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Can I enter a rental property without giving notice if I'm afraid a tenant may be hurt?

Most leases have a provision allowing a landlord to make entry without notice in an emergency, but the better course of action, as noted in a comment by @BlueDogRanch, is to call the police and ask ...
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Suppose someone kills more people than they intended. Did they murder the extra people?

Through the legal doctrine of "transferred intent", wherein if one intends to murder A, and undertake actions to kill A, but one's actions kill B, one has murdered B. Whatever crimes one ...
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If a signal person in California tells me to kill someone, do I have to do so?

You are not reading a law book here and you should not interpret a driving test so literally. It's quite clear that the question implies you should follow all of their instructions regarding how to ...
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Is it legal for private citizens to "impound" e-scooters?

Maybe, Hence the Lawsuits In the absence of clear statute law these all circle around tort law. For the scooter companies, trespass to chattels, and for the affected landowners (who hire the ...
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Is Elon Musk's child name valid in California?

We could start with what the statutes say (HSC 102425) (a) The certificate of live birth for a live birth occurring on or after January 1, 2016, shall contain those items necessary to establish the ...
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Can pay be witheld for hours cleaning up after closing time?

Unless you are a salaried worker, all hours worked must be paid, and that could include paying overtime if the actual hours that you work is over 40 hrs. a week. You may file a complaint with the US ...
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How is a wealthy criminal expected to get a good lawyer?

If Carl is rich, he already has a lawyer. Even if he doesn't already have a lawyer, he can hire the first lawyer he finds to find him another lawyer more to his liking.
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Why does the victim have to press charges?

Criminal charges are filed and prosecuted by the government, on behalf of the public, and there is no requirement for approval or cooperation by the victim. As a policy matter, a DA may decide to not ...
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In Los Angeles can I defend my own property against looters?

If you are arrested for assault, you have available to you the defense of the right to defend real or personal property: you "may use reasonable force to protect that property from imminent harm. ...
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May I bring weapons and/or defend myself when trespassing for a legal reason?

As the answer by Greendrake says, if you have a a legal reason, to enter property, you re not a trespasser. Trespassing is generally defined as entering on property against the expressed will of the ...
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Can I sue an app for enabling harassment?

There are legitimate apps that let you buy phone numbers. With the right app I can buy let's say a landline number in Kansas. I call you, and you will think it's some guy in Kansas calling you. That's ...
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If someone commits a crime, but suffers brain damage and has no memory of the crime, will they get punished?

canada Unless Bob is unfit to stand trial, the trial will go on. "Unfit to stand trial" is defined in the Criminal Code as: unable on account of mental disorder to conduct a defence at any ...
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What's the impact of this late fee typo?

Dale is right; here are the details from CA statutes: Since 1872, CA law has told CA courts to assume the parties to contracts in CA are reasonable, not crazy. If the literal reading of the contract ...
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Is a thumbs-up emoji considered as legally binding agreement in the United States?

canada1 The judgment you have read about is South West Terminal Ltd. v Achter Land, 2023 SKKB 116. The judge did not hold that "👍" is categorically considered to be binding agreement. The ...
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Is it illegal to restore a car in my own driveway in Orange County, CA?

Yes, in Orange County, CA, in a residential zone or on residentially-developed property, this is a code violation. Specifically you are looking at Title 3, Division 13, Article 1, Sec 3-13-4(11): Sec....
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If a law is new but its interpretation is vague, can the courts directly ask the drafters the intent and official interpretation of their law?

No. Under U.S. Jurisprudence, any vagueness in a criminal law must be given an interpretation favorable to the people, rather than the government, since the government had the opportunity to make ...
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Do I (witness) have to respond to email from defendant's lawyer?

You don’t have to talk to the lawyer However, if you don’t it’s very likely you will be subpoenaed. Then you’ll have to talk to them at a time and place of their choosing rather one that’s mutually ...
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Is it legal to refuse an offer for real estate which is above the asking price, when there are no other offers by the published due date

It is legal, though not if the grounds are illegal discrimination (race, religion, etc), which by their (empirically supported – they raised the price) representation is not the case. As a marketing ...
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What rights does a dead body have? Can crimes be committed against one?

The dead body does not have rights, but there are laws governing how it may be handled. California prohibits corpse desecration, which covers anyone who "willfully mutilates, disinters, removes ...
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Can a crime victim sue the prosecutor that prosecuted the crime?

In the United States, a crime is not prosecuted on behalf of the victim. Crimes are offenses against a sovereign, and are prosecuted on behalf of that sovereign. Prosecutions in California are brought ...
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Suppose someone kills more people than they intended. Did they murder the extra people?

To add a perspective from a different legal system: In Germany, this would fall under the notion of Eventualvorsatz (loosely translated, "recklessness"). Basically, whenever the criminal ...
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What are the legal ramifications of a legally dead person turning up alive?

What kind of procedures would be necessary to undo the legal death? What happens to his property (note: the reanimated character is a young man with no written will)? If he's a renter, how long will ...
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What legal recourse do citizens have when law enforcement refuse to address crimes for political reasons?

A lawsuit would be unsuccessful. Prosecutors have discretion to prioritize whichever offenses they think are most important, and they are generally immune from civil liability. This is a political ...
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Strange Clause in Employment Contract Concerning Leaving Job

Contracts can say all sorts of unenforceable things, you provided an example of one of them. A person cannot be compelled to stay and work somewhere they no longer wish to work. At the risk of ...
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Baseball caught: Ownership? Can one leave?

See Popov v. Hayashi. The person who caught the ball, or who first obtained possession of the ball, becomes the owner. Prior to the time the ball was hit, it was possessed and owned by Major League ...
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Is it an independent and additional offence to have a fake passenger (e.g., a mannequin) to try to avoid HOV violation detection?

Washington RCW 46.61.165 4(b) imposes an additional fine for using a dummy or doll in an attempt to fake the requirements of HOV lane usage: (b) Any time a person commits a traffic infraction under ...
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Does it constitute murder if the attempted murder fails but the victim dies anyway as a side effect of the attacker's actions?

california You intended to kill them, you killed them, that's murder California Penal Code Section 187(a): Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought. ...
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California: "For quality assurance, this phone call is being recorded"

No, it’s not illegal You have been informed that the call will be recorded. If you continue with the call having that knowledge you have consented to the recording. If you don’t consent you can hang ...
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