Can my Neighbor Legally Point a Security Camera Towards my Property?

Can my Neighbor Legally Point a Security Camera Towards my Property?

In the past, no one worried when a neighbor decided to install a home security system. The creation and easy availability of small security cameras has changed everyone’s attitude towards home security. One of the issues many people, especially those who live in subdivisions and other areas where houses are close together, is if my neighbor can legally point a security camera at my property.

Why People Are Worried About Security Cameras

If you’re worried that your neighbor has pointed their security camera at your home, you’re not alone. This issue has been cropping up more and more. The fact that so many procedural shows use “private security camera footage” to crack cases hasn’t helped anyone feel better about the type of footage their neighbors might be filming.

When you’re on your own property, you should have the right to simply kick back and be yourself without worrying that your entire neighborhood is recording your every move. Right?

The answer isn’t as simple as you would expect.

The Law isn’t Clear Cut

Increased concern about home security systems and privacy has caused many states to look into the issue and explore various options that allow security cameras to be used while not violating everyone’s privacy. In California, the law isn’t clear-cut.

One California law enforcement officer described the issue this way. “There are no laws or, or restrictions, for a private person to have video surveillance cameras around their property for security. However, there are laws, and constitutional rights, regarding privacy.”

That means that current California law allows your neighbor to install security cameras in and around their home. They are allowed to set up the cameras in a way that not only allows them to capture footage on their actual property, but also the surrounding areas. What they aren’t allowed to do is put the cameras in a position where they capture footage in a space where you have the right to privacy.

This means that your neighbor can film what is happening on the street in front of your home, but they can’t film through your house’s windows. 

The issue gets murky when it comes to your neighbor’s camera and your front yard. The yard is clearly visible from the street, which means that your expectations of privacy are very low, on the other hand, there’s no good reason for your neighbor to have a camera angled in such a way that it’s only filming your yard. The odds are good that a judge might say filming the entire yard was a violation of privacy, but that only catching a corner of it, while your neighbor was covering their property was permissible.

How much do you worry about your neighbor’s security cameras?

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Will Your California Driver’s License Automatically Be Suspended After a DUI?

Will Your California Driver’s License Automatically Be Suspended After a DUI?

Getting a DUI is a traumatic event. One of the hardest things is that it impacts your life for a long time. For most people, the biggest challenge is losing their driving privileges. Many people assume that as soon as they’re convicted of a DUI they will lose their license for several months, but that’s no longer the case. Traditionally, a first-time DUI conviction resulted in a 6-10 month license suspension.

Yes, many people in California do have their license suspended following a DUI arrest, but some don’t realize that there is another option. 

Few people know that it’s the California DMV, not the sitting judge, who determines what your driving privileges are following a DUI. Many people are surprised to learn that there will also be a DUI hearing that’s conducted by the DMV and it is during this hearing that post-DUI driving privileges are discussed.

The purpose of the DUI hearing is to decide what should be done with your driver’s license. One of the interesting things about current DUI DMV hearings is that the panel doesn’t always instantly order a license suspension. Starting in 2019, the DMV ruled that some drivers who were dealing with their first DUI charge would be allowed to continue driving, with restrictions, provided they were willing to have an ignition interlock device fitted to their vehicle. The reason for this decision is so that the person doesn’t have to worry about losing their job because they can’t get to work without a license. The other advantage of not automatically suspending a license was that it enabled parents to continue transporting their children to school and other activities. Currently, the DMV installs the IID on cars for about four months in first-time DUI cases. Second/third-time offenders will usually have to deal with the IID for one to two years. 

To ask for the IID rather than a full license suspension, you have to contact the DMV and request a hearing. This request has to be placed within 10 days of your DUI arrest. Failing to do so will result in the automatic suspension of your license.

If you miss the 10-day window, the DMV will suspend your license and let you know how long the suspension will be in place. The process of getting your license reinstated will involve:

• Completing California’s DUI school
• Providing the DMV with an SR-22 Insurance form
• Paying a $125 reinstatement fee.

 
All things considered, it really is in your best interest to contact the DMV shortly after you’ve been arrested for a DUI and booking a formal hearing.

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Evacuating from Wildfires

Evacuating from Wildfires

Wildfires are terrifying. Not only do they happen unexpectedly but they leave a path of total destruction in their wake. If there is a wildfire in your area, you should start preparing for evacuation as soon as you hear the news. Getting started early means you’ll be ready to go if the police do issue a formal evacuation notice.

Fill Up Your Gas Tank

When there is a wildfire in the vicinity, the last thing most people want to think about is gasoline, but taking a trip to the nearest gas station should be your first priority. Fill up your car’s gas tank so that it’s ready to go if there’s an ordered evacuation. The full gas tank allows you to quickly put a safe amount of space between you and the wildfire. 

Secure Your Pets

If you have pets, you should plan on bringing them with you. The problem is that the smell of smoke and your anxiety changes their behavior. This makes it difficult to catch them. Rather than run the risk of them getting lose or you being unable to load them into the car, catch them as soon as possible and make sure 

Pack Your Vehicle

The next thing you need to do is pack your vehicle. The idea is to have everything ready to go so that as soon as the police issue an evacuation order, you can jump in your vehicle and hit the road. Items you should pack include water, some quick snacks, money, important papers, pet supplies, and enough clothing to get you through a few days.

Fireproof Your Home

Once you’ve prepared for a possible wildfire evacuation, you can go around your home and prepare it for a wildfire. While there isn’t a lot you can do to save your home if the wildfire reaches your property, you can do things that lower the risk. Simple things that can be done include moving anything flammable, such as gas cans, bags of leaves, and paint can at least 30 feet from your home’s foundation. Clear dead leaves from your gutters. Make sure there isn’t anything in your yard that could make it difficult for firefighters to reach your home. 

Good luck and stay safe!

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Neighbor Animal Disputes

Neighbor Animal Disputes

Pets are supposed to bring peace and joy to our lives. The problem is that the same pet that you love with all of your heart can also trigger a major dispute between you and your neighbors. The most common issues behind neighbor animal disputes are barking dogs, animal waste getting deposited in the wrong yard, and property damage.

If you’re a pet owner, you owe it to yourself, your pet, and your neighbor to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.

Communication is Important

One of the main reasons neighbor animal disputes break out is the result of a lack of communication between neighbors. The animal owner doesn’t know that there is a problem because their neighbor hasn’t told them. Meanwhile, the neighbor is silently getting increasingly agitated over whatever issue the animal presents.

As a pet owner, it’s a good idea to periodically check in with your neighbor and ask if there is anything you can do to make their life easier. This provides them with an opportunity to discuss any problems they’re having with your pets.

Don’t get defensive or stop listening. Not only do you have to pay attention to what they’re saying, but you should also discuss viable options about how to resolve the matter. 

Try to Resolve the Matter

Showing that you’re making a genuine effort to resolve the issue that is irritating your pet goes a long way towards easing hostility. The problem is that some issues are harder to resolve than others.

If your neighbor is frustrated because your dog is constantly coming onto their yard, you need to do everything you can to limit them to your yard. Remember, in this case, your neighbor is in the right. Technically your dog is supposed to be on a leash whenever they’re not on your property. Easy ways to resolve this particular issue is keeping your dog on a leash or creating a fenced-in area.

If your neighbor sustained property damage as a result of your dog’s actions, you should quickly offer to reimburse them. The quick agreement to handle the issue decreases the odds of your neighbors reporting you to the local authorities for violating local leash laws.

Barking dogs are a harder issue to resolve. The first step is trying to figure out what your dog is barking at and removing the stimulus. If that doesn’t work, you’ll want to seek out the help of a good pet behaviorist/trainer.

The sooner you resolve the neighbor animal disputes, the sooner you’ll find life in your neighborhood enjoyable.

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Need Bail Money? Contact Us and See if You Qualify for a 20% Discount

Need Bail Money? Contact Us and See if You Qualify for a 20% Discount

Needing bail isn’t something most people plan for. As a result, few of us have enough money in your savings account to spring ourselves from jail, and even if you are one of the lucky ones that does, will it leave you with enough to stay on top of your bills?

Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is here to help. We have the funding needed to cover your bail so you can reunite with your family. All we ask for from you is 10%. This fee isn’t refundable.

Is the 10% fee still more than you can comfortably afford? That’s okay. Contact us anyway. 

We have a system already in place that provides some of our clients with a 20% discount. That means that instead of having to come up with 10% of whatever was set, you only need 8%. Depending on just how high your bail was set, that could add up to significant savings!

Our 20% off program is designed to provide some financial relief to clients who are AARP members, belong to the U.S. military, or who are utilizing the services of a private attorney. Don’t assume that just because you aren’t a veteran, AARP member, or are using a court-appointed lawyer that you won’t qualify for a 20% bail bond discount. If you have a co-signer who meets any of those requirements, you’ll get the discount!

The 20% bail discount is just one of the reasons we’re the only bail bond service many people will work with. The other reasons so many of our clients recommend us is because we offer:

• Flexible payment plans 
• Simple contracts 
• 24/7 service 
• Phone consultations 
• Online consultations 
• Zero worry about hidden fees 
• Zero down bail bond 
• Zero-interest bail bond 
• Fast service 
• Discretion 

 
We understand that money is tight right now and bail isn’t something that many of you can afford. We also understand that sitting in a jail cell puts you in a position of accepting a bad plea deal, losing your home, having relationship problems, and becoming unemployed. 

To make sure you never feel like bail isn’t an option, we’ve worked hard to create multiple options, including flexible payments and zero-interest bail bonds that hopefully make it easier for you to swing your bail fee so you can go home rather than spending another night in a cell.

Need more information about the 20% bail bonds discount or have questions about how bail works? Feel free to contact us by calling 877-793-2254 or clicking the Chat With Us now. Both phone and internet consultations are 100% free!

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How to Post a Bail Bond

How to Post a Bail Bond

If you’ve never been arrested before, how to go about posting bail is a bit of a mystery. Happily, it’s one we can help you solve!

The good news is that if this is the first time you’ve been arrested, you may not have to worry about needing bail money. In many cases when the crime is considered minor and the individual doesn’t have an arrest record, you’ll be released “on your own recognizance.” This means that once the booking officer has finished dealing with your paperwork, you’re free to go home.

If the crime isn’t considered minor or if you have a history of arrests, things change. For many minor crimes, the booking officer will look at the charges and already know how much bail money you require. In more serious situations, you’ll have to attend something called a bail hearing and a judge will determine how much money you’ll have to pay in bail before you’re released from jail.

If you’re lucky, you have enough money in your bank account that you can arrange to cover your own bail or you’ll know someone who is willing to loan the money to you. The problem is that few people have access to enough money, or they find themselves in a position of paying bail but not being able to stay on top of their other bills.

The good news is that not all hope is lost. Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is here and we’re ready and willing to help.

The process of using our help to post a bail bond in California is relatively easy. It starts with a free consultation. You’re free to either call or use our online chat feature. During the consultation we try to learn a little bit about you and your case, we answer all of your questions, and if you’re interested in using our service will even get you started on the contract.

Once you’ve decided to let us help you out with bail, we’ll have you sign a bail bonds contract. This contract is a formal agreement between yourself and Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. The information outlined in the contract includes how much the total bail was. The amount of your 10% fee. If any payment plan was arranged to help you cover the 10% fee or if you sign anything over to us as collateral.

There are some situations where we require a co-signer before we’ll post your California bail bond. The co-signer can be a family member, friend, or even employer. If we require a co-signer, we won’t post bail until they’ve signed the bail bonds contract.

Most people don’t contact us until they know how much bail they require, but it is actually okay to get in touch with us as soon as you’ve been arrested. That way, we can attend your bail hearing and have both the bail bonds check and the paperwork right there and file it as soon as the judge sets bail.

Want to know more about how to post a bail bond in California? Simply call 877-793-2254 or click the Chat With Us Now. We’re available 24/7 and ready and willing to answer all of your questions.

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Tips for Staying Safe While Camping

Tips for Staying Safe While Camping

Camping is a great way to enjoy both the fantastic summer weather and breathtaking beauty California has to offer. The great thing about camping is that it’s also affordable and usually something you can do at the spur of the moment. 
 
The key to getting the maximum amount of enjoyment out of your camping adventure is making sure you are safety conscious the entire time you’re camping.
 

Be Knowledgeable About Basic First Aid

 
It doesn’t matter how careful you are, accidents do happen and anytime there’s an accident, there’s a risk of an injury. Before you embark on a camping adventure, set aside some time to acquaint yourself with basic first aid. Make sure you know how to tie a tourniquet to slow bleed, how to apply a pressure bandage, and how to manage a sprain.

While you’re learning how to treat common camping injuries, you should also learn how to identify and manage things like allergic reactions, head injuries, hypothermia, and heatstroke.
 
Knowing how to deal with a camping health crisis is great, but all that knowledge won’t do you any good if you don’t have the right supplies with you. Put together a first aid kit that has everything needed to deal with common camping injuries and make sure you have the kit with you at all times. Never go on a hike or boating adventure without your first aid kit.
 

Research the Area Where You’ll be Camping

 
Once you know where you’re going camping, take some time to familiarize yourself with the camping area. Know what dangers are in the area and learn the steps you can take to protect yourself. Most parks will let you know if there are plants, animals, and particular parts of the park you should avoid. If you learn that the park has bears, raccoons, and other forms of wildlife that have gotten comfortable with campers, take some time to make sure you have equipment that will protect your camping gear from these animals. You should also memorize the steps you should take if you find yourself in a face-to-face encounter with wildlife.
 

Pack a Dangerous Plants Book in Your Kit

 
You should always have a book that helps you identify dangerous plants that are native to the area where you’re camping. This book will not only help you identify which plants you shouldn’t touch but will also provide useful tips about what you should do if you accidentally brush against one. Knowing what types of dangerous plants are native to your campsite helps you determine what salves and lotions you should include in your first aid kit.
 

Make Sure you’re Equipment is in Good Repair

 
Before leaving on your camping trip, look over your equipment and make sure it’s in good repair. Having equipment that is in perfect working order not only makes your camping experience safer but also increases how much you enjoy your adventure.
 

Check-in With a Loved One

Always let someone know what your camping itinerary is and schedule regular check-ins. While this might seem like an inconvenience, knowing where to start searching for you if you don’t check-in can be a lifesaver if you fall and injure yourself so badly you can’t return to your campsite.
 

When it comes to camping safety, you can never be too cautious.

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Telemarketer Fraud

Telemarketer Fraud

If you hate telemarketers, you’re not alone. Legal Beagle reported that in 2017, Bank my Cell conducted a survey that revealed that out of 1,200 people, 75% of them actively avoided calls that they knew were from telemarketers. 85% of the people who responded to the survey reported that even the thought of dealing with telemarketers triggered anxiety-related issues.

The reason most of us loathe dealing with telemarketers is that the calls are time-consuming and the person on the other end of the line keeps pushing even though we’ve told them no several times. Most of us also hate feeling guilty when we have no option but to hang up on the irritating telemarketer.

It turns out, there’s another reason to avoid telemarketers. That reason is telemarketing fraud.

Cornell Law School defines telemarketing fraud as: “Phone and telemarketing fraud refers to any type of scheme in which a criminal communicates with the potential victim via the telephone. Because many reputable companies use telemarketing to conduct business, criminals can often effectively use the method as a way to obtain a victim’s credit card information or identity and then use this information to make unauthorized purchases elsewhere. Victims have difficulty distinguishing between reputable telemarketers and scam artists. Frequent victims of telemarketing scams include the poor, the elderly, and immigrants without strong English skills.”
 
Examples of common telemarketing fraud include:

• Selling a fake product via the telephone
• Telling you that for a seemingly nominal amount of money, you’re eligible for a free product/service/trip that the telemarketer has no intention of giving you
• Fake debt collection calls

 
Telemarketing fraud is illegal in California. Cases involving telemarketing fraud are covered by California’s general larceny statutes which are defined in California Penal Code Sections 484-490.
 
In California, if the amount of money/good gained through a telemarketing fraud case is less than $900, it’s considered a petty theft case. Sentencing can include six months in jail and a large fine. 
 
If the telemarketing fraud case involves damages greater than $900, the accused will face felony charges. If convicted, they could be sentenced to a full year in prison, charged up to $10,000 in fines, and ordered to pay restitution to the victims.
 
One of the biggest challenges connected to telemarketing fraud is that many of the cases happen in different states or even different countries, which makes pursuing legal action difficult.
 
The best way to avoid becoming a victim of telemarketing fraud is not agreeing to any offers or providing any financial information until you’ve had a chance to thoroughly research the offer/business.

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Prepare Your Pets for Fireworks

Prepare Your Pets for Fireworks

The Fourth of July is right around the corner which means people are going to set off fireworks. Even if you have no intention of being around fireworks, you need to take steps to protect your pets from them. Don’t assume that just because your neighbors have never set off fireworks in the past that you don’t have to worry about them. 

The first thing you need to do to prepare your pet for the possibility of Fourth of July fireworks is to plan on the loud noises scaring your pet. Most pets hate fireworks. Consider getting a tight coat for your pet to wear which will help ease their anxiety. If you know that your pet is already sound sensitive and it suffers from anxiety, you should talk to your veterinarian about getting some calming medications.

As the evening grows long, don’t let your pet out of your house. The Fourth of July is one of those dates when you should complete your evening walk early in the evening. You want your pets to be tucked inside your home before the light show begins. If your pet has to go outside during, or even after the firework display, take them out on a leash. Animal shelters throughout California and the rest of the United States report that they get more reports of lost pets in the days following The Fourth. Almost all of these pets involve an animal who never runs off so their owner got too casual.

It wouldn’t hurt to take a current photo or two of your pet in the days leading up to the Fourth of July. Having a current photo that you can show local animal shelters, vet clinics, and post on lost pet social media sites drastically increases the odds of someone identifying your pet and returning them to you.

If you haven’t already gotten your pet microchipped, now is an excellent time to do so. The microchip makes it possible for animal shelters to quickly reunite you and your lost pet.

If possible, stay home so that you can comfort your pet. Even if they appear to be ignoring you, your presence really will make them feel better and it will also help them recover more quickly.

If you leave the house during the fireworks display, be careful while going through the doors. Expect your pet to want to bolt through the door with you. 

When it comes to fireworks and pets, it’s in everyone’s best interest to prepare for the worst.

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Fireworks and Safety

Fireworks and Safety

Fireworks are a fun and memorable way to celebrate the Fourth of July, but they can also be dangerous and in some cases have even been deadly. If you plan on setting off your own fireworks this Fourth of July, you owe it to yourself and your family to use common sense and practice firework safety.

Pay Careful Attention to Your Kids

Kids love fireworks and setting off an elaborate display with them is a great way to make new memories, but you don’t want the memories to include tears and emergency room visits. Never lose sight of the fact that fireworks and kids don’t mix. Encourage your kids to stand back while your setting up the fireworks and don’t allow them to play with any of the firework paraphernalia. Never leave your children unattended when there is even the smallest chance they could get into the fireworks.

Have a Ready Supply of Water

One of the biggest problems with fireworks in California is that they contribute to the wildfire problem. If it’s extremely hot and dry, you should want to hold off on using your fireworks until after you’ve gotten some rain. If you really can’t resist setting off the fireworks, at least make sure you have an ample supply of water on hand. In addition to keeping buckets, hoses, and sprayers close, you should also thoroughly spray the area and get everything damp before lighting the fireworks.

Don’t Light Duds

Yes, fireworks are expensive and it’s frustrating to have one that doesn’t perform well, but don’t try to get your money’s worth out of it by relighting it. Leave the duds alone. Lighting duds is how many people lose fingers and suffer extensive burns. In addition to not relighting it, liberally soak it with water before disposing of the defective firework.

Keep Medical Supplies on Hand

In addition to always wearing eye protection while setting off fireworks, you should also keep a medical supply kit close at hand. Make sure that the kit is liberally stocked with medical supplies that are designed to treat burns. If you get burned while lighting your fireworks, treat the injury right away and then seek professional medical help.

By putting safety first, you and your family will enjoy a fun Fourth of July holiday!

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