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Judy A. Goldstein

Judy Goldstein’s Answers

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  • What legal action should I Take

    I currently work for a financial company that has changed its policy due to the ruling of a new senior district manager but as an employee I would like to know if the company actually has the right to dictate how we spend our break or what we do o...

    Judy’s Answer

    Your best action would be to speak in person to an employment attorney rather than relying on this simple online Q&A forum. You are fortunate that there are so many great employment lawyers in the metro area. If you do not know how to locate ant, click on the ind a Lawyer link at the top of this page.

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  • How long can thay hold someone in jail if thay have been arasted and not give there Miranda rights

    My sister has been in jail for five days now and has not been given her Miranda rights how long can thay hold her in jail without given her Miranda rights?

    Judy’s Answer

    There is no requirement that your sister be read her Miranda rights. Despite what you see on TV, those rights are limited to when statements made by the defendant or detainee while being interrogated are intended to be used in court. Clearly there is nothing you sister has said that is going to be used in court. She needs a lawyer, not answers in an online Q&A forum.

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  • Can I sue the dealership for selling me a bad car ?

    I recently bought bmw with 5k miles on it and was told the car had been through 135 point inspection and is in mint condition. Still has the factory warranty and after driving it all seemed well. I took it to BMW for service 2 weeks after purchasi...

    Judy’s Answer

    You can sue but the difficult part of your case will be to prove that the damage/repairs were incurred/performed prior to your purchase of the vehicle. You might be able to get an expert to testify to the age of the repairs and opine that the damage must have been incurred more than 2 weeks before you learned of it. The condition of the parts could be indicative. Speak to one or more lawyers who handle these sort of cases to discuss your options and received more guidance and advice.

    Mr. Feafonov may also respond here. This is his area of concentration. If he answers, you would be well advised to learn from anything he may contribute.

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  • What happens if an informant doesn't show up to testify for a Man/Del of a controlled substance charge in Illinois?

    I know who the informant is in my case and he said he's not going to testify if i take it to trial. What happens if he doesn't show up to testify?

    Judy’s Answer

    Hopefully by now you have an attorney and you should discuss this matter with your lawyer and with no one and nowhere else online or even in private except with your lawyer. You should not speak with the CI as you could be charged with obstruction of justice or other crimes. If the CI receives a subpoena, the CI will be compelled to come to court to testify. We have no way of knowing if the state has enough evidence without the CI to win its case. That is to be discussed with your lawyer and not in an online forum where we do not have all the facts of your case.

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  • What can I do if an officer intentionally filed the incorrect charges in the report? How can it be proven either way?

    At the time of the arrest the officer was being a complete and total jerk and said he was going to make sure he entered the charges as theft with intent, making it a burglary charge (as it showed up online), instead of a retail theft charge. How ...

    Judy’s Answer

    Your understanding is completely wrong. There is no requirement that someone walk in without any money to be charged with burglary. You left with unpaid merchandise even if you also purchased items. From the few facts presented, you have been properly charged. Furthermore, if you do not adjust hour attitude - at least as it appears here online - you will be less likely to receive any sympathy from the court or the prosecution. You have most likely already caused the police office to remember you and be less inclined to recommend leniency if asked. Speak to your PD but be respectful and do not hound her with phone calls as she has a large caseload and will get back to you in due time.

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  • I have a conceal carry permit and a clean record i was charged with aggravated assault class a misdemeanor

    i have a conceal carry permit and a clean record i was charged with aggravated assalt class a misdemeanor. Is there a chance i could get it lowered to a lesser charge. What will happen to me. It was a bad decision on my part. What happens to the f...

    Judy’s Answer

    Your situation and your multiple questions are too complex for an online Q&A forum. What you really need is a criminal defense attorney who can answer all your questions in a confidential setting. You are at risk for losing your CCW as well as your FOID card. Please hire an attorney who has experience in these matters.

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  • In Illinois, can a father sign his rights away without having a legit reason to And will that stop him from paying child support

    Im 3 months pregnant and the BD has a child from a previous relationship. Ever since he told the other BM he started to ignore me and won't answer. ive asked him twice if he wanted to be in this child's life and he hasn't answered.

    Judy’s Answer

    The bio dad cannot sign away his rights. You are entitled to seek child support on behalf of your baby. If you go to court and get an order deeming him the father, he will have responsibilities regardless of whether he chooses to also exercise his rights.

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  • Can I get my money back from a tow truck company that put me at risk ?

    I was getting my car jumped with my significant other. Both of our cars were used in the process and the man doing the jump was smoking a CIGERETTE. Over the hood of both of our cars. I took a picture of him with the CIGERETTE. What it would a fel...

    Judy’s Answer

    Yes, the driver's conduct was dangerous but you experienced no damage. You are not entitled to your money back. You could have asked the tow truck driver to extinguish his cigarette but you did not do that.

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  • I was caught shoplifting?

    This happen yesterday I'm from Chicago but went to indiana to buy fireworks. Anyways we stopped by Walmart. I decided to get this eyeliner that cost 7 dollars my intentions were to see if it works so I got it out from the package then I put it on ...

    Judy’s Answer

    Yours is a very common question. Here is my very often posted message: 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 retailers 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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  • If I deposited my payroll check into my ex boyfriends account because I have no id is my money legally his now?

    I went with him to cash my check and they only made 180 available to me and said I have to wait 24 hours for the rest, now I'm worried he will take off with the rest of my money.

    Judy’s Answer

    If you have deposited your check into your BF's account, you are risking that you will not get all your money if your BF decides to stiff you. Make arrangements to get your own ID and cash your own checks in the future.

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