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…

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…

Understanding Reckless Endangerment

R eckless endangerment is a charge that’s filed against you when the police believe you’ve done something that posed a serious risk to another person or a group of people. It doesn’t matter if you intended to actually harm the people impacted by your decisions, all that matters is that you behaved in a manner…

Ignoring a Subpoena in California

Asubpoena is a written order that says you have to appear in court. This is usually handed to you by a lawyer or an official the court has appointed. Subpoenas can be issued for both criminal and civil court cases. Once you’ve received a subpoena, you have no choice but to appear in court. Failing…

The Ugly Reality of Bumper Stickers

Bumper stickers seem like a good idea. They provide you with a great opportunity to put your own personal stamp on your vehicle, helping you stand out from the crowd. In some cases, they provide you with a wonderful opportunity to brag about your child, spouse, and pet. They can also be a great conversation…

Squatting in California Laws

There is a housing problem in California. The state has more people who need a home than there are affordable rental options available. The shortage of available housing is likely why there seems to have been an increase in “squatting” cases. What is Squatting? Squatting is a slang term that’s used to describe the practice…