The Legal Ins and Outs of Catfishing

The Legal Ins and Outs of Catfishing

Catfishing isn’t the art of catching the bottom-dwelling fish that taste greatly fried. Catfishing actually refers to the act of using a false social network profile that allows you to pretend to be someone you’re not. This differs from a ghostwriter creating an account for their writing profile because the catfisher’s account exists purely for malicious purposes. 

Each catfisher has their own reasons for creating the fake profile, some use the account to extort financial information, some use it for bullying purposes, some like to get compromising photos of their victims. The end result is that the catfisher almost leaves victims in their wake.

While it seems like catfishing should be considered fraud and illegal, at this point, there are no actual laws pertaining to the actual act of catfishing. But, in many cases, the catfisher uses their fake social media identity for some sort of illegal activity. In many cases, the catfisher knows that they’re engaged in illegal activity but assumes that since they’re using a fake profile, they won’t get caught. Catfishers also hope that their victims will be so embarrassed that they were taken in by the fake profile that they won’t even report the crimes. Another challenge victims who do report the crime face is that the catfisher may live in a different state, making it difficult to pursue legal action.

Examples of laws catfishers commonly break include:

• Copyright fraud
• Computer hacking crimes
• Fraud (uses false pretenses to gain money/goods/services)
• Identity theft
• Soliciting minors
• Illegally recording or photographing someone without their consent

 
A catfisher can destroy your life so it’s important to know the steps you can take to avoid interacting with a catfisher.

If you’re contacted via social media by someone you don’t know, spend some time checking them out before you respond to their friend request or personal message. See if they have anything in common with you such as a mutual friend or shared interest. Explore their own profile and make sure it contains the type of content usually found on a social media account, this includes interactions with other people.

Even if you’re confident this new contact is a legit person, you still need to be very careful about the type of information you provide them. Keep all of your interactions impersonal.

The single best way to avoid falling victim to a catfisher is to pay attention to your instincts. If you get a gut feeling that something isn’t quite right, you should block them from your social media accounts and stop all interactions. In this day and age, it’s better to play it safe than to be sorry.

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What is Resisting Arrest

Resisting Arrest in California

No one wants to be arrested. For many, resisting arrest is almost a knee-jerk reaction. The problem with the reaction is that it can make any legal issues you’re already dealing with much worse. 

California’s Penal Code 148 PC deals with the issue of resisting arrest. When you read through the penal code you’ll discover that simply running or throwing a temper tantrum when an officer is trying to arrest you isn’t the only way you can be charged with resisting arrest. If you do anything that is a blatant attempt to delay or obstruct the arrest process you will face resisting arrest charges in California. You can also be charged with resisting arrest if you interfere with a peace officer or an emergency medical tech.

There aren’t many valid defenses against a resisting arrest in California charge. Some that have been successfully used include:

• The resistance wasn’t willful
• The resistance charges were false accusations
• That there wasn’t probable cause for the arrest

 
The good news is that resisting arrest in California is only a misdemeanor charge, not a felony. 

If you’re convicted, the judge could order you to serve a year-long sentence in a county jail. They can also require that you pay a $1,000 fine. Most judges consider all the circumstances surrounding the case as well as your criminal history before deciding if they should lighten the sentence. It’s not unusual for a judge to decide that probation should be used instead of actual jail time.

When all is said and done, it’s usually in your best interest to stay calm, cool, and collected while you’re being arrested.

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Most Common Crimes in California

Most Common Crimes in California

The most common crimes in California vary from one county to the next. The stats can also change a great deal. Still, there are some crimes that are more prevalent than others.

Drug-Related Crimes

One of the interesting things about drug-related crimes in California is that the legalization of marijuana has reduced the number of drug-related arrests each year. It’s estimated that now that marijuana is legal law enforcement agencies have an additional $200 million that is used to deal with other types of crime.

While legalizing marijuana has reduced the number of drug-related crimes the state deals with annually, drugs still take the biggest toll on California’s legal system.

Violent Crimes

The violent crime rate in California fluctuates. It increased in 2012 and decreased by 2.9% between 2018 and 2019. According to data collected in 2019, 60% of the violent crime arrests were aggravated assault only 1% involved homicides.

DUIs

Despite all the warnings about combining alcohol and driving, DUIs still represent a major crime problem in California. The good news is that people seem to be getting better about not drinking and driving. In 2008, there were 208,845 DUI arrests in the state. In 2013 there were only 155,599 reported DUI arrests.

Weapons Charges

Weapons charges represent a large chunk of Calfornia’s crime problem, though there is a wide assortment of charges which range from quite minor to extremely serious. Given the complexity of California’s laws regarding weapons, if you plan on carrying anything that could be considered a weapon it’s in your best interest to spend a great deal of time reading through all of the laws that pertain to that specific weapon. Don’t forget that weapon laws can change from one county to the next.

Property Crimes

A surprising number of property crimes take place each year in California. The good news is that they appear to be decreasing. Two major California cities, Ventura and Fresno reported an impressive 10% decrease in property crimes in 2019.

It will be interesting to see how crime rates change in a post-Covid-19 world.

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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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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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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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Do Not Let Bail Stress You Out

Do Not Let Bail Stress You Out

Bailing a loved one out of jail comes with a lot of stress. This is usually due to the panic that the arrest of a loved one can cause. After all, nobody wants one of their loved ones to be stuck behind bars. If that wasn’t bad enough, the large cost of the bail can make the entire process even more stressful.

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we do not want our clients to have to suffer through that kind of stress. We especially do not want to add to the stress. That is why we do everything that we can to make bailing a loved one out of jail easy.

Our bail agents will guide you through the process of bailing out your loved one. Our agent will walk you through each step, answering any questions that you might have. You will see that there is nothing you need to worry about. Bailing someone out of jail is quick and easy with professionals helping you.

On top of answering your questions, we do our best to reduce the cost of the bail bond for you. This way, you will experience less stress. We create payment plans customized to each individual client. This reduces the upfront cost of the bail bond, and creates monthly payments that are actually affordable.

The thought of a friend or family member sitting behind bars can be terrifying, but it should not stress you out. You can get your loved one out of jail quickly, easily, and affordably by contacting Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. With our 34 years of experience, we will show you how simple posting bail can be.

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

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We Will Have Your Back

We Will Have Your Back

Throughout your life, you have always been able to count on your loved ones. They offer their help without question and are always there for you whenever you need them. You know that they always have your back, and that gives you comfort.

Now, one of your loved one’s has been arrested and you want to help. You want to be there for him, like he would be there for you. However, you know that you will need help if you want to be able to afford to post his bail. This is where Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles comes into play.

We are a family-owned company that provides cheap bail bonds for Californians. Unlike other bail bond companies, we understand the importance of family. We treat all of our clients like they are a part of our family. This means that we are always there for our clients, no matter what. If a client needs help, they can count on us.

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all over the state of California. No matter where or when you need help, we will be there. You will get nothing but the very best bail help when you come to Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. We will have your back while you have the back of your loved one.

To talk to a caring bail agent, just click Chat With Us or call 877-793-2254 now.

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Important Information Regarding Your Tax Return

Important Information Regarding Your Tax Return

Tax season is upon us. W-2s are being mail out and free is the favorite word of the season. Taxes are ironic, you hate to do them, but love to get money back. Filing your taxes makes you realize how much or how little money you made this previous year. Even though we didn’t learn how to file taxes in school, you definitely need to figure it out as an adult.

Taxes are a blessing and a curse. They curse you with tedious paperwork filing, and number crunching. However they typically bless you with a nice sized refund check. Some may be tempted to spend that nice check on buying a new car, house, clothes, or other materialistic things. However, you may want to consider spending the check on bailing out your loved one.

When your loved one was first arrested, you didn’t enough money for bail. You couldn’t afford a down payment, let alone the bail itself. Now with that tax refund check you’ll be able to afford it. It’s never too late to bail your loved one out. Why not today, especially if you have your tax refund in hand?

Not only will your tax refund help you post bail for your loved one, Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles can help you with an affordable payment plan. Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, our agents work to get you the best deal possible. We understand bills are frustrating and inconvenient, which is why we work to get you the best deal to make your life a little bit easier. We want you to be able to make payments, not fall behind.

Picking a bail bond company is stressful. Bail isn’t explained in grade school, just like taxes. Venturing out and picking the right bail bond company can be frustrating. Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, our agents are available 24/7 to walk you through the bail process. When choosing a bail bond company, look no further than Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. We want to be your first choice in bailing out your loved one.

If you have your tax return in hand and are ready to post bail, just call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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