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Questions tagged [criminal-law]

For questions about laws related to crime.

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Can a Secret Service detail protect their charge against law enforcement?

I read questions about this on various websites, usually about someone with the initials D.T., but it is a good general question. A protectee is guarded by their Secret Service detail against people ...
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Is that illegal to settle with money?

I live in California. It is illegal for people record my video and voice in a private area without my permission. In a normal situation, I think that I can call police. However, can I ask the ...
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Is it ILLEGAL to download voyeuristic pornographic videos from websites?

Is it ILLEGAL to download and view voyeuristic pornographic videos from websites. KNOWING that the subjects are 18+.
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How to mention a possibility of litigation/prosecution without accidentally making a “demand with menaces”, in English criminal law?

In English Law, extortion and blackmail are described under section 21 Theft Act 1968, as an "unwarranted demand with menaces", There's criteria and definitions, but they don't seem to matter much ...
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Is is possible to be prosecuted for lying about race on the US Census?

Lying on a US Census is a federal crime. But according the US Census online docs about race: An individual’s response to the race question is based upon self-identification. The Census Bureau does ...
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Is my record still clean?

Imagine this hypothetical: I was in fight with a male relative and I hit him on the back in front of officer, (who came because the neighbor was reported for screaming). The officer grabbed my arm, ...
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To what extent would a civil court defer to a criminal court (jury) decision?

To what extent does the doctrine of stare decisis bind civil courts to the decisions, especially the jury determinations, of criminal courts? If someone was convicted of an act that was both a crime ...
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Can the police require you to sit if you are not under arrest

In the following video, the narrative is that the police asked the young man to switch off his phone. He refused. They asked him to sit down. He refused. They then used violence to put him on the ...
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Is murder in Washington, DC pardonable by the President?

In most cases murder is a state crime. However, Washington, DC is not covered within any state's jurisdiction. My question is whether the President can pardon someone for committing murder if the ...
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Compensation for custody awaiting trial resulting in acquittal?

I was accused of a crime and held in custody for 8 months then acquitted at court, I missed the first 8 months of my only child's life, and lost both my job and my partner. Could I be entitled to ...
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Can I disobey a police order if I have reason to believe that to obey would put my life in imminent danger?

Suppose I am detained by a police officer and ordered to remain in the exact spot. However, the officer doesn't notice that I am three seconds away from potentially being impaled by someone or ...
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Daughter dies at party

My 19 year old step daughter attended a party in Illinois. One kid slipped a pill in her drink which caused her to have a heart attack and die. After watching this play out, this boy didn't even ...
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When stolen property is illegally seized, must it be returned to the party which stole it?

Consider this recent ruling: U.S. Supreme Court rules against police over motorcycle search In it, the court ruled that the police unlawfully searched a stolen motorcycle parked on private property ...
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Is it consider rape if the girl doesn't understand what is happening?

I was in Kentucky visiting family and my cousin's friend's sister is young about 12 or so years old and was not sexually educated when a guy only 3 years older then her started touching her private ...
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Is taking an injured person to a hospital without their consent kidnapping?

I found this definition of "kidnapping" on Google: kidnap, verb. Take (someone) away illegally by force, typically to obtain a ransom. Synonyms: abduct, carry off, capture, seize, snatch, take ...
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What would be the default speed limit for a highway in Texas in this case?

A 2 lane road is enhanced, widened and expanded to 6 lanes. it goes through a small town. The previous speed limit on that road was 55 mph. After the new road is finished the speed limit signs are ...
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Is the Justice System Fundamentally Flawed?

"Justice is the legal or philosophical theory by which fairness is administered." In the Justice system a person is reprimanded for an act committed. However the punishment of any given person is a ...
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How do you laws apply through internet regarding the different countries?

In country A, it's illegal to say something to a person (it's considered a severe insult that is punished with jail) User 1 is using Twitter in country B, where such law doesnt exist, and he is a ...
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Are “Dry humping” and “Molesting” the same thing?

My friend's ex-boyfriend got sentenced to four years in prison for "molesting" his girlfriend who is my friend and his ex-girlfriend only they were together when he "dry humped" her. I don't quite ...
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Is distributing classified information illegal if it is extracted from intentionally published government documents?

Is distributing classified information illegal if it is extracted from intentionally published government documents (that the federal government deliberately chose to publish)? I think I spotted a ...
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Is it rape if it is a woman on a girl?

Now I don't fully understand what has happened to me. Yes I know what sex is. I know what rape is it's when a man forces a woman to have sex with him. But the other night I was at a friend's house ...
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Could a Judge or Attorney General or Similar Start a New 9/11 investigation?

On May 11th, 2018 a request was made by one of the many 9/11 for truth platforms which is endorsed by nearly 3000 architects and engineers to the US congress to reopen a new 9/11 investigation. This ...
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Is it illegal to provide leads to a data broker/vendors?

I have client who is a data vendor, I do not know the legality of the data he provides to customers. However, I do run campaigns and provide marketing tools to this client. My question is if he get ...
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If I consume cannabis and walk across the state line, can I get arrested? [duplicate]

Cannabis is legal in some states. In others, not so much. So if I am in a state where cannabis is legal, smoke it and walk across state line, without taking any with me, just in me, can I get arrested ...
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If a child runs away until adulthood, can they be tried for a crime?

If a child (8 to 12 years old) were to run away from home, and successfully elude discovery until they were 18, could that person be tried for a crime as an adult, or be liable for damages of some ...
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Is it illegal to create a computer virus?

I've seen videos of "hackers" on YouTube infecting computers of tech support scammers. If the tech support scammer were to take a program from the person's computer, without their consent or knowledge,...
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If I poop in a box and mail it to someone, what charges could I face?

NOTE: I want to emphasize that I don't plan on actually doing this. I'm just curious about it because of the idea's sheer absurdity. "Why" is not within the scope of this question. Suppose that ...
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Must Cops Read Rights to Spouse?

Suppose a man is arrested but then stays silent. Can the police go and talk to his wife without reading her her Miranda rights? For example, if they don't notify her of her right to stay silent and ...
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Is it illegal for a family member to withhold an adult's U.S. passport?

In March, my parents and I submitted our passport applications to take a trip. I received my passport at my home. And the Passport office states that my parent’s passports were delivered to their ...
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Russian firm charged in election interference case pleads not guilty - “speedy trial”?

Russian firm charged in election interference case pleads not guilty (USA TODAY) Mueller's office charged in February that 13 Russian nationals and three businesses sought to meddle in the election ...
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Supreme Court Case Online Materials Missing Information

I'm briefing a 1963 Supreme Court case for a class and one of the issues described in the court decision report, and discussed in the oral arguments (audio recordings on Oyez) was the use of an ...
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Is recording of other people in a work context without permission legal in Romania?

I am shortly going to Romania to perform an IT Audit. As an auditor, we often have to deal with people who become hostile towards us. For my own protection, in the United Kingdom I always video ...
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What can happen if the US President has violated campaign finance laws?

There has been recent news about President Donald Trump possibly breaking campaign finance laws due to a repayment made to one of his lawyers. NPR: Trump Admits To Authorizing Stormy Daniels Payoff, ...
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If someone under investigation is told they are not a “Criminal Target”, what are the ways that they can later become one?

Background Back on April 3rd, the Washington Post reported that Donald Tump was not a Criminal Target in Special Council Mueller's probe. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III informed ...
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Can you be legally compelled to disclose your password in a criminal investigation? [duplicate]

Let's say you use encryption on your computer, and you've been arrested. The police believe there is evidence on your computer, and have seized the computer via a warrant. The police cannot extract ...
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When is it Illegal to Lie in Inter-Personal Relationships?

I casually date someone. We split restaurant bills and have consensual sex. I lie about my income, health, age, name, and marital status to them. Is this lying illegal? Already looked at When it ...
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Can a person be compelled to testify against themself in a civil trial?

I read that a key piece of evidence against Bill Cosby in his recent criminal trial was testimony he gave in a deposition in response to a civil suit filed against him by one of his accusers. In the ...
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Investigative charges

I had some charges against me in 2015. One is nolle prosse and the other says investigative charges. What does this mean? From my understanding nolle prosse means the charges were dropped is that ...
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Is it justifiable to disarm a policeman who is tasing an unhealthy person?

Is a citizen justified in disarming a policeman who is applying a taser to a suspect who committed a misdemeanor, but who is at an elevated risk of dying due to health conditions of which the police ...
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Is it really an abduction if the protest or resistance ends before the “victim” is “released”?

My friend ran into her ex-boyfriend at a store. They began arguing, he grabbed her and carried her to his truck, then drove off with her and didn't have her consent. She tells me that he was going to ...
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Can Congress legislate the structure of court rulings?

Suppose Congress, in the interest of keeping rulings easier to read and interpret, passes a law that says the judicial branch at large must provide a summary of its findings that does not directly ...
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If in a country it's allowed to be sold a product with a harmful chemical, is the government or state legally responsible for it?

Some time ago a substance used as a food preservative which is believed by some to be carcinogenic was allowed to be used. If in a case like that it is found at the time that it actually is so, is ...
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Is “No, I got your IDs” a valid reason to hold individuals during a voluntary stop?

Last Friday night me and some friends were in the process of exiting a park (walking, not driving) in our neighborhood (in North Carolina). We were stopped and questioned by a cop. We (not quite ...
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What are techniques used in law to robustly incentivize people to tell the truth?

In many different situations, people will have an incentive to lie in court while the other parties cannot verify whether they are lying or not. I'm wondering whether there are techniques that can ...
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Why *must* a defendant be present during a criminal trial?

The Sixth Amendment guarantees: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.... I recently discovered that, in general, these ...
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If your friend takes you against your will is it still Kidnapping

I know that kidnapping refers to unlawfully taking a person. I also know a friend is someone you know well, love, trust, and hangout with. But if your friend grabs you, forces you in their car and ...
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Is an employee of a company personally liable if they violate the law on behalf of the company?

In essentially any interaction between customers and businesses, there are people on the business end who are communicating with customers on the business's behalf. This might mean customer service ...
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What happens when 2 laws conflict each other?

Let's say there is an accident and there is a law which says vehicles driving by an avenue has priority to pass, but there is another law which says vehicles driving by the right has priority to pass, ...
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Could the FBI take action against me for owning a pirated game?

I bought a used PS4 game from Amazon Warehouse. Well, the disc is obviously pirated (https://imgur.com/gallery/57eGpAc) and so when I contacted Amazon to report the matter, I was instructed to throw ...
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Is is illegal to hack websites in a country considered to be an enemy of my country?

I know that Hacking is illegal in any country. my question is this "is it illegal to hack enemy country website ?" e.g i lived in Pakistan, let say i hacked Indian Govt websites. is this illegal ? if ...