What Are Your Rights Regarding Police Searches Of Property?

What Are Your Rights Regarding Police Searches Of Property?

What Are Your Rights Regarding Police Searches Of Property?

When it comes to performing investigations, law enforcement officers have to follow certain rules and laws just like everyone else.

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects all US citizens from unreasonable search and seizures.

This means that law enforcement officers can only search a person’s property provided they have a good reason that has been approved by a court, the owner of the property allows it, or the officer has probable cause to do so.

This applies to all of a person’s property, including:

If a person does not give their consent to let an officer search through their personal possessions, then the officer will need to get a warrant...

Could Your Texts Be Taxed In The Future?

Could Your Texts Be Taxed In The Future?

Could Your Texts Be Taxed In The Future?

Californians pay a lot of different and expensive taxes. According to a recent report from Mercury News, the state’s Public Utilities Commission will be considering a new tax. This wouldn’t be just a new tax for California, it would likely be the first tax of its kind. The tax would also be one that a large majority of the population would probably be very upset over.

California regulators are currently looking into the idea of taxing text messages.

This is not a joke, the Public Utilities Commission is seriously looking into the matter. They are looking for ways to help provide funds for programs that make phone services accessible for poor people.

As anyone could imagine, this news has create quite a bit of uproar against the idea...

Drivers Have To Stop

Drivers Have To Stop

Drivers Have To Stop

California is notorious for having drivers who like to play by their own rules. Drivers in the state seem to follow the mentality that if everyone does it, it must be okay. However, this is not the case. After all, if other drivers drove off of a bridge, you wouldn’t follow them. Besides, a driver can still get into trouble for breaking a law, even if other drivers broke it too.

A perfect example of this is when drivers approach stop signs. A driver is supposed to come to a full stop at the limit line, the white line in the road, when they approach a stop sign. This is required by law. However, many drivers prefer to do a rolling stop, also known as a California stop.

A rolling stop occurs when a vehicle does not stop. Instead, it slows to an almost stop, then continues on without trul...

Where Is Your Food Prepared?

Where Is Your Food Prepared?

Where Is Your Food Prepared?

Everybody is a fan of good food, and most people would argue that the best food out there isn’t found in restaurants. The best food is found in family kitchens. Over the past few years, there has been a growing trend of people selling food that they made in their own homes. While this often provides people with some of the best food they have ever tasted, it does pose a few health concerns. That is why the practice was illegal in the state of California.

The key word there is was.

Starting January of 2019, entrepreneurs will be able to sell food they prepared in their home kitchens.

This change came about thanks to Assembly Bill 626, which was authored by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia...

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Safe Winter Driving Tips

While it may feel like fall just started, winter has arrived in parts of California. Soon enough, the entire state will be dealing with a chill in the air and storm clouds gathering on the horizon. Rains, snow, and ice will begin to affect the roads, creating dangerous driving conditions. When this happens, drivers need to proceed with caution, or risk being in a fender bender.

As road conditions worsen, drivers are supposed to adjust their driving accordingly. By doing so, they decrease the chances of themselves being in an accident.

Driving In Rainy Weather

Drivers should slow down. Sometimes in bad rain, even going the posted speed limit can be dangerous. On wet roads, cars can lose traction with the road and begin to hydroplane across the water, causing them to careen out of control...

Sometimes Even The Police Need Help

Sometimes Even The Police Need Help

Sometimes Even The Police Need Help

When it comes to solving crimes, everyone trusts that the local law enforcement agencies will take care of it. After all, that is their job. They find the clues to track down the criminals and keep everyone safe. They do this on a daily basis. In fact, they do their jobs so well that many people often forget that sometimes police officers need help.

Even with all of the tools and training at their disposal, sometimes police officers miss something. This is usually due to the fact that they simply weren’t there to witness it. This is when they turn to the general public for help.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who are uncomfortable with the idea of giving information to police officers...

Can Your Neighbor Park And Block Your Driveway?

Can Your Neighbor Park And Block Your Driveway?

Can Your Neighbor Park And Block Your Driveway?

The downside to living in a city or residential area is that it’s not uncommon for someone to park in such a way that it blocks your driveway. Luckily, in most cases the driver is only there for a few minutes before they move on, but every once in a while you’ll encounter some rude driver who doesn’t seem to see why you are upset about the fact that they’ve been blocking their driveway for hours.

The good news is that you do have some legal options.

The first thing you should do is ask the person to move their vehicle. No matter how irritated you are over the situation, while dealing with the driver, stay calm, cool, and collected. Remember that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar...

Can You Drive While High?

Can You Drive While High?

Can You Drive While High?

At the start of 2018, California made it legal for marijuana to be sold from licensed dispensaries. This allowed people to consume marijuana recreationally, much in the same way that alcohol is allowed to be used. While this excited many people, some failed to realize some of the implications of the new law.

The biggest factor of the law, is that while people are allowed to use marijuana recreationally, they still need to be responsible. Many of the new rules regarding the usage of marijuana are comparable to the laws around the drinking of alcohol. This includes the rule that a person cannot legally drive a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If a person is caught driving while under the influence of marijuana, they will likely face DUI charges...

Be Safe This Black Friday

Be Safe This Black Friday

Be Safe This Black Friday

Thanksgiving is here, and that means Black Friday is as well. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. All kinds of stores have amazing deals on Black Friday. In many instances, it seems like they are practically giving away certain high dollar items. This is why so many people seem to go crazy about Black Friday Deals.

Sadly, there have been far too many incidents of Black Friday shoppers getting beaten up or even killed in all of the madness. That is why if anyone is planning on going shopping this Black Friday, they need to be prepared. They do not want to wind up as another crazy news story.

  • Bring snacks and water when shopping for long periods of time.
  • Bring hand warmers when standing outside in lines.
  • Park in well-lit areas and keep keys in ...

Statute Of Limitations In The State Of California

Statute Of Limitations In The State Of California

Statute Of Limitations In The State Of California

The phrase statute of limitations refers to a predetermined amount of time that has to pass before a person can no longer be convicted of a crime. Each state sets their own statute of limitations for different types of crimes. Statute of limitations apply to both criminal civil lawsuits.

Why Statute Of Limitation Exist

The idea of putting a time limit on a crime might seem strange. The logic behind the situation is that by limiting the amount of time a case can be investigated and charges brought, the fairer the justice system is being. The general belief is that after X amount of time has passed, the odds of the defendant getting a fair trial drastically decrease...