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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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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Communications Law and Internet Law for New York on
Q: Can I post a video from a national morning show on my company social media channels?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 6, 2020

You're asking about media in which the owner can assert certain intellectual property rights. This does involve all the categories you correctly listed, but if you reposted in the Copyright Law category, the attorneys there could probably offer the most meaningful insight. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Communications Law for Texas on
Q: I have someone threatening to file harassment charges on me for sending a fb message. Can they do this?

This man posted a racist statement in a public Facebook group. I sent the screenshot to his sister and daughter. I also messaged his wife asking why she deleted me. I have not contacted any of them since, and have asked him to stop contacting me after his initial threat. He sent another message... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 5, 2020

A great Tx Lawyer and Judge said: "You can sue a ham sandwich." It sounds like this person thinks his beliefs are the supreme word of God and we should all be worshiping the ground he walks on. He could bring a harassment litigation against you in civil court. The police are usually... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Civil Litigation and Communications Law for Georgia on
Q: Do I have an eavesdropping video recording case?

Hi, I was reading your article on video recording laws in Georgia. I transported my brother's children to his house from school all last year, because his wife needed me to. What I did not know was that his wife, whom he was divorcing, had placed a hidden camera in the living room to eavesdrop... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Jun 29, 2020

It appears that your question was intended for one specific person, but we are not sure who. You may want to send it directly to that person, or consult with an attorney who can review your case in detail and present you with the options. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Communications Law and Entertainment / Sports for Minnesota on
Q: Can the news media be sued for causing fear, anxiety and other mental health issues due to the way the news is written?

In speaking with others, I find that watching the news causes me anxiety and extreme fear by the way it is delivered to us consumers. There is no way to know what is being reported is true. It can be argued that the reporting of the events surrounding police shootings are fueled by the media and... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 20, 2020

NO. The news media are subject to certain immunities for the fair reporting of events that occur. You cannot sue them for that. You would have to show that they targeted you, personally, with the news coverage.

I share your pain about the reporting of current events, but you still...
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1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Libel & Slander and White Collar Crime for California on
Q: Can a web developer knowingly/unknowingly put redirects to spam sites on a client's website without client consent?

I hired a web developer for my company's website. For the past 2 years he was the only one with access to the editing tools and the domain, until recently where we discovered accessing the site through a mobile device would redirect you to spam sites, sometimes pornographic, and we asked him... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 13, 2020

It isn't clear from your question or the sites you posted this question to, exactly what it is that you want. First, you need a new developer to clean your site and correct these problems, close all backdoors and shut out the old developer. Is this criminal? Probably not, but I am not a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law on
Q: Hello!

I've been using the Google chrome's incognito mode for more than 5 years both at home and uni. Will I be eligible

Adam Savett
Adam Savett answered on Jun 8, 2020

This is a brand new case that was just filed last week.

There is no settlement, no judgement, nothing to claim at this point.

Class action cases take time, often 2-5 years from the time they are filed until they are resolved.

And there is no guarantee that the case will be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Communications Law and Federal Crimes for Texas on
Q: Neighbor tempering jamming my security system and using electricity to transmit better from my camera system I have proo

Neighbor using electricity to transmit and receive data new technology to my camera system. I have proof on video.

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jun 6, 2020

Consider building a "Faraday Cage" around your electronics to prevent unwanted interference from outside electromagnetic waves. A modern approach is to use EMF shielding paint... it is even available on Amazon.

Warning: Totally blocking external electromagnetic waves in your...
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