California Raises The Legal Age To Buy Cigs


Starting June 9th, people age 18, 19, and 20, will no longer be able to purchase tobacco products in California. Currently, you have to be at least 18 years old to buy cigarettes, but this is a move towards lowering teen smoking, an act which we are all aware has serious health risks. The Institute of Medicine conducted a study that resulted in 90% of daily smokers admitting to have begun smoking before they were 18.

California is the second state, behind Hawaii, to raise the legal smoking age and we will not be surprised if other states follow.

Anyone who is caught selling tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21, after the law change, can be charged with a misdemeanor. They will have fines, can face jail time, and may lose their license to sell product.

If in the future, you need bail bond help because someone you know has been arrested for violating the new tobacco laws in California, our Upland Bail Bond Store team can help you out.

Please contact us online for immediate assistance or give us a call at 800-793-2245.

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Memorial Weekend Checkpoints


Because driving while intoxicated is all too common, never a non-issue, and always important to address, the police will set up DUI checkpoints every now and then at various streets throughout the city. When a long holiday weekend comes around where there will be more alcohol consumption than usual throughout the day, there will be more checkpoints. This tends to happen around holidays like Memorial Day in May or the Fourth of July. Sometimes the police will post checkpoint locations beforehand so that the public can be knowledgeable of where they are; other times, they will not announce the locations.

When approaching a checkpoint, slow down and stop as the officer signals you to. They will ask where you are going, where you are coming from, if you have been drinking, and how much. You may be asked to take a sobriety test and blow into a breathalyzer. If the officer deems you a non-threat, you may drive on to your destination. If not, you may be briefly detained on-site until you sober up or get someone to come get you.

That being said, for this coming Memorial Weekend, or any weekend for that matter, please be on your best behavior and drink responsibly. We already expect to get some calls for bail bond requests, some of which will be related to DUIs, but we hope not to get one from you. Nonetheless, do not hesitate to contact Upland Bail Bond Store if you do need one!

You can get in touch with us online for immediate assistance or call us at 800-793-2245.

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