What Happens If I Violate My Probation?

What Happens If I Violate My Probation

When you’re on probation, the courts will let you know what requirements you have to meet, but no one is going to hold your hand and remind you of those requirements every single day. It’s up to you to remember what you are and aren’t allowed to do. If you violate your probation, no one will be interested in excuses.

The issue of probation violations in California is covered by Penal Code section 1203.3. The code gives the court the option to decide to revoke or modify your probation following a violation.

When your probation officer alerts the court to a violation, you’ll have to appear at a probation revocation hearing.

Probation revocation hearings are different from traditional trials. The prosecution doesn’t have to prove their case “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The o...

Distracted Driving in 2021

Distracted Driving in 2021

Most of us are familiar with drunk driving and know that it’s something we should avoid. Few of us know about distracted driving. Distracted driving is exactly what it sounds like. If you’re ticketed for distracted driving, it means that rather than paying attention to the road, the bulk of your attention was focused on something else.

Most distracted driving tickets are issued because the driver was using their cell phone while driving, but you can be ticketed for getting in an argument with your passengers, trying to set your navigation system while your vehicle is in motion, or even trying to mop up coffee that you’ve spilled all over yourself.

Distracted driving became a thing when manufacturers started installing radios in cars and people started getting into accidents because...

What is Disorderly Conduct in California

What is Disorderly Conduct in California

Disorderly conduct in California isn’t really one specific charge. It’s a blanket term that covers a surprisingly large array and variety of charges.

Charges that fall under the category of disorderly conduct in California include:

  • Trespassing
  • Rioting
  • Begging
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Prostitution (both soliciting and engaging)
  • Public intoxication
  • Loitering
  • Invasion of privacy
  • And many more

If you’re going through California’s laws, you’ll find disorderly conduct mentioned when you read PC 647.

The exact consequences of disorderly conduct in California depend on what type of crime you’ve been charged with. In most cases, you could face up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000, or community service.

The biggest consequence connected to disorderly conduct crimes in Ca...

Take Advantage of Online Bail and Stay Safe

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T
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...

Understanding Reckless Endangerment

Understanding Reckless Endangerment

R
eckless endangerment is a charge that’s filed against you when the police believe you’ve done something that posed a serious risk to another person or a group of people. It doesn’t matter if you intended to actually harm the people impacted by your decisions, all that matters is that you behaved in a manner that is considered reckless. One example of reckless endangerment is continuing to commute to work in your vehicle despite knowing that your brakes aren’t working. Another example is a couple who decided to fly while ill despite being told not to.

In California, a person is rarely charged with just reckless endangerment. It’s usually connected to another charge such as drunk driving, child abuse, burglary, etc.

In California, reckless endangerment often gets tangled up with...

How to React After Witnessing a Crime in California

How to React After Witnessing a Crime in California

F
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 Happens When you Bounce a Check in California

What Happens When you Bounce a Check in California

We all make mistakes. One of the mistakes that many of us have made at one time or another is not checking our account before writing a check. As a result, the check bounces and you face a series of problems.

The good news is that in most cases, the consequences of writing a bad check aren’t horrible. The person/business you wrote the check to contact you. You’re embarrassed but cover the amount of the check plus whatever fee the business attaches to the returned check. There’s also a chance that your bank will charge you an overdraft fee. Once you’ve covered all of these costs, you can stop worrying about the matter and get on with your life.

In some extreme cases, the legal system gets involved.

Check fraud is covered by California’s Penal Code 476 PC...

Driving on a Suspended License in California

Driving on a Suspended License in California

Several California drivers have found that they didn’t fully appreciate how much independence they enjoyed as a result of their driver’s license until the state suspended that license, making it impossible for the person to drive themselves.

Why California Driver’s Licenses Are Suspended

There are a variety of reasons your California driver’s license could be suspended. The most common cause for suspensions is a DUI conviction. Unpaid tickets, severe driving infractions, and simply accumulating too many bad driving points can also result in a suspension. There are even cases where California driver’s licenses have been suspended for non-driving offenses, the most common of which is unpaid child support.

What a Suspended California Driver’s License Means

If your California driv...