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College Drinking – You’re Busted!

I want to tell you my story so you don’t get busted! You see the reality is that most teenagers are going to experiment with alcohol before they reach the legal drinking age.  It happens all over the country! Whether it is at home, in a bar (using a fake I.D) or in a college dorm room, teenagers are tempted to drink.

With the start of the new school year just behind us, I want to take time to share with you my personal experience in high hopes that you will learn from my mistake and avoid a hefty fine, along with a court date and a whole lot of hassle.

My freshman year of college was filled with new people, new experiences and many new opportunities in and out of the classroom.  One of the opportunities I was given was being able to venture out with my friends at night, without having to worry about returning home to the supervision of my parents.  A few weeks after school started I found myself regularly attending parties and drinking with friends. One Saturday night at a party, a neighbor called in a noise complaint, bringing two squad cars to the scene within minutes.  The cops identified each party-goer as we left the house to see if we were of the legal limit.  Since I was under the legal limit I was breathalyzed and given a written citation for being a minor in consumption.  The offense was a misdemeanor and I was fined $500, which put a huge dent in my bank account.  I also had to deal with my parents about all of this and you know how that goes. Bottom line, the consequences of drinking as a minor are really stiff and in no way worth the hassle.

So here are a few tips: Know the law in California which you can get by clicking here. Also, if you get busted, take a look at this legal brochure. It has some of  the info you will need to know.

Now that I’m working at a company that has a cool new concept on the law I’m finding some good info that I’d like to share with you. If you have any questions yourself, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.  Hope to hear from everyone!

Lawsuit Success: Fear No Longer!

Let’s face it – nobody wants to consider how unprepared they would be in the wake of a personal injury case. You’re scared, out of sorts, and must suddenly (and quickly) become familiar with the ins and outs of personal injury law. Not your thing? Well the truth of the matter is, the outcome of your case has everything to do with the choices you make before you even enter the court room.

As a 20-year-old with zero background in law, I found this book Lawsuit Success to truly invaluable for everything from lawyer search to just understanding what negotiations I rightfully have a say in! I wasn’t even aware of how many wrong turns it was possible for me to make in the process.

Lawsuit Success is a dream guide. It’s genuine and plain-spoken advice about the realities of the legal system. Compact, and to the point, this book is a standard for anyone facing their personal injury case in a clueless panic. In an area of law where I would be weary of legal services ready to take advantage of my inexperience, here is finally a legitimate resource with a true heart for helping others.

Learn from Lawsuit Success – be smart and be prepared.

 

Download a copy of Lawsuit Success FREE right here: LAWSUIT SUCCESS

 

Red Light Camera Reality

It seems the cost of bail for a traffic violation in Los Angeles has gone from a reasonable penalty, to what could now be considered as, frankly, a financial beating! Red light camera tickets are notorious for their mail delivered shock value, topping off at upwards of $500. I wasn’t angry, more like beside myself with disbelief the day I got my Prius’ portrait in the mail. “I guess I remember a random flash that one time…”, despite being infamously known for my over-cautiousness with yellows. I was making a right turn on my way home on an uninhabited night and pulled, what I’ve fondly heard coined as, a “California roll”. In case you wondered, these incomplete stops are worth roughly $500, and these fines have become a considerable source of revenue for the city. But when does it turn from public safety to an unjust burden on the average citizen? As an 18-year-old college student tagged on what I’d argue, a technicality, this hurt. Even if one was to write off unreasonable ticket costs and outside help to keeping a grip on the sprawling population of Los Angeles, here is where I really see this program beginning to lose credibility. In 2010, the Los Angeles City Council voted red light cameras out due to their not effectively improving public safety, but the city continues to pursue past violators. Trust me, my decision to ignore the fine and put this idea to the test wasn’t easy. They’d made the call to remove my corner’s pest in the coming weeks, but I couldn’t afford the risk of an even steeper fine… What a mess. Despite the removal of several red light cameras a few years back, the reality is they still exist, so better be safe than sorry!

Can You Get Out of Jury Duty?

Be careful what you say when you go down for jury duty!

Susan Cole thought it would be funny to act like a crazy homeless person so that she wouldn’t have to serve on jury duty. Well, she got out of jury duty. But now she has been arrested and charged with first degree-perjury! See, she didn’t tell the court the truth (and that just seems like common sense!). 

Susan Cole was dumb enough to go on a local radio station and brag about how she got out of jury duty: “I decided not to put my makeup on and I put black eyebrows on. I put bright red lipstick on. I left my hair in my curlers and I put on a t-shirt that said ‘Ask Me About My Best-Seller,’ ” Cole said on KOA radio. “When they asked me about mental issues I got up and said, ‘Yeah, I have some mental issues.’ Then the judge said, ‘Does anyone care if she leaves?’ And everybody else said all at once in a great big voice, ‘No,’” she said.

Jury duty is very important. I know it’s a hassle, but we live in a county that has the greatest judicial system in the world. Sometimes cases don’t turn out the way we want them to, but at least we have a system where a person can be judged by a jury of other people, and specifically people that your lawyer gets to select. The alternative in some countries is a crazy dictator or warlord or some bureaucrat that has nothing in common with you and you don’t stand a chance at a fair hearing.

We all serve on jury duty. Next time you are called, go and be proud you live in a county where we have this right!

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Infant Car Seat Recall

Do you have a Chaperone Infant Car seat by Britax?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 23,000 of these infant car seats today. If you have one you should stop using it immediately because the harness chest clip can break and cause injury.

Here are the model numbers of the recalled seats: Chaperone infant car seats with model numbers E9L95P2 (Red Mill), E9L95P3, E9L95P5 (Cowmooflage), E9L69N9 (Moonstone) manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010. The white serial label with the seat’s serial number, model number, and manufacture date can be found on the underside of the car seat.  

Consumers should immediately contact Britax for a free repair kit, which includes a replacement chest clip.