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  • Do I have the means to file a lawsuit against my employer if I was attacked while leaving work?

    I was attacked while leaving during closing hours at work, and according to company policy employees are to be supervised leaving at such hours, which I was not.

    John’s Answer

    Contact an attorney in your area who has experience in the personal injury and workers compensation field. Without knowing additional detail it is difficult to make a determination, but it does sound like something that you should pursue.

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  • My landlord sent a letter stating that we have to pay for water now ( 1 person $25, 2 people $35) I received a bill for $31.00.

    Is this legal?? It is not in the contract I signed. Please Help!!

    John’s Answer

    Double - even triple check your lease to be sure which utility payments are, and which utility payments are not contemplated in the lease. If you're sure it is not, write your landlord and tell him or her so. Be prepared to pay your rent into an escrow account until the matter is settled. If you landlord doesn't back down, consider consulting with an attorney and asking the attorney to take a look at your lease and offer you his or her legal guidance.

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  • Signed a apartment lease that said nothing about pets and now I'm being told to get rid of my dog within 24 hours.

    help

    John’s Answer

    If the lease says nothing about pets, point out that fact to your landlord. Your lease is a contract between yourself and your landlord that sets forth the terms of your tenancy.

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  • How do I clean up a misdemeanor record of parphenalia, solicitation, domestic violence? What steps to I take to seal it?

    If I can not seal it or have it expunged is there an amount of time I have to wait or is there a way to keep it out of public view?

    John’s Answer

    You are going to have problems sealing your criminal record. First, in Ohio, domestic violence under O.R.C. 2919.25 cannot be sealed. Second, unless an exception applies, only those who are first-time offenders are eligible to get their record sealed (applies to misdemeanors and felonies).

    I'd advise you to contact a Marysville criminal defense attorney for a consultation. After reviewing your record and looking for an exceptions in Ohio law, they could conclusively advise you whether or not it would be possible to seal your record.

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  • I was recently forced to resign from my job. I have never received any write ups. would i have a case

    I was forced to resign due to lack of accountability to my team members. never received any write ups. My general managers basically put all the blame on me on the mistakes that they made and the HR made.

    John’s Answer

    Whether you have a valid claim for wrongful termination depends on your status as an employee.

    Ohio is known as an at-will employment state. Unless the terms of your employment are governed by a contract between yourself and your employer (or other exceptions, such as union rules or an employee discipline handbook), you are most likely an employee at will. Employees at will can be fired for cause (you screwed up), no cause (you didn't screw up) or even bad cause (they fired you because you're a Michigan fan and they're OSU fans). Therefore, if you were an employee at will, you do not have a claim.

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