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Getting Arrested In A Foreign Country

Getting Arrested In A Foreign Country

Getting Arrested In A Foreign Country

No one ever wants to get arrested. Doing so means being placed into a small concrete cell with iron bars, possibly with other inmates. A person loses their freedom when arrested, and it is not fun at all. However, something most people do not consider, is what happens if they are arrested outside of the United States.

Here in the US, the Constitution grants all US citizens certain rights. These rights may not be granted in other countries.


    Some of these rights include:

  • Innocent until proven guilty
  • Having a speedy trial
  • Having a trial with a jury of your peers
  • Safety from cruel and unusual punishment

Here in the US, we are very lucky to have these rights. Not every country offers these rights to its citizens, let alone visitors from other countries.

When a US citizen is arrested while abroad, they are subject to that country’s laws. They will face whatever kind of trial that country offers. They will need to serve their sentence in one of that country’s jails as well.

A US citizen abroad cannot rely on the US Constitution to protect them.

A US citizen who has been arrested abroad does have the right to request that the local US embassy or consulate be notified of their arrest.

A consular officer will be sent to visit with the arrested person and provide them with some assistance. This right is thanks to the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

This is why it is extremely important for a person to familiarize themselves with the laws of the country they are visiting. Things that may be legal here in the US, may be illegal in some foreign countries. No one wants to get arrested, especially when they are outside the US.

Be Wary Of Scams This Holiday Season

Be Wary Of Scams This Holiday Season

Be Wary Of Scams This Holiday Season

Nobody likes being cheated or scammed. We all worked hard to get what we have and when someone takes it away from us, it can be incredibly frustrating. This is why it is important to be aware of scams that are out there that cause people to lose thousands of dollars. This can make it very easy for scammers to make a lot of money really fast.

Two of the most popular methods for scammers to get money from their victims, is to either have the money transferred to them or to have the person send them gift cards.

With these two methods, once the money is sent, it cannot be reclaimed, even if it becomes apparent that the money was sent to a scammer. This is why these two methods are so popular, and why you should never send a money transfer or gift card to anyone unless you know exactly who you are sending it to.

Some scammers try to get around this, by targeting grandparents. The scammer will pretend to be the person’s grandchild and claim that they were just arrested. They need help, but do not want the rest of the family to know. They can even have some information about who they are pretending to be thanks to what they found on social media sites. If you ever get a call like this, be sure to ask lots of questions and talk to the rest of the family about it. You may learn that it was all just a scam.

A person should always trust their gut when something doesn’t feel right. By doing so, they can prevent themselves from being scammed and save themselves thousands of dollars.

DUI Checkpoints And Holidays

DUI Checkpoints And Holidays

DUI Checkpoints And Holidays

Whenever holidays roll around, especially big ones that involve parties and drinking, you can expect to see an increase in DUI checkpoints. These checkpoints help police officers discover drunk drivers before they have a chance to cause any accidents. The checkpoints increase around holidays because officers know that people are more likely to drink during these times.

Some people find DUI checkpoints annoying, and it is completely understandable. These checkpoints do tend to slow down traffic wherever they are set up, no matter how quickly the officers are at running them. This is why it is legal for people to avoid DUI checkpoints if they want, provided they do not break any traffic laws to do so.

However, even though DUI Checkpoints can be annoying, they are incredibly helpful. They remove drunk drivers off the road before anyone gets injured. These checkpoints help prevent thousands of injuries and save hundreds of lives.

Coming across a DUI checkpoint is nothing to worry about.

An officer will motion for you to pull up and will then ask you some questions. The officer will ask where you are going, where you are coming from, and have you been drinking. The officer may also ask to see your license and registration. As long as everything checks out and the officer has no reason to expect that you might have been drinking, they will send you on your way.

If the officer does think a driver has been drinking, they will have the driver pull over to the side. Depending on how drunk the driver is, they may arrest the person or have him sit in a drunk tank until sober.

No one should ever get behind the wheel of a vehicle while drunk.

Unfortunately, hundreds of people do it on a daily basis. This causes thousands of accidents and harms thousands of people. This is why officers set up checkpoints to try and reduce that number.

What To Do In An Active Shooter Situation

What To Do In An Active Shooter Situation

What To Do In An Active Shooter Situation

We have all seen the horrible stories on the news where some lunatic with a gun decides to attack dozens of innocent people. Sadly, this happens far too often. It is in the back of many people’s minds when they go out to special events. Due to this fact, it is important for everyone to know what to do in the event that an active shooter targets an event.

A person should always be aware of the exits in a room or building. You want to have a plan on how to escape if something does actually happen. You do not want to get stuck trying to find an exit, or worse, get stuck at an exit.

Another thing to consider, is that rules stop applying during an active shooter event. A person does not have to leave a building the same way they entered. If you are in a mall or an arena when an active shooter event occurs, there are other ways out than the ones you used to get in.

In a mall, it is recommended that you run into the nearest store and locate the door in the back marked employees only or something similar. Go through that door. There should be another that will lead you to a concrete hallway or loading dock. Follow the hallway and find a way out. Chances are, the shooter will not go through this hallway, since they are looking to do a lot of damage, which takes place at the main section of the mall and at its primary exits.

In a sporting arena, try to find a door that is marked for players or talent only. There is a private exit for talent and staff to use to avoid the crowds of fans. Normally this exit is only for authorized people, but in an active shooter situation, that authorization no longer matters.

During these kinds of situation, the shooter is looking to harm as many people as possible. This is easy to do when everyone rushes for the exits at once. This creates a bottleneck and gives the shooter a lot of targets. It is best to avoid those kinds of situations if possible. Looking for another way out could save a person’s life.

8 Commonly Misused Words

8 Commonly Misused Words

8 Commonly Misused Words

The English language has thousands and thousands of words within it. This is why it can take native English speakers years to even come close to mastering it. Due to this fact, there are several words within this language of ours that are misused on a daily basis. Some words have been misused for so long, that the wrong meaning has now become their actual meaning.

  1. Bemused: Many people think that a bemused person is someone who is amused, when in fact, it means that the person is confused.
  2. Compelled: When a person is compelled to do something, many would assume the person simply feels like they should do that thing. However, it really means that the person is being forced to do something.
  3. Enormity: Some people, including past presidents, think that enormity means something really big, but it does not. It really means a great or extreme evil.
  4. Ironic: This is one that many people mess up. They think that something is ironic when it is a funny coincidence, but when something is truly ironic, it is something that was the opposite of what the person expected.
  5. Literally: This word gets misused all of the time. Often times, when it is used, people are better off using figuratively. When something literally happens, it means that something actually happened as it was stated.
  6. Nauseous: This means to cause nausea, so when a person says they feel nauseous, they are actually saying that they fell like they cause other people to be sick. What they mean to say is that they feel nauseated.
  7. Peruse: Many people think that this means to skim over something, but it actually means to thoroughly look through and review.
  8. Redundant: If something is redundant, many people think that this means the thing is repetitive, which is wrong. If something is redundant, it is something that is unnecessary and can be removed.

For some of these words, it can be easy to see how the wrong use came about. Take redundant, for instance, some things that are repetitive could also be considered redundant. Luckily, for everyone’s egos, most people are not alone in making these kinds of mistakes with the English language.

Nobody Likes Sexual Harassment

Nobody Likes Sexual Harassment

Nobody Likes Sexual Harassment

Sadly everyone has experienced some form of harassment at some point in their lives. There are several forms of harassment out there, and none of them are very pleasant. One of the worst kinds of harassment, is sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment is bullying of a sexual nature or inappropriate sexual advances with the promise of rewards in the workplace. Sexual harassment is not just bad because it is harassment, it is also illegal. It is illegal to harass any person based on their sex.

When it comes to harassment at work, employers are supposed to provide safe working environment for their employees. This does not simply mean a physically safe environment. A safe work environment also means protecting employees from all types of harassment, especially sexual harassment.

Nobody wants to face any sort of harassment, especially in a place where they have to be, such as work. Sexual harassment can so many different things, from being mocked for the person’s gender or a person not getting a promotion due to their lack of desire to sleep with the employer.

If a person ever feels like they are feeling sexually harassed, they need to talk to their boss or someone in human resources. Employers are legally obligated to create safe work environment for their employees. Failing to do so can get them into serious legal trouble.

Legality Of Recording & Posting Crimes Online

Legality Of Recording & Posting Crimes Online

Legality Of Recording & Posting Crimes Online

It is one thing for a bystander to record an incident where a police officer is interacting, physically or peacefully, with another civilian, but it is another thing when a bystander records an incident where one or more other civilians are getting physical with another victim, and there are no authority figures in sight. In the first scenario, there is someone who is supposed to be supporting the law, and coming down on someone who just broke it. In the second scenario, there is someone who is committing a crime against another helpless individual, with no law enforcement anywhere to be seen, so the physicality against the victim can continue.

This raises the question as to whether the bystander in the second scenario should be punished for recording the crime, and possibly posting it on social media, while doing nothing to stop it and prevent the victim from getting injured or worse.

Early this year in Florida, a group of teenagers looked onto a pond where they saw a man struggling to stay afloat. They recorded the man and in the footage, the teens are heard laughing and joking at him. The man drowned and died as the teens watched. Although people in Florida are not legally obligated to render aid or call for help if they know a person is in distress, the police have decided to file misdemeanor charges against the teens for failing to report a death.

In December last year, a California teenager was severely sucker punched by a man he did not even know. The man and his girlfriend conspired to record it and post it online. The man is facing criminal charges but the girlfriend is not, and lawmakers are rallying to try and change this with a bill introduced as Jordan’s Law.

Jordan’s Law will criminalize those who conspire with the attacker to record a violent crime.

Although the girlfriend is not a bystander in this scenario because she was in on the crime to begin with, she still did not get punished. Like with Florida, true bystanders in California do not have a legal obligation to report a crime if they are aware of it, nor are they legally obligated to intervene. It could be dangerous to do so.

Posting crimes like this on social media can be harmful for the victim of the video because it can bring them more humiliation and distress. Morally, it is an unkind thing to do, but legally, it is a gray area that lawmakers and law enforcement must try and figure out, so when similar incidents arise in the future, they can better pursue their case.

California’s Plastic Bag Ban

California’s Plastic Bag Ban

California’s Plastic Bag Ban

If you are like many other Californians, you are probably still trying to train yourself to bring reusable bags to the store when you get groceries. It has been a bit of a struggle, but admittedly a small one to help the environment.

The state of California recently banned stores from using single use plastic bags in an attempt to reduce the amount of plastic waste the state produces.

Stores would still be allowed to offer plastic bags, but they would need to charge a minimum of 10 cents and the bags would need to be reusable.

Some people do not paying the extra 10 cents per bag, while other people completely hate the idea of paying for something they used to get for free. Realistically, it is not that big of a deal. The old bags were terrible, not just for the environment, but for the purpose they were designed for. Just think of how many times those single use bags broke and spilled their contents all over the floor. With this new law, shoppers will either get stronger plastic bags from the store or have stronger cloth bags that they brought from home.

The hardest part about this new law, is training yourself to remember to bring bags from home. This is something that will get easier with time, until it is second nature.

Is It A Crime To Witness One & Not Report It?

Is It A Crime To Witness One & Not Report It?

Is It A Crime To Witness One & Not Report It?

It is a crime to file a false police report, but it is not a crime to witness one, and not report it happen.

It might come as a surprise for some people to know that someone is not obligated to report a crime to the police if they have witnessed one or know about one, though it could affect their conscience. Nonetheless, if you witnessed a crime and you do not report it, you would not get in trouble.

The reason most people are not obligated to report a crime if they know about it is because it can be risky. By reporting the crime, they are getting involved. Depending on the situation, it can cost them time, money, and even safety. Their lives can be put into danger if they get involved; they could be threatened by the suspect or those who side with the suspect.

There are people in certain professions who must report crimes they know about or suspect.

People who are required to report crimes are those who are health care and medical professionals, psychiatrists, counselors, and educators.

For example, if a young child comes to school every day with a new bruise and an unclear explanation of where those bruises came from, the teacher may suspect the kid is being abused at home. If so, they must alert the police to investigate. If they neglect this duty and the well-being of the child, they too can be punished by the law.

Hopefully you are never in that position where you witness a crime or know about it, and question yourself as to whether you should report it to the police or not. Legally, you have no obligation. Morally that is ultimately on you to decide as to whether you can spare getting involved.

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About California’s Revenge Porn Law

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Revenge porn is when one person shares sexually explicit images and/or videos of their former intimate partner, typically on the Internet, without their consent.

Their motive is to embarrass the former partner, which can lead to further distress. If you keep up with celebrity gossip, this is exactly what Rob Kardashian did recently against his former girlfriend and the mother of his young child, Blac Chyna.

In California, it first became a law just a handful of years ago in 2013, and since then there have been changes and updates. It is a crime many people are becoming increasingly familiar with.

California’s revenge porn crime is related to the crime of invasion of privacy.

When one person secretly records sexually explicit photos and videos of another person without their consent that is invasion of privacy. With revenge porn, it is when the person initially knows about and consents to having images and videos taken of them with the understanding that they would be kept private. However, the person who took this content disregards this and distributes them to the public to view anyway to bring shame and embarrassment to the victim. That is when it becomes revenge porn.

There are other unfortunate consequences that the victim can suffer from having their images shared without consent, especially if they are a young adult applying for school and jobs, not to mention their overall reputation.

Revenge porn is punishable by a misdemeanor.

For a first offense, the defendant faces up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Repeat offenders face up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Additionally, if the victim was a minor, the defendant also faces a year in jail and a $2,000 fine, as well as charges for child pornography.

No matter how angry and upset a person is with their ex-partner, it is never okay to exact revenge porn on them.