These days, there is no denying how powerful social media is. It is a great way to keep us all up-to-date on how friends and family are doing. It is also a rapidly growing medium for people to receive their daily news. Then there is law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies on all levels, local, state, or federal, are increasingly scanning through social media to look for evidence and information of crimes.
In fact, many agencies have special departments who focus solely on social media. Obviously, people should know what they should and should not post on social media. Yet, some people choose to post questionable, incriminating, and illegal content online. One of the latest stories that quickly captured national attention is that of Steve Stephens.
Stephens had posted a video on Faceboo...
More likely than not, high school seniors and 4th years in college are not going to be spending this next month or so making their papers an A+ and studying for finals and exams. Mentally, they are pretty much done with school. All that is on their mind now is graduation, summer, and that unparalleled feeling of having completed schooling. Before they move on to higher education or work, they plan on taking a well-deserved vacation with some friends. As their proud parent, you are supportive of this; you too feel they deserve it. Yet, you cannot help but have some reservations before they graduate and leave.
Now that they are no longer a minor, you have less control and say over them. To them, this is freedom when they want to go out and have fun...
Have you ever traveled internationally and then upon returning to the United States, been asked by border control for your cell phone? Whether this has happened to you or not, you probably wonder if you are required to give it to them, and whether they are violating your rights and privacy.
This has happened to a small percentage of travelers, but the percentage has risen sharply since 2015. Due to this increase, Congress was introduced with a new bill that would limit United States border agents when it comes to searching cell phones of Americans who are returning to the country. The new bill, if passed, would require the border agent to have probable cause, at the least, to search and even seize a cell phone.
Even if the bill is not passed, the United States border agents do have the ri...
We hope you will never need a bail bond, for yourself or a loved one, but if you do, we want you to know that you can and should rely on the team at Palo Alto Bail Bond Store. There are many other bail bond companies in California, but here is why you should choose us like so many others before you:
• 24/7 state-wide availability in California by phone, online, or in our offices.
• Free consultations.
• Phone approvals.
• We have offices spread throughout the state from San Diego all the way to Northern California.
• Custom payment plans.
• 0% interest.
• No hidden fees.
• Financing is available.
• Multi-lingual agents.
• Fast, confidential, and courteous service.
• 30 years of experience in the bail bond industry.
• More satisfied customers than other bail bond companies.
Every other bai...
The recent United Airlines incident involving a man being dragged off his overbooked flight has everyone wondering what their rights are in this kind of situation. The flight, heading to Louisville, KY from Chicago, IL, was overbooked. No passenger volunteered to give up their seat, even after the airline offered accommodations and up to $800 in cash. At this point, they had to select 4 people to deplane. One man who was selected, refused to get off. Security officials were then called to escort the man off the plane, and the situation spiraled downward from there. As seen on cell phone footage, the passenger was forcibly removed from his seat. His head was knocked against an armrest and then he was dragged down the aisle, off the plane.
This incident brought heavy backlash against Unite...
Proper etiquette is essential for making a good impression on other people, and this is especially true in the courtroom, especially for the defendant. The defendant is already in the courtroom with a disadvantage; this is the person who is being accused of a crime and is fighting against the charges so the jury finds him or her not guilty. While the jury and the judge deliberate and come to a decision based on the arguments brought forth from the defense and prosecution, the defendant’s appearance and overall courtroom etiquette leave an impression. Here are some helpful tips on proper courtroom etiquette, which are especially helpful for the defendant:
• Arrive a little earlier than the start time of the trial so that you can have a few moments with your lawyer.
• If the defendant is...
When a legal document needs a co-signer, it means it needs an additional person to cover the debt in case the first person, cannot make good on their payments and promises. Co-signers are not uncommon for major purchases like cars, homes, loans, and even bail bonds.
A co-signer will generally have a good credit history with an established income. In case they actually do need to pay the debt of the first person, they can do so without trouble. As you can imagine, agreeing to be a person’s co-signer comes with some risk.
For example, say John Doe was arrested and put into jail. He is allowed to post bail, which is set at $100,000. He decides to post this bail using a bail bond. He will now have to pay 10% of the $100,000...
The ultimate Mother’s Day gift you can ever give to Mom would be the presence of a loved one whom she believes is stuck in jail. It is a gift that could change her mood from stressed and that her loved one is in jail, to being filled with joy and relief that this person is now in her arms.
Let us say that it is your brother who is in jail. With it being so close to Mother’s Day and knowing that his bail costs thousands of dollars, your mother believes that he will not be bailed out of jail in time. Getting the money for bail, and the process itself, will take more days that you all would like.
What your mother does not know, is that bail does not necessarily have to be that expensive or take that long to take care of...
The eighth installment of the popular street racing franchise The Fast and the Furious is finally out in theaters. The movies are entertaining to watch, guilty pleasure or not, but what you see on the big screen is not what you should see in real life on the streets. Street racing, technically documented as Speed Contest, is illegal in California.
A speed contest, street racing, or drag racing, is an illegal exhibition when two or more vehicles race against each other on public streets and highways. In many cases, a clock is used to record the times. Such an activity threatens the safety of the public, not to mention the very drivers in those cars. These street races differ from official and legal car races such as those held by NASCAR.
Obviously, the drivers involved in street racing are...
A few weeks ago, a Northern California woman named Tiffany Li had posted the country’s 8th highest bail in the U.S.’s state court history. Li, accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend and father to her two young children, was given a $35 million bail. She posted twice that amount in property. The equity in these properties comes from her family and business associates. Her family is rich and powerful in China, so meeting the bail requirements was hardly a struggle for Li. The $70 million in equity was reviewed and everything checked out properly, granting Li her release from custody.
As mentioned, this is an extremely expensive bail. Let us take a look at some even more expensive bails from the past.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenning Ma – $100 million and $75 million, respectively
Kenning Ma and hi...