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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Colorado on
Q: Lyft claims that drivers are to pay income tax on the amount the passenger pays, not the amount the driver receives.

How is this legal, given the fact that Lyft does not disclose the full fare amount to the driver? Drivers are "agreeing by contract" to pay taxes on an unknown amount? How is this even close to legal? If state tax is included, a driver can pay more than 50% of their actual income to taxes, in some... Read more »

David Ostrove
David Ostrove answered on Feb 23, 2020

It all depends on what is being deducted from the Lyft driver's gross income. If it is something that the employer is required by law to deduct, then most likely the Lyft driver will need to report the gross amount, not just the net amount received by the driver. That of course is true of all... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Colorado on
Q: I’m 23 I live in Colorado and have for two years. Can Georgia put Me in prison for interference with govt. property?

There was a dispute at a bar, I was severely intoxicated, detained and ended up with an interference with govt property charge. This happened before I moved to CO. I work at the airport and just lost my security clearance until there’s a disposition and have to go back to Georgia, which I can... Read more »

Brian K. McHugh
Brian K. McHugh answered on Dec 29, 2019

If I understand you correctly, you were charged in Georgia. If that is the case, you should direct this question to attorney in Georgia. Colorado and Georgia law unlikely to be the same in your situation.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Colorado on
Q: If we are not legally required in Colorado to speak to police/open the door, how can a warrant be issued

In Colorado from my understanding we are not legally required to open the door if the police knock nor do we legally have to speak to them without a warrant. So how can they issue warrants for failing to do so, or at all until they speak with you? Shouldnt theu issue a summons for questioning... Read more »

Andrew John Contiguglia
Andrew John Contiguglia answered on Nov 10, 2019

You’ve asked a number of different quests over a few different posts. i will try to compound everything in to one answer to you don’t have to go to multiple places to get an answers.

Warrants are based on a very low legal standard called “probable cause.” There is no requirement...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and 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?

Example: My sister was on vacation. She was not home when police came to speak with her Son who was believed to have sent a friend an image of buttocks. She finds out over 4 months later her 13yr old child has a no bond warrant. This was the first anyone had heard of the image, the attempted... Read more »

Andrew John Contiguglia
Andrew John Contiguglia answered on Nov 10, 2019

You’ve asked a number of different quests over a few different posts. i will try to compound everything in to one answer to you don’t have to go to multiple places to get an answers.

Warrants are based on a very low legal standard called “probable cause.” There is no requirement...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Q: I live in Colorado and I rent an apartment/condo. My neighbor threatened to kill my dog, what legal action can I take?

I have reported this to my subdivision leasing office. Then it happened again today so I called the main leasing office and they advised me to call the police. The police came and spoke with me, then spoke with the neighbor. He admitted to saying he would kill my dog but claimed he didn't say it... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Oct 14, 2019

If you do not feel safe, then your best option might be to break your lease and move. If the threats continue or escalate, you might also be entitled to a restraining/protection order, but that all depends on whether or not the cops will press charges.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Small Claims and Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: My friend stored my wedding dress at her house. I have asked her for it back. She says she never had anything. Help!

This happened in Colorado, I now live in Kansas. I've asked to have a friend come by and pick up the dress. She says she never had anything. Can I sue her for the amount of the dress or the dress back?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 2, 2019

Such a case could be difficult without some form of proof. A judge/jury would look at your assertion and the other side's denial, and not have a means of deciding the matter without some evidence to support your position. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Colorado on
Q: Pulled me over for taking snap chat pictures of car on bricks? That’s my right to take pics?

Snapchat sent to gf on business training trip two city’s up from mine pulled over for “tinted windows” questioned about stolen car on bricks?

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 3, 2019

Sounds like he claimed he pulled you over for the tine, at least that was the pretext. Is tint okay or questionable?

If actually only for photographing, then illegal

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Colorado on
Q: permanent protection order 17 years ago due to neighbor feud. Moved 15 years. Denied conceal carry, anything I can do?

We were also given a Protection order against them.

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Aug 30, 2019

Go to court and ask court to rescind order

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Colorado on
Q: My homeowner's association has posted signage prohibiting open carry in the building I live at.

They have cited CO Rev Stat § 29-11.7-104 (2016) at bottom of signage as their authority to so prohibit said activity. Can they legally do this? As I read the statute it says a local government can enact ordinance, the homeowners association however is not "local government". Can I sue them for... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Aug 17, 2019

A lawsuit it one option. Another is to have an attorney draft a letter on your behalf outlining the issue and why the HOA will ultimately lose the lawsuit if your are forced to file it. This letter would likely be a faster and less costly method to achieve the desired result.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: If I get into a fist fight with my girlfriends brother in their parents house, what happens if police get called?
Jonathan Greenlee
Jonathan Greenlee answered on Jun 28, 2019

Unless you are acting in self defense (acting reasonably against an imminent threat of injury to you or another) and did not provoke the fight, you could be charged with a wide range of offenses, depending on the severity of any injuries inflicted. A simple shove or push that does not cause pain... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Contracts for Colorado on
Q: Looking for a Civil Attorney. Left leg amputated. Not get a fair trial exculpatory evidence held from the jury.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 9, 2019

It looks like you are seeking an attorney for what appears to be an appeal matter. Do not wait to be contacted by attorney. That isn't the way this board works. It is for posting legal questions. You can seek out attorneys, but you can't sit and wait to be contacted by one based on a post.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Legal Malpractice for Colorado on
Q: I was decieved, lured in, driven to an unknown location, held,questioned, and left there. What should I do?
Brian K. McHugh
Brian K. McHugh answered on Apr 10, 2019

Not enough information provided. For starters, who did these things to you?

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Colorado on
Q: My ex gave me a dog as a Christmas present. We lived together with the dog for 3 years, He's claiming rights to her now.

After he gave her to me I paid all the vet bills, micro chipping, injuries, dog food etc... She was bought off Craig's list in cash by his mother. I have her in my possession now but I'm scared of what he's capable of doing now. We originally made a verbal agreement to share her but he changed his... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Apr 2, 2019

If he gave her to you, then she’s yours. The only way he can legally get her back and keep her is if he takes you to court and wins. If you have all other documents in your name then you will have a good chance at court if he takes you to court.

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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Q: Does mngmnt have the right to go on to our property, or, at wat point can code enforcement just go without notice?

The manger is trying something stuff to us that isn't right

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Mar 31, 2019

Code enforcement is outside of the control of your landlord.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Colorado on
Q: I have gotton a ticket from a forest service officer in november 2018 for putting my gate back up he told me that i d

That i didnt have any right doing that the property has been in the family for years my father bought it from grandma back in 1970 he payed for a title insurace and water rights and back then the insurance policy took claim to the road so now sit waiting i havent been in front of a judge yet it... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Feb 10, 2019

This could be complicated, I recommend that you at least spend some time with an attorney to review your title work and other documents to assess the validity of your defense prior to going before the court.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Colorado on
Q: Can the police illegally enter my home and take my husband's 2 service animals and sell them through the Humane Society?

They are licensed in his name and we were both illegally incarcerated when this was done. The police came in unannounced and attacked my disabled husband with complete disregard for repeated statements about his medical conditions. We were refused medical treatment on video by the officer who... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Jan 29, 2019

This is not the type of question that can be answered without more information. I would highly recommend that you contact an attorney who handles these matters on a regular basis. In general, when a disabled person is incarcerated the police can impound service dogs unless the disabled person's... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Colorado on
Q: how do i get help

Friends parents pulled his bond because he was acting crazy , he has schizophrenia and depression , hes been wasting away in the holding cell for a week , he refuses to be booked and to be advised so they just leave him . I need to get him out now , please tell me what i can do

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 31, 2018

Hire an attorney

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Colorado on
Q: What does the nature and complexity of the action mean?What does potential Merit of claims or defense mean?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 12, 2018

I don’t practice in Colorado, but your question hasn’t been picked up for three weeks. Here are some answers for your questions. The nature of an action means how it might be characterized. For instance, is it a contract claim involving a business dispute? Is it a tort claim for negligence or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Q: I rent a town home the lease is in my name only and i rented out a room and roomates havent paid rent its been 24 days?

How do i go about getting them out

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Sep 25, 2018

You are the sub-Landlord they are the Sub-Tenants. You'll need to evict through the judicial eviction process. The first step is a proper Demand for Rent or Possession.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Colorado on
Q: If a disabled man gets forcibly removed from his home and then beat and choked, can I defend him?

My disabled neighbor got pulled out of his home and then beat and choked by his daughters boyfriends dad.

I heard the noise and thought it was my sister getting beat so I ran over and opened the fence and saw the disabled man being choked and turning blue. I asked the aggressor to stop and... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 14, 2018

And after you saw this man committing a horrible crime you didn't report it to the police. Unbelievable!

So next time when you are not around he is free to do it again

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