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Dominic L. Pang

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  • If i fulfilled the Purchase Order to the description but the job is rejected based on finish can i sue for changes?

    Small LLC company. We are doing a job that requires some rails for a building. The purchase order we have states the finish of the rails to be US10B. We had the rails finished to a US10B finish but they do not match the small sample that was pro...

    Dominic’s Answer

    This is not a domestic violence question. You should repost this question under Contracts or Civil Litigation to receive appropriate responses.

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  • Will ignoring a civil demand get me in more trouble than I already am?

    I shoplifted at Walmart ( I know very stupid of me) a $12 item. A man who was dressed in normal clothes stopped me right before I was leaving and told me to come in the back because he knew I took the item and has me on the video tapes. Told me th...

    Dominic’s Answer

    The law firm sending the civil demands will eventually stop sending letters if you ignore them. They are not going to sue you over $50, nor seek a criminal complaint for shoplifting for a $12 item that was was presumably recovered and put back on the shelf. If it would make you fell better to pay the $50 demand, you can pay the $50 demand, but you will be fine if you ignore the demand.

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  • Would having my criminal record sealed be a problem for a future citizenship application?

    This is for a CWOF for a DUI. Probation period is up.

    Dominic’s Answer

    Sealing your record could make the citizenship problem more difficult. For example, you must disclose even sealed records to USCIS when you apply, but suppose your record (and corresponding court files) are sealed. You will have difficulty showing USCIS that you have only been charged with the single OUI, and the outcome of that OUI case. While some of documentation problems can be alleviated by obtaining certified copies of all of the documents in the court file prior to sealing, USCIS may not accept as genuine documents that come from you and not directly from the court or the Commissioner of Probation. It is usually better to wait until after the you have citizenship to seal your record.

    In a related matter, since your case ended up in a dismissal, there is no waiting period for you to petition to seal your record. Ideally, you would be granted citizenship on Day 1 and have your petition to seal heard and allowed by a judge on Day 2, but this would be difficult to coordinate that precisely. It takes about 30-60 days for most courts to schedule the sealing hearing once the petition is filed, so you can expect t get a hearing on your sealing petition in a fairly short time after you are granted citizenship.

    Best of luck on both matters,

    Dominic Pang

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  • I was told I would be summoned to court, it is now a year later and haven't heard anything, am I out of the woods?

    Just over a year ago, I attended a party in a hotel room that was advertised as a "swingers party". Not long after I arrived, police busted in and announced that it was a sting. I later found out that some of the girls who were at the party were...

    Dominic’s Answer

    If in fact the police have not yet sought a criminal complaint against you, it is unlikely that they will given that it has been close to a year since the date of the incident.

    However, it is entirely possible that the police did seek a complaint against you and for one reason or another, you were never notified of the clerk's hearing and/or the subsequent arraignment. If there actually was a complaint issued against you and you failed to appear for an arraignment, then a warrant would have issued for your arrest. You should have an attorney investigate with the court on your behalf, as the attorney will know what questions to ask, and more importantly, will act as a buffer between you and the criminal justice system. Do not just assume that there is no open criminal case against you, just because you have not received anything in the mail.

    Best of luck,

    Dominic Pang

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  • Can I go to court and request to pull my bail early

    My friend is off getting high and messing up can I get my bail I posted before I loose it

    Dominic’s Answer

    The court does not usually automatically forfeit the bail that a 3rd party surety posted if the defendant violates the terms of his pretrial release and/or defaults at the next court date. If you do not want to keep the bail money lodged with the court anymore, for whatever reason, the court will require that the defendant be physically present in court before it will allow a motion to return your bail to you. The reason is that once there is no longer any bail lodged with the court, the defendant must go into custody and stay in custody until such time as bail is posted.

    If the defendant violates some condition of his pretrial release, for example, if he picks up a new criminal charge or fails a drug test, then the court could (but does not always) "revoke his bail". Revoking a defendant's bail is not the same thing as the person who put up the bail losing the bail money forever. Revoking the bail means that the defendant is held without bail for up to 90 days, at which time he is released to "the street" on the bail amount posted (or perhaps on a higher bail amount). If the court revokes the defendant's bail, you as the surety could motion the court to return the bail money to you at that time.

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  • What is my best defense in an intent to dist. class A .. heroin case?

    i have never been arrested for anything at all in my lifetime prior to this, i had two two gram bags in my pocket and apparently there was a 3 gram bag found on the floor of my car somewhere. this happened outside of a fairly heavy security camera...

    Dominic’s Answer

    Do not post any additional details of your situation online. You've made some damaging admissions in this post already, and it won't take much detective work for the police to link this post to the arrest, if the police see your posting.

    You were charged with possession with intent to distribute when you could have been charged with simple possession. This often happens, but especially more so when the police find multiple baggies of drugs and a significant amount of cash. You can expect that the prosecution will attempt to keep the cash through a civil forfeiture action, on the theory that the cash is the product of drug sales. If you want to attempt to keep the cash, you will have to go through a separate proceeding in the Superior Court. This is better done with the aid of an attorney.

    As for your criminal charge, there may be grounds to suppress the drugs and cash from coming in as evidence at trial. Perhaps there was something illegal about the stop or the search. If the stop and/or the search is deemed illegal, then the fruits of that illegal stop/search get thrown out. That is just one way to defend against the charges. Another option is a plea to the lesser charge of straight possession. Note that these two options are by no means the entire list of avenues in your case. All of these options really should be done with through an experienced criminal defense attorney who represents you. If you are unable to afford as attorney, the court will appoint you one. In the alternative, you might consider reaching out to family or friends to come up with the money to hire your own attorney, or call an attorney to determine if he will accept a payment plan or credit card.

    Best of luck,
    Dominic Pang

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  • DSF is involved in a assault and battery they charged my boyfriend with after a physical altercation between the both of us

    Is it possible to speak to someone over the phone

    Dominic’s Answer

    Yes, the lawyers who answer questions on this website have their phone numbers listed in their profiles. Many lawyers will provide a free initial consultation if you call them directly. In addition, the website itself allows you to purchase a 15 minute consult through Avvo, wherein participating attorneys can speak with you.

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  • What can I do about a neighbor who is harassing me?

    I have a neighbor who has been harassing me for the last few months. She broke into another neighbor's house and threw bleach all over the place. I was the witness to the break in and told the police what had happened that night. She was arrested ...

    Dominic’s Answer

    You can seek a harassment prevention order, aka a 258E order, against this neighbor. Go to the local district court that covers your town, find the restraining order clerk's office, and fill out the application.

    You will have to allege at least 3 instances of "harassing" conduct in order to meet the minimum threshold for obtaining a harassment prevention order. The most commonly used definition of harassment, which is probably the most likely version of harassment in your situation, is, "3 or more acts of willful and malicious conduct aimed at a specific person committed with the intent to cause fear, intimidation, abuse or damage to property and that does in fact cause fear, intimidation, abuse or damage to property".

    Good luck,

    Dominic Pang

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