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Zedrick Thomas Braden

Zedrick Braden’s Answers

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  • I graduated Cosmetology school back in 2009. School was sold and new owners have no records of my file.

    At the time of my graduation, no paperwork was given to me. I was going thru a nasty divorce and did not go back immediately for transcript/diploma. During this time, the school was sold to a different company. I have since reached the new owners,...

    Zedrick’s Answer

    Hello. I'm sorry to hear that you have had such a difficult time with this matter. You appear to have exhausted all out of court remedies. It sounds to me as if filing a lawsuit is your next option. I suggests that you immediately speak with an attorney of your choice.

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  • Can you fly domestically with a warrant? Will you be detained at the airport?

    Can you fly domestically with a warrant? Will you be detained at the airport?

    Zedrick’s Answer

    Hello. You certainly run the risk of being arrested, should you be profiled for any number of reasons when checking your bags at the airport. Security at airports is tighter than ever, especially after 9/11. It is best to speak with a lawyer of your choice about this matter, face to face, if you have not already done so.

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  • Trying to find a lawyer to help me get my criminal background A raced

    I have a first-degree attempted murder and I'm trying to get that taken off my record its prevented me from getting housing jobs

    Zedrick’s Answer

    Hello. You will need to petition the Governor of the State of Illinois for a Pardon. This is done by filing a petition for Executive Clemency with the State of Illinois Prisoner Review Board. This procedure is not for the purpose of retrying the issues of your case, but is for you to request that you be pardoned for the crime of which you were convicted. There is no limit to the number of times that you may file a petition for executive clemency. Once your petition is filed, you have the option of personally appearing before the Review Board to verbally explain why you want a pardon, and why you are a good candidate for a pardon based upon your lifestyle and contributions to your community since your conviction for the crime. I strongly suggests that you hire an attorney to assist you with this process. If you are granted a pardon, it is then necessary to have the arrest and conviction expunged from your records. This is a very involved procedure, so my comments here cannot in any way substitute for the value of sitting down with an attorney of your choice and discussing the whole process, face to face. I hope my comments have been helpful.

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  • Can I sue a child protective social worker for making discriminating statements regarding special needs child and parent?

    I found in my case folder the report that the child protection service social worker provided to the court. in his report he called my special needs child a 'monster" and said he witnessed my child making a gun figure with her hands. my ...

    Zedrick’s Answer

    The social worker may be protected from civil liability in this situation. In other words, there may be a law in place which prevents this individual from being sued because of the capacity in which he or she serves. I am hoping that your child has been appointed an attorney to represent her interest by the court. You also need an attorney, if you do not already have one. Child protective service court proceedings can get ugly and you will want your rights and the rights of your child protected. I hope my comments have been helpful.

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  • What happens after felony conviction is vacated?

    My felony conviction has been vacated. How long must I wait before I can answer NO to the felony convition question on applications?

    Zedrick’s Answer

    Hello. You can immediately advise those who ask, that your felony conviction has been vacated. You should get a certified copy of the court order vacating the felony conviction. Congratulations! Now the file should be sealed and your arrest needs to be expunged. If a private attorney represented you in the case, you should ask him or her for their representation in getting the file sealed and the arrest expunged. If you were represented by a public defender, or a court appointed attorney, you will probably have to get the assistance of a private attorney to do this for you. I suggests that you act quickly. The sooner the better. I hope my comments have been helpful.

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  • Not sure if I have a warrant

    Moved out of state many years ago and recently ran into some old friends. They asked if I ever had gotten my warrant taken care of, but as far as I know I never had one. I've called the sheriff's department but they said they can't give or that in...

    Zedrick’s Answer

    Hello. It is best to hire an Illinois attorney to search records to determine whether there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. If the attorney does locate a warrant, he or she will probably suggests that you return to Illinois to resolve the matter before the matter follows you where you currently reside. My last comments pertain to what might happen if you are arrested or stopped where you presently reside. If the officer stopping or arresting you discovers a warrant for you arrest in Illinois, he or she may arrest you for the purpose of having you returned to Illinois. This could be a real problem, because you might be held for several days or weeks in jail in your present home State while necessary paperwork is processed for your return to Illinois. I suggests that you get in touch with an Illinois attorney immediately to begin searching to see if there is a warrant for your arrest. I hope that my comments have been helpful.

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  • When a felony conviction is vacated how long does it take for my criminal record to reflect that?

    I know that the charge will remain visible but when will my record actually say the conviction has been vacated? I need employment...

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    Hello. It is unlikely that anyone can predict what will actually show on your record, unless you have the file sealed and/or the arrest expunged. It is best not to rely upon whether a clerk will take the initiative to safeguard your eligibility to seek employment. It's best to have your lawyer look into this for you. I hope my comments have been helpful.

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  • I'm looking for an attny that can help me with guardianship for my elderly ill father. I'm totally unaware of what to do.

    My sister currently has POA for medical but has recentky moved out of state and left our father at a nursing home away from his family. He said he doesn't remember signing a POA so i done know if its even legal. She has and continues to abuse him ...

    Zedrick’s Answer

    Hello. I'm sorry that you and your family have had to deal with this unpleasant experience. It certainly sounds as if the appointment of a guardian would be the best solution. The process starts with the filing of a Petition For Appointment of a Guardian. A family member who lives close to your dad will be best suited to serve. Once the petition is filed and the Judge hears the case on the first day of court, the judge will usually appointment a temporary guardian ad litem who will visit your father and report back to the court as to his physical and mental condition. In particular, the guardian ad litem will report on whether he or she believes your dad needs a guardian. The court then has the power to appoint a guardian of your dad's person and a guardian of his estate or business affairs. The court also can direct that a citation be sent to anyone who has illegally taken property from your dad. A citation proceeding is a court action where the court makes an inquiry of where and who has property belonging to a disabled person that needs to be returned to that person. I hope my comments here are helpful. I am not aware of all the facts in your case and you certainly need to schedule a face to face meeting with an attorney of your choice who can analyze all the issues regarding your individual situation. Please do not rely upon my representations here in making a final decision on what the best move is. My comments only represent a general discussion of what guardianship proceedings are about. I do hope that my comments have been helpful.

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  • What tips can you give me to prepare for a bench trial pro se? Exhibits?

    What tips can you give me to prepare for a bench trial pro se? Exhibits? I am barred from witnesses the Plaintiff has two witness that are current members of the board. My defense cause is Breach of Fudiciary Duties of not maintaining the pumpi...

    Zedrick’s Answer

    Hello. It is always a challenge to represent yourself, in my opinion. Being barred of putting on witnesses also can hurt your case. The best advice I can give is to tell the truth and speak directly to the judge when its your turn to put on your case. You may want to ask the court for a continuance to at least have a lawyer present who can give you some advice during the trial. It certainly will be up to the judge as to whether or not he or she will allow you to have that kind of help in the courtroom. Also, be fully knowledgeable about the various facts and issues in your
    particular case. Be prepared to anticipate the type of questions that the judge may ask you. Hope my comments have been helpful

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  • I was convicted 3 times for DUI.

    I have a pending 4th DUI case against me. The state of IL "seized my car". I don't understand it. is there any way i can get my car back?

    Zedrick’s Answer

    Hello. You have not posted enough information here to comment on the seizure of your car. A law enforcement division of the State of Illinois has the authority to seize a vehicle for any number of reasons such as delinquent parking tickets, etc. You certainly need representation. The fact that you already have three prior DUI convictions is a serious matter. Hope my comments are helpful. You need to get representation immediately, if you have not already done so.

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