Don’t Get a DUI on New Year’s Eve

Don’t Get a DUI on New Year’s Eve

As this year draws to a close, pretty much everyone is planning out how they are going to celebrate. Parties will be happening all over the world and deciding which party to go to can be a daunting task. Luckily, the end results are pretty fun, provided a person doesn’t make any bad decisions.

As an adult, most parties that people go to have alcohol at them. This isn’t usually a problem, as long as everyone drinks responsibly. A person should know their limits with alcohol and they should have a safe ride home.

No one should ever drive themselves after consuming alcohol. Being drunk while driving is a great way to cause an accident. On top of that, it is a surefire way to get a ticket and even get arrested. So while enjoying the New Year’s Eve celebrations, people need to be responsible or they will face some harsh consequences.

California DUI Laws

Here in the state of California, just like everywhere else in the country, it is illegal for a person to drive drunk. Under Vehicle Code (VC) 23152a, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is illegal. A person is driving under the influence any time they consume enough alcohol that their abilities are impaired enough that they can no longer operate the vehicle with the care and caution of a sober person.

VC 23152b makes it illegal for a person to drive a vehicle if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above 0.08%.

VC 23153 makes it a crime for a person to drive under the influence and hurt someone. Basically, if someone ever commits DUI and seriously injures someone in the process, they will be charged with this crime.

DUI Checkpoints and Holidays

Something else to consider when planning holiday parties are DUI checkpoints. Whenever holidays roll around that tend to involve a lot of drinking, such as New Year’s Eve, law enforcement agencies tend to setup DUI checkpoints in heavily trafficked areas. These checkpoints are setup in the hopes to catch drunk drivers before they are able to cause an accident and hurt/kill someone.

DUI checkpoint locations will always be posted in advanced to give people the ability to avoid them if they choose to. If a person comes across a checkpoint, they will likely have to wait in line until an officer is available to talk to them. The officer will ask a few simple questions and if everything checks out, they will allow the driver to continue on their way.

However, if the officer suspects that the driver has been drinking, then they will ask the car to pull off to the side. From there, another officer will conduct a field sobriety test to confirm whether or not the driver has been drinking. If the driver is confirmed to have been drinking, he or she will be ticketed, and either have to get a ride home or be taken into custody.

Penalties for DUI

There are a lot of specific incidents when it comes to DUI. The consequences of DUI depend on which particular incident occurred. For a first time offense, a person faces misdemeanor charges that come with:

• Up to 6 months in county jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.
• A 4 month driver’s license suspension.
• Up to 9 months of DUI school.

 
The consequences for basic DUI increase with each offense.

If a person commits DUI and hurts someone, they will typically face misdemeanor charges that come with:

• Up to 1 year in county jail.
• A Max fine of $5,000.
• A 1 year driver’s license suspension.
• Up to 30 months of DUI school.
• Paying restitutions to the victim.

 
If a person commits too many DUI’s within a set time period, or they kill someone because of DUI, they will automatically face felony charges. Felony DUI charges come with:

• 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in state prison.
• A max fine of $1,000.
• A 5 year driver’s license suspension.
• Up to 30 months of DUI school.

 
These charges may seem light, but if a death was involved, they are often charged with vehicular manslaughter charges, which carry harsher consequences.

End the Year on a High Note

As the end of the year draws closer, everyone is planning out how to celebrate it. No matter what a person decides with the celebrations, if a person plans on drinking on New Year’s Eve, they need to do so responsibly. This means knowing their limits and having a plan to get home that doesn’t involve driving themselves.

In today’s modern world, getting a safe ride home is a piece of cake thanks to apps like Uber and Lyft. Plus, there are always the traditional methods such as hiring a taxi or just designating a friend as a sober driver.

No matter what you end up doing this New Year’s Eve, be sure to send 2019 off on a high note, which means not getting a ticket for DUI or causing an accident. From everyone here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, have a safe and happy new year!

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Can You Do Immigration Bonds?

Can You Do Immigration Bonds?

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we know everything about bail and do everything that we can to help our clients out. We help clients fill out the paperwork, communicate with the jail for them, and provide them with an affordable option. While we do everything that we can for our clients, there are a few things that we cannot do.

One thing that we cannot do for our clients here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles is handle immigration bonds. This is due to the fact that immigration bonds are handled by the federal government. They require a special license to handle, one that is separate from the typical bail bond license provided by the state of California.

As a state licensed bail bond company, we are able to provide bail help for anyone looking to get a loved one released from jail. However, this license does not allow us to handle immigration bonds. If you need help with an immigration bond, you will need to contact a company that specializes in that kind of bond.

If you need help bailing someone out of jail, then you’ve come to the right place. Our agents are available to offer their assistance 24/7 and will happily provide you with an affordable bail bond. One of our bail agents will be with you for every step of the bail process so you will never have to worry. Some of the services we do offer include:

• 20% Discount
• Phone approvals
• 0% Interest payment plans
• No hidden fees
• No collateral with working signer
• Se habla Español

 
Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we try to do everything that we can to help our clients. Unfortunately, we can’t do everything. If you need help with an immigration bond, you will need to find another company who is licensed to deal with that. If you just need help with a bailing someone out of jail here in California, we will be more than happy to help.

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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Who Can Bail Out My Friend?

Who Can Bail Out My Friend?

When it comes to rescuing someone from jail, a lot of people have a lot of questions. One common concern is who exactly can bail someone out of jail. Many people mistakenly believe that you have to be related to someone in order to bail them out of jail. However, that is not the case.

At Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we know that a lot of people care about one another. Friends and family members alike will want to bail people out of jail, and we want to help them all. There is no requirement to be related to someone in order to post their bail. You just need to know enough about the person to fill out the paperwork.

When it comes to locating someone with the county jail system, we primarily need 3 important bits of information about a person:

• Name,
• Birthday,
• County of arrest,

 
As long as a person can supply us with that information, we should be able to locate the person in jail and find the rest of his or her info.

Some of the other services that we provide here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles include:

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

 
When someone you care about gets arrested, you want to help them out. Whether or not you are related doesn’t matter to you. So, when you want to bail a friend or family member out of jail, just contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. We will always be available to assist you.

For a free consultation at any time, just call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Animal Abuse Now Illegal at the Federal Level

Animal Abuse Now Illegal at the Federal Level

Winter hasn’t even officially arrived yet and already California is beginning to see winter weather. This means that all pet owners should get ready to really start taking care of their pets this winter. This is especially true for pets who spend a lot of time outdoors. Failing to do so can get a person into trouble for animal abuse here in California.

On top of that, a new law has been signed into effect at the federal level surrounding animal abuse. This means that if a person abuses an animal, they can face charges at both the state and federal level.

The PACT Act

Surprisingly, there hasn’t been a federal law that prevents animal cruelty here in the United States until recently. The only thing that came close was the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act that was signed into law back in 2010. That law only made it a crime to abuse an animal if the person filmed it. This law came about in response to a horrible internet trend where small animals were crushed by people stepping on them and then the videos were uploaded online.

This law had an unfortunate loophole that meant people who abused animals but didn’t film the act would not get into trouble, at least at the federal level. Luckily, many states have their own laws about animal abuse that likely covered the issue.

However, this has all changed thanks to a new law recently signed into effect. The Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act was passed through Congress and signed into law by President Trump. Under this new federal law, it is now illegal for a person to purposefully burn, crush, drown, suffocate, impale, or perform any other violent act that causes serious bodily injury to an animal.

If a person is caught breaking this law, they can face federal felony charges, fines, and up to 7 years in prison.

Animal Abuse in California

Here in California, animal abuse is outlawed by Penal Code (PC) 597. PC 597 is what is known as a wobbler offense, this means it can either be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the facts of the case and the person’s criminal record.

When charged as a misdemeanor, a person faces:

• Up to 1 year in county jail.
• A max fine of $20,000.

 
When charged as a felony, a person faces:

• 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in state prison.
• A max fine of $20,000.

 
Some additional consequences for both levels of the charges can include:

• Having the animal permanently removed from the abuser’s care.
• Paying for the housing costs of the animal during the trial.
• Completing counseling as a part of probation.
• An extra year added to the sentence if the abuse involved a deadly weapon.

 

Take Care of Animals

Animals are living creatures just like humans and they deserve the same care and respect as people. They also deserve the same protections, which is what this new federal law provides. Now, no matter where a person is in the United States, if they abuse an animal, they will face federal charges.

This law comes at a good time of year. With all of the cold weather of winter, pet owners need to take the proper precautions to keep their animal healthy and safe. Failing to do so can get them into legal trouble here in California, and maybe even at the federal level as well.

What do you think of the country’s new animal abuse law? Is it about time, or did we really need this law at all?

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