How Much Do You Have to Pay?

How Much Do You Have to Pay?

When it comes to bail bonds, figuring out prices before someone has been arrested can be tricky. This is due to the fact that bail amounts vary depending on the crime a person was arrested for, their criminal record, and the kind of mood the judge was in in that day. Without that information, we can only guess how expensive the bail will be.

However, here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we know that our clients will only have to pay 10% of the full bail price. This is due to the fact that our bail bonds cost 10% of the bail they are for. On top of that, we provide payment plans for all of our clients and additional discounts for clients who qualify.

When it comes to our payment plans, they break up the cost of the bail bond and spread it out over several months. This makes paying for the bond so much easier. Since we do not charge interest on our payment plans, there is nothing to worry about. Our payment plans give you the time to save up for payments without charging you extra for the benefit.

At Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we offer a 20% discount off the price of the bail bond if one of the co-signers meets one of the following requirements:

• Is a member of the military.
• Is a member of AARP.
• Is a member of a union.
• Is a homeowner.
• Has a private attorney.

 
So long as one of those requirements is met by just one of the co-signers for the bail bond, then you qualify for the discount. This means that instead of paying 10% of the full bail price, you only have to pay 8%.

Figuring out the price of a bail bond before an arrest can be tricky, but finding an affordable way to pay for it is a piece of cake. Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we provide all of our clients with affordable payment plans with 0% interest. On top of that, we offer a 20% discount for qualified clients.

Do you want to post bail at an affordable price? If so, call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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What Are Co-Signers and What Do They Do?

What Are Co-Signers and What Do They Do?

You can’t be expected to know everything about a subject or service that you have never used before. Nowhere is this fact truer than when it comes to bail. Most people have never dealt with bail before, and so they have lots of questions about the process. That is why Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is here to help.

One topic that has been known to cause confusion amongst clients, is co-signers. What are they, and who can be one? It is actually a really simple term. A co-signer is anyone who is willing to sign the bail bond to get their friend or family member out of jail. They are called co-signers when there is more than one person willing to sign.

Anyone who wants to help rescue their loved one from jail can become a co-signer. However, it is recommended to find people who have good credit or meet other requirements, as this can help make paying for the bail easier for everyone. For instance, at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles we offer a 20% discount on the price of the bail bond if one of the co-signers meets just one of the following:

• Is a member of a union.
• Is a member of the military.
• Is a member of AARP.
• Is a homeowner.
• Has a private attorney.

 
By becoming a co-signer for a bail bond, a person is taking partial responsibility of the bail bond. This means it is up to them to make sure payments are made on time. They are also responsible for making sure their loved one goes to all of his or her court dates. Lastly, they will be responsible for making sure their loved one stays out of trouble. After all, they don’t want him or her to get arrested again.

When you have questions about any aspect of the bail process, you can always count on Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. Our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will always be ready to answer your questions.

Still have questions about bail? Talk to an agent for free by calling 877-793-2254 or clicking Chat With Us now.

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Beware of Porch Pirates and Package Theft

Beware of Porch Pirates and Package Theft

One of the nicest benefits of living in today’s modern world is that pretty much anything can be ordered online and delivered to a person’s home. This allows people to buy things they want or need without ever having to leave the house. This ability is very useful. However, as with all good things, there are those people out there that have to ruin it for everybody.

There are always people looking to make a quick and easy buck, and that is exactly what porch pirates are. They take advantage of people’s orders being left out in the open and claim them for themselves. This problem only becomes more prominent as the holiday season draws nearer and people begin ordering more things online.

What Are Porch Pirates?

Porch pirate is a name for anyone who steals a delivered package from somebody’s front porch or yard. More often than not, these kind of thefts are crimes of opportunity. The person just happened to be walking, or even driving, by and they saw the package, or letter then decide in a moment to take it. They have no idea what could be inside, but they want it for themselves.

Of course, there are some people who have turned this kind of behavior into their day job. They will spend their days scouring through neighborhoods looking for unattended packages that are just waiting to be taken. They steal the packages and either keep the contents for themselves or sell them to someone else to make a profit.

Either way, one can easily see why this crime can be so distressing and upsetting for the victim, especially around Christmas time when the package could have been a gift for someone else.

Tips to Avoid Porch Pirates

Everyone wants to avoid falling victim to a porch pirate, especially during the holiday season. Luckily, there are a few different ways to reduce the chances of having a package stolen.

• Amazon now has a service that allows for delivery inside a home. A person just unlocks their front door with an app on their phone so the delivery person can put the package in a safe place. They also have a similar thing for delivering inside a person’s car.
• Have a trusted friend, neighbor, or family member who is home during the day get the package off the porch while at work.
• Have packages delivered to work. If your workplace allows this, your packages will be delivered and watched over until you can pick it up.
• Make sure someone will be home to answer the door and receive the package. By getting it off the porch, it is far less likely to be stolen.
• Require a signature for the delivery. This ensures that the package isn’t left alone.
• Set up a security camera aimed at the porch to help deter thefts in the first place. If a theft does occur, their will at least be video evidence of the culprit and their illegal act.
• Some delivery companies, such as UPS, allow for customers to leave delivery instructions, such as hiding the package in a shed, instead of leaving it on a front porch.
• The USPS provides a service called USPS Package Intercept that allows customers to change delivery destinations before the package has been sent out for final delivery.
• UPS has a service called UPS My Choice that alerts a customer to a delivery the day before and allows them to change the time or location of the delivery for a small fee.
• UPS, FedEx, and Amazon offer services where packages can be delivered to secure locations such as an office, warehouse, or locker. This way the package is safe until the customer comes to pick it up.

 

Penalties for Mail Theft

Stealing another person’s mail is illegal under both federal and state law. United States Code (USC) 1708 defines how mail can be stolen, and then lists how states should punish offenders of this crime. In a very long and descriptive way, the law basically states that anyone who knowingly takes someone else’s mail without permission to do so is guilty of mail theft. This law also defines what counts as mail, and includes the following items:

• Letters.
• Postcards.
• Packages.
• Mail bags.

 
Here in California, mail theft is a misdemeanor offense under Penal Code (PC) 530.5e. This law makes it so that people who steal mail, such as porch pirates, face the following:

• Up to 1 year in jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.

 
This law also makes it so that people can be charged with other laws on top of this one. This means that a person accused of breaking this law could actually face harsher consequences as well.

Don’t Get Pirated This Holiday Season

The holiday season is all about giving, but porch pirates out there are only concerned with taking. Don’t fall victim to them. Follow the tips above to help prevent a porch pirate from walking off with a loved one’s Christmas gift this holiday season.

Have you ever been victimized by a porch pirate? Do you have any tips to avoid porch pirates that aren’t listed above? What about California’s take on mail theft? Are the consequences harsh enough, or does there need to be more of a deterrent against porch piracy?

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Ward Off Thieves with the 9 PM Routine

Ward Off Thieves with the 9 PM Routine

When people work hard, they are able to earn money and buy themselves some nice things. This is how people earn enough for their homes, cars, and everything else that they own. Since most people worked very hard to get the things they have, they would hate to lose them, especially if someone stole them.

Theft can be a big problem, and so one sheriff’s department came up with a catchy routine to help people help themselves. This routine is so simple and became so popular that it rapidly spread across the entire nation until pretty much every law enforcement agency in the country is periodically reminding people to conduct the routine every night.

The 9 PM Routine

In August of 2016, Pasco County Sheriffs in Florida began tweeting about how homeowners should perform a 9 PM Routine every single night. The idea was to reduce theft and burglaries by reminding people to lock up their homes and cars every night.

• The steps of the routine are as follows:
• Bring in valuables from cars and the yard.
• Lock up vehicles, sheds, doors, and windows.
• Turn on exterior lights and security systems.

 
By performing these simple actions each night, a person greatly reduces the chances of them being robbed. The simplicity of this routine, coupled with constant reminders made it easy for people to follow, and the county did see a drop in reported thefts and burglaries.

What Do Thieves Look For

In most instances, thieves perform crimes of opportunities. This means they weren’t looking to commit a crime, they just stumbled across an opportunity where something could be easily stolen. This is why the 9 PM Routine is so important and effective. By locking up cars and removing valuables from a vehicle, a person removes those easy opportunities for theft.

Thieves typically look for the following:

• An easily accessible backyard.
• Cars with windows down or doors unlocked.
• Having a window air-conditioning unit.
• Houses with windows and doors left unlocked.
• No alarm system.
• No dogs.
• Unlocked garage doors.
• Valuables that are visible through windows or from the street.

 

Penalties of Theft and Burglary

Theft is made illegal in California under Penal Code (PC) 484. Under this law, theft is defined as the taking of someone else’s personal property without their permission. If a person steals items with a combined value less than $950 dollars, than they will face misdemeanor charges that come with:

• Up to 6 months in county jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.

 
If more than $950 worth of items are stolen, than a person will be charged with grand theft. This is a wobbler offense that can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the case. As a misdemeanor, a person faces up to 1 year in county jail. As a felony, a person faces 16 months, two years, or 3 years in jail.

Burglary is made illegal under PC 459. Burglary occurs when a person enters a building, structure, or vehicle that they don’t have permission to, with the intent to steal something. There are two levels to burglary, first-degree and second-degree. First-degree burglary is a felony that comes with:

• 2 years, 4 years, or 6 years in state prison.
• A max fine of $10,000.
• Felony probation

 
Second-degree burglary is a wobbler offense which can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the case. As a misdemeanor, a person faces:

• Up to 1 year in county jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.
• Misdemeanor probation.

 
As a felony, a person faces:

• 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in jail.
• A max fine of $10,000.
• Felony probation.

 

The 9 PM Routine Is Simple

Following the 9 PM Routine is a quick and simple way for a homeowner to reduce their chances of having something stolen from them. By removing their valuables from the yard and car and locking all of that up inside the home, would-be thieves are less likely to attempt stealing the items altogether and move on to another house.

Pasco County Sheriffs were just trying to help out their community, but their little idea quickly gained traction and gained support across the country. The simplicity of bring in, lock up, and turn on is hard to forget, which is why the routine is so effective.

Do you participate in the 9 PM Routine? What do you think of California’s take on theft and burglary? Are the consequences too much, perfect, or not enough?

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How to Make Bail Affordable

How to Make Bail Affordable

Dealing with the prices of bail can be tricky. Most bails for crimes, even at their lowest amounts, cost several thousands of dollars. This is far too much for the average person to afford, but you don’t need to worry. Even if a loved one’s bail is too expensive for you, there is a way to get the price reduced for you. All you have to do is get a bail bond from Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles.

Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is a statewide bail bond company that has helped Californians afford bail for over 30 years. Thanks to our years of experience, we know everything about bail and how to make it more affordable for our clients. You can count on getting a huge discount on the price of bailing someone out when you come to us for help.

For starters, our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. This means that if your loved one’s bail is set at $20,000, a bail bond from us will only cost $2,000. You save 90% and get help from our professional bail agents.

If this isn’t enough of a discount for you, don’t worry. We also provide personalized payment plans for every single one of our clients. This way, the upfront cost of the bail bond is reduced and you have the time you need to gather the funds to pay for it. Meanwhile, your loved one still gets released from jail the day you make your first payment.

Some of the other services that we provide for our clients include:

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

 
If that still isn’t enough, we provide additional discounts for clients with qualified co-signers. You can get a 20% discount off the bail bond if one of the co-signers has a private attorney or is:

• A union member.
• A military member.
• An AARP member.
• A homeowner.

 
With this discount, you will only have to pay 8% of the full bail price. The best part about all of this is that these discounts all work together, making posting bail with Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles an affordable option.

If you need to post bail, just contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. Our agents provide free consultations, all you have to do is call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Commonly Broken California Laws

Commonly Broken California Laws

When it comes to breaking the law, there are all sorts of things that a person can to. There are literally thousands of different ways to break laws in California. Some of the most commonly broken laws in the state include:

Assault: This occurs when a person hurts another individual. This can be done with a fists or a weapon. Depending on how the person attacked the other individual, and how badly the person was injured, the crime can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. The bail amount for this crime varies depending on how it was charged and often starts around $25,000.
DUI: Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is an illegal act and yet thousands of people do it every single day. A first time offense can get a person a bail of around $5,000. Subsequent offense will earn higher bail amounts, up to $100,000 in worst case scenarios.
Possession of drugs: Possessing illegal drugs, items related to those drugs, or even prescription drugs without a prescription is illegal in California. Bail for drug possession charges can range anywhere from $20,000 to over $100,000.
Possession of weapons: Certain weapons are illegal in California, and some people are flat out prohibited from possessing any weapons. If a person is caught doing either one of those things, they will face this charge. Depending on the facts of the case, a person can face a bail amount ranging from $20,000 to $60,000.
Restraining order violation: When a restraining order is issued by a court, that person has to stay away from the person in question. Failing to do so can get a person into trouble. The average bail amount for a restraining order violation starts around $15,000.
Theft/burglary: Theft occurs when a person takes an item from someone else. Burglary occurs when a person breaks into a place and steals something. If less than $950 is stolen, than the crime is considered a misdemeanor. If more than that is stolen, than it is a felony. Bail amounts for these crimes can range anywhere from $20,000 to over $50,000.

Bail amounts vary from crime to crime and grow more expensive the more severe the crime is. Still, even the low ends of these bail amounts are too expensive for the average individual to afford on their own. This is why Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is here to help. Contact one of our bail agents and they will provide you with an affordable bail bond that costs 10% of the full bail amount.

What are you waiting for? You can get started today by calling 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Distracted Walking Laws

Distracted Walking Laws

Smart phones are pretty spectacular little devices. They allow their users to access all sorts of things whenever the person wants. While this has greatly increased the spread of knowledge and information, it has also created some problems.

Using smart phones can be incredibly addicting, making it hard to put them down. Pretty much everyone is aware of the dangers of driving and using a cellphone. However, that isn’t the only time when using a smart device can be dangerous. Even just walking and using a cell phone can be dangerous.

What Is Distracted Walking?

Smart devices do a lot for us, however, they are also very distracting. If a person isn’t watching where they are going because they are using a smart phone, they can easily run into something. Most of the time, the result is harmless, and even entertaining. At least for any witnesses. There are millions of videos online of people paying more attention to the phone in their hands than to the sidewalk in front of them and so they crash into something.

On sidewalks, the results of this lack of attention are often harmless. At crosswalks, they can be deadly. Pretty much everyone is taught as a kid to look both ways before crossing a street. Unfortunately, a lot of adults forget to do just that. This becomes even more prominent when smart phones are added to the mix.

According to several studies, the dangerous issue is getting worse each year as smart phones become more popular and more advanced. This in turn leads to more distracted walking, which leads to more pedestrian involved accidents. The issue is becoming so prominent across not only California, but the world as a whole, that many jurisdictions are looking for ways to deter people from committing the act in the first place.

Laws against “Walking and Talking”

Several cities across the nation have taken matters into their own hands and enacted ordinances that allow their local law enforcement agents to issue tickets to anyone caught crossing the street while using a cellphone. Depending on how aggressive the city wants to be on the issue, a first time offender can either face a warning, or a small fee, likely no more than $100.

Hawaii’s state capital of Honolulu enacted a law like this and called it their zombie law. This is in reference to how people using phones while walking often move around and stumble like zombies.

There’s a Time and Place for That

The bottom line is, there is a time and place for everything. Walking down the street is not a great time to be scrolling through Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram. Crossing the street is an even worse time to check a smart phone.

Remember everyone, look both ways for traffic before crossing a street.

Doing this, and putting the smart phone away can easily prevent a person from getting hurt, and can even save their life. If a person values their health and safety, then they should either put the phone away while walking, or stop and take a moment to examine the phone before proceeding again. After all, nothing on that little device could be worth more than a person’s life.

If that isn’t enough to deter a person, than perhaps the possibility of getting a ticket for distracted walking will stop them. What do you think of so called zombie laws? Are they a good idea or not? Would you be happy if your own city enacted one?

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Reckless Driving in California

Reckless Driving in California

With the millions of people here in California driving every single day, it should come as no surprise that there thousands of car accidents daily. Sometimes the accidents couldn’t be avoided, and other times the accidents are caused by a person driving their vehicle in a dangerous fashion.

What many people fail to realize is that driving recklessly is actually a crime here in the state of California. It becomes even more of a crime when that reckless driving causes an accident and someone gets hurt. In order to keep people safe, and to avoid getting a ticket, drivers need to follow the rules of the road.

California’s Reckless Driving Laws

Here in California, Vehicle Code (VC) 23103 is the law against reckless driving. This law prohibits a person from driving with wanton disregard for the safety of people and property. This is due to the fact that a person driving recklessly is more likely to cause an accident. That is something no one wants to deal with, so lawmakers tried to discourage that kind of behavior by making it illegal.

All sorts of different acts can be considered reckless driving, ranging from speeding and swerving through traffic, all the way down to eating or applying makeup while driving.

If someone else, other than the driver, is injured in an accident caused by reckless driving, then the driver will get into even more trouble. This is regardless if the reckless driver caused the accident. After all, the whole point of the law is to prevent that from happening in the first palace.

Aside from reckless driving being illegal, the act of recording reckless driving, or even just intending to record reckless driving, is illegal. This is done under VC 40008. This law makes it illegal to record reckless driving for commercial purposes.

The Penalties for Reckless Driving

VC 23103 is a wobbler offense, meaning that when someone is accused of driving recklessly, they face either misdemeanor or felony charges. The severity of the charges depend on whether or not someone, other than the driver, was seriously hurt or if property was damaged.

If there were no injuries, than the driver faces misdemeanor charges that come with:

• Up to 90 days in county jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.
• Misdemeanor probation.

 
If there were minor injuries to a third party, which can include a passenger in the driver’s vehicle, people in other vehicles, or a pedestrian, then the driver will face misdemeanor charges that come with:

• Up to 6 months in county jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.

 
If someone suffered any serious injuries, the driver can face either misdemeanor or felony charges. What the driver will face is dependent on how the prosecution goes after the case, or if the driver had a prior conviction for reckless driving, exhibition of speed, or DUI. If charged as a felony, the driver will face:

• 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in county jail.
• A max fine of $10,000.

 
If someone is killed because of the reckless driving, then the driver could face vehicular manslaughter or even second-degree murder charges.

If a person is accused of breaking VC 40008 for recording reckless driving, they will face misdemeanor charges. This comes with:

• Up to 6 months in county jail.
• A max fine of $2,500.

 
However, if a minor was present in the vehicle at the time of the incident, the charges go up to:

• Up to 1 year in county jail.
• A max fine of $5,000.

 

Drive Safely and Avoid a Ticket

Driving recklessly can be done in all sorts of ways, and it is always dangerous. That is why there is a law against reckless driving. Lawmakers didn’t want anyone to get hurt because a driver didn’t take the time to consider other people.

When driving from one place to another, a driver needs to consider everyone else that they are passing by on the road. Speeding, swerving across lanes, and distracted driving put not only the driver, but everyone else, at risk. One small mistake can lead to an accident with deadly consequences. If that happens, the driver will likely face harsher consequences than just driving recklessly.

What do you think of California’s reckless driving laws? Are they justified, or do their consequences need to be readjusted? Let us know what you think and remember to drive safely.

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How to Release Someone from Jail

How to Release Someone from Jail

When you learn of a loved one’s arrest, the first thing you want to do is figure out how to get him or her released from jail. However, looking up jail release information for the first time can be confusing. After all, most people don’t deal with jails and bail on a daily basis.

When looking to get someone out of jail, you want to post bail. Bail is a certain amount of money that the court requires to be paid in order for them to release your loved one from jail. While this sounds simple enough, bail in California typically costs several thousands of dollars. To make matters worse, the whole bail amount has to be paid in full before the jail will release your loved one.

This is where Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles comes in to help you out. We will pay the bail amount for you, and only ask for a percentage of the bail be paid for our services. For instance, if your loved one’s bail is set at $20,000, we will pay that and ask for only $2,000 for doing so. That’s only 10% of the full bail price, meaning you save 90%!

To make things even better, unlike the court, we allow our clients to pay for the bail bond with a payment plan. This gives you the time you need to collect the money for the bail, while still getting your loved one released from jail today. We only need a down payment before we talk to the jail about releasing your loved one.

Some of the other services we provide for our clients include:

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

 
We know the act of getting your loved one released from jail for the first time can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles helping you, rescuing your loved one will be a piece of cake. We will guide you through the whole process and make it affordable for you.

If you want to know more about getting a jail to release someone, call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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What Documentation Is Required?

What Documentation Is Required?

People have a lot of questions when it comes to posting bail with a bail bond for the first time. Most people have never posted bail before and would like to get through the whole process as quickly as possible. They want this not just for their sake, but for the sake of their incarcerated loved one as well. After all, nobody wants a loved one to be stuck in jail.

A person can help speed up the bail bond process by having certain documents ready to go. Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we need the following documentation to setup a bail bond:

• A recent paycheck or pay stub.
• A piece of mail with home address for proof of California residency.
• A valid California ID.

 
If you have this information ready to go when you meet with a bail agent, it can help speed up the process of bailing out your loved one. That is all anybody wants.

Another way to help speed up the bail process is to have some co-signers ready to go before calling. Co-signers are important because they help share the responsibility of the bail bond. With multiple co-signers taking care of the bail bond, it reduces the pressure of paying for the bail bond.

Bail may be new to you, but with help from the professionals here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles you have nothing to worry about. Don’t panic if you don’t have all of this ready to go right away. Our bail agents will be more than happy to help you out and answer your questions about bail. You will not have to face this alone.

You can talk to a bail agent for free at any time by calling 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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