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Stephen Clark Harkess

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  • How can I break my lease without owing the rest of the rent

    Live in landlord promised to clean whole house before expected move in date. When time came to move in house was still not clean. We moved in anyways because landlord kept telling us it would get cleaned soon. Moved in on the 1st of January and s...

    Stephen’s Answer

    You might want to get an estimate for the cost of getting the apartment cleaned and sue your landlord for breach of contract. That would make more sense than living in an uncomfortable situation. You have an uphill battle to convince a court that the conditions you describe are serious enough to justify revocation of the lease.

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  • So the question is, did either party break any laws? Neither party proposed or agreed to a separate amount for the sex act.

    When a person goes to a massage therapist. They approached the counter and ask, how much for a deep tissue massage? The quoted amount is $50 for one hour. So, everyone agrees and she shows them to a room. While she is massaging, she occasiona...

    Stephen’s Answer

    If you can convince a jury that there was no payment expected for the hand job then you should be home free as far a a charge of soliciting prostitution is concerned. There may be other laws, including health ordinances and regulations specific to massage parlors that are implicated. The massage parlor should seek legal advice specific to their location and operation.

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  • What might be my next steps?

    Hello, I received your contact information from a legal professional here in Colorado. I am reaching out because I am in need of advice. Unfortunately, I am not in a position where I am able to afford legal services due to my circumstances. I h...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Avvo is a website where people post specific questions about their legal issues and receive answers from attorneys who volunteer their time to answer questions.

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  • What will happen if I not pay the personal loan due to transfer of job from US

    I had taken a personal loan of 14000 $ from a well known financial institution and was paying the monthly payments, suddenly I was transferred out of US and now I am unable to pay . Can the creditors/Lenders sure me for not paying .

    Stephen’s Answer

    Of course the creditor can sue you for not paying. You breached your agreement. Whether they can actually do anything to collect is another matter. If you have no assets in the United States and do not return to the United States, it may be extremely difficult fr the lender to ever force you to pay.

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  • How do I go about getting the money still owed and my belongings from my home after I've already signed papers to sell my home?

    I was incarcerated with a high bond. In order to get out as quick as possible (to not loose my kids) I decided to sell my home. An agreement was made for me to be bonded out, then sign over home and collect the money and have 30 days to find a pl...

    Stephen’s Answer

    That is quite a mess. Unfortunately there is nothing cheap and easy that you can do to address these issues.

    Did you have a written agreement with the person who bought your house? If you did, you will want to file a lawsuit for breach of contract and possibly look into filing a lis pendens to prevent the sale of the house until that issue is sorted out. You may also want to file a lawsuit for the theft or conversion of your personal property. If you have a written agreement to support your claims then it might be a good idea to consider hiring an attorney if there is a significant amount of money at stake. If you didn't have a written agreement, you can still file suit, but i foresee some serious problems establishing exactly what you are owed.

    As for the person who stole your money, you might want to report the theft to the police and see if you can get them interested in pursuing the thief. If that isn't fruitful (and it may not be a priority for the police since you did give your card to your 'friend') then you can sue for the theft and conversion of your money and other property. Unfortunately, thieves usually don't pay their judgments very quickly, so you may have great difficulty collecting on any court judgment you receive.

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  • Could you provide the names of three attnys who are very experienced with sexual assault cases filed by spouses, +convict rates.

    Could you provide the names of three top attorneys that are very experienced in dealing with sexual assault charges from spouses. They are false allegations by a now ex wife (she was my wife at the time) made to get a marriage annulled and for f...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Avvo does not allow solicitation by attorneys. You should use the Find a Lawyer link. It looks like you need an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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  • What are my rights as an employee who has not gotten paid twice.

    I had one paycheck to me bounced and my employer refuse to pay me on another payday. When I asked for my check they fired me. What can I do?

    Stephen’s Answer

    As far as the bounced check, you might consider suing for three times the amount of the check plus attorney fees and costs. You can file a wage claim with the Colorado Department of Labor. You can sue for the wages you are owed.

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  • Would they dismiss the charges due to officers poor attention? If I go to trial, could I still accept the reduced charge?

    I got a speeding ticket on Sunday 01/24 for 19mph over speed limit (4pt charge), and am thinking about fighting it. However, if I just pay beforehand and don't fight it, the 4pt charge gets reduced to a 2pt charge of "operating unsafe or defective...

    Stephen’s Answer

    As soon as you tell the judge that you were pulled over by the police officer on the 24th (which will come up when you take the stand to prove that you did not drive on the 21st or 22nd) the prosecutor will amend the charge. Unless you can convince the judge that the officer was mistaken about your speed, you will end up with a 4 point conviction that way.

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  • What should I do next? What are my best options? I'm not sure what to do next

    I slid into a snowbank and wasnt able to back out. I was waiting on my friends to come pull me out. A cop came up before they got there and i was ticketed with a dui, dui per se and open container.The sheriff said I smelled like alcohol, I told hi...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Your best option is to hire an experienced DUI attorney. You might also need to request a hearing with the DMV (you have a very short time to do this) although since you refused the alcohol test, your license is going to be suspended. It will not be easy for even an experienced attorney to prevent suspension of your license, but there may be something that can be done.

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  • I can't seem to find an attorney that has any balls to take this case so my question is how do I find a big attorney for persona

    I was arrested for a traffic violations and was in jail maybe a total of 18 hours but in the first 4 hours to correctional officers beat the crap out of me for 5 minutes over and over hitting me and need me and beating the crap out of me until I c...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Your claim is for violation of your civil rights under the Fourth or Eighth Amendment. Use the Find a Lawyer link and schedule a consultation with attorneys in your area who handle Plaintiff's Civil Rights claims. You will want to bring along your medical records and any records you have regarding your arrest. This is your best bet to find an attorney who might handle your case on a contingency basis.

    If you cannot find an attorney who believes your case is strong enough for the attorney to invest his own resources into the case, then your other option is to pay an attorney for the work involved. That will greatly increase the pool of available representation.

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