Most people get married when they are adults and are more financially stable. However, there are some people who get married at a younger age, like when they are in college or in their mid-twenties. There are even people who choose to get married when they are in high school, or younger! As shocking as it can be to imagine yourself being married at such a young age, it is not illegal in California.
Most states have a minimum age requirement to get hitched, but California does not. Anyone in California can get married at any age, although anyone under the age of 18 would need to:
• Get parental consent
• Get a court order
• See a pre-marriage counselor
• Have copies of their birth certificate
• Apply for a marriage license with a parent present
• Appear before a judge
One of the main rea...
Some of the hardest years of life are the teenage years, when a person has many influences surrounding them, both good and bad. This is a time when a person is trying to pass school and figure out what they want to do for a career. This is when they rebel, when they do not want to worry about any responsibilities. However, some people’s hardest times are yet to come, and it could be up to you to see it before it actually arrives. The signs can be hard to read but remember, it is always better to act, rather than to ignore it.
Encouraging your loved one to open up about their struggles could be what saves them from getting arrested. In many cases, the person will not tell you that they want help. They may feel embarrassed to seek help, but they hope you take notice and step up...
No one likes having to pay taxes. That is money we wish we could keep. We are told our taxes are put to good use, but who really knows exactly where all of our tax money is going? For example, did you know your tax money is being used to keep criminals fed, housed, and clothed in prison? In addition, did you know that it costs more to keep a prisoner alive in California than it is to attend Harvard University for 1 year?
California has 130,000 prisoners, and experts are estimating that within the next year, the cost of housing each prisoner will reach $75,560, a record price tag. In 2005, the cost to keep an inmate housed was half of that.
Prisons in California are overcrowded and over the next few years, at least 10,000 inmates will get an earlier release than originally ordered...
Copying, displaying, and distributing creative work that you do not have the rights to is copyright infringement. Creative work includes movies and TV shows, music, books, video games, and even computer programs like Photoshop. These are all works that a person would generally need to pay for in order to access it. It is also copyright infringement if they did pay for it but then decided to produce copies of it with the intention of giving them out. They do not have the rights to production.
Copyrights can be sold to another person, in which case that new person would have the right to use it. However if a person does not explicitly hold the copyright, then they may not infringe upon it. That is illegal.
One of the most common forms of copyright infringement is called piracy, and it refe...
Now that summer is here, your weekends are filling up fast with parties at your place and your friends’ places. That means you need to have a pumped up playlist of the latest chart topping songs, a fridge full of alcohol, and the most down to earth friends. In addition to those party necessities, you also need to be mindful of your neighbors. They may not enjoy the loudness coming from your home or backyard at midnight. You could also be breaking the law if you are making too much noise so late at night.
Each city and county sets their own “quiet times” during which, people cannot be making excessive noise, such as having a party or doing construction work. Generally in California, quiet hours on weekdays would be between 10 or 11 pm to 7 or 8 am...
Unless given permission by the owner, cops need a warrant in order to search a person’s home, belongings, vehicle, mail, etc. Now in the digital age, cops also need a warrant to search laptops, tablets, and cell phones. As our dependency on our cell phones continue to rise, so has a new question: do the police need a warrant to search the movements of a cell phone? This is a topic that the Supreme Court will be debating on later this year.
Today, we are in the digital age. 95% of Americans own a cell phone, which is carried with them wherever they go. When someone needs to make a call or send a text off of their cell phone, they are connected on their network carrier through a nearby antenna tower. If a person moves, their connection switches to the next tower, and so on...
Did you know that in California, women may not drive in a housecoat, or that no vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour? We are not pulling your leg. These are real laws that are still written in California’s law books. They are not the only weird, odd, peculiar laws this state still has today. In addition to those,
It is illegal to spit in Burlingame, unless you are on a baseball diamond.
Women may not wear high heels in Carmel.
Pinball machines are outlawed in El Monte.
Any man who has a mustache in Eureka is forbidden to kiss a woman, even if she is his girlfriend or wife.
Anyone who wishes to purchase a wax container must be at least 18 years of age.
In Hollywood, no one may drive over 2,000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard.
It is illegal to drink intoxica...
In order to have fun and celebrate the 4th of July, you need to understand the proper safety rules. Drinking responsibly is something you practice and preach day in and day out. However, fireworks safety is something you do not see or use on a regular basis. If you do not really know the safety rules for fireworks usage, do not be ashamed, just keep reading.
First things first: fireworks are not toys and must only be handled by those who are responsible enough to know how to use them safely.
Fireworks should be used outdoors, and there should be a supply of water within easy reach. Instructions are printed on the fireworks package, so whoever is involved should read through those thoroughly before using them.
The person setting off the fireworks should not wear loose clothing, as they d...
In California, you can be charged with a hit and run, even if the accident was not your fault. If you are involved in an accident, you are required to give your contact information to the other driver before you leave, regardless if the accident was your fault or not.
You can be charged with a misdemeanor if you caused damage, not just to another vehicle but also to property, like a building, a window, a fence, or even another person’s pet.
You can be charged with a felony hit and run if you leave the scene without providing any contact information even though you know that the other driver and his or her passengers were unhurt. If you had passengers in your vehicle and they were injured in the hit and run, then you can be charged with the felony.
The penalties for hit and run crimes ...
In California, we love our pets as much as we love our brothers and sisters, which is why we have a Good Samaritan law that makes it legal to smash a car window to save an animal. The law has been in effect for almost a year, and it is designed to protect the individual who smashed the car window from criminal charges. In order to be fully protected, the individual must remain present after smashing the window until the police arrive.
Everyone knows that a hot car is a dangerous weapon. If it is hot outside, the car is even hotter inside, and the car heats up very quickly too. Even 5 minutes inside a hot car can be deadly. For example, in 2016, on a 91 degree day in San Diego, firefighters rescued a dog from a car that was found to be 160 degrees on the inside...