Watering your California Lawn

Watering your California Lawn

All of us want the lush, gorgeous kind of lawn we see featured in landscaping ads and gardening magazines. Even with minimal landscaping, a beautiful, healthy lawn really showcases the home, giving it a great deal of curb appeal.

The problem many California homeowners encounter is that maintaining that stunning lawn takes a great deal of water. Using too much water on your lawn could create some serious legal headaches.

How Much Water Can You Use

There are some parts of the world where you can put as much water on your yard as you’d like. That’s not the situation in California. The entire state is always conscious of a potential water shortage. It’s something state and local lawmakers would like to avoid...

Disposing of Unused Prescription Drugs in California

Disposing of Unused Prescription Drugs in California

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ot only is having unused prescription drugs in your house a hassle, after all, they take up a remarkable amount of space in your medicine cabinet, they can also be a legal concern. According to the law, you’re not supposed to have any prescription drugs in your house that aren’t currently prescribed to you, which includes outdated drugs and prescriptions that included a specific end date. There is also a constant concern that someone you know could take the drugs and sell them, making you an unwitting participant in an illegal drug deal.

The problem with unwanted prescription drugs is that disposing of them isn’t as easy as it should be. Environmental concerns means that flushing them down the toilet or drain is no longer a good idea. You can’t simply throw them in the trash...

California’s Spay and Neuter Laws

Californias Spay and Neuter Laws

Most of the people impacted by California’s spay/neuter laws barely noticed a change. The reason for this is because the vast majority of the people who are mentioned in the law were already spaying and neutering their pets.

Why California Created Spay/Neuter Pet Laws

California lawmakers realized that there was a major pet problem in the state. The lawmakers didn’t mind that lots of people owned loved and well cared for pets. They were concerned about the sheer number of pets that were running around the streets and rural areas that were homeless. Lawmakers decided that it was time to step up and force people to do something about their pets.

Rescues Have to Spay/Neuter Pets

Most rescues had a spay/neuter policy in place before the official passing of the law, but there were some exc...

The Difference Between Carjacking and Auto Theft in California

The Difference Between Carjacking and Auto Theft in California

On the surface, carjacking and grand theft auto might seem like very similar crimes, but the State of California disagrees.

What is Carjacking?

The State of California addressed the topic of carjacking in California Penal Code Section 215. If you decide to take a car that is currently being operated or is in the possession of another person without that person’s permission, you can be charged with carjacking.

In a carjacking case, prosecutors face an uphill battle. In order to convict you of carjacking, the prosecution has to prove:

  • The owner was quite close to the car when you drove away in it
  • That you used either force or fear to gain possession of the car
  • You fully intended to keep the owner from the vehicle on either a permanent or temporary basis

The punishment for being found gu...

Laws Every California Pet Owner Should Know

Laws Every California Pet Owner Should Know

Owning a pet is a wonderful experience. In exchange for providing for their physical needs, your pet gives you unconditional love and great joy. Pet owners are usually healthier and happier than California residents who don’t own pets.

While there are lots of perks associated with owning a pet, there are also several California pet laws all pet owners need to know.

Your Dog Must Be Properly Licensed

If you own a dog, it has to be licensed. Failing to stay on top of your dog’s license could result in your county charging you a fine. The only dogs who are exempt from the state’s licensing laws are puppies who haven’t turned four months old.

All Dogs Have to be Up to Date With Their Rabies Vaccination

If you own a dog, you’re responsible for making sure it has had a rabies vaccinatio...

California Earthquake Survival Tips

California Earthquake Survival Tips

California is known for its earthquakes. Unlike wildfires which can be somewhat predictable and avoidable, there’s never much warning before an earthquake occurs. Even with the surprisingly accurate MyShake earthquake phone app you usually have less than a minute to prepare yourself for the tremor.

Early preparation and common sense is your best line of defense when it comes to surviving a California earthquake.

Keep Your Home in Good Repair

Routinely go through your home and any outbuildings and make sure that they are earthquake ready. The house met the current earthquake building guidelines when it was constructed, but it’s up to you to make sure that it stays earthquake ready...

Can You Expunge a Criminal Record in California?

Can You Expunge a Criminal Record in California?

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criminal record can haunt you for the rest of your life. Even a minor offense can make it difficult for you to land your dream job, build a successful relationship, obtain business licenses, and even be approved for loans. The problem is that many people find out that you have a record and automatically assume that you’re in trouble. Many people fail to look any deeper into the situation. Arranging to have your criminal record expunged is one of the ways you can regain control of your life.

Understanding the Difference Between and Expunged Criminal Record and a Case Dismissal

It is important to know that there is a huge difference between having a criminal record expunged as opposed to a case dismissal in California.

What is a Dismissal in California?

Having your case dismissed is the...

Domestic Battery Laws in California

Domestic Battery Laws in California

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omestic violence and battery have always been worrying, but the pandemic has made the situation much worse. All over the world, domestic abuse shelters report an increase in the number of calls they receive from individuals who are scared for their lives. One domestic abuse shelter in China reported that the number of cases they handle has doubled since the pandemic started. As tension, lock downs, and economic stress continues to worsen, domestic battery cases will likely continue to surge.

California’s Stance on Domestic Battery

According to California’s Penal Code 243e1 PC, domestic battery occurs when a partner assaults their domestic partner...

Can You Force Your Employees to Work During a Government Ordered Lockdown?

Can You Force Your Employees to Work During a Government Ordered Lockdown?

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he Lock down has created some big legal questions that no one really considered prior to the pandemic hitting the United States in March. One of the questions both employers and employees are asking is if employees can be required to work during the government ordered lock down.

The answer isn’t as straight forward as most people might assume it is.

Working From Home

If it turns out that a business’s employees have the ability to work from home, they can be told that they have to work during the government lock down. One of the surprising things about the pandemic is how many businesses who thought they needed to have their employees come in every single day are finding that it isn’t necessary at all. Some have even reported that having employees working from home has increased pr...

What to do When the Police Ask for Camera Footage?

What to do When the Police Ask for Camera Footage?

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ver the past 10 or 15 years, cameras have become a major part of our daily lives. They’re on our phones, in our homes, built into doorbells, and even mounted on the dashboards of our cars. We usually don’t give them a second thought until the police request the footage. That’s when we suddenly start to wonder exactly what our rights are.

Can the Police Request Camera Footage Without a Warrant?

If you’re wondering if the police can ask to see the footage one of your cameras has captured even when they don’t have a warrant, the answer is yes. Where things get murkier is when you’re trying to figure out if you have to grant their request.

Do You Have to Hand Your Cameras to the Police?

If the police suspect that the camera on your phone, dashboard, or home security system conta...