College-Bound Students Must Make Smart Choices

College-Bound Students Must Make Smart Choices

The prospect of moving away from home for the first time to go to college in another city, possibly another state, is both exhilarating and nerve wracking for students. They are excited to be on their own, but at the same time, will they be able to manage and get by without their parents and friends? That is what they commit to when they decide to move out.

Turning 18 and moving off to college is a rite of passage for students, but it comes with added responsibilities. Being 18 means being a legal adult. Legally, they no longer have to get their parent’s permission for matters. Being 18 means they do not need their parent or legal guardian’s signature on documents. They do not have to get home at a certain time. They can drive wherever and whenever they want.

At the same time, being 18 also means they cannot get out of trouble as easily. If they get arrested, they will be booked and will have to report to court. They can post bail, but they may have to stand trial, depending on what the charges are. They could face jail or prison time, and have to pay legal fees. If they had been arrested as a minor, they would not have faced possible incarceration or need to post bail. Instead, they would be returned to their parents and perhaps only need to participate in community service.

Parents cannot immediately rush to their 18 year old’s side now that they will not be living at home. They must trust that their child will make smart choices and surround themselves with healthy, supportive, and like-minded friends rather than be negatively influenced by others. In times when the 18 year old needs help, this is the fastest way they can get it. They can call on their parents as well, but it may be harder and take more time. Every college student should have a fun and memorable college experience, but that comes with responsibility.

Spend Labor Day Weekend Drinking Alcohol on the Beach

Spend Labor Day Weekend Drinking Alcohol on the Beach

If you are looking to spend the last extended weekend of Summer at a beach sipping a cocktail, but you cannot afford a quick getaway to the tropics, you do not have to worry. You can run in the sand, swim in the water, and lay back under the warm sun with a boozy drink in your hand at these California beaches! That is right, although the majority of California beaches do not allow alcohol, these ones do, and it is a secret that a smaller percentage of Californians know about, so they will not be as crowded as other beaches!

Doheny State Beach
This Orange County beach allows alcohol at its picnic sites and campground areas. Visitors will just need to fill out a waiver and pay a small fee before popping open their brew.

Kehoe Beach
After walking a half mile along picturesque marshes and dunes at the northern end of Great Beach in Point Reyes, visitors will find themselves at Kehoe Beach, an alcohol friendly stretch of sand and Pacific Ocean.

Malibu Paradise Cove
This public and alcohol-friendly beach will cost you a bit extra, unless you choose to park along PCH and walk a little ways. The parking lot is a bit steep, though if you dine at Paradise Beach Cafe which sits right on the beach, your parking ticket will be validated.

Carmel Beach
As if the beautiful, quaint town of Carmel-by-the-Sea could not get any better, its beach welcomes those who are 21 and over to open up a drink of their choice to enjoy, as long as it is not out of a keg. An extra plus is that the beach is also dog-friendly, meaning man’s best friend can run around leash-free!

Descanso Beach Club
Take a boat or a helicopter to reach Descanso Beach Club at Catalina Island, then enjoy all the margaritas and piña coladas you want. Visitors can get there and back to the mainland within a day, with plenty of time to spend on the beach, but if they can spare extra time and money, it is advisable to spend the night at Catalina Island. There is so much to do there!

Be mindful of other beach-goers and keep the drinking under control so as to not cause a scene and end up with your day cut short. Remember to also drink responsibly and plan ahead of time how you and your friends will get home safely, at the end of the day.

What Back to School Means for Parents of College Kids

What Back to School Means for Parents of College Kids

Sending children off to college is an exciting, but also nerve wracking thought. Parents will always have their natural parental instinct to think about children and worry about them, even if they know they were raised to be smart young adults. The biggest difference now that they are young adults, is that the child is not living at home, will not see their parents every day, and will not have the immediate protection of their parents in tough situations.

It can be easy for some people, in the moment, to forget that being an adult means having to handle the situation and outcomes responsibly. They may forget, in the moment, what they may have to deal with. For example, if they are at a college party, they see a bunch of their friends drinking alcohol even though none of them are 21. Since everyone else is doing it and the cops have not been called, they also think it is okay to pour themselves a drink. However, in the moment, it is easy to forget that should they be caught underage drinking, they could face legal problems. Now that they are over the age of 18, the police are not obligated to contact the parents. Instead, it is up to the child to handle. The child can contact their parents for help, but that decision rests in their hands, not the police.

That is just one scenario. Parents have many that run through their minds, from harmless ones like failing a college class to dangerous ones like getting into a car accident or experimenting with drugs and sex. There is no way to completely settle a parents’ worry about their child being away at college, but just having a discussion about this kind of thing with their child will help.

Another thing parents worry about is if their child is ever arrested while they are away at college. Now that they are at least 18 years old, the legal process is different. It is more challenging than it is if they were arrested as a minor. Being arrested as an adult means they will have to post bail and stand trial, which will take time away from their life when they should be spending it getting an education. Legally, parents do not have to be involved but if they are, and they should be because their support goes a long way, they can make a big difference. For bail, a great bail bond company to help out is Bail Bond Store in Springville, who can be reached 24/7 both online and at 559-784-8660.

Conserving Water in California

While the drought may technically be over for many areas of California, it is never a bad idea to conserve water. Not only is conserving water good for the planet, it can be very good for your wallet as well.

Many people argue against water conservation, stating that 71% of the earth is covered in water. This must mean there is more than enough for everyone, right? Wrong. 97% of all water on Earth is found in the oceans, which means that water is salty and undrinkable. This leaves only 3% of water as drinkable freshwater. Unfortunately, 66% of all freshwater on Earth is frozen and locked away in the polar ice caps.

This leaves very little drinkable water for all life on earth. With population rates on the rise, water conservation is becoming more and more important.

Conserving water can minimize the effects of drought years since there will be a supply stored away for times when water supply is low. This can also help guard against rising costs for water. Water providers will raise the cost of water when demand is higher than the supply. By saving water, you can help keep the supply plentiful, and keep the price of water low.

Here are a few ways you can save water around your house:

 

• Turn the faucet off will brushing your teeth. No one needs the water running while they are brushing their teeth, and leaving the tap on like this can save 70 gallons of water a month.
• Fix that leaky faucet. It may be a small drip here and there, but a faucet that drips 5 times a minute can waste over 200 gallons of water a year.
• Take shorter showers. Just shaving one minute off of your shower time can help save 75 gallons a month.
• Water the yard at optimal times. The best times to water your yard are at dusk and dawn. This is when the sun is at its weakest, which will reduce the amount of water that evaporates away.
• Use native plants in your yard. Native plants will be accustomed to environment where you live, which can greatly reduce the cost of watering.
• Check you sprinkler system. Broken sprinkler heads and valves can waste several gallons of water a month.

 

Often times, it does not take much to conserve a large amount of water. All of these little things can add up to quite a bit if just one home does them. Those saving can increase tenfold when other homes chip in and do their part as well.

Texting While Driving Is Illegal

Being distracted while driving can be very risky. If a driver is not fully paying attention to the road around him or her, they run the chance of hitting something they could have avoided. Car accidents can be very destructive, especially at higher speeds. This is why many state around the country have laws against driving while using a cellphone.

Just this year, California updated its laws regarding cellphones and distracted driving. It used to be, that only using a phone to make a call or send a text while driving was illegal. Now, this new version of the law covers all hands-on usage of a cellphone while driving. The law prohibits drivers from holding and operating any wireless device while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Drivers over the age of 18 are still allowed to use wireless devices if they are in a hands-free mode.

A driver caught using a wireless device while driving, for the first time will face a $20 dollar fine. A second and any subsequent offense will earn the driver a $50. This may not sound like much, these are just base numbers. After assessment of the situation, the fines will most likely increase to $150 for a first time offense, and over $250 for any subsequent offenses.

Ultimately, texting, or using a phone at all, while driving is not worth it. Not only does a person run the risk of paying a fine, they run the risk of causing a serious accident. A distracted driver can very easily bring harm to themselves or someone else simply because they were not paying enough attention while driving.

Do not take that risk, the message can wait until you reach your destination.

Jaywalking Is a Crime

While we do it every day without a second thought, driving can actually be quite dangerous. One small surprise is all it takes to cause an accident with disastrous results. That is why there are so many laws that relate to driving to try to keep drivers and pedestrians safe.

This is the main reason for California having laws against jaywalking. Here in California, Jaywalking is defined as a pedestrian crossing a street or roadway in a reckless manner without using a crosswalk or crossing signal.

Crossing a street in un-designated areas is an easy way to cause an accident. Crosswalks are typically located at intersections so that the flow of traffic can be altered to allow for the safe crossing of pedestrians. When a pedestrian jaywalks, he or she is often doing so in an area where cars are moving at high rates of speed.

In areas where there are no crosswalks, drivers are not expecting to encounter pedestrians. Chances are, they will not have enough time to react when they see a jaywalker. This could lead to the pedestrian being struck, and either injured or killed. This is why it is safer to cross at designated crosswalks, and only the signal allows it. No one wants to step in front of moving traffic.

Contrary to popular belief, there are consequences for getting caught jaywalking. California laws states that jaywalking is an infraction, and accused individuals could face a fine up to $191. On top of this, local authorities are allowed add harsher fines and consequences if they desire.

Ultimately, the costs of jaywalking are far too high. A person runs the risk of getting in trouble with local authorities, or causing an accident.

How to Dress and Act for Court

If you are trying to get hired, you will dress neatly and offer respectable, mature mannerisms. How you present yourself is equally as important as how technically skilled you are for the position. Similarly, how you present yourself to the jury and the judge in court is very important. After all, these are the people who will be deciding your case. It is not just the evidence and arguments that your lawyer makes on the case. Your appearance is important too.

Dress
Unless you are obligated to appear in an orange jumpsuit because you are being brought in directly from jail, you will want to dress neatly and professionally. Men should wear a collared, buttoned shirt tucked into their long pants. They should have a belt on, and a tie is a plus. Men should wear socks with their shoes, and they may or may not have a jacket on. Women may wear a skirt that should not be more than 2 inches above the knee. Their sleeved blouse should be tucked in, and they should have on flats, or low-heel shoes. Women may also choose to wear long pants with her blouse tucked in. She should wear a sweater, but she can take it off if she gets warm. Across the board, clothing should be clean and free of distracting items like embellishments, wording, rips, and stains.

Conduct
Any defendant must closely follow certain courtroom etiquette, and they will be advised by their lawyer ahead of time. They should only speak when they are asked to, and they must speak clearly. Remaining calm and polite is important, because growing irritated, angry, and argumentative is not going to help their case. They should sit and stand straight. The judge should be acknowledged as “Your Honor.” Looking eye-to-eye with the court shows maturity and seriousness from the defendant, which is a plus.

So much can be said about a person based on their appearance and their in-court demeanor. This is essentially the defendant’s chance to give the jury and the judge a good impression, and hopefully the evidence and facts about the case itself will back the defendant up.

You Do Not Need Drugs to Enjoy a Music Festival

Large outdoor music festivals and concerts invite attendees to bring their friends, enjoy some music, and have a whole lot of fun. Many outdoor festivals also offer food booths, carnival rides, and other attractions. They are advertised as a whole experience, where some even run for multiple days and offer overnight camping. While the festivals provide a whole lot of fun for attendees, they also cause issues that call law enforcement to break up the fun.

One of the biggest recurring problems with music festivals is the usage and possession of illegal drugs. While alcohol may be served at the event for those who are 21 and older, smuggling in and using drugs of any kind is illegal. Illegal drugs are illegal for a reason. They are harmful to the body, and people react differently to the drugs. Some can “handle” more than others, but any amount is unsafe. The more drugs a body has in the system, the more dangerous they are to themselves and others. When alcohol and drugs are mixed, the person is even more dangerous.

Remember that summertime concerts mean that attendees are burning through their energy under a scorching sun. Staying hydrated with water is imperative in order to avoid exhaustion, dehydration, and fainting. When this happens, paramedics come in, and that is also when they may discover the patient is under the influence.

If the police find someone under the influence of illegal drugs or in possession of them, they will take that person away in handcuffs. The person faces fines and some time in jail. If they are found with an excessive amount of drugs, they can face a few years in prison.

For a person to have a lot of excitement about a concert, only to have it end abruptly because of health complications or because they were caught with drugs is really unfortunate. That is money wasted, lasting memories never had, and time lost. Getting arrested is a lot of stress for a person and it may make them think again before taking drugs at a festival. Hopefully they realize they do not need drugs. Music festivals are no strangers to some drug abuse and arrests, but it needs to stop before it gets out of control and ruins the fun for everyone.

Awkward Conversations can Prevent College Problems

Students are trying to hold onto what they have left of summer while parents prepare to send them off to school once more, leaving them with an empty nest and additional concerns about how their kid is managing living away from home. In college, they live with their friends and are invited to weekly parties where alcohol is served, where some people take drugs, and where others engage in sexual activity. A lot goes on at college outside of the classroom. Parents know, they were kids once. Now they want to make sure their own kid is safe and making sound judgments.

As a parent, you have the right to sit your child down, no matter how old they are, and have what they would consider to be an uncomfortable and awkward conversation. It does not matter if you had this conversation with them before in middle school and again in high school. They may roll their eyes, fidget, and say, “I know, I know, I know…” but you are their parent and they are your child. You have the right to be that over-protective parent, even if you know your child is smart and always knows what consequences they can face for making poor, irresponsible decisions.

One thing you might not have talked to them about is how to cope with being arrested, if they, or a friend, should ever be arrested. Perhaps they are not arrested for committing a crime themselves. Perhaps they are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But if they are 18 or older, by law, the police are not obligated to contact the parents, nor are you obligated to pay the court for their release. If you want to scare them a bit, you can tell them that they would have to deal with bail on their own, though you know you would not really make them.

Additional downfalls to having the cops get involved with a situation like this is that the school may be notified of the incident and your child can be punished academically, like getting suspended or even expelled. Your child would then have to try and enroll in another university, but they would have a criminal record which may not prevent them from being accepted into other schools, but it does not look good. If their education is hindered, then their future may be too.

Getting arrested is an extreme no one wants to think about, but everyone knows it can and does happen to some students. By having a conversation with your child before they head off to school for the fall, you are doing what you can to prevent this from possibly happening. All it takes is a few minutes of a conversation to save you and your family thousands of dollars, and months of stress and worry.

How to Explain Your Spouse’s Arrest to Your Child

If you thought having to explain to your child that Santa is not a real person would be difficult, think about having to explain why their parent is being taken away by the police. Where are they going? Why are they taking them away? How long will it be until they can come back home? This is tough information to deal with and hopefully you can figure out the best way to approach this conversation with your child.

Your child’s age will be a factor when it comes to figuring out which facts and how much information they need to know. Obviously, if your child is a teenager or older, they will have a pretty good understanding of the severity of the overall situation. If your child is in elementary school or is a toddler, they may not comprehend the seriousness of the situation.

Dealing with this is tough, but it will be important because other people around them will start to talk and ask questions. You do not want your child learn about this situation from someone other than you.

One concern many parents in this situation have is that their child may feel like their parent is leaving them, or the child did something wrong. Emphasize that this absolutely is not the case. Instead, let them know that it was the parent that made a mistake or did something wrong, and now they must face consequences. You could try telling your toddler that the parent is facing a time out, but will be home very soon. If your child is older, maybe this is a good time to have a serious talk with them about real-life situations like this.

You can try talking to a counselor, or friends and family to help figure out how to explain the situation to your child while working with Bail Bond Store in Porterville to bring your spouse home. Just like you, we want to bail them out of jail as soon as possible so they do not miss out on important family events, so that they are surrounded by the ones they love, and so that you are a united family again.

 

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