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Is there a law that determines the punishment on the basis of quantity of narcotic drugs possessed by a person

Suppose a person was found with 1kg of a narcotic drug and another person with say 1000kgs does the punishment for the crime differ for both the people accused?
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When bounties are offered for information leading to a conviction, how is it decided who gets it?

Inspired by this article, how exactly is it determined who gets the bounty? Surely the police get many tips, do all informants get paid? Is the bounty split or do they all get the full amount? If ...
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Felony codes in Frank Artiles fake campaign case in Miami-Dade

Frank Artiles, a former Florida state representative and senator, was charged with felonies in connection to a scam candidate scheme in Miami Dade County. There was a general question asked about the ...
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Could there be legal action against me for non-payment of rent with no written contract? [closed]

I have occupied a room in freehold from a family for about 2 years now. There was never a lease. For the past 10 months I have not been living there (but at my girlfriend's place), I go there once a ...
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Can I clear my record of a “pardoned” offence that was applied in error? [closed]

About 8-9 years ago, a stranger in my town, through utter coincidence and paranoia, decided that I was probably the person harassing his girlfriend online. So he asked the harasser if they drive my ...
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Legality of commiting a crime, car theft

I am interested in knowing about the legality of committing a crime in a situation that disable another crime from happening while protecting one's life or property. For example: A man a has a car. ...
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Would a dog attack ever be considered an assault with a deadly weapon?

Ingrid and her neighbor Fatima have a long standing dispute. One day Ingrid's dog bites Fatima. Aside from civil liability, are there circumstances where Ingrid might face assault charges, including &...
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Are there any legal systems where "guilty until proven innocent" is actually a thing?

Related: What different legal-systems are there? The idea of "innocent until proven guilty" is sometimes thrown around as an example of American exceptionalism, but it turns out that this is ...
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If someone is wrongfully chasing a child and the child knocks into something and is injured is the person that is pursuing the child responsible?

If two adults set out to pursue a child that didn't do anything wrong but was in the company of other children one of of whom may have done something, and the child flees and in being pursued trips ...
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Are there any criminal jurisdictions where burden of proof rests so entirely on prosecution that defense does not need to deal with evidence?

In criminal trial processes that I'm aware of, particularly adversarial, burden of proof is nominally with the prosecution in most circumstances, but in practice it seems to be somewhat shared - both ...
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Can messages in messaging application be used as evidence to accuse someone?

For domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, abusive partners can misuse messaging to harass, intimidate, and threaten. How significant is evidence of messages in a messaging application (like ...
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Does the High Court ever exercise original criminal jurisdiction?

Does the High Court of Justice of England and Wales (Queen's Bench Division) ever exercise original criminal jurisdiction in serious cases (eg, a terrorism trial) in modern times? Has it ever ...
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Can a retrial admit evidence given in the original trial?

Say there was a criminal trial, and the verdict was later set aside on appeal due to some critical procedure errors happened during questioning of one specific witness (out of many). For example, a ...
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How does good faith defense work with a strict liability law?

I was scanning Wikipedia's article on strict liability in the US and it has this quote: However, in United States v. Kantor,[15] which concerned underage pornographic actress Traci Lords, the Ninth ...
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Mail sent to my address for someone who doesn't live there and I don't do any work for free [closed]

I don't work for free. I don't write on envelopes, call the post office, or do anything that I don't personally want to do unless I am getting paid to do it. I keep getting mail in my mailbox that ...
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Is it illegal to parachute from a paraglider in the UK?

Question 1: Is it illegal to parachute from a paraglider in the UK? The jumper and pilot would know and understand what they are doing. Jump would (ideally) take place over an unpopulated body of ...
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Carrying a knife in public in the UK

Is carrying a certain knife in the UK, more specifically England, allowed? And what type of knives do these have to be? e.g. blade length. Would carrying such knife be allowed if you do not have a ...
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Are restaurants forced to call the cops if a customer enters a restaurant without a vaccine passport in Quebec?

Are restaurants forced to call the cops if a customer enters a restaurant without a vaccine passport in Quebec? I heard a vaccine passport was implemented in Quebec and I was wondering if restaurants ...
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Does Meng's "statement of fact" improve the DOJ's case against Huawei?

While the US deferred prosecution against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, they only did so in exchange for a four-page "statement of fact", which sounds pretty incriminating against Huawei as a ...
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Is police report inadmissible when the cop who wrote it is not available to testify?

Say a cop conducted a crime investigation, interviewed the person of interest (later charged with the crime) and wrote it all down in a report. When the trial comes, the cop is no longer available (...
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Does grabbing someone by the jacket constitute assault?

What is considered assault in England ? An example Person A swore at Person B and was grabbed by the jacket by person B in a casino. Has Person B committed assault even though person A may have ...
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Do criminals get the bounty for turning themselves in?

In theory the bounty money is spent to get that fugitive delivered, so could it get paid to the fugitive themself?
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Where do defendants found guilty get discharged without conviction?

In New Zealand, a defendant may be "discharged without conviction" after found guilty. Courts would apply such a discretion where they are satisfied that the consequences of conviction would ...
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Is it legal to publish free offline cheats and at the same time have a Patreon for donations?

I am a person who like to do a lot of things for living. I was wondering of releasing offline cheats for free with a Patreon for donations ONLY. Is it illegal to do that or legal? I really need a ...
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Can criminal law be retroactive in the United States?

I was watching a segment from CNBC on YouTube and was surprised by the fact that the government intends to make the tax rate retroactive after the law is passed so that the new tax rates will apply to ...
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How does the issue of premeditation factor in when the death penalty is considered for felony murder?

How does the fact that felony murder is at least in principle murder without premeditation, factor in when the issue of the death penalty is being considered as punishment for the crime? Surely the ...
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Legal status of pre-natal gender screening by Indians outside India

India has banned pre-natal gender screening under the The Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 Does the said law (or any other law or treaty) ...
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Do companies have to ensure that a person doesn't suffer from dementia when selling products or services to them in the UK?

Son confronts salesman for 'selling confused mum £6k doors' Do companies have to ensure that a person doesn't suffer from dementia when selling products or services to them? I am wondering if ...
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Is there any legal obligation to tell a supplier they are consistently undercharging for a service?

Back story: Historically my electricity supplier worked on a 3-month billing cycle. They asked for a meter reading (or took their own reading), sent a bill, and I paid it. Rinse and repeat every three ...
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Is there an extra time given for criminal prosecution in Canada if there's foreign evidence that have to be collected?

Is there an extra time given for criminal prosecution in Canada if there's foreign evidence that have to be collected? There might be delays experienced if the court has to secure bank records and ...
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Is there any cognizable ground for criminal prosecution for the surreptitious or unconsensual use of male reproductive cells or “spermjacking”?

Bob, the founder of a Silicon Valley business on a high-growth trajectory, meets Alice, and they enter into a romantic relationship. Sure enough, Alice informs Bob that she wants to be the wifey. Bob, ...
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I live in a city and I walk my dog on community college campus they come out say that it is policy not to have dogs on campus

The retort I had is that this is not posted anywhere, and even if it was what legal enforcement does the campus have against me. They can't find out who I am, They can't detain me. They can't hold me ...
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Travelling through New York with a firearm

I recently had a discussion with a gentlemen when asking about a scar on his body and it led to a shocking story that almost seemed such an abortion of justice as to not be entirely correct or ...
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Can state secrets be revealed in a criminal lawsuit?

Imagine if there is criminal lawsuit against a CIA agent before a U.S. court. To defend himself, he needs to reveal secrets. For example, he would need to reveal other CIA agents whose lives would be ...
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Does a Good Samaritan law protect a person from murder charges if they kill someone who had been violently attacking a police officer?

I am wondering if Good Samaritan laws protect a person from being charged with murder if they kill a person who had been violently attacking a police officer. For example, say that a person is walking ...
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Is it possible to enact legislation eliminating life without parole without first repealing an existing truth in sentencing statute?

I would like to advocate for legislation within my home state of New Hampshire which would allow for a parole hearing for anyone having served 25+ years. Such a law would eliminate life without ...
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Under what statute can an English judge 'sentence' someone to read classic literature?

This story in the Guardian claims that a judge has imposed a suspended sentence on someone convicted of terrorism offences and has also insisted that he read classic literature by Dickens, Austen, ...
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If a person keeps making business promises to deliver but does not deliver (Scams), could this be considered a Crime?

I know one person who approaches many business for services and defaults on his promise to deliver. Basically he takes the money and simply runs away. This has happened multiple times and people say ...
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Can we presents Secret recordings as proof to the police?

I recorded a call from my former roommate Who claims that I caused him to lose his deposit and he wants me to give it back (he apparently did some damage to the room we used to live in, and somehow ...
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Can you be charged if police say you sold drugs to a person with no video of the sale [closed]

Can an individual be charged with selling an illegal substance if they are not in possession and/or have not received money for an illegal substance? Is video evidence required for such charges?
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Why are the owners of OnlyFans not arrested for profiting from child pornography?

Over the last three months, the BBC has been reporting about children selling pornographic images and videos of themselves on British online platform OnlyFans. They also reported that it was easy to ...
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Is possession of a firearm in Spain only punishable by a fine?

I have read on the Interior Ministry website (Google translation link) that in Spain possession of a firearm, in the absence of any other crime (such as armed robbery) is only subject to a fine of up ...
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Murdering somebody somebody in part because you do not like his religious beliefs

Image that person X does not like people who practice a certain religion. He knows that his co-worker, person Y, practices that religion. Person X believes that it is always wrong to kill (including ...
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Constitutionality of outlawing recording of court proceedings in the United States

In the United States courts seem to be supposed to be public proceedings. For example, if a criminal trial is going on, I believe in most cases I cannot be prevented from entering that room and ...
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Can you establish a "guilty mind" if the defendant is a victim of blackmail?

For many criminal offences, from what I understand, you have to establish 2 aspects: actus reus (the act of crime), and mens rea (the guilty mind). The mens rea can be many things: from as direct as ...
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What motivated the Indian supreme court to legalize homosexuality?

According to the Pew Research Center article Key findings about religion in India, 97% of the Indian population is religious. Now, in all of the popular religions like Hinduism, Christianity and Islam,...
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Chase accounts closing due to fraud from joint account with sibling. Will I get my money back in the other accounts?

I helped my sister open a bank account through my own chase account years ago. It never occurred to me that anything that took place on her account would effect me. She was recently involved in a scam ...
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Can charities function as a bankruptcy shield?

Take Bill Gates as a hypothetical example. He wants to avoid estate tax, bankruptcy or anything else taking his assets. He created a charity and his children can run it and collect a salary. If the ...
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Why was it formerly illegal to use the Swiss coat of arms in the United States?

18 U.S.C. § 708 formerly made the unauthorised commercial usage of the Swiss coat of arms (the white cross on a red field) a criminal offense in the United States. It was repealed this year, but why ...
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Is anyone currently in jail/prison as the result of a private prosecution in the USA?

Private prosecutions are extremely rare but not completely disappeared in the US, and persist in a few states. I want to get a sense of just how rare they are. Is there anyone currently in jail/...

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