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1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Criminal Law and Internet Law on
Q: My Internet Activity is being heard aloud in the street

The title says it all. Annoying when accessing financial accounts, emails, conversations with family/friends, photos, etc.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 29, 2020

It's possible your internet service provider could help you more with this than an attorney could. You could ask them what measures you could take to enhance your security (password protection for network, log in protocols for sites you use, etc.). They would probably have other suggestions... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law and Domestic Violence for Colorado on
Q: Are police required to take a missing persons report if an adult w/ history of mental illness disappears "voluntarily"?

My uncle disappeared. He did leave a message on Facebook saying he was going "off the grid", but that message has also disappeared. Police in Centennial, CO (where he lived) and Denver refuse to report him as a missing person because they say he is an adult who left voluntarily. But the... Read more »

Sean Maye
Sean Maye answered on Nov 25, 2020

First off, I am sorry that you and your family are suffering through this.

As for the law concerning missing persons, you may consult CO Statute 16-2.7-102, which states that "any person with relevant, credible information suggesting that a person is missing MAY make a missing person...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Communications Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I legally record a motel clerk speaking to me at the front desk in Pennsylvania without getting permission?

Can I legally record a motel clerk speaking to me at the front desk in Pennsylvania without getting permission?

Gregory Scott Greenberg
Gregory Scott Greenberg answered on Nov 22, 2020

It depends on the laws in Pennsylvania and if this place is considered public. For example, in Florida there is a 2 party consent wire tap law. This means in FL, if you want to audio record an individual, you need their consent. Other states, like Georgia, have a 1 party consent law, which would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law and Domestic Violence on
Q: The meaning of your last name first on a title and tag on a car

In Cherokee County al

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 28, 2020

An Alabama attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a general matter in most jurisdictions, the order of names shouldn't be an issue as long as both names are there and lienholders are listed. If you're planning on selling the car soon and have concerns... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can anything be done to a person who has constantly sent me threatening messages through different apps?

I've been sent threatening messages from the same person through different accounts and they have made fake accounts just to be able to send these messages to me. Does it still count towards harassment even though it's fake accounts and names?

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Oct 20, 2020

Yes, you may want to consider seeking an Order of Protection against this person. You could also consider calling the non-emergency police line and reporting the harassment. Sometimes a cease and desist letter from an attorney is successful in getting someone to stop messaging. If these options... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Products Liability for Nebraska on
Q: is it illegal to remove an old telecommunications device from your dwelling

if yes what is the law

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Oct 14, 2020

Generally a party can remove property from their own property. Do you own the property or are you renting? Do you own the device or is it owned by a provider, such as DirecTv or another provider? Do you have a contract with such provider that has requirements as to what you are to do when you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Communications Law and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: I hired a newborn photographer and the pictures came out horrible I would like a refund. What can I do next.

This started back in July of this year. We went to the photographers address and did the photo shoot. It took her close to a month to send me proofs to select which photos I liked. I would send her several emails asking what the time line of when she would have the photos ready. I would receive a... Read more »

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Oct 14, 2020

Small claims/conciliation time it seems.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Communications Law, International Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Is someone allowed to be recorded without consent in a Discord Server (an internet chat forum) Under CA penal Code 632?

Discord is an online chat space for people who are playing video games. It is privately owned, and has it's own terms of service. Discord itself has a rule about following California's law. However, there is an argument that the chat service is a public space seeing as anyone on the... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 11, 2020

Section 632 applies to recording of "confidential communications" which are carried on by means of a telegraph, telephone or other device, which seems to cover everything. However, 632.5 through 632.7 were added in 1968 to include cellular radio telephones and cordless telephones. If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law for Florida on
Q: RCW 9.73.030 Intercepting, recording, or divulging private communication—Consent required

A husband and wife are communicating online, the husband is in Afghanistan while the wife on a military base in Washington State, the wife convinces the husband to disclose whether or not he has participated in criminal activity. So the husband agrees to disclose this. Now the wife decides to call... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 6, 2020

This is a question of military (federal) law, and of the law of Washington State. So why did you ask it in Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Florida; it has nothing to do with Florida law?

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Communications Law for California on
Q: My current position is being removed!

I work as BDC inside sales at a Dealership and was just told today that the position will be terminated. But, I was offered a new position of salesperson, which I appreciate but have no interest in accepting. I took the job as an office position a year ago, then was transferred to the dealership at... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Sep 2, 2020

Refusing a job offer may prevent you from getting unemployment insurance benefits. While it is possible that you could establish that there was good cause to reject the offer, you risk being unemployed without benefits. Your better course of conduct would be to take the job and work it while... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law, Domestic Violence and Native American Law for Minnesota on
Q: Are charges possible 2 do on a incarcerated inmate with felony assaults,multiple domestics,terroristic threats&stalking?

The only contact was the inmates texter and phone calls. The inmate was told several times to stop calling and texting but has continued to do so with disrespectful remarks and unbelievable name calling along with telling other inmates that the person is a ratchet jail pass around then distributed... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Sep 1, 2020

It sounds like there is a possibility of charges for harassment, stalking, unwanted phone calls, etc. If you wanted to pursue charges the avenue would be to report it to police.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Communications Law for California on
Q: Hello I have a bench warrant not sure out of what court but I know it was in 2014. How much would an attorney cost?
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 1, 2020

MORE INFO NEEDED.

IT DEPENDS.........WHAT DIDN'T YOU DO?

NOT SHOW UP TO COURT? NOT FINISH PROBATION TERMS?

NOT PAY FULL FINE?

NOT DO TIME IN CUSTODY?

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law, Constitutional Law and Consumer Law for California on
Q: Does a home buyer have to disclose to the seller that they will be turning their house into a community care facility

Before purchasing a home does a buyer have to disclose to the seller that they don't have any intention on living in the home as they plan on using the home as a community care facility? If so what kind of legal action can be taken against the buyer for not doing so?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 30, 2020

Fraud would be the failure to disclose material facts regarding the sale of the property. Once you transfer the title the new Owner can make whatever legal use of the property they choose, you do not have any say in what they do. Therefore, the failure of the BUYER to disclose his future... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Internet Law for Georgia on
Q: Is it legal to podcast about a doctor who is practicing outside the standards of care? He has 6 or more active lawsuits.

The medical board is ignoring many complaints about him and he has lost privileges at more than one hospital.

He is an OB and many women and babies have died unnecessarily under his care.

We are considering doing a “Dr. Death” style podcast about him to end his career of... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 21, 2020

A Georgia attorney could answer your question best, but your post remains open for two weeks. Even if your intentions are noble in trying to protect the wellbeing of women and babies as prospective patients, the fact remains that there is a possibility you could be sued for defamation. No one could... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for California on
Q: Will I get in to trouble?

My ex from 2015 has his electricity account using my email. I have called him multiple times to change it as well as emailed the company. Nothing has happend. I want nothing to do with him. Could I get in trouble for using the email to log in to his account and changing the email myself? I would... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Aug 20, 2020

Who knows what the future may hold? I don't have a crystal ball that will tell me what could happen at some time in the future.

Sometimes the only way to get something done is to do it yourself. As long as you don't impersonate someone else, or misuse another's identity for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Communications Law for Oregon on
Q: Can I Sue a car dealership for sending me fake scratch offs in the mail
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 17, 2020

An Oregon attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a general matter, probably not. It sounds like a promotional effort and nothing more - no deception and no obligation to offer genuine tickets. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law for Arkansas on
Q: Can I plead not guilty to harassing communications in Arkansas?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 16, 2020

An Arkansas attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. You could either repost under Criminal Law, but since time is probably of the essence in your actions, you may want to reach out to Arkansas criminal defense attorneys without further delay. You could locate them... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Communications Law and Health Care Law for Utah on
Q: Can I record a teleheatlth appointment?

Alright, might sound like a weird situation but here we go. I recorded a family therapy session on my phone. It only has the audio. I have epilepsy and part of that is memory problems. So, I recorded the session so I could make a transcript of the session to read over and understand better and... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Aug 2, 2020

This is an example of why you do not take legal advice from therapists. This is an extremely complex question and I would need more information to provide the best answer but based on what you have described, I would not be concerned. Even if the recording is technically illegal, which is not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law for Florida on
Q: How long do I have to pay for a crime that I did 4years ago the media//new is still running the story

A was accused of voter fraud 4 years ago I did my time the case is over but today the media/news decided to run my story again as example of fraud can they do that

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 31, 2020

Yes, they can do that.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Communications Law and White Collar Crime for Utah on
Q: Do I need a personal injury lawyer and a civil rights lawyer when Suing multiple health providers?

Looking for an attorney to help me pursue my complaint, by suing multiple people and/or health providers whom may be able to assist me by giving a discount or payment plans? Maybe even PRO BONO? The information I have obtained is very sensitive so please email responses to:... Read more »

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Jul 27, 2020

You need a medical malpractice / personal injury attorney. If there are civil rights components to your case, often a an injury attorney can assist you with that as well.

Medical malpractice tort reform laws in Utah make it nearly impossible for non-lawyers to navigate the litigation...
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