Should you Bail your Buddy Out of Jail

Should you Bail your Buddy Out of Jail

You love your best buddy and have no hesitation about going out of your way to help them whenever they ask, but getting asked to post bail is different from agreeing to help them move. When your best friend calls and asks you to help cover their bail, there are a few things you need to consider before you agree.

Can You Afford it?

When you post cash bail for your buddy, you’ll get all of the money back… eventually. The refund doesn’t happen until your buddy’s case has been resolved. How long it takes to resolve the case depends on if your buddy plans on fighting the charges or pleading guilty right away. If your buddy is determined to prove their innocence and the case goes before a jury, a full year could easily pass before the court returns your money.

Going through a bail bonds company like Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is easier on your budget. We only charge 10% of your buddy’s bail. The catch is that we don’t refund the 10%. Whether you post cash bail or secure a bail bond, you and your buddy need to discuss if they intend to repay you and how long it will take.

As much as you love your buddy, you should never put yourself in a position where helping with their bail makes it impossible for you to pay for your housing or buy groceries. You weren’t the one who got in trouble so you shouldn’t have to put yourself in financial peril.

Do you Trust Your Buddy?

Bail isn’t given freely. It’s a privilege that comes with terms and conditions. The only way the bail system works is if your buddy agrees to uphold the conditions of their bail, which includes attending all of their court appearances. If they fail to do that you will either lose the cash bail or anything you used as collateral when you secured a bail bond.
 

Only Work with a Reputable Bail Bond Company

If you decide to help secure a bail bond for your buddy, you want to work with a company that understands the bail process, has a solid business reputation, and is willing to work with you. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you turn to Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles for help. We’re a family-owned bail bonds business with decades of experience.

Our services include:

• 24/7 Bail bond service
20% Discount
• Phone approvals
• 0% Interest payment plans
• Free consultations
• No hidden fees
• No collateral required for working signers
• Habla Espanola

 
We have a reputation for being a friendly, discreet, bail bonds service that has excellent payment plans.

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Drinking can Lead to Needing Bail

Drinking can Lead to Needing Bail

Drinking with friends is always fun. Grabbing a beer or margarita here and there seems like a great way to keep the party going. What kills a party buzz is driving while intoxicated. It’s all fun and games up until someone decides to makes the irresponsible decision to get behind a wheel.

Say you went out with friends the other night, and you thought someone else was going to be the designated driver. It turns out that it was your turn to be the DD, and now you have to drive everyone home after a few drinks. Against your better judgment you say you feel fine and decide to drive everyone home. After all, out of all of your friends, you’re the only one that can actually walk in a semi straight line.

By some miracle you’ve managed to drop all your friends off, and you didn’t wreck the car. Now your last stop will be your own house. While driving back home you get sleepy, and your driving skills are really slipping up. Luckily a cop sees you swerving and pulls you over. Even if your intentions were good and you didn’t hurt anyone, you still were over the legal limit. The officer, doing their job issues you a DUI. Now what?

You call the people you know you can depend on. Maybe a family member or maybe you call us, Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, because we are always there when you need us.

Once you call us, you will immediately be in contact with one of trained bail agents who are available 24/7. The bail agent will help make this situation go as smoothly as possible. A DUI bail can cost you anywhere from $500 to $10,000. That is without any priors. If you do have priors, a DUI can cost you up to $50,000. That is a lot of money for one costly decision. On top of that, you can go to jail for at least six months. Nobody has time for that.

The bail agent will take your information, and get an affordable payment setup for you. In no time at all, your agent will have you out of jail and back home, safe and sound.

If you have any questions regarding bail, just call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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New Employment Leave-of-Absence Laws Coming to California

New Employment Leave-of-Absence Laws Coming to California

Most of us have been so focused on the laws and how they evolve with the pandemic that we have forgotten that while we’ve been trying to figure out how to self-isolate, the government is still passing laws and tweaking existing laws. As a result of these government decisions, some big changes are coming in 2021. 

One big change that will impact the majority of California’s residents are changes that were made to employment laws. These changes were passed in the fall of 2020 and go into effect on January 1, 2021.

The new law is SB 1383. It is designed to expand the current California Family Rights Act (CFRA). While it is employment law, it really only impacts small businesses that have less than 50 but more than 5 employees. 

One of the things that the SB 1383 changes is what employers have to consider family members. In the past, a person had to be a parent, child, or spouse for you to get a leave of absence to care for them. Now siblings have been added to the list of family members your employer has to honor. 

The new changes require the employer to provide 12 weeks of leave if you need to care for a sibling. You can add another 12 weeks of leave by invoking the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 

Up until now, victims of domestic violence had limited options when it came to them keeping their jobs and protecting themselves. That changes in January. In September, the governor signed off on AB 2992. 

This is another expansion law that deals specifically with leave of absence and employees who have been abuse and crime victims. When this law goes into effect in January, employers can’t deny an employee when they ask for time off so that they can seek medical help as a result of a crime/abuse, have to handle a legal issue connected to the crime/abuse., or need some time off for some other type of related relief.

The final law that changes how leave of absences will work in 2021 is AB 2017. This particular expansion law doesn’t so much alter how much leave time you can take but rather impacts how it’s classified. The addition of AB 2017 is that employees will have an easier time declaring “kin care” when they need to take time off to help an injured or sick relative. Prior to AB 2017, many employees were forced to use their accrued sick days.

It’s important that both employees and employers are aware of these changes. Employers need to be aware of them, so they don’t inadvertently do something that jeopardizes their business license. Employees need to know the laws so that they understand exactly how to ask for a leave of absence.

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No Need to Pledge for Collateral to Bail Someone Out

No Need to Pledge for Collateral to Bail Someone Out

Not many people like the idea of needing to pledge something as collateral. Everybody has their things that are theirs, and they want to keep it that way. So, when somebody even slightly threatens to take something of theirs away from them, people tend to get upset. This is definitely the case when someone is required to pledge their house or car as collateral.

While this may sound a bit far-fetched, it is actually a very common scenario when it comes to bail bonds. Bail bonds can be very expensive, and because of this, many companies require their clients to pledge collateral. Often times, the only things of equal value to the bail are homes and cars. These are two very important items to most people. The thought of losing either ones of these things would scare just about anyone.

At Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we understand that no one wants to lose their car or house. We understand that no one likes pledging something of theirs as collateral. This is why we do collateral a little differently. Instead of requiring clients to pledge something valuable of theirs as collateral, we only ask for the signature of a working co-signer.

To us, a working co-signer is so much more valuable than a house or a car. A co-signer who has been working at the same job for more than a year, shows dedication and commitment. We know that we can count on that co-signer to make sure that each payment will be made on time.

Needing to pledge collateral is not fun, and it can cause a lot of unnecessary stress. This is why we do not require collateral at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. All we need is the signature of a working co-signer.

To learn more about bail bonds and co-signers, check out some of our other articles. To talk to a bail agent for free, simply call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Agents Are Always There To Help

Agents Are Always There To Help

When things go wrong, they never do so at a convenient time. This is especially true for a person’s arrest. You could be sleeping peacefully in your bed late at night when you get the call. You find out that your friend or family member has been arrested and wants your help to get out of jail. You spring into action, but wonder who could be available to help you in the middle of the night?

Luckily, the agents here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles are available to offer their assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You do not have to wait to get the help you need. You can get a bail bond the moment you find out that a loved one has been arrested.

On top of being available to help 24/7, our agents can be found all over the state of California. We have dozens of mobile bail agents who can meet there clients where ever they are. You no longer have to try to find a local office, we will meet you in a place that is convenient for you.

No matter where you are in California, or what time it is, you can count on Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. We have been helping Californians with bail for 33 years now. We know what we are doing, and we know how important it is for our clients to bail out their friends and family members.

You can talk to a bail agent any time, just call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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The Consequences of Obstructing a Police Investigation in California

The Consequences of Obstructing a Police Investigation in California

While many of us have heard the term, obstruction of justice, spoken, few of us know exactly what the phrase means or what the consequences of such a charge are.

What is Obstruction of Justice

The legal dictionary describes obstruction of justice as, “a criminal offense that involves interference, through words or actions, with the proper operations of a court of officers of the court.”

What this means is that at any point during a police investigation or the court trial is if you do anything that gets in the way of the official process, the prosecutor can opt to bring obstruction of justice charges against you. The action can be as simple as deliberately lying to the police about where a person of interest is located, making it difficult for the police to pursue a suspect, or acting badly during the trial.

It’s important to note that you can be charged with obstruction of justice in California if you do something to hinder the police while they’re investigating a loved one. You can also be charged with obstruction of justice if you do or say something that deliberately misleads the police while they’re investigating you.

In California, you can be charged with obstruction of justice if you:

• Lie during a police investigation
• Do something that can be considered a deliberate attempt to prevent an arrest
• Take action designed to discourage/prevent a witness from talking to the police or serving as a witness during a court case
• Destroy evidence
• Present fake evidence
• Try to prevent a police officer from legally entering a home/business/vehicle

 

Federal vs. State Obstruction of Justice

It’s worth noting that you could be charged with federal obstruction of justice or state obstruction of justice in California. The situation becomes federal obstruction if you’ve done something to harm or impair a police office, court official, or jury member. 

State obstruction happens when you’re caught doing something that hinders the investigation but doesn’t put anyone’s health or lives in jeopardy. 
 

Consequences of Obstruction of Justice in California

The consequences of being found guilty of obstruction of justice are quite steep. You could spend up to three years in a California state prison and also have to serve felony probation.

Defenses for Obstruction of Justice

The best way to avoid obstruction of justice charges is always being diligent to cooperate with the police. If the worst happens and the police believe that you’ve done something to hinder an investigation, you’re best lines of defense involve claiming entrapment or showing that you never intended to impede the investigation.

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California Vehicle Exhaust Noise Laws

California Vehicle Exhaust Noise Laws

When it comes to noisy cars people always have one of two opinions: they either think the deep rumble sounds awesome or they think it is the most obnoxious and irritating thing they’ve heard all day. Many feel that a car with either a broken or modified exhaust is a major nuisance and disruption. To simplify the matter, California’s lawmakers created exhaust noise laws. These set a very strict limit on the amount of noise your vehicle can legally make as you drive it down the road.

California’s vehicle exhaust noise laws are addressed in the California Vehicle Code. They’re numbers 27150 – 27153.

California Vehicle Code # 27150 requires that your vehicle have an adequate muffler. This doesn’t just mean that not only does your car has to have muffler, but that it also has to be in good working order. This must be in place when you bring your car in for its registration inspection. The same law states that your vehicle won’t pass its inspection if the muffler or exhaust system has been set up with any type of cutout or bypass.
 
California Vehicle Code # 27151 prohibits you from making modifications to your exhaust that either directly violate VC 27151 or that raise the decibel level of your vehicle above 88 dbA. If your vehicle weighs less than 6,000 pounds or is a motorcycle, it can’t make noise that exceeds 95 dbA. It’s worth noting that most contemporary vehicles, even the ones that have a nice throaty roar, are designed in such a way that the noise they make doesn’t exceed 75 dbA.

One of the challenges driver’s face is that the way the vehicle codes that deal with excessive noise are written, police officers don’t necessarily know how much noise your exhaust system makes. They can pull you over simply because your vehicle is nosier than the rest of the cars on the road. The current writing of the law allows them to “exercise their own judgment.” There’s a chance that they’ll issue an excessive noise ticket even if your car is within the legal noise limits. 

If you’re issued an excessive noise ticket, you’ll have to take your vehicle to a mechanic and have the problem repaired (or removed if there’s an illegal modification.) The next step is going to the California Referee Center. After looking at both your ticket and your vehicle’s registration the Referee Center will test your exhaust system and determine if it meets the legal requirements. If everything is in order, they’ll issue a Certificate of Compliance which you’ll have to show the traffic court.

The tickets for illegal exhausts and excessive noise vary. For a first offense, the ticket is usually $25 with fees climbing to $193. There have been some instances where the overall cost of the illegal exhaust fines reaching $1,105.

If the police pull you over, it’s possible that they will notice other issues, such as unpaid parking tickets, bench warrants, parole violations, etc. All things considered, it’s in your best interest to keep your car quiet and not attract police attention.

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Get the Right Help

Get the Right Help

Getting arrested can be a stressful situation, not just for the person being arrested, but his or her loved ones as well. Once words gets around that someone has been arrested, friends and family member start trying to rescue that person from jail. This can cause a lot of stress, since no one wants one of their loved ones to be stuck in a jail cell.

Luckily, with the right help, rescuing someone from jail can be relatively easy. The first goal of getting someone out of jail, should be to make sure it is actually affordable to do so. Bailing someone out of jail can be extremely expensive if you pay for the bail yourself. Bailing someone out with a bail bond on the other hand, is cheaper. In fact, it is 90% cheaper.

Due to this fact, you will want to get a bail bond, which is good. With the right bail agent helping you, there will be nothing for you to worry about. You can find the right bail agent for you at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, but only if you want a helpful and caring bail agent. If you are looking for a bail agent that is only concerned with making money, you should look at some of our competitors.

With an Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles bail agent helping you, you will be able to see how simple the bail bond process can be. Our agents will do all of the hard work for you. All you have to do is give our bail agent your loved one’s name, birthday, and county of arrest. That small amount of info will allow us to find your loved one in the county jail system and begin filling out the paperwork for the bail bond.

In no time at all, we will have the bail bond ready to go out to the jail to secure your loved one’s release. In some counties, your friend or family member can be out of jail in as little as 2 hours. That shows you how simple the bail bond process can be.

If you are stressing about bailing a friend or family member out of jail, be sure to get the proper help. You can do that by calling 877-793-2254 or clicking Chat With Us now.

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The Long-Lasting Consequences of Drunk Driving in California

The Long-Lasting Consequences of Drunk Driving in California

Like all other states, California has taken a hard stance on drunk driving. It isn’t tolerated. If you’re caught behind the wheel after having just a little too much to drink, you’ll face steep consequences that will have a major impact on the overall quality of your life.

California’s Legal Limit

California has different legal limits for different types of drivers. For the average, adult driver in California, anything over a blood alcohol count (BAC) of 0.08% is considered too high to legally drive. Drivers who haven’t reached their 21st birthday, anything over 0.05% is considered a DUI. Commercial drivers as well as drivers who are involved with a ride-share program aren’t allowed to get behind the wheel if their BAC is above 0.04%

If you are pulled over and the officer believes you’ve been drinking, they’ll likely administer a breath test that measures your BAC. If the BAC is considered close, but not quite at the legal limit, it’s likely you’ll still be arrested. The reason for this is because it can take a little time for the true BAC to be accurate. You’ll receive a second test at the jail. By this point, the BAC level will be accurate. If it’s above the legal limit, the officer will go through with the arrest. Both of the BAC tests are admissible in court. In many cases, the first test is a breath test and the second test is taken via a blood draw.

Penalties of Driving Drunk in California

California lawmakers aren’t playing around when it comes to drunk drivers. The penalties are steep and were designed to scare people into only getting behind the wheel while they’re sober. The penalties become more severe each time you’re charged with a DUI.

First Offense

The first time you’re caught driving while under the influence, the maximum amount of time you can spend in county jail is six months. You’ll also be charged fines that will range from $390-$1,000. Your license will be suspended and you won’t be able to drive for up to six months. Your ignition can be locked for 6 months to one full year, and you’ll only be allowed to drive on a restricted license during that time.

Second Offense

The second DUI charge means a minimum of 92 hours and a maximum of 1 full year in a county jail. The court can charge you fines that range from $390-$1,000. You can lose your license for a full two years, making it difficult to work, especially if you live in a rural area. After you get a restricted license, the court can limit your driving with an ignition lock that will remain on your vehicle for up to one year.

Third Offense

The third time you’re found guilty of DUI charges, you’ll be sentenced to as little as 120 days or as long as one year in jail. You’ll get charged at least $1,800 in fines. You’ll also lose your license for 3 years and potentially have an ignition lock installed on your vehicle for an additional 2 years.

California lawmakers have arranged things so that each DUI conviction remains on your record for a full 10 years.

In addition to actual DUI penalties, if you were in an accident while driving drunk, you will also face any charges that were incurred during the accident. This can include minor traffic offenses or vehicular manslaughter.

Medications Can Mess up Your Life

There are several medications that can play havoc on your body when you mix them with alcohol. The problem with many medications, even some over-the-counter allergy medications is that they alter the way your body absorbs alcohol. This means that if you go to the bar and have your normal amount of alcohol, and the amount that in most cases allows you to legally drive home, the medication could have created a significantly higher blood alcohol level and you’ll be arrested for DUI. Several people have had their lives destroyed because they didn’t realize how badly the medication and alcohol would react.

If you’re on medication, it’s in your best interest to not get behind the wheel if you have accidentally mixed the alcohol and the medication. Call a friend, get a room, hire a taxi. Do anything other than getting in your car.

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Bail Is Impossibly Expensive

Bail Is Impossibly Expensive

Getting the money needed for bail isn’t an easy feat. Bail costs several thousands of dollars on average, and courts are very considerate with how they will accept that money. Typically, that large amount of money needs to be paid in cash all at once. This makes it impossible for the average person to bail their loved one out of jail. Only extremely wealthy people can afford to post bail on their own anymore.

Luckily, there is a solution out there. Instead of paying the bail on their own, a person can get a bail bond from a licensed bail agent. Under this scenario, the person pays the bail agent 10% of the full bail amount, and in return, the bail agent pays the court the full amount of the bail. Using this method, a person can save 90%.

On top of this incredible deal, some bail bond companies, like Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, offer extra discounts for qualified clients. For instance:

• An 10% discount for clients with a co-signer who is a member of the military, a member of AARP, a union member, or a homeowner.
• 0% down for clients with approved credit.
• Personalized payment plans for all clients.

 
While bailing someone out of jail alone is impossibly expensive, bailing someone out with a bail bond from Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is actually affordable. On top of getting to post bail at an affordable price, our clients also get top notch help from our professional agents. They will not have to face bail alone.

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

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