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    You and Other Important Rights

    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 Although cell phone searches are a new and developing area of the law, generally, the police cannot take your cell phone and, without consent, read through your texts unless they have at least reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed or …


    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 …


    Is prank calling illegal?

    Although the following prank calling case is over forty years old, it is still relevant as far as current prank calling laws. Prank calling is illegal in most states as it is often considered a form of harassment, stalking or bullying. When Gerald Gault* was fifteen years …


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