Dear Drones: The Sky is Not the Limit

When it comes to drones, the sky is not the limit anymore. In fact, it has not been for quite some time now. The discussion of drone usage and laws has largely died down, but we think it is appropriate to revisit and go over the laws again. This even more important now that we are approaching fire season again. A few weeks ago a brush fire broke out in Riverside; the firefighters had to temporarily halt their aircraft, to spray water from the air, because of drones in the area. To avoid having to stall emergencies like these, there are certain drone usage rules set in place for both commercial and private usage. Some laws overlap, while others apply to one or the other.

• Drones must be registered with the FAA.
• Drones must be flying within eyesight at all times, may not fly higher than...

A Quick Overview of What to Expect if You are Ever Arrested

You may be able talk your way out of a traffic ticket, but there is no such thing as talking your way out of an arrest. You can try, but it will not work. Never try to physically resist arrest, as that will only make the matter worse.

After you are arrested, you will be booked. This is where your fingerprints and mugshot will be taken, and you will change your clothes and relinquish the items that were on you during your arrest, among a few other routine procedures. After booking, you will wait a maximum of 2 days, in California, for your arraignment hearing, which is when the charges against you are formally announced and filed. The judge at the arraignment hearing will announce the bail you can pay in order to be released from jail during the duration of your trial.

Whatever the cost of...

When Search Warrants Are and Are Not Warranted

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If you are out on bail, you will have a better time prepping for court, both in your appearance and also in your case. Sometimes the police do not need a warrant, other times, they do. On those other times, the police will want to conduct the search, but not bring a warrant with them because they have yet to obtain it. The owners of the property may not be aware that they can deny the police the search until they return with the warrant. When the police do have a warrant, the property owner may not know what the warrant is for, so to help protect yourself, here is some information to know:

• The police must have probable cause of criminal activity in order to get a search warrant.
• The warrant will list the items and areas that can be searched...

Rainy Weather Driving Precautions

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Rainy days are still ahead California, whether you are in Northern California where rainfall is more abundant, or you are in Southern California where it happens less often. Driving habits need to be changed when it is raining versus when it is a dry day to ensure road safety. Here are some helpful rainy weather driving tips that will help protect you and others from harm’s way.

• The road is most slippery on the first day of rain.
• Drive slower and leave more space than usual between your car and the car ahead.
• Brake earlier than normal so the car behind you has extra time to brake as well.
• Make sure all car lights are working: headlights, taillights, signal lights, brake lights, and high beams.
• Make sure your horn is working.
• Check your tire treads; if they need changing, cha...