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Matthew James Haiduk

Matthew Haiduk’s Answers

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  • Does the 5 day Grace period apply when your rent is due on the 15th of the month?

    My lease starts on the 15th of the month. Does the 5 day grace period still apply to me as a tenant?

    Matthew’s Answer

    Agreed. Check your lease. It should explain exactly what is expected and ok.

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  • What will happen to me, the police have a warrant out for my arrest for aggravated assault, and I was only protecting myself ?

    My uncle snapped and put a gun to my head and told me he was going to kill me, my auntie called the police on him, he left before they came, I didn't press charges against him, but I did go down to the police department and file a police report ag...

    Matthew’s Answer

    If you have a warrant for your arrest, it's because there are charges against you. You're going to be arrested at some point if you don't turn yourself in.

    You may or may not have a defense to the charges, but that's for a judge or jury to determine at trial. A cop doesn't have to consider that when seeking charges or obtaining a warrant.

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  • What's this mean??.. Docket: REPORT RE: RULE TO SHOW CAUSE SET FOR 02/18/2015 AT 09:00

    My friend was charged with attemp murder

    Matthew’s Answer

    Typically a rule to show cause in a criminal case comes up when a subpoena was issued (either to a witness or for documents), and whomever received the subpoena didn't respond. The issuing party is asking the court to hold the person who got the subpoena in contempt of court to force them to comply.

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  • Can an officer put me in handcuffs without reading me my rights? I was being giving a citation, not being arrested.

    Citation was for marijuana possession (less than .5)

    Matthew’s Answer

    Yes. He can even interrogate you without reading you your rights. He can't get your admission in at trial if you were in custody, and you were interrogated, and you confessed, though. In theory, anyway.

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  • Was I supposed to have my Miranda rights read to me?

    I got charged with possession a couple months ago and have heard conflicting information on whether or not my Miranda rights should have been read to me. We were not allowed to leave and the officer didn't read any of us our rights before question...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Miranda is about the mos misunderstood concept in all of criminal law.

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  • My son lost his job and then went off the deep end. He drank himself into a ditch....and then did it again a week later. DUI

    His issues seem to be emotional....does that help or hurt him. Will he ever get to drive again. He has never been arrested or had any issues with the law. Now it's twice in one month.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Get him in some counseling, ASAP. If his DUI was a result of emotional issues that can be treated, a provable counseling history is going to help whoever he has take his case. Then, call a lawyer, take all of the paperwork in and go talk to him.

    Regardless of how the radio ads sound, if he only got one DUI (hard to tell from your question) and gets his life back on track, the court case will likely not have a catastrophic ending.

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  • I am an Illinois driver and plead guilty to reckless driving in michigan,

    my question is 1. what will illinois do about this conviction and question 2 i paid a $500 fine and $125 in court cost am i still allowed to drive in michigan or do i have to wait 90 days”

    Matthew’s Answer

    You might want to post this in a Michigan section. You seem to be asking if, as an Illinois driver, Michigan law is going to prevent you from driving in Michigan.

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  • 1. Daughter ticketed for improper lane usage and driving an uninsured vehicle without prior knowledge of insurance expiration.

    2. Officer followed truck clear through town and said that my daughter was stopped for crossing over the white line, which he said indicated that she might be impaired. 3. Told boyfriend that his license plate was obstructed. In fact he has a...

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    Before you call anybody, take a minute and review (at least the beginning) of the mandatory motor vehicle insurance law. Whether or not somebody knows it's been expired or cancelled isn't really a defense (see link below).

    You may get somewhere with the State's Attorney, you may not. Just don't be surprised if a crabby assistant state's attorney tells you that it doesn't matter if the driver knew or not (although, of course, a sympathetic assistant would probably take this into consideration).

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  • Falsely accused

    I was arrested after falsely being accused by two acquaintances of committing a misdemeanor crime that never happened. At the time of the arrest I asked the police to investigate my case further because the people were lying lying but they did not...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I was going to chime in to say that you should contact a civil rights attorney, let them go over all of your stuff, and then take their informed advice.

    I'll still say that, except I'll be more specific in saying that you should contact Mr. Meyer who has already answered. He does that stuff.

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  • I lied about my age so I can acquire a prepaid phone activation done online. Now what?

    I'm 17 and tuning 18 in late july. I activated the account online this january. I did what I did because I needed a phone. My parents couldn't do it or my bro because they do not have a social security number (a requirement for activation). Now I'...

    Matthew’s Answer

    What company required a SSN to activate a prepaid phone? I activated one today and was asked no such question.

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