What Is The “Bait and Switch” When Is It Illegal?

What Is The “Bait and Switch” When Is It Illegal?

What Is The “Bait and Switch” When Is It Illegal?

Bait and switch is a cute term that refers to a nasty con game. If you’re the victim of a bait and switch scam you’ve purchased one item only to be given something that doesn’t match the description of what you purchased. Bait and switch typically involve businesses who use the tactic to lure customers in by advertising a great product at a fantastic price only to provide something that’s quite different.

Identifying That you Were a Victim of Bait and Switch

The FTC has done an excellent job of creating guidelines that clarify when a “bait and switch” situation has happened.

According to the FTC, you weren’t a victim of a bait and switch con if you:

✦ Were convinced to buy something different
✦ If the seller simply runs out of whatever item they were promoting, especially ...

What Are Your Rights When a Tenant Will Not Move Out of Your Home?

What Are Your Rights When a Tenant Will Not Move Out of Your Home?

What Are Your Rights When a Tenant Will Not Move Out of Your Home?

Owning a rental property is a great opportunity to earn extra money while also helping resolve a small portion of California’s rental housing crisis.

While there are many good things that go along with owning a rental property there are also some downsides. One such drawback is when you have a tenant who simply refuses to move out of your home.

The good news is that there are some things you can do.

California law states that you have a right to tell your tenant that they’re evicted when they’ve:

✽ Failed to pay their rent
✽ When they do something that blatantly breaks the rental contract, such as having a dog in a no-pets property
✽ The tenant has done so much damage to the property that it’s lowered the overall property value
✽ The tenant is on the property when they break th...

California Probation Violations? Here’s What Happens in California

California Probation Violations? Here’s What Happens in California

California Probation Violations? Here’s What Happens in California

When you’re on probation, the courts will let you know what requirements you have to meet, but no one is going to hold your hand and remind you of those requirements every single day. It’s up to you to remember what you are and aren’t allowed to do. If you break violate your probation, no one will be interested in excuses.

The issue of probation violations in California is covered by Penal Code section 1203.3. The code gives the court the option to decide to revoke or modify your probation following a violation.

When your probation officer alerts the court to a violation, you’ll have to appear at a probation revocation hearing.

Probation revocation hearings are different from traditional trials. The prosecution doesn’t have to prove their case “beyond a reasonable doubt...

Most Common Crimes in California during Covid-19

Most Common Crimes in California during Covid-19

Most Common Crimes in California during Covid-19

One of the more fascinating aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is watching how it has impacted the crime rates. Not only has the number of arrests changed since COVID-19 was discovered in the United States, but the types of crimes are also different.

When the government first started to shut things down, many of us tensed, positive that the changes would trigger a surge in crime. That didn’t happen. During the first few months of the pandemic, crime rates dropped.

It’s difficult to track down just how much crime rates decreased during the early months of the pandemic. The main metric used to determine the crime rate in most areas is the number of 911 calls dispatchers receive. From March 16 through April 22, 2020, nearly every major city reported that 911 calls had decreased...

Should you Bail your Buddy Out of Jail

Should you Bail your Buddy Out of Jail

Should you Bail your Buddy Out of Jail

You love your best buddy and have no hesitation about going out of your way to help them whenever they ask, but getting asked to post bail is different from agreeing to help them move. When your best friend calls and asks you to help cover their bail, there are a few things you need to consider before you agree.

Can You Afford it?

When you post cash bail for your buddy, you’ll get all of the money back… eventually. The refund doesn’t happen until your buddy’s case has been resolved. How long it takes to resolve the case depends on if your buddy plans on fighting the charges or pleading guilty right away. If your buddy is determined to prove their innocence and the case goes before a jury, a full year could easily pass before the court returns your money.

Going through a bail bon...

California’s Leash Laws

California’s Leash Laws

California’s Leash Laws

Owning a dog is one of life’s greatest pleasures. No matter how bad your day is, it’s nice to know that when you get home you’ll be greeted with joy and love.

While owning a dog is wonderful, there are also many responsibilities connected to owning a dog. One of the things you must be aware of is California’s leash laws. Failing to obey the leash laws can result in both you and your best friend running afoul of the law.

The first thing to understand about leash laws is that they can vary from one city to another. This means that anytime you take your dog for a walk in a new area, you should spend a few minutes researching the local leash laws. The good news is that while there are some differences, the general concept is the same...

What Happens if your Home is Condemned in California

What Happens if your Home is Condemned in California

What Happens if your Home is Condemned in California

No one wants to find out that their property has been condemned. When a property is condemned, it doesn’t automatically mean that the house (or the other structures on the property) will be torn down. It simply means that the government has stepped I and assumed ownership of the property. This is done with the assistance of eminent domain laws.

While fighting a notice of condemnation isn’t easy, California does have some laws that allow you to object when the government says they want to condemn your property.

It’s important to understand that the government doesn’t randomly decide to condemn buildings. It also isn’t something they like to do...

Committing Perjury in California

Committing Perjury in California

Committing Perjury in California

Committing perjury in California isn’t a laughing matter. According to state law, perjury happens when you knowingly lie while you’re under oath. The issue is addressed in the state’s penal code sections 118-131.

The legal system only works if everyone believes that anyone who has sworn an oath to tell the truth really is doing so. When someone feels free to lie while under oath, the entire system falls apart, which is why the court takes such a hard stand against people who are found guilty of committing perjury.

If you’re convicted of committing perjury, the judge can have you imprisoned or placed on criminal probation. Those are just the short-term consequences of committing perjury in California...

Californias Wobbler Laws

California’s Wobbler Laws

California’s Wobbler Laws

It’s not uncommon to look up a crime, such as disturbing the peace, and see that it is one of California’s wobbler laws. If you’re confused by the use of the word wobbler, you’re not alone. Few people who aren’t directly involved with California’s judicial process understand exactly what wobbler laws are.

How California’s Wobbler Laws Work

Wobbler laws aren’t complicated. Seeing the word wobbler attached to an offense simply means that the prosecution has an option. They have the luxury of charging the defendant with either a felony or a misdemeanor.

In most cases, the amount of damage the defendant has done determines which way the charge wobbles. For example, if you’re charged with a hit and run accident that only involved property damage, you’ll face misdemeanor cha...

Understanding the Difference Between Aggravated Assault and Simple Assault

Understanding the Difference Between Aggravated Assault and Simple Assault

Understanding the Difference Between Aggravated Assault and Simple Assault

If you’re confused by the idea that in California has two different types of assault, simple and aggravated, you’re not alone. The state is full of people who don’t know the difference between these two criminal charges.

Throwing a punch at a guy who was irritating you while you were trying to enjoy a beer at your favorite bar is usually a simple assault. However, if you grabbed a knife or started swinging a pool stick, the charge will likely be bumped up to aggravated assault.

Aggravated assault is covered in California’s Penal Code Section 245. The way the law is written, aggravated assault takes place when an assault involves the use of a deadly weapon (including a gun...