Yes, it is absolutely legal to do so. In fact, some would argue you have an obligation to do so.
I would even advise that the child, if of younger age, be monitored while on the computer by a close attending parent. Better to be safe in these worrisome times.
Yes, I agree with other counsel. They likely have an automatic lien, similar to most state insurance programs. Your lawyer can likely negotiate the liens with the hospitals/doctors. Usually, the bills can be reduced by 1/3 or more.
You'll likely want to consult with a local attorney who can discuss with you the possible penalties for such a crime. In Illinois, I would seek supervision for my client (provided it is charged as a misdemeanor, and not a felony for a large amount of the marijuana) so that the conviction could later be sealed, and then expunged.
I would advise you to bring a certified drug test result to court with you that will show your urine was negative for thc, unless of course, you would test positive,...
I would assume that if you invite him into your home, anything in plain-view is fair game. However, if he were to begin searching in bedroom drawers, etc., the question becomes less clear because although you gave him permission to enter the home you have not given him permission to search the home, and absent probable cause, a warrant or exigent circumstances, the search is likely unlawful.
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In my opinion, you have a classic personal injury claim. You should notify the other driver's insurance company of your claim; you'll want to obtain your medical bills, records and other documents to substantiate any out of pocket costs; additionally, you can make a claim for pain and suffering if your injuries were painful, which I would assume a sprained shoulder and back would be. This is difficult to calculate; usually, one can sometimes get 2-3 times medical bills for pain and suffering;...
He likely will. Provided they are from a county/locale within the same state, and the state has the capability of a statewide database, then the State will likely know, and they'll likely inform the Judge.
As long as a conviction was never entered (and provided that was your only case), you can answer "No" in response to the question of whether you were ever convicted of a crime.
That said, I would definitely pursue expungement if possible.
The minor has the same rights as an adult: to remain silent, to request an attorney (and maybe even a parent), etc.
Of course, if she requested any of these things and they refused her request, she may have a claim for violation of her civil rights.
I would hope you could address this with the principal and superintendent, perhaps even the local school board. If they don't resolve to do it better next time with the next child, if ever it should arise again, then at least they were on notice.
You likely have a great chance of being granted diversion; however, you'll likely be expected to pay a fine as well, sometimes the equivalent of the items attempted to be stolen or more. Regardless, I would suggest you obtain local counsel that specializes in criminal defense to explore a plea option for you. And I always say: remember, trial is always an option ;)
It sounds like you may have a case to the extent the "search" was unconscionable or discriminatory. If you were in any way prevented from leaving, you may have a claim for false imprisonment, etc. A civil rights attorney will be able to further advise you. And please note that attorneys do often provide free consultations and work on a contingency basis (you only pay if you win your lawsuit), so don't be discouraged from asserting and protecting your civil rights based on financial concerns...