There is No Minimum Age to Get Married in California

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Most people get married when they are adults and are more financially stable. However, there are some people who get married at a younger age, like when they are in college or in their mid-twenties. There are even people who choose to get married when they are in high school, or younger! As shocking as it can be to imagine yourself being married at such a young age, it is not illegal in California.

Most states have a minimum age requirement to get hitched, but California does not. Anyone in California can get married at any age, although anyone under the age of 18 would need to:

  • Get parental consent
  • Get a court order
  • See a pre-marriage counselor
  • Have copies of their birth certificate
  • Apply for a marriage license with a parent present
  • Appear before a judge

One of the main reasons California chose not to enforce a minimum age to get married is because it allows pregnant minors to marry, if they so wish. Needing parental and court consent helps regulate the idea of marriage so that no one is being forced or tricked into an unhealthy and abusive marriage. For example, a man cannot force the teen he got pregnant into marriage unless her parents and the court give their consent. If he is also under 18, he would need parental consent as well. Furthermore, a mother cannot force her pregnant teenage daughter to marry the father of the baby if the girl’s father does not consent. There are multiple points of protections in this manner. However, if all parties are happy with their relationships with each other and it is a healthy relationship between the two minors, they can get married as long as their parents and the court give them permission.

Any man or woman who is at least 18 years of age would not need parental consent to get married.

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If You Think Your Loved One Needs Help, Then Help

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Some of the hardest years of life are the teenage years, when a person has many influences surrounding them, both good and bad. This is a time when a person is trying to pass school and figure out what they want to do for a career. This is when they rebel, when they do not want to worry about any responsibilities. However, some people’s hardest times are yet to come, and it could be up to you to see it before it actually arrives. The signs can be hard to read but remember, it is always better to act, rather than to ignore it.


Encouraging your loved one to open up about their struggles could be what saves them from getting arrested. In many cases, the person will not tell you that they want help. They may feel embarrassed to seek help, but they hope you take notice and step up. In other cases, they may try and reject your offer to help or even get angry at you for meddling in their life. After some time though, they will calm down, come around, and thank you for sticking by them.


Hope for the best. Standing up and seeking help for your loved one can save them from falling into a worse predicament, like getting arrested. However, even if they are arrested, it is not going to be the end of the world. They will just face a longer and steeper uphill battle.

No matter what, get them the help and support they need.

In an instance where they get arrested, get them a great bail agent. Someone from North Hollywood Bail Bond Store will help with the bail process and get them out of police custody sooner, and at a more affordable cost.

If you think your loved one is in trouble, get them the help they deserve, even if they do not ask for it. Seeing loved ones struggle is heartbreaking, and if there is any chance that you can prevent this, take action. You can be the superhero they did not know they needed. If you need a bail bond, North Hollywood Bail Bond Store we will be more than happy to help.

Just give us a call at 877-793-2245 or Chat With Us online.

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It is Cheaper to Attend Harvard than it is to Pay for a Prisoner’s Housing

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No one likes having to pay taxes. That is money we wish we could keep. We are told our taxes are put to good use, but who really knows exactly where all of our tax money is going? For example, did you know your tax money is being used to keep criminals fed, housed, and clothed in prison? In addition, did you know that it costs more to keep a prisoner alive in California than it is to attend Harvard University for 1 year?


California has 130,000 prisoners, and experts are estimating that within the next year, the cost of housing each prisoner will reach $75,560, a record price tag. In 2005, the cost to keep an inmate housed was half of that.


Prisons in California are overcrowded and over the next few years, at least 10,000 inmates will get an earlier release than originally ordered. Californians voted to allow inmates convicted of certain drug and property crimes to have their penalties reduced and even be released from jail early. Another move to help with the overcrowding in prisons was moving lower-level offenders to county jails instead state prisons.

Although the current prison population will be going down, it does not necessarily mean the cost per prisoner will go down as well. Crime rates are at a point where new convicts will just be taking the place of former prisoners behind bars.

Unfortunately there is not much you can do about getting your tax money allocated towards something else. What you can do is pay attention during the next election and vote to have your voice heard.

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Can You Leave Your Child Unattended in the Car?

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We made it through our first big heat wave, so you can rejoice about that. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning and you should brace yourself. You can count on there being more scorching days this summer. Remember to stay extra hydrated by drinking plenty of water and to put on sunblock when you spend any time outside. When you are driving someone in your car, especially your own young children, remember to open windows or turn the AC on. If you have to make a stop, do not leave them in the car alone. Not only is this illegal depending on the child’s age, it is also very dangerous in hot weather.


Vehicles heat up within minutes on hot days. If you think the weather outside is bad, the temperature inside the car is even worse.


If you have a young child with you and you need to make a pit stop, bring them with you. It is illegal to leave a child who is 6 years old or younger unattended in a car unless they are supervised by someone who is at least 12 years old. However, even if your child is old enough to legally be left alone in the vehicle, you need to consider if they feel comfortable being left alone, the safety of the surrounding area, and how hot it is outside.

There are a number of consequences the driver can face for leaving their child unattended in a hot vehicle. These consequences include, but are not limited to, fines, jail time, being inspected by social services for child endangerment, and the loss of the child.

Whether it is over 100 degrees or 70 degrees, think of the safety of your child first. Although you may take a few minutes longer during your pit stop, taking them in with you is the safest and most responsible way to handle the situation.

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Is Gambling Legal in California?

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The world of American sports is electrifying. There is no shortage of sports to appeal to the crowd. There’s football, basketball, golf, swimming, cycling, sailing, and so many more options. If you really know sports, you know that there is always some major sporting event happening. This means that there are plenty of opportunities to try and make the events a little more eventful by placing bets.

There are rules and regulations that Californians must follow when it comes to betting on sporting events, including the following:

  • It is legal to place bets.
  • It is illegal to take a bet or be a bookie.
  • It is illegal for an athlete and a bettor to conspire, where the athlete will intentionally rig or throw a game in order for the bettor to win. People who do this can face prison time and a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Refs, umpires, and other in-game officials are not allowed to take bribes. Both the person who offers the bribe and the official can be put into jail and pay a $10,000 fine.

Forms of legal gambling in California include the lottery, gambling on horse races, and going to Indian/ Native American casinos. Other casinos are now allowed in California, but Native American ones are permitted because they are built on sovereign Native American land. Card tables and slot machines can be found in these casinos, and anyone who is of legal age to gamble, is allowed to do so inside these casinos.

A word of caution: although the minimum age to gamble is 18, many Native American casinos actually require patrons to be at least 21 to enter the premises because they serve alcohol.

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Finding Parking in Los Angeles Could Get Worse

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A parkway refers to the narrow strip of land that occupies the space between sidewalks and the curb. Parkways run parallel to the street and sidewalk and are landscaped, although many do not appear so because people have parked their cars on these areas over the years. In Los Angeles, officials have turned a blind eye to drivers who park their cars on parkways, but that may soon change.


Finding parking is a challenge in any major metropolis, and Los Angeles is no exception. In neighborhoods that are densely populated, residents slowly started to leave their vehicles in these parkway areas.


Realizing they were never getting ticketed or towed, they continued to claim these as regular parking spots, and others in the area started to catch on to this trend. What they did not know was that the city actually agreed to be lenient on these individuals back in 2011, but they never made a formal announcement. Angelenos figured it out for themselves.

A few weeks ago, the Los Angeles transportation committee proposed a law that would make parkway parking illegal once again. In fact, the proposed law even says that standing or stopping on the parkway would also be illegal.

Should the proposed law be approved, the city would first implement a grace period. During this time they would reach out to residents to warn them to stop parking in these locations because starting mid-August, they would begin issuing tickets and citations once again.

Even if the law passes, drivers will still be able to park on their own driveway apron, which is the paved section from the curb up to the driveway as long as their vehicle does not block the street or the sidewalk.

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Soon, Marijuana May be Smoked at Fairgrounds

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It has been over half a year since Californians voted to legalize marijuana for the state. However, in the public eye, it seems like there has been no change in the ability, freedom, and ease of growing, using, selling, and purchasing it. This is because the state first needs to lay out all the regulations, and they have until January 1, 2018 to do this. Since the November election, bills have been moving through legislation so the state is certainly working to meet their deadline. One bill that just passed the Senate is Assembly Bill 110.

Assembly Bill 110 mentions the use of marijuana at select local and state fairgrounds. This would mean California could have dedicated weed festivals that essentially act like a music festival, except instead of purchasing a ticket to listen to music, people would purchase tickets to legally buy marijuana and smoke it at one collective location with others who are there to enjoy the same thing. Privately-owned venues such as the Pomona Fairplex would be exempt from the bill.

Supporters like this because it is a way for people to gather and smoke marijuana legally, safely, and away from the public who would rather not inhale or smell marijuana. Nonetheless, there are people who are not too thrilled about the idea of marijuana festivals and the bill.

Assembly Bill 110 is not yet 100% passed, as it still must get approvals from other government departments. As we wait to hear more on that, we can look at what we do know will regulate legalized marijuana:

  • Penalties for most marijuana related offenses will be reduced from felonies to misdemeanors, and prior offenders can file to have their record changed to reflect this.
  • Driving while smoking marijuana will be a DUI, as it has always been.
  • Marijuana must be in a closed container when being transported.
  • Anyone 21 and over may possess and use up to 1 ounce of marijuana.
  • Anyone 21 and over may grow up to 6 marijuana plants in their home.
  • Just like cigarettes cannot be smoked in public places such as restaurants, marijuana cannot be either.

These are just a handful of rules that are in effect now or will be put into effect soon. The state has many more complex regulations to get through, and we will learn them all by January 1, 2018.

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Have You Received a Strange Call Lately?

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Have you ever gotten a strange call from a loved one who is claiming to have gotten arrested and needs bail money? It gets even stranger when he or she says that they do not want you to tell anyone else in the family about the incident. If you have ever gotten a call like this, think twice before sending the money, it could be a scam.

Lately, scammers have taken to contacting people and claiming to be relatives in need of bail money. Often times, the scammer will claim to be out of the state, or even the country, where that relative would normally be. They ask for a large amount of money to be wired to them right away, and that you do not talk to anyone else in the family about the incident. That should raise some red flags for you.

The first thing you should do in this situation, is ask as many questions as possible. You want to try to verify the identity of the caller. Ask questions that only your loved one would know, but be wary. If this particular loved one is fairly active on social media, the scammer will have access to some of this information.

The best thing to do, is the very thing that the caller tells you not to do: talk to the rest of the family. Talk to family members who are close to the person who is supposedly calling from jail. If it is your grandchild that is supposedly calling you, talk to his or her parents. You may find out that he or she is sitting in his or her room, safe and sound.

Scams like this feed of the panicked state of the victim. That is why they cause you to worry about a loved, and act quickly. They do not want you to think things through. They do not want you to ask questions, because they might not have the answers for them.

If you ever receive a call like this, proceed with caution. Do not make any hasty decisions, because if you do, you may end up regretting them.

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Legalized Marijuana: What to Expect

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It has been about 6 months since Californians voted to legalize marijuana. However, full legalization has yet to kick in. In fact, it will not fully kick in until 2018. With that said, not many people know the timeline and what has and has not changed yet, nor do they know what full legalization really means for California.

Prop 64 was passed last year and will legalize marijuana usage for adults who are at least 21 years of age. California has until January 1, 2018 to get their regulations in order because that is when businesses can begin applying for licenses so they can legally grow and sell marijuana.

The following is a list of the many changes and laws that will be taking affect at the start of next year.

  • Driving while under the influence of marijuana will be illegal, as it currently is. Plus, marijuana must be stored in a closed container when the driver is behind the wheel.
  • Most felony penalties for growing, selling, transporting, or possessing marijuana will be reduced to misdemeanors. In addition, prior offenders are allowed to petition to have their criminal record changed to reflect a misdemeanor charge rather than a felony.
  • Legal-aged persons will be allowed to carry up to 1 ounce of marijuana or 8 grams of concentrates.
  • Legal-aged persons will be allowed to grow up to 6 plants at their residence.
  • Anyone who purchases marijuana from a licensed retailer in 2018 will also be charged a 15% tax.
  • It is illegal to smoke a cigarette in a public place.
  • Marijuana will follow the same suit. It will also be illegal to possess marijuana on school property.
  • Minors under the age of 18 would in no case face imprisonment if they were to be caught growing, selling, transporting, or possessing marijuana. Alternatively, they would have to take a drug education course and perform community service. Adults 18-20 on the other hand can possibly face prison time.
  • Because marijuana is illegal under federal law, possessing marijuana on federal property within California will remain illegal. This means that if someone goes camping in a California national park and is caught smoking marijuana, they are breaking the law and will be arrested.

These are just a handful of new regulations that California is getting ready for come January 1, 2018. You can expect that there will be more. Legalizing marijuana does not mean that it is a free for all to use.

It is still a drug that needs to be used with responsibility, caution, and regards to others who are less favorable of it.

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Pay Your Tickets Before You Pay with Your Time and Freedom

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If you think that you can get away without paying for your parking tickets, think again. The longer you put off paying your parking tickets, the more likely the police are going to issue a warrant for your arrest. If you keep piling on those unpaid tickets, that warrant is going to come for you and you may not even know it.

If you find yourself slipping into this predicament, you can actually contact Chatsworth Bail Bond Store, because we can do a free, anonymous warrant check in most California counties. If you are not showing up as a wanted person, that is great, and we recommend you pay off that ticket immediately. If your name does pop up though, we can chat about your bail options. Then you will need to turn yourself in and pay those tickets.

Checking for arrest warrants is a lesser known service that we offer, as our primary service is bail bonds, which we will also definitely assist you with as well. Whenever you need bail help in California, or you need to check for a warrant, you can count on Chatsworth Bail Bond Store.

We can be reached 24/7 online, or at 877-793-2245.

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