Should You Open Your Door When Someone Knocks?

There is a knock on your door. You stand beside the door for several seconds torn between the urge to open it and find out who is on the other side and a genuine concern that opening the door could jeopardize your safety. Knocks in the Middle of the Night The general rule of thumb…

Neighbor Animal Disputes

Pets are supposed to bring peace and joy to our lives. The problem is that the same pet that you love with all of your heart can also trigger a major dispute between you and your neighbors. The most common issues behind neighbor animal disputes are barking dogs, animal waste getting deposited in the wrong…

California’s Most Common Traffic Citations

There are a lot of different types of traffic citations you can be issued in California, but there are some citations that are seldom given and some that happen all the time. When you look at the types of traffic citations California’s police officers issue, you really start to get an accurate picture of the…

Can I Sue if My Pet Is Killed or Hurt?

If you love your pet as much as you love a child or spouse, you’re not alone. Psychology Today reports that approximately 90% of pet owners consider their pet a family member. That means that losing a pet, particularly when that loss is someone else’s fault, is an emotionally devastating experience. Once the first hot edge of…

Graduation Parties Minors Drinking and Driving What are the Penalties

Now that summer is here, many graduating high school students have decided to celebrate the time between high school and graduation by throwing graduation parties. Many of the parties are family affairs where everything is nice and legal. The problem is that many teens also decide to throw less formal graduation parties that only their…

Can You Still be Charged with Resisting Arrest if the Original Charges Are Dropped?

Resisting arrest is one of those strange charges that people often think is unfair, in large part because it’s a discretionary charge that can make the police appear inconsistent. What is Resisting Arrest? If you think that bolting and running when the police pull out the handcuffs and start reciting the Miranda Rights is an…

Criminal Trespassing in California

When you read through California Penal Code Section 602 you’ll learn that it’s illegal to come onto someone’s property without the owner’s permission. While this doesn’t mean you’ll face criminal charges each time you have to use someone’s driveway to turn around or when you stop in at a neighbor’s home to inquire about a lost pet,…

Safe Hiking Tips for California’s Trails

California has some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world. The summertime provides you with the perfect excuse to hit those trails and enjoy some high-quality hikes. Before you do, make sure you take a few minutes to consider your safety. Be Realistic About Your Fitness Let’s face it. Most of us aren’t…

Getting Pulled Over in California

Before you leave your home, you should make a quick check and confirm that your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance are all in the vehicle with you. You want to make sure you have this documentation because as soon as you start your commute, there’s a chance you’ll be pulled over. Not having…

What are Romance Scams

Romance scams don’t get as much media attention as they probably should. This probably stems from the fact that many victims are embarrassed or ashamed that they fell for the con, that they rarely report the matter to the police, and are even less likely to discuss the situation with the media or even alert…