David Alan Zipp’s Answers

David Alan Zipp

Fox Lake Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Am I required to report a potential crime that I heard about secondhand? I want to give benefit of the doubt.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey Allen Fagan
    2. David Alan Zipp
    3. Melissa I. Smejkal
    4. Judy A. Goldstein
    5. John Paul Thygerson
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    You seem to be describing hearsay within hearsay. First, you have no obligation to report on what you have heard might have happened. This would not preclude you from choosing to cooperate with an investigation if asked, but you are not under any obligation to do so. How can you be bullied to say something you say you did not see, but were rather only told somebody else saw? It sounds like you are being asked to speculate and by your own admission, you did not see anything. My best...

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  2. I have to pay restitution (1/4 of my salary) until I retire. Is there a way to have this amount reduced by possibly petitioning

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. David Alan Zipp
    2. Judy A. Goldstein
    3. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    4. Joshua Sabert Lowther
    4 lawyer answers

    The short answer is you are likely to continue to have a wage garnishment until you pay it off or retire. You stated "until you retire" and if this retirement is pending or on the horizon, than that is one thing. but if this debt is overwhelming and you are not set to retire, and you have no significant assets or ability to pay other than you job, I would at least consider having a conversation with a bankruptcy attorney. You certainly can dial up a petition to reduce the amount withheld....

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  3. I have a set visitation schedule, my ex is moving in state but distance will be a factor for my visits during the week... Advice

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    2. Wes Cowell
    3. David Alan Zipp
    3 lawyer answers

    Under the presumption that neither you or your ex have any special court restrictions on your visitation, you really have two options here. 1. Nothing prevents you and your ex from having a calm discussion about visitation. The court orders are to serve as a baseline and to allow the court to have a basis from which to enforce visitation if necessary. If you can at all simply discuss your concerns (which seem reasonable) with you ex, you both can agree to modify your arrangements without the...

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  4. Is a nolle presequi a conviction?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Louis Joseph Meyer
    3. Joshua Sachs
    4. John Paul Thygerson
    5. John M. Kaman
    6. ···
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    In Illinois Nolle Prosequi means that the criminal case has been dismissed. The term is Latin which roughly translates to "No More Prosecution." In terms of a criminal record, if this is all that is there, you could factually state you do not have any convictions for any felonies or misdemeanors. You may wish to explore having the entire case expunged. This would have the effect of having this case entirely removed from your record. At my website www.ZippToCourt.com, I have a Zipp To...

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  5. Can my Ex make me amend my return & does he have a case?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Gary L. Schlesinger
    2. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    3. David Alan Zipp
    4. Dana Whitney Atchley
    5. Joseph Henry Sparacino
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    I add only to echo what the incredibly experienced attorney Gary L. Schlesinger just advised you. I would highly recommend you consider his advice and further reach out to him to assist you in this matter. You really need the assistance of an experienced attorney for what you have described. Good luck.

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  6. I think my insurance company is trying to cheat me!

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    2. Robert Jeffrey Long
    3. David Alan Zipp
    4. Joseph Younes
    5. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    6. ···
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    This is unfortunately a standard practice of many insurance companies and how they are able to afford cute talking animal commercials running in prime time. The long and short has already been explained to you by the other fine attorneys. You can hire an attorney such as myself to write a letter for you arguing your position but you may end up frustrated and of course out the cost of the attorney. You may wish to inquire from the body shop if the vehicle is in fact repairable. You would...

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  7. Could anyone who is aware of someone who falls asleep while smoking be held responsible if there is a fire.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. David Alan Zipp
    2. John Maurice Holcomb
    3. Jeffrey Bruce Gold
    3 lawyer answers

    Your question needs more information for a better answer. If the elderly person has care-givers, especially if they are in a facility, than that facility has a duty to care for the elderly person (and the others living in the facility) and could and should reasonably restrict the smoking of the elderly person to safe and supervised zones. If the elderly person is just elderly and living on their own and happens to live in an multi-unit housing structure such as an apartment building, there...

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  8. I do not want to waive my right to maintenance at this time, what can I do?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. David Matthew Gotzh
    2. Judy A. Goldstein
    3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    4. David Alan Zipp
    5. Rhonda L Rosenthal
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    The other fine attorneys have already provided you excellent advice. My only additional comment is to address your last question as to where you can find cases to support your pro se endeavors. On the third floor of the McHenry County Courthouse is the law library which in addition to online resources such as WestLaw has numerous print reporters where various legal rulings are recorded. You also may wish to look at the IICLE - Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education binders which...

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  9. What are my options? Local ordinance violation for possession of cannabis in lake county Illinois.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. David Alan Zipp
    2. Judy A. Goldstein
    3. Ronald Lee Bell
    3 lawyer answers

    As has been stated, an ordinance violation means you are looking at a fine, not jail time. An attorney such as myself who practices in Lake and McHenry Counties can help you if you so desire. What to keep in mind with this, or any local ordinance violation is basically because the whole issue of going to jail is off the table, the Village or local municipality has a lower standard for proving their case. The Supreme Court of Illinois has ruled that "[c]onvictions for municipal ordinance...

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  10. I kindly ask to provide me with the name and mailing address of nineteenth judicial circuit court in Waukegan, Lake County IL

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. David Alan Zipp
    2. Joseph Andrew Brabender IV
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    To be more precise, you have the correct address for Mike Nerheim, Lake County State's Attorney. The State's Attorney is the prosecutor for Lake County. If you want the Clerk of the Court (where you file, who keeps records, and case information) try here http://www.lakecountyil.gov/circuitclerk/Pages/default.aspx or mail to Keith Brin, Clerk of the Circuit Court, 18 N. County St. Waukegan, IL 60085 The addresses are the same for a large amount of Lake County government and the 19th...

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