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Accused of criminal offence and then pay the fine but not convicted

Is it possible that one is accused of a criminal offence in Germany and ask to pay a fine and it was also mentioned that if the fine is paid in within the time limit the case will be discontinued and ...
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Could Trump be charged with a criminal offense for his actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Recently Carl Bernstein called Donald Trump a "homicidal President": We are witnessing a homicidal president convening ― purposefully ― a homicidal assembly to help him get re-elected as ...
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Blackmail is illegal. But how is that enforced pragmatically?

I am a total layman and I don't have any experience in the field of law. Please keep this in mind when responding to this question. Obviously blackmail is illegal. However, I have always wondered how ...
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Is it legal to charge for compensation instead of reporting a crime against my company?

Suppose that it came to my attention someone had stolen from my company, or committed some other crime that only hurts my company. Is it legal for me to send a letter asking for compensation in return ...
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When does a warning become a threat?

The other day while on a vacation I drove past a property and saw a sign that read Trespassers Will Be Shot On Sight I've never seen a sign such as that, I was a little taken back. After some ...
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Legal abbreviation: “Hal. pl. cr.”

What does the abbreviation "Hal. pl. cr." in legal reporting refer to?
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What are the possible penalties in portuguese law for kidnapping or false imprisonment?

Presumably there are custodial sentences applicable, what is the minimum and maximum length?
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Why are police sometimes able to kill without prosecution? [duplicate]

I have seen so many stories about cops killing Black Americans (it's not just Blacks, but that is who it usually is) and I found that it is rare for them to actually go to jail. If I killed anybody, I ...
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I was racially abused at a public park. What legal actions can I take?

I was racially abused at a public park. Basically out of no where he called me a terrorist. I ignored him. After a while he came directly to me and ask me to go away and said this is Australia. The ...
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What are the US Federal laws on Shared VPN IP

There are Images uploaded to a certain website not linked to any accounts, just IP, linked in a case towards a federal case. can this evidence be inadmissible if the only proof is "IP : Picture". ...
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If witness testimony is shown to be demonstrably unreliable, can it be stricken?

If a witness makes answers that indicate the witnesses testimony is entirely unreliable, can previous assertions of fact by the witness be stricken, or is it completely up to the jury whether to ...
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Is the New Hampshire version of a criminal threatening law defective?

In New Hampshire law, RSA 631:4 makes "Criminal Threatening" a crime. The law begins: A person is guilty of criminal threatening when: (a) By physical conduct, the person purposely places ...
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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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Can defense request findings of fact before resting?

Hypothetical scenario: A victim is identified with documented injuries consistent with having been struck with a weapon. The police find and charge a person (now "Defendant") that they claim ...
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Inheritance after a homicide

I was watching a “true crime” type of TV show, which raised an interesting question (to me) regarding wills and inheritance. Here’s the scenario: An elderly wealthy man had a neighbor who was his ...
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Can we withdraw a document if the signed witness declares that he did not see the parties signed on front of his eyes?

Someone tricked me to sign a document without paying attention to content. The person also made 2 persons to sign the documents as witnesses. I want to withdraw the document, is it enough that the ...
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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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Can a jury find a defendant guilty on a charge for which the defendant was not arraigned?

Can a jury find a defendant guilty on a charge for which the defendant was not arraigned? For example, if a defendant is indicted on a charge of manslaughter can the jury convict him of murder?
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Thailand; relationship between defamation lawsuit and criminal defamation procedure

Bangkok Post's The Sea View Resort released a five-page statement on Saturday after news of its legal action against Wesley Barnes attracted widespread attention. The statement was posted on the ...
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What are my rights if someone makes a false police report against me in Germany?

My landlord (also a business owner) in Germany where I live accused me with tons of different type of accusations because he hates me personally, and he called the police on me—at least, I think he ...
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Confessing for a crime which has not been committed [closed]

A person confessed to a lawyer over phone for a blackmailing (his lover)crime which he didn't commit. Will he able to file a complaint against that person only with his confession? But such crime has ...
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Is it legal to pick locks to gain access to an area you're allowed to be in, in Canada?

After a bit of discussion regarding my answer for this question in the Workplace Stackexchange, I got to wondering: Is it legal to pick a lock to gain access to an area you're authorized to enter in ...
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Trump knowingly let thousands of people die from Corona; was that criminal? If yes, could he be charged (now or after his Presidency)?

The title says it all. Trump told Bob Woodward that he knew in February that the coronavirus was deadly but decided to actively and consciously deceive the public and not take decisive action to ...
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Is it legal to record your room mates, without their permission or knowledge in “community areas”?

UNITED STATES: WASHINGTON STATE: PIERCE COUNTY: TACOMA CITY hey guys, i have a question, i understand that the law right now is that you cannot legally record a phone call in Washington state without ...
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To what extent can the government saying “we won't prosecute X” be used as a defense?

Suppose the DOJ says that they won't prosecute anybody for doing X. John Doe then does X, and the DOJ prosecutes Doe for it. Can John successfully use the defense of "the DOJ said they wouldn't ...
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What options does a lawyer have if a client admits he is guilty but doesn't want to admit it to the court?

This question is inspired by this question. If a client tells his lawyer he is guilty of the crime but does not want to admit it to the judge, what options does the lawyer have? Must the lawyer admit ...
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If you want to study the basics of law, where should you start?

Should you focus on memorizing the individual laws, or read court cases, or come up with scenarios? Should you study from the point of view of a lawyer or an individual citizen? What if laws change? ...
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Does an employer have any obligation to report an employee with possible covid-19 symptoms?

Suppose you have an employee with fever during the covid-19 pandemic. Is there any law which makes mandatory to report your employee to the doctor, health authorities, or whatever for him/her to make ...
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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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If a man has sex with a girl he thinks is underage, but the girl is actually not, did he commit a crime?

As the title suggested. if a man has sex with a girl he thinks is underage, but the girl is actually not, did he commit a crime? I'd think he did, since I have seen a lot of cases where the police ...
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Can lifeboat passengers claim the necessity defense if they are charged with murder for cannibalism?

Suppose a ship at sea suddenly develops problems and the passengers are put into life boats. One boat carrying 20 people gets lost. After 8 days without food and water, the passengers decide to kill ...
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What exactly are an officer's requirements in order to demand ID in the US (New York)?

I watched a YouTube video recently which depicted the following situation, and I'd like to learn more about what peoples' rights are and what an officer's obligations are in a situation like this: A ...
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Told by police that I'm being detained. No probable cause or statute/law given. Am I free to leave?

I recently watched this video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSJTxalznxE It's of a man open carrying a shotgun and filming from a public street. Nothing he did was illegal which later in ...
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Pretending to be from the “Freedom to Breathe Agency”: impersonating an officer?

There's a woman going around claiming to be from the federal "Freedom to Breathe Agency", telling store workers that they can personally be sued for telling customers that they need to wear ...
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How are affirmative defenses of duress and necessity treated in U.S. law?

Duress and Necessity are two common law "affirmative defenses" that can be argued for acquittal of a criminal charge. However I can't find clear law or precedent for either in the United ...
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In Germany, is there a reward for reporting possible tax fraudsters or money launderers to the authorities?

I could well be wrong and I don't want to go into specifics here, but... Let's assume I know of a business that in reality generates a few hundred thousand euros in revenue and yet shows a P+L with ...
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Borrowing from a relative or friend without documentary evidence — is it money laundering?

Suppose a person borrows money from a relative or friend, say, 10 million USD, without documentary evidence — the transaction is purely based on trust and cultural norms. If the borrower invests the ...
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Why wasn't Acosta arrested on conspiracy charges and/or the obstruction of justice?

In the Jeffrey Epstain case in which a pyramid scheme of international sex trafficking and abuse came to light, the FBI filed a fifty three page indictment in June 2007. However, the then Attorney-...
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Can I sue my neighbor if he fired a gun and a bullet goes through my wall and almost kills me?

A neighbor two units down from me discharged a firearm inside the unit and the bullet went through both of our units and ended up in mine. If either of us had been using the bathroom we may have been ...
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Can I get in trouble for unknowingly receiving and selling stolen property?

UNITED STATES: WASHINGTON STATE: PIERCE COUNTY: TACOMA CITY My friend gifted me a bunch of useless crap, and I'm trying to sell garbage on offer up now. Can people get in trouble for unknowingly ...
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Under what circumstances could laying hacker “traps” cause civil or criminal liability for non-law enforcement civilians?

The answer to If a hacker is infected as a result of their actions, is the victim liable? that explained laying a trap to injure someone could go either way depending on the severity of the injury and ...
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Does killing witnesses before trial suppress them?

If a witness is killed, or dies, before formally testifying at a criminal trial in what manner, if any, can his relevant statements be admitted or used against a defendant? For example, if sworn ...
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At what point does refusal to report a crime make one an accomplice to a crime?

This is a question out of curiosity only, indirectly inspired by my last question post. I'm wondering at what point not reporting a crime is itself a crime. I know that if someone happens to witness ...
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Can a vaccine be required by law?

This question came up because I read that Bolsonaro, Brazil's president, was criticized by the opposition for saying that COVID-19 vaccinations won't be mandatory. The opposition said that the vaccine ...
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What exactly did Harvey Weinstein do to be convicted of rape in the third degree? [closed]

If a man puts gun to a woman's head to force her to engage in sex, that's rape in first degree. So what is rape in the third degree? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Weinstein_sexual_abuse_cases#...
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Have any corporations ever been indicted for torture?

Generally when torture is discussed it's usually governments that are in the firing line. However, given the immense power in the modern world of corporations I'm curious as to whether any ...
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Was it legal for the US government to torture detainees?

After the events of 9/11 the Bush administration started torturing (by international standards of the word) people suspected of terrorism. For example "enhanced interrogation" was used which ...
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Criminal record expungement in Texas

In 2010, I was arrested and charged with felony evading arrest/detention with a motor vehicle. This is a state jail felony in Texas. The charge was later reduced from a state jail felony to a Class A ...
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Is it legal for me to prototype simulated gambling software in England?

I am a programmer in England, and am potentially interested in one day working to open a licensed online casino. I have several ideas about products I would like to work on, but am a bit confused as ...
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Is witchcraft legally punishable? [closed]

Suppose a witchcraft is proved to cause consequences, would it be legally punishable? I was telling to everybody that I am a sectarian and a religious fanatic. For this reason I would most likely die ...

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