Is It Possible to Steal Something When It Is Delivered to You?

Is It Possible to Steal Something When It Is Delivered to You?

Is It Possible to Steal Something When It Is Delivered to You?

 

Most people are aware of the fact that stealing is wrong. They know that if they taking something that isn’t theirs without permission, they could end up in big legal trouble. That is something nobody wants to deal with, which is why most people don’t take stuff that doesn’t belong to them.

However, what should people do when things sort of just fall into their laps? In today’s modern world, packages arrive at peoples’ homes all of the time. Most of the time these packages are delivered properly, but sometimes, packages get delivered to the wrong address, or the wrong thing was shipped to the person. In these instances, what should a person do? Do they try to return it, or keep it as a nice gift? After all, the company messed up, not the person ordering the item, right?

As it turns out, the answer isn’t so simple. This is still relatively new territory as far as the law is concerned, and one Massachusetts man learned this the hard way. 

How the Story Goes

A Massachusetts man recently made headlines for being arrested for stealing a TV that was mistakenly delivered to his house. He had recently ordered a 75-inch flat screen TV valued at around $1,200. What was delivered instead was an 86-inch flat screen valued at double the price, around $2,700. The man kept the mistake delivery, accepting it as a bit of good luck. He even did a quick internet search to see if he could get into trouble for keeping the TV.

On the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website, he found what he thought was the answer he was looking for. The site stated that if a person receives merchandise they didn’t order, they have a legal right to keep it. The Man took this to mean that he could keep the TV. However, this particular line was talking about instances where companies try to send people unordered products for free, then demand payment for said products

The delivery company soon realized its mistake and began to try and contact the man. However, the man never felt any obligation to answer those calls. According to the delivery company, the calls were either ignored, or answered by a male voice claiming to be the father of the man in question, who promised to pass the news along to his son.

After a few days of getting nowhere with this, the delivery company contacted the police and filled them in on the situation. A pair of police officers were sent to the home where they met the man in the driveway. They spoke to him about the TV, which one of the officers could see mounted on the wall through a front window. The man denied being home to receive the package when it arrived, despite that the delivery man was able to identify him from a photo lineup. The man stated that one of his employees must have signed for it. He asked to see the signature on the delivery slip, and claimed that it wasn’t his.

The officers left, and later got a warrant to arrest the man. As the police sought a warrant, one officer stated that the man “clearly lies, refuses to answer his telephone, and would likely lie about receiving a summons and will not show up for court. Shortly after, a group of officers surrounded the house and arrested the man. They charged him with felony larceny by false pretense and a second charge of misleading a police. The man was released from jail shortly after and is currently looking for a defense lawyer. If found guilty, the man will face up to 15 years in prison and several thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees.

What Happens Next

When it comes down to who was right and wrong in this case, no one is quite sure. As stated earlier, this case is rather unique and unheard of. One criminal defense lawyer, who has worked with law for 20 years, argues that larceny in Massachusetts requires the actual taking of property, which didn’t technically occur in this scenario. Another lawyer says that the large price of the item probably necessitated that the man report the incident to the company.

For those looking to avoid a similar situation, it is always best to contact the delivery company or sender of the package to alert them to the error. Depending on the item, some companies have been known to let the error stand, chalking it up to their own mistake. Once that is done, the person should try to help them out wherever possible that way a person cannot be accused of stealing something that was delivered to them.

What do you think of this? Should the man have tried to return the TV, or was he right to keep it for himself? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.


Are Nanny Cams Legal in California?

Are Nanny Cams Legal in California?

Are Nanny Cams Legal in California?

 

There is no denying that most parents only want what is best for their children. They want their children to be happy and successful. Unfortunately, in today’s fast moving and expensive world, it can be hard for parents to always be there for their child. Typically, people try to get trusted friends or family members to look after their children, but that isn’t an option for everyone. This leads to many parents hiring caregivers to watch over their children while they are away.

As much as parents should be able to trust the person that is watching over their child when they are gone, there is reason to be wary. There have been far too many cases where children were abused by the very people hired to take care of them.

As horrible as this is, advancements in technology have granted parents the ability to keep an eye on their nannies, even when they are at work. Nanny cams are simple pieces of tech that allow parents to monitor how a caregiver acts when no one else is around. However, given how California is about recording people, are these cameras even legal within the state?

California and Recordings

When it comes to recording conversations, California is known as a two-party consent state. This means that in order for a person to legally record a private conversation between themselves and another person, both people have to agree to the recording. Any audio recordings that are acquired without consent from both parties means that they cannot be used as evidence in cases.

However, when it comes to recording people on video, people can record others without consent so long as the video subject is not in an area where they could reasonably expect privacy. In other words, if someone is in a public place, like a city sidewalk, they could not reasonably expect privacy and therefore can be recorded.

Some examples of where people could privacy include:
  • Public restrooms.
  • Changing rooms.
  • Locker rooms.
  • Their home.
  • Their backyard.
  • Private property that they have permission to be on. 
If a person is in any of the areas, or areas similar to this, then they have a right to privacy and cannot be recorded. 

California and Nanny Cams

When this law gets applied to nanny cams, some people might assume that this means these kinds of cameras cannot be used in the state of California. However, that is not the case. Parents can use nanny cams here in California, they just have to be mindful of where they place the cameras.

Basically, the rule of privacy still applies for the caregiver, meaning that cameras cannot be placed in any area where a person might expect privacy. This includes bathrooms and the caregiver’s room, if they are a live-in nanny. However, since the nanny is working in someone else’s home, they cannot reasonably expect privacy in that place. This also works inversely in that since the nanny is not the owner of the home, they cannot install cameras within it.

However, if the camera also records audio as well as visual, then they parents may need to alert the nanny of this fact. This is due to the fact that with audio recordings, the devices could pick up what is supposed to be a private conversation. This is best done in writing so that there is proof of this warning. If a parent fails to do this, then any audio from the recording could not be used in a court of law.

Nanny Cams Are Meant to Keep Kids Safe

Parents just want to ensure that their children are safe and sound, even when the parent isn’t there in person. Nanny cams allow them to do this. Some nanny cams are even advanced enough to let a parent view the camera from their place of work. If a parent does have a camera like this, they should be sure that it is password protected so that some unknown person can’t hack into it.

What do you think of nanny cams and California’s laws about recording people? Should parents have to warn nannies about being recorded, or should they be allowed to do it in secret? Maybe parents shouldn’t be able to record nannies at all.

Let us know what you think in the comments down below.


Lynwood Bail Bonds Is Always There to Help Post Bail

Lynwood Bail Bonds Is Always There to Help Post Bail

Lynwood Bail Bonds Is Always There to Help Post Bail

 

Everyone has a group of people in their lives that they care about and depend on for everything. They are always there for you when you need them. Likewise, you return the favor by never letting them down, no matter what they may be facing. That is why, when your loved one got arrested, they knew they could call on you for help.

If you are like most people, then you have never needed to post bail before. However, you are not going to let that stop you. You will help get your friend out, even if you need some help to do so. The best place to get bail help in California is here at Lynwood Bail Bonds. Our bail agents are some of the best, and they will gladly help you.

Here at Lynwood Bail Bonds, our bail agents are available to offer their professional assistance 24/7, every day of the year. They can talk to you at any time, and answer all of your questions about bail. They will walk you through every step of the process so that you know what is going on at all times. You will never be left in the dark.

Aside from answering your questions, our agents will also help you afford to post your loved one’s bail. We provide all of our clients with an affordable bail bond that only costs 10% of the bail itself. On top of that, we create personalized payment plans for each client to make paying the bail bond easier.

  • 24/7 Bail bond service
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest payment plans
  • No hidden fees
  • No collateral with working signer
  • Se habla Espanol

If you are ready to rescue a loved one from jail, just talk to the professionals here at Lynwood Bail Bonds. With over 30 years of bail experience, you can bet that we know exactly what we are doing. Our professional bail agents can have your loved one out of jail in as little as 2 hours. All you need to do is talk to one of our agents. They will show you how bail works.

Need to rescue someone from jail? Just call (323) 357-0575 or click Chat With Us now for a free consultation.


Don’t Have a Heart Attack Because of an Arrest

Don’t Have a Heart Attack Because of an Arrest

Don’t Have a Heart Attack Because of an Arrest

 

When you hear shocking news, it can feel like you are about to have a heart attack. This is especially true when you learn of a friend’s arrest. How could this have even happened? Regardless of that fact, you are determined to help out any way that you can. You refuse to leave your friend in jail.

While you may not have any experience with posting bail before, you do know where to go for help. All you have to do to rescue your loved one from jail is talk to the professionals here at Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. Our expert bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will always be there to answer you r questions about an arrest and guide you through the bail process.

Whatever questions that you might have about bail, our agents will be able to answer them. They have years of training and experience behind them. This allows them to take care of their clients better than any of our competitors could. You will never be left to fend for yourself when you come to us for help.

Our agents will help you fill out the paperwork for the bail bond and communicate with the jail for you. They will even work with you to create a personalized payment plan that fits into your budget. Let us help make bailing your friend out of jail an easy experience for you.

  • 24/7 Bail bond service
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest payment plans
  • No hidden fees
  • No collateral with working signer
  • Se habla Espanol

Since 1987, Bail Bonds in Los Angeles has helped Californians rescue their friends from jail. We know exactly what we are doing, and are more than happy to share that knowledge with you. With our expert bail agents at your side, your loved one will be out of jail in no time, meaning you won’t have to have a heart attack over their predicament.

Are you freaking out over a loved one’s arrest? If so, don’t worry. Just call (559) 429-5625 or click Chat With Us now.


When Police Officers Show Compassion

When Police Officers Show Compassion

When Police Officers Show Compassion

 

There is no denying that a rift has formed between the general public and law enforcement officers. There was always a bit of distance between the two groups, which is largely due to the fact that no one wants to get a ticket for something that they feel is harmless. However, thanks to a few bad eggs within the police force, things went from mild to severe very quickly.

Nowadays, unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who are afraid of police officers. This can be for any number of reasons, and is a shame, because, more often than not, police officers are good people. The problem is, we only ever hear about the worst case scenarios that occur because one officer wasn’t as good as they claimed to be. We never hear about the thousands upon thousands of police interactions that go smoothly every single day.

Police Officer Plays with Dolls and Colors

A perfect example of a good police interaction comes from the state of Virginia. A recent viral video of South Hill Police Corporal C.B. Fleming emerged on social media and helping to show that there are good officers out there. The video depicts Officer Fleming interacting with kids at an apartment complex.

This past Valentine’s Day, Officer Fleming responded to a report of a gas leak at the apartment complex. After he determined that the area was safe, he talked to one of the residents, Iesha Roper-Boswell. Roper-Boswell informer Fleming that her daughter, niece and some of the other kids living in the apartments were afraid.

Once Officer Fleming deemed the area safe, he stayed and played with some the kids for a little while before heading out once again. He drew some art and played with some dolls. Fleming, who is a 15 year veteran in the South Hill Police Department stated: “When I got into this job, I knew there was something different, other than just writing tickets and being the bad person all of the time. I figured if I could be that bright spot in someone’s day, then that’s all that mattered.”

Roper-Boswell, who recorded the viral scene, said “I captured the moment, not because I thought it would go viral, but it was amazing that my niece didn’t break out into tears.” She went on to say, when asked about Officer Fleming, “He’s awesome. That’s the only word you can use to describe C.B. It’s just amazing, the bond he has with the children.”

When a local new station met with Officer Fleming at the apartment complex to conduct an interview, the neighborhood children swarmed the officer, excited to see him once again.

 The Small Acts of Compassion Count the Most

This is just the latest case of an officer doing their very best to protect and serve their community. These kind of instances are great because they show kids, and by extent, their parents, that officers aren’t people that should be feared. They are, after all, supposed to protect people.

While this isn’t a very rare occurrence, stories like this do pop up in the news from time to time, they are still a bit widespread. While many officers are very busy, just taking a few minutes to interact with the community can make all of the difference. Simple acts like this can help remind everyone that there are good police officers out there who are doing everything that they can to protect and serve.


Learning to Cope with Roundabouts in the US

Learning to Cope with Roundabouts in the US

Learning to Cope with Roundabouts in the US

 

There is no denying that the average driver has to deal with a lot of obnoxiousness while behind the wheel of the car. Any driver could list at least a dozen different scenarios that drive them absolutely crazy. Whether it dealing with jaywalking pedestrians, or tailgating jerks, every driver has dealt with their fair share of frustrations.

While those scenarios are difficult and frustrating, there are others that don’t spring to mind but can be just as aggravating. These instances usually arise when the driver encounters something and they aren’t quite sure how to respond or proceed. A perfect example of this for most American drivers would be when they come across a roundabout.

These relatively simple, at least on paper, traffic intersections can be quite confusing for us American drivers when encountered in the “wild.” However, they shouldn’t be feared. Many studies have proven that roundabouts can provide a lot of benefits. Most US drivers just need a refresher in how to handle them.

What Are Roundabouts?

For those drivers who have never encountered a roundabout, which isn’t impossible here in the US, a roundabout is a type of circular intersection that permits traffic to flow in one direction around the circle. Other common names include traffic circles and road circles. However, these two aren’t exactly accurate. A true roundabout doesn’t use any signs or signals to control the flow of traffic, whereas traffic circles do.

Roundabouts are fairly uncommon across the United States. Meanwhile, they are extremely prominent in other countries. For instance, drivers in France, which had over 30,000 roundabouts in 2008, are around 25 times more likely to encounter a roundabout that drivers in the United States. This is quite impressive considering the vast size difference between the two countries.

One study estimated that an American driver will go through roughly 1,100 intersections before ever encountering a roundabout. Going back to France, French drivers are estimated to encounter a roundabout every 45 intersections.

These statistics are pretty impressive, considering that, according to the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society, American businessman William Phelps Eno was the first man to come up with a roundabout by designing the system for Columbus Circle in New York City.

The Benefits of Roundabouts

There have been dozens upon dozens of studies into roundabouts and their benefits. The largest benefit being how they help the flow of traffic. Unlike conventional intersections, roundabouts do not require traffic to stop, simply slow down. This means that traffic can keep moving at a steady pace, thereby reducing congestion.

On top of keeping traffic moving, roundabouts have also been proven to be much safer than typical intersections. According to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, on average, roundabouts experience 39% fewer vehicle collisions, 76% fewer injuries, and 90% fewer serious injuries and fatalities. This is largely due to the fact that they reduce speeds and reduce the amount of collision points in the intersection itself. Most collisions in roundabouts happen at much slower speeds and are only glancing blows, instead of head-on impacts.

Lastly, due to the lack of stopping and idling at roundabouts, these intersections also help cut back on pollution. Cars are often able to keep moving through roundabouts, which means that gas they are burning is actually being used rather than being wasted. On top of that, since there is less stopping and going, there is less noise pollution as well. This is due to the fact that engines make more noise when they are working to get a car moving again after a full stop.

How to Deal with Roundabouts

Roundabouts are not as scary as they may appear. Often times, they only look confusing because they are new, not because they are difficult. There are a few simple rules to keep in mind when going through a roundabout.

  • Drivers entering a roundabout have to yield to cars already in the roundabout. A driver should never force their way into a roundabout, since cars in the circle have right-of-way.
  • Drivers should stay in their lane once in the roundabout. Do not change lanes partway through.
  • Never stop in a roundabout. These intersections are meant to keep traffic flowing, stopping within one will more than likely cause an accident.
  • Avoid driving next to oversized vehicles. Large vehicles like buses and semi-trucks will likely drift into neighboring lanes as they make turns, so it is best to keep some distance.

That’s all there is to it. So long as a driver pays attention to the signs as they approach, and keep these rules in mind, they will be just fine. They will be able to keep moving to their destination without having to stop and wait for a light to change.


Los Angeles crime rates are down

Did You Know Los Angeles 2018 Crime Rates Are Down?

Los Angeles crime rates are down

 

T
he city of Los Angeles, California is one of the largest cities in the entire United States. The city is home to just under 4 million people, making it the second largest city behind New York City, which has 8.5 million citizens. Chicago comes in at third with just shy of a population of 3 million.

Needless to say, having that many people in close proximity to one another can create a lot of problems. Crime rates are always much higher in densely populated areas in comparison to more rural areas. This is due to the larger amount of people in big cities. As cities grow, it is only natural for their crime rates to rise as well.

When a large city is actually able to decrease its crime rates that is a very big deal. Los Angeles recently announced that, in 2018, crime rates in the city actually dropped to their lowest in a very long time.

 What Are Crime Rates?

For those unaware, crime rates are simply a measure of the crimes committed within a specified area. Crime rates for the same area can vary depending on who conducted the study and report. This is due to the fact that different studies might only look at certain types of crime.

Typically, crimes are divided into two sets, violent crimes and property crimes. Violent crimes are things like murder, assault, and rape. Property crimes are things like vandalism and burglary. Researchers can analyze these different types of crimes in varying ways to give an area a type of safety grade. This can help people decide if they want to live in an area, or if they think it is too dangerous for them.

By monitoring crimes rates, cities are able to determine how well some of their initiatives and programs are functioning. If crime rates go up from year to year, they may consider a more aggressive strategy to combat that. If crime rates go down, then they know they have found a solution that works.

 LA Crime Rates Are Down

At a recent news conference, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti made the astounding announcement. According to Garcetti, crime in Los Angeles is down in every category. Last year, there were 259 homicides within the city, which is an 8.2% drop from the year before. Meanwhile, rapes were down 12.4%, gang crimes decreased by 8%, and lastly, property crimes decreased by 2%.

All of this decrease in crimes puts crime rates within the city at their second lowest in 50 years. While 259 homicides may seem like a lot, a person needs to compare this number to what it used to be. Consider when murders in the city peaked in the year 1992. There were 1,092 homicides that year alone. This new statistic is a drastic decrease from the old one. Both violent and property crimes are down by around 60% since the early 1990’s. This is an impressive feat, considering the fact that the city is not shrinking by any means.

In comparison to other cities, Los Angeles is doing remarkably well. For the year of 2018, several other large cities around the country saw many more homicides. For instance:

  • New York: 289
  • Chicago: 530
  • Houston: 279
  • Philadelphia: 350

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore stated that this is one of the safest times to live in the Los Angeles. Both Garcetti and Moore credit an increase in police diversity, gang interventions, and more street patrols as factors for the decrease in crime rates within the city.

 Following Crime Rates Is Very Beneficial

By monitoring crime rates year after year, a city is better able to decide what strategies are working and which ones are not. Crime rates also help show how far a city has come in helping make it citizens safer. Just look at how far Los Angeles has come since the early 1990’s when crack cocaine usage was at its highest.

The year of 2018 saw a nice drop in crime throughout LA, which is great news for all of the city’s residents. If this trend continues, you can bet that other cities across the state, and even the rest of the country, may begin to follow some of the city’s crime fighting strategies.


Bailing Someone out Today Wasn’t a Part of the Plan

Bailing Someone out Today Wasn’t a Part of the Plan

Bailing Someone out Today Wasn’t a Part of the Plan

Bailing someone out of jail is never something that people plan on doing. Unfortunately, it is just something that is thrust into their arms. They find out that a friend or family member has been arrested and they want to help out. However, they have no idea how to really do so since they never planned on needing bail before.

This is where Bail Bonds in Downtown Los Angeles comes into play. We understand how stressful bailing someone out of jail can be, so we try to make it easier for our clients. Not only do we make bail easy for our clients, but we make it affordable as well. This way, our clients can rescue their loved ones from jail whether or not they were planning on doing so when they woke up that morning.

We make bail easy just by being there for our clients. Our agents can be reached all day, every day. They will be more than happy to answer a client’s questions and guide him or her through the entire bail bond process. Our clients never have to face bail alone. Just knowing that someone is there can make dealing with anything, even bail, easier.

On top of that, we also make bail cheaper. For starters, our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. So, if someone’s bail is set at $20,000, then their bail bond from us will only cost $2,000. We also provide every client with personalized payments plans, and qualified clients can earn discounts to help reduce the cost of the bail bond even further.

People often don’t plan on bailing someone out of jail when they wake up in the morning. However, they also didn’t plan on a loved one getting arrested. Luckily, something like this can easily be fixed by contacting Bail Bonds in Downtown Los Angeles.

Our agents will happily help their clients rescue someone from jail, they will provide all of the following:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone Approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral With Working Signer
  • Se Habla Español

Are you ready to begin bailing out your loved one? If so, you can talk to a bail agent for free by calling 323-357-0575 or by clicking Chat With Us now.


Alaska Quake Reminds Californians to Be Prepared

Alaska Quake Reminds Californians to Be Prepared

Alaska Quake Reminds Californians to Be Prepared

As Alaska deals with the damages caused by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, Californians are being reminded of the dangers of earthquakes. Us Californians are used to hearing about the next “Big One,” but we often tend to forget about it. This is usually due to the fact that we hear about it so much, that it starts to go in one ear and out the other. However, this is not something we should forget about, so here is a condensed list of things to remember about earthquakes

Prepping Tips For Massive Earthquakes

  • Duck and cover when the shaking starts. Know where tables and desks are that you can get under to protect yourself from falling debris.
  • Have emergency plans. Know how to get out of any room in a building, and have a plan with family on where to meet up in the event of an earthquake.
  • Have supplies stored away. The earthquake can damage roads, making the gathering of supplies after the fact almost impossible. Even if you can get to the store, there is no guarantee that the store will be stocked after a big quake.
  • Know how to shutoff the electricity, gas, and water to your house in the event that the shaking damages any of those three systems.
  • Have important documents in a safe place, such as a fire safe.

These are just a few things to know in the event of an earthquake, if you want to know more detailed information, click here. Many of the precautions listed above are things that people who experienced the Alaska Quake referenced as keeping them safe during the earthquakes and its hundreds of aftershocks.

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake is no laughing matter. The infamous 1994 Northridge Earthquake was actually smaller, clocking in at magnitude of 6.7. California is long overdue for a big quake, and the best thing that we can do is be prepared.


Bail Bonds in Lynwood Provides Flexible Payment Options

Bail Bonds in Lynwood Provides Flexible Payment Options

Bail Bonds in Lynwood Provides Flexible Payment Options

Your life is a constantly changing and evolving thing. What works for you at one point in your life, may not work for you a few months down the line. Due to this fact, all long term plans need to be flexible enough to accommodate change. Here at Bail Bonds in Lynwood, we understand that, which is why we provide our clients with flexible, affordable payment plans.

Bailing someone out of jail without bail help is an expensive undertaking. However, with help from Bail Bonds in Lynwood you will only ever have to pay 10% of the full bail price. That means you save 90% just by coming to us for help. However, that is not all that we do to help out our clients.

We also provide everyone with personalized payment plans that fit into their budgets. This way, the 10% of the bail is broken up into even smaller pieces that are much more manageable. To make sure that our clients are always able to pay for the bail bond, we accept a variety of different payment methods to give them some flexibility.

Here at Bail Bonds in Lynwood, we accept:

  • Cash
  • Checks
  • Major debit & credit cards
  • Western Union money transfers
  • E-Checks
  • Wells Fargo business account deposits

Our clients can also choose to make some of these payments over the phone, online, or through our website. We provide all of this flexibility to make paying for the bail bond as easy and affordable as possible. A client can use one payment type for a few months, and then switch to something else if they need to. The choice is theirs.

If you are ready to bail a friend or family member out of jail, just call 323-357-0575 or click Chat With Us now.