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Michael D. Terani

Michael Terani’s Answers

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  • Say I am pulled over for something minor, do I have to tell the officer I have a gun in the car if they don't ask?

    I have a concealed weapons permit and I carry pretty much all the time, usually in my purse. I have heard that if you say you have a gun, the police may ask to see it and/or want to search the car. Is it best to just not tell them unless they as...

    Michael’s Answer

    Absolutely not. You do not have to volunteer ANY information. You have the right to remain silent. Furthermore, if you were questioned and in "custody" you have to be read your rights. You can ask for your attorney or ask to leave the scene as well. There are many rules and exception to the rule for searches and seizures. It is always best to exercise your right to remain silent. An overbearing law enforcement officer may turn an innocent stop into frivolous criminal charges. We see innocent people facing criminal charges all the time. Do not offer any information or make any statements. Period.

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  • Half hour free consultation

    when the lawyer said they provide half hour free consultation. do they review the paperwork?

    Michael’s Answer

    It depends on the attorney and on the type of case. A good free consultation would include GENERAL information about the legal process and what to expect. It would NOT include specific legal strategies, outcomes or any other type of definitive answers. A free consultation is a really good way to get a feel for the law firm and determine what the FIRM is about, more than what your case is about. No lawyer on earth can tell you specific answers about your case without being hired and conducting the legal research necessary to put together a game plan for your representation.

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  • Is it illegal to manage webcam models from other countries if they are adults?

    I have been helping adults in the philippines exit this business but the process involves getting them financial aid - usually from my pocket. In return - this gets them out of the situations where they are abused by "handlers" in their country a...

    Michael’s Answer

    It does not seem as though you are violating any laws in the US but you may be in other countries or jurisdictions. In regards to the webcam sites, unless you are involved in activity that is not mentioned in your question, nothing seems to be illegal either. Seems like you are doing a good thing.

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  • What could happen? is this consider raping?

    a friend of mine used to have a girl to flirt with back when he was 10th grade in high school and a girl was a freshman, he used to couch and hug and kiss her (with clothes on) and after a while she doesnt like it anymore and he keep doing it and ...

    Michael’s Answer

    This likely will not be enough for a prosecutor to formally charge someone with a crime. But a little background on the criminal process:

    The criminal process begins when someone is accused of committing a crime. Unless a police officer personally witnesses the crime, an investigation must take place in most instances before law enforcement may place an arrest and take someone into custody. In your instance, if law enforcement were to get involved, the investigation would likely result in very little evidence of a crime (based on the above facts).

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  • Do I have any recourse after suffering an injury while trying on sunglasses?

    I was injured by a price tag while trying on sunglasses in a major retail store. The large tag was placed in the middle of the glasses, versus others that are on the end, and as I put them up to my face, the tag lodged into my eye and damaged my c...

    Michael’s Answer

    While it is unclear exactly how the store was negligent, you should certainly consult a personal injury lawyer regarding your injuries. You very well may have a viable claim.

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  • If a victim recants, will the initial police report be thrown out?

    I was sexually molested as a child, but the person never went to jail. I'm wondering if my parents told the police that I made up the story. The person is a relative of mine, and they may have wanted to keep him home with his family. This happened...

    Michael’s Answer

    If a victim recants their story, the police report will not be "thrown out" or destroyed. The main issue in your questions is that the case is from 20 years ago. They should have a copy of it somewhere. Finding it, and getting it, is going to be difficult. Prosecutors normally treat sex crimes very seriously and if their was ever enough evidence to move forward, they should have. There is likely something missing here.

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