Safe Hiking Tips For California’s Trails

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California has some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world. California weather provides you with the perfect excuse to hit those trails and enjoy some high-quality hikes. Before you do, make sure you take a few minutes to consider your safety.

Be Realistic About Your Fitness

Let’s face it. Most of us aren’t as in shape as we’d like to be. Overdoing it and getting exhausted while on one of California’s hiking trails differs from getting too tired while working out at the gym. It’s far more dangerous. When hiking it’s better to underestimate your stamina and fitness than to overestimate it.

Don’t assume that being out of shape means you shouldn’t go hiking, it just means you need to do a little more planning...

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Is Drug Possession A California Felony?

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It might surprise you to learn that the bulk of the drug possession charges that make their way through the California legal system are actually misdemeanors.

For the most part, the type and amount of drug a person is in possession of when they’re arrested determine whether they’re charged with misdemeanor or felony drug possession in California.

California has divided drugs into different “Schedules” which helps determine how a person who is in possession of certain drugs will be charged and what the consequences will be if they’re convicted. Schedule V drugs are prescription drugs that have few addictive properties and are rarely abused. In comparison, Schedule I drugs are drugs that have little to no medicinal value and have a high risk of addiction and abuse...

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What Are The Various Forms Of Bail?

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Not being able to afford bail may not be a problem – cash isn’t the only way you can pay for bail. It’s expensive and can be very tough to get that kind of money so quickly. Thankfully, there are various forms of bail so that everyone who is eligible for bail, has the opportunity to bail.

  • Cash Bail – as we said cash bail is the initial bail form. The defendant will pay the court 100% of the bail in cash. This cash bail is refundable as long as the defendant obeys the terms of his or her release.
  • Bail Bond – the defendant will get a bail bond from a bail bond company. The defendant pays a small premium fee to the company, much less than their actual bail amount. This premium is not refundable.
  • Property Bond – the defendant, or someone on their behalf, will pledge property, which wi...
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What’s The Difference Between An Accomplice And An Accessory?

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If you think an accessory and an accomplice are the same thing, you’re not alone. Lots of people think that way. However, in the eyes of the law, they are actually two very different people.

Both accessory and accomplice are terms the legal system uses to refer to people who were involved in a crime. The difference is how much knowledge and participation the person had.

An accomplice is someone who knows about the crime and voluntarily helps. This can be someone who signals that a building is open, provides a person with someone’s banking information or drives the car that’s used to make a fast getaway from a crime. There are situations when an accessory can be charged as both an accomplice and an accessory. Accomplice charges are usually written up as aiding and abetting.

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How To Handle A False Accusation Of A Crime

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One of the biggest fears most people have is that they will be falsely accused of a crime and the accusation will destroy their life.

It’s difficult to get a handle on how big a problem false accusations are for the judicial system, but the one thing everybody agrees on is that false accusations do happen. One lawyer estimates that about 30-40% of the cases they handled throughout their career involved a client who had either been falsely accused of a crime or had been over-charged for crimes.

Avoid the temptation to rant and rave and yell about false accusations. It is in your best interest to remain calm and listen to what the police have to say...

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Off-Roading In California State And National Parks

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Off-roading isn’t just a lot of fun, it’s also a great way to see parts of California’s state and national parks you wouldn’t otherwise get to see. Off-roading provides you with the means to visit more remote areas than the traditional roads take you to, while also allowing you to cover more ground than you would if you were hiking or biking.

While there are many benefits connected to off-roading through California’s state and national parks, going off-road also means you have some additional responsibilities you must adhere to.

Make Sure Your Permit Is Current

You’re not allowed to hop into your ATV and start tooling around California’s state and national parks. The only people who are allowed to enjoy off-road adventures are those who have the proper permits.

If you’re goi...

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Bicycle Traffic 101

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A rite of passage for many young children is learning how to ride a bike. Whether it be the freedom of riding around your neighborhood, cycling to the ice cream parlor in the summer, or just going to visit a friend without having to depend on your parents, there is much fun to be had as a child on a bicycle. However, we must intervene and say that no matter what society may say, it is never too late for anyone to learn how to ride a bike.

As one gets older, the passion for bike riding may evolve into a love of cycling, a more formal means of biking, or may simply fade away as a childhood memory...

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What Are Romance Scams?

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Romance scams don’t get as much media attention as they probably should. This probably stems from the fact that many victims are embarrassed or ashamed that they fell for the con, that they rarely report the matter to the police and are even less likely to discuss the situation with the media or even alert their friends and family member to what had happened.

The problem with the victim’s reluctance to discuss the situation is that it encourages the perpetrators of romance scams to continue running the con on other people. The unwillingness to talk about the matter also makes it difficult for the scammer’s next victim to know what they need to be on the lookout for.

The FBI is trying to build awareness of romance scams and provide people with the education needed to identify the early...

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Telemarketer Fraud

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If you hate telemarketers, you’re not alone. Legal Beagle reported that in 2017, Bank my Cell conducted a survey that revealed that out of 1,200 people, 75% of them actively avoided calls that they knew were from telemarketers. 85% of the people who responded to the survey reported that even the thought of dealing with telemarketers triggered anxiety-related issues.

The reason most of us loathe dealing with telemarketers is that the calls are time-consuming and the person on the other end of the line keeps pushing even though we’ve told them no several times. Most of us also hate feeling guilty when we have no option but to hang up on the irritating telemarketer.

It turns out, there’s another reason to avoid telemarketers. That reason is telemarketing fraud.

Cornell Law School defin...

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Racketeering In California

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If you’ve ever gotten hooked on one of TV’s procedural crime shows, it’s likely you’ve heard the word, RICO, thrown around in a few episodes. The word refers to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, which was passed over fifty years ago in 1970. The purpose of the act was to crack down on racketeering.

Investopedia defines racketeering as, “criminal acts, typically those involving extortion.” Investopedia goes on to say that most racketeering charges involve the use of corrupt and illegal methods for acquiring businesses.

While racketeering is most commonly associated with business dealings, it’s not unusual for racketeering charges to also involve additional criminal activities such as:

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