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Does "fan and celebrity" count as a exploitive in the context of age of consent?

Context: A Reddit thread about Drake kissing a 17 year old girl on stage. People are wondering if laws have been violated. This took place in Colorado where the age of consent is 17. Drake is Canadian,...
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May my business notify Christians that we won't serve them?

Hypothetically, suppose that I own and operate a small business in Colorado which expresses artwork for clients and that I do not want to express Christian concepts because I am a Satanist. Might it ...
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Buying a car for temporary use outside of my home state?

Strange scenario here: I live in Idaho, and would like to be in Colorado for a few weeks. Cars are cheaper in Colorado than Idaho (assume this is true). I'd like to fly to Colorado, buy a car, use it ...
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How does the Colorado right-to-repair law distinguish between parts pairing and DRM?

It is in the news that Colorado governor has signed a 'best in the world' right-to-repair law. This is described as prohibiting parts pairing: The new rule adds a complete prohibition on parts ...
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What happens when a ballot measure is incorrectly drafted, but passes anyway?

Many jurisdictions allow for legislation by referendum, where laws can be created or amended by public vote. In such cases, the text of the proposed legislation is usually printed on the ballot, so ...
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Is it legal in CO to work as a caregiver and not receive pay since Jan 31, 2024?

I'm a caregiver and my employer has not paid me for over 300 hours of work, including overtime. My employer says once they get paid from the state for my client's home care then I will receive back ...
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Does the state of Colorado require two signatures on application to disclose information to the social security administration (SSA)?

I was looking at a form SSE-827-F3 (03-2020) Form form SSE-827-F3 states that a "parent, guardian, or personal representative must sign the form if two signatures are required by State law"....
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Are "home-rule municipalities" required to abide by minimum wage laws?

In the state of Colorado, there are various small "home rule municipalities" which supposedly exercise a certain amount of self-governance. In a home rule municipality, can an employer ...
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is a finger squiggle on an iPad truly binding?

We recently had a massive hailstorm and, following that storm, we saw an endless stream of roofing contractors knocking on our door. We're in Boulder County, Colorado. A representative from one of ...
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Can a church legally initiate formal discipline against a member who has officially withdrawn/resigned from the church?

Suppose Jane is a member of a fundamentalist Evangelical church. She violates church doctrine and submits her resignation. At this point, church doctrine calls for her to be shunned by the church ...
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Does the Colorado Privacy Act apply to churches with memberships (ex: Jehovah’s Witnesses)?

Suppose a person living in Colorado is a registered member of a church. In this church, certain “blessings” are considered contingent on your membership. Membership is recorded on a digital system. ...
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Interpretation of the term "fully enclosed area" [closed]

My HOA in Colorado USA, has the following rule Each Lot shall provide a fully enclosed area for containment of trash, garbage or other garbage, and each Lot at all times shall be kept in a clean, ...
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If the person named in an agreement is not the person who signed, is the agreement enforceable?

Here's a slight variation on this question: "If two spouses are named in an agreement but only one signs, is it valid?" In our case, I signed an agreement that only has my wife's name printed on it. ...
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Fired (seemingly) for finding paycheck inconsistencies. What kind of legal recourse might exist?

Not me, but a friend. They found some paycheck inconsistencies for them and a bunch of other employees, and asked about it. The response from management was "oh, oops. We'll fix it" A few ...
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How is transient occupancy determined in Colorado?

Colorado Revised Statutes § 38-12-511 (2020), "(d) Transient occupancy in a hotel or motel that lasts less than thirty days;" In Colorado how is transient occupancy determined? If a hotel ...
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Can a county without an HOA or Covenants stop people from storing campers or building sheds?

I am planning to buy land in Costilla County, Colorado. The land does not have a Homeowners Association or any covenants for the area, which is quite rural. It is zoned for residential use, but they ...
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Someone gave me an elephant. Isn’t this illegal?

Hypothetical: Someone gave me an elephant and told me not to give it away or sell it. I don’t have the capability to take care of this thing. Heck, I don’t have any license or permit for elephants. I’...
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Legallity of contract that obliges a signatory to perform oral sex?

In the American animated series South Park, in Season 11 episode 10, a character is contractually obligated to perform oral sex. I imagine this contract would be illegal to enforce? My suspicion is ...
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Missing summaries for Colorado county and local ballot questions

The Colorado Constitution, Article X, Section 20 (3) (b) has a requirement for mailing notices to voters about upcoming elections, see below. (b) At least 30 days before a ballot issue election, ...
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How are ties in a US Congressional election dealt with?

Suppose candidates Alice and Bob are running for US House of Representatives in a Colorado district, and are the only people to do so in that district. The final vote tally (after whatever challenges ...
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Commercial Landlord blocking tenant from painting the walls

Posting for a friend... There is a commercial property with a restaurant "we" lease. "We" have a vague 1-page commercial lease (no really!). There is a "no modification to ...
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What does NOT count as personal data under the Colorado Privacy Act?

The Colorado Privacy Act defines personal data rather vaguely. It is data that can "REASONABLY BE USED TO INFER INFORMATION ABOUT, OR OTHERWISE BE LINKED TO, AN IDENTIFIED OR IDENTIFIABLE ...
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Can I use lethal force to protect myself and others from an on duty officer if he or she starts shooting up the location?

I know that in Colorado we have the castle law for self defense which allows people to protect themselves with lethal force on or inside their property as long as they believe their life and family ...
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What is the legal process for a patient under psychiatric hold (or their representative) to request a transfer to a different facility?

Suppose a patient is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility in Colorado. However, the patient feels that they are receiving inadequate care at their current facility, and would prefer to be ...
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Can I legally leave the scene of an accident if I have a reason to believe that my life would be endangered if I remained at the scene?

Suppose I get involved in an accident, but the other driver appears to be such a maniac that I have reason to suspect that any further interaction with the driver will result in me being seriously ...
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My roommate keeps putting their stuff on my nightstand without my permission. Is this legal or illegal?

I regularly come home to find that my roommate left her stuff on my nightstand without my permission. Is this non-consensual use of my nightstand prohibited by law? Like maybe theft (depriving me of ...
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Is it a violation to pass a school bus while moving in traffic?

I am in Colorado. This morning I accidentally got in the wrong lane, and my only opportunity to move into the correct lane was if I cut off a school bus. Traffic was moving along (including the bus) ...
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Under what circumstances in Colorado can a judge sentence below a mandatory minimal sentence?

The facts around the case of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos seem pretty clear cut, however unfair. A jury found him guilty The judge didn't want to sentence him to 110 years. The judge had to sentence him to ...
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Is it legal to attempt to investigate a crime, if in doing so you obstruct the police investigation of the same crime?

Suppose your friend's been murdered. The detective over the case warns you that should you attempt to assist the detective with their investigation or initiate your own investigation, without being ...
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Dog bite (i.e. charge of owning an aggressive animal)

I'm curious to understand better the details of the Aggressive Animals Prohibited charge. I found a relevant discussion here: How accountable are dog owners for their animals' actions?, but I'd ...
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Can a car seller refuse to sell the car after the contract has been signed and the deposit has been paid?

My friend (buyer) tried to purchase a car from a private individual (seller). They agreed on a price, drew up a contract, and signed it. The buyer paid the seller the deposit they agreed on. The ...
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How can you enforce repayment of a loan with no due date?

Suppose you loan someone money with an informal but written agreement. No due date is specified. You know they have since obtained a large sum of money, and could pay you back immediately. However, ...
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How long do I have to wait to dispose of evidence after nobody comes to collect it?

Suppose I find evidence of a murder on property I use for hunting purposes and I report it to the local sheriff. I don't know how my property ended up looking like that, but I do know that the ...
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Can a new driver legally drive themselves while waiting for their license card to be mailed to them?

My sister just passed her driver's test. According to the DMV, her license is being processed and will be mailed to her, but they do not issue temporary licenses. In the meantime, she may need to ...
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Can an 18 year old with just a permit drive alone in Colorado?

If you are under 18 [with a permit], Colorado driving laws prohibit you to drive alone. You must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, a driver’s education instructor, or a licensed driver at ...
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Misrepresentation of a lease

Is misrepresentation grounds to terminate a lease, and what is the standard for determining misrepresentation? Colorado Law preferred if possible.
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How does Colorado law protect victims of odometer fraud?

I'm trying to understand how Colorado law regards odometer fraud, and also what actions may be taken (and when) to follow up on odometer fraud. First question: Is odometer fraud a felony or a ...
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Temporary Theft

If something is legally considered your property and someone knowingly took it without your consent with the intent to return it, say a week or a month later, is this considered theft?
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Healthcare professional and non-disclosure agreements

I'm just curious if it's legal for a healthcare professional to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in order to hide certain things from their patient? And also, if the patient asks the healthcare ...
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Where is the line between a breach of ToS, a tort, and a crime regarding use of a site?

It does not seem to be clear what the difference is, because of the language of the CFAA. Which of these can be categorized in each of the categories above (in increasing order of severity)? Using a ...
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Is this "Works for Hire" language enforceable?

I am reviewing a job offer that includes this Works for Hire clause: Works for Hire During the term of your employment, you may create an idea, process, trademark, invention, technology, program, ...
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Can a student carry a knife at school?

Can a student bring a 3.5in knife to school?
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Can a contract be designed to prohibit an employee from quitting?

Suppose a company were to specify, in a contract, that a candidate is bound to remain an employee, with all the work obligations that come with the role, unless and until one of two things happens: ...
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What is a "Notice of Right to Cure Default"?

I am in the United States of America, specifically Colorado. I have an auto-loan. I made a living by delivering Chinese food, pizzas and burritos for a company. I crashed my car and I cannot deliver ...
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Who investigates the Kidnapped Sheriff?

Assume the mob kidnaps the sheriff of a county of Colorado (18 USC 351 does not apply to the Sheriff, right?) and they never cross the state border. During the kidnapping, the mob's enforcers wound a ...
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Called court to learn status of warrant but there’s no record of one

I was hoping to resolve a warrant, as I should most definitely have one, in Colorado Springs, El Paso County. However, I called the county's warrant office and the clerk said they did not have me in ...
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Make my Day... in the office?

Assume Adam, Esquire, is working in Colorado. He has an office different from his home. Let's say Downtown in a sleepy town that has no extra gun control laws. It's 3 AM and he is working on the ...
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Is it kidnapping if I steal a car that happens to have a baby in it?

Suppose I steal a car, and there's a baby in the back seat. Did I just kidnap the baby?
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What is it called when you get a ticket for driving an automobile which is in sore need of repair?

I live in the United States Specifically, the state of Colorado. I am required to tell my new employer what crimes I have pled guilty to, or been convicted of in a court of law. In Colorado, you can ...
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Person's ex sends a suggestive picture after they have been told not to

The person sent the message "No innuendos or pictures until further notice". Shortly thereafter he received a picture of private parts in tight clothing. Not long after that, he received a ...