Q: All summer I have been constantly harassed by some jerks from school. I am only 17 and not old enough to get a handgun permit, so is it legal to carry a fake/toy gun that looks real? Can I get arrested?
Q: I just bought a used motorcycle and I was stopped by the police on I-94 for speeding. The trooper told me my license plate was illegal because it is mounted sideways on the lower frame. I told him this was the way I bought it. He said he would give me a break and only give me a ticket for…
Q: We have had a candy machine in our office that dispenses a handful of candy for a quarter. The machine is owned by a sweet old guy that is just known as “The Candyman.” We don’t have a phone number to call, he just randomly shows up. The problem is we have not seen or heard from this gent…
Q: My roommate moved out under not so good terms and won’t talk to me. She still owes me money for rent, NIPSCO and cable. She accidently left one of her credit cards behind and I was going to use it just to recoup my loss and just pay her share of the costs. Is this legal to do without gett…
Q: I know this has got to be a strange question, but I have wild geese on my property attempting to nest. They are driving me crazy and make quite a mess. My neighbors laugh at me as I yell at the geese to “scram!” I really don’t want to get in trouble or arrested. What can I do legally to g…
Q: I am so frustrated I live in the county and my neighbor has decided to target shoot during the strangest hours, mainly early morning on the weekend and during the week at dinnertime. Is there anything we can do? Is he breaking the law in some way? Can we just call the sheriff’s department?
Q: I am so frustrated and need some help. Someone got access to my pictures and now threatens to post them everywhere online. He is now blackmailing me into dating him. I decided to date him because I don’t want to take the chance he will post them. Is there a way he can be arrested for blackmail?
Q: My family was driving down the road the other day when a police car was driving by with the lights on and my dad said to my mom, “There goes the fuzz!” I asked him what that was and he said that’s what the police used to be called. We all laughed because I have never heard of this — is th…
Q: I need your help. Could you look up a person named Doris Wilson who was born on Sept. 7, 1988? I met her online and we have been talking for a while but now she is asking me to send money for her children to South Africa. I am now afraid that I am being scammed.
Q: I recently went Christmas shopping with my family in Chicago and I think I accidently ran a red light. The traffic was so backed up and I was distracted where I got caught too far into the intersection and I saw the camera “flash”. What should or can I do? I really don’t want a ticket.
Q: I lived in Tennessee where I was caught a few times driving without a license and once in a car accident without insurance. This was five years ago and now I live in Indiana. The Indiana License Bureau won’t give me a license because of this. I’m a single mother with three kids, so what a…
Q: I recently read on Facebook that for safety reasons and to prevent burglaries you should not keep your original car registration in your glove box because a car thief would be able to locate your house with the address listed on the registration. Instead you should make a copy of the regi…
Q: I get the law on seat belts, but I have a small problem. I am very short and the shoulder harness chokes me whenever I turn my head. Is there some sort of exemption I can get to just wear a lap belt?
Q: Can someone be stopped by the police just for looking suspicious? Not race or anything. Let’s say a guy tries to avoid you or avoid eye contact and is acting strange.
Q: I have a question about vaping as a lot of my friends vape and they say as long as you don’t inhale it can’t hurt you. My parents say that you must be 18 in order to smoke and vaping is smoking. Who is right?
Q: I just found out from my friends that a guy I went to school with last year has been taking pictures of me with his cell phone over the last few weeks without my permission. There were several photos of me at the parade and fireworks and one at the beach. None of these pictures were indec…
Q: I just got a job delivering pizza at a local pizza restaurant. While I was being trained, the other drivers told me that while we were delivering we were exempt from having to wear our seatbelts and allowed to park in “no parking” zones with our flashers on to make deliveries faster and s…
Q: I am befuddled! My question concerns alcohol laws. Somebody told me they were eating in a restaurant in Westville and they were allowed to bring in their own wine with them. I have heard of places down south where you bring in your own booze and they sell you “set-ups” (a set-up would be …
Q: I am a new driver this summer and was with my friends heading home from the beach. I was driving without my shoes on as we passed a police car. I panicked because I was barefoot and tried to “slip on my sandals.” My friends laughed at me as I tried to get them on without attracting attent…
Q: I work in a local factory and we got into a discussion at our 15 minute mid-morning coffee break about our mid-morning coffee break! What is the law regarding break times because we would like to approach our boss to increase it to 20 minutes?
Q: I am trying to write a book (I know right?). I am wondering if you could help by telling me what happens when a dead body is found. Also what police agency has jurisdiction, the agency where the body was found or the agency where the person actually lived or was taken from?
Q: Another argument to settle! Is there really a law that states you can’t take pictures of women walking down the street or laying out in their backyards? I think this is absolutely silly as people take cell phone pictures all of the time!
Q: I just read a post on FACEBOOK that explained if I should ever be forced to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can secretly enter your PIN number in reverse which will immediately dispatch the police to assist you. What a great idea, but is this really true?
Q: In light of some of the incidents that have been occurring with police officers and the public all over the country, do you think policeman become policeman to protect people or just because they like the power?
Q: I ran into a very long funeral procession and it made me late for work. Are you allowed to pass through a funeral procession as long as you are careful?
Q: I’m only 20 and not old enough to get a handgun permit so is it legal to carry a fake/toy gun that looks real on you? Can I get arrested?
Q: I bought blue fog lights from a local auto parts store and got pulled over by the police who told me they are against the law. How can an auto parts store sell you illegal parts?
Q: My husband is going to trial next week for his fourth driving while intoxicated arrest. He did not take a breathalyzer and his defense is vertigo. Can they bring up his last convictions in trial? What are his chances of getting out of this one?
Q: I was driving on I-94 in the fast lane only going 78 when I was passed on the right hand side by a vehicle in the middle lane who was definitely going a lot faster than I was. Next thing I know there is a state trooper and he pulls me over and gives me the ticket! I don't think this is fair.
Q: I live in the county and some neighborhood kids have been coming on my property messing around in my barn and turning on my water hose. Am I legally allowed to shoot them with a BB gun?
Q: I was on highway 12 and a policeman was parked off the road hidden in some bushes! He pulled me over for speeding and gave me a ticket. I feel that this was entrapment! Can I fight this ticket since he was hiding?
Q: Does everyone hired as a police officer actually make it? Do you let them go if it turns out they really don't have what it takes?
Q: Are the police allowed to lie to someone when they are interrogating them? Like telling them you have their fingerprints, or promising a lighter sentence to confess?
Q: Can you help settle this argument since the general elections are coming up. Can elected officials collect unemployment if they are not re-elected?
Q: I was following a semi-truck driving down I-94 and watched corn falling out of the back of the truck. It was kinda funny but my brother said this was littering. It does not seem like littering to me since the birds can eat it. Can someone get into trouble for this?
Q: My dad has a police sticker on the back window of his car and he thinks this will help get him out of a ticket. Is this really true?
Q: Summer is just starting and my teenage son has started acting out and getting into some trouble lately. Is there a way I can send him to Camp Summit Boot Camp for the summer?
Q: This has me baffled. You see on TV and the movies all the time where in a courtroom you are asked to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth by the judge, but what happens if you say "no?"
Q: Here is a good police question. I just don't understand why some people that speed just get a warning ticket, and others get a paying one. If someone is speeding, shouldn't it just be a ticket, end of story?
Q: I just watched an interesting TV show where the officers had a "Blue Code of Silence." Have you ever seen a cop lie under oath or not say anything to protect a fellow officer?
Q: I am a big fan of "Transformers" and I wanted to put the "Decepticon Police" stickers on my car along with the "Emergency 911 Response" stickers. I have seen other people on the Internet do this and it looks pretty cool.
Q: I recently locked my keys inside my car with the engine running. I called the police for help and I received a response that I would have to call a locksmith or a local towing agency for help as the police no longer open up cars as a courtesy.
Q: My friends at Firestone came up with a very good question. They had a customer that wanted a steering wheel knob put on their car and they were worried about installing it and wanted to know if it was legal in Indiana, and of course we're trying to stump Mr. Ask a Cop.