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High-profile figure in world of golf arrested for DUI

The President of the Professional Golf Association, or PGA, of America was recently arrested in Riverside County and now faces a drunk driving charge. The man has been serving in his office since the fall of 2016 and holds office for a two-year term.

According to police, they discovered the man after someone called to report that he had been involved in an accident. Apparently, the man had left the highway he was traveling on and had hit a sign post on the side of the road.

The present status of California's drug possession laws

Despite public press and warnings, young people and others in the Riverside area continue to use drugs that are either are or until recently were illegal under both California's laws and under the laws of the federal government.

People use drugs for a lot of reasons, and it is not always just that they are people who feel themselves above the law. Many times, for instance, young people give in to peer pressure or in to their own curiosity. Other people struggle with addiction or other problems and are using drugs to self-medicate.

What are punitive damages and how do they work?

Like other states, California law allows victims of another's negligent or reckless conduct to pursue punitive damages under certain circumstances.

Basically, punitive damages are a form of compensation that a judge or jury can award to a victim or, as the law requires, to a third party. In contrast to the traditional rule that personal injury cases are designed to compensate victims for what they have actually lost, punitive damages are extra penalties designed to reinforce that what the person who caused the accident was unacceptable. This is why punitive damages are often referred to as exemplary damages.

What do you do after a hit-and-run accident?

You may be driving home one day and your car is suddenly hit from behind. Thankfully, you are not injured but someone could have been. The car has enough damage that you may need to have your car towed. The thought of being in a car accident can be unnerving. Your life flashes before your eyes. What happens next is even more upsetting when you get out of your car you see the driver of the other vehicle take off. What is going on you wonder?

Legal separation in California

For many reasons, some Riverside couples may want to live apart but may not want to go through the process of a divorce.

California couples in such circumstances may instead resort to a legal separation. A legal separation does not end a couple's marriage, so they are not legally free to remarry.

Police officer accused of sexual misconduct with child

A Los Angeles police officer who called Riverside home was briefly behind bars before posting $400,000 bail in connection with an allegation that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.

The officer is facing four criminal charges in connection with the allegation and, if convicted on all counts, could wind up in prison for 32 years. Given the officer is in his early 50s, this would effectively be a life sentence.

Representation after a domestic violence arrest

Many Riverside, California, residents who are married or who even just live with other people know that doing so can be stressful. People do not always get along and, particularly in a romantic relationship, stress often gets the best of people such that they say what they do not really mean.

Unfortunately, these sorts of domestic situations can sometimes boil over and spouses, rightly or wrongly, accuse each other of domestic abuse. Police and prosecutors take these allegations very seriously, such that they will oftentimes, after receiving what seems like a credible repot, make an arrest first and save questions for later.

How I can know when it is time to file bankruptcy?

While the nation’s economy continues to improve, not everyone is reaping the benefits. The amount of credit card debt Americans have continues to climb. According to a report, the average American carries over $6000 in credit card debt, which is up three percent from 2017. The Federal Reserve reports that total credit card debt as exceeded $1 trillion, the highest ever reported.

This suggests that even with financial prosperity, people who commonly struggle with debt may go through periods where they make headway towards financial recovery, only to have a setback that leaves them deeper in debt. It is not uncommon for people to experience several of these cycles before considering whether they should file for bankruptcy protection. Even after these cycles, many may still question when the right time would be to file bankruptcy.

There are several advantages to Chapter 7 bankruptcy

When a Riverside, California, family gets in to financial trouble, they may have many legal options available to them. For instance, they may be eligible for more than one type of bankruptcy protection, or they may be able to work with their creditors through a process that does not involve bankruptcy at all.

Although what is right for an individual family depends on their unique circumstances, there are several advantages a family might want to consider with respect to filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Distracted driving is irresponsible no matter the cause

There is a lot of talk in California about the dangers of texting and driving or even of talking on the phone while on the road. Indeed, this is very dangerous behavior that can lead to serious and even fatal car accidents.

However, it is not the only form of distracted driving that can pose a threat to motorists on California's roadways. According to one recent report, texting and driving is the second leading cause of fatal distracted driving accidents, contributing to 14 percent of them.