Have a Safe Fourth of July

Have a Safe Fourth of July

Everyone loves getting together with family and friends and having a good time. Arguably, one of the best times to do so is during the summer. The weather is nice and warm. The days are longer, and the evenings nice and refreshing. This is why most Americans see summer as barbecue weather. One of the biggest days for barbecues and parties in the summer, is the Fourth of July.

Every year, we love to celebrate our independence day by getting together with friends and family members and enjoying some good food and drink. Then in the evening, we get to watch some pretty spectacular fireworks displays.

This is all great and fun, provided everyone remains responsible. Everyone should know their limits when it comes to alcohol, and know when to call it quits...

Not Many People Realize There’s a Difference between These Terms

Not Many People Realize There’s a Difference between These Terms

There are a lot of things that aren’t taught in public schools, or at least not taught very well. For instance, who actually learned how to pay their taxes in high school? Another example would be what bail is exactly, and how it works. Most people have no idea, and that works for them. However, thousands of people are arrested every day in California, and that means that roughly thousands of people need to learn about bail on a daily basis.

One aspect of bail that confuses people, is the difference between bail and bail bonds. Most people assumes that these terms can be used interchangeably, but that is not the case. Bail and bail bonds, while related and similar, are two different solutions to the same problem.

When a person is arrested and sent to jail, they are typically assigned ...

Do You Think California Will Split Apart?

Do You Think California Will Split Apart?

Near the beginning of this year, Californians began hearing rumors that they may be able to vote on splitting the state into multiple states. The measure would break up California into three new states. The idea behind this is that California is too large and diverse to govern. By splitting it up, each region would be able to better govern itself the way it wants to.

While this was simply a rumor and idea at the beginning of this year, it has now come to fruition. Election officials have announced that the Cal-3 measure has more than enough signatures to get it placed on the November ballot this year. This means that Californians will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to split the state up into three new ones.

This isn’t the first time that people have tried to alter Califo...

Parole v. Probation

Parole v. Probation

There are many terms out there that most people mix up. Often times, these terms are closely related and describe similar, yet different, things. The terms are often used so closely together that people begin to assume they mean the same thing. A good example of this would the difference between parole and probation.

Just about everyone knows that these two terms have something to do with getting out of jail. However, that is usually the extent of most people’s knowledge on the matter. This is due to the fact that they would rather not spend time learning about terms they will likely never need to know about. Unfortunately for some, jail has a way of sneaking up on them. This makes it important to know the difference between these two terms.

Probation is often a replacement for a jail...

DUI Checkpoints and Independence Day

DUI Checkpoints and Independence Day

Whenever certain holidays roll around, you can bet that you will start to see more DUI checkpoints. This is due to the fact that more people drink alcohol around these holidays, and then proceed to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Police officers know this, and do everything in their power to curb this problem, literally.

DUI checkpoints are not something to be afraid. Police officers pick a certain section of road to setup a checkpoint at, and the selection is posted in advance to give everyone fair warning. At the checkpoint, officers will stop traffic in order to talk to each individual driver who passes through.

The officers will ask to see your license and registration, as well as simple questions, such as:

• Where are you going?
• Where are you coming from?
• Have you been drin...

Where Will He End Up, Jail or Prison?

Where Will He End Up, Jail or Prison?

There are a lot of closely related terms out there that many people believe to be synonymous with one another, even when they aren’t. A good example of this would be the terms jail and prison. Most people assume that these two terms can be used interchangeably to reference a place where inmates are held. However, that is not the case.

Jails and prisons might be similar in that they both house inmates, but they are not the same. Jails are typically smaller facilities and receive less funding than prisons do because of their size. The reason for the smaller size is that jails only house inmates for short amounts of time. A person goes to jail after they are arrested and are awaiting trial, or after they have been sentenced to an incarceration period that is 1 year or less.

Prisons are t...

California 3

California 3

What started out as rumor, or a nice thought, has turned into a real deal. This November, Californians will have a few serious measures to vote on. Californians will not only be voting on a new governor, but on whether or not California should be divided into 3 new, separate states.

The talk about California being divided into 3 parts has been around for a while. The Cal-3 is a three-state-initiative that was created by Tim Draper. It’s also been attached to the ideal of California seceding from the U.S. as well. Generally, talks of California changing its status as a state have been chalked up to just talks. However, this time around it could actually be a reality.

The measure to divide California up is a practical idea in some ways...

What Happens If a Minor Breaks a Law?

What Happens If a Minor Breaks a Law?

Getting arrested is not a great experience. Everyone knows that. However, it is not something that adults can’t handle. As an adult, a person knows that it will be rough, but eventually they will get out of jail again. Kids don’t understand that. Several things are so much worse as a kid than they are as an adult, and getting arrested is definitely one of those things.

When a minor gets into trouble with the law, they are often returned to the parents. The parents or other legal guardians are responsible for taking care of the minor and keeping him or her out of trouble. If the minor repeatedly commits the same crimes, then the parent will become responsible for paying for damages.

The minor may also have to go to juvenile court...

Forgery or Fraudulence

Forgery or Fraudulence

Money seems to be the route of all evil. It drives people to work, or commit crimes so that they are able to afford to live. We do a lot of things for money. We wouldn’t go to work if it wasn’t for money. The hair stylist wouldn’t cut you hair without money. Since money is a driving force, it’s no surprise that fake money would exist. After all, those who have the most money, have the most power.

Creating fake money is highly frowned upon by the U.S. Government. It’s very illegal to commit fraud and forgery. The terms fraud and forgery are often used interchangeably, but they do not mean the same thing. One term is the method of which the other is created. One refers to the willfulness of committing deceptions, while the other refers to imitating an object.

Fraud is consider...

Illegal Fireworks within California

Illegal Fireworks within California

The Furth of July is coming up, and it’s an exciting time to let your American spirit fly. It feels like just yesterday we were talking about Valentine’s Day and recommending great date ideals. Now we’re here gearing up to get as patriotic a possible. What better way to enjoy being an American than by dressing up in the flag and setting off fireworks.

Fireworks are exciting, but can be dangerous. Here in California, certain fireworks are banned for the public’s safety. The list of banned fireworks is long, but it’s all in the public’s best interest. California is a very populated state, as well as one of the driest. Fireworks going wrong can result in a large fire, and deaths. Rules regarding where you can set fireworks off vary from city to city...