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Patrick J. Rupich

Patrick Rupich’s Answers

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  • Can His Parents Throw Out The Baby's Stuff?

    My boyfriend and I are expecting a baby in September, coming up very soon here. His parents, up until recently have put up the front that they are supportive and willing to do what they can to help us. They gave us permission to move all of our so...

    Patrick’s Answer

    His parents agreed to hold onto the items which makes them responsible to a certain extent (they are a bailee). You could sue them in small claims court; however, you have to prove what damages you have suffered. No receipts = tough to prove. Possible criminal damage to property. Everyone is all stressed out by what is going on ; and his parents must be shocked by the whole situation. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail. This is their grandson and the baby's grandparents. Perhaps you should both reach out to them and see what you can do to negotiate a family settlement and let the stress pass. Good luck

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  • Must you be an attorney to become a GAL?

    I'm not an attorney and am interested in becoming one if possible

    Patrick’s Answer

    you cannot without being an atttorney

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  • Do I need my daughters Biological fathers permission and or his signature to take her to visit my relatives in Canada?

    I have full custody, primary placement, and we are divorced. There is no visitation/contact/placement with her Biological father. Can I sign for a passport for my daughter alone? or will i require his signature? This is only for a vacation, no...

    Patrick’s Answer

    I have had to go to court with the parent who is looking to take the child out of the country and ask the judge to order the other parent to sign any paperwork necessary to allow the child to go out of the country. The other parent can object to the child going out of the country by proving to the court that the trip is dangerous. Canada is not dangerous. The worst thing is that many people say, "hey" just like us. Get the paperwork for the passport and review it. Hopefully this is not a vacation coming up soon as it may take time

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  • My name is Kim I just got caught shopping lifting clothes for my kids for 391.00. First offense.

    I was caught shopping lifting at Kohls tonight. I stoled children clothing lost my job and losing my home. I feel terrible. I cannot have this on my record my husband will leave me and I have small children. Please help. Merchandise was for 3...

    Patrick’s Answer

    Kim, have you received the citation? it is possible that you received what is known as an ordinance violation ( citation) which is non-criminal. It is also possible that they may be charging you with a misdemeanor which is criminal; but the citation seems to be more likely but is not certain. It is possible that the retail theft ticket could be reduced. It is also possible that the city attorney ( unless you are criminally prosecuted) could agree that as long as you stay out of trouble the case could possibly be dismissed or amended to a different charge like disorderly conduct. the same result could occur even if you are charged criminally because you do not have a record. Kohls department stores could ban you from coming into their stores and you have to respect their wishes or they could give you a trespassing ticket. It is also possible that Kohls might try to sue you in small claims court ( civil lawsuit). Some retailers take that drastic step as part of their policy. good luck

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  • My ex doesnt maintain good enough household cleanliness standards for our 5yo daughter. Can I force him to step up?

    My husband and I are separated and we have a 5yo daughter. While MY place is very well maintained, his place is always a complete mess. While my first thought was CPS, but its not dirt and grime or things immediately detrimental, its simply chao...

    Patrick’s Answer

    I see you are from Milwaukee just like I am. When you mentioned your ex leads me to believe that it could be an ex-husband or ex-boyfriend. After a divorce, parents are able to take the other parent back to court based on the substantial change in circumstances and that the proposed changes will be in the child's best interest. There are certain time frames in which you can do that if there was a paternity judgment and subsequent orders or after was a divorce judgment with subsequent orders. I hope you too talk regarding the custody and placement of the child. Let him know in the nicest possible way what your concerns are. Because once you go back to Family Court it is like attempting to throw the other parent under the bus. Then he will say things about you and this will contaminate your child's attitude regarding both of you. Yes, You can take the other parents back to court for this if it rises to the level of Imminent physical/emotional harm. A lot of your concerns can be brought to the attention of your attorney who likewise will bring it to the attention of the other parents attorney.

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  • Civil demand from Shopko, help!

    In the report, the items stolen from shopko are not in resalable condition; will shopko sue my parents? The civil claim (demand) is about $311. I have ignored it for months now, and they had referred it to a collections agency just recently. Shoul...

    Patrick’s Answer

    Whether they sue your parents depends upon how old you were at the time of the incident. State law allows the retailer to sue you for treble damages and attorney fees and costs. Mernards is famous for this as well as boycotting the person from their stores for the rest of their life or a lesser period of time. I got my client's ticket reduced to a local city ordinance violation. Of disorderly conduct. Argument to be made as to whether or not the items were in resell able. Corporations frequently resell partially damaged or pieces missing from package and still make money off of it. get An attorney to assist you. I was able to get my clients charges reduced from criminal retell thefts To noncriminal tickets. I Tell the stores that if the items are unsalable then we will take them with us and pay for them meaning we're going to keep what was recovered and pay their loss, but the stores don't seem to go with ythat because the Store plans reselling it anyway as used merchandise and May sell the merchandise at almost its regular price. They often make more money when they talk you into getting protection packages just in case

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  • Detectives...

    Can detectives investigate ( sit and watch) someone who is outside of your county? If so, what kind of investigation catagory would that fit in?

    Patrick’s Answer

    Small towns and villages often allow their officers to go onto adjacent municipalities to pursue criminals. There is also a written or unwritten policy between police jurisdictions that they can enter the next county/city to pursue any subjects. It would be law-enforcement reciprocity between jurisdictions

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  • Can a young man 17 be charged with 2nd degree sexual assault of a cousin when both say it didn't happen

    A male cousin was accused by a report to social services of having oral sex with a 13 yr old cousin. Both deny it happened and an investigation from social service states it was a unsupstancated report. But now the boy has received a letter to app...

    Patrick’s Answer

    it appears he has been charged in the fact that he has received the letter for juvenile courts. The state apparently believes that this matter can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Juvenile court does not have jury trials and a judge would decide whether the respondent ( call defendant in adult criminal courts) is delinquent ( guilty in adult courts) of the alleged offense. A conviction ( being found delinquent) is just like being found guilty in adult criminal courts with the possibility of registering as a sex offender. The state may have charged the case to see if they could get the parties to agree to a consent decree ( where no one admits fault) in an attempt to provide social services to the cousins. They may also make a threat that unless the 17-year-old admits to wrongdoing then the District Attorney's Office might try to threaten to waive the case to adult criminal court for the 17-year-old. It sounds like a suspect case to me. The District Attorney's Office must provide police reports and other evidence to prove that the male cousin did the acts. Was the 13-year-old cousin order to appear in court as well. He definitely needs an attorney.

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  • I'm meeting probation officer for first time. Im on pain contract for vicodin, but percocet will show too. Will I go to jail?

    I had back surgery a year ago. I'm on a pain contract. Previously I was perscribed percocet and recently I am on Vicodin. I have both in my system right now. (I'm on probation for 1 year starting tomorrow for battery) I don't have my old perscript...

    Patrick’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Gregory J. Jerabek. you may also been a pretrial order orders you to not consume drugs/alcohol. hopefully there will not be a problem . You can also go to your pharmacy and request them to print out your prescriptions which you can then show your PO. It may be faster than getting proof from your doctor. Just tell your PO when you go over your rules of supervision with your agent . You should be okay as long as you are honest and can provide proof to your agent. Your best bet is to always be honest unless you are constantly admitting to using something unapproved. You may also be asked to take a baseline drug test at the beginning of your supervision. This will show what drugs are in your system and the agent uses that to determine if you have used drugs at the time of supervision. Good luck!

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  • Can I still get in trouble for being pregnant by a minor even if we are married?

    i am 20 and he is 15. we recently went and got married. i found out about a week before that i was pregnant? can i still get into trouble for being pregnant before we were married? his parents are completely okay with everything and want us to be ...

    Patrick’s Answer

    there is the possibility that law enforcement could find out and you could potentially be charged with a felony for having sexual intercourse with a minor even though you got married. This usually comes to light when the minor is the one who got impregnated by the adult; but your scenario is reversed. It is possible; and this is especially true with living up in a smaller city like Wisconsin Rapids. Are you receiving any public assistance like badger care, food stamps etc.? if so, the state may ask you who the father is and there could be problems. It is possible you may dated attorney depending upon what happens.

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