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Friday's Three Burning Legal Questions

Here are today's three burning legal questions, along with the answers provided by the blogosphere.

1. Question: My son is turning 16 years old this week. For his birthday, he has asked me to get some strippers to perform for him and his buddies at a birthday party. Is this going to be a problem?

Answer: Yes, it will be a problem. It is illegal for teens under the age of 17 to be subjected to sexual contact. Setting your son and his friends up with strippers could be considered "endangering their welfare." (UPI, Police: Mom hired strippers for teens; Post-Star, Photos of teen's stripper party pique police interest)

2. Question: I bought a house next to a golf course, so I guess I knew on some level that golf balls might land in my yard. But this past season 1,300 balls landed on my lawn. Unacceptable! Can I successfully sue the golf course for trespass, nuisance and breach of duty?

Answer: No. You had an "independent duty" to foresee this shower of golf balls based on the location of your home as relates to the golf course. (The Consumerist, If You Buy A House Next To A Golf Course, Don’t Be Surprised When Your Lawn Is Littered With Balls)

3. Question: Marijuana is now legal in my home state of Washington. The laws are clear on how high your blood-alcohol content must be before you will be charged with drunk driving, but how do I know how baked I can get before I must not drive?

Answer: That is the subject of much debate, as there is no consensus about the standard rate for THC impairment and no easily available way to determine whether someone is impaired from recent pot use. (CBS News, Marijuana initiatives prompt Colorado, Washington to focus on keeping stoned drivers off road)

Posted by Bruce Carton on November 16, 2012 at 04:23 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)


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