Abandoned Pets in California

Abandoned Pets in California

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here is little that tugs on the heartstrings more than a family pet that has been abandoned. A startling number of these stories involve a family suddenly moving and leaving a cat or dog behind, often on the property. If you happen to be the person who either rents or purchases the property, it’s important to understand your legal rights.

California lawmakers addressed the issues of abandoned pets. The law was designed to protect both landlords and incoming residents from inheriting responsibility for the pet the previous tenants left behind. All you have to do is report the pet to animal control. When you report the pet, local animal control officers will arrive at the property and remove the animal...

Choosing a Good Bail Bonds Agency

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When you need help covering your bail, you want to work with a family owned bail bonds business that will help you through this difficult time.

The problem is that if you have never been arrested it’s difficult to know which bail bond agency you should choose. The good news is that there are some things you can look for that will help you make the right decision.

Ask for Recommendations

Yes, you want to get out of jail as quickly as possible but that doesn’t mean you should call the number that is scratched into the wall of your cell. You want to deal with a reputable California bail bonds business. Instead of asking your fellow inmates for suggestions, talk to the people who now. Your lawyer should have a few names...

Take Advantage of Online Bail and Stay Safe

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he days when you could walk into a bails bonds office and not worry about your health are over. COVID-19 has completely changed the way we think and how we do things. Now, each time we walk into a business, we have to wonder if any of the employees have COVID-19, if the building has been adequately cleaned, and if anyone who is standing near you could make you sick.

COVID-19 has made us more grateful than ever that we live in a time when technology is available that allows us to do almost everything we need online rather than potentially compromising our health by walking into a building. Arranging your bail bonds is one of the things you can now do online.

We have made the online bail process as simple as possible. When you visit our website, you’ll see a Chat Now link...

Bankruptcy Fraud in California

Bankruptcy Fraud in California

Bankruptcy fraud is hardly a new concept. As long as bankruptcy has existed, people have taken advantage of the program. Most people simply weren’t aware of it happening.

While there are many negative connotations connected to bankruptcy, for many people it’s a last, desperate attempt to climb out of a horrible financial situation and rebuild their lives. In some situations, it’s a chance at redemption.

The way California’s bankruptcy system works is that complete honesty and transparency are required. When you file for bankruptcy, you’re required to report all of your assets, your earnings, and your debt load. The problem many people run into is that the temptation to hide things proves too strong. If the court finds out, trouble ensues.

Things you can’t do when you’re declarin...

Selling Real Estate Without a License

Selling Real Estate Without a License

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elling real estate seems simple enough. Someone wants to sell their house. You know a few people who would be interested. You agree to act as a broker between everyone. Considering that people sell houses as “for sale by owner” all the time, what can possibly go wrong.

Yes, it’s possible that this could turn into a good deal for everyone, it can also go horribly sideways. While state laws do allow you to sell your house without the aid of a real estate agent, you’re not allowed to step in and act as a broker for another person unless you’ve been properly licensed by the state.

Getting a real estate license in California isn’t necessarily difficult, but it does require some commitment on your part...

Jail vs. Prison

Jail vs. Prison

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hen you read through different crimes and the respective punishments, you’ll likely notice that some carry a prison sentence while others carry a jail sentence. When you’re on the right side of the law, the distinction between the two doesn’t seem like a big deal, but that changes once you’ve been charged with a crime.

As someone who fighting charges that could result in an incarceration period, you would far rather go to jail than to prison.

The majority of the population uses the words “jail and prison” interchangeably because they don’t understand how big a difference there is between the two. Yes, both are secure facilities. Yes, when you’re in either one, you’re ability to act independently and do whatever you like is curtailed...

How to React After Witnessing a Crime in California

How to React After Witnessing a Crime in California

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ollowing the rules and never committing a crime doesn’t mean you’ll never find yourself embroiled in California’s legal system. Every single day, good people just like yourself find themselves getting questioned by the police, sitting through interviews with prosecutors, and attending trials all because they witnessed a crime.

If you witness a crime in California, this is what you should do.

Your first priority is taking care of yourself. The way you react depends entirely on the type of crime you’ve witnessed. If it’s a fender bender, you’re probably not in any danger. On the other hand, if you’ve witnessed someone’s murder, you need to do whatever it takes to keep yourself alive...

Ignoring a Subpoena in California

Ignoring a Subpoena in California

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subpoena is a written order that says you have to appear in court. This is usually handed to you by a lawyer or an official the court has appointed. Subpoenas can be issued for both criminal and civil court cases. Once you’ve received a subpoena, you have no choice but to appear in court. Failing to do so can trigger some serious legal consequences.

The California legal system has three different types of subpoenas:

  • Witness subpoenas-Compels you to appear in court to testify
  • Deposition subpoenas-not only do you have to appear and testify in court, you also have to bring specific documents, which you’ll likely be questioned about, with you
  • Subpoena Duces Tecum-requires that you provide specific documents that pertain to a current court case...

What Are Infractions, Misdemeanors, and Felonies?

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What Are Infractions, Misdemeanors, and Felonies?

When it comes to crimes, they are broken up into three categories depending on their severity. Low level crimes are referred to as infractions, mid-level crimes are misdemeanors, and high level crimes are felonies. Understanding this distinction can help a person know just how much trouble someone is in when they are charged with a felony versus a misdemeanor.

A person is charged with an infraction for very low level crimes. Most traffic and parking tickets are considered infractions. Someone accused of these kinds of crimes will not face any jail time and will only have to deal with a small fee of no more than $250 here in California.

The next level of crimes are misdemeanors...

What Are Mandatory Reporting Laws?

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What Are Mandatory Reporting Laws?

Child abuse is a very serious offense that most people do not ignore. As soon as it is discovered that someone has hurt or abused a child, the authorities will be alerted. Then the accused person will be arrested and face criminal charges. More on that can be found here.

Hurting a child is cruel and so most people are against the act. If they think they are seeing signs of child abuse, they will likely report it to the proper authorities. What some people may not be aware of, is that there are certain professions that are required by law to report suspected incidents of child abuse. Failing to do so can result in legal consequences.

Who Are Mandatory Reporters?

The state of California has a law known as Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA)...