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What Happens if I Disturb the Peace in California?

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Disturbing the peace is kind of a blanket term in California. If you’re charged with disturbing the peace, it basically means that you did something to irritate someone. Examples of this can include anything from deciding to mow your lawn in the middle of the night to playing really loud music, getting into a fight, and even using language that someone near you found offensive.

The truth is that the police frequently get calls about disturbing the peace. While they always respond to these calls, they don’t always file charges. An example of a case where they might decide to skip filing charges and simply issue a warning is if a neighbor calls the police and complains that you’re swearing is disturbing their peace. In this situation, the police might ask you to clean up your language or at least swear quietly. They may also ask some questions to see if there’s an underlying and potentially illegal reason why your neighbor is so irritated with you.

On the other hand, if you’re throwing a party and the police have had several complaints about the noise, it’s likely that they will decide to press charges of disturbing the peace.

When you review Penal Code 415 PC, which discusses disturbing the peace in California, you’ll learn that people who are convicted of disturbing the peace are:

“(1) Any person who unlawfully fights in a public place or challenges another person in a public place to fight.
(2) Any person who maliciously and willfully disturbs another person by loud and unreasonable noise.
(3) Any person who uses offensive words in a public place which are inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction.”

If a disturbing the peace case makes it to trial, the main thing the prosecution must prove to secure a conviction is that the defendant willfully disturbed the peace. This is one of the main reasons many police officers issue a warning when they originally responded to a disturbing the peace call. It’s easy for a defendant to say that they didn’t know they were disrupting someone the first time a call is made. It’s harder for them to claim they weren’t willfully doing something that they knew irritated others the second, third, or fourth time the police are called.

The maximum sentence connected to a disturbing the peace conviction is a 90-day jail sentence and/or a $400 fine.

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How to Respond to a Stalking Situation

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There’s nothing funny about being the victim of a stalking situation. It’s a crime that often quickly escalates and can end in violence. If you suspect you have a stalker, there are a few things you should do right away.

Take the Situation Seriously

Don’t assume that you’re simply feeling a little jumpy or that you’re making mountains out of molehills. One of the reasons so many stalkers are successful is that they do a good job of appearing benign at first. While you probably shouldn’t immediately accuse the neighbor you randomly ran into a few nights in a row of stalking you, it’s okay to feel paranoid and to start taking steps to protect yourself.

Alert Someone to the Situation

The first thing you need to do is let someone know what’s happening. Not only will you feel better after you’ve spoken to someone, but they will also have your back. They are a second set of eyes that can see if someone is lurking each time you go out. The more people who are in on the situation, the less risky it becomes.

Record Everything

If the case goes to court, you’re going to have to prove that you were being stalked and how long the stalking when on. If you tell people about the situation, they can help back up your story, but you should also have a written record of everything that happened. Make sure you keep a record of each correspondence, seemingly random encounter, unwanted gift, and spotting that occurred.

Shake Up Your Routine

Make it hard to keep tabs on you. While you may not be able to change where you work or live, you can take different routes each time you travel. You should also change the times you go out and the locations where you shop.

Contact the Police

If things don’t change or if the stalking seems to be escalating, it’s time to get the police involved. Take your evidence to the police station, present it to the officers, and arrange to have a personal protection order (PPO) filed against the person who has been stalking you.

What steps have you taken to extract yourself from a stalking situation?

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What Happens if You Fail to Stop and Submit to an Inspection

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In California, commercial drivers are legally required to stop and submit for a vehicle inspection. Failing to do so results in serious repercussions. You could even be sentenced to jail time!

The law that deals with commercial failure to stop and submit to an inspection is California Vehicle Code 42002.1 VC. The code very clearly states that any commercial driver who fails to stop and submit to an inspection is guilty of a crime.

The interesting thing about the law is that it hits commercial drivers who have a criminal history significantly harder than drivers with a clean records. Examples of individuals who will be charged and likely convicted include:

  • Commercial drivers who failed to follow the instruction of a police officer or firefighter
  • Commercial drivers who ignored rules about height, length, width, and perhaps most importantly, the weight of their commercial rigs

The only convictions that will haunt commercial drivers are those that are a direct violation of California Vehicle Code Section 2800 VC. Convictions of other California laws will not incur criminal charges if the driver fails to stop and submit to an inspection.

While commercial drivers who have a prior history of violating California Vehicle Code Section 2800 VC are required to submit for inspections, it’s important to note that it only applies while they are driving a commercial vehicle. If they are in a personal vehicle that’s not used for commercial purposes, they are not exempt from the inspection and can’t be criminally charged.

One of the very interesting things about failing to stop and submit for an inspection is that it’s one of California’s only wobblette crimes. That means that it could be handled as either a traffic infraction or a misdemeanor.

If it’s handled as a misdemeanor and it’s the first time the defendant has been convicted of this particular crime, the maximum sentence is a $50 fine and/or five days in a county jail.

If it’s the second time in a twelve-month period that the driver has been convicted of this crime, the maximum sentence is a $100 fine and/or ten days in jail.

For third and subsequent convictions in a single year, the driver can expect to be fined $500 or sentenced to six months in jail.

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How to Protect Yourself from a Break-In

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The tragedy of the Idaho murders has caused all of us to question how safe we really are. Suddenly we’re wondering if our locks, doorbell cameras, and security systems will prevent us from a break-in. The good news is that there are some things you can do to make sure you’re safe while you’re at home.

The first thing you need to do is make sure you’re in the habit of locking up your home, both while you’re away and while in residence. This doesn’t just mean bolting the front door. Go through your house and make sure all the doors that lead to the exterior are locked. Next, do the same with your windows. This is also an excellent opportunity to check the quality of your locks. Make sure that they are in good repair and that they actually keep the door and window locked.

Don’t Be Ostentatious

Don’t make your home look like an appealing risk to would-be robbers. This means you shouldn’t leave your expensive toys lying in the driveway. You also shouldn’t brag about all the valuables you have in your home. Living a quiet life and keeping all of your treasures tucked away might not seem like fun, but it will keep you and your personal property safe.

Be Smart with Your Spare Key

The best thing you can do to keep your home safe is to fit your door with a keypad and routinely change the code, but if you still use a key to open your doors, don’t leave a spare key tucked in a flowerpot or under your welcome mat. In fact, don’t leave the key anywhere outside where it could be found by a would-be thief. Keep your key on your person or tucked in a safe place in your car.

Burglar Proof Your Front Yard

Burglars are attracted to homes that provide a great deal of natural coverage or places where they can hide whenever someone drives past. Removing hedges, shrubs, sheds, and trees that are near your home will deter them. You should also set up a few motion-activated spotlights, yes, any passing wildlife will activate the lights, but they will also cause a burglar to look for a different place to rob.

The best way to make sure your home remains safe, especially while you are away, is to be discrete about what you share on social media. Don’t talk about your vacations and other trips until after you’re home. The last thing you want is to broadcast the fact that your home is unprotected.

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Keep Your Job with a Bail Bond

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Bills don’t stop coming just because you’ve been arrested. Even though you’re in jail and facing criminal charges, it doesn’t mean you’re landlord doesn’t want their monthly rent, that the bank will forgive your car loan, or that your other bills will simply disappear. What it could mean is that you’ll lose your home, car, and good credit rating.

The good news is that there is a way to prevent yourself from losing everything. All you have to do is post bail. Doing that immediately gets you released from jail so that you can go to work, continue earning a weekly paycheck, and stay on top of your monthly bills.

The problem that some people face is that even though they would really like to post bail and work, they simply don’t have the funds needed to cover their bail. That’s where we come into the picture. We help you with bail so that you can get yourself to work.

The way our program works is if you can’t afford the entire 10% we charge as a fee, we’ll set up a payment plan for you. The great thing about our payment plan is that in addition to being zero-down, zero interest, it’s also flexible. That means you can set it up so that your payments to us coincide with your weekly paycheck.

In some cases, when the bail is low, we’re happy to allow you to skip the process of having you include a co-signer or put up collateral if you can prove that you have a full-time income.

One of the questions you’ll need to ask when you’re released from jail is whether or not you have a curfew while you’re out on bail. If you’re told that yes, you do have a curfew, you’ll have to work with the court to make sure that your work schedule doesn’t clash with your curfew and create additional legal troubles for you, which could end with your bail getting revoked.

Since one of the biggest conditions in the bail bond contract you sign is that you agree to attend all of your mandatory court appointments, it’s important to give your employer a great deal of advanced warning about upcoming court dates so that they can schedule those commitments. Remember, missing a single court appearance will get your bail revoked.

We provide free consultations 24/7.

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A Bail Bond Protects Your Pets

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Getting arrested is stressful. Getting arrested and knowing you have a few pets waiting at home for you is considerably worse. What makes getting arrested different from most other times you’re separated from your pets is that this time you didn’t have time to make arrangements in advance to have them cared for.

The police officers who arrested you won’t be interested in caring for your pets. They already have enough on their plate. The best they will likely do is call animal control and have your pets taken to a local animal shelter. The shelter will probably hold them for a few days and then start looking for potential adopters. If your pet is adopted before you’re released from jail, you’ll lose them forever.

Contacting us right away is the best way to prevent this from happening. We’re available 24/7 and will do everything in our power to get you reunited with your pets right away. As long as you’re able to quickly fill out the contract, provide us with either the co-signer or collateral we need, and agree to a zero-interest payment plan, you’ll be surprised by how quickly we post the bail bond and get you out of jail.

If you have pets waiting for you at home, we suggest that the first thing you do is contact someone who can enter your house and make sure they have plenty of food and water. Your next step is calling us. We’re available 24/7 and will get the ball rolling right away. Even if you have to wait until an arraignment before you know how large a bail bond you’ll need, we’ll start the process so that the bail bond is ready to post as soon as your arraignment is over.

The great thing about getting released on bail is that not only does it provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing your beloved animals are well cared for, but you’ll also benefit from the emotional support that they provide. If you plan on taking a plea deal or if you suspect you’ll be convicted and have to serve some time, use the time you’re out on bail to find someone who will care for your pets while you’re incarcerated.

We’ve made the process of getting a bail bond as smooth and easy as possible. It all starts with a consultation which is available 24/7.

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Do You Remember Your Rights?

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Let’s take a little history lesson, a rather important one. In grade school, we learn about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. These rights have protected the people for over 200 years and continue to do so, so it is imperative for the people to know their rights and know if and when they are being out of line, or if they are ever abused by another party. So, do you know all ten bills? 

  1. Freedom of speech, press, religion, and petition. The people are allowed to speak freely, gather with others, practice any religion (or no religion), and speak up to the government. The press may cover this.
  2. Right to keep and bear arms. While it this always very debatable between protecting the state versus individuals, this Amendment protects the right to gun ownership. 
  3. Conditions for quarters of soldiers. The government may not force the public to house soldiers.
  4. Right of search and seizure regulated. The people may deny the government’s request to search their body, property, and belongings unless there is a warrant.  
  5. Provisions concerning prosecution. A person may not be held in custody for committing a crime unless they are charged. (There is a time frame from the arrest that the government must formally charge the arrestee, or let them go.) A person cannot be tried twice for the same crime and doesn’t have to testify against him or herself. 
  6. Right to a speedy trial. This Amendment guarantees a speedy trial. Defendants are allowed to have a lawyer.
  7. Right to a trial by jury. This is held in federal civil court. 
  8. Excessive bail, cruel punishment. Bail must be reasonable and punishments must be fair. 
  9. Rule of construction of Constitution. Aside from the aforementioned rights, other rights for the public do exist. Just because they are not listed above doesn’t mean they can be violated. They cannot.
  10. Rights of the States under the Constitution. Any power not given to the federal government belongs to the states or people.

Now that you’ve freshened up your memory, you can take a more proactive take on your daily routine. You know what you are and are not allowed to do. If someone is infringing on your rights, speak up! 

Carl’s Bail Bonds Tulare County is here to help protect some of these rights in the ways we can: bail. We produce bail bonds for people who have been recently arrested. Our bail bonds “replace” paying for 100% of the bail in cash. Instead, you’d pay only 10% of it to us, and we take care of the rest from there.  Give us a call with any questions, concerns, or need to get a bail bond for yourself or another person. 

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What Happens In the Immediate Hours Following an Arrest

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What happens in the immediate hours following an arrest is what is called the booking process. This is when your official arrest record is updated. The booking process sounds like a quick 10-minute procedure but it can really take quite a while depending on the number of people being booked and the number of officers working. Here is what will happen:

  • Your name and crime will be recorded.
  • Your mug shot will be taken.
  • You will undergo a full body search. Personal items and clothing will be taken. Of course, you will be given new clothes to wear.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will be scanned for any outstanding warrants or other charges like unpaid tickets.
  • You will take a health screening.

There may be more steps involved, which will be up to the discretion of the police, but these are the main steps involved in the booking process.

Even if you post bail before you are booked, you cannot officially be released yet. You must wait until you have been booked. That being said, please do not hesitate to contact us at Carl’s Bail Bonds immediately when you know you are eligible for bail. We’ll help you and any loved ones come up with a low monthly rate payment plan. Once all the paperwork is signed we’ll get your bail bond to the jail as quickly as possible so once you are done with the booking, you can leave. The bail bond process with us takes only a short time and can be done over the phone so your wait time in jail isn’t any longer than it needs to be.


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How do Statutes of Limitations Work in California?

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Investopedia defines statute of limitation as:
“a law that sets the maximum amount of time that parties involved in a dispute have to initiate legal proceedings from the date of an alleged offense, whether civil or criminal. The length of time the statute allows for a victim to bring legal action against the suspected wrong-doer can vary based on the jurisdiction and the nature of the offense.”

This means that there is a very narrow window of opportunity for the victim to file charges for some crimes. Some people fail to realize that different types of crimes have different statutes of limitations. For example, if a person decides to accuse of a misdemeanor assault, they must do so within one year of the alleged incident. As soon as that first anniversary has passed, they can’t file legal or civil charges for that particular incident. Things change if the circumstances surrounding the assault indicate that it’s a felony assault. With those types of cases, California’s statute of limitations is a full three years.

The general rule of thumb is that the more heinous the crime, the longer the statute of limitations is. There isn’t a statute of limitations for homicide cases.

According to, statutes of limitations exist, “to ensure fair trials without the possibility of evidence deteriorating over time. If the statute of limitations for the offense runs out, there can be no prosecution, and the alleged criminal cannot face criminal charges.”

It’s important to understand that as long as the charges are filed within the crime’s statute of limitations, criminal proceedings are allowed to take place. That means that if you’re the accused, you could still go to trial and that the trial could take place significantly later than one year following the alleged incident.

One of the reasons so many people wait until almost the last moment before they file charges, especially in civil cases, is that they are using the time to determine if there is enough evidence to make filing a civil case worthwhile.

Suppose you have been involved in an incident and are worried that a day will come when the other people who were there decided to file charges. In that case, it’s in your best interest to keep an accurate record of your whereabouts and precisely what happened during the alleged incident. Your records may indicate that the statute of limitations has expired and that you no longer have to worry about possible criminal or civil repercussions.

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¿Qué Sucede si se Ignora una Orden de Protección de California?

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Las órdenes de protección personal (PPO) se emiten cuando una persona se acerca a la corte y le muestra al juez la razón por la cual le tiene miedo a otra persona. Si se emite una PPO en su contra, no se le permite tener ningún contacto con la persona que arregló la PPO . La orden también le impedirá acercarse a una distancia específica de la persona preocupada por usted.

El propósito de una orden de protección personal es evitar que una persona acose, abuse, aceche o incluso tenga contacto directo con la persona que solicitó la orden. Una vez que se ha emitido la PPO, debe obedecerla, incluso si la persona que presentó la PPO inventó las cosas sobre las que dijo. Obedezca todo lo que la PPO diga que puede y no puede hacer. El momento de discutir sobre la validez de los asuntos presentados en la PPO es en la corte cuando un juez pueda escuchar ambos lados del argumento, ver la evidencia y decidir si la PPO fue injusta .

No seguir las reglas establecidas en un PPO tiene consecuencias legales. Se considera desacato al tribunal.

El Código Penal de California 166(a)(4) describe el desacato al tribunal en California.

Un cargo de desacato al tribunal cuando se relaciona con una PPO se maneja como la mayoría de los cargos en California . Será arrestado y en ese momento su caso comenzará a rastrearse en el sistema judicial local. Si no acepta un acuerdo con la fiscalía o no se declara culpable, el caso irá a los tribunales. Ante el tribunal, la fiscalía debe probar que:

  • El PPO era válido
  • Que usted conocía y entendía el PPO
  • Que usted violó deliberada e intencionalmente la PPO

Si lo condenan por violar la órdenes de protección personal (PPO), podría ser sentenciado a un año en una cárcel del condado. Es probable que también enfrente cargos adicionales.


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How Many Times can you be Convicted of DUI in California Before Permanently Losing Your Driver’s License?

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It’s no secret that if you’re caught driving while under the influence of an illegal amount of drugs or alcohol in California, you’ll not only be arrested and fined but you’ll also be convicted of a misdemeanor and have your driver’s license suspended. In most cases, the hassle of losing their driver’s license and finding alternative means of travel is the worst part of having a DUI conviction. Even for a few months, not being able to drive convinces most drivers to be mindful of how much they imbibe before sliding behind the wheel.

While most people learn their lesson after a single DUI, there are always exceptions. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, some drivers make the same mistake a second time. At this point, many panic about the long-term impact the second conviction will have on their driving privileges and start worrying about just how many DUIs they can have on their record before they permanently lose their California driving privileges.

Anyone who has passed their 21st birthday and is pulled over for suspicion of DUI and has a blood alcohol content (BAC) that is 008% or more will have their driving privileges revoked. The first time this happens, your driver’s license will be suspended for four months. Each time after that initial charge during a ten-year period, the suspension will last a full year.

The situation goes from bad to worse if you refuse to take a BAC or breath test when you’re pulled over by a patrol officer. In this situation, your driver’s license suspension will last for an entire year following your first DUI experience. If this is the second time you’ve been arrested for a DUI offense and refused the test, you’ll be suspended for two full years. The third and subsequent time this happens, your driver’s license will be suspended for a full three years.

Suppose you’re charged with a DUI while you’re currently on probation for a DUI offense. In that case, your California driver’s license will be suspended for an additional year in addition to the traditional suspension period. You will also face the serious legal consequences of driving on a suspended license and probably some other traffic violations as well.

The best way to ensure you don’t lose your driving privileges is to be smart and always have a designated driver or ride-share plan when you go out for a night of fun and drinking.

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Petnapping in California

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The recent conviction of the man who not only shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker but also stole her two precious French Bulldogs has people talking about pet theft in California, the consequences of the crime, and how to prevent it.

Most of us love our pets as much as we love our human family members. We make an enormous number of sacrifices to make sure they are well cared for and loved. We can’t imagine having them brutally ripped from our lives.

The good news is that situations like what happened with Lady Gaga’s dogs are not very common. Most people don’t have their pets brutally yanked out of their grip while walking them. The most common types of pet thefts involve:

  • Unattended pets being removed from yards/cars/dog parks etc
  • Pets getting caught in a custody dispute when a relationship dissolves
  • Pets getting lost, found, and then claimed by another person

The good news is that while you may not be able to eliminate the odds of your pet getting stolen completely, there are things you can do to minimize the risk of losing your pet to pet-napping.

Don’t Leave Your Pet Unattended

Pets who aren’t watched are at high risk of pet-napping. It’s a crime of opportunity. Sometimes these pets are snatched by someone who knows the pet owner and wants to hurt them. Sometimes it’s because someone wants the pet for themselves and spends a great deal of time and energy scoping things out and figuring out when the pet is unattended and when it’s a good time to snatch them would be. In other cases, someone sees a random, unattended pet and takes them in a crime of opportunity.

The best way to make sure you’re pet is never a petnapping victim is always to be aware of them and the potential dangers. If you’re leaving a pet in a car for a few minutes, ensure your vehicle is locked and parked in a high-traffic area. Don’t park at the back of the parking lot where no one will notice if someone is breaking into your vehicle so they can steal your dog.

If you love turning your dog loose in the yard so they can play, you should fence off an area of your yard that’s not easy to see from the street. Change up the times you let the pet out. Never let them out when you’re not home, set up a few cameras so you can see what is happening to your pet while they are outside.

Relationship Breakdown Leads to Petnapping

The most common form of someone taking a pet is when a relationship ends, and one partner claims a pet as their own. This can lead to some very nasty situations. While you might not be able to prevent your former partner from taking your pet, you can take steps to make sure you always get the pet back. The best way to do this is to accept complete financial responsibility for your pet. Make sure your name is the only name that appears on the vet’s registration papers and vet bills. Make sure you keep electronic copies of all your pet’s paperwork in an email or cloud storage base your partner doesn’t have access to important documents about your pet.

Lost Pets that are Claimed by Someone Else

It doesn’t matter how careful you are; sometimes, pets get loose and run off. With a little luck, you’re quickly reunited, but sometimes your pet is caught by someone else and taken to an animal shelter where they’re adopted by a new pet guardian. The best way to prevent this is to ensure your pet is microchipped and that the microchip is registered to you. Also, as soon as you lose your pet, notify all local animal rescues and vet shelters. You should also use social media to alert people to look for your pet. Clear, recent photos are the best way to ensure someone doesn’t adopt your pet after finding them.

What steps have you taken to ensure your favorite fur baby doesn’t become a petnapping victim?

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Are you Being Gaslighted?

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Gaslighting is a phrase we hear more and more of lately. While we’re all becoming familiar with the term and know that it’s not a good thing, many of us still aren’t entirely sure what gaslighting is or how to recognize if we’re a victim of it.

The best way to explain gaslighting is that it’s a form of manipulation. In many cases, the gaslighting starts out as something minor and then turns into something much more serious and sinister until it’s a form of emotional and mental abuse. It is usually started by someone who is in a position of power or someone you’re close to.

The idea behind gaslighting is that it’s a form of manipulation that’s specifically designed to alter your beliefs and even question your own judgment. As time passes, it wears away at your confidence, putting you in a position where you turn to the person responsible for the gaslighting. Gaslighting is often done in the early stages of domestic abuse situations. It is also frequently seen between healthcare workers and patients, employers/co-workers, etc.

If you’re not sure if you’re being subjected to gaslighting, here are some things you should consider: 

  • Does the person you think may be gaslighting you frequently question your version of events?
  • Do they frequently say you either have or haven’t done something until you find yourself questioning your own memory?
  • Frequently accuse you of being over-emotional
  • Often subtly alter facts so that you appear crazy, silly, or are to blame for things that went wrong
  • Fail to even consider the idea that they may be wrong

Recognizing that you’re being gaslit is a good first sign. Once you understand that you’re the victim of manipulation, you can take the steps needed to extract yourself from the situation and start repairing the damage the situation has done to your mental and emotional health.

One of the best things you can do after you’ve been a victim of gaslighting is to turn to close friends and family members. It’s up to you to decide if you want to tell them what you’ve gone through. Some people find the act of telling their experiences cathartic. Others don’t. Whether or not you discuss what happened, you’ll find that simply spending time with people who genuinely love you, who want nothing but the best for you, and who want to build you up and see you become the best possible version of yourself to be just the medicine your self-esteem needs so that it can begin to heal.

Depending on the severity of the gaslighting, some people find that getting professional therapy is massively helpful. Others find that they do best when they cut the person responsible for the gaslighting out of their life. 

How do you handle gaslighting situations?

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4 Estafas de Facebook que Debe Conocer

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La mayoría de nosotros pasamos una sorprendente cantidad de tiempo en Facebook. Nos encanta publicar sobre las cosas emocionantes que suceden en nuestras vidas, disfrutamos viendo las fotos que comparten nuestros seres queridos y, a menudo, lo tratamos como una línea interesante que brinda una forma legal de espiar la vida de los demás. Rara vez nos detenemos a pensar en lo peligroso que puede ser Facebook, aunque habitualmente escuchamos sobre amigos cuyas cuentas que han sido pirateadas o que se han encontrado con una estafa en Facebook.

Si bien no tiene que dejar de usar Facebook por completo, sacará más provecho del gigante de las redes sociales si está al tanto de las estafas más populares de Facebook y sabe cómo identificarlas y evitarlas.

Suplantación de identidad

El phishing en Facebook es como otras formas de phishing en Internet , simplemente se lleva a cabo en Facebook. La forma en que funciona es que alguien crea una cuenta de Facebook ficticia que sugiere que ofrece un servicio o posee un negocio. Cuando expresa interés en el negocio/servicio, el genio detrás de la cuenta roba una gran parte de su información, incluyendo su contraseña de Facebook, y la usa para beneficio personal.

La mejor manera de detectar un esquema de phishing de Facebook es mirar el sitio web al que se dirige. Si la URL tiene algo que no sea, es una estafa y debe salir y borrar su historial de navegación de inmediato.

Productos Falsificados Promocionados en Facebook Marketplace

El mercado de Facebook se ha convertido en un lugar popular para que las personas que tienen productos baratos ganen dinero rápido al promocionarlos como si el producto fuera de marca o de alta calidad. La mejor manera de evitar caer en esta trampa es estudiar con atención las imágenes y leer las reseñas del vendedor. Si el producto parece sospechoso o hay muchas malas críticas, aléjese de ese vendedor y busque algo más para comprar.

Estafas de Trabajos Falsos

Aunque Facebook no es el primer lugar que la mayoría de la gente busca cuando busca un nuevo trabajo, hay algunas oportunidades de trabajo legítimas publicadas en el sitio de redes sociales. El problema es que también hay algunas estafas de trabajo falsas sorprendentemente convincentes disponibles en Facebook.

El propósito de las estafas de trabajos falsos es el mismo que otras estafas, la persona detrás de la estafa quiere extraer información específica de usted que puede usar para su propio beneficio. La mejor manera de protegerse de una estafa de trabajo falsa que se encuentra en Facebook es nunca dar ninguna información personal, cambiar su contraseña cada vez que envíe un mensaje a la persona responsable de la oferta de trabajo e investigue cuidadosamente la compañía que supuestamente publicó el trabajo.

La Estafa Que Involucra Tarjetas de Regalo

La regla general es que si algo suena demasiado bueno para ser verdad, probablemente lo sea. Ese es ciertamente el caso con muchas de las ofertas de tarjetas de regalo que flotan en Facebook. Una de las razones por las que tantas personas son engañadas por las estafas de tarjetas de regalo falsas es que la persona detrás de la estafa piratea una cuenta y hace que parezca que la oferta proviene de un ser querido. Y la redacción es persuasiva y auténtica.

La estafa es doble. Dado que se le pide que haga clic en un enlace y brinde información sobre usted, la persona detrás de la estafa recopila información de usted que puede usar para ayudar a robar su identidad. También le piden que comparta la publicación, lo que les permite conectarse con sus amigos de Facebook para que puedan ejecutar la estafa de la tarjeta de regalo en otras personas.

La mejor manera de evitar verse atraído por una estafa de Facebook es limitar sus acciones en las redes sociales a sólo tratar con personas que conoce bien y siempre confirmar su identidad antes de hacer clic en cualquier enlace o cuenta secundaria.

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Current Cell Phone Scams

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It seems like this is the time of year when your cell phone never stops ringing. Most of the calls likely come from friends and family members who either want to catch up or who are hoping to finalize holiday plans. Other calls are probably simply Robo callers that signify a sales call. The challenge some people face is that in between personal and unwanted sales calls, an occasional scam slides into your call log. Since these scams aren’t always easy to identify, it’s important to know what the current scams are so you can extract yourself from the call as quickly as possible.

These are the current crop of cell phone scams.

A Family Member Calling to Say They’re in Trouble

Calls from pseudo-family members have been around for a few years now. The way this particular cell phone scam works is a person calls and claims that they are a family member. They are upset and quickly launch into a speech about how they are in a real jam (most scammers like to say that they’ve been arrested and need immediate bail money) and need you to help them out.

This scam is effective because it plays on your emotions and instinctive desire to help out your loved one and also creates a sense of urgency so you don’t have time to think about whether you’re being scammed. Since there is a chance that it could be a loved one on the other end of the cell phone tower, your best course of action is to simply say you will call the loved one right back. Checking in with the loved one allows you to determine if they’re really in trouble or if you were just contacted by a scam artist.

The COVID-19 Scam

The COVID-19 cell phone scam hasn’t gotten as much media attention as one might expect. The way this scam works is someone calls you and insists that they are from some board of health and are in charge of collecting information for the COVID-19 vaccination program. The goal of his particular scam is to collect information from you that the caller will later use to steal your identity.

The best way to avoid being victimized by the COVID-19 phone scam is not to give the caller any information. Instead of providing a random caller with sensitive information, call your local health department directly.

Lottery Scams

Lottery cell scams have been around for a long time. They are still an effective way for a scammer to make money since they are still using this particular scam and haven’t moved on to something newer.

The way the lottery scam works is you get a call from someone who claims to be from a lotto office. They congratulate you on a recent win, getting you all excited. The scam kicks in when they say you have to pay a nominal fee to secure your winnings. Asking for that fee always indicates that you’re dealing with a cell phone scam. If you had won the lottery, all you would have to do is go to the lotto office and show them your winning ticket. Never provide anyone you don’t know with your credit/debit card information.

What recent cell phone scams have you dealt with?

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Teen Marijuana Use in California

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Recreational marijuana is legal in California. However, that doesn’t mean that teens are allowed to partake in marijuana.

At this point, it’s legal for anyone who is over the age of 21, to grow, use, and carry marijuana in California. That age limit is important. If a person is 21 and enjoying some marijuana, they’re fine. The same isn’t true if their 19-year-old friend is doing the same thing.

The one exception to marijuana use in teenagers is if that medical marijuana can be prescribed to anyone who is at least 18 years old. That means that if an 18-, 19-, or 20-year-old has a prescription from a legit doctor, they can legally use marijuana. If a teen is prescribed medical marijuana, they must adhere to the rules laid out in the prescription. The slightest deviation could result in them facing serious legal repercussions.

California teens who are caught illegally in the possession of marijuana will face the same legal consequences they’d face if they were caught with alcohol. As long as the teen is merely in the possession of the marijuana but not using it, they will be charged with an infraction. The consequences of this particular marijuana infraction include a fine, mandatory drug education, and community service.

Teens who are caught operating a car after they have been illegally using marijuana will face the same consequences that they would had they been illegally drinking. In addition to fines and drug counseling, they will face license suspension. The more times they are caught driving while under the influence of marijuana, the more severe the legal consequences become.

At the end of the day, it’s important to make sure teenagers understand that it’s really in their best interest to wait until they are 21 before they experiment with marijuana. While they still have to be careful and make sure they don’t take so much that their ability to drive is impaired, by waiting until they’re legally able to do so, they don’t have to worry about getting into trouble for simply having marijuana in their pockets or tucked into a purse.

How old were you the first time you tried marijuana?

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Tips for a Peaceful Holiday Family Gathering

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Tis the season when many of us are getting together with both our immediate and extended family to celebrate the holidays. While this is supposed to be a fun time that is full of joy and shared memories, all of us are painfully aware that whenever a family gathers, there’s always a chance that an argument will break out.

While you might not be able to completely prevent family discourse over the holidays, there are some things you can do that will help you maintain the peace during gatherings.

Know Your Limits

Before getting together with your family for the holidays, take a few moments to access your mental and emotional health. Are you in a good state of mind or do you feel like it wouldn’t take much to push you over the edge? Take another moment to determine how much time you can spend with your family before you find your emotions starting to unravel. Commit yourself to only spending that amount of time at the gathering before you make your excuses and leave. Don’t be afraid to leave early if your family becomes too much. It’s far easier to apologize for leaving early than it is to apologize for getting into a massive argument with your siblings.

Don’t Bring Up Old Problems

Treat this family gathering as a blank slate. Old arguments, complaints, and other issues should be pushed aside and allowed to rest. If you have a problem with how a relative has treated you in the past, try to avoid that particular relative at this particular gathering. Once the holidays are over, you can always call them and try to resolve the issue.

Evaluate Your Attitude

You may not be able to do much about your cranky uncle or bickering parents, but you can do something about your attitude. Instead of approaching the family gathering with a chip on your shoulder, convince yourself to be tolerant and cheerful. This is one of those fake it until you make it situations, when you’re cheerful, even when you’re forcing yourself to be, you’ll notice others respond positively to you. Before you know it, your good attitude will have shifted the gathering’s entire atmosphere and everyone will be having a good time.


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4 Things Police Look for When Searching for Drunk Drivers in California

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Most of us have been there at least once in our lives. Even though we were perfectly sober at the time, the police pulled us over for a seemingly silly reason. The reason the police do this is that they have been trained to recognize these relatively minor driving issues as signs that the driver is impaired.

Driving At a Certain Time

It might not be fair, but there are certain times when you’re more likely to be pulled over for a suspected DUI than others. The most common time is between 2 and 3 in the morning. This is when the bars close and people are driving home. Not only are there fewer cars on the road which increases the likelihood of you catching a patrol officer’s eye, but most people who are on the road at that time of the night are leaving a bar or club. This is why so many bartenders are pulled over after they’ve left work.

Driving too Slowly

Weirdly enough, driving too slowly is one of the best ways to be pulled over for a suspected DUI. While there are a few different reasons people will drive slowly, DUI is the most common one. While every person is different, most people who are inebriated drive slowly because their reflexes aren’t as sharp as normal and they’re overcompensating and being overly careful. Not only will the extremely slow driving catch the eye of a passing patrol officer, but your slow driving can also be a road hazard.

Erratic Acceleration and Deacceleration

If you’re rapidly accelerating and deaccelerating for no apparent reason, you shouldn’t be surprised when you spot red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. The inability to gauge how heavily you’re pressing down on the brake and gas pedal are early indicators of inebriation.


Swerving in and out of your lane isn’t just a sign of a potential DUI, it’s also dangerous. When you’re drunk, the swerving indicates that you’re having a difficult time staying focused, that you’re not in full control of your motor skills, and that there’s a serious risk of you getting into a serious accident.

Even if you haven’t been drinking, if a cop spots you swerving all over the road, there’s a good chance that in addition to issuing a sobriety test, they’ll also give you a ticket for erratic or reckless driving.

California’s patrol officers are extremely good at spotting individuals who are DUI and will not hesitate to pull you over and issue an immediate sobriety test. The best way to prevent this from happening is to make sure you always have an alternate way to get home, such as a designated driver or a ride-share pickup, when you’re going out for drinks.