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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: How can a warrant be issued for a crime if law enforcement does not make contact with you to question you of crime?
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Nov 10, 2019

Need way more information to understand your particular scenario, but when the police conduct an investigation they are not required to take statements from every witness or every person involved. They just need to reasonably believe a crime has taken place and have reasonable belief that a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property on
Q: Hello, I have a question about copyright. When does it violate copyright to take a photograph of an object?

I live in Canada. I have a faith based social media page. If I take a picture of a religious object (crucifix, rosary) that was bought in a store, I'm wondering if this would violate copyright. It is not unique or collectible, and the designer is unknown to me, but I'm concerned if it counts as an... Read more »

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Nov 7, 2019

You need to worry only when/if you claim it as your own work; if you take credit for the work; or if you are posting the image for commercial gain. Take the photo, post it, give credit and never ask for compensation.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for California on
Q: How can I find out why cops showed up at my brothers job asking if he knew where I was at?

I know I have an active arrest warrant out for me for a domestic violence charge I plead guilty to but didn't do my requirements

I know my bail is set at 50000

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Nov 7, 2019

Police are simply doing their job and conducting an investigation. They are allowed to ask family members about your whereabouts. I think its unfortunate that decided to attend your brother's workplace, it shows either bad judgment or deliberate desire to put pressure on you by embarassing family... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Connecticut on
Q: I was fired from my bartender/server job for declaring my tips to the IRS which I have done for the last 22 years
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Nov 4, 2019

That's unfortunate. What exactly is your question? You should consider posting a question under the Employment Law section asking if that is enough cause for an employer to terminate your employment? Or, if maybe there may be grounds for a civil action against your employer?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for New York on
Q: I hired a lawyer but the district attorney wont respond

What should I do

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Nov 3, 2019

Speaking as a defense attorney, this is frustrating for us. We leave voice messages and send emails hoping to engage with the DA to keep out client's matters moving, but sometimes they don't want to engage. Either they are too busy or avoiding us until they get a handle on the case. Hopefully, your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I was arrested In 2010. No charges, no court appearance. Do I need to bring this up before applying to an RN Program?

Will this come up in my FBI background check?

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 31, 2019

Read the application carefully, some ask for convictions while others ask for arrests. Convictions will certainly appear on the FBI employment background check, but only some arrests for the past 7 years will. Also, some type of tickets and citations will also appear. These "non-convictions" are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Maryland on
Q: how much could i sue paypal for allowing me to get scammed
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 29, 2019

You can sue for your "losses" and more if you can prove that they were negligent.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Florida on
Q: Can I sue my mom for giving my puppy away without telling me?

I got my puppy when she was 6 weeks old and I have paid for everything for her even her vet bills. And my name is on the vet papers saying I own her. My mom decided to give her away and won’t tell me where she is. Am I allowed to sue her for taking my “property”?

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 29, 2019

Technically yes. She stole your property - that's a crime. If she sold your property that's also a crime. You can sue your mother in small claims court or report the incident to police and have her charged.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Nevada on
Q: I'm 17 and i was punched on the 26th of October, which was my birthday, am i able to charge the person who punched me?

I know where he works, he is also much older than me probably mid 20's

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 29, 2019

Yes. Report the incident to the police. The police will investigate and will make the determination to file charges or not. Make the report. Even if they don't lay charges there will be a record with police that he was investigated that may be relevent some day.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Family Law and Federal Crimes for North Carolina on
Q: How many days do you get if a man presses charges on his wife for domestic violence?
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 23, 2019

Depends on the circumstances and facts surrounding the allegations. How bad was the assault? Was it on going? Were there long-lasting injuries? Were the kids present? Was a weapon used? Were alcohol or drugs a factor?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law on
Q: . If someone has a no contact order against me can we both be in superior courtroom at same time.
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 23, 2019

Yes. Often people that are under orders not to have contacts with a specific person are in the same courtroom. The only caveat is that you are required to be there. You can't just be there because you want to be.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Federal Crimes for New York on
Q: About 5 years ago I violated an order protection I got arrested and so on can I become a police officer if I violated it

Can I be disqualified if I violated and order of protection?

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 23, 2019

Please understand that I don't know the hiring standards of the police service you would like to apply to, but generally speaking a conviction and record for disobeying court orders would likely not make you the most ideal candidate. Be prepared to provide an explanation that makes sense if you do... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: Does the victims of a municipal crime have to show up if the defendant is going to trial?
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 23, 2019

Will you be needed as a witness? The evidence from Municipal By-law Officers is usually enough to secure convictions, but the circumstances may require the victims to testify and provide evidence. It would also prevent a situation were the accused blames the victim for the entire incident.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Gov & Administrative Law for Ohio on
Q: What can be done if the written statement is that of the witness’s girlfriend instead of the witness?

The officer took a statement from my ex-husband, when I received the discovery I noticed the statement is filled out by what looks to be a female’s handwriting, but I know for a fact that it’s not my ex husbands hand writing. His name is at the beginning of the statement and he signed and dated... Read more »

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 22, 2019

Not knowing all the details, but as long as it's his words, his evidence, it doesn't matter if he wrote it or dictated it to someone. Often police officers will take the statement, write as they are speaking with the witness and then have the witness sign the statement.

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation, Collections and Identity Theft for Oklahoma on
Q: There's been a payday loan taken out in my name, with my SS#, what can I do?

Its not being paid back, and its going on my credit report. What should I do next? How can I prove it is the person that I suspect it to be that is responsible for this? I disputed the mark on my credit report, but I don't know how to prove to them it wasn't me.

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 20, 2019

Quickly contact PayDay and ask them to preserve the video surveillance from the transactions they claim to have with you. Contact the police and advise them that your identity has been compromised. Contact Equifax and the other major credit reporting agencies and advise that your identity has been... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Q: Can an officer issue a citation without viewing the violation himself?

I rear-ended someone and was ticketed for following too closely.

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 20, 2019

Unfortunately, yes. The officer can lay the charge based on a reasonable belief he's formed from his investigation. That investigation can include statements made by both drivers.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law on
Q: If the person filing a peace bond against me doesn't show up in court.
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 18, 2019

These vary silent from one jurisdiction to another, but generally, a person seeking a peace bond against another person must satisfy the court that they have a reasonable fear for their safety. That information can be put before the court by way of affidavit or by giving oral evidence. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have someone who is trying to claim my son as there’s , they keep harassing me and my family and threatening me

Just need to know what to do to get it to stop

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 16, 2019

Call the police - they might be committing criminal harassment and criminal threatening. This could lay the foundation for obtaining a restraining order or peace bond but also start the process of getting them the mental health care services that they need. You want the police involved to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Tennessee on
Q: How do I press charges for observation without consent

A video was taken of me from underneath my bathroom door while I was undressed

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 16, 2019

Call the police. You should report this to the police. They will investigate and may lay charges if appropriate.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Oklahoma on
Q: If I'm the sole caretaker of a family property shouldn't I be compensated
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 16, 2019

There is no right to be compensated. That is something that you should discuss with your family. There are civil torts that address unjust enrichment that might provide you with some legal support. However, your compensation for any investment/labor/expenses should have been made clear beforehand.

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