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What to Expect After a Scooter Accident in California

Rideshare-style electric scooters can be found throughout many cities in California. Residents have the ability to manage the vehicle through a mobile application and drop them off at other locations when they are done riding. Scooters allow individuals to get where they need to go while minimizing pollution.Plus, they are really fun.But any personal injury lawyer in California knows that they can also be dangerous. In general, people ride the scooters without helmets on pedestrian sidewalks. This can be hazardous to anyone whether on foot or by scooter. Even though riders should stick to the streets, some are frightened by...

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What to Do When Your New Year’s Resolution is Divorce

It's a new year. If you are like many people, you have sworn to realize a new you. But what if that resolve is to file for divorce? It's more common than you think. Family law attorneys in Orange County see a higher influx of divorce filings in January than in any other month.Simply put, you are not alone. You are also likely planning your approach. The 2 most common questions people have prior to forging ahead are:How Do I Create the Best Environment for Divorce? –and— Should I Get a California Divorce Attorney?In this article, I will address...

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New California Vehicle Code Sections On Smoking or Ingesting Marijuana While Driving- Either as Driver or Passenger

California amended their Vehicle Code to include violations for smoking or ingesting marijuana (or any marijuana product) while driving a motor vehicle or while being a passenger in a motor vehicle. Violation is an infraction- which is treated the same as a traffic ticket. Commencing January 1, 2018, California Vehicle Code Sections 23220 and 23221 now state: California Vehicle Code Section 23220 (a) A person shall not drink any alcoholic beverage or smoke or ingest marijuana or any marijuana product while driving a motor vehicle on any lands described in subdivision (c).(b) A person shall not drink any alcoholic beverage or smoke or ingest...

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Liability of Social Host in California

Prior to January 1, 2011, a social host who furnished alcoholic beverages to any person would have no liability for damages sustained by that person or for injury to the person or property of, or death, of any 3rd person resulting from the consumption of those alcoholic beverages. The court reasoned that it was not the furnishing of alcohol that was the proximate cause of injuries or death to the intoxicated person, but rather it was that person's consumption of alcohol that was the proximate cause.However, that law was amended in 2011. Effective January 1, 2011, California Code of Civil...

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Mandatory Reporting Of Accident To Law Enforcement And DMV- Increase in Property Damage Minimum Effective 1/1/2017

In California, pursuant to California Vehicle Code section 20008, any driver of a vehicle (or their representative) that is involved in a auto accident which results in injuries or death of any other person (other than himself or herself and whether it is a driver, passenger, bicyclist, pedestrian or motorcyclist) is mandated to make a written report of the accident to the police department in which the accident occurred or to the California Highway Patrol within 24 hours.  Further, the driver is required to give their name, current residence address, the names and current residence addresses of any occupant of...

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DRUNK DRIVING (DUI)

We’ve all heard horror stories about the inherent dangers in drunk driving. Getting behind the wheel of a car while inebriated is risky – for yourself and for others. However, while the laws are written in black and white, life is not so polar. There are many extenuating circumstances that may lead to such a conviction. Difficult situations may seem to fly out of left field, and people make mistakes. It’s only human.In dealing with the legal side of drunk driving, it’s important to find a lawyer who knows that just breaking a law doesn’t make you a “bad person”...

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Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney After an Accident?

Is a personal injury attorney necessary after an accident? People with insurance often think that attorneys are unnecessary after an accident because “my insurance company will handle it.”  They believe that because they pay an insurance company monthly that company works for them.  It seems a waste to involve an attorney.  The only problem with this is that insurance companies work for stockholders, not the people who pay them premiums.  To the insurance company they are being paid for a service.  Their real goal is profit.  When an insurance company goes to settle on your behalf they are not looking...

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Blood Testing & DUIs

On September 20, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown approved a Senate bill to amend § 1524 of the CA Penal Code, allowing officers to obtain the necessary search warrants in DUI investigations to conduct blood testing on suspects when they refuse to comply. Previously, a search warrant could only be obtained if there was probable cause, supported by affidavit, in an effort to collect evidence of a felony. Since most DUI convictions are classified as misdemeanors, this provided a problem for law enforcement in collecting key evidence in those cases. The Fourth Amendment also protects citizens from illegal...

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Basic California Divorce (Dissolution) Information

Basic California Divorce Information-RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS AND WHERE TO FILE:A judgment of dissolution of marriage may not be entered unless one of the parties to the marriage has been a resident of this state for six months and of the county in which the proceeding is filed for three months next preceding the filing of the petition. The superior court has jurisdiction in proceedings under the CA. Family Code.LEGAL GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE:Dissolution of the marriage or legal separation may be based on either of the following grounds: (a) Irreconcilable differences, which have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage; or (b)...

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5 Reasons You May Want to Quit Facebook

There are many reasons to quit Facebook. It may not have the “status” or “coolness” it once had in the past.But there are more practical reasons to stay off and quit Facebook too, including some potential legal consequences.Here are 5 reasons you may want to reconsider staying off Facebook for good:You can get fired over what you post. There are many different reasons why posting things on Facebook can get you fired. Many companies now search their employees Facebook pages to see what they are saying and doing.  For example, you could accidentally leak a company secret. Or you...

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