What Is a Co-Signer Responsible For?

What Is a Co-Signer Responsible For?

Co-signers are very important when it comes to bail bonds, especially here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. When people co-sign for a friend or family member’s bail, they take responsibility for their loved one. It is up to them to make sure everything goes smoothly with the bail bond. When picking co-signers, a person needs to choose carefully.

For those unaware of what co-signers are, they are any person who is willing to sign the paperwork for the bail bond. Since there can be more than one signer, they are called co-signers. Co-signers take responsibility for the bail bond and their loved one. It is up to them to ensure that all payments are made on time.

Aside from worrying about payments, co-signers also have to keep an eye on their loved one. They need to make sure that he or she behaves while out on bail. After all, you don’t want someone you just bailed out to get into more trouble. Keeping an eye on the loved one also includes making sure that he or she goes to all of their required court dates.

Lastly, and most importantly to a lot of people, co-signers can help earn discounts on the bail bond here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. To get 20% off the price of the bail bond, one of the co-signers for the bond has to meet just one of the following requirements. As long as a co-signer:

• Is a member of the military.
• Is a member of AARP.
• Is a union member.
• Is a homeowner.
• Has a private attorney.

 
As long as one of those discounts is met, the co-signer can qualify for the discount.

When it comes to bailing someone out of jail, you want the best help around. Part of that means coming to Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles for help. The other part of that means picking the right co-signers to help out. Co-signers need to be responsible people, and if they meet one of the above requirements, they can make the bail bond more affordable.

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How Do You Get Someone Out of Jail?

How Do You Get Someone Out of Jail?

This is a very common question for people who just found out that a friend or family member was arrested. Most people don’t deal with bail regularly, so they don’t know a whole lot about how it works. Luckily, you don’t have to in order to rescue someone from jail. All you need to do is contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles.

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we know how intimidating the bail process can be. We want to reassure you that it isn’t as bad as you might think. Bailing someone out of jail can actually be pretty easy. Just talk to one of our bail agents, they will walk you through it. They will answer your questions and be your guides.

To get started, you just need to give our agents some information on your loved one. Primarily, we will need your loved one’s name, birthday, and county of arrest. This will allow our agents to locate your loved one in the county jail system. Once our agents locate your loved one, they can get the rest of the information needed for the bail bond and better answer your questions about your loved one’s arrest.

Next, our agents will start working with you to figure out payments. At Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we provide all of our clients with personalized payment plans. These plans break up the bail bond, which will be 10% of the full bail price, and spread it out over several months. This makes posting bail much more affordable.

A quick rundown of some of the benefits we provide for our clients includes:

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

 
Once we have all of the information that we need and the payments are figured out, a bail agent will be sent to the jail to secure your loved one’s release. Depending on the size of the jail, this can be done in as little as 2 hours in some counties, and take up to a day in others. No matter what happens, know that Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles has your back.

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How Much Collateral Is Needed?

How Much Collateral Is Needed?

Most people have a lot of questions about how bail works when they deal with it for the first time. If that is the case for you, don’t worry. Our bail agents here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles are used to answering all kinds of questions. One of the many common questions that our agents get is what is needed for collateral?

For those unaware, collateral is something of value that is pledged as a sort of back up for payments. The pledged item has to be of equal or greater value to the loan amount. If a client fails to pay off the loan, then the company keeps the pledged item as payment. Most financial institutions prefer to use collateral to ensure they get paid back for any loans.

Getting a bail bond is very similar to getting a loan, except the money being lent out goes straight to the jail. This is why a lot of bail bond companies require collateral. However, Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles does not. We understand that requiring collateral on a bail bond makes rescuing someone from jail even more stressful, so we avoid it whenever possible.

Instead of needing something of great monetary value like a house or car, at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we prefer to use the signature of a working co-signer as collateral. Someone who is working at a steady job and is willing to co-sign a bail bond is far more valuable than any house or car.

If you need help with rescuing someone from jail, come to Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. Our bail agents are ready to assist you 24 hours day, 7 days a week. They will happily answer all of your questions and help you secure your loved one’s release from jail. Some of the benefits 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 at any time, just call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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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.

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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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