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What if a spacecraft lands on my property?

You have to give them back You don’t own other peoples stuff just because it’s on your property. However, you may be entitled to salvage rights - that is, payment for recovery of the vessel.
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Is it illegal to warm up your car?

Yes. This is illegal in Washington State (the link is from November 9, 2020). The law means what it says, with one subtle caveat, which is that this law applies only on a public road, and not on your ...
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Can I get reimbursed if police shot the window of my car during a standoff?

There is no legal obligation of the police or any of its officers to reimburse you. It comes within a police powers exception to the 5th Amendment obligation to provide compensation for takings. ...
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Can I get reimbursed if police shot the window of my car during a standoff?

I highly recommend having a quick chat with your auto insurance agent. The insurance company has seen almost every situation you can imagine - and many you couldn't - and tend to be experts in ...
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What is the difference between obtaining title to a car and registering a car?

The short answer: The title is, more or less, a record of who "owns" the vehicle. It's you if you own it free and clear, the dealer if you're leasing it, and it depends what state you're in ...
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Who is responsible if a customer does not specify location to taxi driver?

It could be the passenger's problem or the taxi's problem When these sorts of breakdowns in communications happen in specifying contract terms then either or both parties can be at fault. If the ...
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Is it illegal to warm up your car?

austria In Austria, it is explicitly forbidden for environmental reasons. § 102 Abs 4 KFG says: Der Lenker darf mit dem von ihm gelenkten Kraftfahrzeug [...] nicht ungebührlichen Lärm, ferner nicht ...
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Can an airline forcibly remove a senior citizen who is wearing a soiled adult diaper?

It depends on what the Contract of Carriage says. Delta Airlines, for US contracts, says under rule 7 that Delta may refuse to transport any passenger, and may remove any passenger from its aircraft ...
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Would "Stop a Douchebag" be legal in the US? Why is it legal in Russia?

It is definitely illegal in Russia as well, but the police will do nothing. Previous activity of this group included forcefully attacking people who tried to speak to a girl who disliked it and ...
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What is the difference between obtaining title to a car and registering a car?

It is easier to explain this by describing the entire process than by defining the terms in a vacuum. Title To Vehicles There is a law in every state requiring cars on or adjacent to public roads to ...
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Renting a vehicle and grand theft auto

united-states In Colorado, the relevant statute states: (1) A person commits theft when he or she knowingly . . . retains, or exercises control over anything of value of another without authorization ...
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On what type of area, land or territory can you abandon your vehicle in California without providing a right to anyone to get your vehicle towed?

None. Putting something on a piece of land long term and prohibiting anyone to move it is effectively occupying that piece of land. You only can occupy land that you either have legal rights to, or ...
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Does a voluntary release form with two signers which uses the wording of I instead of we release one if they do not sign?

There is no significance to using the words "I" or "we", nor does it matter that you didn't sign the surrender paper (after al, you did not have possession of the vehicle and it is ...
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Can police tow my car out of my driveway?

Illinois law has provisions for the seizure of "dilapidated" and "inoperable" vehicles if they are "in view of the public" according to 55 ILCS 5/5–12002.1. In many cases such laws have been found to ...
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A motorcycle hit my car. He was speeding, I made a left turn on a double continuous line. Who is liable for what?

The Ct. driver's manual p. 44 says that "Solid yellow lines may be crossed to make a left turn to or from an alley, private road, driveway, or street", and also "A double solid white line prohibits ...
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My landlord's dog damaged my car. Who pays for the damages?

In Fiji, The Dogs Act 1971 section 9 states: The owner of every dog shall be liable in damages for any unprovoked injury done by his dog and it shall not be necessary for the party seeking ...
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Is employer responsible for tree damage to car parked in their lot (New Jersey, USA)?

Probably not In order to establish negligence as a Cause of Action under the tort of negligence, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant: had a duty to the plaintiff, breached that duty by ...
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Does the Good Samaritan law make it legal for a third party driver to interfere with a road rage event while it is happening?

No. Self-defence law does The right of self-defense (also called, when it applies to the defense of another, alter ego defense, defense of others, defense of a third person) is the right for people ...
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Is it illegal to warm up your car?

The answer is, it depends on where you are parked. The RCW you cited is clear on the requirements for leaving an unattended car running on public property. However, on private property it is legal.
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In Washington State, how much of a car can be replaced before it's legally not the same car?

The legal line has to do with title requirements for vehicles. There is no specific law that requires you to do anything in connection with the VIN when replacing parts, and you can swap VIN plates on ...
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Would this be considered a hit and run?

"Hit and run" isn't a precise legal term, but there are laws against what many people call "hit and run" in California. §20002 of the Vehicle code covers property damage without injury, and violation ...
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What happens when there's not enough evidence in a trial?

united-states Procedures differ on such things. The closest I know of to an outcome of "not enough evidence" is the classic "scotch verdict" of "Not Proven. In the US, the prosecutor can wait to ...
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What if a spacecraft lands on my property?

Let's consider a more mundane but analogous situation. A car is driving on a road with items tied to the roof. One of these flies off and winds up on private property. The item remains the property of ...
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Criminal? Vehicle stolen by family member

Apart from hiring an attorney (who will, based on the specifics that you tell him, have a better recommendation), you can appeal to the district attorney, the mayor, a higher officer in the chain of ...
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Under what circumstances is it OK to intentionally drive at people?

Your question convolutes a number of different circumstances and legal questions. When is a person justified in using deadly force against a driver? When the person can convince a prosecutor, judge, ...
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Expired tag sweep in a private apartment parking lot in Florida

It is legal for a property owner to have a vehicle towed off of their property, if the vehicle is there without permission. If you have a vehicle with expired tags, your permission to park there may ...
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