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What you need to know about DUI checkpoints

Summer is winding down, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had in southern California. As such, the many end-of-summer festivals, concerts and other happenings around the San Fernando Valley (not to mention the upcoming Los Angeles County Fair in nearby Pomona) could prompt increased DUI enforcement, especially as Labor Day Weekend approaches.

One enforcement tool often seen around major holidays are DUI checkpoints. Though fairly common nowadays, many people still have questions when it comes sobriety checkpoints. Here are some answers.

Fighting mortgage fraud charges in California

A year ago, you secured a loan to purchase your dream home. Unfortunately, you're now faced with a homebuyer's worst nightmare and are wrongfully being accused of mortgage fraud. You fear that the accusations will mean losing your home and compromising your reputation. Luckily, a charge does not equate to a conviction and you can fight the claims in court. By educating yourself on the nature of the charge and the action that you can take, you may be able to defend your credibility and your future. 

What should you know about business tax evasion?

As a small business owner, you are responsible for keeping accurate financial records and filing your business's tax returns each year. This can be a complex process and subject to error, especially if you complete this task without the assistance of a certified accountant.

All California business owners should understand what constitutes tax evasion to prevent serious felony charges. The government does not look favorably on tax fraud; if convicted, you could face prison time and high fines. What should you understand about tax evasion?

Are Dabs, or hash oil, or wax illegal?

Dabs, BHO and wax, hashish and shatter are just some names for concentrated cannabis. These are the extracted resin from the cannabis plant and can be inhaled many ways including vaping.  

This concentrate is much stronger than the leaves of the cannabis plant and thus subject to different laws. The 2018 law states that adults 21 and older can use and possess up to 8 grams of hashish. However, possessing more than 8 grams is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 6 months in jail if you do not happen to have an entitlement to medical marijuana.

Protect Yourself From Telemarketing Fraud

We have all experienced unwanted phone calls telling us that our credit cards have been compromised or that we qualify for a “free cruise” or other perk.  But there are some local businesses that still call potential clients to sell services such as auto glass repair or carpet cleaning.  How can we tell the difference between an authentic call and a scam?


Understanding money laundering

Money laundering, also known as "dirty money" is the act of taking illegally received money and putting it through a system to make it appear legitimate. That money is then used to for very legitimate things such as to buy things, take trips, run a business or even put the kids through college.

A recent case of money laundering

Why isn’t there a breathalyzer to detect marijuana?

If you have ever been busted for pot possession or driving under its influence, the police probably asked you to give a urine sample. 

Why don’t they use a roadside breath tool like they use for alcohol? Because alcohol is very simple to detect, while marijuana is very complicated from a chemical standpoint.


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