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If a super powerful smelling device existed and could detect marijuana from miles away, would it be illegal for police to use it for that purpose?

If a device that was capable of smelling marijuana from miles away existed and was very accurate (could identify houses where the smell was coming from), would police legally be able to use it for the ...
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What are my rights when I am robbed during a police search of my vehicle

I was stopped by an officer for running a stop sign after showing all required documentation I was told to step out of vehicle. I was placed in handcuffs and told drugs were found in my car which I ...
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Do You Have to Identify Yourself to Police if Suspected of Underage Drinking? [MA, U.S.]

I was doing some reading on the laws relating to this, and I can't seem to get a clear answer. According to this source https://www.mattmlaw.com/blog/2013/04/underage-drinking-convictions-can-be-...
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In what country do police have to clear scenes for EMTs?

I read this on Reddit: Not a lawyer, but work for a law firm as an Investigator. One of our clients stabbed an ex-lover multiple times over $100. Perp then ran out of the house all bloody. ...
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If the person committing a crime is in a different country, where should one file a police report?

A friend of mine recently got scammed by someone in another country. I encouraged him to file a police report, but he hasn't done so, because "what's the point". Although that decision is up to him, I ...
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Can I ask a cop, “What happened?”

Around 10pm, I see red and blue lights through my window. I look outside, and I see 7 cop cars (and a bike) in front of my house. There are 8 cops standing around in a circle, laughing -- I'm ...
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If police come to my house with a warrant for my arrest, can they break in?

Suppose police have a warrant to arrest me for a minor offense, like failure to pay fines. If police come to my residence and I quietly hide they go away. If they see me at the window or I speak ...
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Can I intervene to stop police brutality?

For example, in an Eric Garner type situation - if I see police on a guy's back. The guy is saying and demonstrating that he can't breathe. Can I physically pull or push the police officer, in order ...
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Can I hide my face from facial recognition and be fined for it?

I've been reading about the up and coming use of facial recognition by London's Metropolitian police service. I am aware there is no law against using facial recognition, but I am asking if there is ...
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Can an officer wipe snow off a windshield to verify a registration or parking permit?

In my New Jersey residence it is required to have a parking sticker to park on a residential street, a sticker placed left-rear of the vehicles. This particular day there was snow on the vehicles, ...
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Where do I go when police refuse to investigate someone who made purchases with my debit card?

A few months ago, my debit card information was stolen and used to purchase some computer equipment in the state of Oklahoma, but the perpetrator lives in the state of Florida and I live in the State ...
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If a potential suspect wishes to speak to the police and can't afford a lawyer what is the safest way to do so?

Let's say that an individual, let's call him Bob, has been contacted by the police who want to speak to him about an associate of his that was recently murdered. Bob is not under arrest, but Bob ...
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If you receive a gift is that scamming anyone?

I am on Facebook in a group where it’s sharing so meaning people give away or share with the public things they don’t need and give it away as gifts! This lady I met with told the group that I scammed ...
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Is it legal for police in California to use a hidden microphone?

Is it legal for police in California to record suspects via a hidden microphone in police vehicles? If so, how can the information obtained be used?
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Does a Victorian policeman have to identify themselves?

If a Victorian policeman has no identifying marks including a wearing an official uniform, wearing an identifying badge, producing a warrant card, driving a clearly marked police vehicle, etc., do ...
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If a valid warrant uncovers a suspect's passwords, is another warrant needed to use them?

Scenario: a valid search warrant is executed on John Doe and his computer is seized. Somehow, this manages to net the police Doe's passwords for a bunch of sites (for example, Doe stored all his ...
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Can cops turn their siren on with no warning?

Okay so this just happened to me minutes ago,my mom was in the middle of a turn when a police car was coming head on, there was no indication or anything he was just driving like normal but before he ...
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Can police receive prison time for misconduct?

Suppose that someone is a victim of police misconduct and the officer who was on duty at the time is eventually found guilty of police misconduct. Usually the victim walks out with award money (...
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Asking ID for no apparent reasons [duplicate]

I do know that there are jurisdictions in which police officers can ask for ID for no apparent reason (here in Italy they can just ask a person for ID without any reason or any legit ground, just for ...
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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 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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Rights of UK police home visit, no warrant

Police turned up at the door the other day and were unfortunately let in by my very distressed mother before I got to the door (I would have checked warrant, ID etc through door first). My brother and ...
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Were there any broken laws, unlawful orders or violation of rights during this traffic stop?

Here is a video of a traffic stop in Sacramento, California. Questions: Did the police or the detainee break any laws? Did the police issue any unlawful orders? In particular, was the order to roll ...
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What is the US standard for reasonable detention duration for immigration checks?

The CBP has the authority to conduct inspections within 100 miles of borders. This region engulfs major cities (NYC, LAX, etc.) as well as populous states like Florida. If the response to an agent's ...
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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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Is it legal to hire a Private Investigator in Korea? If not, what's the closest alternative?

I'm writing a story and I'm asking for factual accuracy in the storyline. (Not asking for suggestions in hiring an actual PI.) I know for a fact that it's now illegal in Korea to hire a Private ...
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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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If I ask a police officer if I am compelled to do something do they have to answer me honestly?

Let's say that I'm being questioned by police as a suspect, and I'm too stupid to have asked for an attorney I could trust to be there. The police are going to try to get me to do things that may be ...
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First amendment and employment: Can a police department terminate an officer for speech?

The following article from CNN describes a Michigan police officer being put on administrative leave for having KKK material at his home: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/10/us/michigan-officer-placed-on-...
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How do I get a wellness check done on my sister?

I live in Las Vegas NV. I need a wellness check done on my sister who lives in Red Bank, NJ. She is elderly and her son is trying to control her and her money. Will the police go check on her?
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Admissibility of evidence seized from wrong property on lawful warrant (USA)

Suppose the Police obtain a warrant to search Alice's house for smuggled diamonds (something really tiny). When they arrive, they knock on Bob's door instead of Alice's. It's a common mistake to make, ...
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Are Police legally allowed to confiscate a Camera and Phone over “suspicious activity”?

A photographer is recording from a public sidewalk when he is confronted by Police. He refused to give his information because he had committed no crime. The Police then tried to claim that he was ...
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Is dumping a bucket of water on a police officer assault?

In NYC, headlines include locals dumping buckets of water on the police officers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/07/23/new-york-cops-throwing-water-de-blasio-unions/
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Duty to rescue injured police officer during traffic stop? [USA]

Hypothetical here. Suppose Alice is pulled over by Officer Bob. Bob gets out of his car, and on his way to Alice's car is struck by vehicle C, sending Bob to the ground. Bob does not rise ...
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Can a Resident Assistant be told to ignore a lawful order?'

Today I have an interesting question involving Police, Fire and university administration. A little bit of background: for the past few years, my University has been involved in a small, awkward ...
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Must shoppers show receipts if they don't want to?

Scenario Alice, a manager at Big Mart, observes Bob leaving Big Mart with three large flat panel plasma screen television sets. Alice asks Bob to produce his receipt. Bob refuses. Alice calls a ...
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How much can privacy concerns ignore danger?

Cell phone companies generally help police get the location of a missing person if there is some reasonable suspicion of danger. Is there any cell phone company (in any country) which values privacy ...
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Can a police officer film me on their personal device in my own home?

A police officer was allowed into my home by another occupant before I arrived. During the encounter, I began recording the situation. After attempting to have me remove my sunglasses and stop ...
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Is it illegal to say the police won't help?

This is a silly question but is it illegal to threaten someone that the police would not come if they were called? My ex-landlord threatened to remove my belongings. I said I would have to call the ...
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Is it lawful for a police officer to order you to put down your baby and submit to arrest? [duplicate]

Are you required to comply with a police officer's order to put your baby down in an uncertain situation and allow yourself to be handcuffed? I am thinking of the recent incident in Phoenix. Although ...
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Is a police car parked perpendicular to the road (with flashing lights) sufficient by itself to legally establish road closure to all traffic?

Is a police car parked perpendicular to the road (with flashing lights) sufficient by itself to legally establish road closure to all traffic -- including non-thru (i.e. local) traffic to a residence ...
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Car accident and now charged Assault

This took place in NJ. So I was in a minor fender bender car accident with a mid age woman. I was at fault being that I hit the rear bumper. I right away asked her if she was ok and she asked me to ...
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Are you disobeying a lawful order to stop if you're already fleeing?

This is frankly quite a silly and obviously hypothetical question. Could you be charged with disobeying a lawful order assuming you are already breaking that order? Realistically, if you are fleeing ...
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Can a police officer enter with no warrant or cause, and must I comply with orders if one does?

This is a hypothetical question. I am in my garage on a Saturday reloading ammunition and cleaning several guns for a range trip the next day. It is hot and I had the large garage door open. As ...
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About filing FIR and Autopsy for a dog's killing in my college

This morning, a female dog was found dead on the terrace of my hostel and a steel or iron rod bathed in blood besides it. She died of excessive bleeding from her vagina or some other back part. There ...
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Why US police is so lenient to criminals & car robbers?

I've seen many videos on youtube like this, but this was the most surprising one, where US police is chasing for 5,10,15 minutes to the criminal (who drives with either stolen car or his car) and ...
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Suing a Police Officer Instead of the Police Department

My car was towed in Seattle for an alleged parking violation. I paid $350 to get it back and then went to court and had the violation dismissed. The police officer who wrote the ticket and called for ...
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Damages done while in the line of duty?

If a police officer was in pursuit of someone else's car, with their lights and siren on and there was a second police car following the first police car, but they did not have his/her lights, or ...
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Can you sue the prosecutor in a criminal proceeding?

If someone went to a job interview, and the job was offered to said person immediately after the interview, but upon arriving at home the person receives a phone call from their potential future ...
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Is Plummer v State still valid under contemporary law?

Apparently, in Plummer v State back in 1893, the court ruled an individual may act in self-defense against a police officer provided there is unlawful use of force. Note, this does not mean self-...

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