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How Should Firearms Be Stored?

How Should Firearms Be Stored?

How Should Firearms Be Stored?

Gun safety should be on the mind of every gun owner out there. Everyone who owns or even handles a gun should know how to use it safely. One of the important parts of owning a gun is how to store the item safely. No one wants a child to find the gun and cause harm to himself or someone else. That is why storage is so important.

Here in the state of California, gun owners are required by law to properly store their firearms.

Failure to do so can result in criminal charges, and that’s the best case scenario. The improper storage of a firearm can result in someone finding the gun, and hurting someone with it. If this happened, the owner of the gun would be held responsible.

The first part of storing a firearm properly revolves around unloading the gun before storing it. Guns should not be stored with ammunition in them. In fact, the gun and ammunition should be stored in two separate locations.

Next, the gun should be stored with some sort of safety device activated. This can be as simple as turning on the safety of the firearm. This will usually prevent the trigger from being able to be pulled. This decreases the chances of anyone accidentally setting of the firearm.

Lastly, the firearm and ammunition should both be stored in separate locked containers. This prevents anyone from accessing the weapon without the owner’s consent.

By doing all of this, a California gun owner ensures that his or her firearm is safely tucked away from prying hands. No child will be able to accidentally find the firearm and set it off by mistake. Following these guidelines, a gun owner takes the proper legal precautions of storing their firearm safely.

 

Consequences Of Ignoring A Jury Summons

Consequences Of Ignoring A Jury Summons

Consequences Of Ignoring A Jury Summons

The idea of a jury sounds like a great aspect of democracy right up to the point when you get a jury summons. It’s perfectly natural to wonder what would happen if you choose to ignore the letter telling you that you need to report to the courthouse and be considered for jury duty.

While ignoring a summons to appear for jury duty might not seem like a big deal to you, state’s are starting to really crack down on those who do. The exact consequences of skipping out on a jury summons can vary from one district to another, most courts will issue a bench warrant. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the cops will knock on your door, but it does mean that if you get pulled over, when the patrol officer runs your name through their computer system, they’ll discover the warrant and arrest you on the spot.

Even if you get lucky enough to never cross paths with a police officer after a failure to appear for jury duty bench warrant has been issued, the bench warrant can have an enormous and negative impact on your life. There’s been at least one report of someone from California getting denied when they tried to rent an apartment. When the person investigated the reason, they found that skipping jury duty resulted in a bench warrant that had popped up when the landlord ran a background check. That person hadn’t even lived in California when the court sent the summons. It took some time, but the individual was able to prove that they hadn’t been a California resident. They worked closely with the California state patrol and were eventually able to get the bench warrant dropped.

In Georgia, a woman who ignored a jury summons was sentenced to three days in jail. In Massachusetts, approximately 48,000 residents were charged a $2,000 fine after they failed to obey a jury summons.

A recent report indicated that Los Angeles County collected more than $940,000 from people who didn’t honor a request to sit on a jury.

When all is said and done, it’s in your best interest to obey the jury summons. If you have a exceptionally good reason for not being able to honor the request, talk to the judge. They may accept your excuse and let you off the hook.

 

Don’t Let Your Stuff Get Added To The Collection

Don’t Let Your Stuff Get Added To The Collection

Don’t Let Your Stuff Get Added To The Collection

Everybody has stuff that they enjoy owning, and would hate to lose. Unfortunately, there are people out there that like to steal other people’s stuff. That is why the Los Angeles County Sheriffs are running a series of ads for the “Stolen Collection.” At first glance, one might think that the poster is an advertisement for some weird fashion line, when in reality it is an advertising to keep your stuff out of the Stolen Collection.

The idea of the campaign is to help keep the important stuff in people’s lives, save from criminals who’d try to take it.

The campaign reminds individuals to:

  • Lock doors at night. This includes their house, garage, and car doors. This can help deter would be criminals and keep them out of areas where you don’t want them. Many criminals only steal items because it was easy to grab them and keep moving. Don’t let an unlocked car or garage become an easy target.
  • Turn on exterior lights at night. The additional light will help deter would be criminals who like dark targets. The darker an area, the easier it is for a criminal to do something illegal without being noticed.
  • Remove valuable from vehicles. Cars are not safe places to store anything valuable or of importance. Items that you don’t want stolen should be taken out of cars at night and stored in your house.
  • Lastly, report suspicious activity. If you see anybody acting strange or in a way that sets off alarms in your head, report it to the proper authorities. After all, better safe than sorry.

While this may only be a campaign in Los Angeles County, it is still important for everyone. Nobody wants to have something of theirs stolen and added to the “collection” so it is important to take the proper preventative steps. By following these easy, yet important steps every night you can help ensure that your stuff stays in your possession.

 

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.

 

Children’s Right And Child Protection

Children's Right And Child Protection

Children's Right And Child Protection

There is something about a child’s innocence that makes us all want to instinctively protect them. Some argue that it’s the fact that they are so helpless that we feel the need to protect them. Unfortunately, not everyone feels this way about children. There are people out in the world that wish to cause children harm. Whether they knowingly are hurting children or that is not up to a judge to decide.

Children are human too. That means that they also have rights, and deserve a chance in the world.

Unfortunately, some people still choose to abuse their kids. Recently in California, a house full of children who had been severely neglected and abused by their parents was discovered. The only reason we know about these 13 kids is because one lucky 17-year-old girl escaped from her parents and called 911. The 13 siblings all ranged from ages 2 to 29 years old. This begs the question of how did this go unnoticed?

Reports of child abuse come in by the thousands. In 2015, there were four million reported cases of maltreatment involving seven million children. Approximately 683,000 of those children were considered victims of maltreatment. Looking at these numbers from 2015, it is clear to see that we have an issue when it comes to raising the next generation. Child Protective Services (CPS) visited only 12% of the reported cases where the child eventually died.

Child Protective Services is supposed to save children. They’re goal is to protect children from hostile living situations and remove them from abusive homes. When kids suffer from their living situation and can’t remain with their family, CPS steps in and rehomes the kids. The 13 kids in California somehow flew under CPS’s radar, and suffered greatly for it. To help prevent a situation like this from happening again, you can look out for signs of child abuse.

This is what CPS considers child abuse:

  • A physical injury inflicted on a child by another person other than by accidental means.
  • The sexual abuse, assault, or exploitation of a child.
  • The negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child by a person responsible for the child’s welfare under circumstances indicating harm or threatened harm to the child’s health or welfare. This is whether the harm or threatened harm is from acts or omissions on the part of the responsible person.
  • The willful harming or endangerment of the person or health of a child, any cruel or inhumane corporal punishment, or any injury resulting in a traumatic condition.

The children we raise depend on us to help them make it to adulthood. We don’t live in prehistoric times where we have to actively fight off predators to protect our young anymore. Unfortunately, in this day and age, we have to protect the young from a different kind of harm. We have to safeguard them from predators disguised as regular people. As a society, we must guard our children because they will be the ones taking care of us in the future.

 

California’s Eviction Process

California’s Eviction Process

California’s Eviction Process

While a landlord has the right to evict a tenant from a rental problem if that person is doing a great deal of property damage or has stopped paying their rent, California does expect that landlord to obey the letter of the law. Failing to do so can result in the police showing up and arresting the landlord.

California has clear rules about the eviction process. The first thing landlord have to do is provide the tenant with written notice that their tenancy is terminated. If possible, this termination should be done in person and with a witness nearby. At this point, most landlords give their tenants an opportunity to correct whatever behavior prompted the behavior, such as having a pet where they’re not allowed, disrupting other tenants, or failing to stay on top of monthly rent checks.

In California, landlords are required to give the tenants five full days to leave their home.

What Happens Next?

If the tenant doesn’t change their behavior or if they refuse to leave the property, it’s time for the landlord to take the next step.

This is the point that many landlords find themselves in legal trouble. First, you aren’t allowed to simply wait until the tenant leaves their apartment and then change the locks, making it impossible for them to get back in. Second, you can’t contact the utility company and simply have them shut down the utilities to the property with the hope that this forces the tenant to leave.

Doing either of these things puts the tenant in a position where they’re free to contact the police and let them know what just happened, and even though the tenant isn’t supposed to be around anymore, that won’t stop the police from arresting the landlord. In this event, the landlord will be charged with a misdemeanor lockout, a charge that can seriously jeopardize the landlords reputation and trigger a great deal of legal fees.

When the tenants refuse to leave, the best course of action available to the landlord is taking the tenant to court. If the court agrees that the tenant violated the rental agreement, they’ll send a police officer to the property to remove the tenant. This might mean that the property remains occupied and the landlord won’t be getting rent checks but it also means the landlord won’t spend the rest of their life saddled with a criminal record. Plus, there’s always a chance that the court will order the tenant to pay back rent and cover any property damage they’re responsible for.

It’s worth noting, that it’s illegal for landlords to evict a tenant simply so they can raise the monthly rental fee on a rent-controlled property.

Sunglasses: For Fashion Or For Health?

Sunglasses: For Fashion Or For Health?

Sunglasses: For Fashion Or For Health?

Living in California means one of two things. First, you love the vibes of the state, sun, and culture. The second thing is you’re here for work and you have yet to fall in love with the state. The Golden State is known for its stars and coast line that you will fall in love with. Californians love staring out at the ocean and enjoying sunshine. Unfortunately, sunshine gives us a little bit of trouble.

The sunshine is our best friend, but also worst enemy.

Who doesn’t love soaking in the sun after a cold night or long winter? While we’re soaking up the joyous rays, we’re also cooking in some UV rays that are damaging our skin cells. We may be aware of what the harmful rays do to our skin, but we don’t think of our eyes.

Our eyes can actually receive sun damage as well as our skin. That is why wearing sun glasses isn’t just about fashion.

Most lenses help protect our eyes against UV rays that can cause harm just by looking at something extremely shiny. There’s a reason why they tell us not to stare directly at the sun.

Cheap sunglasses may be a bargain, but your eyes are more than likely suffering from it. Not wearing the correct protective lens can leave your eyes vulnerable to the harsh rays. This increases your chances for various forms of cancer. Eyes are sensitive tissues of our body that we need in order to see. They can’t be replaced.

Sunglasses are an essential part of any day at a California beach day or hot dessert day. Even in the heat of traffic, protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays is beneficial. When you buy sunglasses, they are usually marked if they help protect against UV rays. If they aren’t marked, you may want to look elsewhere for new stunner shades. You need to take care of your eyes or you won’t be able to fall in love with the California coast.

Show Someone You Care

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Swall

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Swall

When facing times of trouble, everyone just wants to know that someone has their back. It is comforting to know that somebody out there cares enough to help. This is especially helpful after an arrest. Nothing is more isolating than sitting in jail. This means that nothing is more uplifting than knowing that a friend or family member cares enough to post bail.

Of course, bailing someone out of jail costs a lot of money. Thankfully, there is a way to show a loved one that you care without emptying your bank account. Just contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Swall. Here, our of bail agents help their clients bail friends and family members out of jail on a daily basis. They are available to help any time of the day.

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Swall strives to make bailing a loved one out of jail as affordable as possible.

One way this is done, is by providing clients with customized payment plans. This will break up the cost of the bail bond into monthly payments that the client can manage. These payments will be designed to fit into each client’s budget.

It is also possible for clients to get a 20% discount on the price of the bail bond. If you or a co-signer is a member of the military, a member of AARP, a union member, a homeowner, or the defendant has a private attorney, then they qualify. With this discount, the bail bond will only cost 8% of the bail, not the usual 10%.

With help from David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Swall, bailing a loved one out of jail will be easy, fast and most of all, affordable. The defendant will be able to rest easy knowing that his or her loved one cares enough to post bail.

To talk to one of our helpful bail agents, simply click Chat With Us or call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Swall at 661-326-0608.

California’s Open Container Laws

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Swall Bail Bonds

In California, driving under the influence is not the only illegal alcohol and vehicle act, but it is the most known. It carries the most serious penalties. It is also very much worth knowing other alcohol and driving related laws, especially the “open container” laws for California.

For drivers who are 21 years or older, it is legal to drive a vehicle with an unopened container of alcohol in the car, even if it is in the front seat.

An unopened container must be absolutely sealed, never opened. So, a sealed bottle of wine never uncorked, a sealed bottle of liquor with the cap never twisted off, and an unopened can of beer, are legal to have in the front seat of the car. Any alcoholic beverages that have been opened must be placed in the trunk of the car.

If a driver is caught with a bottle of liquor that has been opened but is currently closed at the time they are pulled over, and they prove they have not been drinking, they are still breaking the law. That opened bottle must be in the trunk. However, the police may let the driver go with a warning, rather than a ticket. It is their call. The best chance for a driver being let off with a warning is for him or her to remain polite and respectful, prove they are indeed sober, and promise not to let it happen again. If the driver is cited, he or she is given an infraction and will have to pay a fine of $250.

For drivers who are younger than 21, consequences are harsher. After all, the legal drinking age is 21. Underage individuals face misdemeanor criminal charges that include a $1,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail.

The easiest way to make sure you are transporting alcohol legally in your vehicle, is to simply put it in your trunk, even if the alcohol container is sealed. If your trunk is cluttered with clothes and bags, put that extra clutter in your backseat. A police officer is less likely to pull you over if they see a bunch of clothes in the backseat of your vehicle rather than bottles of alcohol.

Don’t Let Someone Steal Your Identity

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Identity Theft Visalia

Identity theft can be a huge disaster for the person who had his or her identity stolen. The thief can cause a lot of damage to their target’s reputation, both physically and financially.

When a crook steals someone’s identity, they can wreak havoc. The thief gets ahold of personal information such as their target’s name and social security number. They can apply for credit cards, file taxes, or get soma medical services under their victim’s name. This can damage the victim’s credit status, and will takes years and a lot of money to fix.

You can prevent someone from stealing your identity and all the repercussions that comes with it, by doing the following:

  • Do not carry your social security card in your wallet and only give it out when you have to.
  • Do not give personal information out by phone, mail, or online.
  • Shred any paper or cards that have personal information on them to prevent anyone from finding the info in your trash.
  • Store personal info in a safe place at home.
  • Keep a watchful eye on finances and your credit score.
  • Use complex passwords for online accounts to help keep them secure.

By following some of these different protocols, you will be protecting yourself from identity theft. This can save you thousands of dollars and countless hours of stress and worry. Nobody wants to have their identity stolen, so be sure to do everything that you can to keep personal information safe and secure.

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