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Christine Pejot’s Answers

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  • I received a summons and I need to respond in 20 days. How do I respond? is there a form I can use? I cannot afford a lawyer

    I am in a debt settlement program and this creditor refuses to work with them on this debt. I am now being sued by this creditor and I cannot afford an attorney, nor can I afford the 300 to file a response. I live in Florida and I am struggling to...

    Christine’s Answer

    First, don't ignore the law suit. If you cannot afford an attorney and are unable to at least consult with an attorney who handles creditors' rights, then do your best at responding using short, clear sentences. You may also add information that you have been attempting to resolve the matter through debt settlement.

    This is very general advice -- most importantly not to ignore the complaint --- that is why I strongly recommend that you consult with an attorney to address your specific questions. The Florida Bar offers a referral service of attorneys who give consultations for $25 or less, oftentimes even free. The number is 1-800-342-8011. You may also access the service online at Flabar.org. Best of luck to you.

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  • Whats the procedure for FL traffic court appearance for driving w/o license and DUI?

    i was involved in a crash for failure to yield, cited for that, and then was served papers that i am being charged with DUI and driving without a license

    Christine’s Answer

    Both the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Court have their own procedures. You will only have 10 days from the date you were charged to challenge the DUI with the DMV. Your next court date will likely be an "arraigment" where the Court will present the charges agains you, and you have the opportunity to plead not guilty, guilty, or no contest. Before you enter ANY plea and if you don't already have a private attorney, you will be assigned a public defender if you qualify. If you are in a financial position to hire a private attorney, I suggest you do so, as you are facing both jail time and fines if convicted.

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  • Probation transfer?

    i am in the process of a DUI trial in florida, if i get probation and community service will i be able to move to pennsylvania and carry out my obligations there?

    Christine’s Answer

    Possibly, and you should direct your question to your attorney who will be able to more specifically answer your question as it relates to your particular situation.

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  • Can a parent enter their child's bedroom unannounced

    can a parent enter a child's bedroom unannounced? I am asking because my girlfriends step-dad just barges into her room at any time un-announced, She is 17 and she also has an 8 year old sister. I heard somewhere that this could be equivalent to b...

    Christine’s Answer

    yes

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  • Where can you file a pleading for a judge

    where can you file a pleading for a judge?

    Christine’s Answer

    You will need to be more specific. If you are referring to a "motion," in which you ask the judge for something in a particular case, then you would file the motion with the Clerk of Court where the case is pending. If you are trying to file a law suit, then you and/or an attorney representing you would file the law suit (complaint) with the Clerk of Court as well.

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  • If someone use racial slurs against me, is that constituted as a hate crime?

    I work at a school. A parent made allegations against me that went unfounded. In the process of her allegations she used a lot of the "N" word. As a result I was not allowed to carry out my job for 2 days.

    Christine’s Answer

    Based on your description, no.

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  • I was wondering if I have a case for discrimination?

    I was recently fired from my job for failing a drug test. I hurt my hand at work and filed an incedent report as a precaution and was sent 4 a drug test. Under the employee handbookit sais nothing about this procedure. If I would have known I was ...

    Christine’s Answer

    No, unless you were singled out on the basis of being a member of a protected class (race, religion, gender, ethnicity, handicap, etc.). Otherwise, an employer is Florida may fire you for ANY reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.

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  • Can I be charged with shoplifting in florida if I didnt exit the building? And they blocked the door to where I couldnt leave.

    Can I fight the charges? Can they detain me in the state of florida against my will? The lady was blockink the door to where I couldnt leave? Whats the detaining laws of florida?

    Christine’s Answer

    The answer to your main question regarding whether you can be charged is YES. You may be able to contest the charges depending upon the facts of your case. You should seek the advice of your public defender or consult with a private attorney, depending upon your financial circumstances.

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  • Soemone i know was over paid unemployement and owes 1,899.00 back to tehm tehy are considering this faraud.

    This person has never been arressted before. She is married with two children thats he takes care of while her husband works, will she spend any jail time? What will happen to her even if she pays teh money back?

    Christine’s Answer

    The answer to your question depends upon many facts, including whether a fraud charge is actually pursued. Your friend should consult with an attorney who has experience with unemployment matters and/or criminal law for specific advice.

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  • Soemone i know was over paid unemployement and owes 1,899.00 back to tehm tehy are considering this faraud.

    This person has never been arressted before. She is married with two children thats he takes care of while her husband works, will she spend any jail time? What will happen to her even if she pays teh money back?

    Christine’s Answer

    The answer to your question depends upon many facts, including whether a fraud charge is actually pursued. Your friend should consult with an attorney who has experience with unemployment matters and/or criminal law for specific advice.

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