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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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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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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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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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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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Do I need a physical address to get a driver's license?

I'm currently homeless and need a license for work. I do not want to go to a shelter or request help from friends or family. Yet, the local DMV will not let me apply for a driver's license without an ...
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Membership cancellation and poking the bear

I would like to start wearing a shirt to ABCGym stating something to the effect of: ABCGym refuses to refund payment it accepted for membership to a gym ABCGym closed. ABCGym has substituted an ...
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When can a civilian refuse to assist a police officer?

Situation: recently, I was asked to open a locked apartment building (inside are tenant's apartments) by a police officer. I was standing outside of my apartment next door. I do have a key for that ...
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What is a "listed natural gas appliance"?

My landlord mentioned that I can have a grill on my balcony as long as it is fueled by natural gas. As he is a fireman, I'm assuming he has some knowledge of the relevant laws. But before dropping ...
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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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Can a school punish you for appearing in court?

My friend missed an assignment in school because of a mandatory court summons. The teacher gave him a failing grade, and overall his grade dropped 3 letters for something he couldn't control. I'm ...
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Can a religious baker refuse service to an underage couple-to-be, in accordance with his deeply-held religious beliefs?

As previously asked, bakers in certain US states can legally refuse service on the basis of sexual orientation. For the purposes of this question, assume that the state is Colorado. Child marriage is ...
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Me and my friends got kicked out of a movie theater without seeing the movie and didn't get a refund

Me and my friends went to go see an R rated movie at an AMC theater. My friend's dad was there to buy the tickets. After that he went back to his car. When we went to go into the theater the guy who ...
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Is it legal to walk out of school, unexcused in Colorado

There are several school walkouts coming up in Colorado and nationwide that I plan to participate in, most likely without my parent's permission/knowledge. I am 16. Is this legal?
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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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We sold a salvage car as-is. The buyer can't get it Titled. Do we have to fix it?

We recently sold a car that we weren't aware there was a salvage title on. The money has already been exchanged and the title signed over to them. The buyers, discovering its salvage status, are now ...
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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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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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Hazardous Snowman, how to protect children from it, and myself from lawsuit

This will sound absurd, but I promise this is a genuine question. I'm researching a method of home climate control in snowy climates, that involves enveloping a copper heatsink around a sheath of ...
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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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Can a company instruct employees to not call police?

As a manager, I received this email from my store manager that came from the district manager. Team, you cannot call the police without my approval, if I am not available it would fall to (Blank) or ...
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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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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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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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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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Can a Last Will legally specify beneficiaries at a specified url?

Can a Last Will legally specify beneficiaries in an external document? For example, can the Last Will point to a url that shows a list of beneficiaries?
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Is making a public comment about a girl's breasts illegal?

From a Washington Post's article about Columbine HS: A similar event happened at a Columbine wrestling match at Arvada High School. Pyne, "in front of everyone," said Harwick, broadcast to all ...
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is Comcast a utility? do they have a legal right to access utility easements?

In my small town (Lafayette, CO), Comcast is upgrading the fiber network which involves going onto residents' properties to access the green box in the yard. For reasons beyond my comprehension, one ...
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What legal document is used for listing business partners or company directors?

My friend and I have registered an LLC for the purpose of running an e-commerce website. The registration form for Colorado business application did not ask to list company directors, nor did the EIN ...
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Can an apartment complex force place insurance on a renter's account? [closed]

Some apartment complexes require renter's insurance in accordance with their lease terms, but can the apartment complex force insurance on the renter's account?
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Can I take legal action in Colorado against a car dealership that has yet to deliver owed items to me?

I ordered a vehicle from a dealership in July of 2017. The vehicle was delivered to me approximately six weeks later and did not match the build I had requested. Investigation with the dealership ...
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Why is Supreme Court seeking brief from Attorney General?

It's a well-known concept that federal law preempts state law. Apparently, as per LA Times Op-Ed The case against Colorado's pot law, Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado to invalidate Colorado's ...
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Moved to Colorado, been here 60 days & my license plate expired. What can I do?

By law, it seems I can't get residency until 90 days. What can I do? I can't get a plate until I'm a CO resident.
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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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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 lease specify reasons for withholding a security deposit beyond what the law lists as allowable

Context: Location: Colorado, USA I was renting with a lease agreement but I needed to leave early and break the lease. The landlord withheld my security deposit and correctly notified me with an ...
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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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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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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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Are "safe distance" citations handled on a case-by-case basis? (USA)

I've always been told that when you come to a red light or stop sign, to stop far enough behind the car in front of you so that you can see the bottom of their back tires. While a good general rule, I ...
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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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Landlord provided photos and information for a different apartment

I recently rented a unit sight-unseen (moving across country while working). The building had good reviews from previous tenants and the property manager provided photos of the unit. Upon moving in, ...
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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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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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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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Employment (Colorado) hourly random scheduling

My employer likes to randomly change my schedule and only passively notify me on a secured website that im supposed to check 10x a day. Is this legal? Then of course i get a write up for missing a ...
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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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Certificate of Service for Colorado Notice To Quit

When serving a tenant with a Colorado Notice To Quit, must the Certificate Of Service of the Notice be notarized, either before or after serving the tenant?
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Is Denver International Airport (DEN) cannabis-friendly?

Denver International Airport (DEN) has a number of smoking lounges, something I've never seen in any other airport anywhere in the States. Are those lounges allowed to sell cannabis, since it's now ...
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Can I drive in Colorado as an out of state minor?

I have a driver's license in another state where you can drive when you are 15. Can I use that license in Colorado if I haven't turned 16 yet, considering that you have to be 16 to get a license in ...
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