Thomas Anthony Schaeffer’s Answers

Thomas Anthony Schaeffer

San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. At what point do we need a lawyer?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Thomas Anthony Schaeffer
    2. Amanda Marie Cook
    3. Lawrence A Friedman
    4. Joseph Bernard Mchugh Jr
    4 lawyer answers

    Well, when dealing with people like that it is really never too early to get a lawyer. Your mom is about to spend a lot of cash on the home and, although it might be a strain in the short term, finding a lawyer to help you now could end up saving a lot of time and money in the future. Hope that helped.

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  2. Does the retainer fee go toward your case when you hire an attorney? what the retainer fee really mean?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Charles Richard Perry
    2. Thomas Anthony Schaeffer
    3. Frank Wei-Hong Chen
    4. Robert Pecco Baker
    5. James Carl Eschen III
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    It is a deposit against costs such as wages and court fees. As the attorney accrues costs, he will withdraw from the retainer until it is gone and then request more from the client. Most attorneys require a retainer for certain types of cases and $2000 isn't out of the ordinary.

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  3. 2 leashed dogs got into a minor quick fight outside the dog park. One had minor injuries, the other had none. Who is liable?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Thomas Anthony Schaeffer
    3. Michael Ryan Juarez
    4. David J. McCormick
    5. Manuel Alzamora Juarez
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    I agree with the previous answer, however, I believe that if you can get it resolved without the headache then it may be worth your time to try and negotiate with them... Attorneys cannot represent clients in small claims court and with a claim of only $400, that seems like the most logical venue... Look into getting a behavioral evaluation on your dog so that you can show the court that you are a responsible owner with a relatively good dog. Good luck!

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  4. What are the laws about sexual harassment in California by the owner of a business

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Robert Kirschbaum
    2. Thomas Anthony Schaeffer
    3. Deborah Barron
    4. Neil Pedersen
    5. Marilynn Mika Spencer
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    The laws are: He's not allowed to do it. You need to contact an attorney to help you stop the harassment asap. You do not and should not have to tolerate being made uncomfortable in the work place, and as an owner, he knows that his actions are illegal. Good luck!

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  5. Hi my husband went to his first court date ( arraignmet),

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Thomas Anthony Schaeffer
    2. David Aaron Wiesen
    3. Eugene Andre Ahtirski
    4. Joseph Salvatore Farina
    4 lawyer answers

    Agreed. The inmates are moved around in whatever way is most convenient to law enforcement and he will simply sit and await his next court date. At the next court date, his attorney should have all his information and should have had an opportunity to negotiate with the DA about the charges. I hope that helped!

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  6. Can a defendant be found guilty solely on circumstantial evidence ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Robert Laurens Driessen
    2. Michael Charles Doland
    3. Thomas Anthony Schaeffer
    4. Scott Richard Kaufman
    5. Amber H Lunsford
    5 lawyer answers

    Yes. People have a diminished opinion of circumstantial evidence but evidence is evidence and the DA's office would panic if they couldn't convict based on it. On the flip side, defense attorneys have a lot more fun with this type of evidence.

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  7. I receive a 15,000 dollar settlement from the insurance company for an auto accident. my lost wages are 14,000, med.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey Michael Padilla
    2. David Vincent Hiden
    3. Thomas Anthony Schaeffer
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    Typically, the hospitals work under a medical lean on any settlement that may be reached. That said, they usually negotiate down the amount and can work with you on payments. If your bills are more than the settlement, then I'd suggest going after the person who hit you personally and/or filing a claim with your insurance agency under the uninsured/underinsured part of the policy (if you have that coverage). Good luck!

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  8. My boyfriend recently got a DUI, and this is his first time ever receiving a DUI does he really need a lawyer?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Hart Jasper Levin
    2. Matthew Murillo
    3. Michael Korry Bialys
    4. John Lawrence Buckley
    5. Frank Mascagni III
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    PD's can do the job but they won't hold his hand or go 'the extra mile' but, if he qualifies, it might not be a bad bet. Your b/f should know the circumstances of his stop and he'll get a copy of the PR at his arraignment. If there is anything fishy in the report, I'd suggest a private attorney is the way to go.

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  9. Do I have a right to know why I'm being investigated?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Thomas Anthony Schaeffer
    2. Frank Wei-Hong Chen
    3. Herbert J Tan
    4. Patrick John Phillips
    5. David Andrew Mallen
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    No, I doubt it. Your Constitutional Rights aim to protect you from government action, not from private conduct. Also, even if it were the police, they wouldn't tell you about the investigation until they are ready to put pressure on you. I'd go ahead and read your employee handbook or perhaps contact your human resources department to see if you can get some clarification. Good Luck!!

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  10. How many different middle initials can a person(an attorney!)>use? Especially on legal documents(Probate/estate doc's)...

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Thomas Anthony Schaeffer
    2. Daniel Mcgraw Little
    3. Matthew Erik Johnson
    4. Justin C. Lowenthal
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    Sounds like fraud... So, it might be illegal. He is admitted to practice law under his true and correct name.. I'm not sure. You can search for his name on the State's website to see if he is admitted... here is California's: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/

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