California’s Plastic Bag Ban

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If you are like many other Californians, you are probably still trying to train yourself to bring reusable bags to the store when you get groceries. It has been a bit of a struggle, but admittedly a small one to help the environment.

The state of California recently banned stores from using single use plastic bags in an attempt to reduce the amount of plastic waste the state produces. Stores would still be allowed to offer plastic bags, but they would need to charge a minimum of 10 cents and the bags would need to be reusable.

Some people do not paying the extra 10 cents per bag, while other people hate completely hate the idea of paying for something they used to get for free. Realistically, it is not that big of a deal...


Benefits of Posting Bail

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When you learn about a loved one’s arrest, it can feel like disaster is in the air. You might think that there is nothing you could possibly do to help, but you would be wrong. You help by posting your friend or family member’s bail.

By posting your loved one’s bail, you are enabling him or her to return to their normal life. Your loved one will be able to continue to work and earn an income. This will allow your loved one to support his or her family and keep their job.

Another benefit of bailing out of jail is being able to prepare better for the trial. Once out of jail, meeting with a lawyer becomes easier, thus making it easier to build a solid defense...


About the Bail Reform Legislation

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Bail is when a defendant, who has been charged with a crime but has not yet been found innocent or guilty through their trial, pays a certain amount of money to be released from jail. This allows the person to return home to live and engage in an otherwise normal routine like going to work and spending time with family and friends.

Bail exists because it is unfair to keep defendants in jail for the duration of their trial which can be days, weeks, or even months, especially when we do not know if they are actually guilty. However, some believe it is unfair for defendants who cannot be released simply because they cannot afford to pay their bail.

Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Rand Paul co-authored a new bill that to change how defendants are released...


The Legality of Recording and Posting Crimes Online

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It is one thing for a bystander to record an incident where a police officer is interacting, physically or peacefully, with another civilian, but it is another thing when a bystander records an incident where one or more other civilians are getting physical with another victim, and there are no authority figures in sight. In the first scenario, there is someone who is supposed to be supporting the law, and coming down on someone who just broke it. In the second scenario, there is someone who is committing a crime against another helpless individual, with no law enforcement anywhere to be seen, so the physicality against the victim can continue.

This raises the question as to whether the bystander in the second scenario should be punished for recording the crime, and possibly posting it o...


What You Should Not Post On Social Media

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These days, there is no denying how powerful social media is. It is a great way to keep us all up-to-date on how friends and family are doing. It is also a rapidly growing medium for people to receive their daily news. Then there is law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies on all levels, local, state, or federal, are increasingly scanning through social media to look for evidence and information of crimes.

In fact, many agencies have special departments who focus solely on social media. Obviously, people should know what they should and should not post on social media. Yet, some people choose to post questionable, incriminating, and illegal content online. One of the latest stories that quickly captured national attention is that of Steve Stephens.

Stephens had posted a video on Faceboo...


After Graduation Comes Partying and Traveling

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More 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 they 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...


When Law Enforcement Does Not Need a Warrant to Search Your Cell Phone

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Have you ever traveled internationally and then upon returning to the United States, been asked by border control for your cell phone? Whether this has happened to you or not, you probably wonder if you are required to give it 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.

Even if the bill is not passed, the United States border agents do have the ri...


Responsibilities and Graduation

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Summer is approaching, and that means that many students will be finishing up their final school year. Graduation season is just around the corner. For many, they will no longer have to follow the set in stone schedule of their school five days a week. They will be free, and facing new opportunities at college and joining the working world.

Graduation is a time to celebrate. Students have spent their entire lives working toward this moment. Once they walk across that stage and are given their diploma, they will be free to carve their own path.

As a parent, you may want to remind them of the responsibilities that come with this newfound freedom. For many, graduation comes at a time when the student becomes 18. The student is no longer a child and is a finally a full-fledged adult...


The Different Types of Restraining Orders

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We have all heard about restraining orders, one way or another. However, we tend to only have a very basic understanding of restraining orders and how they work. Most people do not even realize that there are multiple types of restraining orders available. The four types are:

  • Civil Harassment Restraining Order
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order
  • Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Order
  • Workplace Violence Restraining Order

Each type of order handles a different type of situation, which means they have different requirements for being filed.

Civil Harassment: This is the type of restraining order that most people are familiar with. You can get this restraining order if a person is being stalked, harassed, abused, or threatened by someone who is not close to you.

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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, to many judges’ already 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...