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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: If a criminal was recorded without his knowledge but it's the only proof of the crime, can it still be used in court?

As an example: a teacher was accused of having an inapropriate relationship with an underage student. There is no proof in text messaging, emails, etc. but there are recordings that the student took without the teacher's knowledge. Would the recordings hold up in court, or could the recording... Read more »

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Jun 16, 2021

The issue is not whether the student may be penalized…I think that you may be missing the big picture. The real issue is does the defendant have a privacy expectation from the secret recording of their alleged illegal behaviors?

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment and White Collar Crime for California on
Q: Can I plead 5th

If I lied when calling cops about dv about some of the other questions they asked (has he ever done this or that) and said yes and now i got a subpoena to be at court can I plead the 5th? I mean I read they can charge you if you lied.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 14, 2021

lying to the police is not a good thing.

you should discuss your plight with a criminal lawyer, at a consultation, asap.

many DV victims later say they lied, so the odds are that the police and DA will not believe you.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: If I reported sexual harassment to my HR and she sent me back to the office to work with him can I sue for distress?

I live in California. I reported him and had video proof of him taking up skirt photos of me. instead of sending me to a separate room or home she sent me back to office where we were only a few feet apart. I hid under my desk because I was afraid to face him and wasn’t sure if HR was going to... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 8, 2021

The answer to your question depends on what happened after you were sent back to work in the same room. If no further harassment occurred, there is likely no violation of the law. The employer does not have to transfer or terminate an employee accused of harassment if the employer can prevent... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Tennessee on
Q: If somebody knows daughter get molested multiple times and hasn’t done anything what can victim’s mother be charged with

Her mother has known about the interactions and has done nothing she invites older men over She put drugs in her daughters mouth she takes naked pictures of her daughter and she hasn’t done anything about her daughter get molested

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Jun 3, 2021

The mother could be charged with multiple crimes. Reporting abuse can be anonymous and should be reported to the Tennessee Department of Children's Services immediately at 877-237-0004. https://www.tn.gov/dcs/program-areas/child-safety/reporting/hotline-faq.html

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: How can I find an attorney to represent me as the plaintiff in a sexual harassment/ hostile environment case?

It is against my landlord, who has admitted to his actions when interviewed by FHA.

Robert D. Erney
Robert D. Erney answered on May 25, 2021

Please feel free to call me to discuss your case. Rob Erney. 614-258-6100

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Q: Should I take a long planned flight to Mexico from Houston if I just found out a warrant may be issued while i'm gone?

I have round trip tickets and plan on only being gone for 4 days (this is a vacation trip) and returning to Houston promptly.

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on May 22, 2021

I have had clients arrested on warrants in the Houston airport. The arrests created problems for both the client and their traveling companions. It would be wise to hire a local criminal defense attorney to clear the warrant before your trip.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Ohio on
Q: What is the scope that 163.433 punishable by?
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on May 19, 2021

Did you intend this to be posted in Ohio? There is no such Ohio statute.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Kentucky on
Q: If my girlfriend has an open cps case against her parents can they give their parental rights to my grandmother?

She is 16, I am 17, and my grandma has already talked to the social worker and said that would work, but her parents just now decided they would go through with it and I dont know if they will hold onto that. So if they do then how long would it take before my girlfriend lives with my grandma? If... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 18, 2021

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Sexual Harassment for New Hampshire on
Q: Can you be convicted on hearsay alone no evidence. Just a person's word against yours I have pretrial over phone call
Andrew S. Winters
Andrew S. Winters answered on May 18, 2021

Hearsay is generally not admissible although there are exceptions. It is a complicated area of the law. For example, an out of court statement by one of the parties to the case is not considered hearsay. So, if a criminal defendant makes a statement to the police after he is arrested, that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation, Civil Rights and Sexual Harassment for Pennsylvania on
Q: Verbal and sexual harassment at a union job. Terminated after filing sexual harassment complaint.

Here are a few bullet points of what occurred:

1. Verbal & Sexual Harassment

2. Unpaid hours every week due to archaic system; and I can’t prove it since I was told to report hours worked to management, who didn’t consistently report my time to payroll.

3. Vehicle... Read more »

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on May 6, 2021

In regard to bullet point 4 only, assuming you reported the injury within 120 days, and a period of less than 3 years has past since the date of injury, you may still have a claim for workers' compensation benefits which may provide payment of medical as well as wage loss benefits despite your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Maryland on
Q: What do i do if my girlfriend is getting sexually harassed by her ex
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 6, 2021

You are not the one suffering damages or wrongs in this scenario; you're girlfriend is. Therefore, it is up to your girlfriend to take action. If her ex-boyfriend's behavior is criminal, she can file criminal charges. If his behavior otherwise meets the definition of harassment,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for Oregon on
Q: I need assistance with employee laws
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on May 5, 2021

Then ask a question here, or contact an employment law attorney in your area. There is a find a lawyer link above so you can search for an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Georgia on
Q: I sent nudes over Snapchat and I am 18 years old. The person is now blackmailing me with them. Woukd I get in trouble?

I met the person on Snapchat, she said she was 18 too and we both sent to eachother. Once she saved my stuff and screenshotted it, I blocked her. But now she has made other accounts to tell me she will be showing my school administrators. I have no idea who the girl is as SHE found MY Snapchat. She... Read more »

Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore answered on May 5, 2021

Not sure what your question really is. Did you do something stupid? Certainly. Is it possible you might get into trouble if it turns out that she is not 18 years old? Certainly. Could you face criminal charges? Certainly. Will your nude photos be out on the internet forever and could that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: I received a sexually explicit video against my will and consent. What can I do to pursue the sender?

I was in a highly abusive relationship with a mentally unstable woman (wasn’t aware of her issues at the time).

One day she threatened to show me a video of her and a former sexual partner.

I refused and she caused a huge fight where she attempted to assault me, and we both ended... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Apr 30, 2021

Just delete her messages and block her on all platforms. Trying to make a legal case out of something like that will only prolong your misery.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Minnesota on
Q: Hello! Should I press verbal assault charges against a security guard who verbally threatened me, “banning me” tryin

Thank you!! I have had no interaction that provoked it besides me shaking my head. He is attempting to ban me from a hospital when I did not initiate any encounter with him, and he stormed up to me demanding the I know who he is and I better not mess around with a man like him, I have no idea what... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 27, 2021

You can't "press charges." You can report the matter to law enforcement. They will make the decision if charges are appropriate.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Alabama on
Q: Will my child be required to testify in court in a sexual abuse case he is 4. He did an interview with dhr.
Travis T Juneau
Travis T Juneau answered on Apr 26, 2021

Children under 12 do not have to testify in sexual offense criminal cases see Section 15-25-31 of the Code or Alabama. It says "An out-of-court statement made by a child under 12 years of age at the time the statement is made concerning an act that is a material element of any crime involving... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Iowa on
Q: If I'm 18 & this has happened to me, can I still take them to court?

If one was sexually assaulted by someone who is not blood related but related by marriage and the victim is now 18, can the victim still take their abuser to court?

Katherine Sears
Katherine Sears answered on Apr 21, 2021

If the victim was under the age of 18 at the time of the offense, the State can prosecute for sexual abuse in the first, second, or third degree within 10 years of the person turning 18. See Iowa Code Section 802.2(1).

The victim should report what happened ASAP. Waiting makes evidence...
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1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: An employee of a large franchise took a photo of my wife’s backside while shopping.

The employee was confirmed to have the photo on his phone and uploaded it to a messenger app for “work purposes”. Employee was confronted and apologized, asking for forgiveness. This is a large franchise store.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Apr 17, 2021

You have not asked a question here. However, I have already answered your other post that did ask an answer. Take care.

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Is it legal for a store employee to take a photo of my wife’s backside?

The incident took place at a large franchise store while we were buying something. I confronted the employee and found the photo which focused on my wife. The picture was being sent to a group of “supervisors” on a group messaging app. The employee apologized and begged for forgiveness. Has... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Apr 17, 2021

Taking a picture of someone in a public place is legal. One exception was made when a penal code was enacted that prevented people of taking pictures up a skirt or down a blouse, essentially taking a picture of those places where the person has not made public.

Good luck to you and to your wife.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Ive complained about nothing being done about sexual harassment and am now being treated poorly by supervisors

I work at a school and have had multiple comments made to me by students. I have reported it all to my supervisor, and her supervisor as well. The students had no consequences. The counselor came in a did a presentation for a few students talking about what sexual harassment is. I met with both... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Apr 13, 2021

You can contact the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or the Federal government's Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) and file a claim for sexual harassment. Here's the link to the DFEH: https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/ and here's the link to the EEOC:... Read more »

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