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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: I'm being neural remote monitored I need a lawyer to sue them
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 18, 2021

more info needed to understand.

however, i do not do that sore of litigation.

that would be civil litigation, not criminal.

chances are you would only find a lawyer to do so on an hourly, not on a contingency

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Communications Law for California on
Q: Is it legal to print my name on a document handed to all residence that i spoke up about an illegal issue in the complex

I attended a residence zoom meeting it was recorded and notes were taken, when the notes were distributed my name was next to the most serious complaints about illegal issues at our apartment complex

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Mar 11, 2021

The short answer is yes. You participated in a quasi public meeting, so you should not be surprised that the notetaker included your identity and what issues you raised. You only want to be sure that you were quoted accurately.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Communications Law, Constitutional Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: I booked 14 days at an inn, I stayed 6 days only, receptionist gave no receipt saw receipt on email was charged fully

I originally booked 14 days at an inn. I checked in and I was charged the 2 weeks right away. I asked if ever I decided to check out early is there refund. Guy said yes. On the 6th day, I told the receptionist I'm checking out and gave the card keys. Receptionist said I'm good to go... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 28, 2021

Small Claims is an option. However, if you booked through a third party, like Booking.com or similar, I don't think you can get your money back.

4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: I need help ! I don't know how to go about this and if it's even worth it ..

I have a public defender . She calls me the day of my court date and tells me that the court is closed due to covid so no one is allowed in the court house . She left me a voice mail stating this loud and clear and repeated her self twice . she would notify me when the court re opened ,in the mean... Read more »

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Feb 24, 2021

Sorry about what happened. I would make sure that her office knows what happened to you and see if there is any way to help get your $2000 back. Unlikely, but worth a try.

Keep those VMs!

Good luck!

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Q: Legality of filming illegal activities as a reporter?

Hi my girlfriend and I plan on starting an investigative journalism based YouTube account. We want to shoot a video called, “A look into the black market cannabis scene.” For this video we plan to interview black market cannabis dealers who work with cartels along with filming their operation.... Read more »

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Feb 9, 2021

You are safe. They are definitely not!

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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 »

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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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 »

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 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 Communications Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Is there a time restriction for my guests ?

My property manager says it is in the lease

Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on May 25, 2020

If you are talking about a guest staying with you, yes. A lot of leases do specify the limit to the amount of time a guest can stay. Usually it is a number of days in a given period of time, like "25 days per year" or "3 weeks every 6 months". Your first step needs to be to review your lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Elder Law for California on
Q: Had a good friend of over 20 years suddenly passed before we could discuss everything that needed to be done legally.

Was the contact and his emergency contact for him when in hospital. He was hospitalized since September 2019 & found out he had lung cancer as well as other GI problems. Went home on his birthday January 31st. He was getting stronger but I got sick and was unable to see him. Then I got busy... Read more »

Jeffrey Louis Gaffney
Jeffrey Louis Gaffney answered on Mar 11, 2020

No.

I am sorry but last wishes must be in writing, ether handwritten and signed or typed and witnessed.

Any assets that he left behind belong to his creditors and his family (even if they cannot be found). Eventually some asset search company will find this abandoned money and look...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Employment Law and Communications Law for California on
Q: Some employees refuse to use company software - instant messaging - how can they be disciplined/forced to use it?

I have an instant messaging system on my office computers. Some users are logging out. We can’t fire them, but how can I set consequences for logging out or ignoring messages? What can I do to make the software so users can’t disconnect? Program is Synology Chat. Server is Windows.

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Nov 20, 2019

There is a middle ground between firing people and letting them sabotage your system. An attorney can provide rules and procedures that can be set up and provided to employees. Rules can be enforced without firing people.

Firing employees who perform their tasks, except for the ones they...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Communications Law for California on
Q: Can my teacher body shame my body infront of a whole class causing me psychological problems
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 1, 2019

much more info needed.

a lawyer would want to know exactly what happened........however few lawyers would take a case like the one

I THINK you are presenting........at least they would not on a contingency but maybe would on an hourly.

there may be a difference in whether...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Communications Law and Medical Malpractice for California on
Q: I been implated with several nano & microchip devices in my head and eyes by ceder sinai without knowledge or consent.

I have proof and the microchip in my head is an antenna that works as a receiver for the nearest transmission towers witch is bringing a microwave radio signal to my ears and all i hear is harassment, insults, death threats 24\7 its been making me sick and its very painful and it made me cry... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 2, 2019

Your psychiatrist has medications that stop the microwave radio signals.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Is it legal for police to use dispatch records to expose someone when there isn’t a crime committed?

I called dispatch and gave my name. I then created an anonymous email account and contacted city council. A police officer wrote back (CCing the city council) and addressed me by name, which was given to police dispatch. is this legal? I feel that I’ve been targeted unfairly and the officer had... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Mar 16, 2019

Insufficient information to offer any kind of sound advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Legal Malpractice and Communications Law for California on
Q: The police removed my anonymity as they had information I gave them from calls I made to dispatch. Is this legal?

I live in an area that has serious traffic issues. I created an anonymous email account to contact city council about this. I also called the police a lot about this and gave my name to the dispatch center. In an email response from the police that included the city council, my name was used. Is it... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 13, 2019

this is not my area of law but I assume absent an agreement you might have an uphill road to climb.

anyone can sue anyone for anything at any time........the question is what is the value?

you can always sue in small claims for a minimal cost, and sue for up to $10k, but you must...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Communications Law and International Law for California on
Q: What laws apply in terms of the recording of phone calls placed between the United States and Canada?

I'm currently in Canada (Québec) on a long-term visitor's permit; I've been here for 6 months and I'll be here for at least another 3. I do not hold a work or study visa, and I have no resident status, but I do hold a lease. I'm a US citizen and my prior and long-time... Read more »

Allen C. Ladd
Allen C. Ladd answered on Jan 4, 2019

This is not a US immigration law question, either.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Banking, Civil Rights and Communications Law for California on
Q: Is it legal to install spyware on another persons phone without their consent or knowledge?

My personal device was breached (empirical data available) I am licensed and work in the financial sector and, it is plausible and likely that some of my clients sensitive data could have been compromised as well. I know the implications on the FIN REG side. I need to know what my next move is.... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 17, 2018

MORE INFO NEEDED

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