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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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Is it illegal to carry someone else's ID or credit card?

I think the officer is probably lying, not just mistaken, but they are not required to always be truthful. In addition to the law against possessing ID with intent to commit, or to aid or abet, any ...
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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 "đź‘Ť" is categorically considered to be binding agreement. The ...
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Is it illegal to carry someone else's ID or credit card?

Looking at Washington's Identity Theft statute RCW 9.35.020 No person may knowingly obtain, possess, use, or transfer a means of identification or financial information of another person, living or ...
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Can a married couple be charged with a traffic infraction?

Note: I am not familiar with Washington law, but I can make an educated guess as to what is happening here. I am guessing that the couple in question are the joint registered owners of the motor ...
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Is a thumbs-up emoji considered as legally binding agreement in the United States?

The meaning of a thumbs-up emoji would be evaluated on a case by case basis in the context of the discussion purported to be creating a binding agreement. I suspect that this is also the true ...
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Why are jurors asked if each element of a crime is proved, rather than the crime as a whole

Your suggested phrasing may actually work against the accused. Under the current approach, if the jury has reasonable doubt about any individual element, it must acquit. If instead the jury could just ...
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Why are jurors asked if each element of a crime is proved, rather than the crime as a whole

Practically: so they don’t overlook something Please refer to @Jen’s excellent answer which cites judicial reasoning on the matter. However, by reminding the jurors that they must consider each ...
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How do you dispute a large bill for damages?

With that much potentially at stake, you might want to discuss this with a lawyer. many lawyers will do an initial consultation for free or a low charge. However, you could simply write a letter ...
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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 a married couple be charged with a traffic infraction?

Washington State resident here, although it may even depend on the city that issued the ticket. They probably just sent the ticket to you both since you're the registered owners of the car (as others ...
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Would a lifetime gym membership be subject to bankruptcy proceedings?

Would the court be able to order the gym to transfer said membership to a creditor? Or perhaps pay out a pro rate lump sum to the creditors in exchange for canceling said membership? Would it matter ...
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What can I do if I signed an excessively restrictive contract?

I have already contacted a lawyer and paid all the money I had and they didn't help me resolve anything, the guy just talked to me for a little bit. He essentially just took my $600 and no action ...
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Legality of online publishing of public records containing home addresses of large #'s of people?

Publishing government records is pretty classic First Amendment-protected activity. Keeping in mind that one can find a lawyer to sue for anything, I think that person would likely be operating well ...
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Can a married couple be charged with a traffic infraction?

Nobody is "charged" with running a red light in Washington. Instead, pursuant to RCW 46.63.170, red light cameras can be used to assign infractions. One of the restrictions on the use of ...
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Is self-defense allowed when there are objectively reasonable grounds but it is actually done subjectively for improper reasons?

canada The person claiming self-defence must have the subjective belief that "a threat of force is being made against them or another person." Such belief must also be based on reasonable ...
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In Washington: Is it legal to sell alcohol to someone without an ID who looks 90 years old, after asking to see their ID?

It is illegal to sell alcohol to a minor in Washington (RCW 66.44.270). The seller can get into various kinds of trouble, including losing their license, under liquor board regulations. However, as ...
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Why are jurors asked if each element of a crime is proved, rather than the crime as a whole

There is no literal difference in the meaning of "if all of A, B and C are true" and "if each of A, B and C is true", so there is no compelling reason to choose "all" ...
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Would a lifetime gym membership be subject to bankruptcy proceedings?

Yes But since it has (on the terms stated) no liquidation value and cannot be assigned to one or more of the creditors, the liquidator can’t do anything with it except return it to the owner.
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Is self-defense allowed when there are objectively reasonable grounds but it is actually done subjectively for improper reasons?

No, this is not self-defence new-south-wales The Crown must eliminate self-defence beyond reasonable doubt by either: 3(a) Proving at the time that the accused did not believe they were acting in self-...
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Legality of online publishing of public records containing home addresses of large #'s of people?

As specified in the Public Records Act, under RCW 42.56.050 "invasion of privacy" (which is restricted by law) only arises when the content (1) Would be highly offensive to a reasonable person, and ...
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What types of recourse do I have against people who contact my employers about thing I have of Facebook?

You Have No Recourse You have no recourse, at least to the extent that the people communicating to your employer point out the particular Facebook posts that were made or accurately summarize or ...
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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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Legality of online publishing of public records containing home addresses of large #'s of people?

I would be careful that no records belong to EU citizens, as it would likely be illegal under GDPR to have their information without their specific permission, and giving them the right to have it ...
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In WA state, can a landlord unilaterally impose a recurring fee to continue a lease on a month-to-month basis?

Under RCW 59.18.030(29), "Rent" or "rental amount" means recurring and periodic charges identified in the rental agreement for the use and occupancy of the premises, which may ...
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Illegal to renew cat's urinary food prescription if no yearly examination in WA State, USA?

This is true. Ch. 246-933-200 WAC (1)(b)(i) requires that the veterinarian Has examined the animal(s) within the last year, or sooner if medically appropriate in order to have a veterinary-client-...
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How to handle Traffic Court ignoring basic rights

You do not automatically have the right to trial by jury in traffic court. The government only requires courts to allow trials by jury when it is not a petty offense. Refer to Duncan v. Louisiana, 391 ...
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is an 11 year order for protection legal

RCW 26.50.060 governs the duration of protective orders. It depends on the reason for the order (and also note that there has been a change in the law, taking effect July 25 this year or next, ...
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