What Is A Wrongful Death?

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If you’re confused by the term “wrongful death” you’re not alone.

Wrongful death is a legal term that’s used when a person’s death is believed to have been the direct result of a mistake, deliberate act or even neglect. In most cases, the term is only used when the deceased’s loved ones decide to file a legal claim in the person’s name.

Examples of wrongful death include:

  • Medical mistakes/misdiagnosis
  • Fatal car accidents
  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Murder

It’s important to note that a wrongful death civil case can be filed against a person even if no criminal charges are filed or the person is found not guilty of the criminal charges. The O.J. Simpson case is a perfect example of this...

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Most Common Crimes In California

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The most common crimes in California vary from one county to the next. The stats can also change a great deal. Still, there are some crimes that are more prevalent than others.

Drug-Related Crimes

One of the interesting things about drug-related crimes in California is that the legalization of marijuana has reduced the number of drug-related arrests each year. It’s estimated that now that marijuana is legal, law enforcement agencies have an additional $200 million that is used to deal with other types of crime.

While legalizing marijuana has reduced the number of drug-related crimes the state deals with annually, drugs still take the biggest toll on California’s legal system.

Violent Crimes

The violent crime rate in California fluctuates. It increased in 2012 and decreased by 2...

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Become Immune To Con Artists

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Looking back, it’s easy to see the early warning signs that you were dealing with a con artist who was running some type of scam. The problem is that while the con is going down, a good con artist not only makes everything seem legit, but they can also make it appear that not falling for their story would be downright silly.

The good thing is that there are some things you can do that will ensure you to never become the victim of a clever con artist.

Give Yourself Time To Think

No matter how well you know someone, no matter how urgent a situation/deal seems, never agree to anything at the spur of a moment. Always give yourself some time to step back so that you can think about the situation.

Most con artists know that triggering your emotions and convincing you to make a spur-of-the-mom...

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What Is Felony Stalking?

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While everyone knows that stalking is a crime, few realize that it can be a felony or a misdemeanor (and in some cases, the accused might be charged with both a felony and a misdemeanor).

Every single state has stalking laws. While the nuances of stalking laws vary from one state to another, for the most part, each state has the same description of what can be considered stalking. As a rule, any behavior that can be considered prolonged harassment, an obvious attempt to frighten someone, the unwanted monitoring of a person, using proximity to threaten a person or actions that lead to emotional distress is covered by stalking laws.

Anyone who engages in the following types of behavior will likely be charged and convicted of stalking in California:

  • Going out of your way to follow a perso...
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Keeping Lost Property In California

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There’s something about seeing a lost item, it doesn’t matter if it’s a pair of decent gloves, a wallet or an iPad, as soon as we see it, we face a dilemma. Should we keep it or should we turn it in? It can be a tough call and the more expensive the item, the harder the decision becomes.

It might help to know that California has a law that will clarify where you stand on keeping the lost property. Quite simply, the state of California considers it as theft.

The law is Penal Code 485 PC. It states that, “One who finds lost property under circumstances which give him knowledge of or means of inquiry as to the true owner, and who appropriates such property to his own use, or to the use of another person not entitled thereto, without first making reasonable and just efforts to find the ...

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Safety Tips For College Students

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It’s the time of year when many young adults are preparing for their first semester of college. In most cases, this is the first time they have lived without the supervision and guidance of their parents. One of the things college-bound students should already be reviewing is how they can make sure that they have fun and manage to stay safe during their freshman year.

Always Be Mindful Of Your Safety

The great thing about living in a dorm is that the close living quarters means forming a tight bond with many of the people living on your floor. The downside to living in a dorm is that the sense of family and friendship can cause you to become lax when it comes to your safety...

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What Happens If You’re Caught Illegally Dumping Waste In California?

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It is becoming increasingly uncommon to find piles of waste on both private and public land. One of the main reasons for the trend of simply dumping unwanted waste on abandoned lots or the far corner of private property is because of illegal waste dumping laws in California.

California’s California Penal Code 374.3 PC deals with the issue of illegal dumping in the state. The law clearly states that: “(a) It is unlawful to dump or cause to be dumped waste matter in or upon a public or private highway or road, including any portion of the right-of-way thereof, or in or upon private property into or upon which the public is admitted by easement or license, or upon private property without the consent of the owner, or in or upon a public park or other public property other than property des...

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What Could Be Considered Illegal Dumping?

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Everyone generates trash that they want to get rid of. Sometimes the item that a person is throwing away is simply broken, or it was just the wrapper that contained the item. No matter the case, the item is no longer needed and is discarded.

Now most people, when they collect too much trash, they either pay to have a waste disposal company pick it up on a weekly basis, or they take it to the dump themselves and pay the dumping fee. However, there are some people out there who do not want to pay to throw away their garbage or other unwanted items.

Instead of making sure that their garbage ends up in a designated dump, they find a barren stretch of road and leave the trash there...

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Can You Get Into Trouble For Using A Computer That Doesn’t Belong To You?

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We’ve all done it from time to time. Grabbed a friend or family member’s laptop to check our email or update our social media accounts. Most of us ask for permission first. But what if you don’t ask for permission? What happens if you simply boot up someone else’s computer and start using it.

While each situation is different, in legal terms, if you use someone’s computer without getting their permission first, you can be charged with a crime. You’d be charged with violating Penal Code 502 PC. This law states that: “It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this section to expand the degree of protection afforded to individuals, businesses, and governmental agencies from tampering, interference, damage, and unauthorized access to lawfully created computer data and comput...

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Domestic Violence In California

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Domestic violence is a complex crime so it shouldn’t come as surprise to learn that the laws dealing with domestic violence are equally complicated.

The first step in unraveling this complex system is knowing exactly what domestic violence is. California defines domestic violence as actions that either harm or threaten to harm an intimate partner.

It’s important to understand that there are sub-categories of domestic violence which include:

  • Domestic battery (actual physical abuse).
  • Domestic assault (the use of words or actions to threaten physical abuse).

It’s not unusual for domestic violence cases to involve both domestic battery and domestic assault.

California law is written in such a way that only a limited number of people can file domestic violence charges...

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