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  • Can i press charges on some one who left town and broke a signed contract with me?

    I allowed a friend to stay on my couch for a lil bit till he was able to find his own apartment. I wrote up a contract that all parties signed and dated stating he would pay rent, food, and anything else he used. He than decided to leave town and ...

    Barry’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Langer. There is nothing criminal here, so "pressing charges" is not a solution.
    There is a saying that no good deed goes unpunished; This certainly applies here: You did this guy a big favor and, simply put, you got screwed ...(pardon my language).
    The only solution would be a civil action...small claims court would be the easiest way to go, as my colleague suggested. However, any judgment you get will likely be difficult, if not altogether impossible, to collect. Good luck!

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  • What can we do to make this contract null and void?

    Oct 5, 2011 he bought a used car and they wouldnt approve the loan (the car place finance) unless I co signed. I offered up my disability papers because I have a brain injury and bad heart (100% disabled by a judge). They refused to see them. On...

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    I would say you've got real problems...This looks to be a classic "he said, she said" scenario. In other words, all the signed, WRITTEN agreements here favor the seller, not you.
    If you co-signed the loan, and the vehicle was sold "as is" -- without any warranty, then you will be stuck with the repair bill. Perhaps if this was a purchase from a dealer, and you can show that the dealer knowingly misrepresented the condition of the car, you might have a shot. The general rule in these cases, however, is "Caveat Emptor"...meaning "Let the buyer beware". Sorry.

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  • Can I sue a retail store for being accused of shoplifting? I was also charged and arrested.

    Being absentminded I almost walked out of a store with a wallet in my hand (I had multiple items in my hand) The alarm by the door goes off and I stop. He checks my bag then points to my hand and I hand him the wallet.The guard asks me if I had pa...

    Barry’s Answer

    Under the facts as stated, I see no basis for a lawsuit against the retailer, since it did appear to the guard that you were leaving the store with unpaid merchandise, and this fact is undisputed.

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  • Bought a 4 wheeler paper work and title says it has electric power steering(EPS) but it does not.

    Called them about this and they came and picked it up and said they would get me the right one. Three weeks went by and I called them and they said it would take 30 to 60 days to get a unit so the brought the origanal one back for me to ride. This...

    Barry’s Answer

    Sounds like they are not disputing that you didn't get the vehicle you bargained for....They have now had over 4 months to rectify the matter and haven't done so. Ask for a full refund and take your business elsewhere! No reputable dealer would act the way they have. You may need a lawyer to assist, as suggested by my colleague.

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  • What is the best way to prevent my death investigation?

    I graduated high school and I'm turning 18 tonight at 2:00 PM moving without telling family but I decided to leave a note on my bed stating I am not kidnapped and not to contact me. I know my parents are going to report me missing, even if I did n...

    Barry’s Answer

    Even if it was possible to do what you want, it would be unethical for any attorney to provide assistance in this scheme.

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  • After Discon is sealed, how is a record viewed in another state or country? Also third party background checks?

    I'm told after the discon is sealed that I can say I have never gotten convicted or arrested. But other states view discon not as a violation (as in NY) but as a crime. So, that confused me slightly. Does sealing from NY apply to all states? ...

    Barry’s Answer

    I agree with Howard Schwartz; In addition, I would add that it is inappropriate for anyone (prospective employer, etc.) to inquire if you have been "arrested", as an arrest is not evidence of guilt....the appropriate question would be whether you have been "convicted of a crime" and as Mr. Schwartz has said, Disorderly Conduct is NOT a crime, but a mere violation (i.e., below a misdemeanor). Good luck!

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  • Can a cop issue ticket for driving through public park and ride facility?

    A path way that splits two public park and ride facility. The path is very broad and looks very much like a street. Almost everyone is using that path for U-turn under the freeway. A cop gave a ticket (>$160) for driving on the public park and rid...

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    Please provide more information...What is the specific charge (which should appear on the face of the summons)? I don't believe "driving through a ride" in and of itself constitutes any offense.

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  • I have parking ticket back from 1992 that i didnt no about cus some one was useing my ID but i can prove i was somewhere else at

    so i was hopeing that there a traffic ticket lawyer that can help me take care of this i dont have a lot of money but was woundering what can i do to get it down they want $1300 and im trying to see how to get it settel for less right out

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    It seems highly unlikely that a single parking ticket could possibly result in a $1,300 penalty! More than likely, there are a number of outstanding parking tickets. Has a judgment been entered against you for $1,300, or is the matter still open? If it is open, the agency involved is likely to negotiate a settlement with you, since it is almost 20 years old and they would probably want to "clear" their records os old cases. Also, it is common that a payment schedule could be worked out, given the amount and the economy.
    Finally, if it is a parking ticket, the vehicle owner is responsible even if you were "somewhere else" at the time.

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  • Can I deduct money owed to me by my landlord from my rent?

    I did 80hrs of consultation work for my landlord back in September and have yet to be paid. I would like to deduct it from the rent as I don't even have the funds to file a smalls claim suit. I submitted another invoice to him 30 days ago and the...

    Barry’s Answer

    No; Your lease obliges you to pay your rent in a timely fashion. Any claims arising out of a separate, unrelated understanding with your landlord do not relieve you of your lease obligations. Small claims court is very inexpensive and does not require an attorney's assistance. I would suggest you go that route.

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  • Court appearance question on Viol-Tail Lamps vtl 0375 2A3.... (Traffic Court/Ticket)

    Greetings, I received a traffic violation / fix it ticket, on the 7th of November. AND am now ordered to appear in court 7th of December (of course this year). This is my first ticket in the Village of Johnson City. My first ticket since, 2005 (w...

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    Fix the defect and bring evidence of the repair with you. Explain your financial situation to the Judge. If he or she is compassionate, they may waive the fine or impose the minimum. Sometimes court costs cannot be waived. In any event, you can always request "time to pay"
    due to your hardship and the court may give you several months to come up with the money.
    Good Luck!!

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