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LAPD Cracks Down On Street Takeovers

LAPD Cracks Down On Street Takeovers

LAPD Cracks Down On Street Takeovers

It is no secret that Los Angeles County has been experiencing an increase in dangerous vehicular activities this year. From street racing to takeovers, hundreds of people all over Southern California have been participating in this dangerous and illegal activity. In an effort to crack down on these activities, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) created a street racing task force back in August.

Over the last month or so, there have been multiple incidents of large groups of people blocking of intersections and parking lots in order to perform dangerous stunts in front of large crowds. Nothing separates the vehicles from the bystanders, and several recorded instances show multiple people almost being hit by the vehicles.

These kinds of events are dangerous and illegal. Participants can be arrested and have their vehicles towed and impounded. This is what happened to a few individuals who were recently caught street racing. As far as charges go, people caught participating or even viewing illegal spectacles such as this can face:

  • Unlawful assembly
  • Reckless driving
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Vehicular manslaughter

These kinds of activities are illegal because they are dangerous. Under normal circumstances, a person may only be charged with reckless driving. However, if a bystander is hurt or killed, the driver could face assault with a deadly weapon charges and/or vehicular manslaughter charges. This is regardless if the accident was on purpose or not.

This is why the LAPD, as well as other law enforcement agencies, encourage safe driving. Nobody wants to get hurt, and nobody wants to be responsible for hurting someone else.

 

The 3 Levels Of Crimes

The 3 Levels Of Crimes

The 3 Levels Of Crimes

When it comes to getting in trouble with the law, there are three levels of offense. Crimes are spread across these three levels, which is why different crimes earn a person different severities of punishment.

The three different levels are:

  • Infractions
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies

Every crime that you can think of can be placed into one of these categories. Some crimes can fall between two categories, meaning they can be charged as one or the other. These kinds of crimes are called wobblers, and the severity of the punishment is often decided by the prosecution based upon the details of the crime itself.

Infractions are the lowest level of crimes and it include things such as traffic violations. Since these are usually minor crimes, they can only earn a person small fines with no risk of jail time. This is how parking in the wrong place can earn a person a ticket, but not jail time. However, some crimes such as speeding, can be bumped up to the next level if the crime was considered dangerous enough.

Misdemeanor crimes are the mid-level crimes, which is a pretty wide field in the state of California. Most crimes fall into this category, unless they were very violent or dangerous. Misdemeanors can earn a person fines up to $1,000 and jail time no longer than 1 year.

Felonies are the worst crimes that a person can commit, and as such, carry the heftiest consequences. Felonies can be punished with fines up to $10,000 and up to life in prison. These are the kinds of penalties people face when they have done something as bad as killing another person.

Knowing the differences between the three levels of crimes can come in handy. It helps a person to know how much trouble they or a loved one are in when they have been charged with something.

 

Handling A Cyberbully

Handling A Cyberbully

Handling A Cyberbully

Bullying has always been a problem, but prior to the creation of the internet and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, most bullying was done by someone the victim knew. That’s no longer the case. These days, you can be bullied by someone you’ve never met, who lives on the other side of the world, and all because you dared state your opinion about something on your social media account.

If you’re a victim of cyberbullying, there are some things you can do to protect yourself.

Shut Down Your Computer

One of the best things you can do when it comes to a cyberbully is shutting down your computer, or at the very least logging off your social media accounts for a little while. This put space between you and the person who is trying to bully you. In many cases, when a victim doesn’t respond to the cyberbully, the person loses interest and looks for a more interesting victim. When you log back into your accounts, you can delete bullying comments and move on with your life.

Save Some Screenshots

If ignoring the cyberbully doesn’t cause them to go away, you should avoid engaging with them, but you should also click screenshots of all their comments. If the situation escalates, these screenshots can be used to build a case against the cyberbully. Make sure you save the screenshots so that even if your computer crashes, the screenshots will survive. Most experts recommend saving them to both a cloud storage system and an external drive.

Contact The Police

Cyberbullying is a serious matter. In an increasing number of cases, getting the bully to quit has involved police involvement. Indicators that it’s time to stop dealing with the situation on your own and that you need to contact the police include when threats of physical violence are being made or when despite your best efforts, the harassment simply doesn’t stop. According to data collected by the Cyberbullying Research Center, approximately 82% of police officers feel that cyberbullying is a serious offense that requires police involvement.

Don’t give any indication that you’re contacting law enforcement. Simply hand over all the evidence you’ve collected and let the cyberbully be surprised when the police, arrest warrant in hand, knock on their door. Any bullying that goes on between the time you contact the police and the cyberbully is arrested will strengthen your case.

 

Filing A Restraining Order

Filing A Restraining Order

Filing A Restraining Order

There is almost nothing more frightening than facing someone who refuses to leave you alone. What do you do when an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend refuses to stop calling after a harsh breakup? What do you do when someone finds you online and begins showing up at your home or place of work? What do you do when a communicated threat becomes physical? Luckily, there is a way to protect yourself.

While filing for a restraining order may not be the first or the most desirable option to deal with someone who is threatening your safety, in time it may become necessary. It is important that you are not afraid to take legal action to protect yourself. It is also important not to be deterred by the process in which you have to follow to obtain a restraining order.

According to the California state website, before you ask for a civil harassment restraining order, you must make sure that it is right for your situation. That you have been stalked, harassed, sexually assaulted, or threatened with violence. You must also ensure that you and the person you wish to restrain is NOT a spouse or former spouse, dating, or closely related.


There are five steps to file a request for a restraining order:

  1. Fill Out Your Court Forms and Prepare to File
  2. File Your Court Forms With the Court
  3. “Serve” Your Papers on the Restrained Person
  4. Get Ready and Go to your Court Hearing
  5. After the Court Hearing

There are several forms that you will need to fill out. Those forms can be found here. It is advised that you make at least five copies of all of your forms. After the forms have been completed, you will need to take them to the court where the judge will either grant or deny your request for a restraining order. If approved, the court clerk will officially file the paperwork to make the order part of the court’s record.

The judge cannot make official orders until the other party has been served with the court papers. There are several details regarding “serving” your papers, we suggest taking a look here for the most accurate and up-to-date information. You will need to attend a hearing where the judge will meet with both parties and make a decision about final orders regarding the restraining order.

At first glance, the process can be overwhelming and confusing. If you face a situation where you feel you need to take action with a restraining order, do it. It is never wise to risk you or your family’s safety.

 

Bicycle Traffic 101

Bicycle Traffic 101

Bicycle Traffic 101

A rite of passage for many young children is learning how to ride a bike. Whether it be the freedom of riding around your neighborhood, cycling to the ice cream parlor in the summer, or just going to visit a friend without having to depend on your parents, there is much fun to be had as a child on a bicycle. However, we must intervene and say that no matter what society may say, it is never too late for anyone to learn how to ride a bike.

As one gets older, the passion for bike riding may evolve into a love of cycling, a more formal means of biking, or may simply fade away as a childhood memory. If you are a person that falls into the first category and love riding a bike, this post is for you! Did you know that there are specific traffic rules in California for cycling? If not, you’re in luck.


In order to help keep you safe on the road, we’ve compiled a list of common bike laws in the state of California.

  • When there is not a bike lane, one must ride as close to the right side of the road as possible except when passing, turning left, avoiding road hazards, or if the road is too narrow to share. If a bike lane is present, you must ride in the designated lane unless one of the previously mentioned conditions is present.
  • You’re in luck, it is the law that no one may stop or park on a bicycle path.
  • Stay off freeways, expressways, and toll bridges. Cyclists are prohibited by California Department of Transportation.
  • The handlebars on your bike may not be taller than the rider’s shoulders.
  • When biking at night, be sure a white headlight is attached to your bike or person and is visible from the front.
  • In addition to a white headlight, your bike will need to be equipped with a red reflector that is visible from the back as well as a white or yellow reflector that is affixed to the bike’s pedal.
  • We know you like your music, but it is against the law to have headphones or earplugs in both ears when biking.
  • Just like motor vehicles, cyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within marked crosswalks or unmarked crosswalks at intersections.
  • However, unlike motor vehicles, cyclists may use a cell phone while riding. While using a cell phone isn’t illegal, we suggest keeping your phone zipped away and your eyes on the road at all times.

Whether you’re an avid cyclist or you simply want to take your family out for a Sunday afternoon bike ride to the park, it is important that you keep these laws in mind when riding on the roadways. By doing so, you are not only following California state law but you are also helping to ensure your family is safe! If you have any questions or want further explanation about any of the laws listed above, click here.

 

Exercising Really Is Good For You

Exercising Really Is Good For You

Exercising Really Is Good For You

If you were to ask someone for a way to stay healthy, there’s a good chance he or she would tell you to exercise. Many people believe that having a more active lifestyle is the key to staying healthy, both physically and mentally. As it turns out, these people are right. A recent study has proven this fact, at least somewhat.

Several studies have established the fact that getting some exercise in each week can increase a person’s overall mood and physical health.

Exercising has been shown to alleviate and even prevent depression.

A new study that was just published in Lancet Psychiatry says that just two hours of physical activity a week is all it takes to see these kinds of results.

This new discovery makes the thought of exercising a lot easier for many people. In fact, that’s just 24 minutes a day, 5 days a week. That is much more manageable for people with very busy schedules.

Of course, as with any good thing, there is a point where it becomes too much. The study found that there is a limit to the positive gains that a person can receive from exercising. The sweet spot seems to be anywhere between 2 to 6 hours a week. The theory is that people who excessively or obsessively exercise may be suffering from mental health problems, which is why they exercise so much.

Regardless, it is safe to say that exercising is good for you. Not only does it help keep your body in shape, it can help out your mind as well. If you don’t have loads of time to devote to exercising, do not worry. If you can squeeze in around 25 minutes of any physical activity every weekday, you will be well on your way to living a happier and healthier lifestyle.

 

Summer Is Heating Up

Summer Is Heating Up

Summer Is Heating Up

Spring is over and summer is definitely here to heat up the party in California. The early cool mornings are slowly turning to scorching hot heat. Less and less people will be out walking about because of the high temperatures. Nobody wants to sweat or burn up under the Sun. Everyone will be sporting their sun kissed skin and smothering on the sunscreen.

The weather last year in 2017 was a bit extreme. 2017 brought hurricanes, and some of the hottest temperatures across the world. California had a sizzling summer with extreme triple digit temperatures. Even at night, there was barely any relief. It’s not surprising that last summer was hottest on record for the state. This year will more than likely follow suite. The Weather Network is expecting the summer of 2018 to be very hot, especially in the months of June, July, and August.

The climate in California is generally perfect, at least that’s what we like to believe.

California is classified as a Mediterranean-like climate according to Visit California. The Climate is typically dry with warm summers and mild winters. The problem with trying to classify all of California is the state is so big. The Northern California climate is completely different than the one in Southern California.

The heat is not something to be taken lightly. It can be dangerous to our furry companions and ourselves. When California heats up, we need to be prepared. In Northern California, temperatures can rise anywhere between 72 – 98 degrees Fahrenheit. In Southern California, temperatures can be anywhere between 71-107 degrees Fahrenheit. Those are just a range of average temperatures, which means they could be higher in some instances.

In order to survive the heat, we need to learn to avoid it as much as possible.

California may heat up in the summer months but there is plenty to do to keep cool. To avoid heat stroke or heat exhaustion, drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated is half the battle. Be aware of your sun exposure, and lessen it to help keep yourself feeling fresh. While you’re trying to stay cool this summer, don’t forget about your furry friends. If you can’t handle the heat, they definitely can’t as well.

 

Horseback Riding Laws: Even Horses Have Laws

Horseback Riding Laws: Even Horses Have Laws

Horseback Riding Laws: Even Horses Have Laws

Horses can be wild creatures. Somehow we’re able to tame them, and teach them to do tricks and how to be ridden. We form bonds with these creatures. Unlike cats and dogs, horses cannot be pushed around so easily. You don’t tell a horse to do anything, you ask it. After all, a thousand pound creature doesn’t need your permission. A horse and rider share a bond that only they can really understand. A horse depends on the rider to take care of it. The rider in return gets to have partner. It’s a fun relationship between a horse and rider. However what about the relationship between the horse, rider, and California state law?

If you plan on riding your horse on highways and roads you need to be prepared. Even though you are on your horse you still need to obey the rules of the road. Meaning you have to stop at stop signs, and you have to go the speed limit. Obeying speed limits is where you realize its best to avoid highways and roads. If the speed limit if 55 miles per hour, you must also be going 55 miles per hour. You also cannot ride in reckless manner that could harm you, your horse, or others.

Drinking while riding your horse can also get you into trouble. It may seem like a good alternative to drinking and driving, but drinking and riding will get you into trouble. You can still get cited with a DUI or public intoxication. This is due to the fact that you can still cause serious injuries to yourself and those around you.

Just like a car, all horses must be licensed. That is, as long as you live in the City of Los Angeles. There is municipal code in Los Angeles that requires all horses to be registered with the city. The fee to register your horse is small, and is used to maintain horse trails in the city area. Different cities in California may have different requirements.

If you think that you’ll be riding horses and enjoying the feeling of the wind through your hair, think again. Just like horse registration, cities may require you to wear a helmet when riding your horse. If a city doesn’t have a law regarding wearing a helmet, the barn that you stay at might. Barns or boarding places for horse generally have a rule in regards to helmets. They typically require all those under the age 18 to wear a helmet.

Riding a horse can be a fun adventure. Together, the horse and rider can see places that you probably wouldn’t have been able to see in a vehicle. Horses can get you closer to nature and the world around you. If you plan on tacking up soon, just be aware of the laws in your area. Most importantly, saddle up and ride this summer.

 

Are Air Conditioners Required By Law In Rentals?

Are Air Conditioners Required By Law In Rentals?

Are Air Conditioners Required By Law In Rentals?

Summer is here, and many of us have been dealing with the heat for almost a month now. For many, this kind of heat means hiding out indoors with the air conditioning running. However, for some people, this isn’t always an option. For instance, people living in rentals may not have access to an air conditioner.

Here in the state of California, landlords have to provide their tenants with a habitable living environment. This means that a landlord has to provide functioning electrical, plumbing, and gas systems, as well as heating. Unfortunately, this does not include providing any sort of air conditioning since the state views this as an amenity.

While it is not required by law for a landlord to provide an AC unit for a house, many will do so regardless in areas that deal with high heat. This is done because it makes the property more desirable. While the AC unit itself isn’t required by law, if it was provided and operable when the tenant moved in the landlord is responsible for keeping it running. However, this only rings true so long as the unit broke through no fault of the tenant. If the tenant broke it, then he or she has to pay for the repairs.

If your rental came with a functioning air conditioner that has stopped working, contact your landlord about getting it fixed. A simple phone call, followed by a written statement saying that the unit is broken an in need of repairs should be enough. After receiving both of these, the land lord has anywhere from two weeks to a month to fix the unit.

Dealing with the summer heat, especially at home, is not fun. If you can’t escape the heat at home, try going out. California has several options for keeping cool. You could go to a beach or water park. If neither of those are really your thing, you can go see a movie or go to the mall. Locations like that typically provide AC during the hottest of days.

 

The Hidden Dangers Of Keyless Cars

The Hidden Dangers Of Keyless Cars

The Hidden Dangers Of Keyless Cars

We sometimes here stories that seem so crazy they must not be true. Then, once we look into the story more, we find out it is really true. Some things that you think are common sense, might only be common to you. It’s important to remember that not everyone goes through the same life experiences. Some generations seem to be more intuitive with technology than others. The most recent technology that seems to be difficult to master is push to start cars.

We’re not talking about pushing a car to start it like in the Flintstones; we’re talking about keyless cars. These are cars that don’t need a key to start them, and automatically start and shut off when the key is gone. This new feature is supposed to save the driver the hassle of placing a key in the keyhole.

It’s a convenience for the driver that has turned deadly in some instances.

Unfortunately, there has been an issue with carbon monoxide leaking into houses from the garage. High dosages of carbon monoxide are poisonous to us. When people forget to press the button and turn off the car, the car stays running and producing carbon monoxide in the garage. The toxic gas then seeps into the house from the garage through vents or a crack in the door.

More than two dozen people have fallen victim to this tragedy this year. An older gentleman thought that his car would just turn off, but unfortunately it didn’t. His car continued to run, and in the morning the older gentleman was be found dead in his house. The carbon monoxide produced by his car leaked into his house from his attached garage. The older man’s lack of knowledge about this technology cost him his life.

Car companies are looking to fix the problem. As technology advances, keyless cars aren’t going anywhere. If anything we’ll start to see more push to start cars. This feature, which was once a luxury, will soon be in all new vehicles. Car companies are considering creating a warning noise, and a failsafe to help prevent any more deaths related to the push to start button. Time will tell if putting in a warning system to notify users that their car is on will pay off.

 

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