The Approval Process For A Bail Bond

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The approval process for a bail bond is simple. The judge is the one who grants or denies bail, but trust that he or she does not make this decision based on personal judgment. There is a bail schedule for every county that outlines the average bail price for each crime, from infractions to misdemeanors to felonies. This bail schedule is reviewed and modified annually by a number of people in the justice system.

So, consider the prices of the bail schedule the base price. Other factors that may contribute to increasing or lowering bail would be whether or not the defendant has a criminal history, their financial situation, the relationships he or she holds with others in the community, and whether or not they are considered to be a flight risk.

So if a person is granted bail, then they...

About Kaitlyn’s Law

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Kaitlyn Russell was a six month old who died after she was left alone in a parked car for over two hours. Her unfortunate death is the force behind Kaitlyn’s Law, which makes it illegal for a child 6 years or younger to be left unsupervised by anyone 12 years old or older in a vehicle. This is considered child endangerment, most especially when the sun is out, as the temperature inside the car gets hot very quickly. At the most basic consequence, violators can be fined $100. At the greatest consequence, a life like Kaitlyn’s could be lost and the parent can be charged more harshly.

Parents can easily get their errands done faster without having to bring their young child inside the store with them. But the risk is too great for your child and yourself.

Some parents do get arrested f...

Everyone Benefits From Bail Bonds

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The person who is getting bailed out of jail isn’t the only one who benefits from the bail bond. Many groups of people can benefit from the use of bail bonds, if you really think about it.

  • Bail bond release lowers pre-trial jail populations at no cost to taxpayers.
  • • Defendants who bailed out of jail are less likely to miss their court dates, become fugitives, and consequently have an arrest warrant out for them. Arrest warrants are a burden to law enforcement and courts.
  • • Defendants who bailed out of jail less likely to cause trouble and threaten danger to the public, knowing that they can be re-arrested.
  • • Every posted bail bond results in premium taxes that are paid to the state and the county, creating revenue for the economy.
  • Bail bonds are supplied only from bail...

Reporting Crimes: Required or Moral Obligation?

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Did you know that if you witness a crime, you are not legally required to report it to authorities or intervene? Of course, morally, it’s the right thing to do, but you wouldn’t legally be punished if you didn’t. These are circumstantial and there are cases and instances where some people may actually have to take action, but overall, most of the time, it’s not a required duty.

Many people don’t report a crime they witnessed or have knowledge about because they don’t want to get involved or they are concerned for their safety, even if they do so anonymously. Many people won’t intervene and stop the situation (and maybe make a citizen’s arrest) because it is dangerous and again, they don’t want to be involved.

Examples of situations or cases where it is mandatory to fil...

What Is A “Bounty Hunter?”

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For some reason, the “bounty hunters” only sound like they’re in movies and tv shows. Because of how they’re depicted in pop culture, it’s hard to imagine what they really are and do in real life.

Well, in real life, bounty hunters work with bail bond companies when a defendant fails to show up for his or her court date. When the court notifies the bail bond company that a defendant has skipped court, for whatever reason, then the specific bail agent is on the line. This specific bail agent will need to pay off the full bail, but in an effort to avoid that loss, they will hire a bounty hunter to track the defendant down and return them to custody.

Bounty hunters may travel across state lines to bring defendants back into court if they had fled...

What A bail agent Can And Cannot Do

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A bail agent cannot:

  • • Offer legal advice
  • • Get bail lowered
  • • Refer to you to an attorney
  • • Accept bribes
  • • Deposit any money towards a defendant for referring business and additional clients

A bail agent can do one main thing: bail you out of jail with a bail bond which you, or any friends or family, can pay off with a comfortable payment plan. But under this “one main thing” that your bail agent can do is a list of “sub-things” they can help with too: customizing your payment plan according to your financial situation, staying with you through the entire bail bond process, keeping you up to date on payments, and be available to you 24/7.

bail agents honestly become some of the closest confidants during these ordeals...

What To Know Before Cosigning A Bail Bond

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Before cosigning a bail bond, you may want to know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s a nice gesture to do for that friend or family member who was arrested because it shows you care and are supporting them through this ordeal. However, there are some very big risks that could be of concern, and we’ll lay them out right now.

  • • You agree to pay off the full bail bond if the defendant fails to appear in court.
  • • You must pledge collateral to support the bail bond.
  • • You must relinquish your pledged collateral if the bail bond is revoked because the defendant failed to appear in court.

You’re probably already aware, but pledged collateral is no inexpensive item. It’s typically real estate property, vehicles, and valuables like jewelry, electronics, and firearms.

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Helpful Tips For Driving When It’s Raining

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Here in Southern California we may not see too many rainy days, even with this El Nino year, but we mustn’t forget other parts of our golden state, particularly Northern California, which sees much more rain throughout the year. And on top of rain, there’s wind and fog, making driving conditions more dangerous. But, regardless of where it’s raining, we’re here to offer some very helpful wet weather driving tips (and let’s face it SoCal – we’re not the best at driving in the rain).

  • • Turn on headlights. This allows you to see in front of you better, as well as other drivers to see you better. And even if it’s sunny while raining, it’s the law to have those headlights on.
  • • Turn off cruise control...

California’s Traffic Amnesty Program Is Better Than An Arrest

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California’s traffic ticket and infraction amnesty program is in full swing and if you don’t know what this is, you might want to – it could apply to you, in a good way, to help you out with some of your unpaid traffic tickets. This program provides relief to some individuals who have certain outstanding unpaid traffic tickets. The amount due can be lowered, making it easier for them to finally be paid off. To qualify:

  • • Tickets must have originally been due by January 1, 2013 or have a suspended license and are making payments on the ticket.
  • • Tickets may not be for parking violations, reckless driving, or DUI offenses

To further determine if a person is qualified to participate in this program, they can contact the superior court in the area where they were served the ticket...

The First Gun Laws You Need To Know About In California

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In light of recent events happening around the world, the topic of guns comes up. Some people want gun control while others want to keep the right to bear arms for protection and safety. People have a heightened sense of security when they have guns. But because of the deadly nature of these weapons, there will always be hot debate. California has among the nation’s strictest gun laws, and a handful were added just this year. Here’s some of what you ought to know.

• Long gun purchasers must be 18 and handgun purchases must be at least 21 years old. Purchasers may only buy a maximum of 1 handgun per month.
• Before receiving their gun, purchasers must pass a universal background check, which will take 10 days minimum.
• Purchasers must pass a written safety test and obtain a ...