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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Some Common Bail Questions from Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles

Some Common Bail Questions from Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles

When it comes to dealing with bail for the first time, most people have a lot of questions. If you are trying to bail someone out of jail and have questions, you have come to the right place. Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we are bail experts and can provide you with all of the answers that you are looking for. Some of the common questions that we get here include:

How much does a bail bond cost?
The bail bonds here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. This means you get a 90% discount on the cost of rescuing your love one from jail by coming to us for help.

Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we offer a 20% discount for clients who qualify. If one of the co-signers for the bail bond is a member of a union, the military, AARP, is a homeowner, or has a private attorney then they qualify for the discount.

Can I make payments?
Yes, we provide all of our clients with personalized payment plans that break up the cost of the bail bond and spread it out over several months.

How much is the interest on the payment plan.
There is no interest on our payment plans.

How long until my loved one is out of jail.
The release process varies from case to case and depends on several factors including how prepared you are for the bail and where your loved one was arrested. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a day to get someone released from jail.

Where can you post bail?
Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles can post bail for anyone being held within the state of California. We cannot bail people out of jail in other states.

These are just a few of the questions that our expert bail agents answer on a daily basis at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. If you have any questions that didn’t make it onto this list, go ahead and talk to one of our bail agents. Our agents provide free consultations for everyone, so if you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

Do you have questions that need answers? If so, call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Beware of the IRS Mail Scam Going Around

Beware of the IRS Mail Scam Going Around

Most people are just trying to live their life. They don’t want any trouble and do everything that they can to avoid it. Whenever some government official or law enforcement officer tells them to do something, they do it, often without question. Every law abiding citizen does that. Unfortunately, even that can get a person into trouble if they are not careful.

Sadly, there are people out there who don’t exactly follow the rules, and they like to cause trouble. Their favorite people to target are the ones who are afraid of causing trouble. These bad people create scams that trick good people into giving them money or risk getting into trouble with the law.

If people want to avoid something like this, then they need to be aware of all of the different scams out there and how scammers like to operate.

IRS Mail Scam

A common scam, especially around tax season, is for scammers to send letters to potential victims. The letters arrive via the United States Postal Service (USPS), which is one of the primary forms of communication that the IRS actually uses. This adds a layer of believability to the scam. The phony letters almost perfectly replicate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) forms stating that the person is behind on some type of payment or something of that nature.

The letters will often state that a discrepancy was found on the victims tax returns and that they owe the IRS some amount of money. One obvious red flag that people should be aware of when it comes to scams is that the scammer will try to intimidate the victim. This can be done in a number of ways, but often involves threatening to arrest the individual or getting the police involved. The IRS would never do that.

Another warning sign involves how they ask for payments. Often times, the scammers will request money be paid immediately and in certain, untraceable ways. This way, once they have the money, there is nothing the victim can do about it. Some preferred methods include:

• Prepaid cards
• Gift cards
• Money transfers

 
The IRS would never demand money immediately, and they definitely wouldn’t accept these kinds of payments. Anyone asking or demanding for this kind of payment is clearly a scammer.

The Best Way to Be Sure

Probably one of the best ways to check on whether or not something claiming to be from the IRS is a scam is to just contact the IRS. If a person receives a letter in the mail stating there was a discrepancy on their tax returns and they are unsure of the authenticity of the letter, then they should call the IRS.

Finding contact information for the agency is as easy as going to their website: IRS.gov. A person can then call up and talk to someone who actually knows something in order to confirm whether or not the letter is real.

Contacting the IRS may not be the most fun thing in the world to do, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t Get Scammed

No hard working individual ever wants to scammed out of their money, but they also don’t want to get into any trouble with law enforcement. That fear of getting into trouble is what scammers feed off of. They want to scare their victims into acting without thinking things through enough to see the cracks in their scam. This is why it is always best for a person to take a step back and think things through. Doing so could easily help a person see the scam for what it is.

Have you received a letter claiming to be from the IRS that states you owe money on your taxes? If so, be sure to really examine that letter, and talk to the actual IRS to confirm the letter’s authenticity to avoid being conned.

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Do You Want a Payment Plan?

Do You Want a Payment Plan?

Anything big can be intimidating, which is why most people prefer to break big tasks down into smaller, more manageable pieces. Once that is done, the big terrifying thing is a lot less scary. This is especially true for any sort of large payments. Having some sort of payment plan, rather than making the payment all at once, is a lot easier for most people.

Naturally, when people see the price of someone’s bail, they hope they can pay for it with a payment plan. Unfortunately, jails and courts don’t do payment plans. If you want to bail someone out through them, you have to make the payment in full. However, if you go to Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we will provide you with a payment plan for a bail bond.

Our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for, and then you can pay it off with a payment plan personalized to fit your needs. Now instead of having to pay the several thousands of dollars all at once, you can pay just a fraction of that each month. That makes posting bail a whole lot easier.

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we do everything that we can to provide a simple and affordable bail experience for our clients. By offering customized payment plans to all of our clients, we ensure that they are able to accomplish their goal of rescuing a loved one from jail. Some of the other ways that we help 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

 
When you come to Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles for help, you get nothing but the best. Our bail agents are always ready to help you all day, any day of the year. They will answer all of your questions and provide you with a payment plan that you can afford. With our help, you will be able to rescue your loved one from jail.

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

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Don’t Get a DUI on New Year’s Eve

Don’t Get a DUI on New Year’s Eve

As this year draws to a close, pretty much everyone is planning out how they are going to celebrate. Parties will be happening all over the world and deciding which party to go to can be a daunting task. Luckily, the end results are pretty fun, provided a person doesn’t make any bad decisions.

As an adult, most parties that people go to have alcohol at them. This isn’t usually a problem, as long as everyone drinks responsibly. A person should know their limits with alcohol and they should have a safe ride home.

No one should ever drive themselves after consuming alcohol. Being drunk while driving is a great way to cause an accident. On top of that, it is a surefire way to get a ticket and even get arrested. So while enjoying the New Year’s Eve celebrations, people need to be responsible or they will face some harsh consequences.

California DUI Laws

Here in the state of California, just like everywhere else in the country, it is illegal for a person to drive drunk. Under Vehicle Code (VC) 23152a, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is illegal. A person is driving under the influence any time they consume enough alcohol that their abilities are impaired enough that they can no longer operate the vehicle with the care and caution of a sober person.

VC 23152b makes it illegal for a person to drive a vehicle if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above 0.08%.

VC 23153 makes it a crime for a person to drive under the influence and hurt someone. Basically, if someone ever commits DUI and seriously injures someone in the process, they will be charged with this crime.

DUI Checkpoints and Holidays

Something else to consider when planning holiday parties are DUI checkpoints. Whenever holidays roll around that tend to involve a lot of drinking, such as New Year’s Eve, law enforcement agencies tend to setup DUI checkpoints in heavily trafficked areas. These checkpoints are setup in the hopes to catch drunk drivers before they are able to cause an accident and hurt/kill someone.

DUI checkpoint locations will always be posted in advanced to give people the ability to avoid them if they choose to. If a person comes across a checkpoint, they will likely have to wait in line until an officer is available to talk to them. The officer will ask a few simple questions and if everything checks out, they will allow the driver to continue on their way.

However, if the officer suspects that the driver has been drinking, then they will ask the car to pull off to the side. From there, another officer will conduct a field sobriety test to confirm whether or not the driver has been drinking. If the driver is confirmed to have been drinking, he or she will be ticketed, and either have to get a ride home or be taken into custody.

Penalties for DUI

There are a lot of specific incidents when it comes to DUI. The consequences of DUI depend on which particular incident occurred. For a first time offense, a person faces misdemeanor charges that come with:

• Up to 6 months in county jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.
• A 4 month driver’s license suspension.
• Up to 9 months of DUI school.

 
The consequences for basic DUI increase with each offense.

If a person commits DUI and hurts someone, they will typically face misdemeanor charges that come with:

• Up to 1 year in county jail.
• A Max fine of $5,000.
• A 1 year driver’s license suspension.
• Up to 30 months of DUI school.
• Paying restitutions to the victim.

 
If a person commits too many DUI’s within a set time period, or they kill someone because of DUI, they will automatically face felony charges. Felony DUI charges come with:

• 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in state prison.
• A max fine of $1,000.
• A 5 year driver’s license suspension.
• Up to 30 months of DUI school.

 
These charges may seem light, but if a death was involved, they are often charged with vehicular manslaughter charges, which carry harsher consequences.

End the Year on a High Note

As the end of the year draws closer, everyone is planning out how to celebrate it. No matter what a person decides with the celebrations, if a person plans on drinking on New Year’s Eve, they need to do so responsibly. This means knowing their limits and having a plan to get home that doesn’t involve driving themselves.

In today’s modern world, getting a safe ride home is a piece of cake thanks to apps like Uber and Lyft. Plus, there are always the traditional methods such as hiring a taxi or just designating a friend as a sober driver.

No matter what you end up doing this New Year’s Eve, be sure to send 2019 off on a high note, which means not getting a ticket for DUI or causing an accident. From everyone here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, have a safe and happy new year!

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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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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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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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