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June: Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Posted by Sara Cooper | Jun 02, 2023 | 0 Comments

The elderly community includes 55.8 million people in the United States, taking up of 16.8% of the population. In the Central Valley, there are a total of 200,000 adults ages 60 and over, and that number is expected to grow dramatically by 2030. There is also one true fact we all face: We are all...

Future of Ethnic Studies in California

Posted by Sara Cooper | Jun 02, 2023 | 0 Comments

During my first year as an undergraduate student, I had an advisor mention taking a Chicano Studies arts course in the following semester. The first thought to myself was, “What would this class even teach me?” I decided to take their recommendation and enrolled, not knowing if this was going to ...

The More You Know: Stingrays

Posted by Sara Cooper | Jun 02, 2023 | 0 Comments

What are Stingrays? Stingrays or more officially known as cell-site simulators or IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) catchers are electronic devices that emits to cell phones as a posing cell tower in order to access consumers' data. A targeted phone will be tracked with its IMSI nu...

More than Representation: The Little Mermaid

Posted by Sara Cooper | May 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

For the past half year, the announcement of a live action The Little Mermaid after 30 years of the animated version, brought on collective excitement for all Disney fans and children alike. Its bigger importance created even more positive discourse due to its on-screen representation of a Black a...

The 2nd Amendment and its Complex Foundations

Posted by Sara Cooper | May 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

One day, maybe you want to learn more about your rights as a citizen or just have curiosity for what the Constitution stands for, and you stumble upon the simplified definition of the Second Amendment: The right to bear arms and a well-sanctioned militia for a free State. To many American citizen...

"Special K"

Posted by Christopher Martens | May 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

 If someone is found guilty of committing a misdemeanor, the greatest amount of time they may spend in jail is one year, and the highest amount of money they might be fined is $1,000. On the other hand, if the accused is found guilty of the crime, they might spend anywhere from 16 months to 3 years in state prison and be subject to a fine of up to $10,000. This is the penalty for a felony conviction.

California Penal Code 68

Posted by Christopher Martens | May 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

It is a violation of the law in the state of California, according to Penal Code 68 PC, for an executive officer, a governmental officer, or a civil servant to either seek or accept a bribe. A breach of this rule is considered a felony offense

Carjacking "use of force or fear" 

Posted by Christopher Martens | May 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

Carjacking is defined as the unlawful removal of a motor vehicle from the possession of another individual via the use of force or terror, in accordance with California's Penal Code 215 PC. The violation would be a misdemeanor with a potential sentence of up to 9 years in the detention center; if a weapon was used during the execution of the crime, the potential penalty increases.


Posted by Christopher Martens | May 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

Each case will be different, and you will not file identical petitions in each case. It all depends on what is at stake and whether or not a motion is appropriate in the situation. Based on these reasons, you must meet with your attorney. Provide him with all the facts. Then, go over the discovery in the case, and decide on the next course of action after you have presented him with the information

Your children can and will be used against you

Posted by Christopher Martens | Mar 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

In a conscious and wholly abusive manner, my ex-wife took the old and invalid court order to her local police station to file a complaint stating that I was over stepping and violating the custody agreement. The custody agreement clearly defined the terms and conditions of my time with my daughter, and it was clear and unmistakable that this was my designated and agreed upon two weeks of summer vacation with my daughter in June. If there was any kind of confusion, all the police or my ex-wife would have to do was read the document. However, she brought the nullified version to the police and used it as a way to infringe upon our daddy-daughter time.

Jealousy an excuse for domestic violence

Posted by Christopher Martens | Feb 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

Abuse relationships rarely begin with abuse. They start out with all the same warmth and butterflies of happy and healthy relationships. Then comes the falling in love and creating a life together. There may be signs of abusive tendencies, but those are just flukes or signs of how deep and true that love is. The abuse begins to creep in though, growing slowly over time. As it becomes more confident, it reaches further, taking up more space until abuse is all that is left in a relationship. Abusive partners are charming in the beginning, but they have a way of escalating steadily, sometimes slowly, sometimes very quickly

Cyberstalking: My Personal Story

Posted by Christopher Martens | Dec 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Trust is a fundamental and foundational element in any and every relationship, platonic or romantic. It's the key to a relationship's success, longevity, stability, and well-being. Trust can be given freely, but it should be earned. In today's technologically dependent world, everything from comp...

Domestic Violence Story

Posted by Christopher Martens | Dec 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

It had been a beautiful and fun-filled day at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California that April 29, 2017. That is until my life was completely flipped upside down within a matter of hours. This isn't a story I'm necessarily fond of or proud to tell, but it is an experience I feel compelled t...

Can Both Drivers Be at Fault?

Posted by Christopher Martens | Sep 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Can Fault Be Shared? When one person is at fault for an accident, determining liability and filing an insurance claim can be relatively straightforward. When both drivers are at fault, however, determining who is responsible for the costs becomes a little more complicated. The laws on fault are s...

Negligence in Insurance Claims: The Duty People Owe

Posted by Christopher Martens | Sep 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

 Held to a Standard Negligence plays a significant role in insurance claims, as the negligent party could be the one who is found liable for compensating the wronged party. To understand how negligence plays a role in insurance claims, let's first take a look at the legal definition. Negligence D...

Tax Tactics in Estate Planning

Posted by Christopher Martens | Sep 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Planning for Taxes The federal estate tax can hit high net-worth estates with a hefty tax burden that affects the surviving family members. Most people want to leave all their assets to their heirs, not the federal government. The lifetime exclusion amount for gifts and estates is just under $11....

Estate Planning Tips for Remarriage

Posted by Christopher Martens | Sep 07, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Second Step Nearly one-fourth of all married spouses have been married before, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. Remarriage is becoming more common, as are blended families. But remarriage presents unique complications in estate planning, as your family structure—and your intende...

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