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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: I think I am being black mailed.

I met a woman online and and via and instant messaging service I sent her a private photo. We have since broke but she is threatening to have the picture posted on internet and has said somebody text me stating they are from the FBI and that if I do not pay money I will be prosecuted

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Dec 10, 2019

Yup, you're being scammed.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Florida on
Q: Is it illegal to share a direct message conversation from Twitter publicly or another forum?

Imparticular messages from a company’s IR person. Im curious about sharing the information and parts of the conversation with ppl on a forum? im in florida

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Dec 10, 2019

Are you bound by any confidentiality agreements? Is the information privileged? Trademarked? Security classified?

If its a private conversation between you and the sender then they might have some claim that you breached confidentiality. Not exactly certain what the information is....
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on
Q: My boyfriend has one prior arrest for DV against me but it was dropped....

1st time he was arrested, I called the police to diffuse the situation and they ended up arresting him. I didn't show up for the court date and they dropped it. We got into another altercation, he left the house and then called the officers to do a welfare check on me, telling them that I was... Read more »

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Dec 10, 2019

Every prosecutor's office has its own specific policies when it comes to handling cases such as this.

You only need to attend court IF you are subpoenaed. Without being served a subpoena there is no legal requirement for you to attend. It's, in my opinion, bad form on the prosecution to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for New York on
Q: If you get someone convicted of a crime, is it possible to get them out of jail later on even if they were guilty?
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Dec 10, 2019

The short answer is yes. Usually, its a parent, sibling or partner that was assaulted and later presents themselves as a surety or just wants to resume contact. What you need to check to see if there are any court orders prohibiting the offender from contact. Sometimes those are stand alone court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking for Maryland on
Q: Can I prosecute check forgery with only a xerox of the forged check ? The bank destroys original checks.

The College Park post office's outside mailbox was broken into, and 4 of my checks were among the stolen letters. Using a stolen check, a person "doctored" all the original information on it so that the check was made payable to him for the sum of $6,000. He then attempted to deposit the check into... Read more »

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Dec 3, 2019

Why not refer the matter to the police? They investigate these types of crimes every day and understand the rules of evidence and the quality of evidence that is needed.

The short answer is 'yes'. The police will take statements and affidavits from the bank employees, video surveillance,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law on
Q: J’aimerais demander quels sont les différents types de punitions que nous avons au Canada.
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Nov 27, 2019

Canada has a wide range of sentencing options that are dependant on the offence, allegations and circumstances of the offender. For example, a simple assault sentence could range from a fine to probation, to jail or even a finding of guilt and no criminal conviction. If you had a specific offence... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Arkansas on
Q: can you get arrested for not paying a loan
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Nov 27, 2019

You can get sued for breach of contract. The only times I've seen people criminally charged is when there was some associated fraud, such as using a fake name, providing false information on the loan agreement, or obviously fraud related to obtaining the loan.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and White Collar Crime for California on
Q: Am i likely to get arrested for theft from my employer?

Im a 19 year old employee who was caught stealing money from the till at Safeway, im currently on pending investigation suspension, and have already admitted to it after hearing the evidence from the investigator, and was told i would hear about the result by Tuesday at the latest. My question is... Read more »

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Nov 27, 2019

Depends on your employer and how they decided to handle the matter.

You might want to consider, without admitting to theft, offering to pay back any shortages as a result of your mistakes. IF your employer is made whole and suffered no loses it could save money in legal fees and a criminal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Alabama on
Q: I have a domestic violence charge on my record I was unaware of. How could I have a charge if the police have never

Spoken to me?

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Nov 27, 2019

If you have a conviction on your record that you're not aware of, OR that you know is false, then you need to move to get it removed. First, speak to the Clerk at the courthouse where the conviction is registered to get a copy of the conviction and then contact the associated police service and... Read more »

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.

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