Can You Expunge a Criminal Record in California?

Can You Expunge a Criminal Record in California?

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criminal record can haunt you for the rest of your life. Even a minor offense can make it difficult for you to land your dream job, build a successful relationship, obtain business licenses, and even be approved for loans. The problem is that many people find out that you have a record and automatically assume that you’re in trouble. Many people fail to look any deeper into the situation. Arranging to have your criminal record expunged is one of the ways you can regain control of your life.

Understanding the Difference Between and Expunged Criminal Record and a Case Dismissal

It is important to know that there is a huge difference between having a criminal record expunged as opposed to a case dismissal in California.

What is a Dismissal in California?

Having your case dismissed is the...

California’s Attitude Toward Vandalism

California’s Attitude Toward Vandalism

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andalism is often an act of passion. Most of us are angry or hurt. We want to strike back at the person we believe treated us badly. We might choose to do this by smashing their mailbox, spray painting a crude message on the side of their house, or slashing their tires. Normally, we feel better about the vandalism… until the police knock on our door.

The problem with vandalism is that the victim almost always has a pretty good idea of who was responsible. If they’ve recently argued with, broken up with, or aggravated someone they usually tell the police about the incident. The personal nature of the crime means that you’re likely to get caught.

What California Considers Vandalism

You might think that smashing someone’s mailbox is an act of just revenge. The state disagrees...

California’s Video Taping Laws

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here was a time when no one worried about what would happen if they videotaped someone. Prior to cell phone cameras, it was nearly impossible for the average person to videotape someone without the person being taped knowing about it. Now that everyone has a video camera on their cell phone, many people have accidentally broken California’s laws regarding videotaping people without their consent.

Cell phone cameras made it possible to videotape people without that person’s consent. Social media makes it possible for us to share these tapes. The combination has created legal problems for many people.

According to the current laws, you are allowed to record a video of people without their consent, but only if you don’t pick up any bits of their conversation...

Unwritten Camping Rules to Remember

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amping is wonderful. Camping provides you with the means to connect to the earth and nature while also bonding with family and friends. The best thing about camping is all the great memories you collect during each camping trip. The next time you’re about to hit the woods for an epic camping trip, keep these unwritten camping rules in mind.

Leave Your Site Better than you Found It

It doesn’t matter if you’re a slob at home when you’re camping, you need to turn into a neat freak. Commit yourself to keeping each place you pitch your camp cleaner than when you found it. Not only does this ensure that the next set of campers who come along will also have a nice place to set up camp, but it also proves that you are environmentally aware.
Keeping the campsites cleaner than how you fou...

Pepper Spray: California’s Laws and Ownership Regulations

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If you consider pepper spray the perfect self-defense tool, you’re not alone. The world is full of people who feel safer when they have a small container of pepper spray in their pockets. The spray is affordable, easy to find, and legal. Or is it?

Who Can and Can’t Use Pepper Spray in California?

Most people don’t realize that California prohibits several people from using pepper spray. The people who aren’t allowed to purchase or use pepper spray includes:

  • Anyone who has been convicted of either a felony or any type of assault case
  • Anyone who has a known drug abuse problem
  • Minors

Sixteen-year-olds are the one exception to the “minors can’t use pepper spray” rule. A sixteen is allowed to both purchase and carry pepper spray but only when they’re in the presence of a legal guardian.

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Ponzi Schemes and California Law

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Ponzi schemes aren’t legal in California. The state considers these financial cons a type of financial fraud. California’s judicial system is currently set up in such a way that it helps protect whistleblowers and consumers from getting caught up in the legal drama that always surrounds Ponzi schemes.

Understanding the Difference Between Ponzi Schemes and Pyramid Schemes

Many people mistakenly assume that Ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes are the same things. While there are quite a few similarities, there are also a few key differences.
Ponzi schemes are usually handled by a single person. That individual convinces investors to take part in something, usually a promised investment, that never comes to fruition...

What Not to do When You Are Getting a Bail Bond

When you apply for a bail bond, you want to make sure that all the information you have is 100% correct and accurate. You want to have all of this information ready. If something is missing or you have the wrong info, it can prolong the bail bond process, or it can jeopardize your freedom if the mistake is caught after you have been released. Here is what not to do when you are getting a bail bond:

• Do not provide incorrect contact information for yourself.
• Do not providing incorrect contact information for your co-signer.
• Do not travel while out on bail without notifying the bail bond company and court first. Make sure you are actually allowed to travel while out on bail.
• Do not get arrested, while out on bail.
• Do not treat your co-signer poorly or lose their respect/ trust...

How to Tell Your Child About Their Parent’s Arrest

If you thought getting the phone call learning that your significant other was arrested was hard, imagine the moment you realize you need to figure out how to explain this to your young child. They are certainly going to notice if Mom or Dad is missing for a few hours or a couple days.

You will need to consider their age and how much they may understand. You may need to sugar coat the situation, you may not. It is ultimately up to your discretion.

What you can and will do is help bail your partner out of jail as fast as possible so that their time away from home and the family is as minimal as possible. We cannot do anything until your loved one has been arraigned, that is when bail is determined, but the moment you have all the information, contact San Francisco Bail Bond Store, and we w...

Catch Up and Get Ahead on Bail Bond Payments Using Your Tax Return

We hope you have not gone and spent all the money you got from your tax return already. This money can be used toward that bail bond you are paying off. You should consider doing so if you find that you are close to falling behind on payments, or if your finances are spread a little thin.

Whether it is a bail bond for yourself or a loved one, if you are paying for it, you should definitely categorize this with your priority payments like rent and utilities. Although you do have the custom payment plan, and San Francisco Bail Bond Store is accommodating and flexible, it does not mean that it is okay to fall behind on payments. San Francisco Bail Bond Store worked with you on a payment plan tailored to your financial situation. Now you need to stay on track with this plan.

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We Cannot Lower Bail but We Can Bail You Out Affordably

It is not often that a judge will reduce a person’s bail after setting it. The judge is the only person who can lower bail; not even a lawyer can lower a defendant’s bail. Although it is rare for bail to be reduced, it does happen. This was the case recently in a matter involving the police shooting of a Bay Area man. The man’s original bail was set at $2 million, but was later lowered to $105 thousand after the judge reviewed body camera footage, revealing more truths and facts than were originally reported.

Because the majority of defendants will not be able to get their bail lowered, the best situation for them is to post bail using a bail bond from San Francisco Bail Bond Store...