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Carmen Michele Burleson Smith

Carmen Smith’s Answers

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  • My divorce my dismiss but i got it reinstated but the problem is in order for me to get a court date, what can i do

    my ex husband did not submit all of the decree papers thats include the family violence, possession of the child, wage withholding order, and not signing the agreed on the decree, im beleive he's not going to do it, so what step do i need to take,...

    Carmen’s Answer

    You need to consult with a Family Law Attorney in your area. It sounds as if your husband did not agree to all the terms and you may need to have another hearing to get it finalized. If you can not afford an attorney, or have a small amount to hire an attorney you can try Legal Aid in your area, or call some other firms to see if they will help finalize your case within that amount, or on a payment plan.

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  • Do juvenile warrants disappear after youth turns 18

    can your youth warrant follow you when you turn 18?

    Carmen’s Answer

    Until the warrant situation is cleared up - usually by arrest or if you turn yourself in - the warrant will stay active, no matter how old you are at this point. You should hire an attorney that deals with juvenile law in the Ft. Worth area.

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  • If someone had a failure to appear in florida as a minor and now they are 18

    I know a person who was a runaway, just recently contacted me for help now that he/she is 18. I was told that he/she has a warrant for failure to appear when he/she was a minor. I did some research and found out that the court loses jurisdiction ...

    Carmen’s Answer

    The warrant will remain into effect until the person is either picked up on the warrant or turns themselves in to the authorities - either way, the case will not disappear until this issue gets taken care of property. I would advise that this person go see a FL lawyer that knows juvenile law.

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  • The father of my children hired an attorney and has reseted an court day should i hired an attorney as well? should i be worry?

    im am single mom of twins. we never married. lived together for a short period of time, he never gave money until childsupport issued. now he claims he works part time but pays morgage.

    Carmen’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney McHam. It is never a good idea to go up against an attorney on your own. There are many attorneys that offer free consultations and there may be a Legal Aid office in your county that may be able to assist you or direct you to attorneys that do Pro Bono Family Law. Make sure you take any documentation you have with you to the attorney's office and to court.

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  • If You Get A Court Appearance For Possession Of Alcohol Under 21 What Will Happen ? And Do I Need A Lawyer?

    Im Only 16 It Is My First Offense I am Just Wondering What the Consequences Will Be

    Carmen’s Answer

    You should always bring a lawyer if you can afford to hire one. If not, a public defender can be appointed. Since it is your first offense, it is possible you will get some type of community service, or be asked to attend an alcohol awareness class for teens - but this dependent on your jurisdiction. Find a juvenile criminal defense attorney to speak with prior to your court date so you know exactly what to expect.

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  • Common area sprinklers malfunctioned and caused water to flood the bottom floor of my condo. Who is responsible?

    The HOA paid for a flood control company to clean up the water, (3 inches high on the bottom floor, damaging carpet and furniture) , remove the pad and carpet. The HOA is claiming they are only responsible to replace the pad and not the carpet. T...

    Carmen’s Answer

    I agree with the prior answers. Not only does the HOA's insurance policy need to be reviewed carefully, but your HOA "agreement" should also be reviewed about the HOA's responsibilities when a common area issue damages a private unit. Additionally, you should notify your insurance carrier about the damage as quickly as possible to out them on notice (I recommend doing this via correspondence that is sent certified, return receipt requested) and carefully review your private insurance policy. Many times insurance policies do not cover certain types of water damage. I would highly recommend you get an attorney that deals with property damage insurance. Keep notes on every person you speak with and keep copies of every document you receive and/or send.

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  • What should I expect after being accused of shoplifting at Target and given a trespass warning by the deputy sheriff?

    I was stopped with my cart as I approached the foyer exiting the store to view the current sales flyer posted on the wall of the foyer. I had purchased items a few weeks earlier and had my receipt and wanted to check if they were on sale. As soo...

    Carmen’s Answer

    I think Marinkovich covered all the bases in the answer above. You will need to consult with a local attorney as the theft case is serious and the criminal trespass means you cannot go back to Target.

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