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Judy A. Goldstein

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  • Do I have to pay a shoplifting civil demand?

    I was caught shoplifting at a retail store for about $40.00 worth of merchendise. I signed and admitted the fact that I DID steal the merchendise. police were not called, and it is not a criminal charge. I received a printed paper saying that it ...

    Judy’s Answer

    What toy read is correct. There is law in the state of Illinois which allows for civil action collection when there is a retail theft. Most people choose to ignore the demand. This demand is for money over and above any fine you pay in compliance with a court order. People may get a few more letters, each time asking for more, and then they stop. While the retailer can sue you, it is extremely rare for anyone to actually be sued. You do not owe any money unless you are sued and the retailer wins. This is a common ploy. Do not pay. If you do, you will be in the national retail theft database which could affect your ability to get a job and could impact your life in other ways. If you are uncomfortable, hire a lawyer and have the lawyer write a cease and desist letter. That should be the end of it.

    Here is a good article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120347031996578719.html

    The National Retail Theft Database is actually a voluntary list put together by different individual retailers. Further, any member that published the information on the list, can thereafter remove it. Therefore, if you wish to have the entry removed, as you apparently do, your best bet would be to write a letter to the manager of the particular store and inquire as to what it would take for them to remove the entry.

    Please go to this link:
    http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/should-i-pay-the-civil-demand-letter

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  • If a municipal body opponent gives me privileged documents in an email has he effectively waived privilege?

    I am wondering if giving me his attorney/client letters has caused him to waive his privilege for other items if I were to foia.

    Judy’s Answer

    Your question is unclear. However, you have asked many municipal bdy and FOIA questions over recent weeks. Perhaps it's time you seek the services of an attorney who can answer all your questions rather than repeatedly coming to this forum where for the most part we can only partially answer, if at all. This is a simple Q&A forum and is not designed to be your personal free legal service. Best wishes to you.

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  • What are my rights as a pet owner in this situation?

    I live in suburban Chicago, and was publicly accosted today by a woman in my local post office. I had been away for the weekend, picked up my two dogs from the veterinary where I boarded them and had them groomed (for $375), and made the (apparen...

    Judy’s Answer

    You have few rights. You committed animal abuse in the eyes of most people and the law. As a rescuer myself, had I seen that, it is possible I might have broken out your windows and faced the consequences if any. DON'T EVER DO THAT AGAIN! Take your furkids home and then run your errands. At the very least keep the car running with the AC on, but even this is risky. You could have killed your dogs.

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  • My H4 status wife went to India and after filing a false complaint in India suddenly came back to USA. What are my options?

    We had planned to go back to India so that she can work. We always used to have fights over small issues.But we had a fight and she went early mentioning she doesn't want to stay with me anymore and this is final decision. Upon this I took another...

    Judy’s Answer

    You need to seek the services of a family lawyer ASAP, if for no other reason than to prevent your wife from removing your child from this country. You should also consider filing for divorce. Do not return to India if there are criminal charges pending against you there. Your situation is far too complex for a simple Q&A forum.

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  • I was granted convention against torture I was place on supervision now I caught a new case a d. U. I what is going to happen

    I'm on house arrest and I have to check in with them next week what will happen to me when I go to check in

    Judy’s Answer

    This is not a consumer protection question. It may be a criminal defense or DUI question but it is unclear since we can't figure out what convention against torture means. If you are on house arrest, how did you get charged with a DUI? Please rephrase and perhaps explain what on earth you are talking about. Better yet, don't publish more information here. Speak with your lawyer or hire a new one. It sounds like you need a lawyer and not an online Q&A forum.

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  • I got caught with 14 Xanax pills in my room, in my pill bottle with out my actual medicine in the bottle

    To make matters worse o recently put a lock on the door, and my brother and his girlfriend do Xanax, bug I don't I work, and get drug tested. How am I going to prove that these pills really aren't mine even tho all the evidence is supporting that ...

    Judy’s Answer

    You need to refrain from any further discussion of your case online or anywhere else in public or even in private except with a lawyer. You need to hire an attorney ASAP.

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  • Should I apply for naturalization with a misdemeanor drug charge conviction 20 years old?

    I won my removal proceedings 20 years ago. The Federal Court Judge lowered my crimes from several felony drug charges ( possession, distribution, conspiracy, international border) to a single misdemeanor possession in order to help with USCIS. Wit...

    Judy’s Answer

    You need to speak with an immigration attorney. I will change the practice area to attract those who can best answer.

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  • How do I get another court appearance after I missed court an have a misdemeanor warrant

    missed court on a misdemeanor case in Burbank il

    Judy’s Answer

    Hire an attorney if at all possible. File a motion to bring your case back to court.

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  • Can I live with my sister?

    I'm turning 14 in September and my dad has full custody of me. My parents are divorced and my mother is barely involved. I was wondering if I can go to court and choose and testify that I want to live with my sister who is married and can Afford...

    Judy’s Answer

    You do not have the authority to go to court or decide with whom you will live. You can do that when you are 18. If your father consents, he can seek a court order allowing you to move in with your sister. Best wishes to you.

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  • Where can I find Case Law and Previous Judgments of Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage?

    I need to find Case Law and Previous Judgments of "Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage with Retroactive Effect based on Marriage Fraud". Can someone please share Links of Reliable Online Resources or tell me where I can find them in Cook County?

    Judy’s Answer

    You will have a difficult time finding applicable case law, whether in Cook or any other county in the state. Invalidity cases are driven by specific facts and the statute. They are rarely if ever appealed so there is no case law. You asked earlier about invalidity and were advised to seek counsel. That advice is still the best. You cannot do this yourself.

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