The party that has the burden of proof in a lawsuit has the obligation to show up at the hearing or trial. This is usually called the Plaintiff but, in your case, the Petitioner is the one with the burden or proof. In most instances, a judge can dismiss a case where the Plaintiff or Petitioner has failed to appear for the trial. In the case of a pre-trial hearing, it may be re-scheduled. Good luck.
No. The First Amendment to the Constitution protects the rights of newspapers to publish true material. Remember, the U.S. Supreme Court protected the right of the New York TImes to publish the "Pentagon Papers" in 1971 and they were illegally obtained and were highly classified. You have no lawsuit. However, you can complain to the newspaper and ask them to clarify their policy going forward. Good luck.
Whether a government entity may use tax dollars to support a ballot issue such as the tax levy you reference is a question of state law. It will vary from state to state. I do not practice in Michigan. Call the office of the Prosecuting Attorney in your county to see what the law is in your state.
A lawyer is typically paid for his time. Spending an hour or so talking to a qualified attorney about your case could be very valuable to you. But the attorney's time is valuable, as well. Check the Avvo.com rating of the lawyer and ask the lawyer to give you a letter in writing about how the fees would work.
Check the link below for some helpful information about this process in your state.
Sadly, some companies are taking advantage of desperate people who want to believe that the federal government will pay off their debts. Instead, you should consult with a non-profit credit counseling agency -- the best way to handle massive debt. In the worst case scenario, you may need to consult an attorney in your state about personal bankruptcy. Good luck and hang in there.
I have handled several divorce, custody, and visitation cases (nearly all in Pennsylvania). What I've learned from these is that judges will make a decision based on the "best interests of the child" involved. A Texas family lawyer can help walk you through the process to determine the visitation that is most suitable for your daughter. Good luck.
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Generally speaking, if the information being reviewed or "checked" is a public record in the state where the background check takes place, then any citizen may conduct such a search. Most people are surprised to learn what "personal" information is contained in public records such as court filings, deeds, voting records, etc.
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The short answer is no. Only people who are admitted to practice law in your state (typically that means graduating from law school and passing the bar exam) may advise or represent clients. You may want to contact a law school near you and see if they have a legal clinic. If they do, they may have law students assist you under the supervision of an attorney. Depending on your financial situation, you may be eligible for legal aid, which provides legal advice to people who cannot afford to...
I do not practice in Illinois, but in most jurisdictions prosecutors will often allow a case to be dismissed in return for the defendant paying the court costs. Your other option was to take the case to trial and make the prosecutor prove the case. That could have resulted in a fine AND court costs.
It's frustrating to pay anything at all when you believe you are in the right, but "dismissal for costs" is the cheapest outcome short of a full dismissal.
You may be able to appeal the...
While some law firms do pro bono legal work, there are many more cases than available attorneys. You may want to check with your local law school to see if there is a legal clinic that may take your case.
If you have some money to pay an attorney, check with the Wyoming Bar Association lawyer referral service (see link) and tell them your circumstances.
Or go back to the Public Defender's office, ask to speak with the managing attorney and request another review of your case.