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Joseph R. Maridon

Joseph Maridon’s Answers

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  • Cited for reckless operarion of motor vehicle for 72mph at 35 mph zone. Can I ask for extension for court date?

    I was stopped by the park ranger travelling in Red Rock Canyon National Park for speeding. Since it's federal grounds I was sent a court date from USDC and there is no instructions to get an extension. It says appearance required with no payment n...

    Joseph’s Answer

    The good news is that this is a federal case. The federal court does not report any convictions to the State Department of Motor Vehicles, so this case will not affect your driving record or insurance.

    The bad news is that this is a federal case. You will need to appear in person on the court date or hire a lawyer admitted to practice in this court to appear for you. You certainly have a right to contest the charge and request a trial. If you do that a second appearance will be required on the trial date, and you will need to be there yourself even if you hire a lawyer. In cases like this we generally see the court assess a fine and issue a ban from Red Rock for six months to a year.

    Whether you need to hire a lawyer or not will depend on your willingness and availability to go to court and whether or not you want to contest the charge.

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  • What would happen if I got pulled over for 130 mph in a 65?

    what would happen if I got pulled over for 130 mph in a 65?

    Joseph’s Answer

    The "what would happen" part would be up to the officer that pulled you over. What I see often on cases that I handle like this is that the driver pulled over at that speed would likely be cited or arrested for reckless driving.

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  • Can a police officer issue a traffic ticket based on the claim of another police officer?

    I was driving home from the store and when I got home there was a police officer saying I ran a red light. I was planning on fighting it because I didn't run a red light at all. That officer was NOT a witness to it but said he was told by a differ...

    Joseph’s Answer

    Generally yes, an officer can issue a citation based on a reasonable belief that the event took place that you were cited for. In this case, that belief can be based on the word of another officer. You may want to talk to a lawyer in your area to determine what will happen at trial if you decide to contest the citation, as the prosecutor may have to subpoena both officers in order to present the case to the court.

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  • Can i serve my ex boyfriends brother or mother instead of him?

    My ex boyfriend refuses to get served or come to the door when I attempt to serve him. Can I serve his brother or mom who also live at the residence with him and it be accepted by the court of law

    Joseph’s Answer

    Unfortunately you did not provide enough information to determine if service of his brother or mother would be effective. The rules pertaining to service of process differ between the various courts as well as the various types of actions that you may be pursuing.

    Generally speaking for a run of the mill civil lawsuit, service of process can be made "by leaving copies [of the summons and complaint] at the defendant’s dwelling house or usual place of abode with some person of suitable age and discretion then residing therein," as long as it is served "by the sheriff of the county where the defendant is found, or by a deputy, or by any person who is not a party and who is over 18 years of age." There are always exceptions and alternatives.

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  • Leather jacket damaged by birds on terrace of a 5-star Las Vegas Hotel. Can I claim a new one after dry- cleaning was in vain ?

    Droppings of birds on the terrace of a 5 Star Hotel in Las Vegas damaged an expensive leather jacket. hotel staff seems to ignore flock of birds. It does not do anything to prevent the birds picking food from empty tables, leaving excrements, the ...

    Joseph’s Answer

    You can always put in a claim. That doesn't mean that the hotel would pay for your jacket. In court, to prevail in a case like this you would have to show that the hotel was somehow responsible for the bird that soiled your jacket or that they had an opportunity to prevent the damage from happening. Arguing that they did nothing to discourage the bird from being there or that they failed to warn you of the potential damage may or may not be enough to prevail in a case like this.

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  • I hold a temp job with an Agency in Nevada. How long do I have to wait to be hired by same Employer after temp job is completed

    Can the Temp agency stop the client from hiring me on a permanent basis? is there any legal implications?

    Joseph’s Answer

    This is purely a contractual issue. Direct hiring after temporary work is almost always restricted by either some length of time or a fixed payment to the agency. There is no law that says you have to wait at all. Any restrictions on applications or hiring after temporary work would be spelled out in the contract between either yourself and the agency or the agency and the employer. Your best bet is to ask the agency and the employer if there is a waiting period and how long it might be.

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  • Jaywalking ticket in nevada

    i got a ticket in north las vegas for jay walking. i did not argue with the cop and apologize for jaywalking yet he still decided to give me a ticket. his machine ran out of paper and said we had to wait for another officer to get paper. a motorcy...

    Joseph’s Answer

    I am a traffic ticket lawyer in Las Vegas. A ticket like this is not likely to be dismissed. The City of North Las Vegas is on the verge of bankruptcy and will do literally anything to get money from you. In addition, the City Attorney's office is acutely aware of the news reports of late regarding the hundreds of people that are killed on the valley's roadways every year doing exactly what you did. I may be able to get the fine reduced by $40 or $50, but my fee to handle a case like this is $49.95.

    That being said, this is not the type of case that will likely have any impact on you in the future if you are convicted and pay the fine. It is not a moving violation that would affect your driving record. At most, if you are asked about misdemeanor convictions you will have to explain that you got a jaywalking ticket in North Las Vegas.

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  • I have a parking ticket that is due tomorrow and I don't have the money What are my options

    The fine is $115

    Joseph’s Answer

    First, you need to contact the court and/or city department that is handling your case. If your ticket is in the City of Las Vegas you may need to appear in the Parking Enforcement Office. You can ask for more time or for a hearing so you can ask the judge for more time. If your ticket is in the county or other jurisdiction your options may be limited. On the other hand, the due date may not be the same as the date on the ticket.

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  • Does my auto policy provide liability coverage to an unlisted resident relative driving his own vehicle?

    Myself and my resident relative have separate auto policies and my RR is not listed under my policy. Does my auto policy provide liability coverage to my RR while he is driving HIS vehicle?

    Joseph’s Answer

    In short, the answer to your question is probably not. What your insurance policy covers and what it doesn't cover is strictly a contract issue and the coverage and exclusions will be spelled out in detail in the policy. If there is coverage for the stated scenario, it would be a very rare and probably expensive policy.

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  • Is trail by Written Declaration for traffic ticket approve in Las Vegas

    I got a traffic ticket few days ago and I was wandering if I can do trial by Written Declaration on my citation with Las Vegas justice court

    Joseph’s Answer

    The answer to your question is no. There is no such thing as "trial by declaration" in the State of Nevada. If you want a trial, you will need to appear in court. If you hire a lawyer, the lawyer may enter a plea on your behalf. If you want the lawyer to enter a plea deal, which will likely result in a reduction of the violation (depending on what the ticket is for) and a fine, you will not need to appear in court. The only other way to avoid court is to plead guilty and pay the fine. On the ticket that you received there will be instructions, an address for the court and a court date. You will NOT receive any further instructions in the mail.

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