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Understanding "Bail"

Posted by Nick Pouladian | Aug 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

Bail is money that must be given, or promised to be given, to the Court to ensure that a defendant returns to court for all of their future hearings and remains law abiding during the pendency of their case. What this means is someone who has been charged with a crime—and is presumed innocent—ma...

The Defense of Self-Defense

Posted by Nick Pouladian | Aug 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

A potential and well-known defense that may be used in response to being charged with a violent person-crime (such as assault or murder) is ‘Self-Defense.' While the law generally prohibits the use of force by and amongst the general public (the government maintains a monopoly on permissible vio...

The Right To Remain Silent -- Part I

Posted by Nick Pouladian | Aug 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

You've probably seen it on T.V. or in the movies – someone is arrested by the police, and as soon as the handcuffs are on, the officer says the well-known line, “You have the right to remain silent; anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law; you have the right to an atto...

Types of Criminal Charges: From Least To Most Severe

Posted by Nick Pouladian | Aug 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

While facing any type of charge is scary, it's important to note there are different levels of crimes and offenses, with each one carrying different potential penalties and consequences. What you're charged with will vary depending on the specific allegations against you, the statute(s) alleged t...

The Right To Remain Silent -- Part II

Posted by Nick Pouladian | Aug 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

In our previous post, we discussed the right to remain silent, when it applies, what law enforcement must do, and what might happen if they don't. In this post, we'll discuss HOW the right to remain silent is used. Now, some might ask, “it's a right, why does someone have to do anything to use ...

Is This for Real?: How to Spot a Fake Debt Collector

Posted by Ryan D. Peterson | May 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

For the past couple months, I've been getting at least one phone call a week from a consumer with the same story: someone calls them on the telephone out of the blue demand payment on an old (over ten years) debt (usually a credit card) and threatens them with a lawsuit or arrest if they don't pa...

Be Aware of Midland's Consumer Bill of Rights

Posted by Ryan D. Peterson | May 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

Nobody chooses to do business with Midland Credit Management, but Midland may choose to do business with you whether you like it or not. Midland is one of the largest purchasers of distressed consumer receivables in the United States, which is just a fancy way of saying they're a bunch of bottom-...

Stop Losing Sleep Over Financial Health and Reputation

Posted by Ryan D. Peterson | Nov 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

What should I do if a debt collection company has filed a lawsuit against me? If you find yourself facing a lawsuit over a debt, one good solution is to seek the assistance of a debt defense attorney. Oftentimes, you don't feel you owe them money, and the debt collection company is not a company...

Navient Student Loans To Be Assumed by Maximus

Posted by Ryan D. Peterson | Nov 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

A leading servicer of federal student loans, Navient, recently announced it will transfer its current student loan portfolio and withdraw from the U.S. Department of Education's federal student loan servicing system. Navient plans to transfer the accounts to a company called Maximus.  This c...

HOW DEBT BUYERS CATCH CONSUMERS OFF GUARD

Posted by Ryan D. Peterson | Oct 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Every year, several hundred thousand people across the United States are sued by companies (debt buyers) they have never done business with and may never have heard of. These firms are called debt buyers or junk debt buyers and although they have never loaned anyone a penny, millions of Amer...

WHAT TO DO AFTER IDENTITY THEFT

Posted by Ryan D. Peterson | Oct 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Identity theft is on the rise. After several years of major data breaches, it's almost guaranteed that your private identifying and financial information – for example, account number, date of birth, or social security number – have been involved in a data breach and are in the hands of “bad gu...

FICO VS. VANTAGESCORE CREDIT SCORES

Posted by Ryan D. Peterson | Oct 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

The credit score you find online probably isn't the same number the auto lender sees when you apply to finance a new vehicle. It isn't the same as the score a mortgage lender or credit card issuer might see either. In fact, a credit score check in each of these situations might come back with s...

Collection Agency Defense Stops Harassment

Posted by Ryan D. Peterson | Oct 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Just because a consumer owes a debt doesn't mean the collection agency can communicate any way they choose. That's where we come in with collection agency defense. According to the Federal Trade Commission, debt collection is one of the most complained about industries, but even still, many cons...

Can You Inherit Debt?

Posted by Ryan D. Peterson | Oct 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Learn which types of debt can become your responsibility Losing a loved one is never easy. There's much for the surviving spouse, partner, and other relatives to sort through, including any unpaid debts. Debts don't go away when a person dies, but that doesn't mean the family is responsible for ...

Three Paths to Student Loan Forgiveness

Posted by Ryan D. Peterson | Oct 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

Canceling student loan debt is a popular subject in today's climate, but it's been a popular topic for more than 20 years and 45 million people still owe $1.7 trillion. That could change if Biden and Congress reach some sort of compromise on how much to cancel and qualifying requirements. In th...

A Credit Freeze Won't Stop Identity Theft

Posted by Ryan D. Peterson | Oct 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

Scammers have found new ways to steal from you during the pandemic. Here's what you can do. The coronavirus pandemic has slowed some types of identity fraud, but other forms have cropped up. “Scammers continue to find new ways to connect with victims and steal their personal information,” say...

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