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  • If you "expunge" your own record and the state sends you a letter saying your misdemeanor is dismissed will it still show up?

    Hello! So I had went to the Dept. of revenue to expunge a petty theft I had committed at age 19,I had received a letter from the state verifying that the case was dismissed. the crime was under $60 and I had paid all dues. Now, at 25 I had complet...

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    As was mentioned by my colleague, California expungements are not the true record cleaners that other states have. So, the conviction will show to some degree and you have a duty to disclose it in most applications for licenses. But, I bet the fact that you were able to expunge and have no further problems since that time will put you in a good position to get your state license despite the conviction. Good luck!

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  • I received a voicemail from someone, saying a name that is not mine, saying I have allegations filed against me.

    I received a call from "Rebecca Gray" from the "Division of Pretrial Processing for the State of Kentucky" calling from 859-459-2225. They left a voicemail saying that Jacob Sims (not my name) has 4 allegations filed with the Fayette County Clerks...

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    The possibility that this - assuming that it is legitimate to start with - has anything to do with you is remote. If they didn't use your name, I can't imagine that they are looking for you. Confirm with court clerk for that county that there is no case under your name, then forget about it. I wouldn't call these people back,

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  • What type of attorney should obtain?

    My thirteen daughter ordered hot food and suffered a major burn on Amtrak. She was traveling from Santa Barbara to Irvine.

    Thomas’s Answer

    You need a personal injury attorney. Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) is a funny entity with subsidies from the Federal government. Act quickly, in case a Notice of Claim has to be filed.

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  • Can i sue for false arrest and unlawful imprisonment

    can i sue the county

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    The circumstances would have to be super aggregrious before you could come close to prevailing. I don't know your facts, so it is impossible to say at this point. I'd talk to a civil rights attorney in your area to get a more complete answer.

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  • I lived at an asbestos home for 1.5 years and I don't have signs of mesothelioma yet. Can I sue? How If yes, how much?

    I am a homeowner. I hired a company that provides flooring services. During construction, the company cracked something and released asbestos. I lived at my home for a year and half and I don't have signs of mesothelioma because of the asbestos...

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    Your exposure to asbestos seems to be pretty minor. I would contact one of the firms driving the mesothelioma cases to discuss your situation. They will have a grasp of whether you are at risk to develop mesothelioma and the best way to proceed.

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  • Seek legal advise counsil

    My mothet 87 years old Had a fever and since she was throwing up vomiting she would not eat as a result she fell down and was bleefing her little fingure wad hurt called 911 and rushed to brotman metical center Instead giving her bandage a...

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    Which part of your mother's treatment do think is below the standard of care? It sounds like they are focusing on the most important issue, her heart. Although her finger is probably painful, and she has low energy, the heart issue is the most life threatening. If her conditions worsen, talk to an attorney.

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  • I've already settled my PI claim against the other party's insurance company.

    Because I did not have health insurance, my auto insurance policy paid for a significant portion of my chiropractic treatment ($2,000). I understand the subrogation process to recover medical payments but why should my insurance company be entitle...

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    The other side of that argument is: Why should your insurance pay out of pocket for the negligence of someone else? Your insurance policy would almost certainly have a provision that requires you to cooperate and help them subrogate, so a lien probably isn't necessary.

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  • Is it illegal to have or share indecent pictures of an underaged girl if she's of legal age now?

    I have a folder of lewd or otherwise indecent photos of my ex girlfriend when she was 16 and 17, but she is 18 now. Is this considered possession of child pornography? She is in Sacramento, California and I'm in Toledo, Spain, if that has any bear...

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    In California, the determination is made by the age of the girl at the time the photo was taken. The concern is with the exploitation of minors. With today's technology, "selfies" are rampant, but it is still illegal to own and possess here even if voluntarily given and unsolicited. I don't know what Spain's laws are with these type of photos, but I'd get rid of them immediately.

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  • Got a speeding ticket fm CHP using radar gun in HEMET.

    Got a speeding ticket fm CHP using radar gun. there were many cars going both directions and I was going with the Flow. he wrote me for 65+ in a 55 on the 74 or 79 thru. Hemet. he said he clocked me at 73. how should I consider fighting it? i've...

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    I ALWAYS fight my own traffic tickets and recommend you do as well. It sounds like you are familiar with a couple of the approaches. Talk to an attorney to see what works best in your area, your judge. Good luck.

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  • Do I have to pay?

    my two friends and I were caught shoplifting from sears about 3 weeks ago, they called the police who carried out the arrest but didn't take fingerprints and didn't charge us, we are 16 and 17. we all got a letter in the mail saying I have to pay ...

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    As succinctly stated before, the penal code authorizes the demand, but it's very unlikely, but not impossible, that they'll follow through. Going after a minor in civil court has its challenges. The juvenile court may order restitution though, if the case makes its way there.

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