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Parole vs. Probation

Parole vs. Probation

Parole vs. Probation

There are many terms out there that most people mix up. Often times, these terms are closely related and describe similar, yet different, things. The terms are often used so closely together that people begin to assume they mean the same thing. A good example of this would the difference between parole and probation.

Just about everyone knows that these two terms have something to do with getting out of jail. However, that is usually the extent of most people’s knowledge on the matter. This is due to the fact that they would rather not spend time learning about terms they will likely never need to know about. Unfortunately for some, jail has a way of sneaking up on them. This makes it important to know the difference between these two terms.

Probation is often a replacement for a jail or prison sentence. A person is given probation by their case judge, and they have set of rules or conditions that they have to follow which vary from case to case. If they fail to follow those, then they will be taken into custody. However, if they follow all of the rules, then they can finish their sentence without ever setting foot in jail or prison.

Parole deals with a person who was recently released from prison. When a person is released from prison, they are not immediately free. They have to go through a sort of trial period, which is what parole is. The person has to prove they are rehabilitated by meeting certain conditions while out on their own. The person is assigned a parole officer that they have to meet with on a regular basis.

It is easy to see that while these two terms are similar, they are also very different. Probation is a way to stay out of jail or prison, while parole is what happens after a person is released from prison. Both, however, do require the person to be on their best behavior, or else they may end up behind bars.

 

2018: What Happened So Far

2018: What Happened So Far

2018: What Happened So Far

We are halfway through the year and we’ve already had an eventful year. It feels like it was just yesterday we were ushering in the new year. We had hopes and dreams that 2018 would be better than the previous year. We had New Year’s resolutions that were supposed to transform ourselves for the better. Yet here we are, halfway through the year, and we’re all pretty much the same.

We may have changed differently than how we expected. We set forth goals at the beginning of the year, but plans might have changed. We may have thought we’d go to the gym more, do more acts of kindness, and eat a few more salads. If we’re being honest we probably went to the nearest In-N-Out Burger the third week of January. Work, school, or drama dragged us into projects. We struggled, but we made it this far. We’ve grown in ways we didn’t think possible.

As a society we’ve witnessed horrible incident happening to innocent people. On February 14th, as nation we suffered an unspeakable act against humanity. The Parkland shooting in Florida reminded us that we have a long road ahead when it comes to protecting each other on our home turf. As a result we’ve experienced a giant movement in our educational system.

The education in our nation has been under fire. Unfortunately, it seemed to take a tragedy to ignite a fire to ask for a better system from our government. School protests popped up all over the country asking the government to do something to help protect students. Thousands protested about the gun violence. From asking for protection, the protests turned into just asking for more for our education. Teachers began walking out for pay raises and more school funding. States like Arizona, Oklahoma, and Vermont had massive teacher protests.

From tragedies to protests to walk-outs, we’ve experienced a lot this first half of the year. We even survived President Trump coming to visit California. This first half of the year we’ve also seen some good, like the Winter Olympics and the Korean War coming to an end. They say it’s never too late to chase your dreams and goals. It’s not too late for us to turn this year around. Get back to eating salads and starting thinking positive thoughts. This can still be your year to shine.

Think Twice Before Throwing That Frisbee

Think Twice Before Throwing That Frisbee

Think Twice Before Throwing That Frisbee

If you’re in Los Angeles County, you might want to reconsider playing frisbee with your best friend or dog. The county has a law that clearly states that before you can throw a frisbee, permission needs to be granted by a lifeguard.

Yep, this sounds like one of those ridiculous laws that are just plain silly. After all, if you’re in your own yard or a public park, it’s unlikely that you’ll even be able to track down a lifeguard. And even when you’re on the beach, no one seeks a lifeguard out just to ask if they can throw a frisbee back and forth. Yet, it does exist, and when you dig just a little deeper, you’ll start to realize that there’s actually a pretty sound basis for the law.

Basically, what the law means is that if you’re on a public beach and your playing with a frisbee (or anything else) and the lifeguard feels that you’re being a nuisance or disruptive, they can ask you to quit. The reason for the law is that there are times when throwing frisbees, balls, boomerangs, etc. can not only prove disruptive to others who are trying to enjoy the same space.

If a lifeguard (or police officer, park official, etc.) requests that you stop throwing the frisbee and you fail to do so, the Los Angeles courts have the right to hit you with a $1,000 fine for failure to comply to the request. Failing to pay the fine can result in your arrest and criminal charges.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when a lifeguard or park official comes up to them and requests that they stop doing something, such as tossing a frisbee around, is taking the request personally and losing their temper, which in turn means the official gets upset. Tensions mount until the official has no choice but to take drastic action that could result in your arrest. The best way to handle the situation is to remain polite and listen to what the official has to say. More often than not, they’ll provide an explanation for their request as well as a suggestion about another location or time when you can resume your frisbee throwing. If the request seems outrageous to you, rather than getting upset with the official, ask to see their supervisor.

Keeping a cool head and knowing when it’s best to take your frisbee and walk away from the entire situation, you’ll avoid a hefty fine and won’t risk spending a night in jail.

Are Drones Legal During Emergency Situations

Are Drones Legal During Emergency Situations

Are Drones Legal During Emergency Situations

Over the past few years, the general population has become obsessed with drones. One of the best things about drones is the ability to use them to take pictures of things that simply aren’t possible to get through more conventional methods. Most of the time, they’re harmless, but Los Angeles law officials are concerned about the small drones flying around during emergency situations.

The Problem

The issue of drones and what to do about them in the middle of a crisis was first brought up during the Lilac fire in San Diego. The fire was brutal, by the time fire fighters stopped the blaze, more than 150 buildings had been damaged and thousands of people had been forced to flee the city. It was a spectacular and heartbreaking crisis that proved too much for one drone owner to resist. They sent their small drone up into the sky, above the fire, presumably to capture some pictures of the blaze.

When they did so, it’s likely that the drone owner thought they were okay. It didn’t occur to them that as a result of their actions, emergency crews would be forced to suspend their attempts to suppress the blaze for a full hour as they tried to decide what to do about the drone. The concern was that if they sent their own firefighting drones up into the air, they would collide with the private drone, creating an expensive accident.

Drone Killers To The Rescue

Based on this one event, one police department decided that they needed to be prepared to encounter drones during future emergency situations, which is why the purchased an electronic tool that has been dubbed, the Drone Killer. The Drone Killers only function is to disable any drone that might be flying around during and emergency, sending it crashing to the ground. The Drone Killer currently has the ability to disable more than one hundred different types of popular drones.

Could Legal Action Be Around The Corner

As soon as society became obsessed with drones, law makers started exploring legal options connected the un-manned aircraft. Interfering with emergency air craft has always been a concern. It’s likely that using the drone killer is just the first step in dealing with drones during emergency situations. It’s reasonable to assume that it won’t be long before law makers start arresting people who fly their drones over fires, traffic accidents, and near hospitals.

California’s Views On Child Custody

California’s Views On Child Custody

California’s Views On Child Custody

California family court doesn’t care if whether you married the person you share a child (or children) with, the court’s first concern is setting up a formal situation that allows the child to spend time with both parents. Ideally, you and your co-parent are still on good enough terms that you’re able to sit down together and work out a system for sharing custody of any children you share.

Once you’ve worked out an agreement, you can take it to the court and they’ll generally honor the setup. At this point, the court takes the plan and turns it into a formal visitation and custody order. Once the court has been involved, the order is enforceable.

Issues Covered In Enforceable Custody And Visitation Orders:

By the time the formal child custody order is drafted, both parents will not only know what days and times that they’ll have their child/children during the week, were the child spends birthdays, holidays, and school vacations will also be addressed. To help reduce arguments, the court order will also include a clause about which parent is responsible for transporting the child to visitation sites, school, and even extracurricular activities such as piano lessons, school sporting events, etc.

Depending on how the parents get along, the court may opt to choose a neutral point for drop offs and pick up, which is another issue that will be addressed in the enforceable custody and visitation order.

Both parents will receive a copy of the enforceable custody and visitation order, which should be set up in a safe spot. It’s not unusual for the parents to also give a copy of the order to babysitters, teachers, and any one else who might need to know which parent the children are supposed to go with on a particular day.

What Happens When A Parent Ignores An Enforceable Custody And Visitation Orders:

Despite the California Court’s best efforts to keep things as amicable and organized for the estranged parents as possible, sometimes things don’t go as smoothly as they should and one of the parents rebels against the enforceable custody order. What the angry parent doesn’t always understand is that once the order has been filed with the court, it’s legally binding. The parent is not allowed to ignore it just because they don’t like the terms. Violating the custody order is the same as breaking any other law in the state of California. For example, taking your child on a day that isn’t one that the child is supposed to be with you can result in a kidnapping charge.

Parents who violate the custody order can expect a summons to appear before a judge. In some cases, the summons comes in the form of the police showing up at your home or place of work and hauling you to jail. Based on how badly you violated the custody agreement, a judge can deny you all access to your kids and even sentence to a long-term jail sentence.

You can find additional information about custody and visitation orders at the California Courts official website.

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