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Driver faces charges after fatal accident

A recent accident on a Riverside freeway left two people dead and one person seriously injured. All of the victims were in one car, and driver of the other car is now facing allegations that he was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additional criminal charges could be filed against the man in connection with this accident.

According to police, the man who now stands accused of driving under the influence was the only occupant of the second car involved in this tragic accident. According to California Highway Patrol officers, in the overnight hours, emergency dispatch received a report of a car going the wrong way on the freeway.

Helping Californians get a fresh financial start

A previous post on this blog talked about how Riverside residents and other Californians can use Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and particularly state and federal bankruptcy exemptions, to get relief from their debt and keep some or even all of their most important property.

Just because these exemptions are available to help California residents get a fresh financial start after falling in to monetary problems, however, does not mean that they are easy for residents to avail themselves of. In fact, many Californians might not even be sure of exactly what exemptions they are eligible to take or how to claim them.

What are bankruptcy exemptions and how do they work?

Like other states, California's laws balance the principle that people should pay back what they owe against the principle that sometimes people simply run into financial hardships and shouldn't be expected to starve or be homeless simply because they owe money they cannot pay.

For this reason, California has a series of what are called exemptions that debtors in Riverside can take advantage of whether they are filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in a federal court or even if they are facing collection in a state court proceeding.

Man detained on arson charges following wildfire

A young California man has been accused of setting at least one fire that has been burning in a national forest about an hour from Riverside. Specifically, he faces five counts of arson, although whether he started more than one fire was not clear.

As of a couple of days ago, the fire which this man is accused of starting was only 5 percent contained and had destroyed at least five homes as well as almost 5,000 acres of forest land. The fire had also forced the closure of roads and has also required families to leave their homes.

Elements of child endangerment in California

Of late, there have been stories in the news about pretty flagrant cases of child abuse or neglect. These stories likely shock and anger Riverside residents, even if they do realize in the back of their minds that the accused still have the right to a fair trial and an opportunity to tell their side of the story.

However, it is important to remember that not all cases of child abuse or neglect or so clear cut. California's child endangerment law is broad, as it can include situations in which a parent, caregiver or other adult does not even physically injure a child but only causes mental suffering.

Review of California's relocation rules

One of the most hotly contested issues in family law is when a parent decides to move with his or her child to another state or even to another city in California that could easily be hundreds of miles away.

The reason that this is a hotly contested issue is that the other parent, the one who does not have custody most of the time, will likely not appreciate the fact that he or she will not be able to see his or her kids as often as the parent would like. In some cases, a parent may also object to the move just because he or she has hard feelings toward the other parent.

Overview of field sobriety tests in drunk driving cases

Many people in Riverside, California, are probably already familiar with field sobriety tests just because they watch television, even if they have never been stopped on the suspicion of drunk driving.

Field sobriety tests are a group of exercises that police officers in California will typically give to a person whom they have pulled over and suspect of driving drunk or drugged, usually because the officer smelled alcohol on the person's breath, observed erratic driving behavior or for some other reason.

Even a car's technology features can cause distractions

To follow up on previous post, another recent study has confirmed how dangerous distracted driving is for Riverside, California residents.

This study, which was conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, determined that each year, 3,500 die across the United States because of distracted drivers. Moreover, an additional 390,000 victims suffer some sort of injury related to distracted driving.

3 ways to bounce back from Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy does not mean a life sentence of money problems. In fact, you can start to rebuild your finances the day after filing. By creating a strong financial plan you can decrease the risk of falling back into your old ways. Even though the road after bankruptcy can appear daunting, it is critical that you rise to the challenge to take back control as soon as possible.

Here are some things that you can do to reorganize your finances and hold yourself accountable when it comes to your spending habits.