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  • Did I get charged with a misdemeanor for shoplifting?

    Recently I stole $16 worth of merchandise from JC Penny's. I paid for some other things and walked out of the store when a loss prevention guy told me I needed to return the tights and that he didn't want to make a big deal of it. We went to the l...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with the other posters. Do not admit to anything. Yes you need to go to court, and yes you could keep a clean record, but you should investment wisely in hiring an attorney to assist you. You only get one chance at doing this right. I'm linking to an article about retail fraud in Ann Arbor. I look forward to assisting you with your case.

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  • Can I get my children child support raised? My ex husband was self employed for years. A year before out divorce he sold the

    Business collapsed. He then began working for a friend in the same field. I filed for divorce and within a week he was unemployed. During the divorce he admitted to hiding money and getting paid under the table wages. Once child support was determ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Yes child support is always modifiable. I am linking to some additional information to help you with your situation.

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  • My husband did not want me to work, can i get him to pay the attorney fees as he is the only one working?

    He has a good job, 401's and assets over 250,000

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Yes, you might be worthy of receiving attorney fees if you're thinking of filing an action in court, or something is already filed. A party cannot be prejudice into fighting their case against a spouse if they are without their own resources. Sounds like you're also a candidate for spousal support depending upon how long you've been married. Here is some more information on spousal support.

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  • My daughter and I arrested for simple assault for pushing a lady in the face because she was cussing at me.

    Neither of us has a record or ever been to jail. we were not read our rights. the location we were at let the police and the other lady see the video and came out and told us based on that we were under arrest. we never saw the video. my daughter ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Sounds like you have a number of complicated issues. I'm very familiar with the Westland court. Let me know if you have any questions. I am linking to a starting point on the Westland court.

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  • If you are to be sentenced on an impaired driving, and you get a DUI, will they arrest you at sentencing.

    I am scheduled to be sentence to probation on an impaired driving charge. I recently got a DUI. Will they arrest me at sentencing.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Sounds like you have a lot of catching up to do on the process. I am going to link to a helpful article on the crime it sounds like you might be pleading to in the near future. As a first time offender, I doubt Judge Joe Burke is going to send you to jail. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  • Retail fraud 3rd degree. do i need to call in for a public defender before i go in for my court date?

    I am 18 years old and I recently got caught shoplifting at JCpenny. The merchandise was for $185. they took all my information and the so did the police, as well as my prints and picture. then i got the ticket from the officer, I paid the bond of...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Don't assume you will be assigned a "public defender". Although you say you are entitled to one, you have to qualify financially to be eligible - the court will ask you about your job, bank account and resources in order to make a determination. Be prepared to hear the judge tell you that you need to go hire an attorney. If you do qualify for one, you will certainly get one.

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  • Can i stop the mother of my child taking him out of state?

    According to her i have no rights to him. Also she has told me i cant take him out of state without hers and the court permission.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Temporarily removing a child from the State of Michigan for a short-term event is probably not illegal, but it would be a problem for her if she tried to move him permanently. Are you not able to have parenting time with your child? You could file a number of motions to gain joint custody and/or get a parenting time schedule. I am going to link to an article with some more information. Let me know if I can help.

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  • Hello,child support custody question

    hello, I'm divorce and have a baby the live with his mom, I'm paying child support and we have join custody. Now she sigh him up in to Arabic school even if we are not Arabic with out asking me..And i do not like that . Can anyone tell me can s...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You should consult with an attorney who can look at your previous court documents and determine your legal standing in this matter. From there, you may need to file motions. I am going to link to some resources on joint custody - review these for a better understanding of your case.

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  • Pension plan I was awarded in QDRO was not properly researched and now I am stuck with it, according to my very lousy attorney!

    QDRO gives me $103,000 of his pension plan. $25,000 of that was to pay me for my portion of real property which I have since deeded over to him. I was not able to communicate with pension folks prior to divorce, but now find out that the particul...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with the other posters. You should consult about malpractice, but also speak to a family law attorney that you feel comfortable with to see if there is an remedy for you going forward. I am going to link to some resources on Michigan divorce retirement benefits. Good luck

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