Skip to main content
Judy A. Goldstein

Judy Goldstein’s Answers

40,688 total


  • Can I get evicted if I'm on workers compensensation or short term disability

    advice please

    Judy’s Answer

    Yu entered into an agreement with your landlord. Your landlord does not care where your rent money comes from or your other personal problems. Yes, you can be evicted. Speak to your WC attorney about the possibility of getting funds to pay your rent.

    See question 
  • Can I get evicted if I'm on workers compensensation or short term disability

    advice please

    Judy’s Answer

    Yu entered into an agreement with your landlord. Your landlord does not care where your rent money comes from or your other personal problems. Yes, you can be evicted. Speak to your WC attorney about the possibility of getting funds to pay your rent.

    See question 
  • What am I facing

    I was recently arrested and charged with 3 class 3 felonies. 2 for aggravated battery and 1 for aggravated assault and 1 misdemeanor. For fighting and fleeding the scene the fight was a result of me being previously being assaulted with my child a...

    Judy’s Answer

    You should refrain from discussing your case online or anywhere else in public or in private except with an attorney. You should be able to consult with one or more lawyers for free, but you really need to hire counsel. If you are indigent, you will be appointed a public defender at your first court appearance. Speak only to a lawyer. This is not a confidential forum.

    See question 
  • How harmful is it to management if they put a letter of reprimand in your file and it says that employee refused to sign it?

    I mean, can such a document carry any weight for purposes of termination? I am looking at my personnel file. There are some letters in there documenting some tardies and the place for me to sign it is blank and the boss writes some note that I wa...

    Judy’s Answer

    There is no way of answering what weight if any your employer will give to the unsigned documents or the allegation that you refused to sign.

    See question 
  • Is it possible to obtain a passport if you are a convicted felon? And also can a lawyer help you obtain one?

    Arrested back in 2004 for drugs served two years the rest of time served on probation. Been off papers since 2014. Would lime to vacation in other parts of the country.

    Judy’s Answer

    If you wish to travel within this country, you do not need a passport.

    See question 
  • Can I get an emergency order of protection vacated, following denial of plenary OP?

    Quick review: My ex filed an order of protection against me... Even though it was bogus (IMO), the judge entered an emergency OP. I filed within the allowed time a motion to rehear the case. At that hearing, the judge basically said that there's ...

    Judy’s Answer

    Depending upon how long ago the EOP was entered and the OP was denied, you might be able to seek vacature of the OEP. You need to consult with a lawyer since your facts here are scarce and you really need more than can be provided in this simple Q&A forum.

    See question 
  • Is arrest warrant valid if it lists the wrong crime?

    My brother got a 2 year court supervision disposition for a possession of cannabis charge in 2005. It included a fine. Upon completion of the 2 years, a dismissal of the charge would occur. He did not pay the fine, and so a warrant was issued. How...

    Judy’s Answer

    You are mixing apples and oranges. There is no "wrong crime" listed although there might be a clerical error. Your brother needs to hire an attorney to get this straightened out.

    See question 
  • The officer asked for notarized i-9s. Why and what do i do?

    I am applying for GC through marriage. I never claimed to be us citizen and i stated this on i-485. On all my i-9s i picked "alien with work authorization". Now we received RFE and the officer asks for i-9s from ALL places where i worked notarized...

    Judy’s Answer

    This appears to be an immigration question. I have changed the practice area accordingly.

    See question 
  • Within what time-frame should I join my new employer?

    I am currently working for employer A. I have an offer from employer B. My H1B transfer with employer B has been approved as of July 26th. Is it a legal requirement that I have to join employer B within 30 days of my visa transfer approval? If ...

    Judy’s Answer

    Despite the theme of this inquiry, it appears to be an immigration question. I have changed the practice area to attract those who can best answer.

    See question 
  • 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

    See question