Is there a limit to the number of lay witnesses that you can call to testify in a civil trial?
There is no specific limitation on the number of lay witnesses you can call in a trial. However, the trial judge has the ability to prevent you from calling witnesses who do not offer any different information than previous witnesses. Understand that judges' calendars are typically very busy and they like to see trials get done quickly -- so, if you are going to use multiple witnesses to testify to the same issues, be prepared to explain why they have something new or different to offer from previous witnesses.See question
I have a 2006 dodge charger RT..I payed over 1,000 in getting my motor mounts and my car arms and also oil change..so my car was driving perfect before I took it..after I got my front end repair my car started shaking and going to the right..they ...
Because you paid your mechanic about $1,000, your case is considered a "small claims" case in Maricopa County. This means that you can file a lawsuit yourself, utilizing the self-service forms, at any justice court in Maricopa County. You can find more information on how to actually file a lawsuit, as well as the locations of the justice courts, here: http://justicecourts.maricopa.gov.See question
I have had an ignition interlock in my car for a consecutive 8 months now. I have not drove my car that much. Although i still drive once in a while. My sister inlaw usually drives us to work so we can save on gas. Is there any way that my sentenc...
Your ignition interlock requirement will not be extended for not driving the vehicle enough. In fact, it is not required that you drive the vehicle at all, except to your monthly calibrations/date uploads. I have had many clients who simply take public transportation, ride their bikes, and/or walk rather than drive their interlock-equipped vehicles and they have never had any problems. Generally, interlock requirements get extended for two reasons: failure to complete the regular data uploads at the interlock providers, and violations (i.e., driving a vehicle without the interlock, or having too many non-starts due to alcohol on the breath). You should not be in danger for not driving the vehicle too much.See question
I live in Arizona and got a DUI 2 years ago as a minor. I got my license suspended for 2 years but I'm wondering if the time period began at the date of the incident or after the court summons?
Your suspension date starts when it is logged in MVD's system -- which typically happens a month or so (or occasionally more) after you are convicted of, or plead guilty to, the DUI. MVD should have issued you a letter indicating when your suspension started, and your suspension will run 2 years from that date. Unfortunately, there are not provisions in Arizona law that provide for early termination of a suspension, but there are provisions that may allow you to get restricted driving privileges with an Ignition Interlock Device installed. MVD should be able to provide you with more insight on this: If you go to an MVD branch and speak with a customer service representative, your record should contain all of this information (i.e., the date your suspension started, the date you're eligible for reinstatement, and whether you're eligible to drive with installation of an interlock).See question
Mesa, AZ I put my car in my brother's name because I don't have a license. My man got a DUI and the car impounded. Police have a 30 day hold on it but will release it to my brother with a fine. He won't go get the release without a lawyer present....
You will want to speak with a DUI/criminal lawyer who is familiar with impounding procedures. Typically, police departments will release a vehicle to the person it is titled to (provided they sign an affidavit agreeing not to allow the DUI-suspect to drive the vehicle) without a hearing. Every police department is a little different, however. This is not the type of representation DUI lawyers undertake on a regular basis, but any of us who handle DUIs should be able to answer your brothers questions and/or accompany him to court if that's what he wishes to do.See question
The 800$ fine was for shoplifting & the 1,100$ fine was for marijuana paraphaneila
It all depends on the terms of the plea agreement you entered into with the State. Some plea agreements will have a "deferred" or "suspended" jail sentence that will never have to be served if all terms of the plea are completed -- and, failure to pay fines or restitution could result in serving that sentence. Some plea agreements will make payment of fines or restitution a term of probation, and if you violate your probation the State could file a Motion to Revoke -- which would allow the judge to sentence you to jail. More often than not payment of fines is separate from jail time, and should not result in serving additional jail time, but you should refer to the terms of the plea agreements you signed (or, if you didn't sign a plea agreement, the terms of the judgment signed by the court).See question
I was hit by another vehicle and found out that my license was suspended. It was suspended for not paying a previous speeding/driving without insurance violation. I did have insurance and provided proof as well and eventually payed the speeding ti...
The easiest way to clear it up would be to hire an attorney in Arizona to appear in court on your behalf. While it depends on the court, very frequently attorneys are able to get these matters resolved without you having to come to court personally. If you are not able to afford an attorney, your best bet will be to call the court directly. Often court staff will be able to provide you with an explanation of your options. It is occasionally possible to arrange to appear in court telephonically, but it will take a lot of sweet-talking a few staff people at the court to do so without an attorney.See question
I have 5 traffic tickets in California and one here in Arizona. I've lost my driver's license for failure to pay. So my driver's license is currently suspended and I would like to get this all fixed already. Some of the tickets are for really dumb...
You will need to get an attorney licensed in California to handle those matters and one in Arizona to handle the case here. Every attorney charges different amounts for this type of work and how much you are charged depends in large part on what you want to do. If you simply want someone to go in, get the warrant dismissed, and resolve the case (by having you pay the fine), you can expect to pay much less than if you want to challenge the case and try to "beat" the ticket (very often, these types of matters can be handled without attorneys, simply by paying the amounts owed). If you are looking for someone to request a hearing and challenge the ticket, in Arizona, you can expect to pay $1500-2500. I would assume the going rate in California is higher.See question
My 15 yr old daughter and her friend were caught shoplifting $22 of merchandise from WalMart. The sheriff says they were charged with a misdemeanor and it will be on their record until they are 18. The girls are good students and made a stupid mis...
It could. Although it will be cleared from their criminal records when they turn 18, many college and job applications will ask "have you ever been convicted of a crime?" An honest answer to that question will require her to say "yes" -- and, she won't even have the option to answer it dishonestly until after she's 18 (since, before she turns 18, it will be discoverable on her criminal record).
All is not lost, however In many cities, a first-offense shoplifting charge can be dismissed in exchange for completing community service. In addition, even when the shoplifting charge isn't dismissed, there are other possible resolutions: I have negotiated "misdemeanor compromises" in these types of cases where my clients will pay the store the value of the item taken in exchange for the store agreeing to drop the charges. Although Wal-Mart is not the easiest company to deal with, this is a possible resolution as well.
Long story short, your daughter should absolutely NOT accept a plea agreement in which she agrees to plead guilty to ANYTHING until she speaks to an attorney. There could be long-standing implications of this type of charge (even just a misdemeanor) that a good attorney could possibly eliminate by negotiating a deal that results in DISMISSAL of the case, rather than a guilty plea. I (and many other attorneys on here) would be happy to speak with you, free of charge, to discuss these possible outcomes. Feel free to email or call me at you convenience if you're interested.See question
Shopping in the store and constantly being followed around
Assuming you are seeking advice about your legal options, I only see one: You can contact the police department of the city where the Wal-Mart is located (non-emergency number) and advise them what is happening. This type of conduct may constitute either criminal harassment or stalking under Arizona law. Unfortunately, this is not the type of behavior that is typically investigated by police departments: Our police departments are pretty overburdened and understaffed, and these types of complaints usually fall pretty far down on their priority lists. So, while it is worth calling to file complaint if this is something that is concerning to you (and, based on your description, it may be concerning to other people who shop there as well), you should be prepared to hear that their solution to your problem is for you to simply stop shopping at Wal-Mart. On a personal level I'd echo that recommendation: Not only will you avoid creepy security guards who stalk you and your children, but shopping somewhere else (ideally, a store that treats its employees like human beings and doesn't sell goods made by 11-year-old kids in Chinese sweatshops) will be good for your soul, too.See question