Ever made a new acquaintance that starts to intrude into your life with unsolicited phone calls? Or one shows up at your work place or social gatherings as a coincidence? It may seem unnerving at first. But the friendly phone calls or the coincidental meetings aren’t breaking the law.
In fact, law imposes any penalty when the over-attentive behavior becomes unsettling or threatening.
Law takes stalking as a serious offense. And it has designed the incremental penalties to protect the object of the stalker’s advances:
• Warnings and/or restraining orders
The first step is to give the stalker a verbal or written warning. And if their actions don’t stop then involve the law and get a restraining order through a court. Sometimes if the stalker is not aware of the outcome of their actions, this can be enough.
If anyone ignores court order to stay away from the victim, law would impose fines running into many thousands of dollars may. The law will not only impose a fine for continuing to harass, but also for breaking a court order.
• Custodial terms
Repeated breaches will bring about a custodial sentence. It will also bring for threats or actual attempts at physical violence upon their victim. Sentences vary from case to case but are appropriate to the level of intimidation.
Stalking is one crime that won’t fade from a criminal record and even false accusations have a tendency to stick. Good legal advice for all parties concerned is essential.
Are you disorganized? Missing the odd job interview or even a date means little more than a lost opportunity. However, missing a court date could land you in a messier situation than you had hoped.
Missing a court date will result in an immediate warrant for your arrest and it won’t necessarily be the police that come after you but bail bondsmen who will track you down for the courts by any reasonable means including potentially involving friends and family who may know your whereabouts.
So what can you do to avoid trouble and what happens if you don’t?
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- First and foremost, show up.
Attending your court appearances shows that you are taking your misdemeanor and any accompanying penalty seriously, especially if your sentence includes drug or alcohol rehabilitation or community service. You are also showing respect to whoever has had enough faith in you to post bail or obtain a bail bond.
- If you miss your court date, be prepared to be hauled back to jail and quickly.
Not only will law enforcement services be looking for you but the bond agent looking to protect their investment. Don’t think it’s easy either to obtain another bond to keep you out of jail. The judge is more likely to have you remanded in custody.
- Your rap sheet just gone one heck of a lot bigger.
Not only can you enjoy the addition of an evading capture charge but if you’re caught committing a crime after skipping a court date, you’re looking at a higher chance of a maximum sentence and almost zero chance of making bail.
The best thing to do is to make this the time that you get your life together and make efforts to stay out of trouble once and for all.
Being charged with drug trafficking is a serious offense and convictions can lead to a number of consequences such as large fines, lengthy incarceration, the revoking of your driver’s license and many more. California also has a “three strikes” law, which means that if you are convicted of the same offense three times you can receive a life sentence in prison. This law applies even if your crimes were non-violent.
Despite California’s position as a “medical marijuana” state, individuals can still be arrested and convicted for the drug trafficking of marijuana and any other federally illegal substance.Because of the seriousness of your charges, it is important that you have an attorney represent you in every step of your case as it moves through the court system. Never attempt to navigate felony charges on your own.
If you are arrested for drug trafficking in California, there are things you should and shouldn’t do during the arrest, interrogation and other steps of the process:
1. Do not volunteer any information about yourself or your situation regardless of what law enforcement officials tell you they already know.
2. Ask for an attorney immediately. Theoretically, once you’ve requested an attorney, any questioning or interrogation is supposed to immediately cease until you are represented by a lawyer.
3. Be sure that your bail can be posted with funds that can be proven to come from sources other than through drug sales. Drug charges require this proof for bail funds in California.
4. Always conduct yourself in a respectful and polite way when dealing with agents of the law or court system even if you are refusing to answer questions.
5. Once you have secured the services of an attorney, make sure you ask questions so you can familiarize yourself with the law and all your available options.
We’re all familiar with behaving impulsively; that nudge to have an extra cookie, or buy a new pair of shoes, or to hug a loved one for no reason. These impulses are usually mild enough and don’t cause us or our friends and family any heartache.
However, when our impulses cross the line into being less harmless and even illegal, our lives can quickly spiral out of our control, leading to criminal charges and even a custodial sentence. Most crimes are committed on impulse, and if you suspect you may need help in managing your behavior, there are a few techniques you can put in place to limit the dangers.
Know your triggers. What sets you off when you give in to temptation? If general dissatisfaction, including boredom, frustration, or envy wave the red flag for you, find ways to avoid danger situations and ways to distract yourself. Phone family or friends and talk through your feelings, if you can.
Talk to your doctor.If you know your impulses to commit crime are triggered by alcohol or drug addiction, or by other underlying mental illness, make an appointment to see a medical practitioner or counselor. Find strategies to improve your mental health and limit any impulsive or negative thoughts you may be having.
Get clean. If you do have a drug or alcohol issue, there is a reasonable chance that you have had to at least consider additional criminal activity to support your habit. Although breaking addictive behavior patterns is easier said than done, help is available to you.
Circumstances will not always be ideal. On occasions, managing impulsive behavior will be very difficult for you. However, seeking help, avoiding trouble situations and knowing your triggers will help you stay in control of your life.