Did you know that in some parts of California, it's considered against the law to not pay court fees? Take for example Orange County where failing to pay court fees can result in a misdemeanor charge and the penalties associated with it. This creates a problem for many low-income individuals because the penalty for failing to pay court fees can be imprisonment, which is a penalty that can cost an individual much more than their freedom. It can cost them their job.
Technology is everywhere. It's in our cars, our homes and sometimes even in our bodies. But as scientists continue to test the boundaries of what we can and cannot make, there are some in the world who want to test the integrity of this technology, specifically to see if it can be broken into and tampered with.
Most of our California readers know that it is illegal to manufacture substances that are listed in the Controlled Substances Act. From marijuana to methamphetamines, anyone caught making these substances can face incredibly serious criminal charges and harsh prosecution. Even possessing certain ingredients and equipment that could be used to create these drugs is forbidden by state and federal laws.
Research shows that while false confessions occur among defendants of any age, the phenomenon occurs more frequently among juveniles. The Innocence Project explains that people may admit to a crime they didn’t commit for the following reasons:
Have you ever run up behind someone on the street, calling their name, only to find out it wasn't the person you thought it was? It's an honest mistake that has probably happened to many of our Pleasanton readers. Usually in these situations, you both walk away from the situation -- no harm done.
Consider for a moment the world around you, particularly when it comes to standards. When you go to the doctors or visit the hospital, there are health care and safety standards in place. The roads you drive on to get to these locations and the signs you follow are all thanks to standards. Even the vehicle you drive in needs to meet certain federal standards before a manufacturer it allowed to sell it.
When we are young, our parents constantly remind us that lying is wrong. While we don't completely understand why at the time, we certainly do as we get older. That's because we come to learn that some forms of lying can actually have a profound effect on our lives as well as others. In some cases, such as with false accusations, it can lead to criminal investigations and litigation that could wreak havoc on a person's reputation or may even lead to a wrongful conviction.
There are a lot of people in California as well as across the nation who are stunned when a police officer is arrested for allegedly committing a crime. That's because most people believe that because police are sworn to uphold the law, they should know better or simply wouldn't take the risk of attempting to commit a crime. But when you think about it, police officers are people too and just as we do, they too can make mistakes that can leave them on the wrong side of the law.
There are a lot of laws in our state and across the nation that go mostly unnoticed by the majority of people. It isn't until we find ourselves up against these laws that we realize their gravity, oftentimes requiring us to seek the help of a skilled attorney in the process. One such law that fits this description is civil asset forfeiture and it's a law that has been creating legal headaches for California residents for years, possibly even decades.
When most kids reach a certain age, they begin to question whether they have to attend school every day. For some, the question turns into the decision to skip a couple of days of school without their parent's permission. But while this action might seem innocent enough to the student, the law considers it anything but. In fact, unexcused absences and truancies are considered infractions in the eyes of the law; and if a student racks up enough, they as well as their parents could face prosecution and penalties.