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How to find/choose a criminal lawyer in another state?

I am seeking an attorney, in a state other than my own (in the USA), to provide me with guidance in the area of criminal law. (I have some specific questions.) How might I go about finding such an ...
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My employer filed a report against me and refuses to pay me

I was working at a an old Mansion turned into a hotel and I had the keys for it so one night I went in after hours without the owners permission and brought some friends. We caused absolutely no ...
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If violations of the Civil Rights Acts were criminalized, what sort of ramifications could society expect? [closed]

Hypothetically, if the nondiscrimination provisions of the Civil Rights Acts were made into criminal provisions, with violators facing criminal prosecution and fines rather than just civil proceedings,...
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Are there examples of people getting convicted of consensual heterosexual sex with a girl between 15-18 in Indonesia?

Under What Circumstances Indonesians can be Punished for Heterosexual Lewd Act to a Girl 15-18? In that question, there is a law in Indonesia. The law says https://www.hukumonline.com/klinik/...
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Can I be arrested in US consulate for a warrant in the states?

A few years ago I came to Mexico to stay for a while. While I was here I was summoned for court in Arizona, but never appeared (because I'm in Mexico). A warrant was issued for my arrest a few months ...
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Two people having wronged one another in different occasions

Person A wrongs person B, the case ends up it courts and then, for a whole different reason and in a whole different scenario, B wrongs A in a way which is worthy to make the case end up in court as ...
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Prosecution in a case of diplomatic immunity

There's been recent publicity about an American diplomat in Britain responsible for a car accident that killed someone. She claimed diplomatic immunity and left the country. Could the victim's family ...
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What does “preferment” mean in s 6(4) of the Criminal Law Act 1967?

Herring. Criminal Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (8 edn, 2018). p. 764 last para. Is it possible to convict of an attempt if the attempt was successful? Is it a defence to a charge of attempt ...
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If someone orders a pizza in the US and doesn't pay for it, could they be arrested?

If you were to order a pizza in the US and didn't pay for it afterwards, could you be arrested?
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Hypothetical scenario in which an innocent person is involved and dragged in

Let's suppose that a person, who has no longer anything to lose and willing to drag an innocent along with him, sends money to an innocent via bank, calls the innocent person by telling them "I sent ...
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If victim consented to sex, then attempted rapist regards plan as failed. Why “[o]nly the most sadistic rapist would have that state of mind”?

Questions I don't ken the two sentences emboldened in below quote. Why "That will be very hard to prove"? If "victim did consent", then there's no rape. I agree it's debauched and sadistic to ...
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What does “forensic practicability” mean?

Herring. Criminal Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (8 edn, 2018). p. 728 last para.       By contrast with the House of Lords, the view taken here is that a conviction for a stigmatic ...
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Why isn't drunken mistake distinguished, and divided into involuntary and voluntary?

Herring. Criminal Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (8 edn, 2018). pp. 679-681. Herring moots "drunken mistake" beneath marked by my red stars, but he never distinguishes between involuntary and ...
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Being charged with driving while impaired, in the state of Minnesota? While prescribed desoxyn

Or while being prescribed desoxyn by a doctor, Is there a limit of methamphetamine in one's system that can allow one to drive and not be charged with driving while impaired, in the state of ...
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Could You Indict a Computer?

I would have thought this would've been asked already, but I searched this site and the Internet, and I couldn't find anything. Apologies if this is a duplicate. As computers become increasingly ...
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What can a parent do with a child's birth certificate?

In particular, anything harmful? I'm (legal adult) aware it's a gateway to obtaining other forms of identification such as SSN and Passport, but doubt s/he can do it with a birth certificate alone. ...
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Is it legal to create and sell a tool to modify config files for games

I've recently discovered an oversight in a popular games config file system that allows you to use an item even if you haven't yet unlocked it, this is a multiplayer game where players are expected to ...
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Why are in-house counsels not allowed to defend a defendant?

In the last John Gotti trial, the prosecutors successfully argued Bruce Cutler was an in-house counselor for John Gotti. The result was Cutler was not allowed to defend John Gotti at trial. Why are ...
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Legal consequences and conviction for celebrities

I know that may be this present question can show a little bit of naivety and the answer can be somehow obvious and trivial, but since I'm not sure about these issues, I'll be asking it anyway. Are ...
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Does US federal law prohibit the possession of an uncontrolled prescription drug without a prescription, and if so, according to which provision?

What specific provision in US federal law, if any, prohibits the possession of an uncontrolled prescription drug without a prescription? I've had a lot of trouble finding the answer to this question, ...
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Foreign Fighter Classification \ Jurisdiction

Two British nationals are alleged to have executed Americans under the guise of ISIL and are in American military custody. Assume that the suspects remain in American custody and are not transferred ...
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Can police charge someone with a misdemeanor in the total absence of evidence?

In California, given that the police have probable cause to arrest someone, can they charge that person with a misdemeanor in the total absence of evidence that any crime has been committed? To be ...
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Is it criminal to surveille women as per the Lindberg?

https://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2019/10/03/investigation-greg-lindberg-paid-for-spying-compilation-of-dossiers-on-women-in-whom-he-was-interested/ Is it criminal to surveille women as per the ...
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Although there are conflicting claims about what happened on June 4th, 1989 in Tiananmen Square

... the government of China doesn't claim that nothing happened. There is an official narrative, including the claim that soldiers working for the government of China were victims of protesters. ...
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Is it Illegal to shred Sheriff's department records in Georgia?

A recent New Yorker Article describes an incoming sheriff, replacing an old (corrupt) sheriff on his first day: "when he unlocked the doors to the sheriff’s office on his first day on the job, ...
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Is it legal to OWN a machete in New Jersey? (Decor purposes only)

I bought a machete online about 2 hours ago because I thought it looked cool and I figured it would be nice to display it on my wall. I have no intentions to carry it, use it for illegal purposes, or ...
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Being a barrier to the right of another

I am in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka. It is a racially mixed country that the people of the world know. Here I run a business in a small town. Someone runs a small restaurant next to my ...
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reduce into possession

'reduced into possession' isn't just worded for animals. 'reduce' here doesn't feel like ordinary meaning. What does it mean? I quote Etymonline because legalese can deceivingly use common words ...
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s 4(3) Theft Act 1968 — Why is picking wild produce on another person's land not theft?

I don't understand this law. Surmise that a wild berry shrub grows on my back yard that's unfenced. I don't cultivate it or do anything – no watering. I invite my piano student to my house – thus no ...
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Offences Against the Person Act 1861 — How is Section 18 , in at least one respect broader than Section 20?

I don't understand the bold text in the OATPA 1861. How is s. 18 "in at least one respect, broader than section 20"? Are there more respects than just "one respect"? How many exactly? What are they? ...
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Can a soldier enforce federal law?

I was reading a book(fiction) recently and a kidnapping happened. A woman escaped and ran into several people. One of them being a soldier with his wife. As the kidnapper tries to find the escaped ...
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Providing an address list app and Privacy Policy Issues

I'm building an app which provides an avenue for users to store information on people particularly addresses and country of origin. The app will be an online service where all data are stored in our ...
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Can you record someone but not play it or use it as evidence against them, just using it for information?

Then using the recording, you can make your interpretations of it and show what you think of it to someone? It's indirectly showing someone the recording but in your own words? Country is Philippines
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Do firefighters contitute a legislative power?

According to this article ref here, ref here, ref here and ref here: ...History has just been made, as the first legislative body in the country officially announces their support for reopening ...
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tampering with food and drink

Is it illegal if someone put something in an ice maker at work. I brought it up to someone and we KNOW who did it. And can prove it. But there was a metallic taste to it and was stuff floating in the ...
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Ability to Assist an Injured Officer (USA)?

Related Suppose Bob is walking down the street, and finds an injured LEO, who is attempting to shoot a third person, let's call him Charlie. The officer is too injured to complete this action (can't ...
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Can a couple be charged for spending $120,000 deposited to their bank account in error?

A couple is being charged for spending $120,000 which was deposited to their account in error. This is in Pennsylvania, USA. The facts are presented as follows: One day, couple wakes up to $120,000 ...
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Can prosecutors add charges to get an individual to plead guilty?

Can a prosecutor add additional charges to pressure a defendant to plead guilty to the original charges?
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Would it be legal to change the functionality of your own software to do something apparently malicious if fullly documented?

This topic came up when discussing the infamous left-pad disaster from awhile back. To give a brief summary the author of a small package hosted on the npm repository that numerous other packages had ...
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Scenario in which a person sues an other living in an another European country

I asked a question about a specific scenario a few days ago, but given that the question has been deemed somehow discriminatory against a gender, suspicious (I honestly don't know why!?!?!), I'm going ...
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Issues with a Guilty Plea [closed]

If I agreed to plead guilty to a charge and after pleading guilty the courts impose on me that I plead guilty to the actual crime, then what rights do I have in this case? Can they charge me with an ...
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Can involvement of third party be a factor lowering culpability and leading to non-prosecution decision?

A person I know (she lives in Maryland) was a victim of a minor assault where she was pushed around and her face grasped. Thankfully she did not suffer bodily harm. The two assailants admitted the ...
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Running from the police

If an officer pulls a car over and I get out start running, the officer ends up hurting himself, can I be charged with a felony and how much jail time if any?
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Understanding Declaration

(I am in New Zealand, but am interested in answers following British style law.. When entering into New Zealand (as with most countries), passengers are required to fill out an arrival card. At the ...
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What is the legal age for drinking alcohol in Germany? [duplicate]

I heard that in Germany you can buy low alcoholic drinks from 16 years old, and from 18 years old you can buy strong alcoholic drinks. What about drinking? If I buy for 14 year old alcohol. Will this ...
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Is it legal for officers of one sex to strip-search detainees of a different sex?

I believe there is a law that states strip searches are performed by officers of the same sex as the detainee, and not by officers of a different sex. However this did not occur in the following cases....
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Gag order in reference to a Criminal Investigation

Lets say you reach terms with a party "B" about a dispute and they specify a gag order. That is you cannot disclose the nature of the settlement, or disparage party "B". The settlement is in ...
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What does phrases “Deserve an asterisk” and “Putting an asterisk” besides someone's name, means morally and in lawman's terms? [closed]

I got to see this amazing web-series called "Suits", I just wonder is there an actual legal proceeding called "putting an asterisk" besides some lawman's name ? If there is what would it mean in Law &...
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Can The President Of The US Pardon Everyone?

Can The President Of The United States Pardon everyone, for example lets say a criminal organisation is commiting crimes, after awhile they get raided by the police,everyone gets arrested and ...
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Can you be convicted for being a murderer twice?

Germany has this weird specialty¹ in its criminal law's murder paragraph. While most paragraphs say something like “The person who does A is punished with B”, the murder paragraph (“Strafgesetzbuch § ...