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February 2016 Archives

It's tax time and time to be aware of tax refund identity theft

January 19th, 2016 signaled the start of every American's favorite time of year - tax season. Marked by dancing Statues of Liberty on street corners and tax preparation company commercials in abundance, tax season is a time of stress for many. Preparing and filing taxes is time-consuming and, no pun intended, taxing. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: nearly 8 out of 10 United States tax filers get a federal tax refund, according to 2015 IRS filing season statistics.

What to do if You've Been Pulled Over for a DUI

Getting pulled over is rarely a pleasant experience, and if you have been drinking it can be terrifying as well as having lasting consequences. Driving under the influence is always a bad decision, but unfortunately still occurs - the 2015 Annual Report of the California DUI Management Information System reported 160,388 DUI arrests in 2013 and over the last ten years has consistently maintained an arrest rate around 70-80%. California has extremely strict penalties for DUI offenses, so if you find yourself in this situation it may help to understand what rights you have.

San Pedro's Harbor Division Jail to Reopen within Three Years

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has promised to reopen San Pedro's jail at Harbor Division within three years. The jail closed due to an employee shortage that occurred during the recession. Beck plans to bring more officers to the Harbor Division, as announced at the Los Angeles Forum on Crime in San Pedro on February 4th.

The Death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died this past weekend at age 79, while visiting Cibolo Creek Ranch in West Texas. Scalia was a powerful conservative advocate, who influenced many key decisions since his 1986 appointment by President Ronald Reagan. He was known for his tough questioning tactics during oral arguments, and his fervent adherence to originalism - a constitutional interpretation that follows the words and meaning of the United States Constitution in a strict, literal sense.