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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Communications Law and Identity Theft for Pennsylvania on
Q: My cell phone is in my mom’s name but I pay for the phone bill. She went on my phone and gave photos of me to my job.

Is this allowed? I had a passcode, but she threatened my life if I didn’t give this to her. I’m now facing criminal charges potentially and want to know if the way my job obtained this information was even lawful.

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Jan 5, 2024

The situation you've described raises several legal issues. First, even though the cell phone is in your mother's name, if you are an adult and the primary user of the phone, you have a reasonable expectation of privacy regarding its contents. This includes the photos stored on it.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation, Communications Law and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can someone ask the court to issue a subpoena for their own phone records in Philadelphia, PA?

I am a private investigator. My client's son is classified as an endangered missing adult. He vanished on October 23, 2023, has never gone missing before and has a mental health condition that meets the criteria for "endangered." My client resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while... View More

Anthony DiUlio
Anthony DiUlio
answered on Dec 6, 2023

Generally speaking, once litigation is commenced, attorneys have subpoena power. They can subpoena 3rd parties for information they can't otherwise get. In your situation, I see no reason a subpoena couldn't be issued for the records you need and since the phone is in your client's... View More

Q: My husband is having a affair and has my wifi hacked. Which allows hm to hack my phone also

It's actually the 2 of them attached to my phone. I believe there sharing calenders and locations ect. He goes by his name and she goes by mine. I'll ask google my current location and it tells me her locations. One night it said I was about a mile from my house. So I pushed directions... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Nov 30, 2023

You need to hire an attorney who specializes in family relations law and regularly practices in your county. There is no magic bullet that the lawyers here can give you that will substitute for getting your own representation. If you wish to prove what you have alleged you will also need to hire... View More

Q: can you do owner retain from a totaled loss in pa
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 24, 2024

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. If a policyholder chooses to keep the vehicle, the carrier will usually work out a separate set of figures based on salvage value if vehicle is declared total loss. But this is a general process; each state... View More

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... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Communications Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If your neighbors blast their music everyday to the point where it vibrates the floor and you have called the cops what

Can you do legal wise to get them to stop

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jun 5, 2020

Contact the town; you can sue them for nuisance/destroying your quiet enjoyment.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Received 1991 texts between 7/1/19 thru 12/3/19 day and night can this be considered harassment

I share 50/50 custody with him and have told him not to contact me unless it is about our child he goes back in forth within mins of hating me and loving me

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall
answered on Dec 3, 2019

Yep, I'd call that harassment. Contact your local police about it.

Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Communications Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Say some one repeatedly says they’re going to have sexual relations with loved ones is that harassment?

Keeps saying they wanna do things like this

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Sep 11, 2019

It's also a threat under some circumstances.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation, Communications Law and Legal Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Q: If an attorney makes an appearance as additional counsel for a plaintiff, is it required that both are on the filings?

I am currently a defendant in a civil matter in Pennsylvania. Two years into the case, a lawyer from a different law firm made an appearance as additional counsel "Lawyer A" for the plaintiff. This new law firm then made motions to the court without having the Plaintiff's original... View More

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answered on Oct 8, 2018

That is not usually how it goes. The judge will want all attorneys to enter their appearances.

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2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Communications Law and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can you tell a true story on a podcast, change names and locations and it be legal? Can a teacher do this?

Is this libel if names are not used and locations are not mentioned? What defines Libel?

Jennifer Price
Jennifer Price
answered on Apr 19, 2018

As an initial matter, libel consists of the written word, whereas slander is the spoken word. Whether its' libel or slander, they require the information to be false. The defense to a libel or slander lawsuit is the truth. To answer your other question, yes, you can tell stories of people by... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: my friend is 16 she wants to go to texas to see her boyfriend , could she go ?

she talked to her mom , but her mom don’t listen

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Mar 22, 2018

Technically her mom could report her as missing. Given the distance seems like she needs to figure out if this guy is worth the money as it sounds like he is getting the better of the deal.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Phone Seizure Questions, Please Help

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Ryan L Hyde
Ryan L Hyde
answered on Mar 11, 2018

You don't pose a question to be answered. Search and seizure law is pretty broad and fact specific. You can retry to post here but remember this an open forum and facts stated here can be used against you. Or you can consult local counsel and see if they can assist.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: woman signing me up to many websites from whom im receiving calls,emails and contacting family facebook and lying abt me

She keeps signing me up via my email address and phone number, along with my wife and we receive several calls/day from companies for which we have never signed up. She also creates fake Facebook profiles under our names and befriends our family and friends and lies about our relationship matters,... View More

Ryan L Hyde
Ryan L Hyde
answered on Jan 10, 2017

No offense, but have you tried calling the police? Depending on the severity of these incidents they can take investigatory action and eventually even charge with stalking. Depending on the websites there are serious safety concerns with this type of behavior. Private criminal complaints are... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Divorce and Estate Planning for Pennsylvania on
Q: If a security deposit check is mailed to you, in your name, but you lived with another person. Is that check yours?

So, I was living with my husband (we were renting an apartment/house) but a divorce has been filed were waiting on the judge.

I moved out of the house and asked the landlords to take me off the lease but they refused for their own reasons. After that my husband moved out. Now I paid the... View More

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Sep 14, 2015

Actually, it would be up to the divorce judge to decide, together with who is entitled to the rest of the marital property. You paid the deposit with your bonus check, true, but (assuming you were living together as husband an wife when you paid the deposit), the bonus check would have been... View More

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