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Bail Won’t Be Intimidating With Us On Your Side

Bail Won’t Be Intimidating With Us On Your Side

Bail Won’t Be Intimidating With Us On Your Side

Most people wouldn’t consider the prospect of bailing a friend or family member out of jail fun. This is usually due to the fact that bail in the state of California usually costs several thousands of dollars. This means that, not only is bail a new experience for people, it is one that can drastically harm their bank account.

While bailing someone out can be an intimidating idea, it doesn’t have to be. You just need to get the right bail help. The best place to get bail help in California is here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Porterville. Our bail agents are some of the very best. They will start working for you right away. They will answer your questions and provide you with a customized payment plan designed with your budget in mind.

All our bail agents need to get started on finding your loved one in the jail system is your loved one’s name, his or her date of birth, and the county of arrest. Once our agents have that information, they can locate your loved one in the county jail system and begin filling out the paperwork for the bail bond.

On top of doing all of the hard work for you, our agents will work with you to create a personalized payment plan. This plan will split up the 10% cost of the bail bond and divide it over several months. By reducing the upfront cost of the bail bond, it is easier for our clients to pay for the bail.

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

The thought of bailing someone out of jail can be intimidating, especially here in California. Luckily, David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Porterville is here to help out. We provide expert bail help at affordable prices for all Californians. Let us show you that bail is nothing to worry about.

Are you looking to bail someone out? If so, call us at any time by dialing 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now and get your FREE consultation.

 

Need To Bail Someone Out? You’ve Come To The Right Place

Need To Bail Someone Out? You've Come To The Right Place

Need To Bail Someone Out? You've Come To The Right Place

Bailing someone out of jail is never something that you want to do. However, if a loved one has been arrested, then you may feel like you have no choice. After all, you are not about to leave a friend or family member stuck in a jail cell. Luckily, there are professionals who can help you at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Farmersville.

Since 1987, David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Farmersville has helped Californians deal with bail. We are experts in our field and are more than willing to help you with your predicament. Our bail agents will answer your questions and walk you through the entire bail bond process. If there is anything that you are confused about, they will happily explain it to you.

On top of us guiding you, our bail agents will set you up with a personalized payment plan that is designed to work with your budget. This will break up the cost of the bail bond, which is only 10% of the full bail price. You will only have to pay a fraction of the bail bond before we send an agent to the jail to secure your loved one’s release.

Our agents work quickly, and get started the moment you call. They work around the clock and will not rest until your loved one is out of jail. With us working for you, this can be in as little as 2 hours in some counties. You will not get this kind of dedicated bail help anywhere else in the state of California.

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

Bailing someone out of jail may not have been a part of your plans today, but you have to do it. You do not want to leave your loved one alone in a cold jail cell. Luckily, you can get affordable and caring bail help simply by contacting David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Farmersville. We have helped Californians for over 30 years, and we will gladly help you as well. We promise, we won’t let you down0

For a FREE bail bond consultation with a bail agent, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Farmersville at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now.

 

Do You Pull Over For Emergency Vehicles?

Do You Pull Over For Emergency Vehicles?

Do You Pull Over For Emergency Vehicles?

According to the US Census Bureau, the average American spends over 100 hours a year driving to and from work. That is quite a bit of time behind the wheel, and that only accounts for people driving to and from their place of work. A person also needs to consider all of the time people spend behind the wheel while running errands or going on trips, big or small. The fact is, Americans spend a lot of time behind the wheel.

One would think that with all of the time people spend behind the wheel of a vehicle, that they would have a good understanding of all of the driving laws in their state. However, that is rarely the case. After all, there are thousands of laws about driving in California alone. So it comes as no surprise that not everyone follows all of the laws while they are driving down the road.

One law in particular that often either gets forgotten or tossed to the side, is California Vehicle Code (VC) 21806.

What Is California VC 21806?

California Vehicle Code 21806 is a law that most drivers are at least aware of in some way. This is the law that state drivers on California roads must pull over to the right side of the road when an emergency vehicle is approaching with siren blaring and lights flashing. This kind of condition is referred to as a Code 3.

When emergency personnel are responding to a Code 3 call, they need to get to the scene as quickly as possible. This is why the law requires drivers to get out of their way. When a driver see an emergency vehicle approaching with lights and sirens on, they need to pull over to the side quickly, but in a safe manner. This will leave the road open and clear for the first responders.

It is important to note, that VC 21806 does not specify which direction the emergency vehicle may be approaching from. This means that it does not matter if the vehicle is traveling in the opposite direction of the driver, he or she should still pull over to the right side of the road. After all, it is not uncommon for emergency vehicles to need to drive down the wrong side of the road to get to their destination quickly.

Another important fact to note, is that drivers should never pull over in a reckless manner. They should pull over in a safe fashion, and they should never stop in an intersection. Instead, they should continue through the intersection and pull over once it is safe to do so.

Consequences Of Breaking This Law

Failing to yield right of way to emergency vehicles, thereby breaking VC 21806, can earn a driver a ticket. This ticket will come with fine of around $500, which could cost more due to court fees. On top of that, a driver will receive a point on their driving record.

Additional points on a person’s driving record can lead to increased insurance rates. This is due to the fact that insurance companies see incidents like this as meaning the driver in question is more likely to get in an accident, which could cost them money in the future. In order to counter that possible cost, they raise the driver’s insurance rates.

If a driver receives too many points on their record within a certain time frame, they could have their license suspended. When a person’s license is suspended, they are not legally allowed to driver themselves anywhere. This can make getting to work or running errands, very difficult.

It’s Best To Just Pull Over

There’s a lot of laws when it comes to driving a vehicle, whether you are in the state of California or anywhere else in the nation. One of the more important ones is to yield the right of way to emergency vehicles that are responding to a call. Luckily, it is pretty easy to tell when they are responding to a call thanks to the loud sirens and flashing lights.

Failing to perform the simple task of pulling over to the right and stopping, can earn a driver a nice little ticket. On top of that, it can delay an emergency responder and prevent them from doing their jobs, which could save someone’s life. That is why it is best to just pull over to the side instead of trying to rush to your destination.

 

Are Paper Receipts About To Be Banned In California?

Are Paper Receipts About To Be Banned In California?

Are Paper Receipts About To Be Banned In California?

For a long time, California has been a leader in green policies across the nation. Laws that ban plastic bags and restrict plastic straw use have recently been enacted. The state and its lawmakers are always looking for ways to clean up the state, and the world. That is why one of the latest bills going through the state legislature is not that big of a surprise.

A new bill circulating through the state legislature is aimed at reducing the amount of paper waste that is produced within California. Assembly Bill (AB) 161 seeks to eliminate paper receipts, thereby reducing the amount of waste California produces.

Meet Assembly Bill 161

AB 161 was authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting from San Francisco. Paper receipts are a big culprit of wasted resources. This becomes very obvious when a person considers how long the average person holds onto a receipt. In most cases, the person keeps the piece of paper long enough to reach the nearest trash can. That is, if they hold onto it that long.

Then, there are the businesses that give out ridiculously large paper receipts. CVS in particular is notorious for giving out huge receipts due to all of the coupons they add onto the bottom. In some instances, people have taken to social media to post pictures of receipts that are as tall as refrigerators.

In addition to the short use of receipts, is the fact that the paper often has to be too thin to be made from recycled sources, and the chemicals on the paper prevent it from being recycled in the future.

It is estimated that the state of California produces around 180,000 tons of paper receipts every year.

This new bill seeks to reduce this waste by requiring all business to give receipts electronically, either through text messages or through email. Paper receipts would only be provided if the customer asked for one. If passed, businesses would have until 2022 to begin providing clients with paperless receipts. Businesses who failed to follow this new law would receive up to 2 warnings before facing fines of up to $25 a day, with a max annual fine of $300.

Not Everyone Supports The Bill

As with any new bill, there is opposition to AB 161. For starters, many business associations are against this bill due to the expected cost of creating a system capable of providing electronic receipts. They argue that, while such a system is possible, not every company is capable of affording one.

Another group against the new bill is the American Forest and Paper Association. This association comes from the paper industry and argues that 180,000 tons of paper is just a small percentage of all the paper waste created by the state. Getting rid of paper receipts isn’t going to make a huge difference.

Yet another group against the bill is the California Grocers Association. They argue that they use paper receipts to help reduce shoplifting. They check customer receipts at the exit to ensure that a person doesn’t walk off with items they didn’t actually pay for. This has been especially helpful since shoppers began using their own reusable bags.

Lawmakers are currently looking into some of the concerns to come up with ways to address them.

Should California Do This?

As California lawmakers look to reduce even more waste created by the state, AB 161 could be the next step in the process. There is no denying that most receipts are wasted the minute they are printed. However, not all of them are bad or without their use.

What do you think of Assembly Bill 161?

Should California ban paper receipts unless a client asks for them, or is this taking things too far? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

California Is Facing A Different Kind Of Drought

California Is Facing A Different Kind Of Drought

California Is Facing A Different Kind Of Drought

The state of California has been in a drought for quite a while. Yes, this last winter brought a lot of rain with it, ending the actual drought, but there is another drought that the state is facing. California has not had a large earthquake, 6.0 or higher, since Napa had one in 2014. The last big one before that happened on Easter Sunday in 2010, and even though it shook Southern California, the quake was actually centered south of the border in Mexicali.

While not having a lot of big earthquakes may seem like a good thing, it can actually be pretty bad. Aside from the fact that without regular quakes, people tend to forget to prepare for them, there’s the fact that pressure is beginning to build up. This means the next earthquake can be much more violent. This is all the more reason why California residents need to be prepared for an earthquake at any time.

The Nature Of Earthquakes

Earthquakes occur along fault lines between tectonic plates in the earth’s crust. The entirety of the earth’s crust is broken up into pieces, and those pieces “float” atop the molten lava of the mantle. Here in California, The North American Plate meets the Pacific Plate, which creates the San Andreas Fault Line. The eastern side of the fault is slowly moving south, while the western side creeps north. This slow movement creates friction, which causes earthquakes.

The plates are always in motion, which means that there should always be some rumbling, big or small. However, sometimes sections of the plates get stuck and locked together. This absence of movement and shaking is bad. Pressures builds near the section until it finally snaps apart. This is what causes big earthquakes.

As damaging as earthquakes are, people are always looking for ways to predict them. While there are a few theories out there on the subject, there is still no concrete way to predict exactly when an earthquake will happen. This means that the best people can do, is always be prepared for one to strike.

How To Be Ready For Earthquakes

Getting ready for an earthquake can be divided into three sections:

  • Preparing for an earthquake.
  • What to do during an earthquake.
  • What to do after an earthquake.

When it comes to preparing for an earthquake, people should have action plans ready to go. An action plan includes things like how a person can get out of a building if need be, and where to take cover when an earthquake strikes. This plan should be practiced regularly so that everyone is familiar with it.

Another part of being prepared is having supplies stashed away. A good rule of thumb is to have three days’ worth of supplies stored for each member of the family. There should also be a first aid kit, medication for family members who require certain medications, and don’t forget supplies for any pets.

During an earthquake, a person should drop to their knees and find cover under a sturdy piece of furniture away from any glass. A person should not attempt to run outside or hide in a doorway, since this does not offer protection from falling objects.

After an earthquake, a person should remain calm and check for any damage done to structures and people. They should also be prepared for aftershocks, and if they are by the ocean, they should head for higher ground because there could be a tsunami coming.

There are a lot of important details about being ready for earthquakes that Californians should be aware of, far more than can be listed here. A good place to get all of the details is at ready.gov. This government website gives tips and advice to be ready for any kind of disaster, not just earthquakes.

Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared

Dealing with earthquakes can be terrifying, which is why most Californians are glad to be in an earthquake drought. However, that can be a bad thing. A drought in earthquakes increases the chances of a “Big One” striking. California residents should not forget that the state is very earthquake prone, and they should be prepared for an earthquake to strike at any time.

Are you prepared for an earthquake to strike?

Let us know how you’ve prepared for the next “Big One” in the comments down below.

 

Bail Is Easy And Affordable With Us On Your Side

Bail Is Easy And Affordable With Us On Your Side

Bail Is Easy And Affordable With Us On Your Side

Everyone has a group of people out there that they would do anything for, no matter what. If one of these people need help moving, you are there. If another needs to be bailed out of jail, you are there, with admittedly some hesitation. The hesitation isn’t so much over the fact of not wanting to help, it’s more from not knowing how to help. After all, you’ve never bailed someone out of jail before.

As intimidating and scary as the idea of bail may seem, it isn’t that terrifying at all. You just need to know what you’re doing. This can easily be accomplished by contacting a professional bail agent. Some of the best bail agents in California can be found here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare. Our bail agents are always ready and waiting to help you rescue a friend or family member from jail.

Since 1987, David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare has helped Californians rescue their loved ones from jail. We know everything about the bail bond process and will be more than happy to assist you. Once you call us, one of our agents will guide you through the whole process and answer your questions along the way. All they need to get started is your loved one’s name, date of birth, and the county of arrest.

They will walk you through the paperwork for the bail bond and explain every part to you. They will also communicate with the jail to secure your loved one’s release. Lastly, they will work with you to create a personalized payment plan that fits into your monthly budget. This way, you will be able to afford it. Our services includes:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

The idea of bailing someone out of jail may intimidate you, but it shouldn’t so long as you have help from the professionals here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare. With our experts at your side, your loved one can be out of jail in just a few hours. Then you will be able to get back to doing more fun things with your loved ones. Consultation is always FREE, so call us today!

For fast and affordable bail bond service in California, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now.

 

Posting Bail Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

Posting Bail Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

Posting Bail Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

Dealing with the arrest of a loved one can be a very intimidating undertaking. After all, for most people, the concept of bail is pretty new and foreign to them. They’ve only experienced bail through the television screen, which doesn’t offer a very good view at how bail really works. Luckily, bailing someone out of jail isn’t as bad as people think it is, provided they get good and honest bail help.

The best place to find professional bail help here in California is at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Porterville. Since 1987, we have helped thousands of Californians deal with the strange and foreign concept of bail. We take the new experience and make it quick and easy for all of our clients. Let us do the same for you too.

Our reliable bail agents are available 24/7, so they will always be there to offer you a helping hand. Once you talk to one of our agent, they will begin working for you. They will answer any bail-related questions you may have with no cost to you because we offer FREE consultation. Once you decide to use our service, they will then help you fill out the paperwork for the bail bond. On top of that, they will also create a personalized payment plan that is designed to fit your budget in mind, making the bail bond more affordable.

Even though our bail bonds are only 10% of the bail that they are for, we know that they can still be a bit expensive for the average individual. That is why we also offer discounts for qualified individuals. If you or a co-signer for the bail bond meets one of the requirements below, you can get an extra 20% discount on the price of the bail bond.

  • Is a member of the military.
  • Is a member of AARP.
  • Is a union member.
  • Is a homeowner.
  • Has a private attorney.

Even if you haven’t bailed someone out of jail before, you should still be able to help out. All you need to do is contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Porterville. Our bail agents will happily guide you through the entire bail process, explaining each step, so you know exactly what is going on. With us on your side, you can rest easy knowing that your loved one will be bailed out of jail in no time. What more could you ask for? Call us today and get your FREE consultation. We promise, we won’t let you down.

To learn more about our services, feel free to call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Porterville at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now. Consultation is always FREE!

 

Is It Legal To Own A Stun Gun Or Pepper Spray In CA?

Is It Legal To Own A Stun Gun Or Pepper Spray In CA?

Is It Legal To Own A Stun Gun Or Pepper Spray In CA?

Everyone wants to feel safe wherever they go. Sometimes that means a person carries something around with them in case they need to defend themselves. Two of the most common and popular forms of non-lethal defense are stun guns and pepper spray. While people want to be safe, they also want to ensure that they are not breaking any laws in doing so.

This can be especially tricky here in California. This state has a lot of laws that people aren’t familiar with, but are pretty easy to break. This is especially true when it comes to weapons of any sort. While both pepper spray and stun guns are non-lethal, they are still categorized as weapons. This means there are strict rules that have to be followed, or else a person could find themselves in legal trouble.

Pepper Spray Laws In California

Pepper spray is a chemical compound derived from chili plants. When it is sprayed onto a person’s face, it can cause severe, but temporary reactions, including:

  • Eyes tearing up.
  • Coughing.
  • Tightening of the chest.
  • Mucus secretions.
  • A burning sensation.

Needless to say, being sprayed with the stuff is not a pleasant experience, which is why it is commonly used as a self-defense, non-lethal weapon.

Pepper spray is legal to own and use within the state of California by both law enforcement agents and private individuals over the age of 16. However, pepper spray can only legally be used in self-defense situations. It cannot be used to attack someone.

To complicate things a little further, the term “use” is looked at in a unique way here in California. A person can be considered using pepper spray if they simply hold the container in a threatening manner. It doesn’t matter if the container is empty or full, sprayed or not. Holding it means it was used.

Using pepper spray in non-self-defense situations can earn a person a misdemeanor or felony charge, depending on the circumstances. That means there can be heavy fines, and even jail time.

People who are prohibited from using pepper spray include:

  • People convicted of a felony.
  • People convicted of assault.
  • Minors under the age of 16 without parental permission.
  • Anyone addicted to narcotics.

Interestingly, pepper spray is illegal to use in war since it is considered a chemical weapon, but is still allowed to be used in self-defense situations.

What Are Stun Guns?

Stun guns or Tasers as they are commonly called, are a special type of weapon designed to immobilize an attacker by applying large amounts of electricity. California Penal Code (PC) 244.5 defines a stun gun as any offensive or defensive weapon capable of immobilizing a person by the infliction of an electrical charge. By simply sending jolts of electricity through a person’s body, their muscles will tense up, restricting movement and causing pain, thereby incapacitating the person.

For people wondering about the difference between stun guns and tasers, tasers are actually a specific brand of stun guns. This is similar to how Chap Stick is actually a specific brand of lip balm.

Stun guns are legal to own and use for self-defense purposes within the state of California by law enforcement officers and private individuals over the age of 16 and have parental permission. Felons and minors under the age of 16 are prohibited by law from owning or using a stun gun.

Assaulting someone with a stun gun can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances of the crimes and the person’s criminal record. This can earn a person jail or prison time, and up to $10,000 in fines.

Stay Safe Out There

Everyone wants to feel safe and everyone has their preferred method of self-defense. For anyone out there using pepper spray or stun guns, just be sure to only use or brandish these weapons for self-defense. If a person uses these items to attack another person, they can face serious legal trouble. That is something nobody wants to deal with.

It is also important to note that these sort of laws vary from state to state. What may be okay to do here in California may not be allowed in other states. A person should keep this in mind if they are traveling across the country. After all, no one wants to get into legal trouble for simply trying to defend themselves.

What do you think about California’s take on pepper spray and stun guns?

Should there be more or less restrictions? Are things fine the way they are now? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

San Francisco’s Fight Against E-Cigarettes

San Francisco’s Fight Against E-Cigarettes

San Francisco’s Fight Against E-Cigarettes

Most people recognize the fact that smoking is bad for you. Repeatedly breathing in smoke can severely damage a person’s lungs and lead to numerous health problems later in life. In addition, nicotine, which can be found in all cigarettes, is extremely addictive. This leads to a person continuing to smoke, despite the obvious health risks.

People, mostly concerned parents and lawmakers, have been trying to reduce the likelihood of children smoking for years, and they were gaining ground. However, in recent years, electronic cigarettes have become increasingly popular, especially amongst minors. This is problematic for a number of reasons, and lawmakers are pushing to get regulations in place to protect youth across the country. Until that can be achieved, cities like San Francisco are attempting to take matters into their own hands.

The Argument Against E-Cigarettes

Many concerned adults out there feel that companies that produce and sell electronic cigarettes are targeting minors with their sales tactics. The belief that by doing this, the companies can get the kids addicted to their products so that they become lifelong users.

The reason that some adults believe this to be the case, is due to the fact that e-cigarettes can come in a variety of different candy flavors. In addition, e-cigarettes are often designed to look “flashy” and “cool” looking gadgets which grabs a minor’s attention and makes them want one of their own.

This belief is backed up by a recent report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After conducting a study amongst middle and high school students, the CDC found that 5% of middle school students, and 21% of high school students used an e-cigarette in the last 30 days. This amounts to roughly 3.6 million students using e-cigs in 2018.

What San Francisco Is Doing About It

In an effort to combat the rise of e-cigarette usage amongst minors, a joint letter from three cities was sent to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The three cities were:

  • San Francisco
  • Chicago
  • New York

The letter demanded that the FDA research and evaluate the effects of e-cigarettes. Recently, the FDA released proposed guidelines for how companies could submit applications to have their products evaluated by the FDA. A deadline of 2021 was also issued to companies who wish to sell e-cigarettes.

All of this regulation was initially supposed to be done by 2018, but back in 2017 FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb postponed the deadline until 2022, stating that companies and the FDA would need more time to prepare for the evaluations. While the deadline was recently moved forward by a year, it is still too slow of a timetable for the City of San Francisco.

San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton recently introduced legislation that would ban the sale of any electronic cigarettes in the city unless they have been reviewed by the FDA.

This comes after the city became the first in the nation to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping liquids all together.

Walton also introduced legislation that would bar the production, selling, and distribution of tobacco products on city property. This legislation was largely aimed at Juul Labs, an electronic cigarette company that rents property on Pier 70. Walton was quoted saying: “We don’t want them in our city.”

Should E-Cigarettes Be Banned All Together?

Supporters of e-cigarettes have long argued that e-cigs allow smokers to wean themselves off of tobacco, since e-cigs allow the user to control the amount of nicotine delivered in each puff. The problem is that more and more e-cigs seem to be opening the market up more to kids, rather than helping people quit smoking all together, which is why the City of San Francisco is taking action.

What do you think of the city’s latest ideas at combating minors and the use of e-cigarettes?

Is this taking things too far, or is it a step in the right direction? Should the rest of California follow suite? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Shaming Parents Who Are Behind On Child Support Payments

Shaming Parents Who Are Behind On Child Support Payments

Shaming Parents Who Are Behind On Child Support Payments

Getting a divorce can be a pretty ugly mess, especially when children are involved. Custody battles can be terrible, and can cause rifts between both parents that can last a lifetime. However, those differences should be put aside for the sake of the children, no matter which parent they end up with. After all, by having kids, both parents signed on to the job of taking care and raising them.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen after a divorce. Even though a parent may have lost custody of their children, they still usually have to pay some form of child support because children are expensive. If a parent doesn’t pay that money, the other parent will struggle to provide their children with what they need. This isn’t fair to the kids, which is why some California lawmakers are looking into ways to ensure that parents always pay their child support.

Assembly Bill 1498

In an effort to ensure that kids always get the support they need from their parents, some lawmakers here in California have authored a new bill. Under this new bill, some parents who are behind on their child support payments might get some extra encouragement to start making those payments.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1498 was authored by California Assemblyman Tom Lackey and introduced to the State Assembly earlier this year. The bill proposes creating a new website that would publicly display important information about parents who are behind on their child support using a similar method that a few other states have adopted.

Some of the information that would be on display includes:

  • Name
  • Photo
  • Amount of child support owed
  • Zip code
  • Number of children

The idea is that by displaying this information in a public way, the parent will be peer pressured into making up those missed child support payments. It is important to note that not every parent who is behind on child support payments will be listed on the site.

For starters, the ex-spouse of the parent would have to okay the act of putting the other parent on the site, since it could draw unwanted attention towards the children. On top of that, only parents who owe more than $5,000, have been delinquent for a minimum of 12 months, and have not made a payment in 6 months. The parent cannot be going through any financial trouble, such as bankruptcy or be locked up in jail or prison to be eligible to be placed on the website.

This proposed bill, of course, has supporters and opponents. There are those who deserved this type of shaming, if a parent isn’t doing their part in taking care of their child. However, there are those who argue that this is taking things too far.

The Consequences As They Are Now

Currently, when a parent is behind on their child support payments, there are some pretty big consequences. After all, this money is meant to help raise a child, and as such, falling behind on the payments is a very bad thing. Aside from the basic penalty of acquiring interest on the late payments, there are harsher consequences as well.

Some of the consequences for falling behind on child support include:

  • Revoking the parent’s driver’s license.
  • Intercepting the parent’s wages and transferring them directly to the custodial parent.
  • Intercepting the parent’s tax returns or unemployment.
  • Placing a lien on the parent’s property.
  • Deny passport or other government applications.

In cases where the parent has the money for the child support, but refuses to pay it, that parent could face legal trouble and jail time.

Child Support Is A Very Big Deal

Paying child support is a very big deal. In theory, it is money that would have been there had the parents not become separated in the first place. That money is meant to ensure that the child is provided with everything he or she needs growing up. That is why it is such a big deal when a parent falls behind on child support payments, and why lawmakers here in California are looking for more ways to ensure that parents keep up with parenting.

Lawmakers like Assemblyman Lackey hope that by publicly shaming parents who are behind on their child support payments, the parent will be more likely to avoid falling behind and work harder at making up those payments. The idea is to use peer pressure them with a purpose.

What do you think of this proposed bill?

Is this a good thing, or are lawmakers taking things too far? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

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