Did the Plaintiff try to personally serve you? Did they serve by publication? A case can not proceed unless you have been served; either by publication or personal service. What kind of case is this, breach of contract, foreclosure, etc? You need to be more specific.
By proceeding with your plan, you are just transferring debt from one creditor to another at an outrageous interest rate. Try settling with the collection companies as they may settle for a fraction of what you owe. Good luck!!
A simple arrest is enough to violate probation in most states. Most judges will not violate a person on probation if the charge is ultimately dismissed. Your brother's destiny is really in the Judge's hand. I would highly recommend that your brother consult with a competent criminal defense attorney in your area. Good luck!!
Can you be charged? Yes. Will you be convicted? It depends. Since the marijuana was in your car, the police have enough probable cause to believe you committed a crime (therefore you can be charged with the possession). In Illinois, the prosecution has to prove that you knowingly possessed the drug. Remember, possession does not necessarily mean it has to be on your person (pocket, hand, etc.) There is something called "constructive possession", which means that you have knowledge and control...
You are actually a better credit risk after a bankruptcy than you were before. As counter-intuitive as this may sound, its actually true. A bankruptcy typically erases most if not all of your debt. Therefore, you do not owe money to anybody and become a good credit risk since you have the ability to pay back your post-bankruptcy debts. Furthermore, you can not file a Chapter 7 for another 8 years, assuring creditors that you will pay. Many clients receive credit card offers within weeks of...
Based on facts you stated, I believe it is a highly likely that the search is in violation of the 4th amendment. Police need either consent or a search warrant to enter a private residence absent exigent circumstances (harm to someone else was likely, destruction of evidence, etc.) I highly recommend hiring a competent defense attorney to handle this matter.
Unfortunately nobody can tell you what will happen. It is ultimately up to the Judge to decide whether to violate your brother or give him another chance. In the event the Judge violates him, then he can go back to jail or might receive a less harsh punishment (community service, etc.) Hopefully the Judge decides to give your brother another chance. Good luck!!
In criminal trials, the burden is on the State to prove the Defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, the Defendant does not have to prove themselves innocent. In your scenario, there is no evidence to indicate a crime was committed other than a statement by the minor. Since there is motive for the fabrication, I do not see the State meeting their burden as there is significant room for reasonable doubt. Good luck!!
Whether the bank will close the credit card if you file without your wife is up to the bank. You can always call the bank and ask what their course of action will be. As far as the credit line goes, if you both file, it is highly likely that they will close the line of credit. Good luck!!