Finally… Street Vending Becomes Legal in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known for many things: the Dodgers, the Lakers, Hollywood, sunshine, a melting pot of cultures, but it is also known for its less favorable qualities, like being a major U.S. city where street vending is illegal. At long last, those days are no more.

The city council of Los Angeles voted unanimously to make street vending in Los Angeles legal. However, this change does not flick on overnight. It will take months for the city to finalize a legal permit system for street vendors.

In addition to moving to make street vending legal, the city council also said that any vendors with unpaid fines, at this point, will not face misdemeanor criminal charges, arrest, or deportation.

Legalizing street vending in Los Angeles allows this said melting pot of cultures to melt together ...

Consequences of Copyright Infringement

If you are one to stream music, movies, TV shows, and more creative content online, that in normal circumstances, you would pay for, are you doing it legally or illegally? There are certain sites that are legal, and many others that are illegal. Frankly, it is very easy to tell apart which sites are legal and legitimate, and which ones are not.

Sites like Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, and Pandora are legal sites that allow streaming of content. You may be allowed limited access to content under a free account, but if you subscribe and pay a monthly fee, you have unlimited access to every TV show, movie, song, or book that the site has to offer.

Then there are other sites that are not subscription-based. These are free and here is an example of how it probably works...

How Long can a Person be Detained by the Police

How long can the police hold a person without charging them? In many states, the police have a 72 hour window. In California, the police are allowed 48 hours to hold/ detain a person without charges being made. After 48 hours, if no charges are filed, then the police must release this person.

In this 48 hour window, the police or detectives must work closely with prosecutors. The police cannot bring charges against the arrestee. It is the prosecutor who does this. The police and detectives must provide the prosecutor with the proper and substantial evidence that a crime has occurred and that the arrestee was involved.

If the prosecutor does not bring charges within that 48 hour window, they can always bring charges against this person later on...

What is Idling and What does it have to do with Cars?

The coldest days are behind us for the year here in Southern California, but Northern California is still colder and the North-East is still getting snow. It sure would be nice to go from a warm home into a warm car so we do not endure the cold weather too long, or at all. Unfortunately, it is not that easy. Rather, it is not exactly legal here in California and much of the United States. By this, we mean that it is illegal to warm up a vehicle, and then get into it once it is nice and toasty.

Turning on the car to get it warm before you get in and drive off is called idling and it is actually a misdemeanor charge here in California that can give you a fine. There is actually a “grace period” or maximum idling time allowed in California and that is 5 minutes...

Unpaid Parking Tickets Could be Your Ticket to Jail

Paying a parking ticket a few days late is one thing, but it is another thing to let a bunch of unpaid parking and traffic violation tickets stack up. If you think the DMV and parking enforcement forgot about your unpaid, overdue parking ticket, you are wrong. They are waiting for you to pay it off and if you do not, you may be ordered to appear in court to pay what you owe. If you do not show up, the court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. There is no telling how long it will take for this to happen. It could be weeks, months, or even a year or two after that overdue parking ticket was issued. Just when someone has stopped worrying about that unpaid parking ticket, it will come back to haunt them.

On top of that, the amount you owe for those unpaid tickets will increase for b...

California has Gun Storage Laws

California sets specific rules and laws for gun owners and how their guns are to be stored at home. They cannot just be left lying around! You would think this is common sense, but you would be surprised at how negligent some gun owners can be.

If gun owners to do not comply with the proper gun storage laws, they can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony if there are minors living in the home with them. Guns that are poorly stored can fall into the wrong hands, like a young child who reaches for the weapon and accidentally fires it. You have probably heard about real-life incidents such as this in the news at some point, whether or not it was a case that occurred in California or another state.

If a parent stores their loaded firearm in an unlocked drawer that their child can reac...

When a Search Warrant is and is not Needed

There are many times the police would need a search warrant to go through a person’s belongings or property, but there are also times where a search and seizure warrant is not needed. This includes:

• The individual voluntarily consents to a search.
• Inspection searches, like border patrol.
• Illegal and incriminating items and contraband are in plain view.
• “Stop and frisk” situations where the police officer temporarily detains a person to search for weapons.
• Emergency situations where the search and seizure is necessary at that moment to prevent a crime from happening.
• Searches incident to a lawful arrest.
• When the police have probable cause a vehicle contains evidence of a crime.

When the police do need a warrant, they obtain this from a judge...

Do not Forget: Jaywalking is Illegal

Jaywalking refers to a pedestrian who violates traffic regulations and crosses the street when it is not their right of way, like when the hand signal is on display for them, but they dash across the street anyway because there are no cars. The term also refers to pedestrians who cross the street outside of the crosswalk. Like when a person parks halfway down the block and crosses the street from their car to the bookstore on the other side of the street.

Do not forget that jaywalking is actually illegal here in California, no matter how many times you have gotten away with it, and no matter how many thousands of people jaywalk every day. If the cops ever decide to stop and cite a person for jaywalking, they will be given the infraction and a fine...

Can I Travel if I am Out on Bail?

If you are ever arrested, rearranging your travel plans will be one of the many things you may need to take care of, as soon as possible. We realize that you will have many things to take care of and organize at this point. Prioritizing tasks will be important here, as well as taking help from those who are offering it, like family and friends. They will help alleviate some of the stress by helping to sort through some of the matters that need attending to: like canceling your upcoming vacation.

It could be that you are not be allowed to travel at all while you are out on bail, or it could be that your travels conflict with your scheduled court dates...

Be Prepared and Your Arrest will Soon be Gone

Just like an F in high school did not stop you from graduating, an arrest is not going to stop you from your future endeavors, it will just put them on a momentary pause.

The best way to face an arrest and trial is to simply be prepared. For the next steps. For possible outcomes. For unexpected turns in events. For backlash. For a sharp increase in maturity and responsibility. For financial rearrangements. And so much more.

Take on this preparedness with your chin held high and a mindset ready to tackle anything and everything. There is no room for embarrassment any longer. Have a positive, hopeful attitude. Keep supportive loved ones close and take their help when they offer it.

The stronger a person can be throughout this tough situation, the faster this whole thing will blow over...