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Judy A. Goldstein

Judy Goldstein’s Answers

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  • I'm afraid of my attorney...

    I'm in the middle of a federal investigation. I was afraid so I googled federal attorneys in IL and there I found my attorney. My attorney is a former prosecutor and to be honest its written all over him. At first I felt he had my good interests a...

    Judy’s Answer

    This does not sound good at all. You might wish to consult with other federal criminal defense attorneys in your area and consider letting No. 1 go and hiring a new lawyer. You should not be afraid of your lawyer. You employed him, not the other way around and if he is too arrogant and self-centered to treat you with respect, then maybe it's time to dump him. I am sorry for your experience. Most lawyer have more integrity than what you describe.

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  • Husband Apprehended for Shoplifting at Major Retail Store CHICAGO

    Apprehended by security for not paying for two items under $20 paid for the rest. Was taken to back no police involved but they took his ID and wrote down all information. He did NOT sign paperwork. Is he to expect letter from them asking to pay ...

    Judy’s Answer

    I agree with Ms. Vonau and offer the following additional information: There is law in the state of Illinois which allows for civil action collection when there is a retail theft. Most people choose to ignore the demand. This demand is for money over and above any fine you pay in compliance with a court order. People may get a few more letters, each time asking for more, and then they stop. While the retailer can sue you, it is extremely rare for anyone to actually be sued. You do not owe any money unless you are sued and the retailer wins. This is a common ploy. Do not pay. If you do, you will be in the national retail theft database which could affect your ability to get a job and could impact your life in other ways. If you are uncomfortable, hire a lawyer and have the lawyer write a cease and desist letter. That should be the end of it.

    Here is a good article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120347031996578719.html

    The National Retail Theft Database is actually a voluntary list put together by different individual retailers. Further, any member that published the information on the list, can thereafter remove it. Therefore, if you wish to have the entry removed, as you apparently do, your best bet would be to write a letter to the manager of the particular store and inquire as to what it would take for them to remove the entry.

    Please go to this link:
    http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/should-i-pay-the-civil-demand-letter

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  • Can I sue a cyclist if they hit my car and it was their fault?

    I was driving down a street and a cyclist came from another street we collided in the middle of the intersection I had no stop and they had a stop but he did not stop i saw a car that was stopped at the stop. The cyclist was coming extremely fast ...

    Judy’s Answer

    If you had no damage, you have no basis for a lawsuit.

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  • In Illinois, Do Attorneys Take Complaints Filed with The ARDC Seriously?

    If a former client files a complaint with the ARDC against a former attorney, do most attorneys brush these complaints off as a joke, or do they take these types of complaints with the ARDC seriously?

    Judy’s Answer

    Complaints filed with the ARDC are taken very seriously. Keep in mind that a lawyer's law license is on the line if a complaint is grave enough. The attorney must respond within a short period of time to any complaint forwarded by the ARDC. If you are thinking of filing a complaint, please exhaust all other avenues first and think carefully before filing and take your complaint as seriously as the attorney will.

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  • TAKEN TO BACK ROOM FOR SHOPLIFTING at Sears

    My close friend is anxious because they were taken to back room and questioned. He admitted to shoplifting under 25 dollars but he did not sign paper work? What is the probability that criminal charges will be filed against him since he did not s...

    Judy’s Answer

    Your friend should NOT pay any civil demand! More than likely no criminal charges will be filed but there is always the possibility, The civil demand has nothing to do with criminal charges. Please read and pass this on to your friend: There is law in the state of Illinois which allows for civil action collection when there is a retail theft. Most people choose to ignore the demand. This demand is for money over and above any fine you pay in compliance with a court order. People may get a few more letters, each time asking for more, and then they stop. While the retailer can sue you, it is extremely rare for anyone to actually be sued. You do not owe any money unless you are sued and the retailer wins. This is a common ploy. Do not pay. If you do, you will be in the national retail theft database which could affect your ability to get a job and could impact your life in other ways. If you are uncomfortable, hire a lawyer and have the lawyer write a cease and desist letter. That should be the end of it.

    Here is a good article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120347031996578719.html

    The National Retail Theft Database is actually a voluntary list put together by different individual retailers. Further, any member that published the information on the list, can thereafter remove it. Therefore, if you wish to have the entry removed, as you apparently do, your best bet would be to write a letter to the manager of the particular store and inquire as to what it would take for them to remove the entry.

    Please go to this link:
    http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/should-i-pay-the-civil-demand-letter

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  • How students loans are graded for the benefits of student?

    My daughter took "Discover" student loan for her college, but I assume that it was governmental loan and that is why I asked what is discover loan may in future encounter?

    Judy’s Answer

    You question is unclear. Please rephrase your question so that we can attempt to answer. Also, this is not an education question. I have changed the practice area accordingly.

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  • Does the non custodial parent have the right to not let me know of his new address where he asked to have my daughter overnight?

    5 years ago court orders made me the custodial parent (mother) with visitation given to my daughter dad 2 days a week which he had chosen, but were not his days off. 4 years ago he decided he could not see her the 2nd day anymore, he opted out to ...

    Judy’s Answer

    Absent a court order to the contrary, both parents are entitled to now where the other parent is living and where the child will be located when with the other child, regardless of the custodial arrangements.

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  • Will he go to jail

    My ex is on probation and now i'm getting a restraining order against him will he go to jail? Is that a violation of probation.

    Judy’s Answer

    Without a lot more detail, it is impossible to answer your question. First of all, intent to secure a restraining order, which is probably an order protection, is not a guarantee that one will be ordered. Furthermore, whether your ex will go to jail will depend upon the decision of the probation officer and whether the state wishes to proceed as a violation of his terms of probation.

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  • Have I been properly served a subpoena?

    The other day I was leaving my apartment and found a sticky note on the on the door stating that I had a delivery. Included on the note was my first and last name, address, and a phone number to call. At first I ignored the notes because I felt i...

    Judy’s Answer

    While this may or may not be a scam, you have not been served anything. Do not call that person again.

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  • What are my options?

    I financed a vehicle, the salesperson at the dealership said it was ok for me to right a check for the down payment although they knew I didn't have enough funds to cover the check. We agreed on a date that they will deposit this check, unfortuna...

    Judy’s Answer

    Drafting a check with insufficient funds, even a post dated check, is both a criminal and lmproper civil act. Although many people write postdated checks, it is a huge risk if the check is deposited and the funds are insufficient. aAlhough the dealer may not be able to follow through with the threats as quickly as the dealer indicated, You are much better off finding funds some other way and paying rather than risking the additional expense, aggravation and stress that not paying would cost. Take an advance on a credit card if you have one, or brorrow money from friends or family to get this issue taken care of as quickly as possible. Then you will owe the money to someone other than the dealer.

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