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You Need To Handle Serious Traffic Violations

Traffic violations happen every day. As a driving society, we all deal with minor and/ or serious traffic violations at some point during the course of our lives. When those traffic violations occur, you will need to know how to legally protect yourself from the repercussions.

Traffic Violations

The term “traffic violation” is an umbrella term for a wide variety of incidents. Traffic violations are so closely regulated by law enforcement as a way to educate bad drivers, while also preventing unsafe driving habits. Years of research has proven that most drivers want to be compliant with these rules so that they avoid being caught. Here are some examples of traffic violations:

DNA and Criminality: Two Sides of a Coin

Unique to an individual, except in very limited situations, DNA is unchanging throughout one’s life. DNA is a reliable identifier, and, most conveniently for forensic purposes, it is found in all the body’s cells. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is an essential molecule that is found in every part of our bodies. DNA testing on biological samples such as skin, saliva, semen, blood or hair is increasingly used to help convict or exonerate people suspected of crimes and with great accuracy. As crucial courtroom evidence, it must be properly collected, preserved and kept from contamination. When the whole procedure is expertly undertaken and correctly completed, DNA testing has become the modern, almost foolproof version of fingerprinting.

For suspects undergoing investigation for a crime and those already incarcerated, DNA testing can almost feel like the flip of a coin. For a suspect, if the coin comes up heads and results in a perfect DNA match to a sample found on the victim’s clothing, he or she is on their way to a jail cell. For those already behind the bars of a prison cell, when tails indicates a crime scene DNA mismatch, it could mean the end of years of unwarranted incarceration. But, as we all know too well, no one can be 100% certain of a coin toss.

Juveniles Get Chance With New Laws

How juveniles are treated in the justice system has long been a topic of debate. In the latest development, California will be joining 19 other states in ending life sentences for children and teens.

New Laws Give Juveniles a Chance

Juveniles that face sentencing early on in their young lives often find themselves rotating through the revolving door that is the criminal justice system. But now that might be changing. New state laws will give juveniles more opportunities and fewer punishments, in hopes that juveniles will be rehabbed instead of institutionalized.

Sexual Battery Investigation Against Singer Seal

Singer Seal is under investigation for an alleged incident of sexual battery that took place in 2016. The allegations come just a few days after the singer offered his support for the #MeToo movement.

Seal Being Investigated for Sexual Battery

Seal has been accused by actress Tracey Birdsall. Birdsall was a neighbor of the singer’s in 2016 and alleges that at that time the singer lunged at her, groped her, attempted to kiss her, and also belittled her for wearing a tank top and shorts. The singer had come over to her house to return a salad spinner she had loaned him.

Rodman Arrested on DUI Suspicion

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center after being arrested for a DUI over the weekend.

Dennis Rodman Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Darren Prince, the basketball player’s agent, has announced the former player has admitted himself into rehab for the second time. This past weekend he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence when he was pulled over for a traffic violation.

False Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Paul Haggis?

Paul Haggis is firing back at his sexual misconduct accusers, claiming that the charges he’s facing are backlash from the Church of Scientology. The writer left the church in 2009 and has since become one of its greatest critics.

Paul Haggis False Sexual Misconduct Allegations?

Could the allegations against Paul Haggis just be a means for the Church of Scientology to get back at him for his harsh criticisms?

Holiday DUIs Presents Handed Out by CHP

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the California Highway Patrol arrested 1,057 for DUIs, compared to 902 in 2016 and that uptick in numbers continued into and through the holiday season.

The CHP Handed Out DUIs for the Holidays

During the 2017 holiday season, CHP arrests for driving under the influence spiked dramatically compared to 2016.

New Insight into Los Angeles Traffic Violations

Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin has given LA residents a new look into traffic and parking ticket metrics.

Los Angeles Traffic Violations – A New Insight

Los Angelenos are now able to check out stats on parking tickets thanks to the open data portal called Street Talk: Parking Tickets in LA. Residents using the portal are able to access information and suggestions for avoiding parking violations. According to that portal, the most frequently issued tickets in Los Angeles are given for street cleaning (26 percent), expired meters (23 percent), and expired car registration tabs (10 percent). While residents might feel the most picked on, it appears that delivery companies like UPS and FedEx receive the most tickets per year. Together, the companies received more than 45,000 tickets in one year alone.

Thousands Accused as Juveniles Can Now Challenge Punishment

According to a Supreme Court ruling that was just handed down, more than a thousand inmates across the nation who were sentenced to life without possibility of parole when they were juveniles will now be able to challenge the punishments.

Thousands Accused as Juveniles Can Now Challenge Punishment

In January, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision extended a previous 2012 ruling that had invalidated future life-without-parole sentences for juveniles to all similar offenders that had been received life sentences in the past.

California’s Pot Laws in 2018

If you are a fan of marijuana you might be looking forward to 2018 for another reason – the sale of pot will be legal on Jan. 1, 2018.

2018 Pot Laws in California

When Proposition 64 passed the state legislature January 1, 2018 was designated it the official opening of the adult-use marijuana market in California.

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