Updating Your California Driver’s License Following A Move

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Your driver’s license not only proves that you’re legally allowed to drive in California, but it also serves as your main source of identification. It’s important that all the information that appears on your driver’s license is current.

You should already know that you’re not allowed to drive on an expired driver’s license in California.

According to the California DMV, changing your address on your driver’s license should be one of the first things on our agenda following your move. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving to California from another state or if you’ve simply moved across the street, you have 10 days to contact the DMV about the change in residence...

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Wrongful Termination In California

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It’s strange that more time isn’t dedicated to talking about California’s wrongful termination laws. Considering that the vast majority of California’s adult population is employed by someone other than themselves, there is a chance that a large portion of California’s population could potentially be the victims of wrongful termination.

Wrongful termination refers to an employer either firing or laying off an employee for an illegal reason. Examples of wrongful termination situations in California include:

  • Firing for a reason that goes against public policy.
  • Letting an employee go because they are considered a whistleblower.
  • Firing an employee for notifying management about the violation of rights under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
  • A termination that violates ei...
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Your California Driver’s License Expired! Now What?

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In California, your driver’s license expires every eight years unless you’re 66 or older. If you’ve passed your 66th birthday, your license will expire every 5 years.

The day it is set to expire will always be on your birthday. The California DMV is supposed to send out a reminder, as well as a renewal form about 2-months before your driver’s license is supposed to expire, but you shouldn’t bank on that happening.

Even though the DMV has a good reputation for mailing the reminders, sometimes they get lost or are delayed. Legally, you can’t use not getting a reminder as an excuse for driving with an expired California driver’s license...

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Failing To Use Your Blinker In California

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It’s such an easy thing to do. You hit the little switch on the side of your steering wheel, which activates your blinker light so that all the other drivers on the road understand that you’re about to make a turn. Even though using your blinker is one of the easiest things most of us do during the course of our day, there are still drivers who fail to signal when they’re about to make a turn.

Common reasons drivers give for not using their blinker include:

  • They were in a designated turn lane so they shouldn’t have to use a blinker.
  • Other drivers should be driving defensively and therefore be prepared for them to do anything.
  • They forgot to activate their blinker.

Whatever excuse you use for not using your blinker when you decided to make a turn, you should know that by ...

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Understanding Felony Probation In California

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In some situations, when you’re convicted of a felony, a judge might decide that instead of spending time in prison, you can stay home and be placed on what is referred to as felony probation. While there are always exceptions, felony probation in lieu of prison time is usually only considered for what are regarded as mild felonies or in the case of first-time offenders.

Anyone who is convicted of a felony that involves a violent crime such as murder and felony sexual assault will not be eligible for felony probation. If you have a history of violence, even if those charges were misdemeanors and you’re currently being convicted of a non-violent felony, a judge will be unwilling to consider felony probation.

The key to felony probation in California is that you have to adhere to all of...

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Non-Violent Crimes In California

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When the average person thinks about criminals, they assume that the jails are full of violent people. It’s easy to think that these people should be off the street.

The truth is that a vast majority of the people who make their way through California’s legal system and land in jails and prisons are actually accused of and convicted of non-violent crimes.

Examples of non-violent crimes in California include:

The bulk of California’s non-violent crimes are actually drug and alcohol-related. Examples of these include public intoxication, drug possession and driving with an open container.

The second most common types of non-violent crimes in Califor...

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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.

From a le...

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