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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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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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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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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When the Wind Stops Stoplights

When the Wind Stops Stoplights

With the arrival of fall in California comes lots of windy weather. Typically, this just means a lot of dust and leaves everywhere. Unfortunately, for many people this year, this also means a loss of power. This is due to the controlled blackouts being issued by power companies like Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).

After being found responsible for several of the recent large wildfires which plagued the state, these utilities companies are being extra cautious with their equipment. This means that if there is any chance that thigh winds could down a power line and spark a blaze, they will shut off power to large portions of towns for several hours. This can be very annoying for homeowners, but it can cause unforeseen danger to drivers.

When the Lights Go Out

Most of the modern world runs off of electricity and so when utility companies shut off their power for any length of time, a lot of things come grinding to a halt. One of the many important things that are affected by this loss of power is traffic.

When the power goes off, the all-important traffic signals that govern our intersections stop working. This can make driving through city streets feel impossible and crazy. Drivers are so used having their routes dictated to them by these little lights, that when they are taken away, some people seem to have no idea how to drive.

Coming across a stoplight that is completely off, with no colored lights showing in any direction, can be startling, but they are actually easy to deal with. Anytime a person approaches an intersection with a traffic light that is either flashing red, or off altogether, they need to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

This means that whenever anyone approaches the intersection, no matter which way they are going, they need to stop. Basically imagine that each direction of the intersection has an invisible stop sign. Follow basic stop sign etiquette and right-of-way laws from there.

This means coming to a complete stop behind the white limit line, which is usually the outer line of a crosswalk. Look both ways for traffic. If another vehicle is already stopped at the intersection before coming to a full stop, that vehicle gets to go first. Cars take turns proceeding and should do so with caution, as not every driver will realize they need to stop for a broken or unpowered stop light.

Consequences of Running through a Down Intersection

Aside from the obvious consequences of possibly getting into a car accident just to save 5 seconds of travel time, there can also be legal consequences. A person could possibly face infraction level charges under California Vehicle (VC) 21453, running a red light, or even VC 22450, failing to stop at a stop sign. Both of these charges come with no jail time, a small fine, and a point on the driver’s record.

Just as likely as those charges, a person could be charged with reckless driving under VC 23101. This is California’s reckless driving law, which makes it illegal for a driver to operate their vehicle with wanton disregard for the health and safety of others. That is what a person does when they ignore a traffic light, on or off. This can earn a person a misdemeanor charge that comes with:

• Up to 90 days in county jail.
• A fine from $145 to $1,000.
• 2 points on the driver’s record.

 
Remember, acquiring too many points on a driver’s record too quickly can lead to their driver’s license being suspended, and eventually, revoked altogether.

Just Slow Down and Take Your Time

Coming across a down traffic light during a blackout may be shocking or confusing, but it is actually a really simple hurdle to deal with. Whenever a traffic light is down, just treat the intersection like it is governed by stop signs in all directions. As long as everyone stops and takes turns, everyone can get through the intersection relatively quickly without getting into any trouble.

While this may not be fun, and can increase travel times, it is best to get prepared to deal with this again. As fall and the windy weather continues, it is safe to assume that so will the controlled blackouts. This means that drivers will have plenty of chances to come across unpowered stoplights this season.

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Bail without Interest

Bail without Interest

Bailing a friend or family member out of jail is not something that most people have experience with. Unfortunately, people can get arrested at any time and a person may find themselves needing to bail out a loved one. When that happens, these people tend to have a lot of questions. One of the biggest questions is how much will it cost to bail the person out with a bail bond.

The answer to that question is dependent on what crime your loved one has been accused of. Different crimes receive different bail amounts. When it comes to the price of the bail bond that is dependent on the price of the bail. At Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for.

We can reduce the upfront cost of the bail bond by breaking it up and spreading it out over several months, up to 2 years. This way, instead of having to pay the full amount of the bail bond all at once, a person can take care of the cost in manageable chunks.

When it comes to payment plans, especially for large chunks of money, any interest rate can become very costly. That is why people worry about interest rates so much. Luckily for you, we do not charge interest on any of our bail bonds. Even our payment plans have 0% interest on them. This means that you only ever have to pay the cost of the bail bond and nothing more.

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

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

 
Bailing someone out of jail can be a whole lot more affordable if you come to Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles for help. Our bonds only cost 10% of the bail they are for, and we let you pay them off with a 0% interest payment plan.

Are you looking to bail someone out of jail? If so, call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Driving with a Costume

Driving with a Costume

Arguably the biggest part of Halloween is dressing up in spooky, fun, or entertaining costumes. Both adults and kids alike get a kick out of dressing up as something else for the evening. The act of getting suited up can be a bit involved, especially for some costumes. As such, some people may decide to drive to their destination while fully decked out in their costume.

This may seem harmless, but it could be considered dangerous, or even reckless. Driving while in full costume can actually get a person into legal trouble if they are not careful.

What Is Reckless Driving?

Here in California, there may not be any law that specifically states that a person cannot drive while wearing a costume, however there is another law that could be applied to the situation. California Vehicle Code (VC) 23103 is the state’s reckless driving law.

As far as this law is concerned, a person commits reckless driving whenever they drive on a highway, this includes public roads, or in a parking facility with wanton disregard for the safety of people and property. Basically anytime a person drives in a way that could be considered dangerous, they are guilty of this crime.

While it may not seem like it, this law could apply to driving while wearing a costume. This is due to the fact that the costume can make it difficult for the driver to operate their vehicle safely. For instance, driving while wearing a mask can restrict a person’s view, making them less likely to notice pedestrians.

Loose or bulky outfits can also make driving difficult. Bulky costumes can prevent a person from moving properly to operate the vehicle, or accidentally bump something. Loose clothing can catch on switches and activate them without the driver meaning to.

If the costume starts to noticeably affect a person’s driving, a police officer will pull them over. Then the person will likely be charged with reckless driving. Even if the person’s driving isn’t noticeably affected by the costume, if they are pulled over, the officer could still charge them with reckless driving while wearing the costume.

Penalties of Reckless Driving in California

The penalties for reckless driving are dependent on whether or not the driver injured someone with their driving. If no one is injured, other than the driver themselves, then the person faces misdemeanor charges. These charges come with the following penalties:

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

 
When the driver causes severe bodily injury, then they face felony charges. As a felony charge, a person faces:

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

 
If the reckless driving leads to someone’s death, then the driver could face vehicular manslaughter charges under Penal Code (PC) 192.

Drive Safely This Halloween

Halloween is supposed to be fun. Dressing up as something spooky or a favorite character can be very entertaining. Unfortunately, if a person is not careful and decides to drive while wearing their costume, they could get into legal trouble here in California. That is the last thing anyone wants to happen on Halloween, so it is best to drive carefully and only do so without a mask or bulky, loose-fitting costumes.

What do you think of California’s reckless driving law and how it can be applied to driving while in costume? Is this too ridiculous, or is it a good idea that can keep people safe?

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Questions about Payments

Questions about Payments

When it comes to bailing someone out of jail, most people have a lot of questions. Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we have heard, and answered, all sorts of questions. The part of bail that causes the most concern amongst our clients, is paying for it. People have a lot of questions relating to paying for a bail bond, and so we’ve compiled a list of those questions, and their answers, to make things easier for you.

How much does a bail bond cost? How much a bail bond costs is dependent on how much your loved one’s bail is set at. Our bail bonds cost 10% of the bail they are for. This means that a $20,000 bail will have a $2,000 bail bond.

Are there any discounts? Yes, we do offer discounts for qualified clients. If one of the co-signers for the bail bond is a member of the military, a member of AARP, a union member, owns a home, or has a private attorney, then the person can get 20% off the price of the bail bond.

How do I make payments? We accept a number of different payment options to make paying for the bail bond easier. We accept cash, checks, credit cards, Western Union money transfers, E-checks, and Wells Fargo Business Account deposits. These payments can be made in person, online, over the phone, or even through the mail in some instances.

How much do I have to pay upfront? That is dependent on how big the bail is, and who the co-signers for the bail bond are. A smaller bail can lead to smaller monthly and down payments. Having good co-signers is another way to shrink the size of the payments.

How much is interest? 0%. We do not charge interest on our bail bonds.

Do I need collateral? In most cases, all we need for collateral is the signature of a working co-signer. If we have that, most times we won’t need any other type of collateral.

What happens if I miss a payment? We understand that life can get difficult at times, and so a missed payment is bound to happen. If you know in advanced that you are going to miss a payment, talk to one of our agents. We will be more than willing to work with you.

Paying for someone’s bail may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. At Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we do everything that we can to make paying for the bail bond as easy as possible.

If you have more questions about bail or bail bonds, feel free to get in touch with one of our agents. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and consultations are always free. There is no reason not to talk to one of our professional bail agents.

Are you ready to get started? If so, call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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You Don’t Have to Help an Officer

You Don’t Have to Help an Officer

When it comes to interacting with the police, it is often wise to do as they say. Resisting or arguing with them will often only lead to more trouble than people want to deal with. So, unless a person wants to end up in some trouble with law enforcement, then they should probably do whatever an officer asks them.

However, California law has recently changed in one aspect of doing what officers ask. It used to be that if a law enforcement officer asked a person to help them with something, such as arresting another individual, that person had to agree. If they didn’t, they could end up in trouble with the law. However, thanks to the recent passing of a State Senate Bill, that is no longer the case.

A Law from the Wild West

Back in the days of the Wild West, the state of California enacted the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872. The law was enacted to help sheriffs create posses to hunt down escaped prisoners or other criminals. The law stated that any able-bodied person 18 or older has to help an officer with an arrest if the officer requests assistance from the person. Failing to do so is a misdemeanor offense that could come with a max fine of $1,000.

The law is nearly 150 years old, and that caused some people to take notice of it. Specifically, Senator Bob Hertzberg and his interns. They deemed the law too old and outdated to still be a law today. That is why, back in January of 2019, the Senator introduced Senate Bill (SB) 192.

Senator Hertzberg was quoted as saying: “Thank you to my interns for finding a law that belongs in the history books, not the law books.”
At the start of September, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law, which officially repealed the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872. This means that it is no longer illegal for an adult to refuse to help a police officer during an arrest if the officer asks for help.

The Ongoing Debate

Of course, like with any law these days, there is some debate to this new law and the message it sends. Many law enforcement agencies here in the state of California fear that this bill’s passing will make people think they don’t have to listen to police officers.

On the other side of things, there is the Senator and his team who seem to think that the law is old and outdated. They think that no one should be forced to help a police officer just because the officer asked them to do so.

What do you think about the recent passing and signing of SB 192? Should California have gotten rid of the law because it was old and outdated, or was it a good idea to make sure people provide help to law enforcement officers who need it?

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