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Dan Ralls
askalawyer
Mar 29 2017
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This is a good clarification. My point was that your typical ICE agent isn’t going to arrest you in the course of a third party investigation, especially for exercising your rights. Doing something stupid - outside that scope - can have consequences of many varieties, and all sorts of law enforcement at that point may Read more

Mar 29 2017
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Follow-up note: As shown in the illustration above, sometimes ICE agents wear clothing that says “police” or verbally identify themselves as police officers. This is often a problem for local police departments. Why? Because it discourages people from cooperating with or providing useful information to local police Read more

Aug 17 2016
9

He wasn’t denying that the Fifth Amendment protects both innocent and guilty. He was emphasizing what the Supreme Court has said: “...One of the Fifth Amendment’s basic functions is to protect innocent persons who might otherwise be ensnared by ambiguous circumstances.”

Aug 16 2016
9

The Bill of Rights - which includes the Fifth Amendment - would still apply.

Aug 16 2016
30

Of course. I wouldn’t do that personally but only because I don’t trust my wife to pick up first and I don’t trust my mom at all.

Aug 16 2016
5

It’s going to vary by jurisdiction, but the police may give you access to your phone to get the information you need to make contact. Just remember that you’re going to need to unlock your phone to get that information - if there’s anything of interest to the police on your phone, that could present a risk. There’s Read more

Aug 16 2016
6

That can help. Just make sure they’re going to answer the phone in the middle of the night.

Aug 2 2016
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I don’t know. I feel like director Stan Dragoti couldn’t do for Tom Hanks in that move what he did for Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom.

Aug 2 2016
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Yep. That’s the subtext & takeaway: Pay attention and be respectful. You sound like a reasonable person - a lot of people aren’t. Read more

Aug 1 2016
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Apologies for the Pokémon Go saturation. You see, pursuant to recently enacted Federal Pop Culture Freedom statute (thanks, Obama), media outlets are currently required to pick the pretend-nerd topic of either Pokémon Go or Stranger Things to beat to death like a dead horse until a new president is inaugurated. Kind Read more

Jul 13 2016
17

Based on your username, I’m not going to question this.

Jul 13 2016
64

Little known exception in PA is that if the owner finds you and you’ve already disposed the item, you’re obliged to give him 10 pounds of scrapple.

Jun 22 2016
1

I don’t read many Gawker blogs or visit or contribute to /r/legaladvice, so maybe it’s just a natural snark fit. My time on reddit is mostly spent looking at pictures of cats and writing angry comments in response to people complaining about reposts. The tone of my podcast (unwonk.com - new episode next week!) - which Read more

Jun 21 2016
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This is the correct answer.

May 24 2016
5

I smell better than him.

Apr 22 2016
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A housing court in NYC would likely require treatment of a third wheel roommate in this situation as an “occupant” for purposes of the process of kicking him out. Courts have found that the law was designed to protect tenants and occupants, not landlords.