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If someone's record has been expunged, can they legally say that they have not been arrested?

If someone applies for a job and the application asks whether they've ever been arrested, can they legally say on the application that they have not been arrested before? Note: Case was dismissed ...
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Do these NY old dumb laws actually exist?

I read some articles about old dumb laws in NY that few people know about. Apparently, these are violations that no one would be fined for in practice because they are so archaic that not even law-...
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If my spouse gets arrested for domestic violence but I do not press charges, will that still be on his record?

First time I've ever called the authorities on my husband for Domestic Violence. He was arrested, however, I didn't press any charges, will it still be on his record?
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Emergency Room Obligation

Much along the lines of Can a doctor make you pay for something you didn't explicitly agree to pay for? Imagine Bob is struck unconscious by a hit & run, then transported by ambulance to the ...
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Can a real estate agent refuse to show a rental property (apartment) in NYC if I don't provide my eligibility information?

I'll email the Nooklyn real estate agents in the New York City area with a question about the property (e.g. floor level, elevator availability, cost of parking, etc.), and they almost always respond ...
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Does the adultery law in New York affect the person being used to cheat with?

I found a public website regarding this law (New York Penal Law Sec. 255.17 Adultery), this one: https://newyork.public.law/laws/n.y._penal_law_section_255.17 Let's say someone's wife cheats on her ...
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Getting the bodycam video from NYPD for a traffic violation

I got a bike ticket for going through a red light. I don’t think I did. The officer confirmed that he was wearing his body cam and that it was on. How do I go about getting the bodycam video? I ...
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Is it legal to drink alcohol in public in Penn Station, New York?

In the central concourse of Penn Station there are four or five deli counters advertising and selling draft beer. It is served in a large plastic cup with a straw. There is no place to sit in the deli ...
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Can Landlord Require a Minimum Number of Occupants in NYC Apartment?

In New York City, is it legal for a landlord (or any other party) to require a minimum number of tenants in an apartment? I am searching (with three other people) for a four bedroom apartment, and we ...
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Speed enforced by radar - why the extra verbiage

Jurisdiction NYC. Sample speed limit sign. +-------------+ | | | Speed Limit | | NN | | | | Enforced by | | radar | +-------------+ Why must the authority ...
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What is the latest that one can enter into a right/left-only lane in order to make a turn at the intersection in NYC?

Busy streets lanes near an intersection sometimes have arrow markings such as "straight only", and "right/left only": If you are on the "straight only" lane, when is the latest that you may enter ...
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Is there a knife, that can be legally carried in both NJ and NY?

I live in NJ, but work in NYC, and would like to find a knife, that can be legally carried in both locales. NYC seems to ban all folding knives, while allowing any fixed-blades under 4" long. NJ ...
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Is keeping an engagement ring theft?

Is keeping an engagement ring theft in New York City, NY, where he is the one who breaks the engagement, and no fault is claimed against her?
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Is a debt owed by an adult who is supported by parents recoverable?

I am owed money by a 37 year old drug addict. We grew up together and I tried with his father to get him healthy. Over the years, I lent him small sums that added up over time, which we kept track ...
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Do I have any options if Chase has closed my account citing payment from fraudulent sources?

A few weeks ago I received a $125 Chase QuickPay from someone on the site localbitcoins.com. Turns out the payment was marked fraudulent, and my account was frozen, whether it was because the user was ...
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What is a 'creed' for purposes of New York City's public accommodation anti-discrimination code?

Aside from the federal anti-discrimination law, New York City has its own more restrictive anti-discrimination laws, which seem to include more protected classes and which also seems to have a much ...
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Is it bribery if your decision wasn't swayed?

I'm referencing a movie, The taking of Pelham 123. In it, as a part of the protagonists back story, he is accused of taking a bribe from a Japanese manufacturer to win a contract to supplying trains ...
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If you buy an apartment that has a rent controlled or rent stabilized tenant in it can you evict them to move in?

Suppose I buy an apartment which has a rent controlled or rent stabilized tenant but I want to use the apartment as a primary residence in NYC. Do I have the right to evict the tenant and move in?
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Under what conditions could a police force enlist the help of a minor?

Would it be illegal for a fourteen year old to assist the police in solving a murder in New York City? What kind of red tape would the department need to navigate in order to enlist their help?
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What size restaurants in NYC must provide bathrooms?

Some small restaurants in NYC with only a small seating area offer a bathroom for customers, but most small restaurants do not. What is the law in NYC? What size or type restaurant must provide ...
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New York City- Tenant Rights

I have a question regarding tenant's rights under a leased property; I can't seem to find the answer anywhere online. What are the obligations of a tenant in a 1yr lease to provide notice of vacating ...
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Can you be penalized for pleading not guilty if you're found guilty?

If you plead not guilty on a traffic ticket in New York City. If at the court hearing you are found guilty, is it possible for them to penalize you or charge you interest for the time elapsed since ...
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Can consular security staff carry firearms in New York City?

Can the security staff (equivalent to the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service) of the various Embassies/Missions/Consulates/etc located in New York City carry (concealed) firearms as part of their ...
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What weapons can I legally carry for self-defence in New York City?

I've been on the receiving end of racist verbal attacks regarding COVID-19. I've already reported this to the police; they advise me not to engage with the offenders. However, I suspect that things ...
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Case law relating to gender expression

I recently discovered the existence of Local Law No. 3 (2002); N.Y.C. Admin. Code § 8-102(23) - which allows for people to be fined up to $250k for using the wrong gender pronouns. Even after cutting ...
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Tenant is asking to repair a built-in closet. It was fine when they moved in

I own a small studio apt. in a co-op building located in Brooklyn, NY USA. My tenant, who's been renting this studio for ~ 3 years, is asking to repair one of the built-in closets. This closet was ...
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Is it legal to instruct an employee not to put contract concerns in writing?

TL;DR My COO sent me a contract that would amend an existing employment term (salary). I raised concerns regarding the terms of the contact. COO explicitly told me you don't need to put it in writing....
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Will New York City's new law prohibiting questions about salary history protect residents who are applying for jobs outside the city?

As the title. I read through the law but I am not clear on whether it covers residents of the city, companies that employ workers in the city, members of either group, etc. That is, is it a limit ...
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Can students transfer to a new high school purely on their will?

My high school life was subpar at the very least. I was constantly bullied and never received the necessary protection from school staff. This coupled with dwindling grades created a negative feedback ...
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How can a finding of suicide (on the death certificate) by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner be legally contested in the City of New York?

Inspired by some real-life case, what is the legal procedure by which a finding of suicide by Office of Chief Medical Examiner can be contested in New York City? An article authored by some Centers ...
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Does tolling apply to the statute of limitations in New York State?

More specifically, for a private unsecured debt with a statute of limitations (SoL) of 6 years in New York State, will the SoL be tolled (paused) if the debtor leaves the state, or the country (or ...
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NYC Warranty Deed - minimum documentation required for transfer to LLC

I have the need to transfer an apartment my wife and I own Fee Simple to a Multi-member LLC whose members are currently the two of us. I have prepared a standard Warranty Deed to do the transfer and ...
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What is the law regarding crossing the street on a red light as a pedestrian?

What is the law regarding crossing the street on red (as a pedestrian) If a car takes a red, that is a driving violation and they get a ticket... I'm asking about pedestrians, specifically in NYC it ...
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Are interrogation tapes of suspects in a closed case publicly available?

Do people have a right to demand tapes from interrogations/witness questioning done in relation to a closed case? I read somewhere that the tapes are only publicly available if they have been used as ...
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Who owns a co-op building if the proprietary lease expires?

I've seen multiple claims that if a co-op building lets the proprietary lease expire, then shares in the corporation become worthless (even if the corporation owns the building and land outright, ...
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NYC homeless shelter to housing application, food stamps required?

The question is in regards to one in a homeless shelter in the NYC system, which officially is supposed to help the people find some kind of government housing if that person is working etc and some ...
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Can a co-op tenant shareholder exclude people from common areas if they refuse to abide by house rules?

In New York City, can a co-op tenant/shareholder refuse to allow a guest or contractor of another tenant/shareholder into common areas of the building if the person is violating the co-op's house ...
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What code determines how much noise is dangerous to people?

This question pertains to NYC, but answers about how other jurisdictions define noise pollution could aid precedent or tracking down the appropriate office in New York. Noise pollution in the city is ...
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What is the legal status of and penalty for turnstile jumping in NYC?

Bob had hoped over the ticket gate/turnstile without a ticket to ride the subway for free in NYC. Can he be forcibly apprehended in order to be issued some penalty? What consequences could he suffer?
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NY state: a landlord is subletting an apartment but is trying to charge the renter after the move-out date

If Tenant A is trying to sublet their apartment, and the landlord finds/executes the sublease and receives payment from the new Tenant B, terminating the existing lease with Tenant A. Is there any ...
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Board of Estimate of City of New York v. Morris

In 1989, Board of Estimate of City of New York v. Morris unanimously declared New York City’s Board of Estimate Unconstitutional, as it violated the “one man, one vote” principle derived form 14th ...
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If a landlord approvs a tenant but refuses to allow them to move in, can the tenant recover fees associated with temporary housing?

Venue is NYC/New York State/US. The Situation: Landlord's real estate agent shows an apartment to Bob. Bob likes the apartment, puts down a deposit, submits an application. Application is approved,...
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Does anything like “indirect discrimination” or the “duty to make reasonable adjustments” exist in the U.S.?

The U.K. Equality act 2010 introduces a notion called “indirect discrimination.” Basically it’s things that one does that disproportionately affects individuals possessing a protected characteristic (...
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What is it about the SDNY that results in the phenomenon captured by the slang name "Sovereign District of New York"?

The SDNY seems to hear a lot of high-profile civil and criminal cases that many might argue verge on jurisdictional overreach or extraterritorial jurisdiction. In any case they certainly see a lot of &...
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Does private school contract remain valid when family leaves state? Can parents be forced to cover fundraising "shortfall"?

Family signed combined tuition and "fundraising obligations" contract with a private school in NYC, in September, and moved out of state the following summer. The school's position is that ...
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Pleading guilty for a moving violation from several years ago. Points still apply? NYC

I received a ticket for a moving violation back in 2015, in Brooklyn, NY, and recruited a local law firm to help me fight this traffic ticket. The firm's strategy was to keep postponing the hearing ...
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Are on-duty officers allowed to lie about their identity?

This is a follow-up to this question. In it, I talk about how I see it as problematic that the identities of LEOs investigating an active case can be publicized. If that case concerns a serial killer, ...
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How do I reinstate a "lost" birth certificate?

I am attempting to prove my lineage, and need my grandfather's birth certificate. He was born in Bronx, NY, in 1914. My parents did a search for this document in 1997, and got a response that the ...
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What are the Statute of Limitations for New York City and State Human Rights Laws?

I am looking for some clarification on the Statute of Limitations for both the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law. Under Section 297 of the New York State Human ...
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Are requests of court documents recorded somewhere (NYC jurisdiction)?

I'm specifically concerned with the request of documents relating to arraignments, though I don't know if that makes a difference. If a person requests the documents pertaining to an arraignment, is ...
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