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Appaniadutt : I moved from my previous address in the spring of '11, and into my new one this past fall. One of my employers won't update my address so when I asked my previous roommate to meet up to get my W2 (for tax season), she mentioned that a man came to the house looking to serve me with a subpoena. She says she didn't accept it (as she would've been responsible for getting it to me) and told him she didn't know where I lived (which is true; she doesn't have my new address)



Only legal matter I have standing is from a car wreck in April (I got hit by a truck, car totaled), but when I emailed my lawyer, he didn't have a clue and told me to "get served"...idk how to do that. But now I know someone is looking to serve me with papers. I haven't fought anyone, I haven't gotten a ticket since '10 (paid that off as soon as I got it), haven't done damage to someone's property. I'm afraid if I call to figure out what it is, I'll be surprised and won't like the results.

Any advice? How do I go from here?
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guccioutlet1 : You might as well call and get it over with. You might be worrying your self to death over nothing. Personally I would rather know then not know.
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rikesuiburnsc : You have two courses of action. Ignore it and force them to find you or find out what the subpoena is and deal with it. Ignoring it is simple enough, just do nothing. Finding out is easy too, just contact the court that issued it (this may be difficult to determine). The other way to find out is to call your county sheriff's department. If they are the ones serving it instead of a private process server, they will tell you what's up and then ask you a few questions about your whereabouts.

Personally? I think that there is no point in worrying about what hasn't and may never happen.
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zakladykliczko : im trying to get a restraining order on my exboyfriend..i have 4 cases on him right now that im trying to persue to press charges. hes abusive, he wrecked my car and the broke in to my apt. yesterday. and he threating to hurt me and my family and trying to get me fired from work!! i need help but i dont have much money but this is something that needs to be done before i get hurt!
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Liaffobilfeli : You should be able to file a restraining order through the police. They may also have info on how to obtain a low cost lawyer in your area.
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CrycleClomoto : You do not need a lawyer to get a restraining order. Cops and courts can help. As to the wrecked car, look in the phone book. If there is a possibility of recovering money some lawyer will be willing to take the case.
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duyanggang10 : This is a complicated question.

If we have a CLEAR case of premeditated murder, then it is fair.

If you want to investigate all the ins and outs of
-- whether it was premeditated
-- whether it was self-defense
-- whether race is an issue in the execution rate
-- whether the cops or judges or the system is fair or unfair
Then it gets very complicated and much more than I want to try to write out.
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MustafaForex : To the extent that whether someone is sentenced to death depends on the region, state and even county, depends on the economic status of the defendant, on the race of the victim...no, capital punishment is not fair. It is also unwise.

For the worst crimes, life without parole is better, for many reasons. I’m against capital punishment not because of sympathy for criminals but because it doesn’t reduce crime, prolongs the anguish of families of murder victims, costs a whole lot more than life in prison, and, worst of all, risks executions of innocent people.

The worst thing about it. Errors:
The system can make tragic mistakes. Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for setting the fire that killed his children, based on what even the Texas Forensics Science Commission acknowledges was junk science. Modern forensics has shown the fire was accidental, not arson. We’ll never know for sure how many people have been executed for crimes they didn’t commit. As of now, 140 wrongly convicted people on death row have been exonerated. DNA is rarely available in homicides, often irrelevant (as in Willingham’s case) and can’t guarantee we won’t execute innocent people. Capital juries are dominated by people who favor capital punishment and are more likely to vote to convict.

Keeping killers off the streets for good:
Life without parole, on the books in most states, also prevents reoffending. It means what it says, and spending the rest of your life locked up, knowing you’ll never be free, is no picnic. Two big advantages:
-an innocent person serving life can be released from prison
-life without parole costs less than capital punishment

Costs, a surprise to many people:
Study after study has found that capital punishment is much more expensive than life in prison. Since the stakes are so high, the process is far more complex than for any other kind of criminal case. The largest costs come at the pre-trial and trial stages. These apply whether or not the defendant is convicted, let alone sentenced to death.

Crime reduction (deterrence):
Capital punishment doesn't keep us safer. Homicide rates for states that use the death penalty are consistently higher than for those that don’t. The most recent FBI data confirms this. For people without a conscience, fear of being caught is the best deterrent.

Who gets it:
Capital punishment isn't reserved for the worst crimes, but for defendants with the worst lawyers. It doesn't apply to people with money. Practically everyone sentenced to death had to rely on an overworked public defender. How many people with money have been executed??

Victims:
People assume that families of murder victims want capital punishment to be imposed. It isn't necessarily so. Some are against it on moral grounds. But even families who have supported it in principle have testified to the protracted and unavoidable damage that the death penalty process does to families like theirs and that life without parole is an appropriate alternative.

It comes down to whether we should keep capital punishment for retribution or revenge in spite of its flaws and in spite of the huge toll it exacts on society.
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