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.

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

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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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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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Drink Responsibly This Saint Patrick’s Day

Drink Responsibly This Saint Patrick’s Day

There are certain times of the year where people like to party more than any other. This is especially true around holidays like New Year’s Eve and Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in particular involve a whole lot of drinking. Drinking alcohol itself is ok, provided a person does so responsibly.

When it comes to drinking responsibly, most people are primarily concerned with making sure someone doesn’t drink and drive. Doing so is incredibly dangerous for the driver, any of their passengers, and anyone they might pass on the road. At any moment, a drunk driver could find themselves in an accident, unless they are caught beforehand.

The Dangers of DUI

Law enforcement officers are well aware of the fact that people are much more likely to drink large amounts of alcohol on Saint Patrick’s Day. Due to this fact, they are on high alert for drunk drivers. In some areas, they may even setup DUI Checkpoints to aide in catching drunk drivers before they can cause an accident.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol is incredibly dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2016 alcohol related accidents accounted for roughly 28% of all traffic deaths in the US. In that same year, over 1 million people were arrested for DUI.

Since DUI is so dangerous, it is illegal here in California just like it is in every other state in the country. California Vehicle Code (VC) 23152 makes it illegal for any person to drive a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

What to Expect at DUI Checkpoints

DUI Checkpoints are often more annoying than they are scary. Checkpoint locations are determined way in advanced of their assigned date. As the time draws nearer, the location of the checkpoint will be announced ahead of time. This gives people the ability to choose a route that bypasses the checkpoint if they don’t want to go through it.

A DUI checkpoint will definitely slow down traffic since every car that passes through will be stopped by a law enforcement officer. The officers will ask each driver for their driver’s license and registration, along with a few simple questions such as:

• Where are you going?
• Where are you coming from?
• Have you been drinking?

 
If everything checks out, the officer will allow the driver to continue on their way. However, if the officer suspects that the driver has been drinking, they will be asked to pullover to the side. From there, another officer will continue the investigation and likely conduct a field sobriety test. If the driver fails that, they will be charged with DUI. The vehicle could be impounded, and the driver may have to spend the night in a holding cell.

Penalties of DUI

Typically, a DUI is a misdemeanor offense, which means the charges are usually pretty light. If a person is charged with misdemeanor DUI, they will face:

• Up to 1 year in county jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.
• A driver’s license suspension.
• Having to attend DUI school.
• Misdemeanor probation.

 
While DUI’s are typically misdemeanors, they can be charged as felonies under specific circumstances. These circumstances include:

• Being charged with 4 DUI’s within a 10 year period.
• You have a prior felony DUI conviction within a 10 year period.
• The DUI caused serious injuries or death.

 
When charged as a felony, a person can face the following for DUI:

• A prison sentence that can range from a few years to life depending on the circumstances.
• A max fine of $5,000.
• Having to attend DUI school.
• Driver’s license suspension or revocation.
• Paying restitutions to the victim.
• Felony probation.

 

Never Drink and Drive

There are two things that people don’t ever want to deal with, especially on holidays; getting arrested and getting into a car accident. Driving while drunk, or even buzzed, is a great way to do either of those things, which is why a person should never drive drunk.

If a person is planning on partying and drinking this Saint Patrick’s Day, they need to be prepared to do so responsibly. This means having a safe way to and from any parties. Luckily, this is a very easy thing to do. A person can assign a designated sober driver (DD), use an Uber or Lyft, hire a taxi, or use public transportation. No matter which method is chosen, a person will not have to worry about getting pulled over for DUI.

What are your thoughts on California’s DUI laws and DUI Checkpoints? Do the laws and checkpoints work, or do they need to be adjusted to better protect people?

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How Are Bail Prices Determined?

How Are Bail Prices Determined?

There is a whole lot to take in whenever someone deals with bail for the first time. The part that almost always surprises people is the cost. Bailing someone out of jail in California is not cheap. It typically costs several thousands of dollars. While getting a bail bond is cheaper, reducing the cost of bail by 90%, it can still be an expensive undertaking. This causes many people to wonder how bail prices are determined in the first place.

Despite the fact that bail agents are often the ones to inform people of the cost of bailing someone out of jail, they are not responsible for determining the cost. Bail agents are regulated by California law to charge 10% of the full bail price. This is why getting a bail bond is 90% cheaper than paying for the bail yourself.

Law enforcement officers may set bail prices, but they don’t have a lot of say in the matter. Every year, each county in the state creates what is known as a bail schedule. This is just a fancy name for a list of every possible crime and the recommended bail amount for each one. The officers just follow that list, which means they don’t come up with the bail amounts either.

Bail amounts are determined by judges. They are the ones who get together and create the bail schedules. They are also the only ones who can alter bail amounts after they have been assigned. This often happens after a person’s first court date where a judge gets to really look at the case in detail.

If you want to rescue someone from jail, the cheapest way to do so is through a bail bond, which can be acquired here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. On top of just being affordable, we will walk you through the entire bail process and answer all of your questions. With our help, you won’t have to face this alone. Some of the 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

 

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

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What Are California’s Car Seat Laws?

What Are California’s Car Seat Laws?

The goal of every good parent is to keep their child safe. Unfortunately, this task is a lot easier said than done thanks to all of the different ways a child can get hurt. At times, it can feel a bit overwhelming for a parent, but they never give up. Their child is counting on them after all.

One area where kids need extra protection is when they are riding in a car. People often forget how dangerous driving can be, until there is an accident. In order to help keep kids safe, parents are required to put their kids into car seats while driving them anywhere. Failing to do so could lead to their child being severely hurt, and to the parent facing legal troubles.

The Rules on Car Seats

This can come as a shock to some people, but seatbelts can actually cause more harm than good to little ones in a car. This is due to the fact that built-in seatbelts on cars are designed to keep adults, not children, safe in the event of an accident. This is why car seats are so important, they are designed for children and babies.

The problem is, figuring out when to move a child up to the next level of seating can be a bit confusing. This matter is only made more stressful due to the fact that the state of California has a law requiring children to be properly restrained while riding in vehicles. This means that getting the car seat wrong could result in the parent paying a fine.

Vehicle Code (VC) 27360 is California’s child restraint law. This law dictates what kind of car seat a child needs at what stage in their life.

For starters, all children under the age of 2 must ride in a rear-facing car seat. The only exception to this is if the child weighs over 40 pounds or is taller than 40 inches. Basically, once a child reaches any one of those limits, they can move on to a forward-facing car seat.

Experts recommend keeping kids in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible due to their safety, but parents should always be aware of the car seats weight and height limits, which typically top out at 40 pounds and 40 inches. This is why kids are allowed to be moved up to forward-facing car seats when they reach those sizes, even if they aren’t over the age of 2 yet.

In California, children have to be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old, or are 4’9”. Again, experts recommend keeping a child in a car seat or booster seat until they max out the weight and height restrictions of the seat.

To simplify things, a parent just needs to follow the weight and height guidelines for the car seats. Keep a child in a rear-facing car seat until they are too big for it, then move them to a forward-facing seat until they eventually outgrow that. From there, move them to a booster seat until they outgrow that, and then they should be big enough to wear a regular seatbelt.

The Penalties for Not Using a Car Seat

Aside from the obvious fact that children will be more likely to be severely injured in the event of an accident when they are not properly restrained, a parent could face a nice little ticket for not buckling up their child properly.

When a driver fails to properly restrain their child in a vehicle, they will face the following:

• A $100 fine for a first offence.
• A $250 fine for any subsequent offense.
• 1 point on their driving record.

 
It is important to remember that the prices listed above are only the base prices. Thanks to all of the additional fines, fees, and assessments that California has tacked on, the ticket will really cost a lot more than those prices.

While the singular point on the driving record doesn’t sound all that bad, a person needs to remember that if a driver accumulates too many points within a certain amount of years, they can be labeled a negligent driver and have their license suspended or even revoked altogether.

Buckle Up Your Kids

Car seats and the California laws surrounding them may seem complicated and confusing, but they are actually pretty straight forward. As long as a parent follows the guidelines for height and weight limits on their child’s seat, they won’t have to worry. Their child will be safe in the car and they will be safe from getting a ticket for not properly restraining a child in a vehicle.

What do you think about the state’s child seat laws? Are they a good idea to help keep kids safe, or do they over complicate things? What about the penalties for failing to use a car seat, are they fair or too much?

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Why Can Bail Be Denied

Why Can Bail Be Denied

A lot of people assume that whenever a person is arrested, they are given a bail amount. As long as the person pays the bail, they will be released from jail. However, this isn’t always the case. A person isn’t always guaranteed to be granted bail. There are several different reasons why a person could be denied bail and forced to spend their trial period behind bars.

To understand why a person can be denied bail, you need to understand what is expected of people who are out on bail. When someone is granted bail, they are expected to be on their best behavior and to return to court for all of their appointments. If they fail to do this then their bail is forfeit and they will be rearrested.

So, when a judge or law enforcement are looking at a person and deciding if they will be granted bail, they look at the following:

What crime the person was arrested for. Some crimes are too violent to warrant releasing an individual. Take for instance the crime of murder. If someone is arrested for that crime, most people in the community wouldn’t feel safe if the person was released.
The person’s criminal record. If a person has committed a lot of crimes in the past, there is a higher chance that they will commit more crimes when released. This means releasing them from jail would only cause more problems.
The likelihood of the person running away if released. People are more likely to stick around and show up to court if they have things that tie them to the area, such as a home, a job, or a family. If a person doesn’t have those things close by, then they are more likely to run away if released from jail.

 
If it is determined that a person is too dangerous to be released on bail, or the person is likely to flee, then they will be denied bail. They will be stuck in jail for the remainder of their trial.

If a person is granted bail, and you want help them with posting it, just contact the professionals here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. Our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide their help to any Californian that needs it.

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

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Do You Follow Click It or Ticket?

Do You Follow Click It or Ticket?

Every driver, and even most passengers have seen signs on the road that read: click it or ticket. The campaign has been around since its founding in 1993 when it originated in North Carolina. From there, the campaign spread across the country with some states embracing it more than others. The ones that have taken up the slogan and supported it with ads have seen substantial increases in seatbelt usage.

However, over the past few decades, the slogan has become a bit stale. The warning is no longer hitting home like it used to. While some states are happy to keep repeating the same slogan over and over again, the state of Georgia decided to revamp the slogan, and they asked the general public for help.

Georgia Comes Up with New Slogans

Back in fall of 2019, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) opened up a contest for people to come up with fun driving slogans. There were five different categories and the rules were simple. The messages have to be under 63 characters and could not contain any profanities. As one can imagine, the contest got a lot of entries.

Last Thursday GDOT announced the winners of the contest. Each of the five categories got a first, second, and third place winner, with multiple categories receiving ties. Many of the winning slogans were very funny. The first place slogans for each category were:

General Safety – If you miss your exit it’s okay, we made more up ahead.
Distracted Driving – You look great but the selfie can wait. / Looking at the road is a great way to stay on it.
Impaired Driving – Driving half lit isn’t very bright.
Seat Belt – This is a sign you should buckle up. / If you don’t wear a seat belt, please be an organ donor.
Work Zone Safety – Look left, look right, keep workers in sight.

GDOT is planning to start posting these first place slogans, and the other finalists, on signs across the state as soon as possible.

California Seatbelt Laws

Here in California, the state still posts signs warning drivers to “click it or ticket.” Basically, if a person doesn’t wear a seat belt, they can get a ticket from law enforcement. This is enforced by Vehicle Code (VC) 27315, which states: any person 16 years or older must wear a seat belt when driving or riding as a passenger in a vehicle.

This law also makes it so that vehicle owners have to keep their seat belts in good, working order.

The penalties for driving or riding without a seat belt is a small ticket.

• $20 base fine for a first offense.
• $50 base fine for any subsequent offense.

 
In some instances, a court can order a person to go to a traffic school instead of paying a fine if it is the person’s first seat belt offense.

Another important note is that the amounts listed are just the base amounts. Court fees and fines will likely be added on to those numbers, making them more expensive.

No points are issued to a person’s driver’s license if they are accused of this crime.

A Creative Way to Ensure Safety

There is no denying that the couple decade’s old slogan of click it or ticket has grown stale. It has become so common place that some people have begun to ignore it even though wearing a seat belt can easily save a person’s life. Wearing a seat belt is very important, which is likely why the state of Georgia decided to create some new slogans to encourage people to do so.

The state even went the extra step to ensure that the slogans were interesting by having the general public create them. The idea definitely worked and the Georgia Department of Transportation was gifted with some real gems. The winners of the contest probably can’t wait to see their slogan on a road sign.

What do you think of Georgia’s slogan competition and the selected winners? Do you think the state of California should do the same thing? What about California’s seat belt law? Is it a good idea, and do the penalties for not wearing a seat belt seem fair, or do they need to be reevaluated?

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Who Can Bail Out Your Friend or Family Member?

Who Can Bail Out Your Friend or Family Member?

For most people, there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to bail. They don’t know how much bail costs, how it works, when they can post bail, or even who can do that. Luckily, the answers are usually much simpler than people realize. Take for instance who can bail someone out of jail.

Most people would assume that only relatives can bail a person out of jail. However, those people would be wrong. Here in California, anyone can bail someone out of jail whether they are family, or just a really good friend. All you need in order to post someone’s bail is to know enough about him or her.

When you come to Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles for bail help, our bail agents will always be ready to assist you. All we need to get started is your friend or family member’s name, birthday, and county of arrest. With that information in hand, our agents will be able to locate your loved one in the county jail database.

Once your loved one has been located within the jail system, our agents can fill out the rest of the paperwork. From there, our agents will work with you to create a personalized payment plan that breaks up the cost of the bail bond. With that payment plan, you should be able to afford your loved one’s bail.

Some of the other services we provide to help out 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

 
Being related to someone doesn’t matter when it comes to posting bail. All that does matter is that you care about a person. As long as you care enough to try, Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles will be by your side to help you post bail and rescue your friend or family member from jail. You can count on us to always be there when you need us most.

What are you waiting for? Help out your friend or family member today by calling 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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What Is a Special Needs Registry?

What Is a Special Needs Registry?

Pretty much everyone out there is aware of that fact that each person is unique. Some people are more than capable of handling life on their own. Then there are some people who need more constant help and guidance. This extra care can be needed for any number of reasons from a person having autism, to a person suffering from dementia.

People with these diseases, or others like them, need special care. These people need constant supervision to ensure their health and safety. This kind of care can be hard to find, especially if a person is not prepared to give it. If they wander off on their own, they can get into serious, life threatening, trouble. Luckily, there is a solution that seems to be working well.

The Problem

When someone with special needs wanders off or goes missing, time is of the essence. If the missing person is not found quickly, then they can get into a situation that threatens their health and/or safety. No one wants them to get hurt, so people have to act fast. Unfortunately, typical law enforcement operations can take a lot of time to gain traction.

This delay is due to the fact that officers need to speak with family members and caretakers of the person to get information about the missing person. Then they have to return to the station to create a missing person flyer and give it out to all agents in the area. Once that is done, officers will finally be able to get to looking for the person. This wastes a lot of valuable time.

The Solution

The city of Santa Clarita, California has created a solution to this problem that has been working well within the community for the past few years. The City, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s, Santa Clarita Autism Asperger’s Network, and local school districts all came together to create the Special Needs Registry.

Anyone with the following conditions can be registered on the list by family members:

• Autism Spectrum Disorder.
• Alzheimer’s.
• Dementia.
• Bipolar Disorder.
• Down Syndrome.
• Epilepsy.

 
The Registry is a free service where family members can register their loved one with relevant information about the special needs person. Some of the information the registry requires includes:

• A photograph person.
• Description of the person.
• The person’s contact information.
• Important medical information.
• Known places that the person likes to visit.
• Safety and behavioral concerns.
• Helpful tips for interacting with the person.

 
Once a person fills out this information on the Registry, they can rest a little easier. If the special needs person ever disappears, the police will have instant access to all of the information they need to help locate the missing person. This speeds up the recovery process and helps keep people in need out of trouble.

The registry can be accessed online, making it much easier for people to register their loved ones on it. The information held on the site can be accessed by officers in the field, and the site automatically creates a missing person flyer that can be posted on social media sites.

While the information is kept online, it is kept private. Access to the information is restricted to that of the person who uploaded the information, emergency service personnel, and the special education departments within the local school districts when applicable.

It Works

 
Since the program’s enhancing and rebuilding in 2015, which brought it into the modern age by making it an online service instead of a strictly paper one, it has seen a lot of success in locating and rescuing individuals with special needs within the city of Santa Clarita. People may have been slow in registering their loved ones, but once several incidents were resolved quickly thanks to the registry, the program quickly gained support.

With this new tool, the local sheriff’s department has had huge success in quickly locating and safely interacting with the city’s special needs population. Now the city is equipped to handle any scenario involving one of their special needs citizens.

What do you think of Santa Clarita’s Special Needs Registry? Is it a great way to keep people with special needs safe, or is registering them taking things too far? Do you think your city should have a similar system?

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