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  • Could I be charged with more than the common nuisance? Should I plead guilty or not guilty?

    I was arrested on Saturday along with three of my friends. We were at a party and got arrested for visiting a common nuisance/marijuana. The cops who arrested us, didn't breathalyze us or even ask us whose party it was & the people who were runnin...

    Charles’s Answer

    Take my colleagues' advice and retain counsel, ASAP. Remember, you are NOT charged with possession. You are charged with "Visiting a Common Nuisance" which is admitted by your facts. NEVER post ANYTHING online relative to pending criminal charges. Good luck.

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  • I am out of town on some days, out of state on other days. Does the insurance company have to pay me if the check expires, reis

    My lawyer received a workers compensation settlement check for my claims. I am currently taking care of an older sibling recovering from surgery and will have another surgery sometime in March. A I am sorry to hear about your sister. It is very...

    Charles’s Answer

    A check is valid for one year unless a shorter time is stated on the check. The urgency is that the attorney wants payment of the fee he earned and the costs he incurred. The instrument is NOT negotiable without BOTH endorsements. If you cannot travel, your attorney can mail the check to you with a return envelope. The round trip will take less than a week. What's the problem?

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  • Can I make a claim on my employer's auto or general liability policy? If so, what if they refuse the claim, could I sue them?

    Contract truck driver and I only work for one company. While making a delivery I was injured by 3rd party in car accident but 3rd party has very limited auto liability coverage. My employer/company has auto and general liability insurance policie...

    Charles’s Answer

    Absolutely! We do it all the time. Most commercial policies have limits of at least $1,000,000.00. Of course your injury must be serious to merit such recovery.

    On your facts, you also have a Workers' Compensation Claim.

    As my colleagues have advised, you CANNOT do this without experienced counsel. Consults are free. Select an experienced attorney to investigate and pursue ALL 3 potential claims, ASAP.

    You can find an experienced attorney here on AVVO. Attorneys on AVVO want to help you but we are not permitted to solicit your business. You must contact us.

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  • Does my settlement for ppd have to be limited to the Illinois specific loss schedule?Or can other things factor in a larger amou

    I was injured at work resulting in the amputation of my pinky on my dominant hand. No fault to anyone. The workers' comp claim isn't being disputed.

    Charles’s Answer

    It is not possible to answer your question without more information. The short answer is that there can other considerations. It all depends upon whether your symptoms extend beyond the finger. If they do, you may be entitled to a percentage loss of the hand. Only you can answer that. If they do, hire an attorney. If the symptoms are limited to your finger, your loss is determined by statute.

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  • Do I even have a chance of being admitted into a law school with those charges, let alone be eligible to sit for the bar exam?

    I am currently planning on taking the LSAT this June and I have a 3.68 GPA from a decent university. I plan on applying to law school this fall, but I have two misdemeanors (minor consumption in 2008, public intox 2010)

    Charles’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague. Everything must be considered in context. No doubt you will have to discuss those convictions with a member of the character and fitness committee. An isolated error of judgment is easily overlooked. A pattern of behavior that that may belie a substance abuse problem is another matter. Given that you have not yet applied to law school, the earliest opportunity you have to seek admission to the bar is October, 2019.

    Provided that you have no further similar incidence, you can remind the character and fitness representative that the convictions are nine years in the past. You CAN overcome this. Good luck!

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  • When do they start paying I have no other compensation from anything Wat should I do been three weeks now?

    I was at work on Jan.4th and Indiana work inside a fence of a warehouse for Quality. That night while I was working driver of a standup lift was driving to cage didn't know until I glanced up and he ran into fence where I was working poles broke o...

    Charles’s Answer

    On your facts, you have a Workers' Compensation (WC) claim and you NEED to be represented by an experienced WC attorney.

    For Illinois Workers' Compensation claims, you will ALWAYS cheat yourself if your do not hire experienced counsel. You will have someone to guide you through the process AND when it is time to settle, an attorney can add value to your case IN EXCESS of his fee. So, you have fewer headaches AND you get more money. It really is a no-brainer.

    You can find an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney here on AVVO. Attorneys on AVVO want to help you but we are not permitted to solicit your business. You must contact us.

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  • What can I expect to happen..?

    I was in a not at fault accident with no insurance. I panicked when the officer asked for proof of insurance so I handed him an old card.

    Charles’s Answer

    Get insurance. If you receive a ticket for no insurance, show up to court with proof of new insurance. IF YOU WERE NOT AT FAULT, most courts will dismiss or amend the charge to a lesser offense provided that you DO have coverage when you appear before the court.

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  • Can a employee be fired,if they are on workers compensation?

    I worked for a company for 8 years.I had gotten hurt at work and had to have surgery. The surgery had complications,which left me ,with a very bad left arm.I was in physical therapy when the company I worked for fired me.I was fired a month before...

    Charles’s Answer

    Unfortunately, the answer is YES. If you are an at-will employee, you can be fired at any time. You sole protection is the 90 day afforded under FMLA. Firing you DOES affect your employability and the value of your case. Consult an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney ASAP.

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  • What kind of time am I looking at can I ask for 5 years on probation?

    First time offineder on a conditional bond for a b felony dealing charge

    Charles’s Answer

    It is legally possible for a Court to impose a suspended sentence but Not less than 6 years. It is a mistake to handle this on your own. Seek the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Good luck.

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  • My question is what can I do I can't afford to hire another attorney

    I got hit by a car while rideing a scooter the car hit me from behind at 40mph I hired a lawyer but I'm being told I might not be aable to recover anything because the people didn't have insurance and they left the seen so they don't know who the...

    Charles’s Answer

    You don't "pay" a personal injury attorney until they recover so I don't understand your assertion that you "can't afford" another attorney. Did you own a car or were you authorized to drive any car at the time of the accident? If the answer is yes, you can recover through YOUR insurance.

    If you did NOT own a car and you were not authorized to drive any car that was insured and the car that hit you had no insurance, there is nobody to recover from.

    In this situation, you would be paying your attorney by the hour. You would NOT go to the trouble and COST of such a trial because there would be NO WAY TO COLLECT. Any sizeable judgment would almost certainly be discharged in bankruptcy.

    Bottom line: As long as you had insurance, you are fine. You have no business driving without insurance, irrespective of whether it is required by law, for just this reason: YOU may need to access the coverage.

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