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  • What can I be charged with if I took someone else's prescription in a suicide attempt?

    I am on probation for drug possesion and took someone else's narcotic prescription in a suicide attempt

    Stephen’s Answer

    This is a criminal matter so talk to a criminal lawyer. Also, you need counseling so get some.

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  • What can I be charged with if I took someone else's prescription in a suicide attempt?

    I am on probation for drug possesion and took someone else's narcotic prescription in a suicide attempt

    Stephen’s Answer

    This is a criminal matter so talk to a criminal lawyer. Also, you need counseling so get some.

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  • Are civilian process servers allowed to display a fake police badge?

    A process server showed up at my apartment today. It wasn't concerning. What is concerning however is that when he knocked on my door, he presented a very plastic, faux looking Chicago Police Department badge. I expressed my doubts, and that I tho...

    Stephen’s Answer

    While no one can impersonate a police officer, process servers certainly use white lies, obfuscation, and disguise to get the job done. I had one who acted as a flower delivery man to serve papers, while another pretended to be a rap performer. Whatever it takes. I suppose you can arguably challenge service, but to what end? Get the papers to your insurance carrier if this arises out of an automobile crash. Otherwise, get an appointment with a lawyer.

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  • Do I have to pay child care cost to my ex if she is on workers compensation and she is not working? Our child is only three.

    Our child has no special needs and she claims, he goes to a home day care, but she, my ex-wife and custodial parent, is on workers comp and at home all day. The financial statement that she filled out says food cost is 250, rent is 350, and cloth...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Yes, workers' comp will have no effect on their right to receive support, unless there is a change in the order.

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  • Do I have to pay child care cost to my ex if she is on workers compensation and she is not working? Our child is only three.

    Our child has no special needs and she claims, he goes to a home day care, but she, my ex-wife and custodial parent, is on workers comp and at home all day. The financial statement that she filled out says food cost is 250, rent is 350, and cloth...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Yes, workers' comp will have no effect on their right to receive support, unless there is a change in the order.

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  • Should I sue my friend?

    My friend and I were in a car accident. He lost control of the car and crashed the car. I let my friend drive my car knowing his license were suspended. I have liability insurance and he was at fault. Should I sue him for the damage of my car?

    Stephen’s Answer

    Talk to a lawyer about several options, which includes suing, an insurance claim etc. were you injured? Did you get treated? What are your damages?

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  • Should I sue my friend?

    My friend and I were in a car accident. He lost control of the car and crashed the car. I let my friend drive my car knowing his license were suspended. I have liability insurance and he was at fault. Should I sue him for the damage of my car?

    Stephen’s Answer

    Talk to a lawyer about several options, which includes suing, an insurance claim etc. were you injured? Did you get treated? What are your damages?

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  • I slipped outside of McDonald's and I broke 2 bones and had to get surgery I got 5 screws and a metal rod put in my ankle.

    I was wondering how much money I can get if I make a lawsuit against McDonald's

    Stephen’s Answer

    You don't get anything unless you prove that the owner or management of the property was negligent in creating a dangerous condition.

    You have a very serious injury, but what caused you to gal. Is the key here. Call a lawyer to evaluate your potential options.

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  • How will my workers' compensation benefits be calculated as a part-time employee?

    Hired as part-time (at least 40 hours across 2 weeks). Have worked at least 56-80 hours during 6 months of employment. Will my AWW be calculated on the 40 hours OR the average number of hours I actually worked?

    Stephen’s Answer

    Exactly as Mr. Candiano says, it's based upon hours actually worked. Get a lawyer if you don't want to leave money on the table.

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  • In a workman comp. case if your employer offers a settlement and you reject it, what happens if you lose the hearing?

    Please advice me on if I reject the offer, lose the hearing if I'll get anything for the case

    Stephen’s Answer

    That's why you settle for less than you MIGHT get at trial; because you risk getting nothing.

    Take a careful look at costs and time of trial versus settlement. Also, a trial win can be appealed, which
    May delay any money for up to a year

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