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The Dangers Of Dares

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We all know what dares are and how they can are often used to challenge our friends and family members. Often times, adults use dares in a joking manner. We do this by daring a friend to talk to a romantic interest or say something to their boss at work. However, even though we have dared that person, we do not actually expect him or her to go through with the dare because we, as adults, understand the consequences.

Dangers Of Dares

Unfortunately, kids pick up on what the adults around them do, and that often includes dares. However, while they understand the concept of a dare, they do not always understand the joking nature behind it. They can take dares seriously, and do not fully comprehend the consequences for following through with the dare. All they want to do is uphold their reputation.

This can cause kids to get into bad or even dangerous situations.

As a parent, it is important to talk to your kids and teach them about dares and how dangerous they can be. Make sure your children understand that dares should not be taken seriously, especially if it involves doing something dangerous. Let them know it is okay to ignore a dare.

It is also important to let your child know that he or she can always come and talk to you about these sorts of things. Show them that you are always willing to listen to them. You can even use talks about dares as teaching moments. Verbally walk through the dare with them and show them the factors and consequences that they might have overlooked. This can help them get better at risk assessment, and teach them how to handle this sort of thing on their own.

As a parent, you just want to keep your child safe, and one of the ways you can do that is by teaching him or her about the dangers that dares can possess. By doing so, you can keep your child from inadvertently harming him or herself.

Do You Protect Your Credit Card?

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Credit cards are a great way to purchase things, since they let you make a purchase without actually having the cash in hand. However, they are very vulnerable and can be subject to be stolen.

Crooks can get ahold of credit card information in a number of different ways. Once they have someone’s credit card info, they can open accounts and make purchases that the victim will have to pay for. This is why there are people out there who steal credit card information. They get to buy whatever they want with stolen information and they do not have to pay for any of it.

Here are a few tips for keeping your credit card info safe from the hands of criminals.

  • Do not give your account number to anyone over the phone unless you have made a call to a company that you know is reputable.
  • Never sign a blank receipt.
  • Report any questionable charges on your credit card to the company that issued you the card.
  • Consistently check your bills and statements.
  • Notify the company that issued you the card if your address has changed or if you will be traveling.
  • Do not write your account number down where other people can see it, like on the outside of an envelope.
  • Save your receipts so you can compare them to your monthly statements.
  • Shred old cards and any papers that have your account info on them before throwing them away.

Above all else, notify your card issuer the moment you lose your card or if you think your info has been stolen. Most companies have a 24 hour toll-free number that their clients can call to report lost or stolen credit cards. Once you report the card, you are no longer held accountable for any purchases on the card, the card itself will be deactivated and you will be sent a new one.

Even if you just lost the card, reporting it is your best option.

New Jersey’s Failed Bail Replacement

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At the start of this year, the state of New Jersey eliminated its bail system in favor of a system where judges determine whether or not it is safe to release the defendant. The idea of this new system was to be fairer to people who would not be able to generate the funds needed to pay for bail. This is the very same system that lawmakers want to implement in California.

It is easy to see how this system sounds like a good idea. You remove the need for people to pay to get out of jail, thus allowing even the poorest person to get out of jail. Unfortunately for many people, this new system is a problem. This system does little to protect victims or deter criminals.

Many officers refer to this new setup as a revolving door system. Criminals get arrested and are back out the street by the end of the day. The punishment for committing a crime has been removed, thus allowing the criminals to continue with their ways. This puts thousands of innocent people at risk.

Of course, these criminals will still face charges, they have only been released for the period of their trial. However, since they have been released, there is nothing to stop them from committing more crimes during this period. This differs from when someone is out on bail, since the person out on bail has something to lose. This person paid to get out of jail and will have wasted the money if he or she gets arrested again.

If the defendant did nothing to get out, like they do in this new system, then there is nothing preventing him or her from committing another crime. Let New Jersey be an example for California, this planned new system will not benefit anyone other than the criminals.

Bail offers a person incentive to be on his or her best behavior and another set of eyes to watch that person during the trial process.

When The Police Doesn’t Need A Search Warrant For Your Phone

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ave you ever traveled internationally and then upon returning to the United States, you have been asked by border control for your cell phone? Whether this has happened to you or not (and you will probably say it has not happened to you), you probably wonder if you are required to give your phone to them, and whether they are violating your rights and privacy.

This has happened to a small percentage of travelers but the percentage has risen sharply since 2015. Due to this increase, Congress was introduced with a new bill that would limit United States border agents when it comes to searching cell phones of Americans who are returning to the country. The new bill, if passed, would require the border agent to have probable cause, at the least, to search and even seize a cell phone.

Search Warrant For Your Phone

Even if the bill is not passed, the United States border agents do have the right to ask for cell phones. Most likely, the chances of being searched are practically nonexistent. To offer perspective, nearly 400 million individuals cross United States borders every year. Less than 0.01 percent of these 400 million travelers have their phone or computer searched. And an even smaller percentage of that 0.01 are American citizens.

People who are searched leave a “gold copy” of their cell phone data (such as text messages, photos, browser history, and more) with the border agents; the border agents are allowed to “clone your device and everything on it.” This information can be shared with other federal law enforcement agencies if they require assistance in understanding the information. If they do not have any probable cause of illegal activity and crime, then they are required to completely erase all copied data from their system (the data on your cell phone will remain intact).

Border control can keep your cell phone to search it thoroughly even if you depart from the airport. After 5 days and no valid reason, they must return it to you. After several weeks without additional probable cause, they will have to return it to you. If they do not return your phone after that, then they have found incriminating information and they will issue an arrest warrant.

Searching and seizing a cell phone at the airport is legal. In fact, border control has the right to search and seize any item within 100 miles of the border that was brought in to the United States. That means that if you returned to the United States and have already left the airport with your cell phone, but you are only 20 miles away from the border, they can still go after you, stop you, and request your cell phone. Anywhere else in the United States, outside of this 100 mile radius, a search warrant would be required (unless the owner gives consent to the search).

After Graduation Comes Partying And Traveling

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ore likely than not, high school seniors and 4th years in college are not going to be spending this next month or so making their papers an A+ and studying for finals and exams. Mentally, they are pretty much done with school. All that is on their mind now is graduation, summer, and that unparalleled feeling of having completed schooling. Before the move on to higher education or work, they plan on taking a well-deserved vacation with some friends. As their proud parent, you are supportive of this; you too feel they deserve it. Yet, you cannot help but have some reservations before they graduate and leave.

Now that they are no longer a minor, you have less control and say over them. To them, this is freedom when they want to go out and have fun. At the same time, this can be heartbreaking if something bad happens, and you, as a parent, are limited on the help you can provide.

After Graduation Party

For example, if your child is arrested at the age of 15 for committing a crime, they would have a trial by jury. Instead, a judge would determine any consequences, and consequences would not include jail time. A prison sentence is not a punishment option for a minor; they would be released back to your custody. However, if your child is arrested at the age of 18 or older, the criminal proceedings are more serious. They will have a trial with a jury, and they can face a possible prison sentence. You could possibly help bail your child out of jail during the trial, but if they are denied bail, there is nothing you can do but wait.

To make matters more complicated, criminal proceedings are more difficult to navigate when it is an arrest that was made outside of your home state. The defendant would most likely need to be present at the trial, which will be held in the state they were arrested in. That means the defendant would have to make proper arrangements to be there, when they could be back in their home state going to work, school, or just relaxing. This gets expensive.

Since your child plans on taking a trip, you will want to make sure they are aware of their actions, and to not act on something that can lead to a bad situation. A way to help show that you are not trying to lecture them and give off an “I do not quite trust you” attitude is to also let them know to be aware of the actions of others around them. You trust them, but you do not trust strangers. Your child could be a well-rounded individual but you never know about the motives of others. All in all, you just want your child to return home relaxed and with many memories before they move on to the next big step in their life. They just finished high school or even college – they deserve this break, and you both deserve to not have to worry about trouble.

What Are The Rules For Minors Getting A License?

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“Driving is a privilege”

is a phrase parents use often towards their teenage children when they begin to learn how to drive. For the minors, obtaining a driver’s license represents freedom and fun. For the parents, it represents growth and responsibility that must be earned and proven. In California, there are certain rules and laws around obtaining a permit and license as a minor.

A minor (under the age of 18) must have their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) sign their applications for a driver’s license. If both parents or guardians share custody, both of their signatures must be on the application. If one adult has sole custody, then only their signature is required on the application.

Minors Getting A License

Before they get a license, a minor must first get a permit. The minor must be at least 15 and a half years of age, but under 18 years of age. Anyone 18 years or older can skip the permit process and work straight for the license. Minors will need to pass a written test that covers safety and driving rules. If they fail the test, they must wait at least 7 days to retake it. The minor will also need to complete and pass a Driver’s Education course. Then, they will receive their permit.

A minor’s permit is valid the day they begin their behind-the-wheel training with a licensed instructor, who can be a parent/guardian, a spouse, a driving instructor, or another adult who is at least 25 years of age. It is illegal for minors to drive alone with this permit.

To “graduate” and obtain a driver’s license, a minor must be at least 16 years of age, have completed their behind-the-wheel training, and pass their final behind-the-wheel driving test. With their permit, they have 3 chances to pass the driving test. If and when the minor receives their provisional license, they are then allowed to drive alone. However, they still have restrictions:

  • They may not drive between 11 PM and 5 AM.
  • They may not have anyone who is under 20 years old in their car unless an adult who is 25 years or older is with them too.

When the minor turns 18, the provisional restrictions end.

If a minor is caught violating their permit and provisional license allowances, both they and their parents can get into trouble with the police and the DMV. In addition, a parent should enforce additional rules if they feel their child is not ready and responsible enough to drive safely. Again, driving is a privilege and it can easily be taken away and put on pause – which is a better alternative than a “too late” situation where someone gets hurt.

Understanding Proper Court Etiquette

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Proper etiquette is essential for making a good impression on other people, and this is especially true in the courtroom, especially for the defendant. The defendant is already in the courtroom with a disadvantage; this is the person who is being accused of a crime and is fighting against the charges so the jury finds him or her not guilty. While the jury and the judge deliberate and come to a decision based on the arguments brought forth from the defense and prosecution, the defendant’s appearance and overall courtroom etiquette leave an impression.

Here are some helpful tips on proper courtroom etiquette, which are especially helpful for the defendant:

  • Arrive a little earlier than the start time of the trial so that you can have a few moments with your lawyer.
  • If the defendant is out on bail, they should come to court dressed professionally and muted. This means no distracting and flashy clothing and jewelry. Hats and sunglasses should be removed. If the defendant was denied bail, then they will appear in their orange jumpsuit since they do not have access to their personal clothes.
  • Proper Court Etiquette

  • Sit and stand straight. Do not slouch.
  • Speak only when asked to and speak clearly.
  • Answer only what is asked; do not freely provide other details and information.
  • Make eye contact with those who are speaking to you and when you are answering them.
  • Acknowledge the judge as “Your Honor.”
  • Act and speak calmly and with courtesy. Do not let your anger grow.
  • Make sure your cell phone is off or at least on silent. If applicable, leave your young children at home with a sitter. You do not want any disruptions.
  • Use the restroom beforehand so you do not have to use it in the middle of the trial.
  • As much as possible, let your lawyer do the talking. Again, speak only when asked to.
  • Do not interrupt or speak over others. If there is an objection, your lawyer will be ready.
  • It is okay to ask to have the question repeated or reworded. It is okay to say you do not understand or do not remember, but you must be honest.

A defendant’s appearance in court offers insight towards how seriously they are taking this situation. If they show up dressed sloppily, sit slouched in the chair, and make small gestures like smirking, rolling eyes, twiddling thumbs, tapping shoes, and constantly looking around and checking their watch, the judge and the jury will take this to mean that they are not serious about the situation. This could hurt them.

However, if the defendant shows up dressed properly and presents him or herself in court with the right courtesy and mannerisms, then the jury and judge will see that this is a person who is mature and ready to face this situation the right way.

You Cannot Leave Your Pet Alone In The Car

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Just like leaving your young child alone in a hot car is illegal in California, so is leaving your unattended pet in a hot car. By doing this, the pet is subjected to health and safety risks that include the following:

    You Cannot Leave Your Pet Alone In The Car

  • The sweltering heat outside and inside the vehicle.
  • Inadequate ventilation.
  • Inadequate access to food or water.

Think about what animal cruelty and animal endangerment means. A person who puts their pet at risk by leaving them unattended in a vehicle without properly examining the situation could face a maximum $100 fine, assuming the pet did not suffer great bodily injury. However, if the pet does suffer an injury, the owner faces a misdemeanor charge that is punishable with a $500 fine and up to 6 months in jail.

Owning a pet takes as much responsibility as raising a child. To most people, a pet is their child. Proper steps and precaution must be taken at all times. So, if a person would not leave their child alone, they should not leave their pet alone. They may think that it is a convenience factor to run into the store for milk for 5 minutes while leaving the pet alone in the car, but it is not worth the risk for many reasons said above. If the store will not allow them to bring the pet in, the owner should roll down car windows or leash the pet outside in the shade.

Pets are meant to be loved and they bring joy and happiness. Keep them nurtured that way!

Why We Need Bail

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Did you know that California legislatures are trying to get rid of bail across the entire state? They wish to replace bail with a system where judges determine if a defendant is trustworthy enough to be released or not.

The problem is, the California Judicial System has been underfunded for several years now. Many courts have reduced costs by limiting how many days a week they are open, thus limiting how much work they can do. This new system would add more work to many judges who already have heavy workloads. As it is now, many defendants have to wait months for their case to go to court, adding more work for the judges to do, will only worsen this waiting period.

On top of increasing wait times, this new method would rely on a judge deciding if someone is safe and trustworthy enough to be released from jail, without giving him or her any incentive for returning to court. With bail, defendants have a greater reason for returning to court and not running away. If they make it to all of their court dates, defendants will receive all of their money back from the court, regardless of the verdict. With this proposed system, there is nothing to keep defendants from running once they are free.

This is why we need bail in California, it offers a better incentive for defendants to return to court for their trial.

One of the main complaints that California legislators have against bail, is that its high prices favors the wealthy and punishes the poor. This is why there are bail bond companies. Bail bond companies make bail more affordable for people by offering it at a discounted price. When a person uses a bail bond company, they are paying that bail agent to pay for the bail. In California, bail bond companies charge 10% of the bail price to do this. This means that if someone’s bail is set at $10,000, then his or her bail bond will only cost $1,000 and can be paid off with a payment plan. This makes paying for bail so much easier for clients.

An added benefit of a defendant having a bail agent, is that there is someone to actually watch the defendant. Bail agents always keep tabs on their clients and they make sure their clients go to all of their court dates. The minute an agent finds out that a client didn’t appear in court, they immediately begin tracking down the client to talk to him or her and find out why. With this new proposed system, the cities would need to monitor the released defendants. This means more city spending, which can eventually lead to an increase in local taxes.

This is why we need to keep the bail system in California. It offers better incentives for defendants and better safety for communities. Bail agents are much quicker to react to a defendant missing a court date than a city will ever be. This means a bail agent will be able to locate their client before he or she has disappeared completely. If you want to keep your city and state safe, let your California lawmakers know that you want bail to stay.

You can sign a petition to do just that here:

Small Ways To Save Money

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A savings account acts as a financial security blanket. Ideally, this savings account will be for future large wanted purchases like a wedding, a home, vacations, and your children’s college tuition. This is an account that should never be touched to withdraw money from – money only gets deposited into it. However, these savings accounts also come in handy when unexpected payments come up. A good example of this would be the sudden need to pay for bail.

Bail can be thousands of dollars, even if a person is bailing out of jail with a bail bond. Instead of having to scramble to get the money for bail, this person can hopefully get most, if not all, of the funds from their savings account.

There are many ways to grow a savings account, which include the obvious: saving a portion of each paycheck and looking into investment options. There are additional ways to save money every day that most people do not consider. These are often very small savings, but as you know, small savings can add up big very fast.

  • Dine out less. Cook and eat in more.
  • Create a grocery list before hitting the supermarket. People who shop without a shopping list tend to over-purchase.
  • Most financially-conscious people split their paycheck into three: X% goes towards necessary payments like rent and bills, Y% goes into savings, and Z% is for leisure spending. Do the math again – if you can take even 1-2% more from your leisure spending and put it towards the savings, that helps!
  • Ways To Save Money

  • Cancel old or little used subscription services such as magazines and Hulu. In fact, if you have Hulu, Netflix, and cable TV, cut out two of those services.
  • Quit the gym and workout outdoors, especially if you have a gym membership and do not really go often to get your money’s worth.
  • Drive less. Take public transportation if it will save you money. Or, you can carpool more often as well.
  • Move bank accounts to take advantage of the best perks and interest rates.
  • Look at your credit cards; as much as possible, use the one that gives you the best rewards like cash back.
  • Only use ATMs of your bank or credit union. Other ones will charge you a withdrawal fee.
  • If you take any medication, over the counter or doctor-prescribed, see if you can go with the generic brand.
  • Use less detergent when doing your laundry. Detergent today is very highly concentrated and powerful and most people actually use too much detergent. You can use less than what the product recommends and still get the same clean clothes. Sometimes this is better because there is no leftover soap in the clothes. Also use the water and energy-saving cycles on the machines if they have them.

There are so many other ways to save money in your daily routines. It will take a little time in the beginning to get used to and figure out but in the long run, you will be saving well!

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