Law Offices of Elliott Kanter APC - August/September 2019



With all this late-summer sunshine, it’s the perfect time to take your dog out for some fun. And while spending time basking in nature’s beauty can be a great source of fun and exercise for you and your pets, it’s important to keep a careful watch on your dog’s core temperature to prevent heat exhaustion. There are several detectable signs of heat exhaustion that you can watch for, including abnormal lethargy, vomiting, or a brightly colored blue or red tongue. Here are some tips to keep your canine cool this summer.

If you are going on an adventure, consider bringing a collapsible water bowl. If you are doing some backyard chilling, consider filling up a small wading pool with water for your pooch to splash or lounge in.

While fun water toys and helpful cooling inventions are great, the best thing you can do to keep your dog cool is be careful about when you decide to go outside. Taking your pup out in the early morning or later in the evening, when the sun isn’t at its highest point in the sky, will help keep them cooler in the long run. Additionally, keep in mind that some breeds deal with the heat better than others. If you’re unsure, do a little research to determine your dog’s susceptibility to heat exhaustion. Just because the heat is sizzling doesn’t mean your dog should be! Keep these tips in mind before taking your canine out in the summer sun. They will thank you for it!


There are many contraptions to help you keep your canine cool in the summer heat. Booties to insulate their toes and protect their paw pads from the hot asphalt, cooling vests that reflect sunlight off darker fur, and pressure-activated cooling pads are just a few of the gizmos you can purchase to stave off those scorching temps. The Dog People, a website powered by, also recommends making frozen “pupsicles,” a yogurt-based frozen treat that can satisfy doggy cravings while keeping them cool.


While certain dog breeds thrive in hotter climates, all pups need a little extra care when it comes to staying hydrated during the summer. For starters, always make sure they have ready access to drinkable water.

DID YOU SHOPLIFT AS A TEEN? THIS CRIME MAY STILL AFFECT YOU Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes committed by young people. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), 1 in 11 people will shoplift at some point in their lives, more than half of which will do so while they’re underage. If you were rebellious as a teenager, or simply hung out with the wrong group of people, you should know that a past shoplifting offense may still be on your record. DID YOU GET ARRESTED? In the case of underage thieves, it’s not unheard of for shop owners to call your parents and ban you from the premises. While this can be mortifying at the time, the owner really is letting you off easy. They are well within their right to press criminal charges after you’ve been caught trying to steal merchandise, regardless of your age. If you were turned over to your parents, the incident would not make its way onto your criminal record. If you were taken away by the police, however, this incident may still affect you. DID THE CASE GO TO COURT? If you were arrested, then it’s likely your case went to trial. Under California Law, you could have been facing time in a juvenile detention

facility, and/or a fine up to $1,000. If you had a good lawyer, it’s likely they negotiated these harsher sentences down to a probation period. If you completed this, your record should have been expunged. Otherwise, your arrest is likely still on file, which can affect many aspects of your life, including your ability to get a job or maintain custody of your children. AVOIDING CRIMINAL CHARGES FROM SHOPLIFTING This is why it’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner, even for “small” crimes like shoplifting. A legal professional like Elliott Kanter will work to defend your rights and reduce or eliminate the penalties you face. Beyond this, he’ll keep your future in mind and do everything he can to protect your record.


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