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I am in Georgia. Recently my friend was due to receive a settlement from an injury. His lawyer called me and asked me to pass on a message. His message was "...he needs to call me right away. I have money for him. He wants his money right?" When my friend went to the lawyer's office, the lawyer said that he could not recover any money b/c my friend had been arrested (not convicted) on criminal charges. First of all, isn't it unethical to mislead someone on the phone like that? Secondly, what law says that you can't recover damages from a completely unrelated case b/c of criminal charges.

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