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Jan
29

“Is This a Scam?:” How to Respond to That Unknown Debt Collection Caller

Posted by Dan Dewoskin in Articles, Debt Collection Defense, Personal Injury Blog, Uncategorized

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We often get calls from folks who have been contacted by phone about “their account,” or perhaps “the balance that they owe,” or attempts to deliver a certified document or summons that implies that if no return call is made in 48 hours, they will be in legal trouble. These calls may be for something […]

Jan
24

What should I do immediately after a wreck?

Posted by Dan Dewoskin in Uncategorized

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You were driving down the road. Or perhaps you were sitting still in traffic. And suddenly, through no fault of your own, another vehicle barrels into yours. What should you do in the immediate aftermath? The first obvious piece of advice is that you should do whatever is best for your health, whether that is […]

Jan
16

To Nolo, or Not to Nolo?

Posted by Dan Dewoskin in Criminal Defense, Uncategorized

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Some of you might have heard the expression “pleading nolo” in the context of a traffic or criminal case. Some of you might have never hear of such an expression. In the legal context, “nolo” is short for “nolo contendere” which is Latin for “no contest”.  Simply put, it means someone charged with a crime […]

Jan
02

What should I do when a loved one is killed in an automobile collision?

Posted by Dan Dewoskin in Articles, Auto Accident, Civil, Personal Injury, Serious Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

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Some of the most difficult conversations we have with clients occur very soon after a horrible event has taken place.  There are no words that can be said after the loss of a loved one that can replace what has been taken away.  The void is often everlasting, even though time does help to heal […]

Nov
28

How can I get rid of my Georgia criminal record?

Posted by Dan Dewoskin in Criminal Defense, Uncategorized

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It’s easy to get a criminal record in Georgia.  Unfortunately, it is far easier than most of us would like to think.  Many people are charged with a variety of offenses, from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies, and, due to decisions to delay hiring qualified counsel or perhaps even due to poor representation, they make […]

Oct
28

What is the legal limit in Georgia for a DUI?

Posted by Dan Dewoskin in Articles, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury Blog

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What is the legal limit in Georgia for a DUI? In Georgia, it is generally illegal for a person to operate or be in control of a motor vehicle when a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 grams or more by weight of alcohol at any time within three hours after driving. Notice above […]

Oct
01

What is the “eye test” officers do during a DUI traffic stop?

Posted by Dan Dewoskin in Uncategorized

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The HGN is an abbreviation for “Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test.” HGN is one of several tests, referred to as Standard Field Sobriety Tests (“SFSTs”) that officers perform on an individual that they believe is driving while impaired on alcohol or drugs. Of the several SFSTs that some officers are trained to conduct, you may be […]

Jun
08

Three Steps to Addressing an American Express or Bank of America Credit Card Lawsuit

Posted by Dan Dewoskin in Debt Collection Defense, Personal Injury Blog

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After the date of charge off, American Express and Bank of America will usually file suit if collection efforts have failed to resolve the matter.  Once these companies file suit, there are three very important steps to protect yourself as a consumer from suffering far more significant damage. FIRST: Immediately upon being served, consider hiring […]

May
23

Are American Express Lawsuits Able to Be Defended?

Posted by Dan Dewoskin in Debt Collection Defense

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Yes.  Without question, there are defenses to these lawsuits.  Unlike many other debt collectors who file thousands and thousands of lawsuits across the country, American Express is a first party debt collector.  They are not a debt buyer and often file suits to collect upon their own accounts that have become delinquent.  Just like with debt buyers, they retain counsel, such […]

Jul
10

U.S. Vows to Battle Abusive Debt Collectors – NYTimes.com

Posted by Dan Dewoskin in Articles, Debt Collection Defense, Personal Injury Blog

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U.S. Vows to Battle Abusive Debt Collectors – NYTimes.com. It’s about time for regulators to take more notice of these issues.  Many debt collectors, and first party lenders, have engaged in fraudulent and abusive practices with little to no oversight or accountability.  I am skeptical about what impact the Federal Trade Commission and other regulators […]

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