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Do I have to do anything special when suing the government?

California's state government, with its many agencies, is likely one of the state's largest employers. Add in all of the various local governments and their agencies, which include the various departments of this state's largest cities, and a Riverside resident can easily see how the government and its employees have a huge hand in California's economy and daily life. Regardless of whether one thinks this is a good thing or a bad thing, the reality is that people are in contact with government employees and government businesses all the time, on the roads, at various office buildings, and just about anywhere else.

Not surprisingly, government employees from time-to-time make mistakes and are even careless. This can result in an individual being hurt in the process. When this happens, victims deserve compensation to offset the damages that have been unfairly thrust upon them. Because the government is involved, however, recovering compensation through a lawsuit requires some special steps.

Man arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run accident

A man from Riverside County was recently arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident that happened last year. According to reports, the man was in custody and was given a $150,000 bail. The man entered a preliminary plea of not guilty.

The accident happened in Indio, California, which is about an hour from the City of Riverside. A car hit a teenage pedestrian, killing the teen. The driver of the vehicle then left the scene of the accident.

How hard should I fight for our home?

It is not a secret that California real estate is expensive, and this is both a good and bad thing for residents of Riverside and other parts of this state.

For those trying to buy a home, it can be a real hardship coming up with the money, but for those who already have a house, it can be a great nest egg for the future, provided one can keep up the costs of home ownership.

New California laws offer less punishment for younger individuals

Before Governor Jerry Brown left office, he signed in numerous bills that will drastically change the California employment and criminal justice systems. Some of these newer laws seek to lessen the offense charges on certain convictions and focus more on rehabilitation, attracting them a fair amount of praise and criticism.

Several of these new laws focus on making less harsher punishments for minors. Some children in the past have received felony charges that landed them decades in prison and ruined any chance of a life they had. With these new bills signed, a child may have a chance to plan for they layout of their dorm room rather than their prison cell.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

A previous post on this blog talked about how domestic violence allegations can have a negative effect on a mom or dad's ability to have custody over their children or even have liberal parenting time with them.

This post implied that when a Riverside parent is facing criminal charges related to false or grossly exaggerated allegations of domestic violence, they should strongly consider having the help of an experienced attorney in the area so they can defend both their liberty and their relationship with their children.

Pastor accused of sexual assault, arrested

A pastor in Santa Ana, California, which many would recognize as a city less than an hour's drive from Riverside, is facing serious legal trouble after a teenage girl, who was part of his congregation, accused him of assault.

According to reports, the pastor, who had served as youth pastor for 2 years, was in a restroom designated for women, awaiting a 13-year-old female. Police think that when the girl entered the bathroom, the pastor grabbed her around the neck to keep her from running and then touched her in a sexual manner.

Shopping should not be a risky activity

Even the most dedicated online shoppers in Riverside have to set out from time to time to a brick and mortar store or shopping center in order to buy what they need.

When they do so, they naturally expect to go in and out of the store without getting hurt. After all, even common sense dictates that, really, it is the business owner's job, or that of the landlord, to make sure that the property and parking lot are safe.

Chapter 7: a great weapon against medical, credit card debt

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy can help a financially distressed family in Riverside, California in a lot of ways. However, it is particularly effective when a person's debts consist primarily of medical bills, credit card debts and the like.

The reason is that these debts are usually what are called unsecured debts.

Officers raid area homeless camps

In what was described as an effort to help them, authorities in the area raided several local areas in which homeless people had set up camp.

Police said that they detained 53 people in the course of their operation. Of those arrested, one was a parolee who was wanted on a violation of parole. A handful of others, 11, were detained on warrants related to drug charges, but most of them were arrested for trespassing. Police said that they also afforded material assistance to 26 of those who were arrested.

How your BAC score affects your driving skills

Personal breathalyzers now make it possible to know your blood alcohol content (BAC) level before heading out onto the road. Those who test themselves will likely be looking to stay beneath the BAC legal limit of 0.08 percent. However, lower levels may still be dangerous.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), here are a few of the effects that your BAC score could have on your ability to drive.