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Why you should put your empty bottles and cans in the trunk

You support recycling and environmental action, so you always take your empty cans and bottles back to turn them in. It's just one way that you do your part for the planet.

How do I get my driver's license reinstated?

The ability to drive is a privilege and not a right. This means that you can easily lose that privilege if you commit too many driving offenses or commit serious offenses such as driving under the influence or vehicular homicide. If you have your driver's license suspended, you likely want to know what it takes to have it reinstated in California.

What are some consequences of getting a traffic ticket?

Seeing those flashing red and blue lights in your mirror is an uneasy feeling. It's likely you are being pulled over by the police in Encino. Your mind begins to race as you try to figure out what it is you did to warrant a traffic stop. Maybe you were speeding. Maybe you illegally changed lanes. Maybe you were tailgating. Whatever the reason, you could very well be issued a traffic ticket. Here are some consequences of that ticket.

Drive hands-free or pay the fee

As most drivers know, texting while driving is against the law in California. Yet the laws go further than texting, and it is worth making sure drivers in the Golden State understand exactly what is--and is not--allowed when they get behind the wheel.

Understanding types of traffic tickets

Whether you have a driver's license from California or another state, if you drive in the state of California, it is important for you to understand some of the basic traffic laws. That also means you should understand the different types of citations that you may receive and what to expect with each. 

Hit-and-run accident may be a felony

Users of the California roadways are not immune to the unfortunate prevalence of automobile accidents that involve a fleeing from the scene by one of the vehicles involved. Commonly noted as a hit-and-run, this fleeing an accident scene can amount to more than a misdemeanor traffic offense and may be a felony with a very stiff punishment.

New marijuana laws for drivers

With the legalization of marijuana becoming law in California in 2018, lawmakers are preparing to create regulations to help law enforcement and prosecutors. Part of this preparation are laws restricting the use of pot behind the wheel.

Camera use by officers

Have you been stopped by a police officer in California recently? If so, were you told that your interaction with the officer was being recorded on camera? In the last few years, the use of cameras worn by police officers has been increasing and interest in this technology and its potential benefits and pitfalls has also grown. 

Why was my driver's license suspended?

Have you received a notice in the mail from the California Department of Motor Vehicles saying that your driver's license has been suspended? Did this surprise you? If so, you are not alone as many times such notification does not happen directly after another event and may not always be understood.

Can you get an open container ticket for transporting alcohol?

You're sitting at home on a Friday night with no plans of going out, but then your phone buzzes. It's a text from one of your friends, telling you to come over for a drink.

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