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John Robert Sauter

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  • Do I have to pay the outrageous civil claim Walmart sent me in the mail for 200 dollars?

    I was caught shoplifting laying cards and opened 24 dollars worth. Walmart security told me I would only be charged 3 times the amount of the cards value. I am 19 years old and I don't have 200 dollars laying around. Now not only that but my girlf...

    John’s Answer

    I wouldn't ignore the letters, because it's possible that should you refuse to pay WalMart could attempt to press criminal charges against you through your local prosecutor or file a civil lawsuit against you. Because the value of the items you attempted to steal were so low in value, it is less likely they will press charges or sue you than if you stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

    Perhaps you could call a telephone number listed on the letters, explain your financial situation and you girlfriend's non-involvement and attempt to reach an agreement whereas you would pay a smaller amount of money for Walmart to consider their civil demand settled.

    Good luck.

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  • What is the next step after a prosecutor resigns because of Disciplinary Action showing a conspiracy against me.

    What is the procedure for collecting damages?

    John’s Answer

    Its difficult to give a full answer based on the lack of facts in your question, but because of Ohio's broad grant of prosecutorial immunity, you may not have additional options. Prosecutors in Ohio are entitled to absolute immunity when their activities are intimately associated with the judicial phase of the criminal process. The grant of immunity does not extend to investigative or administrative functions. If you desire to continue with any claims you may have, consult with an attorney in your area who practices civil litigation to explore any options you may have remaining.

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  • I was biten by a dog and the dog owner is claiming to not have insurance, what can be done?

    I was attacked by a dog while running through a neighborhood. The dog came out of a garage and across the road to the other side where I was running and attacked me. The owner came out of the garage and yelled for the dog who eventuallly let go an...

    John’s Answer

    There are some services that plaintiff's attorneys use to find out insurance information, but in your case, its advisable to file a lawsuit against the individual and his girlfriend in your local common pleas court. Should he or she have insurance, they will contact their insurer in order to get legal representation. Should they not have insurance, they'll need to contact an attorney to provide them with representation. Either way, you'll be taking control of the situation and doing what is necessary to get proper compensation for your injuries.

    Speaking with a personal injury attorney in your area will allow you to understand your proper measure of damages. Most, if not all injury attorneys will agree to consult with you for free and will take your case on a contingency basis, never charging you an hourly fee.

    I am available to speak with you about your options, should you desire to give me a call.

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  • How do i come up with a counter offer after a low first settlement offer by my former employer. where can i get help for this.

    i was recently offered a settlement from my former employer which was disrespectfully low. I rejected their first offer and now they are wanting me to submit a counter offer in this matter. i have been representing myself up until this point. I a...

    John’s Answer

    Consult with a labor and employment lawyer in your area by searching on Avvo.com. A lawyer may be able to help you properly calculate your possible recovery, or, through a review of the facts of your case, suggest a better course of action.

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  • Can we sue the energy drink company "Rip it"?

    i passed out in a store with my son and was rushed to the hospital. right befor the incident i drunk two "rip it" energy drinks and then my chest was starting to feel funny. and thats all i remember i woke up in the hospital hooked up to machines...

    John’s Answer

    Can you sue them? Sure. Your biggest hurdle, however, would be convincing a jury (or the manufacturer's insurance company) that the drink CAUSED your fainting and hospitalization. Doing so may require some extensive medical testing, likely at your cost.

    If you feel strongly that you're a physically fit person and have never had fainting spells like this before, you should contact a personal injury attorney in your area and ask to meet with them regarding your possible.

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  • My daughter was hurt at mcdonalds on indoor playground ended up with 2 inch scar and 1500 medical bills.all info was submitted

    To mcdonalds insurance to find out they are now saying its not their fault. Yet my daughter did not go there with a scar n medical bills.... What do i do now?????

    John’s Answer

    You should hire a personal injury attorney. Without an attorney, the insurance company is going either (a) deny liability and offer you nothing, or (b) give you a low-ball, 'take-it-or-leave-it' offer designed to make you go away.

    Protect your rights and hire an experienced personal injury attorney in your area. Most injury attorneys will give you a free consultation and will accept your case for a % of the recovery, if any, and will not bill you hourly.

    Insurance companies are businesses, and their goal is to make money. Without an attorney you are at a disadvantage.

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  • Should i sue or settle? if a settlement how much?

    I got rear ended by a drunk driver two weeks ago and i was taken directly to the hospital from the scene. They took x-rays but they just said it was a sprain but now i'm having headaches, neck and back pain. I plan on calling a chiroprater and get...

    John’s Answer

    I'd recommend you do several things.

    First and foremost, focus on your physical recovery, taking any and all necessary steps to get you back to 100% health. Follow doctor's orders, take your medication and make all your appointments (failure to do these things can devalue your claim).

    Second, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney in your area. The attorney, who will likely work for a % fee of your recovery - and won't charge and hourly fee or take any money up front - can advise you on the proper course of conduct. That course of conduct may be settling with the insurance company, provided the insurer offers you what you consider to be a fair amount of money to settle the claim short of trial. Should they offer you what you consider to be an insufficient amount (taking into account your medical bills, lost wages, other damages, etc), your attorney can file a lawsuit against the drunk driver.

    Best of luck to you.

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  • Being sued 1 year after fender bender where I was at fault, what happens now?

    I was involved in car accident about 1 year ago. I rear ended the car in front of me on an exit ramp. When we exchanged information, the other party I hit was in a rush to leave. No police report was filed, and the only info i got was the passenge...

    John’s Answer

    The terms of your automobile insurance policy likely dictate that in the event that a lawsuit is filed against you, your insurance company will provide you with legal representation. It's advisable, however, that you check the terms and conditions of your policy to confirm this, and relay any new or recent information to your claims adjuster.

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  • What kind of lawyer do I need and do I have a case?

    My 8yr old grandson, whom I have custody of, fell at school on recess. He broke his foot but the teacher on duty told him to suck it up, be a man. When he went back to class, his home room teacher sent him to the nurse. My 12yr old granddaughter w...

    John’s Answer

    It would be wise to consult with a personal injury attorney in your area to determine if, based on the facts as you present them, the school was negligent in their supervision of your grandchild, and that because of that negligent supervision, he was injured. An injury attorney could also help you explore where and why he was injured and whether the school breached its duty of care to provide a reasonably safe environment for him to play.

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  • I was charged with possession of drug paraphinalia and would like to know what the minimum penalty is.

    This is my first criminal charge.

    John’s Answer

    Standard possession of drug paraphernalia in Ohio is a fourth degree misdemeanor. Your maximum sentence is a jail term of 30 days. Your minimum penalty would be getting your case dismissed by the judge or prosecutor.

    Each case is different - your outcome may be highly dependent on your prosecutor, judge, the evidence, and your (lack of) prior offenses. A judge has great latitude when determining a punishment for an offense like this, and possible punishments can include payment of a fine, court costs, and court-supervised probation.

    Consult with a criminal defense attorney in your area in order to protect your legal rights and get the best possible outcome.

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