What Is a Co-Signer Responsible For?

What Is a Co-Signer Responsible For?

Co-signers are very important when it comes to bail bonds, especially here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. When people co-sign for a friend or family member’s bail, they take responsibility for their loved one. It is up to them to make sure everything goes smoothly with the bail bond. When picking co-signers, a person needs to choose carefully.

For those unaware of what co-signers are, they are any person who is willing to sign the paperwork for the bail bond. Since there can be more than one signer, they are called co-signers. Co-signers take responsibility for the bail bond and their loved one. It is up to them to ensure that all payments are made on time.

Aside from worrying about payments, co-signers also have to keep an eye on their loved one. They need to make sure that he or she behaves while out on bail. After all, you don’t want someone you just bailed out to get into more trouble. Keeping an eye on the loved one also includes making sure that he or she goes to all of their required court dates.

Lastly, and most importantly to a lot of people, co-signers can help earn discounts on the bail bond here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. To get 20% off the price of the bail bond, one of the co-signers for the bond has to meet just one of the following requirements. As long as a co-signer:

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

 
As long as one of those discounts is met, the co-signer can qualify for the discount.

When it comes to bailing someone out of jail, you want the best help around. Part of that means coming to Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles for help. The other part of that means picking the right co-signers to help out. Co-signers need to be responsible people, and if they meet one of the above requirements, they can make the bail bond more affordable.

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How Does a Bail Bond Work?

How Does a Bail Bond Work?

Bail is a topic that many people know off but aren’t very familiar with it. When it comes to bail, most people only know what they’ve seen on TV. They know that if they pay a set amount of money they can get their loved one out, but they don’t know exactly why or how much. This makes it so that when a loved one gets arrested, people don’t know how to help. Luckily, Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is here to help.

For starters, the price of the bail is determined by the case judge. Only he or she can alter the bail price. The amount of the bail is determined based on the crime the person is accused of, their criminal record, and the likelihood of the person running if released. Once that is determined, a bail agent is required by state law to charge 10% of that price for a bail bond.

When you talk to a bail agent at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, our bail agents will walk you through the paperwork and answer your questions. Our bonds only cost 10% of the bail they are for, which means a bail bond for a $20,000 bail will only cost $2,000. In addition to this, we provide all of our clients with personalized payment plans that divide up the cost of the bail bond over several months to make it more affordable.

Once all of the paperwork is filled out and signed, and the first payment is received, we will send one of our bail agents to the jail. Our agent will secure your loved one’s release from jail. Depending on the size of the jail, this can take anywhere from a few hours to a day.

Some of the other services that we provide for our clients here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles 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

 
Bail may be a new experience for you, but you can count on the agents here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. We have been dealing with bail for over 30 years. We know everything about the subject and are more than willing to share that knowledge with you.

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Can You Smoke in Public

Can You Smoke in Public

Despite the obvious health concerns that come with smoking, there are still a lot of smokers out there in the world. An estimated 42.1 million people in the United States are smokers. This averages out to roughly 18% of all adults over the age of 18. That is a whole lot of people who still smoke.

The state of California is considered one of the leaders in anti-smoking laws and regulations. If a person violates any of these laws, then they could face fines. This makes it very important for smokers to be aware of all of these laws. A smoker needs to be very careful about where they decide to light up, or they could find themselves in trouble.

You Can’t Smoke Everywhere

Under California law, it is illegal for any person to smoke any tobacco products in an enclosed workplace. This law covers the entire state and cities and counties are not allowed to modify it. This means that is illegal to smoke in any indoor place where people work. This law even applies to people who aren’t employees of the establishment they are currently in, such as patrons at a bar. They may not work there, but other people do and so they cannot smoke in the bar.

Employers can allow smoking in certain rooms of their building if they ventilate it properly. This means pumping the air in the room directly outside, so as not to harm non-smoking employees. The ventilation system has to meet set state standards.

Hotels, and other places that host transient lodging, do have some exemptions to this law. Hotels are allowed to permit smoking in up to 65% of their rooms. Up to 25% of the hotel lobby can permit smoking as well. Smoking can be allowed in meeting and banquet halls as long as no food is present in the room.

A general rule of thumb with smoking is that if a nonsmoker is present in an area, then a smoker shouldn’t light up there. This is because nonsmokers have very little to protect themselves from secondhand smoke. This is why the state of California has adopted such strict laws.

If a person is caught smoking in a non-smoking area, they will face a $100 fine for a first-time offense, $200 for a second offense within a year, and $500 for a third or subsequent offense within a year.

Cities and counties are also permitted to ban smoking completely within their limits. Smokers should be aware of local smoking ordinances in their city to ensure they don’t get into trouble.

Don’t Litter with Cigarette Butts

Something else for smokers to consider is what they do with their cigarette butts. Despite popular beliefs that cigarette butts are just harmless bits of paper and cotton, they are very harmful to the environment. They contain thousands of chemicals within them, which is why they are considered toxic waste.

Throwing away cigarette butts on the ground is illegal here in California under Penal Code (PC) 374. This law makes it illegal to dump waste matter anywhere that isn’t a designated dump. Areas included in this description are:

• Public and private roads.
• Private property.
• Public parks.

 
The law specifically lists all forms of cigarettes and cigars as types of waste.

If a person is caught tossing their cigarette butt onto the ground, they can face infraction charges of illegal dumping. The consequences for this crime are:

• A fine of $250 to $1,000 for a first-time offense.
• A fine of $500 to $1,500 for a second-time offense.
• A fine of $750 to $3,000 for any subsequent offenses.

 

Be Careful Where You Light Up

Smoking is very unhealthy and a majority of the population chooses not to smoke. As such, they have the right to not breathe in harmful secondhand smoke. This is why smoking is so heavily restricted across the state of California. If a person chooses to smoke, then they need to be aware of both state and local laws. If they aren’t, they could easily earn themselves some nice fines for lighting up in the wrong area or disposing of the cigarette butt on the ground.

What are your thoughts on smoking, and California’s laws against smoking? Should smokers be allowed to light up wherever they want, or do you think there should be more restrictions? What about the penalties for smoking in non-smoking areas, are they fair, or should they be re-adjusted?

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What Are California’s Laws on Car Chases?

What Are California’s Laws on Car Chases?

California residents, especially those living in Southern California, are pretty used to seeing car chases on television. They happen all of the time out here, and they can be kind of entertaining. The question of how will the chase end can keep everyone glued to their screens. Will the driver give up quietly, or will the chase end in crash?

As exciting as watching a police chase may be, being in one is never a good idea. A person running from their problems never helps them solve those issues. This is definitely true for car chases. The person went from getting pulled over by one officer to being chased by an entire fleet of vehicles. On top of that, they are adding a whole lot of charges to their rap sheet for running away. Running just makes everything worse.

Running from the Police Is Illegal

No one ever wants to get pulled over. Being pulled over means getting a ticket in most cases, and in severe instances, getting arrested. Nobody wants that. Unfortunately, once an officer has a driver in their sights and is flashing their lights, the driver can’t avoid the inevitable. Trying to do so will only make things worse.

Take for instance California Vehicle Code (VC) 2800. This law makes it illegal for a person to fail to comply with a uniformed officer’s instructions, orders, or signals. When an officer flashes their lights and blares their siren that is a signal for a person to pull over. Complying with the officer is in the person’s best interests because if they don’t, they have broken this law.

Failing to pull over just adds another offense that the person will be charged with when caught. Remember, every police chase comes to an end with the person being arrested. The longer the chase takes, the worse the consequences.

Penalties for Running

Depending on how a person runs from the officer after being signaled to pull over determines what kind of consequences. If a person simply avoids stopping for the officer but doesn’t drive recklessly, then they will face charges under VC 2800.1. This law makes it illegal for a person to evade a police officer while in a vehicle. A person caught doing this will face misdemeanor charges with consequences that can include:

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

 
If, while a person is fleeing from the police, they drive recklessly, they will face charges under VC 2800.2. This law makes it a crime to drive recklessly while evading the police. This is a wobbler offense that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the facts of the case and the person’s criminal record.

As a misdemeanor, a person will face:

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

 
As a felony charge, a person will face:

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

 
If, while a person is fleeing, they cause serious bodily injury or kill someone, then they will face charges under VC 2800.3. This law makes it a crime to evade a police officer and cause injury or death. The consequences of this crime can vary greatly depending on the facts of the case.

For instance, if a person only caused injuries, they could face either misdemeanor or felony charges. What they face depends on the facts of the case and the person’s criminal record.

As a misdemeanor charge, a person faces:

• Up to 1 year in county jail.
• A max fine of $10,000.
• Misdemeanor probation.
• Having the vehicle impounded.
• Having their driver’s license suspended.

 
As a felony, a person will face:

• 3, 5, or 7 years in state prison.
• A max fine of $10,000.
• Felony probation.
• Having the vehicle impounded.
• Having their driver’s license suspended.

 
If a person caused a death while evading the police, they will face felony charges that come with:

• 4, 6, or 10 years in state prison.

 
It is important to remember that here in California, anyone convicted of a felony crime is prohibited from owning a gun.

Pulling Over Is the Best Option

No one likes getting pulled over and being given a ticket. However, taking the ticket is always the better option. Running from the police only makes things worse by adding more offenses for the police to charge the person with. This means a person will face more fines and jail time than they would if they just took the ticket, which doesn’t come with any jail time.

What do you think of California’s laws regarding evading police officers? Do the consequences match up to the crime, or should they be readjusted?

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How Do You Get Someone Out of Jail?

How Do You Get Someone Out of Jail?

This is a very common question for people who just found out that a friend or family member was arrested. Most people don’t deal with bail regularly, so they don’t know a whole lot about how it works. Luckily, you don’t have to in order to rescue someone from jail. All you need to do is contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles.

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we know how intimidating the bail process can be. We want to reassure you that it isn’t as bad as you might think. Bailing someone out of jail can actually be pretty easy. Just talk to one of our bail agents, they will walk you through it. They will answer your questions and be your guides.

To get started, you just need to give our agents some information on your loved one. Primarily, we will need your loved one’s name, birthday, and county of arrest. This will allow our agents to locate your loved one in the county jail system. Once our agents locate your loved one, they can get the rest of the information needed for the bail bond and better answer your questions about your loved one’s arrest.

Next, our agents will start working with you to figure out payments. At Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we provide all of our clients with personalized payment plans. These plans break up the bail bond, which will be 10% of the full bail price, and spread it out over several months. This makes posting bail much more affordable.

A quick rundown of some of the benefits we provide for our clients includes:

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

 
Once we have all of the information that we need and the payments are figured out, a bail agent will be sent to the jail to secure your loved one’s release. Depending on the size of the jail, this can be done in as little as 2 hours in some counties, and take up to a day in others. No matter what happens, know that Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles has your back.

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How Fast Can Someone Be Out of Jail?

How Fast Can Someone Be Out of Jail?

People have a lot of questions about bailing someone out of jail. One of the most common ones is how long does it take for someone to be released. After all, nobody wants someone that they care about to sit in a jail cell for any length of time. If you want someone out of jail quickly, then you need to contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles.

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we understand how important it is for our clients to post bail quickly. The faster we can get through all of the paperwork, the faster their loved one is released from jail. This is why our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will always be ready to help you, and once they start, they will not rest until your loved one is released.

In order to get started, our bail agents need some information about your loved one. The more information you can give, the faster the paperwork can be filled out. However, all we need to get started is your loved one’s name, birthday, and county of arrest. With that information, we can locate your loved one in the county jail system and gather the rest of the needed information.

After that, we will work with you on figuring out payment plans. We will create a plan that works for you and your budget. Once that is figured out, and the initial payment is received, we will send an agent to the jail to secure your loved one’s release. Depending on the size of the jail and how busy it is, the release can take anywhere from 2 hours to a day to be processed.

At Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we know that you want to get your loved one out of jail as quickly as possible. Our agents will start helping you right away and will not rest until your loved one has been released. You can count on us to work quickly, be by your side the entire time, and for 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

 

For a free consultation day or night, just call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Can You Get Into Trouble for Letting Your Kid Pee in Public?

Can You Get Into Trouble for Letting Your Kid Pee in Public?

Experienced parents all know that raising children is no easy task. A parent never really knows how their child is going to behave at any given moment. This is especially true for youngsters. Their moods and needs can change from moment to moment and no matter how hard a parent may try to prepare, they can still be caught off guard.

One particular incident that can arise with younger children, especially during potty-training, is the child needing to go to the bathroom and not being able to find an available toilet nearby. When little ones say they need to go, they need to go. They can’t hold it like adults do. This can lead to parents having to face a tough decision: Do they let their child pee in public to avoid an accident? If they do, could they get into trouble with the law?

Public Urination Law

Here in California, it is a crime for a person to urinate in a public place. The act is made illegal under state law and typically under local city ordinances too. This is because public urination leads to an increase in the spread of diseases and adds understandable health concerns. This also negatively affects the area and local businesses since the smell tends to keep people away.

If a person is caught urinating in public, they can face either infraction or misdemeanor charges depending on where the incident occurred. If a person is charged with an infraction under a city ordinance, then they face a small fine between $100 and $500, depending on the city. As a misdemeanor charge under a city ordinance, a person faces:

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

 
If the person is charged under Penal Code (PC) 372, the state’s public nuisance law, they will face misdemeanor charges that come with:

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

 

Potty-Training on the Go Isn’t Easy

When it comes to kids urinating in public, especially toddlers, the laws are a bit laxer. While the laws against public urination don’t typically mention young children, most law enforcement officers aren’t going to arrest a child, or their parent, for letting the little one pee in public. Most adults understand that when toddlers have to go, the need to go. However, there are those officers out there who might issue citations.

Just because a person might not get into trouble with the law does not mean they should allow their child to do so. As mentioned earlier, urinating in public helps spread diseases and it leaves a nasty odor in the air no matter how well the parent might clean up.

On top of the general hygiene concerns, allowing a child who is in the midst of potty-training to go wherever they want, whenever, can send mixed messages to the child. This can confuse the child and actually lead to more accidents in the future.

As stressful as these kinds of situations can be for a parent, they are bound to happen during potty-training. Some tips on how to handle these accidents, because there will be a lot, include:

Keeping an extra set of clothes. Parents should continue to carry an extra set of clothes for their toddlers with them until the potty-training is well behind them. This way, they will have a spare set in case of accidents.
Use Pull-Ups. Disposable training pants may be a crutch for some kids who are going through potty-training, however, they can also be very helpful under special circumstances. If a parent is planning on taking their child on a long car ride, or on long city trips, using the disposable training pants might be wise.
Use a portable potty. These can be very handy in allowing children to discreetly go in the car while running errands around town.

Toddlers Need to Go When They Need to Go

While it is highly unlikely that a parent will get into any serious trouble for allowing their child to go in public, it is often best to avoid the practice. Allowing children to urinate wherever can confuse them and risks everyone’s health and safety. Plus, one never knows if they will run into that one cop who has no understanding of how desperate a situation it is when a toddler needs to go to the potty.

What are your thoughts on children peeing in public places? Is it acceptable in certain emergency situations, or not? Should the parents be fined for allowing their kids to do that?

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Is It Possible to Steal a Pet?

Is It Possible to Steal a Pet?

When it comes to owning pets, most people view their furry companions as a part of the family. If anything were to happen to their pet, they would be very upset. Luckily for them, the law is on their side, at least partially. If a person were to take another person’s pet, that can actually be considered theft here in California.

Pets Are Considered Property

The state of California, and most other states, view pets as the property of their owner. This means that if a person takes another person’s animal, they can be charged with petty or grand theft, depending on the value of the animal. Obviously, stealing is bad and no one should ever do it, especially when the “item” being stolen is someone’s beloved pet.

If an animal is valued at over $950, the person who took the animal will face a charge of grand theft. This can be charged as either a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the person’s criminal record and the facts of the case. A misdemeanor comes with up to 1 year in county jail. A felony can get a person anywhere from 16 months to 3 years in county jail.

If the animal was valued at less than $950, then the person will be charged with petty theft. Petty theft is a misdemeanor offense that comes with:

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

 

Is It Stealing If You Found It?

What if a person finds a lost animal and falls in love with it, only to later learn that its owners are looking for it? If the person keeps the animal then, is it still stealing? There aren’t a lot of reported cases of this happening, but the answer is probably yes. If a person is knowingly keeping something from its rightful owner and depriving them of the joy of interacting with that item, that is stealing under California law. That is what would be happening if a person were to ignore lost posters for an animal that they found.

However, if the person didn’t know the animal is lost, then they didn’t steal it because they aren’t intentionally keeping the pet from its rightful owner.

The bottom line is, if someone finds a lost animal, they should make an effort to find its home for a while before deciding to adopt it for themselves. After a reasonable amount of time, if no one comes looking for the animal, then they can probably keep it.

The Downside to Pets as Property

The flip side of viewing pets as property is that a person likely won’t get much compensation if someone intentionally harms or kills their pet. This is because, as property, pets are only valued at the price for which the owner paid for the animal. Anyone who has bonded with an animal will say that that is too little of a price for the death or injury of a loved one. Most pet owners wouldn’t trade their companions for one million dollars.

Due to this fact, there is a growing movement to view pets not as property, but as companions. This way, if someone’s animal is harmed, pet owners can get proper compensation for the devastating loss of a beloved companion.

Pets Are Part of the Family

Any pet owner will tell you that their furry friend is as much a member of the family as the people within it. Pets truly are amazing like that. They are animals that do not speak our language, and yet create bonds with the people they live alongside. They are there for their owners when they are down, and there to share in all of the excitement of any event. They are always by their owner’s side.

Every pet owner agrees that if anything were to happen to their pet, they would be devastated. Do you agree? Do you think keeping a lost pet that someone is looking for is considered stealing? Do you agree with the state law of viewing pets as property?

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How Much Collateral Is Needed?

How Much Collateral Is Needed?

Most people have a lot of questions about how bail works when they deal with it for the first time. If that is the case for you, don’t worry. Our bail agents here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles are used to answering all kinds of questions. One of the many common questions that our agents get is what is needed for collateral?

For those unaware, collateral is something of value that is pledged as a sort of back up for payments. The pledged item has to be of equal or greater value to the loan amount. If a client fails to pay off the loan, then the company keeps the pledged item as payment. Most financial institutions prefer to use collateral to ensure they get paid back for any loans.

Getting a bail bond is very similar to getting a loan, except the money being lent out goes straight to the jail. This is why a lot of bail bond companies require collateral. However, Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles does not. We understand that requiring collateral on a bail bond makes rescuing someone from jail even more stressful, so we avoid it whenever possible.

Instead of needing something of great monetary value like a house or car, at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we prefer to use the signature of a working co-signer as collateral. Someone who is working at a steady job and is willing to co-sign a bail bond is far more valuable than any house or car.

If you need help with rescuing someone from jail, come to Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. Our bail agents are ready to assist you 24 hours day, 7 days a week. They will happily answer all of your questions and help you secure your loved one’s release from jail. Some of the benefits 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

 

For a free consultation at any time, just call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Our Agents Are Waiting to Help You

Our Agents Are Waiting to Help You

You never know when you are going to need help with something. This is especially true when it comes to bailing someone out of jail. You never expected a friend or family member would get arrested, and yet they did. Now you find yourself in the position of wanting to rescue your loved one, but not knowing how to proceed.

Luckily, Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is here for you. We are a professional bail bond company that has been helping the people of California for over 30 years. We know everything about the bail process here in the state and will be more than happy to share that information with you. All you have to do is talk to one of our bail agents.

Our bail agents are some of the best in the state. They are located all over California, either at local offices or roaming the areas in between those offices. On top of this is the fact that our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter when you need them, or where you are, our agents will be there to assist you.

Every other year, we put each of our bail agents through training to ensure that they are up to date on everything bail related. This, in turn, ensures that our clients receive the best bail help we can give them. With our expert bail agents working alongside you, your loved one can be out of jail in as little as 2 hours in some counties.

• 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 you have never posted bail before and are worried about rescuing someone from jail, don’t. All you have to do to get started is contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. Our bail agents are ready and waiting to help. They will guide you through the entire bail bond process, answering all of your questions along the way. You do not have to face this alone.

You can call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now for a free consultation at any time.

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