Derek H. Goodman’s Answers

Derek H. Goodman

Milwaukee Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Attorney.

Contributor Level 9
  1. We have inadequate heat in our apartment and our landlord is being difficult. What can we do?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Derek H. Goodman
    2. Jason Todd Studinski
    3. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3 lawyer answers

    If your landlord is not fixing the problem, call your local department of neighborhood services and file a complaint. If your landlord then evicts you, that could be evidence of an illegal eviction, though if you owed unpaid rent, that could be an issue. If you're having trouble making ends meet, you should apply for emergency assistance.

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  2. Do I need an attorney? Is it possible to change my sentencing positively? Is the attorney fee worth it?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karyn T. Missimer
    2. Derek H. Goodman
    3. Jeffrey J. Szczewski
    4. Mark Copoulos
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree, as mentioned below, that you should be careful receiving advice from out of state attorneys. It is always best to at least speak with an attorney prior to resolving anything in court on your own. Even though an OWI-1st is a civil matter, it has powerful and far-reaching implications that could affect your life for years to come. I suggest speaking with an attorney before making up your mind on whether or not to proceed with counsel.

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  3. I have 2 cats, I asked my manager if I can have a service dog, she said no, 2 pets max, is that right?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Derek H. Goodman
    2. Jason Todd Studinski
    2 lawyer answers

    In general, landlords with "no pet policies" can be asked to make a reasonable accommodation to their policy if that includes allowing people with service animals to live on the premises as tenants. Denying them the opportunity to reside there because of the service animal may be discriminatory.

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  4. Would getting a lawyer help me?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Derek H. Goodman
    2. Michael R. Cohen
    3. Kathryn A. Harrell
    3 lawyer answers

    I would suggest contacting a lawyer and at least discussing with him or her over the phone. You need to determine what impact this will have from your employer, who may have its own position on these issues. Qualified, local counsel can often obtain more favorable results than if you just walked in and tried to work it out on your own.

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  5. I was ordered by an officer off of private property into a school zone then arrested

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Derek H. Goodman
    2. J Steven House
    3. Sean Patrick Lewis
    3 lawyer answers

    I am not sure of what the question was here, however I assume you're asking if this was legal? I would need to know more about what occurred here, such as the situation and your distance to the school. In general, both open and concealed carry rights are restricted by their proximity to certain structures and areas, including school zones. If you've been charged with a crime, you need to contact an attorney to determine your rights and to go over the facts. You can certainly contact my...

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  6. Is a disorderly conduct better than a dismissal of retail theft?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karyn T. Missimer
    2. Derek H. Goodman
    3. A J. Williams
    4. Ian Thomas Valkenet
    4 lawyer answers

    Your questions is not so complicated, but I'm not sure you understand the difference between an amended charge and a dismissal. A dismissal results in the termination of the State's prosecution of your case. This means that you were never found guilty, have no conviction, and your case is over. Amending the charge means that the original charge is converted to a new one. Disorderly conduct in Wisconsin carries a maximum jail sentence of 90 days. Retail theft carries a maximum of 9 months....

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  7. Do I need a real estate lawyer?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Derek H. Goodman
    2. Vincent J. Gallo
    3. Michael T Millar
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the previous answer. Your father should contact a local attorney for a consultation. Many firms, including mine, offer such consultations free of charge.

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  8. Caught shopliftg, 17 years old! Help!

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Derek H. Goodman
    2. Alexander Mchenry Memmen
    3. Chad Russell Thomas
    3 lawyer answers

    You definitely need to contact a local attorney. Since it sounds like no formal criminal charges have been issued yet, an attorney may be able to stop charges from being issued, or at least can give you a head start on dealing with them. You are 17 years old, so you should probably be honest with your parents, especially since they could help you in retaining an attorney.

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  9. Wisconsin statute 704.17 (3) (c) requires 30 day notice, not five days notice, for leases more than one year.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Derek H. Goodman
    2. Randy T. Enochs
    3. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3 lawyer answers

    If you're unsure about what procedure to employ in an eviction, or how to file one, contact a local attorney.

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  10. Do I need an attorney?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Richard Waldron Bryans Jr.
    2. Laurie Ann Schmidt
    3. Brandon Uriah Luna
    4. Derek H. Goodman
    5. Matthew Patrick Hand
    5 lawyer answers

    You need to get an attorney. No question about that here. If you can afford one, contact a private attorney. Otherwise contact the local office of your state public defender.

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