What Happens If I Make A Fake Or Prank 911 Call

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Making a fake or prank phone call to 911 might seem like good fun but it’s not something you want to follow through with. Neither law enforcement offices nor court officials have a sense of humor.

To put it simply, making fake or prank 911 calls is illegal. In some situations, that single phone call could even result in felony charges.

The best way to learn just how much trouble making a fake or prank 911 call can land you in is by setting aside a few minutes to read California’s Penal Code 148.3. When you do, you’ll learn that you can’t:

  • Call 911 and make a fake report of a crime, injury, or accident.
  • Make a 911 call that results in the dispatcher or a law enforcement making a 911 report.
  • Use 911 to report a fictional emergency.
  • Call 911 and make a report that you know...
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Understanding Slander In California

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Most Americans know that the First Amendment grants the right to free speech. The problem that many of us encounter is we don’t fully grasp the differences between free speech and slander.

What Is Free Speech?

Many of us interpret the First Amendment to mean that we’re free to say whatever we want, to whomever we want, and whenever we want. That’s not the way free speech works. The purpose of free speech is to provide Americans with the ability to openly speak against the government without fear of legal ramifications.

What freedom of speech doesn’t do is allow you to say whatever you want about neighbors, family, and businesses you don’t like.

What Is Slander?

The legal definition of slander is, oral defamation, in which someone tells one or more persons an untruth about anothe...

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What Happens If You’re A Drunk Passenger In A Car Driven By A Drunk Driver?

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The law is clear. If your blood alcohol level is 0.08% or higher and you’re pulled over, you’ll be charged with a DUI. What isn’t clear is what happens if you’re the drunk passenger in a vehicle that’s being operated by a drunk driver.

The good news is that you can’t be charged with a DUI. That particular law only impacts people who are physically operating the vehicle at the time.

That doesn’t mean you’re completely off the hook. It’s entirely likely that the police officer will consider other things they can charge you. It’s not uncommon for drunken passengers to be charged with public drunkenness, underage drinking, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, etc...

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California Takes Court Order Violations Seriously

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California judges don’t issue court orders because they think it’s fun. They do so because they want you to follow the order. Failing to do exactly what the court order does or simply pretending it doesn’t exist will bring about some serious legal consequences. Violating a court order in California could potentially ruin your life.

The Legalities Of A Violated Court Order In California

The issue of violating a California court order is addressed in the California Penal Code Section 166 PC.

If you’re charged with violating a California court order, you’ll face a separate set of criminal charges that deal exclusively with that particular court order. This is separate from any other criminal charges you may currently face.

The burden of proof is on the prosecutor...

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California Continues To Struggle With Housing Citizens

California Continues To Struggle With Housing Citizens

Housing is a huge concern in California. For the average person, trying to find a decent, affordable housing in many cities seems like a Herculean task, and it doesn’t look like things are going to change anytime soon.

In the highly sought-after Bay Area, a recent study showed that the number of affordable houses has fallen dramatically. Based on the research, only 18% of the area’s citizens can actually afford any of the “moderately priced” single family homes. The average price of the home is $1.035 million. Economists predict that to purchase an “affordable” Bay Area home a family needs to earn a minimum of $219,38 each year. The monthly payment would be $5,480 assuming the family qualified for a mortgage that only charged a 4.7% interest rate.

The issue of affordable housi...

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Making Written Threats

Making Written Threats

With the age of social media people have gained the ability to share all of their thoughts and ideas with the entire world. If they want to. Most people prefer to keep to themselves, since oversharing online is a pretty big deal. It can easily get a person into a lot of trouble. Many people have had to learn this lesson the hard way.

What some people see as joking around or just venting, can sometimes be seen as an actual threat against someone. What many people don’t realize is these threats can get them into trouble. Simply making a threat towards someone is a crime here in California, and it comes with very serious consequences.

What Is California Penal Code 422?

Here in the state of California the act of making criminal or terrorist threats online, or anywhere else, is illegal. Pena...

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Is Shoplifting A Felony?

Is Shoplifting A Felony?

If you know someone who recently got into trouble for shoplifting, you are probably very concerned about him or her. You wonder how much trouble a person can get into for shoplifting. How serious of an offense is it to steal something from a store or other place of business?

Well, the answer to that depends on what was stolen. If the item was something small or inexpensive, then the offense won’t be too serious. However, if something large or multiple things that have a combined total of more than $950, then things will be more serious.

Shoplifting in California is only a misdemeanor offense.

This is because most people do not steal things that are worth more than $950. If a person steals anything that has a combined total less than that, then they will only face a misdemeanor charge.

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New Laws In California 2018

New Laws In California 2018

The New Year is rolling in with new laws for California. Sure, a person can now recreationally use marijuana legally in California, but what about the other laws? Every year new laws come into play January 1st. Typically these are laws that have been passed the previous year.

At the beginning of the New Year, you may notice a pay increase.

This is due to the fact that the minimum wage will increase to $11 an hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. Companies with fewer employees, 25 or less, will continue to pay $10.50 an hour. Salary paid employees might see a similar increase.

California is also enacting leave for new parents.

This law will allow new parents to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their job to bond with their new child...

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Healthy Starts To The New Year

Healthy Starts To The New Year

As we welcome in the New Year, we may feel that it is time for some changes. New year resolutions are typically the go to for some folks wanting to make a difference. Whether or not you’re committed to New Year’s Resolutions, or you just feel the need to make changes in your life, here are some tips on how to kick off the New Year.

According to The European Food Information Council (EUFIC), a nonprofit organization that focuses on the science of foods, gradually changing your lifestyle habits is easier than major changes. They say that you can start right away by being more health conscience, and phasing out bad habits.

Little changes will eventually snowball into a healthier lifestyle.

If you’re wanting to start exercising more, start off with a small 5 minute workout routine and ...

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About California’s Proposed “Jordan’s Law”

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It is the digital age. This is a time when we rely on our cell phones and laptops to survive and get through each day. We live on social media to connect with friends, get invited to parties, and keep up to date on the latest news. If you ask older generations, who did not grow up with computers and the internet, they will say that our younger generations today are too attached to our digital devices, and they might be right in certain regards.

As useful, informational, and entertaining as the internet can be, it can also be cruel, whether it was ill-intended or not. Cyberbullying is a big issue. Whether the intention was there to put a person down or it was just a poorly thought out prank, the bullying hurts the person it was directed at...

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