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Questions tagged [criminal-law]

For questions about laws related to crime.

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When is it OK to not sign a traffic ticket

I've done some first page of Google research on signing vs refusing to sign a traffic ticket. I understand that it's technically illegal not to sign, though one can still refuse in any case. I also ...
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Will I get in legal trouble if I use somebody else’s picture?

I was banned from a site. To evade it, I plan on impersonating a fictional cousin of mine with a fictional name, but if people suspect that it is a sock puppet account, I plan on uploading a picture ...
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Is any photo of a toddler without a shirt on child pornography?

The mother of my goddaughter's has many times insisted that her girls (3 and 1.5 years old) cover their nipples before she can take a photo of them if they are doing something cute or photo worthy and ...
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What is the effect of a law which relies on false statements?

For example, under the Firearms Act of Canada the SVD Dragunov is banned as a variant of the AK-47. The SVD is a completely different design which shares no important parts (a single screw in the ...
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Are civil ICE detainees unconstitutionally punished, if the conditions in ICE centers are more restrictive(punitive) than maximum security prison?

Jurisdiction: Texas Facts: Juan Martinez at 19 years of age pleaded guilty to distribution of undisclosed controlled substance in exchange for 5 years of probation.( Lets say violation of Texas ...
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Is everything legal for me due to psychiatric reasons?

I witness that I did some things which are considered a rave by most people (and most psychiatrists): fought with aliens, was transformed for a period of time into a superman able to tear steel and ...
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Is it theft/fraud if one sends confidential info from their work laptop to their own personal web mail but there is no malicious intent? (UK/US)

Sender's intentions are non malicious, but the sender knows they are not supposed to send confidential info out of work laptop, and sender deleted some sent emails to cover up. Their intent is to do ...
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If an inventor were to create a top secret invention, does this person have a legal obligation to keep it secret?

In a scenario in which an inventor was able to invent something that the government would likely classify as 'Top Secret' or even 'Born Secret', and the inventor knows that it will be classified as ...
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For how long do one has to wait for the ECHR to register his/her application?

How long does it take after the arrival of the document at the European Court of Human Rights to have your application registered (examined by a lawyer)?
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Discrimination of Law in Pakistan? [on hold]

in the Pakistani Law, If a women are committed Murder then the Pakistani Law never hang to the women as same to be taken when a man committed same case.
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Is peer-to-peer drug dealing illegal for the developer?

If a developer were to develop a distributed web app which essentially connected drug dealers to clients in the physical world, what would the legal ramifications be for the developer? Details ...
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What does a trial look like for Terrorism look like in France?

I'm a writer, and need help for a book that takes place in Paris. According to the Wikipedia page, the Assize for Terrorism is 'special' and has 9 Judges with a president. There wasn't any further ...
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What protocol is used in the case of Pleading Insanity?

I'm a writer, and in this chapter, the defendant is on trial for acts of terrorism. But he is pleading insanity, with no psychological evaluation because "his actions speak for themselves." What ...
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If a person is charged with minor crimes, using falsified FISA information, do those charges stand?

Such as the charges against Gen Flynn, Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, Cohen, etc. Aren't they considered "Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree?" And what does that mean about tossing out the actual charges, or ...
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Refusal to honor disclaimer or make payment to equal share beneficiary without a waiver of civil and criminal liability!

Can the trustee refuse to honor a disclaimer sent via certified mail because they did not answer the door and refused to pick up the package at the post office? Now the trustee is withholding ...
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law about ethical hacker using pirated software or gadgets?

Is there any law if a ethical hacker is invited to our company and he used pirated software? Can we take any legal action or its normal in this field?
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is there any law for using unlicensed or cracked software?

Is there any law for using unlicensed or cracked software for our personal use? Can we use cracked versions of software in organization?
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does law defines any hacker rules? [closed]

does law defines any limitation that tells how much can a hacker use his knowledge in different way? Any boundary that tells about hacker and cracker.
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Statute of limitations for juvenile offenses

In Ohio, do criminal statutes of limitations operate normally in the event of an offense committed by a juvenile? For instance, if a 15-year-old commits an offense with a 10-year statute of ...
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Mississippi lawsuit against Police that dont want to uphold a particular law on the books

If I attempt to press charges on an individual or individuals due to criminal activity and the officers or dispatch says they will not act on said violation what award could be awarded through a ...
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What is 'purposeful conduct'?

In a book that I'm reading about the Nuremberg Trials, I noted the following: A number of minority positions have been cited as representative of NMT, for example in The Presbyterian Church of ...
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Can the federal US government use any other powers to ban FGM?

A federal law against FGM was ruled unconstitutional today on the grounds that the powers under which the law was written were not applicable to the activity being criminalized. Are there any other ...
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Why shouldn't a bank robbery without threats be legal?

So say a bank robber walks into a bank and hands the teller a note saying simply "please give me $1,000" (or maybe even just verbally saying "I need $1,000 please") and if the teller accepts, which ...
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What is the Mississippi Law and Federal Law against incest?

What is incest legally and what punishment applies?
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Does fleeing across the county line actually work for the Dukes of Hazzard?

A common feature on that old Dukes of Hazzard show was the idea that once them good old Duke boys crossed the county line, they'd be safe from the mean old sheriff and his deputy. Under what ...
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If somebody were to leave in their will that part of their flesh be given to you after their death, could this legally happen? (North Carolina)

I got into an argument with some friends about the subject, so somebody had died without your intervention and their will said to give you a part of their flesh, would this be legal in North Carolina?
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Dosso case in Pakistan

In 1958, a man named Dosso (who lacked a surname), was convicted of murder in Baluchistan under section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code by a Loya Jirga (a tribal court). An appeal was made to the ...
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Why did the DA choose to prosecute the mother instead of the bully?

https://nypost.com/2017/11/28/mom-faces-jail-for-secretly-recording-daughters-bullies/ In this case, some kid bully another. I am not sure if bullying is a crime or not. It seems that some violence ...
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Can I sue the government because a minor on probation committed homicide?

My father was killed by a teenager last year in TN, USA. We are still in the one year statue of limitation for wrongful death civil suit. The suspect has been transferred to adult court and the ...
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Borrowing Firearms for Science?

Edit: we have an excellent general counsel who runs our legal team; I'm asking here firstly to get familiar with roughly the shape of this thing, and secondly to learn a little about how things in ...
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A student slipped a drug into my coffee — what are the legal ramifications of this situation?

I am a high school Chemistry teacher. This morning, while my back was turned to write on the board, one of my students (age 17) slipped a pill into my coffee mug. This is a thermos-style mug that has ...
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If someone steals from me do I need a lawyer?

Someone took my bank card while at a party. Somehow he got my PIN number and took $400 from my account. I filed a complaint with the local police. They asked me if I wanted to charge him. (Of course I ...
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Failure to obey (Alabama)?

I have a friend who mouthed off to a cop, and was booked for, he says, "Failure to Obey". I'm no lawyer, but have googled about and found the following statute, Alabama Code - Section 32-5A-4: ...
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Standard of proof required to prevent dismissal of criminal charge before trial

In New Zealand, a judge may dismiss a criminal charge before trial if "the Judge is satisfied that, as a matter of law, a properly directed jury could not reasonably convict the defendant" (CPA s147(4)...
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Can an individual be charged with selling an illegal substance if they are not in possession?

I was wondering if a person could be charged with selling something like drugs, illegal firearms, or stolen items if they are never caught possessing them? I have seen in movies where they will take ...
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Does a licensed driver need to be present while riding in the back seat of a fully autonomous car?

I have a friend that I fear will never have her driver's license. Now with the back seat type of fully autonomous cars does she have to be licensed to be able to use one?
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How to find your public criminal record?

When dealing with insurance, people always tell me after so many years, certain offenses "come off" your record and your insurance prices go down. I'm curious how this works. I don't have any serious ...
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Indictment of solicitation of child pornography

Let's say Bobby asked Sally if she wanted to trade lewd pictures when they were minors via an instant messenger. Sally flatly says no at the time, and no pictures are sent or received, with Bobby ...
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Is Intentional Immaterial Fraud Legal?

Normally, an element of the tort of fraudulent misrepresentation, the tort of negligent misrepresentation, statutory securities fraud offenses, and a criminal fraud offense based upon a ...
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If a law changes very recently, is there a grace period due to not knowing the new law change?

I was recently watching a video of a police officer who lied to a driver that "a new law passed" that allows police officers to stop someone from recording. The driver was an attorney and knew better. ...
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Can contractors in the USA publicly encourage each other to charge more?

I've been in a few niche online forums and chat rooms that specifically forbid their members from discussing anything about the rates they offer as contractors. Some claim it's price fixing and ...
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Why is use of force justified in this way?

Typically when we see an officer on the media for their use of force, even when the other person was a danger, we see the general public retort with something of the form "lesser force could have been ...
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Getting courts to reconsider judgment when new evidence crops up

Say a District Court in New Zealand considers a proposed private prosecution and makes a ruling R that it will not go ahead because of insufficient evidence under s26(3)(a) of the Criminal Procedure ...
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Can the police tell you not to have house guests or you will be arrested?

My friend is being harassed by our local pd. They come to her house excessively and have even told her if she has house guests they will arrest her. Can they really do that?
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trespassing to personal property? [duplicate]

Let say I went into a store and bought something. When I was walking out an employee or the manager stop me and ask to look inside my bag because they assume I was stealing. Before, I could even ...
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Why do prosecutors sometimes chase “weak” cases?

From what I understand, the Criminal Division of the Internal Revenue Service is an exception to this question. Its rate of winning convictions is something like 80%, and about half the remaining ...
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In Florida, can a 24 year old have relationship with a 17 year old if their relationship started a year earlier?

In Florida, the age of consent is 18, but there is an exception that allows for people up to the age of 23 to have a relationship with someone 16 years and older. (1) A person 24 years of age or ...
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What the difference between false pretense and forgery

I know that false pretense have to do with a scenario involving someone who pretend to be someone else in order to obtain money..etc. But I get confuse with both of them
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Is the extradition of a person a discretional choice of a state?

So, say someone commits murder in state A, then flees to state B. State A requests the extradition of the murderer. Does state B, in lack of any treaties governing the subject, by the power of ...
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Difference between three terminologies

I have confused many times wherever I studied about “Dacoity, Robbery and Extortion”. These three terms are closely related to each other and written in ambiguous forms