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If someone is reverse-scammed while trying to commit a crime, can they get the scammer without incriminating themselves?

Carl wants to commit a crime. He gets input from Scarlet. Little does Carl know that Scarlet is a Scammer, and leads Carl into a scam. Under normal circumstances, Carl might press charges against ...
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Fee added aside from rent

After 9 years of renting a property my Propert management added a Resident’s Benefit package that we can not opt out of. It adds an additional $20 per month. Can they do this? The packages comes with ...
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How do US self defence law apply to protest camps?

In the US self defence laws appear somewhat on the side of the defender, particularly when ones home is attacked, compared to the UK for example. These has been an example where third parties, ie. not ...
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What rights does a dead body have? Can crimes be committed against one?

Say Nate the nutcase happens to find a dead body on the road. Being a nutcase, he takes the dead body, and does a bunch of "weird stuff" stuff to it (e.g. satanic rituals, maybe necrophilia, ...
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Does paying taxes and insurance for a separate property using post-marriage income render the separate property a community property?

For community property states (e.g. California), if I have two properties, one is separate and one is community. Does paying taxes, insurance, or ADU/remodeling costs for my separate property using ...
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Can anti-Israel protesters be charged with obstruct movement to a public place

According to PC647c, "It is a crime to willfully and maliciously obstructs the free movement of any person on any street, sidewalk, or other public place" It would seem on this viral video ...
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Federal tax law levy procedure vs state

A levy on a bank account is a search. First you need to obtain bank information, then the levy itself is a search as it reveals information about the account. Ì want to know if there is any case law ...
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Timely response not filed

In California superior court, probate division. In the minute order of the case, during a 664.6 motion to enforce a stipulation fully agreed upon, the court gave a timeline of 9 court days prior to ...
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Is it an independent and additional offence to have a fake passenger (e.g., a mannequin) to try to avoid HOV violation detection?

Reading https://ktla.com/news/local-news/carpool-violator-busted-in-southern-california-despite-next-level-dummy/amp/ (mirror) made me wonder: is it illegal to have a fake passenger (e.g., a mannequin)...
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Community property without spouse title

In community property states such as California and Texas, I know all all property acquired after marriage belongs to both spouses equally, however, if a property was acquired after marriage when that ...
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What jail time would be imposed for felony false imprisonment plead down from 4 felony rape? [closed]

In California, what is the amount of jail time given for a felony false imprisonment conviction in a guilty plea from rape charges? I’m asking in general and I am also interest in knowing how often no ...
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Is it ethical for Victims Advocates to Be Paid By District Attorney Offices [closed]

I recently spent 2.5 years tied up in a case as a sexual assault victim. Since I had been intoxicated at the time I only had the knowledge that this person was over me and with his pants down, I asked ...
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(US) San Francisco: worst that can happen if you enter a shop and start eating?

I'm sick and tired of having to spend 25 hours a day just to get change for sufficient food, and to go without for months consecutive. Assuming, if provided a DA does not prosecute—What's the absolute ...
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Can legal action be reasonably taken against someone for providing incentive to hurt yourself?

Let's say that Sam the Sociopath invites Peter the Poor man into his luxurious house. They go to a living room with a fireplace. Sam then pulls out 1 million dollars in a fireproof bag that will last ...
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Baseball caught: Ownership? Can one leave?

A spectator found the baseball of Shohei Ohtani's first home run in the bleachers. According to the linked article, she was surrounded by security and pressured to give up the ball (so that Ohtani can ...
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What laws apply to the possession of pocket knives by minors in California?

What, if any, California laws regarding the possession of pocket knives apply specifically to minors?
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Are entertainment venues in the US required to make sound level logs publicly available?

I read about France: Another part of the regulations concerns information that must be provided to the public. Night clubs and venues that can host more than 300 people are now required to ...
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Public Access to Records of Criminal Proceedings

Follow-up to this question Alice is assaulted by Bob. Alice reports the assault to the police, including the fact that Bob is the assailant. The police investigate then turn their findings over to ...
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Victim Anonymity in Criminal Proceedings

Alice is assaulted by Bob. Alice reports the assault to the police, including the fact that Bob is the assailant. The police investigate then turn their findings over to the local prosecutor's office....
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Can legal action be reasonably taken against someone spoiling your work?

Infamously, when the Fight Club was released, Rosie O'Donnell spoiled a huge plot point on her popular show. The movie hinges tremendously on the spoiler, and Rosie probably damaged the experience for ...
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Which payroll tax and labor laws are relaxed when hiring a family member instead of a regular employee caregiver in California?

There is plenty of information already for an elderly dad hiring a caregiver as a household employee in California such as this check list for California tax and labor laws. And this check list is ...
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Are "Service Vehicle Only" signs enforceable?

Near my residence in California, there is a shortcut road connecting two cul-de-sacs (on property owned by a university) which has a sign labelled "Service Vehicle Only" at the entrance. I ...
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What are some reasonable requests, if someone doesn't want to be in a video of others vlog when walking on street, which shared online in California?

Let's say Bob is walking on the street and he notices that someone is doing vlog walking by, which holding a stick with Insta360 camera (captures everything around the cam). What are some options for ...
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Do shops have to provide printed receipt for transaction in California? Do we have to go into the mart for receipt at gas station?

Sure, if we can go into the food mart at the gas station for printed receipt. At the same time, I drop off some package at UPS at Walgreens locations, Walgreens employees can't private any print ...
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Legal status of "help provided for harm"

If someone harmed you (eg accidentally killed your son or dog or right arm) and gave you $x because you are having asked for it and you are poor. In the eyes of law what is the status of that property ...
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Do you need to inform the other party that he is in breach?

When someone breaches agreements or breaches contracts resulting in severe (or not) compensation, are you required to immediately notify him (who represents an organization?) that he is in breach? Or ...
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Is it legal to create my own recording of a call on a KNOWN State-recorded Court line?

Long story short, I received my first speeding ticket despite the fact that I was indeed, NOT speeding. I chose to submit everything in writing, as that was a choice made by the Court. I had an online ...
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Datesplitting. What are the tested strategies? (cal small claims) [closed]

Say suing for an unjustified restriction/rule would win you $x [1]. (rule lasted for a day) Or $y [2]. (if rule lasted for 7 days) Or $z [3]. (if rule lasted for 30 days) Or $a [4]. (if rule lasted ...
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(California) How to solve the "Professional estimates of damage" problem?

A website that looks authoritative notes: Think carefully about how much money to ask for. This is called damages. You have to prove to the judge that you deserve the money you ask for. You can only ...
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Berkeley Min Wage: what if you are only required to do 5 minutes of work?

Berkeley has a minimum wage law but it is set to 18.07 per hour. How does this work if work is divided into minutes? Separately, does 18.07 per hour comprise 18.07 minimum per day? Also, what are the ...
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released from detention but not released? [closed]

Context: I'm applying for US citizenship. I was arrested (so I think) a few years ago for misdemeanor. The police took me on a Friday, I spent a night in "jail" (it might not be the correct ...
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In california is it legal to record a conversation between you and your doctor?

I know about wiretapping law. But I expect a recording between me and my doctor to be ok to record because I paid for the consultation and I'm paying for what he said. The reason why I want to record ...
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Do California NDA obligations expire?

When a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) mentions: The signer can't solicit employees for 1 year. This solicitation restriction is extended if other parts of the NDA are breached All NDA obligations ...
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Who can check sperm donor history in California?

Let's say Tom was a sperm donor in college. Now he is getting married. Can anyone besides Tom (e.g. Tom's wife) has access to Tom's sperm donation history? Can offspring/family of offspring have ...
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If I forget to take out the trash and took it to a nearby apartment complex, is it under the $950 rule in California? [closed]

In California, there was a couple of times I forgot to move the trash outside the garage door on the garbage collection day, and I took the trash and put it into the big bin in a nearby apartment ...
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Can the criminal records of a person who has died be expunged?

Suppose that someone was murdered in Arizona, but resided in California. Prior to their death, this person had been convicted of misdemeanors and felonies. Can the executor of this deceased person's ...
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Is a U-turn legal if it's done at median break without a turn lane?

Background The intersection in question: In case anyone can't see it: we have a major six-lane thoroughfare running (kinda) N/S, with a raised median, called Hesperian Blvd. This is teed into from ...
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Is it legal for credit card companies to terminate a credit card?

The standard text of a credit card agreement implies American express can terminate the agreement at any time. Problem is, you already gave credit. As an example, if I give someone a loan, I can't &...
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What were the protections for tenants in California during covid-19 eviction moratorium? Where should one contact in case of protection was violated?

What were the protections for tenants in California during covid-19 eviction moratorium? Where should one contact in case of protection was violated?
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Can we work with another company while in 60 day WARN period [closed]

My employer company A laid off some of the employees including me and I have 60 day notification period in which I am getting paid. I have another offer to start for company B before the end of the ...
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"Not more than" days for cancellation for evergreen clause

Our HOA is in a contract with an evergreen clause or automatic renewal clause. Part of the agreement states that the contract cancelation notice must be given at least 90 days before the contract ...
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Is a non-exclusive and revocable license valid consideration for a legal agreement/contract?

This question pertains to U.S. law, and California law specifically, if it matters. The motivation behind this question is the scenario where a company has supplied parts or equipment usage to a non-...
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What is the legal framework regarding letting domestic cats out in Los Angeles, CA?

(Note: Cross-posting from Pets as suggested) We are about to move from London (UK) to Los Angeles, CA, with our two cats and I was looking at information regarding domestic outdoor cats in LA. First ...
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OpenAI employees' move to Microsoft: Non-compete regulations?

A few days ago, Sam Altman was fired from his position as OpenAI's CEO in a surprise move. Altman has, as of now, accepted an offer by Microsoft to join the company as head of an AI lab. Microsoft has ...
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At what point does a DUI begin?

(Based on a scene from TV show - 'The Rookie') A woman who is clearly drunk is walking across the road towards her car. One officer sees and says "DUI" and the other correctly points out &...
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Is it illegal to threaten harm to yourself?

If Bob goes up to Alice with a knife and threatens to cut her, obviously that's illegal. But what if Bob points the knife at himself, and threatens to hurt/kill himself? Assuming he's subdued before ...
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Can an employer deduct PPE from pay?

Can an employer require their employees to pay for their own personal protective equipment? For example, if working in a restaurant where gloves are required, could a boss require the employees to pay ...
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Is publishing defamatory statements from an "anonymous source" protected?

Say that Andy the Actor is minding his own business, when the Washington Post posts an article about him, claiming that, according to anonymous sources, Andy is a racist bigotted transphobe that has ...
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If someone commits a crime, but suffers brain damage and has no memory of the crime, will they get punished?

Say that Bob is a horrible person who commits murder, theft, and a bunch of other bad stuff. Before getting caught, he shoots himself in the head. Miraculously, he survives, but with a severe case of ...
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What is the longest typical length of time for a Sonoma county superior court jury deliberations? [closed]

Wayne Hsiung is currently awaiting a jury verdict from a trial in Sonoma County Superior Court for some misdemeanour and some felony charges. How much longer would he likely be waiting for a verdict ...
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