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A man killed my son and married one of the witnesses. Can the witness's statements still be used in court against him?

In Florida a career felon, who is a complete stranger to my son, killed my son. He is being prosecuted for this crime in a state court in Florida. There are two witnesses. One of them is the the ...
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In USA, is it possible to end up being called to jury duty even if you have not registered to vote?

My friend received a letter summoning her to jury duty. She has not received anything like that before, even though she is now in her 40's and has been a U.S. citizen all her life. Also she never ...
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Was I forced into a mental hospital legally?

If, after an accidental Xanax overdose, a person went to the ER to be safe, is it legal for the hospital to force them into a psychiatric hospital for three days? What if the person told the nurses it ...
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Evidence found during police search of incorrect address listed on search warrant

A warehouse is a single structure with several divided units separated by concrete walls. These units have different sequential addresses; 1000 Fake St (unit A) 1001 Fake St (unit B) 1002 Fake St (...
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Hospital billed me for services that I explicitly refused. Are there any legal ramifications for hospital?

(well, my wife). Background - we lost a pregnancy early this year. Got pregnant again. Wife had some spotting during first trimester, became panicky, and rushed off to a hospital. The main thing ...
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Can my landlord legally say no to installing a security chain on my apartment door?

I live in a rental apartment in Florida. This apartment is located in a 7-story building with an attached 7-story garage. Main entry points on each floor have closed-circuit cameras monitored by ...
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Can someone get a spouse off a deed that never lived together and was incarcerated?

If someone bought a property before marriage (premarital), got married, refinanced the property while spouse was incarcerated which added spouse to quit claim deed, then got divorced months after the ...
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Expired tag sweep in a private apartment parking lot in Florida

My apartment complex sent the following: Loree Residents - On Monday (9/25) Loree Management in-part with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, will be conducting an expired tag search for all ...
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A hypothetical accident: charges, verdict, sentencing

In my speculative fiction work-in-progress (sorry about the fantasy elements :), but to be frank, superhero prose is a hard sell and I need some weirdness like this to interest the suits in publishing)...
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Was the officer assigned to Parkland school legally obligated to intervene?

This question is related to Are police legally required to stop a crime they see being committed?, but IMHO there is a twist. Although SCOTUS decided multiple times, as in Town of Castle Rock v. ...
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Should I be taxed on electricity in Florida as a private resident?

I live in Tallahassee, Florida where everyone gets their electricity from Talgov. I recently looked at my utility bills and realized my electricity charges were about 10-11% larger each month than I ...
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Does a landlord have to rent to someone even if it makes the other tenants uncomfortable?

Let's say I rent a 3 bedroom house in Florida to 3 women from a university in their 20's. Then one moves out and a 40 year old male applicant applies for the vacancy with great numbers on paper. I ...
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Is a school legally required to accept pennies as payment?

At my public high school in Florida, Seniors are required to pay for parking in the Senior parking lot. There is a student who doesn't like that he has to pay, so in order to spite them he went to ...
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Does Florida bankruptcy law apply to second homes?

A New York couple filed for bankruptcy. In New York state, they have to surrender all their assets to the bankruptcy court except for $150,000 each of "exempt" assets. They own a "second" home in ...
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Can the owner of a private establishment confiscate the personal property of a trespasser?

While I was reading this article, this line caught my eye: Anyone seen videotaping in any capacity will be deemed trespassing and will be escorted out by security. Your video equipment may or may ...
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Break lease after murder

About 5 minutes after I came home tonight two neighbors were shot and murdered in front of their apartment. My unit is close enough that it's within the evidence zone. My heart goes out to the ...
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Florida Law: Can email be used in place of USPS to receive notifications \ messages?

I travel a lot and can not rely on USPS mail. How could I substitute an e-mail address for a USPS physical address, with respect to a legal matter in Florida small claims court?
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Odd utility billing in Florida by property management companies

Here in Florida there's been a migration in the way tenants of apartments are billed water, trash, sewer, and pest control. It used to be that the local municipality billed the tenant directly for ...
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Recording Conversations with the person on in already recorded line

Conversations with the person on an recorded state line, When you call state officials and you’re already on a recorded line and you tell them that you’re recording the phone call also, and they tell ...
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Florida Home Renting - Can my lease forbid repairing my vehicle?

I received a letter by my landlord today stating that I have 7 days to vacate or remedy the situation - the situation being that I replaced the alternator I suppose in my car the other day? The title ...
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Fined and suspended license for not appearing on court when driver did not knew about it

This was an actual situation I witnessed, but I am doing the question in a generic format to avoid identifying parties. Background: A driver was on a highway above the speed limit. The driver was ...
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Is it legal to impersonate an abstract lawyer?

I would like to request a copy of my contract from a previous employer, where most of the staff is juridically uneducated people. I'm afraid that if I introduce myself, HR would realize that I am a ...
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Can you block the sidewalk in front of your house in a gated community?

We been getting window stickers in a gated community about parking on our driveway and partly blocking sidewalks. Is it legal or not?
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Is fake blackmail still illegal?

Someone spoofed the headers on an email to a redirecting address I own today and it's laughably written, but raised a question for me. The message claims to have kompromat on me that absolutely does ...
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Involved in a hit and run where I didn't know there was a hit and left the scene. What now? [closed]

I was involved in an accident, but I didn't know it happened. Another driver merged into the lane I was in aggressively and made contact with my car, but between me honking, yelling(as most probably ...
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Will I be liable for injuries to someone else resulting from defending myself in a confrontation?

Let's say you are eating dinner with your family at a restaurant in Florida that has some outside seating. In the middle of your meal, a young man proceeds to try to sell you his mix tape. You ...
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Motorcycle chariot subject to FL motor vehicle laws

How might the motorcycle chariot's of 1930's Australia fit into today's Florida motor vehicle statutes? Specifically, could I legally drive one on the streets while operating it from the chariot? My ...
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Hospital refuses to allow me to talk to their billing department - are there any laws/regulations that I can use to help them change their minds?

Background here: Hospital billed me for services that I explicitly refused. Are there any legal ramifications for hospital?. In short, my wife visited a hospital and was grossly mis-billed. In total ...
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Can an employer force an employee to have a social media account and put their current employment information on the profile?

A person I know recently received some new rules from their employer regarding expected social media behavior, which they need to sign. Before signing, I started reading it, and the last point ...
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End of lease - carpet cleaning almost 3x the 'minimum' amount in my lease

We recently moved out of a home that we were leasing for 12 months. When moving out, we called to ask how much carpet cleaning would be so we could determine if we wanted to hire our own company or ...
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Small business claims absent a contract

What legal recourse does company have against a client for compensation when it performs work for the client without a contract, given that the company has documentation of provided services, along ...
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How do Florida's labor laws protect employees injured when asked to do something unreasonable?

A girl that works for a major retail chain, is left unable to lift her arm above her head after being asked to lift a 180lb box. When trying to perform this task her shoulder "popped". She has ...
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Can a healthcare facility keep driver licenses

If a person goes to visit a resident in a Florida healthcare facility can the facility demand to hold the persons drivers license until they leave?
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Why are Florida prosecutors filing for manslaughter rather than murder in the case of Michael Drejka?

Florida prosecutors filed to charge Michael Drejka with manslaughter rather than murder in August 2018. If convicted of manslaughter, Drejka can be sentenced to up to 30 years rather than receive ...
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Is a Florida corporation that shows no profit or losses required to file taxes?

A company is incorporated in the state of Florida; it was formed by a wantrepreneur. This company has no employees, no location, no profits, and no losses; the only proof this company exists is on ...
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Can I legally wear a facekini in US beaches?

Can I legally wear a facekini on beaches in the United States? I am asking as there are sometimes regulations that prevent individuals from wearing some types of clothes (e.g., anti-mask laws). I ...
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Employee fired for reporting a serious injury, but in a roundabout way - How difficult is it to prove the employer's motive?

As per my previous question How do Florida's labor laws protect employees injured when asked to do something unreasonable? A girl working in Florida insisted on filing an injury report after being ...
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Is it legal to ask someone their birthday in an interview?

I'm applying for a job where they want a lot of personal details from me. The HR rep specifically asked me for my birth date. I heard this is illegal, is it true? If relevant, the question was asked ...
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Can your landlord raise rent for running a business?

Say you run an academy from your house. Can your landlord raise rent? Nolo.com says Also, in most states your landlord can’t use a rent increase (or evict you or decrease services, either) in ...
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Am I liable for 20 year old water bill for a house I bought?

I bought a house in Florida in 2017 and when I went to get the water service turned on they told me there is a water bill from 1998 and I need to pay it. Is it my responsibility even if I didn't own ...
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Contacting the opposition

A young lady (21) is connected to our family through friendship. Over the last year or so she has had a rough go of it. Central to these issues is a legal dispute with her step-father and the mother ...
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Can I carry a gun in a case in Florida while riding a bicycle?

I am riding an extended bike trip. I've already been attacked by multiple dogs. I applied for a concealed carry permit but I don't want to delay my trip in the meantime. Can I carry in an unlocked ...
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Who has to yield when waiting at the median lane in Florida?

It will be best to illustrate it. The red car was turning left from the bottom of the picture and is waiting on the median until the traffic is clear to enter the lane. The yellow car is coming from ...
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Florida Condo Law and Kickbacks

Florida Condo Law Statute 1682 prohibits an officer, director, or manager of a condominium association from soliciting, offering to accept, or accepting a kickback for which consideration has not ...
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Where is the bright line for practicing law?

I would like to understand if a CAM interpreting HOA bylaws & lawyer's opiniom, then executing their decision is the practice of law BACKGROUND A Florida HOA homeowners contest a CAM's ...
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Does a medical center's acceptance of a partial payment imply establishment of a payment plan?

Related: Hospital billed me for services that I explicitly refused. Are there any legal ramifications for hospital? After my wife went to the doctor I received a bill that I considered wholly ...
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Having a body exhumed and reburied elsewhere

My mother was buried by her husband (second marriage) in a military graveyard in the state of Florida in 2016. The cemetery was counter to her (verbal) wishes and we, her children, would never have ...
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Can I buy a $ 500 lot as a foreigner to register a car in Florida?

I travel a lot to the United States (Florida). I would like to have my own car registered in the country instead of renting all the time. In long-term this will be cheaper and more comfortable. I ...
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Can my landlord refuse to renew our lease due to downsizing of purchased lots?

Some background information first: I'm a father of three, and I've been running a store with my wife in the same shopping center in southern Florida for 20 years now. Around 13 years ago, we moved ...
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Inherited guns in Florida

My step-dad gave my son who is 24 years old and is eligible to own a gun legally all of his guns before he died. This includes several shotguns, rifles and handguns. He died with no will. My son was ...