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    You and Other Important Rights

    Is it legal for the police to pull you over on an anonymous tip?

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    The Supreme Court decided a case* in April, 2014 that may affect you as a driver. The issue is whether the police can pull you over based on a tip from someone who calls in a complaint on the 911 telephone system. In this case, Lorenzo …


    What does a “statute of limitations” mean?

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    A “statute of limitations” is a law or rule that sets a time period for you to file a lawsuit or for the prosecutor to file criminal charges against someone. It is a rule that applies in both civil and criminal cases.If the person filing the …


    Do I need a Social Security Number?

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    A social security number is a national identification for every U.S. citizen and permanent resident. It is a unique number assigned by the Social Security Administration, an agency of the federal government. It came about in 1935 as part of the Social Security Act.* The law now requires that …


    What is a “lemon law?”

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    In the 1800s people referred to others who were unfriendly as “lemons.”  Over time the word was used to describe anything that was broken or defective.  A car, for example, that continuously broke down was called a lemon. In 1975, a federal law was passed …


    Can the police take your phone & read text messages?

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    The Law Regarding Cell Phone Search and Seizure (Please see our recent post from 7/25/14 Can the police search your phone without a warrant?) Although cell phone searches are a new and developing area of the law, generally, the police cannot take your cell phone and, …


    Can I buy and use fireworks?

    When used carelessly or by people under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fireworks can quickly turn a celebration into a disaster. In 2005, there were five deaths in the United States from fireworks and 10,800 injuries associated with fireworks.* Before handling or buying fireworks, find …


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