Preparing for a Custody Case

Preparing for a Custody Case

Sometimes relationships don’t work out. While it’s never easy when a couple decides they simply aren’t meant to be together, it’s significantly harder when there are children involved. Not only does sharing children mean that your now-former significant other will always be connected to your life, but it also means you have to prepare for a California custody case. 

The good news is that there are some things you can do to make the child custody case easier for you and your kids.

In a perfect world, you and your ex both agree that you want what’s best for your kids and are amicable enough that you can work together to create a custody plan. When you have to appear for a formal custody hearing, there’s a good chance that the judge will work with you to formalize the plan.

If you and your ex can’t work out a custody plan on your own things become complicated. In this situation, the judge will look at both parents and try to figure out a custody arrangement that’s best for your kids.
There are things you can do that increase the odds of things going your way.

Spend as Much Time With Your Kids as Possible

It’s likely that the separation has already taken a toll on how often you’re able to see your kids. Try to create a schedule that at least shows the judge you’re making an effort to spend time with your kids. If possible, try to work out a schedule that you can stick to that guarantees your kids will be with you on specific days and specific times. When you do have your kids, make the time you spend with your kids as high-quality and loving as possible.

What you don’t want to do is constantly turn your kids over to babysitters, daycare centers, and relatives when they’re supposed to be bonding with you. Once in a while is okay, but it shouldn’t be a regular thing.

Become Steady and Reliable

When it comes to choosing a custodial parent, one of the big things the court looks at is who is the more dependable parent. This means that once you make a commitment, you stick to it. Make sure you’re picking your kids up on time, taking them to medical appointments, and attending extracurricular activities.

Stay Clean

You don’t want to get into legal trouble while you’re in the middle of a custody battle. Many people have lost custody because they made one bad decision that led to a DUI. No matter how stressed you are or how badly you need a break, you need to remind yourself that your kids need you to be a responsible and law-abiding member of society.

Keep Detailed Records

The court is going to take a long, hard, and sometimes intrusive look at your personal life. You can make things easier for the court and yourself by keeping accurate and detailed records of the time you spent with your kids, your finances, and even your work history. The better your records are, the more likely it becomes that the court will rule in your favor.

The key to preparing for a custody case in California is presenting yourself as a level-headed, practical, and loving parent.

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Felony Animal Cruelty in California

Felony Animal Cruelty in California

It’s a story that broke the hearts of animal lovers all over Los Angeles. Local newspapers have been covering the story about a kitten who was thrown out in the trash. The fact that the kitten was considered a piece of trash is bad enough, the fact that it was also severely injured makes the story even worse.

The small calico kitten was rescued from the trash in October. When it was examined, a local veterinarian discovered that not only was one of the kitten’s legs currently broken, there was also evidence that the other leg had been fractured earlier healed badly. Additional injuries included a dislocated hip, bruised lungs, missing teeth, and several bruises and cuts. 

Sadly, this kitten’s story isn’t unusual. Every single year, California animal shelters to rescue and care for severely injured animals. What makes this case different is that police believe they’ve found the Lawndale man who is responsible for the kitten ending up in the trash. He’s been arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty.

In an interesting twist, the kitten provided the clue needed for the local police to arrest the man believed to be responsible for the kitten’s injuries. The most important lead in the case came from the kitten’s microchip.

While the Lawndale man was arrested, he didn’t stay in jail long before he was released on his own recognizance, meaning he didn’t have to pay any bail. He doesn’t have to appear in court until July 22 for his arraignment. Police records indicate that he’s been charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty and two misdemeanor counts of failure to properly care for an animal.

California lawmakers have taken a tough stance on animal cruelty. As a result, California has some of the strictest animal cruelty laws in the country. The issue of animal cruelty is covered in the California Penal Code Section 597. It states that anyone who knowingly tries to kill, injury, abandon, neglect, or even overwork an animal can be charged with animal cruelty. It’s important to note, that you don’t have to own the animal to face cruelty charges. The law is written in such a way that even individuals who are caught harming wildlife can be charged with felony animal cruelty.

If convicted of felony animal cruelty, the judge could sentence the Lawndale man to spend three years in prison and charge him a $20,000 fine. In addition, the judge could order the man to also cover the cost of the kitten’s expenses for the time the cat was in foster care and receiving medical attention.

If convicted of a misdemeanor for failure to care for an animal charges, the man could be required to pay a $1,000 fine and serve six months in jail.

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Laws Every Californian Should Know About

Laws Every Californian Should Know About

If you call California home, there are a few laws you should familiarize yourself with.

DUI Threshold Laws

Everyone knows that getting arrested for DUI is a serious, life-altering problem. The problem is that few people know what when they have crossed over the threshold from legally able to drive and become too drunk to drive.

It doesn’t matter if you are the kind of person who gets buzzed after a few sips or someone who really can hold their liquor, if you’re pulled over and your blood alcohol level is 0.08% or higher you will be charged with a DUI.

Data Privacy Laws in California

One of the great things about calling California home is knowing that you have a legal right to know exactly what type of data businesses collect about you and what they’re using it for. The California Consumer Privacy Act went into effect on January 1, 2020. 

The California Consumer Privacy Act is written in such a way that you:

• Can delete personal data a business has collected
• Block the sale of personal data
• Have the ability to learn exactly what data is collected/sold/shared/etc.

 

Comparative Negligence for Injuries

Don’t assume that just because you believe that someone is 99% for injuries they sustained during an accident, that they’ll be responsible for the bulk of their medical bills. That’s not quite how the law sees things in California.

California lawmakers created a comparative fault law that basically states that if you are in any way responsible for a person’s injuries, they (or their insurance company) can sue you for a portion of the expenses the individual incurred because of the accident. The good news is that once the court decides how much your actions contributed to the accident, that will be the amount you have to owe. 

For example, if a guest comes to your home while they are drunk and trips over a hose that you left stretched across the driveway and breaks their nose, the court might decide that the hose was only 20% of the reason they were injured. The other 80% of the injuries were connected to their intoxication. In this situation, you’d only be responsible for 20% of the medical bills.

Cell Phones and Cars

As a society, we’ve become addicted to our cell phones. They rarely leave our sight. We love how they provide us with a way to constantly be connected to everyone we care about. While no one has taken steps to separate us from our phones, California lawmakers have passed laws that are designed to keep you off your phone while you’re behind the wheel.

If you’re under 18 and driving, you’re not allowed to use your cell phone at all while commuting. Even the hands-free system is off-limits. If you do have to make a call or respond to a text, you’ll have to pull over and deal with the situation while your car is completely stopped.

If you’re over 18, you’re allowed to use the hands-free system of your choice, but you can’t have your phone in your hand. The first time you’re caught holding the phone while driving, you’ll be issued a ticket that will cost at least $76.

The one exception to using a handheld phone while driving is if you’re reporting an emergency to the police or fire department.

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Resisting Arrest in California

Resisting Arrest in California

Resisting arrest is usually an additional charge individuals discover they have to deal with after they’ve been arrested. 

What is Resisting Arrest?

The easiest way to think of resisting arrest is to consider it a catchall phrase/charge police use to describe basically any situation where a suspect fails to quietly submit to being arrested. Individuals who have also taken steps to make it difficult for the police to conduct a proper investigation have also found themselves charged with resisting arrest. 

The problem with resisting arrest charges is that they can sometimes be subjective and based on little more than the arresting officer’s attitude on a given day. Protesting when handcuffs are put on, balking when being loaded into the police car, and running when the police indicate they’re about to arrest you are examples of resisting arrest. The problem is that some people have been charged with resisting arrest because an officer felt they took too long to respond to a question or weren’t snappy when told to do something simple, such as presenting their hands to be cuffed.

Reasons officers have filed resisting arrest charges in California include:

• The individual provided false identification to the officer
• The individual deliberately prevented the officer from questioning a witness
• The individual knowingly interfered while the police were conducting surveillance
• The individual got in the way while the officer was arresting another person

 
The good news is that actually being convicted of a resisting arrest charge requires that a few things happen.

If the charge goes to court, the burden of proof lies with the prosecutor and arresting officer. To secure a guilty conviction, they have to:

Prove that you understood you were being arrested and that you were confident that the person doing the arresting was a police officer
That your acts of resistance were intentional and not triggered by confusion, miscommunication, fear, or intimidation
Show that the officer followed strict protocol during the arrest and didn’t do anything that encouraged you to resist

 

What Happens if You’re Convicted of Resisting Arrest?

Resisting arrest in California is considered a misdemeanor. If you’re found or plead guilty, the maximum sentence includes spending a full year in a county jail and being required to pay a $1,00 fine. When the judge gets ready to sentence you, they’ll look at things like the circumstances that led up to the resisting arrest charge, your criminal history, and even the arresting officer’s history. In many cases, the judge will ultimately opt to simply sentence you to misdemeanor probation and require that you pay some sort of fine.

Defending Yourself From a Resisting Arrest Charge

If you’re defending yourself from a resisting arrest charge in California, the first thing you need to do is align yourself with a good lawyer who will help you present a case. Possible defenses in a resisting arrest case include:

You were falsely accused
You didn’t understand what the police officer expected

 
Since witness statements are so important when it comes to defending against resisting arrest in California charges, you’ll want to address the issue while everyone still has a clear memory of the events.

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Get Your First Month Free

Get Your First Month Free

Due to how suddenly the need to pay bail can arise, many people simply cannot afford to post their loved one’s bail. Trying to bail someone out of jail can be very costly, usually several thousands of dollars. This large price can prevent many people from even trying to bail out their loved one. These people that gave up did not know about Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles.

Bail bonds on their own are 90% cheaper than paying for the bail itself. This is a huge savings, and can be enough to make bail affordable for some people. However, there are others who still need the price to be lower. That is why Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles offers a discount for clients.

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we understand how hard it can be to come up with the funds to pay for a bail bond unexpectedly. This is why we allow qualified clients the first month of their bail bond free. This means that clients with good credit do not have to make their first payment on the bail bond until a month after their loved one has been released from jail.

This makes bailing a loved one out of jail easy and affordable for our clients. They are able to use that first month to gather their bearing and begin putting money aside to make that first payment. Now, instead of being caught off guard by the need to post bail, they can plan for it while still being able to get their loved one out of jail quickly and easily.

This is just one of the ways that Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles makes bail bonds more affordable for Californians. We also provide customized payment plans for all clients, as well as offer an additional discount for qualified clients.

To learn more about how we make bail bonds more affordable, call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Want to Bail Someone Out of Jail Quickly?

Want to Bail Someone Out Quickly?

When something bad happens, you want it to be over quickly. You do whatever you can to make things better. When you hear that your friend or family member has been arrested, you spring into action. You want to help your loved one get out of jail as quickly as you can. You do this by contacting the professionals at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles.

Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is a professional bail bond company that has been helping Californians since 1987. We have 30 years of experience that we can use to help our clients. This means that we know exactly how to help you get our loved one out of jail in no time. In fact, we can help people get out of jail in as little as 2 hours in some counties.

Often times, the longest part of bailing someone out of jail is waiting for the jail to process the bail bond, not getting the bail bond itself. Setting up a bail bond is easy with the right bail agent. A good bail agent will help their clients through the bail bond process and can have the paperwork finished and signed in just a few short hours.

The paperwork is then sent to the jail where it will be processed before your loved one is released. This can take a while, and depends on how big the jail is and how much paperwork the jail has at the moment. Unfortunately, at this point, all we can do is be patient and wait for your loved one to be released, which will happen.

If you want to get your friend or family member out of jail as quickly as you can, you need to talk to our agents here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. We will get the bail bond ready to go quickly, and make the entire process easy for you.

To get started, simply click Chat With Us or call 877-793-2254 now.

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How to Dress for Court

How to Dress for Court

It doesn’t matter if you’re in civil or legal court, you want to make sure you’ve dressed appropriately. The good news is that getting dressed for court isn’t difficult. It’s also likely that you have most of the items needed to make a good impression so you don’t have to worry about the expense of a shopping trip.

The first thing to consider is the color of the clothing you’re going to wear. It’s suggested that you stick to conservative, neutral colors. Most people opt for dark colors.

It’s a good idea to layer. Some courtrooms run hot and some are cold. While you’re in court you want to be paying attention. You don’t want to worry about freezing or overheating. Layers allow you to peel off a jacket or cardigan if the courtroom is warmer than expected.

Choose clean clothing. In addition to making sure that everything you wear to the courtroom is clean, take a few minutes to check for stains and tears. Depending on the type of material your court clothes are made out of, you might have to give yourself enough time to iron them before leaving court.

You want to appear nicely dressed while you’re in court, but since you could be sitting for a long time, you also want to choose comfortable clothing. Avoid anything that bunches, twists, is too tight, or that tends to pinch.
You want to pay attention to the judge and the lawyers, you don’t want to be playing with your clothing.

When dressing for court, you should strive for a professional look. If you don’t own a suit, at least consider a nice button-down shirt and a pair of slacks. If you don’t own slacks look for a dark pair of jeans that fits well. 

If you must wear jewelry, keep it simple, tasteful, and minimal. There are two reasons for this. Clunky and jangly jewelry is distracting in a courtroom setting. It can also make you look less serious. The second reason to wear as little jewelry as possible is so that you have less to remove when going through metal detectors.

It’s likely that you’re supposed to be in court relatively early in the morning and you don’t want to be late. Decide what you’re planning on wearing to the court the night before and lay everything out. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and still arrive in the courtroom on time.

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How to get Free Legal Assistance in California

How to get Free Legal Assistance in California

Nearly everyone has a point in their life where they need some sort of legal advice. If you’re lucky, you have enough money that you can pay a lawyer for their time. Sadly, not everyone is in this position. The good news is that whether you need answers to a few legal questions involving how to care for an elderly parent or need a good defense lawyer for an upcoming trial, California does have free legal assistance programs.

Public Defenders

Every American should know that if they find themselves on the wrong side of the law, they’re entitled to a defense attorney. There’s a well-known line in the Miranda Rights that states, “if you can’t afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” The reason the line is in the Miranda Rights is so that you understand that getting a good lawyer on your side is an extremely good idea.

It doesn’t matter if you are or aren’t guilty of the crime you’ve been charged with, you should have a lawyer in your corner. Even if you plan on pleading guilty they can advise you of your rights and even help negotiate a plea bargain. A court-appointed lawyer is better than no lawyer at all.

Legal Assistance and Advice

While the courts are required to assign a court-appointed lawyer to you if you’re charged with a crime, no one is obligated to provide you with free legal assistance. The good news is that there are several organizations scattered throughout California that have created programs that will provide you with either free or low-cost legal advice and assistance. If you contact an organization that doesn’t have the experience needed to help with your specific issue, they’ll likely provide you with the contact information of a group that does.

The biggest problem with using free legal aid programs is that they are usually only found in cities. Individuals who live in rural areas and small towns will usually have to look in more heavily developed areas when they need free legal counseling.

Don’t ever think that a lack of money makes it impossible for you to get your legal questions answered. There are resources out there that are far more reliable than posting your questions on social media sites and hoping for the best.

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Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles Makes Posting Bail Easy for First-Timers

Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles Makes Posting Bail Easy for First-Timers

Do you have a lot of questions about bail and how it works? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Most people have questions about bail and lucky for you, Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is here to help. We have professional bail agents located all over the state of California who are ready to help you at a moment’s notice.

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, our agents are some of the very best in the state. They have years of training and experience behind them. We keep them at the top of their game by putting them through training every other year. This ensures that our team is always up to date on everything bail.

Our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free consultations to whoever needs them. If you have questions about bail, don’t hesitate to talk to one of our agents. They will happily answer your questions and walk you through each step of the bail process.

We make posting bail an affordable option for our clients by providing them with a bail bond that only costs 10% of the bail that it is for. This gives our clients a 90% discount, but we don’t stop there. We also provide all of our clients with personalized payment plans that break up the cost even further and spread it out over several months. This way, everyone can afford to bail out their loved ones.

At Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles we are aware that most people are posting bail for the first time and therefore have a lot of questions on the matter. We are more than happy to answer those questions and help you rescue your friend or family member from jail. We provide all of the following for our clients:

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

 

Want to talk to a bail agent now? Just call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Do You Know What Bail Is?

What Is Bail?

Bail is a subject that most people have heard of but don’t know a whole lot about. This is due to the fact most people have never dealt with bail before. As such, they tend to have a lot of questions. For instance, what exactly is bail, why does it exist, and why is it so expensive?

Bail is the concept of allowing someone to get out of jail during their trial period by paying a set amount of money. This concept originated in England in the 13th century. Back then local sheriffs would release arrested individuals from jail for a price. This was done to keep jails from becoming overcrowded as the sheriff awaited the arrival of the local judge. Back then, judges would often cover multiple towns and cities, meaning it could take months for a person’s day in court to arrive.

The idea behind bail was to reduce overcrowding while still ensuring the person showed up for court. This is why bail costs money. If the sheriff’s just let people go, they wouldn’t show up for court. However, if they charged a fee for release, and then returned after the person showed for court, people were more likely to come back.

Part of the trick with bail is finding the right price. If it is too high, no one can afford it and the jail remains crowded. If the price is too low, people won’t mind paying the money and never getting it back. Bail needs to land in-between those two amounts for it to be effective.

If someone you know was recently arrested and you want to bail him or her out of jail, contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. We provide our clients with bail bonds that only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. This helps bring the cost of bailing someone out of jail to acceptable levels, plus it allows you to pay for the bail with a payment plan.

Some of the other benefits 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
• Hablamos Español

 

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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