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…

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…

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,…

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…

Transporting Prescription Drugs

During the opioid crises in the ‘90s, it wasn’t uncommon to hear about someone getting arrested on prescription drug charges after what seemed like a routine traffic stop. In many of these cases, it was never made entirely clear how the police learned about the driver’s issues with the prescription drugs. At the time, many…

How Serious is Road Rage in California

The recent death of a young boy following a road rage incident has triggered a surge of interest in how large a problem road rage in California is.    On May 21, a young passenger was killed when a man fired a gun at a passing car. The incident took place while the mother of the boy…

Keeping Your Kids Safe this Summer

Summer is finally here which means long days and lots of freedom for your kids.   While you want your kids to have a great time and make lots of good memories this summer, you also want them to stay safe. The good news is that it’s possible to do both. Preventing Heat Stroke  …

Stopping for School Buses

School is back in session once again and for students, that means that the fun of summer is over. For many adults, we assume nothing changes for us when the new school year starts, however that isn’t exactly the case. With the start of school comes additional traffic around campuses, and school buses make a…