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Punishment for getting intoxicated in public

Recently I traveled to Germany with friends and got a bit too much drunk. While walking to my hotel I fell down and damaged my foot. Police approached me, checked my ID (I am from the EU), asked if I ...
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Is there a right to contract oneself, or one’s dependents, into servitude?

The closest common examples I can think of are jurisdictions where prostitution is semi-legalized or legalized, jurisdictions where minors can work on behest of their guardian, and military service in ...
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Is there any american law which ensures a lesser penalty to a pawn than to the mastermind of a crime?

I'm writing a story and I would like a more realistic approach on the plot. The point is: there is a lawyer doing bad things (because a mix of love and money) and he must (following orders) write all ...
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Case in which the place of a defamation cannot be established univocally

I'm asking again about an other hypothetical scenario. Supposing that there are two countries having extradiction deals and treaties with one another (let's suppose for simplicity sake, two EU ...
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How much time is allocated for analyzing case law during a trial

In a rather simple trial (driving infringement, penal court - NOT criminal), how much time is allocated to each party to analyze each others case law? Is it expected to be done during the hearing, ...
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Are criminal and civil cases pursued differently if the victim is a celebrity?

If a person attacks a famous footballer/soccer player, who is worth millions of dollars, by causing him severe physical damage, and the perpetrator happens to be identified and tried, will this ...
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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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Can you be convicted based on the testimony of the victim alone?

I am reading a book called "Gender Stereotyping - Transnational Legal Perspectives", which says that: The second case, R. v. Ewanchuk36 (“the Ewanchuk case”), concerned the role of sexual ...
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Where Can I Find Weapon Definitions as Refereed To In NY Penal Code?

In NY penal code section 265.01 it states: A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree when: (1) He or she possesses any firearm, electronic dart gun, ...
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What is the purpose of increased penalties?

What is the purpose of increased penalties under various specific circumstances? i.e. some cities/states have higher penalties for traffic violations that occur while texting on a cellphone, or ...
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Does an attorney in Germany have to prosecute own relatives

In German penal law, does an attorney (Staatsanwalt) have to prosecute own relatives (parents children, siblings, etc.)? If no, by what law (I could not find any that would provide them with that ...
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Threat of fines in excess of allowable law, PA State Constitution, and US Constitution

Background: I own a historic building in a small town in Pennsylvania. My property as well as the house behind it and others were cited as significant historical properties as examples that allowed ...
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