What Happens When You Don’t Post Bail?

What Happens When You Don’t Post Bail?

When people learn that a friend or family member has been arrested, they often spring into action to help out. They just want to take care of their loved one and can’t imagine him being forced to spend time in jail. Unfortunately affording someone’s bail in California can be ridiculously expensive and difficult.

Due to the high cost of bail in the state, many people assume they will not be able to afford it. Then they are left worrying what happens to their loved one if they cannot post bail. When someone isn’t able to post bail, they stay in jail for the remainder of their trial. They have to go to every court appointment in an orange jumpsuit.

If this isn’t something that you want for your loved one, then you should contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. We provide affordable bail bonds for all of our clients. With our help, you will be able to rescue your loved one from jail without spending too much money. A bail bond from us only costs 10% of the full bail price.

Our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all over the state of California. Whenever and wherever you need bail help in the state, Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles will be there for you. You can always count on us to help you out. Some of the services we provide for our clients include:

• 20% Discount
• Phone approvals
• 0% Interest payment plans
• No hidden fees
• No collateral with working signer
• Se habla Español

 
If you don’t want a loved one to stay in jail for months on end and go to court wearing a jumpsuit, you will have to post their bail. If you want to post bail affordably, then you should contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. For over 30 years we have provided professional and affordable bail help for all of our clients. Let us do the same for you.

Ready to get your loved one released from jail? If so, call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Can You Do Immigration Bonds?

Can You Do Immigration Bonds?

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we know everything about bail and do everything that we can to help our clients out. We help clients fill out the paperwork, communicate with the jail for them, and provide them with an affordable option. While we do everything that we can for our clients, there are a few things that we cannot do.

One thing that we cannot do for our clients here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is handle immigration bonds. This is due to the fact that immigration bonds are handled by the federal government. They require a special license to handle, one that is separate from the typical bail bond license provided by the state of California.

As a state licensed bail bond company, we are able to provide bail help for anyone looking to get a loved one released from jail. However, this license does not allow us to handle immigration bonds. If you need help with an immigration bond, you will need to contact a company that specializes in that kind of bond.

If you need help bailing someone out of jail, then you’ve come to the right place. Our agents are available to offer their assistance 24/7 and will happily provide you with an affordable bail bond. One of our bail agents will be with you for every step of the bail process so you will never have to worry. Some of the services we do offer include:

• 20% Discount
• Phone approvals
• 0% Interest payment plans
• No hidden fees
• No collateral with working signer
• Se habla Español

 
Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we try to do everything that we can to help our clients. Unfortunately, we can’t do everything. If you need help with an immigration bond, you will need to find another company who is licensed to deal with that. If you just need help with a bailing someone out of jail here in California, we will be more than happy to help.

For a free consultation with one of our bail agents, just call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Where Can We Help You?

Where Can We Help You?

When you are getting a bail bond to rescue someone from jail, you want to make sure that the agent you are talking to can actually help. Bail agents are often limited on where they can help people post bail. For smaller bail bond companies, posting bail outside of their city or county can be difficult. Even statewide companies can face limitations.

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we are a statewide company that has helped Californians face bail for years. We know everything about the bail bond process and can help you bail someone out of any jail in the state. When you need bail help in California, you can count on Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles to be there for you.

However, we can only post bail within the state of California. If an agent wants to post bail for someone, they need to have a state issued license. Each state has its own licensing system when it comes to bail agents, making it impossible to post bail across state lines without having multiple licenses. So even though we may have agents located near Las Vegas, we cannot post bail there because it is in another state.

When you need to post bail in California, we will always be there for you. Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles has bail agents located all over the state. We can help you whenever and wherever you are in California. You can count on us. Aside from simply being there when you need us, we also provide:

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

 
When you need bail help in California, just contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. Our agents are available 24/7 anywhere in California. No matter the time of day, they will be more than ready to help you get a friend or family member released from any jail in the state.

What are you waiting for? Get a free consultation now by calling 877-793-2254 or clicking Chat With Us now.

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Who Can Bail Out My Friend?

Who Can Bail Out My Friend?

When it comes to rescuing someone from jail, a lot of people have a lot of questions. One common concern is who exactly can bail someone out of jail. Many people mistakenly believe that you have to be related to someone in order to bail them out of jail. However, that is not the case.

At Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we know that a lot of people care about one another. Friends and family members alike will want to bail people out of jail, and we want to help them all. There is no requirement to be related to someone in order to post their bail. You just need to know enough about the person to fill out the paperwork.

When it comes to locating someone with the county jail system, we primarily need 3 important bits of information about a person:

• Name,
• Birthday,
• County of arrest,

 
As long as a person can supply us with that information, we should be able to locate the person in jail and find the rest of his or her info.

Some of the other services that we provide 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

 
When someone you care about gets arrested, you want to help them out. Whether or not you are related doesn’t matter to you. So, when you want to bail a friend or family member out of jail, just contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. We will always be available to assist you.

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

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Shop Safely This Holiday Season

Shop Safely This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving has come and gone and that means everyone can officially begin their Christmas preparations. While this means it is time for a whole lot of decorating, it also means it is time to get the final bits of Christmas shopping done.

While this should be a fun and happy time, there are unfortunately people out there looking to take advantage of holiday shoppers. Anyone looking to do a bit of shopping this holiday season needs to be careful in order to avoid becoming a victim of a crime so close to Christmas.

Shopping Safety Tips

While most people love this time of year for all sorts of reason from the weather to getting to spend time with family, thieves have different reasons for enjoying the holiday rush. They love the crowded stores and malls because that provides them with plenty of targets and enough chaos to cover their tracks. That is in addition to the shorter days which provide a lot of darkness for them to lurk in. In order to become a more difficult target and avoid being robbed or attacked while shopping, try following these tips.

• Always lock doors and roll up windows on cars before going into stores.
• Avoid talking to strangers. Some con-artists work in groups, one distracts the target while the other strikes.
• Be aware of surroundings as walking to cars. Thieves like to hide behind larger vehicles, or even under your car.
• Don’t carry too many bags at once, as this makes a person vulnerable.
• Don’t dress in fancy or attention grabbing clothes while shopping. This can grab a thief’s attention and attract them to you.
• Have your keys in your hands and ready to unlock your car before leaving the store. This way there is no fumbling to pull them out at the car itself, which makes a person vulnerable.
• Hide any presents or other expensive items in the trunk so that lurking thieves cannot see them in the car.
• If you don’t feel comfortable walking to your car, especially at night, ask a security guard or other store employee for an escort.
• Park in safe areas, preferably under street lights to increase visibility at night. Also try parking close to the storefront to reduce the amount of time spent walking to a car. Avoid parking next to large trucks and vans.
• Stay alert to what is going on around you.
• When shopping in the evening or night, always bring a companion with you. There is safety in numbers.
• Women should not carry purses with them, as these are easier targets for pickpockets. Try to stick to carrying only a single credit/debit card while shopping. This way, no cash can be stolen and only one card has to be canceled if taken.

 

Online Shopping Safety Tips

With advances in technology, online shopping has become a very large part of the holiday experience. Since online shopping has become so huge, crooks have begun to take advantage of it. In order to avoid falling victim to these people, follow these tips:

• Avoid using public Wi-Fi in general, but never use it when shopping or banking online.
• Before filling out private information on an online form, investigate the company/website to ensure that it is trustworthy.
• If you have fallen victim to an online scam, be sure to close the associated credit card immediately.
• Learn to spot and avoid email and social media scams, which become more prominent this time of year.
• Never give out social security numbers online. No online store will ever need that information.
• Never click on links from unknown sources.
• Only go to trusted websites by entering the address in the address bar. Avoid clicking links because scammers love to make fake links that lead to their own sites.
• Only shop on trusted websites, preferably with “https” in front of the address. The “s” signifies that the website is secure, thus making it more trustworthy. Most modern browsers now display a padlock symbol in the address bar next to secure sites.

 

Don’t Fall Victim to Crooks

As Christmas draws nearer, more and more people go shopping for gifts for their loved ones. Unfortunately, there are thousands of crooks and other horrible people out there looking to take advantage of holiday shoppers.

So long as a person follows the tips above, they should be able to reduce the chances of getting scammed or robbed this holiday season. Do you have any tips that didn’t make the list above?

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Animal Abuse Now Illegal at the Federal Level

Animal Abuse Now Illegal at the Federal Level

Winter hasn’t even officially arrived yet and already California is beginning to see winter weather. This means that all pet owners should get ready to really start taking care of their pets this winter. This is especially true for pets who spend a lot of time outdoors. Failing to do so can get a person into trouble for animal abuse here in California.

On top of that, a new law has been signed into effect at the federal level surrounding animal abuse. This means that if a person abuses an animal, they can face charges at both the state and federal level.

The PACT Act

Surprisingly, there hasn’t been a federal law that prevents animal cruelty here in the United States until recently. The only thing that came close was the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act that was signed into law back in 2010. That law only made it a crime to abuse an animal if the person filmed it. This law came about in response to a horrible internet trend where small animals were crushed by people stepping on them and then the videos were uploaded online.

This law had an unfortunate loophole that meant people who abused animals but didn’t film the act would not get into trouble, at least at the federal level. Luckily, many states have their own laws about animal abuse that likely covered the issue.

However, this has all changed thanks to a new law recently signed into effect. The Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act was passed through Congress and signed into law by President Trump. Under this new federal law, it is now illegal for a person to purposefully burn, crush, drown, suffocate, impale, or perform any other violent act that causes serious bodily injury to an animal.

If a person is caught breaking this law, they can face federal felony charges, fines, and up to 7 years in prison.

Animal Abuse in California

Here in California, animal abuse is outlawed by Penal Code (PC) 597. PC 597 is what is known as a wobbler offense, this means it can either be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the facts of the case and the person’s criminal record.

When charged as a misdemeanor, a person faces:

• Up to 1 year in county jail.
• A max fine of $20,000.

 
When charged as a felony, a person faces:

• 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in state prison.
• A max fine of $20,000.

 
Some additional consequences for both levels of the charges can include:

• Having the animal permanently removed from the abuser’s care.
• Paying for the housing costs of the animal during the trial.
• Completing counseling as a part of probation.
• An extra year added to the sentence if the abuse involved a deadly weapon.

 

Take Care of Animals

Animals are living creatures just like humans and they deserve the same care and respect as people. They also deserve the same protections, which is what this new federal law provides. Now, no matter where a person is in the United States, if they abuse an animal, they will face federal charges.

This law comes at a good time of year. With all of the cold weather of winter, pet owners need to take the proper precautions to keep their animal healthy and safe. Failing to do so can get them into legal trouble here in California, and maybe even at the federal level as well.

What do you think of the country’s new animal abuse law? Is it about time, or did we really need this law at all?

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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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