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We Give You Time To Afford Posting Bail

We Give You Time To Afford Posting Bail

We Give You Time To Afford Posting Bail

Most people can’t afford to make large payments on something without having time to prepare. This is especially true when it comes to posting bail for a loved one. Bail can be expensive in California. Unfortunately, there usually isn’t much time to prepare for bail, since you never know for sure when you might need it.

This is one of the main reasons why people struggle with bailing loved ones out of jail. Luckily for you, David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Exeter is here to help. We understand how difficult it can be to deal with the sudden expense of a bail, so we do what we can to make it more affordable. We do this by offering bail bonds at 10% the price of the bail, providing personalized payment plans, and offering 0% down plans to qualified clients.

At David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Exeter, our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail they are for. This means that you save 90% by coming to us for bail help. This greatly reduces the cost of bailing someone out of jail. Couple that with our personalized payment plans, which break up the cost of the bail bond allowing you to pay it off bit by bit, and you can suddenly afford to bail out your loved one.

Lastly, we provide clients with approved credit the ability to make their first payment up to 30 days after their loved one has been released. This is done for clients who qualify and different clients qualify for different lengths of time before they need to make that first payment. To learn more, talk to one of our bail agents.

Some of the other services we provide for our clients include:

  • 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

With a payment plan, and 0% down, we give our clients a little extra time to gather the money needed for a bail bond. Whenever you need cheap and affordable bail help in California, you can count on David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Exeter to be there for you. Call us today!

To get affordable bail bond and start the bail process, just call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Exeter at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat. Consultation is FREE!

 

Why Was My Loved One Arrested?

Why Was My Loved One Arrested?

Why Was My Loved One Arrested?

You never know what a friend or family member could get arrested for. After all, you never really expected a loved one to get arrested at all. Once you learn of a loved one’s arrest, you may not actually know why he or she was arrested. Trying to find that information on your own can be difficult, especially when your loved one can only talk to you for so long.

Luckily, there are professionals who can help you. All you have to do is contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Dinuba. For over 30 years, we have helped Californians deal with bail and rescue their loved ones from jail. We can do the same for you.

We provide all kinds of services for our clients, including:

  • 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

Once we locate your loved one in the county jail system, which we can do with just their name, date of birth, and county of arrest, we can answer all of your questions. We can even tell you why your loved one was arrested in the first place. Once all of your questions have been answered and decided to use our services, then we can begin the bail bond process.

Our expert bail agents have plenty of experience with bail, and so they can guide you through the whole process. With us on your side, your loved one can be out of jail in as little as 2 hours in some counties. Regardless of how long it takes, our agents will work non-stop to get your loved one out of jail.

No matter how surprising the arrest of a loved one can be for you, there is no reason to panic. David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Dinuba has plenty of experience helping people rescue their loved ones from jail. You can count on us to be there for you and to answer any questions that you might have about your loved one’s arrest.

Want to talk to a bail agent and get your FREE consultation? Just call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Dinuba at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Trespassing Laws And Oversharing On Social Media

Trespassing Laws And Oversharing On Social Media

Trespassing Laws And Oversharing On Social Media

Going out and exploring the world can be a lot of fun. There are millions of spectacular and amazing sights to see out there. Sadly, not all of the great views are open to the public. From being too dangerous for the public, or someone just wants to keep the land to themselves, some views may be kept behind fences.

Despite the reasoning, some people decide that they want to see the view for themselves. This sounds like a harmless act, but it can actually get a person into big trouble, even here in California. A person can easily be charged with trespassing for doing this, especially if that person decides to post pictures from the incident onto social media.

What Is Oversharing?

As social media became popular, people began to share more and more of their lives online. This led to problems of oversharing, where people share stuff that would have been better left private. A person never wants to share too much personal information about themselves. If a person is not careful, then they could inadvertently give the people of the internet the ability to steal their identity, or provide police officers with self-incriminating evidence.

Despite what a person might think, deleting something from the internet is practically impossible. Even if a person deletes the post/image/video from their page, someone else could have copied or screenshot it and posted it elsewhere, meaning it still exists online. This is why a person has to really be careful about what they share online.

Over sharing on social media can even get people into trouble. There have been hundreds of incidents of people posting pictures or videos online that show the individual committing criminal activity. Plenty of celebrities have fallen victim to this over the years.

The police are well aware of how much people share on their social media accounts and often turn to those during investigations to look for more evidence. This means if a person shared any pictures or videos of themselves while doing the illegal act in question, then they provided the incriminating evidence to the police.

California Trespassing Law

State Penal Code 602 defines trespassing as the act of a person entering into or remaining on someone else’s property without their permission to do so. The law goes on to list dozens of different scenarios where a person could be considered trespassing.

In some cases, trespassing can be charged as an infraction. This means a person faces a small fine, whose size is dependent on how many times the person has trespassed onto that particular piece of property.

  • $75 for a first time offense.
  • $250 for a second offense.
  • Misdemeanor charges for any subsequent offenses.

In California, most trespassing offenses are charged as misdemeanors. This means a person accused of this crime faces the following consequences:

  • Up to 6 months in jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Misdemeanor probation.

A person can face felony charges for trespassing when they make a credible threat against someone, and then trespass onto that person’s property or workplace with the intent of carrying out that threat. Under these conditions, a person can end up in county jail for 16 months, 2 years or 3 years.

Don’t Trespass Or Post The Pictures Online

Just because there is a good view on someone else’s land does not mean a person should sneak onto the property. They do not have permission to do so and can be charged with trespassing here in California. This becomes even more likely if they post pictures or videos of the view onto their social media account where anyone can see them.

A person should always be aware of what they are sharing online and how that could affect them. Oversharing online is easily avoidable.

What do you think of California’s take on trespassing?

Are the consequences too steep, just right or not enough? Let us know in the comments below.

 

How To Stay Safe With Ride Share Services

How To Stay Safe With Ride Share Services

How To Stay Safe With Ride Share Services

One of the many great services to come out of the digital age is ride sharing. Apps like Uber and Lyft have made getting a ride to or from just about anywhere incredibly convenient. All a person has to do is pull up the app on their phone and a driver will soon be on their way.

Unfortunately, as great as this new tech is, there are still some problems. As with anything good, there are people out there who want to take advantage of it. Some people are just bad at driving people around, while others are purposefully looking for ways to take advantage of people. When using any of these ride share services, a person needs to be careful so that they don’t end up in any sort of danger.

Ride Share Safety Tips

Following these ride share safety tips and stay away from danger.

  • Alert the driver to being tracked.
    People are more likely to commit crimes when they think they can get away with it. Let a driver know that the ride is being tracked. This can be done by calling someone while in the car and saying something like: “I’m in my Uber and on my way. I’ll be there in 15 minutes and you can track the ride on the app.” If a person doesn’t want to call someone at an odd hour, they can always leave a voice memo to themselves but pretend it’s a call.
  • Be a good passenger.
    This means a person should always wear their seatbelt, avoid distracting the driver and never ask the driver to do anything dangerous.
  • Be courteous to others.
    When riding with other passengers, be polite and kind to them as well as to the driver.
  • Check driver’s ratings.
    Driver’s with bad ratings typically have those ratings for a reason and should be avoided.
  • Choose seats carefully.
    Try to avoid sitting in the front when possible. Sitting in the back can put space between the rider and the driver and offers two doors to exit from rather than just one. A person should try to pick a seat that allows them to see the road, to make sure the driver is going the right way. A good driver won’t mind where a passenger sits, so beware of drivers who insist on someone sitting in a certain spot.
  • Don’t get personal.
    There is no reason to give personal information, such as a last name, phone number or social media information to a driver. There is also never a need to pay a driver in person. That is always handled through the app. Lastly, if a person is getting a ride home, they should have the driver drop them off somewhere safe and close to their own house, but not at the address itself to avoid giving away a home address.
  • Make sure the driver drives safely.
    Every driver should follow the rules of the road, especially drivers who are doing so professionally.
  • Report sketchy incidents.
    If anything happens that raises some alarms, report it on the app once safe. This can help prevent something bad from happening to someone else.
  • Ride with others.
    Everyone knows that there is strength in numbers, and the same is true for getting a ride. Try to ride with other people whenever possible.
  • Share trip information.
    Both Uber and Lyft allow users to share their trip with trusted contacts. This way, friends and family members will receive live updates on where the passenger’s phone is to know if the car is going the right way.
  • Trust yourself.
    Even if we may not know why, we often are pretty good at picking up on bad situations. If a person’s gut is telling them something is off, they should listen to it. A person should always prioritize their safety over their passenger rating.
  • Verify the vehicle.
    A person should always make sure that the vehicle that showed up is the one listed on their phone. Not just the make and model but also the license plate as well. Also make sure that the driver matches their photo on the app.
  • Wait in safety.
    When waiting for a ride, be sure to wait in a safe area that is well-lit. For instance, request the ride from inside a well-lit and populated building and only go out once the driver has arrived.
  • Watch for traffic.
    Always check for traffic before entering or exiting a vehicle. No one wants to get hit by a car.
  • What’s my name?
    Never get straight into a car. Instead, a person should approach the driver and ask them what their name is. The official driver will know the name of the person they are there to pick up and the person’s destination as well.

Stay Safe

Ride sharing apps and companies like Lyft and Uber are great ways for people to get around. This is especially important around the holiday season as people are busy going to parties and having fun. With services like this, they are able to drink as much as they want and still secure a safe ride home.

While most ride sharing drivers are safe people, there are some out there that aren’t so great. These drivers should be avoided when possible and a person should always follow the tips listed above to keep themselves safe whenever they need a ride.

 

New California Laws For 2020

New California Laws For 2020

New California Laws For 2020

The start of the new year brings a lot of changes for everyone. For many people, the new year is the perfect time to for self-improvement through New Year’s Resolutions. However, this isn’t the change that we are talking about.

Every year, lawmakers discuss and debate new laws. When they agree on a law, it is assigned a date when the law will go into effect. Typically, this date is January 1st of the following year. This is why the new year always brings new laws with it.

Due to the fact that new laws appear each year, it is very important for people to pay attention to the changes or else they could find themselves in trouble for doing something that is no longer legal.

Some New California Laws For 2020

Each year in California, law makers vote on dozens of laws to decide whether or not they should be enacted. Due to the sheer volume of laws being considered, even if a lot of laws are rejected, there are still plenty that get added each year.

Here is just a sample of some of the new laws going into effect on January 1st, 2020:

  • ASSEMBLY BILL 5
    Forces companies to reevaluate all contract workers and consider them employees, with full benefits, unless they can prove that the worker is a contractor based on certain requirements.
  • ASSEMBLY BILL 9
    Extends the time period in which employees can make claims of discrimination and harassments against companies from 1 year to 3 years.
  • ASSEMBLY BILL 12
    Makes it so law enforcement officers can request firearm restraining orders against an individual. Also makes it so that courts can adjust the length of the restraining order’s time period to be anywhere from 1 to 5 years in length.
  • ASSEMBLY BILL 25 (California Consumer Privacy Act)
    Requires businesses that collect digital information about consumers to alert consumers to what information is being collected, allow the consumer to deny the collection and selling of that information, and to allow the consumer to request a company to delete any information it may have collected on the consumer. Also allows consumers whose information got stolen to sue the company that allowed the theft to occur.
  • ASSEMBLY BILL 178
    Requires all new homes being built in California after January 1st, 2020 to have solar panels installed on them.
  • ASSEMBLY BILL 218
    Expands what counts as childhood sexual abuse, reclassifies childhood sexual abuse as childhood sexual assault, and extends the statute of limitations for reporting such incidents from 8 years to 22 years.
  • ASSEMBLY BILL 272
    Makes it so that governing bodies of schools can decided if and when students can use cell phones while at school and in classes. Also sets specific circumstances when a school cannot prevent a student from using a cell phone.
  • ASSEMBLY BILL 317
    Makes it an infraction for a person to sell their appointment with the DMV to someone else.
  • ASSEMBLY BILL 377
    Modifies different aspects of microenterprise home kitchens. Notably, prohibits microenterprise home kitchens from producing and selling any and all dairy products, modifies how these operations are inspected, and prohibits microenterprise home kitchens from using the word catering in any advertisements.
  • ASSEMBLY BILL 391
    Reduces the amount of time a company has to wait to report a rental or leased vehicle as stolen after a failure to return from 5 days to 72 hours.
  • ASSEMBLY BILL 392
    Redefines when it is acceptable for a police officer to use deadly force.

New Laws For The New Year

This is just a small sample of all of the laws that were voted for over the last year. Some of them affect the general populace more than others. Regardless, it is always important for a person to stay up to date on all the new laws coming into effect at the start of each year. Failing to do so is a great way for a person wind up in unexpected trouble.

What do you think of some of these new laws for 2020?

Does some of these new laws take things too far? Are others long overdue? Are there any new laws that you know about should have been on this list? If so, share them in the comments below and help other people stay in the know.

 

Do You Need A Warrant Check?

Do You Need A Warrant Check?

Do You Need A Warrant Check?

No one ever wants to get arrested, but often times, an arrest comes without warning. It can be difficult for a person to know if a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Police don’t inform people of their warrants. After all, if they could reach the person in question, they would just arrest him or her. This makes learning about any warrants difficult.

Luckily, there are people out there who can help. Here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Porterville, we provide FREE warrant checks. In the counties where we can’t perform warrant checks, we can inform our clients on how to find out for themselves. What we can do for you depends on where you think the warrant might have been issued.

If a person suspects that a warrant has been issued for their arrest, they can contact one of our bail agents for help. Depending on the county, our bail agents may be able to perform a check to see if a warrant has been issued for your arrest. If we can’t perform a check in that county, then we will happily help you find out for yourself.

If we performed a check and there was a warrant for your arrest, we can help you with that too. We can begin setting up a bail bond before you turn yourself in. this way, once they assign a bail amount, we can finalize the paperwork and post bail quickly. This will shorten your time spent in jail.

This is just one of the services that we can provide for our clients, some of the other services include:

  • 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

No one likes the feeling that someone is out there looking for them. That is exactly what having a warrant can feel like. Luckily, David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Porterville is here to offer some help. While we can’t perform warrant checks in every county, we will definitely help out in the counties where we can. Call us today! We are open 24/7 for your convenience.

To find out what counties we can perform warrant checks in, talk to one of our bail agents for FREE at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Porterville at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

Looking For A 0% Down Bail Bond?

Looking For A 0% Down Bail Bond?

Looking For A 0% Down Bail Bond?

The cost of bailing someone out of jail seems to be what scares people the most. Most people want to rescue their loved ones from jail, but are afraid they won’t have the money to do so. When people find out that David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia provides clients with payment plans, they get excited at the opportunity to rescue a loved one. However, they do wonder how much they will need to pay up front.

How much a client needs to pay for a bail bond, and how much they need to pay upfront, is dependent on how much the bail is. Higher bail amounts means higher bail bond costs, which means bigger initial payments. This means that we won’t know how much the initial payment will be until we know how much the bail is.

Despite that, there is no need to worry. Here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we do everything we can to make bailing someone out of jail and affordable experience. We work with each of our clients to create a payment plan that works with their unique budget. With our help, you will be able to afford to rescue your friend or family member from jail.

What’s more, is we even offer a 0% down payment plan for clients with approved credit. This means that, if approved for this discount, a client doesn’t have to make a payment on the bail bond until a month after their loved one’s release from jail. This can give you some extra time to save up to make that first payment, making it a lot less of a surprise.

Some of the other services we provide for our clients include:

  • 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 does not have to be a bank account draining experience. With help from the professionals here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, you will be able to afford your loved one’s bail. On top of that, you may even be able to qualify for a 0% down bail bond.

Are you ready to get the bail process started? You can get a FREE consultation at any time by calling David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Winter weather has arrived in California and that makes for some treacherous driving. This becomes even more problematic when combined with the fact that so many people will be traveling for the holidays. Due to this fact, it is very important for all drivers to be prepared to handle inclement weather while on the road this winter.

There are two different types of bad weather that can really affect road conditions, rain and snow. When it starts to rain, the roads get wet and slick, making things difficult. However, rain is much more manageable than snow. When it starts to snow, or temperatures drop below freezing, the wet roads become frozen, making driving very dangerous, especially without the proper precautions.

Tips For Driving In The Rain

When driving in hazardous conditions, such as rainy weather, a person needs to pay more attention to the road. Often times, drivers tend to drive subconsciously and follow the road out of habit. By doing this, a person is less likely to be able to react in time to any surprises. Due to the rain, there can be a lot of surprises.

Some other tips for rainy weather driving include:

  • Turn on headlights.
    Anytime when things start to get dark and dim, a driver should turn on their headlights, even if they can see okay without them, since the lights make them more visible to other vehicles.
  • Slow down.
    Due to water on the road, cars will have less traction and will be more likely to lose control. This is called hydroplaning. If a car begins to hydroplane, the driver should not slam on the brakes. Instead, they should take their foot off of the gas, letting the car decelerate naturally and focus on steering the vehicle safely. As the car slows down, it will stop hydroplaning and regain traction.
  • Do not use cruise control in slick conditions.
    If the car begins to hydroplane, the cruise control will actually try to speed up the car making the problem worse.
  • Be careful when changing lanes.
    Thanks to the slick roads, cars will need more time to slow down and stop. As such, a driver needs to give themselves more space between cars when changing lanes in order to avoid causing any accidents.

Tips For Driving In The Snow

Most experts recommend that a person avoid driving in the snow whenever possible, as the road conditions get very dangerous, especially for drivers who have never dealt with frozen roads before.

When a person is driving in the snow, they should keep extra supplies in their vehicle. Some of these supplies should be extra warm clothes, a blanket, food, and water. This is just in case something goes wrong and the person ends up stranded somewhere, like on the side of a road.

Some other frozen road driving tips include:

  • Drive slowly.
    Driving at high speeds in slick conditions is a surefire way to get into an accident.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slower.
    Due to the slick surfaces, getting a car to speed up or slow down takes more time and a driver should plan for that.
  • Don’t tailgate.
    Since it takes longer to come to a stop in slick conditions, a driver should increase the distance between them and the car in front of them.
  • Don’t stop on hills.
    Trying to get going up a hill from a dead stop in slick conditions is extra difficult.
  • Have chains or snow tires ready to go.
    The best way to drive in snow is to be prepared, and sometimes that means having the proper equipment.

Fix-It Tickets

During all of the bad weather and darkness that comes with winter, a vehicle’s lights get a whole lot of use. It is important for a driver to make sure that all of their lights on their car are working properly. This includes:

  • Headlights.
  • Taillights.
  • Brake lights.
  • Turn signals.
  • Rear license plate light.

Failing to make sure these lights are functioning properly is a great way for a driver to get a fix-it ticket. These kinds of tickets give the driver a choice, they can either pay the fine, or pay to get their vehicle fixed. Most people prefer to just get their vehicle fixed. Once they have done that, they need to get a certified person to sign off on the ticket to prove that the problem was fixed.

A driver can avoid the headache of a fix-it ticket by checking all of the exterior lights on their car before driving anywhere this winter.

Stay Safe Out There

Experts recommend that people avoid driving in rainy and snowy weather whenever possible because it is more dangerous. However, that isn’t always possible for people. So, if a person does need to drive in inclement weather this winter, they need to do so carefully.

By following the tips above, a person should be better prepared for the bad driving conditions that winter may throw their way. Do you have any winter weather driving tips that didn’t make the list? If so, share them in the comments below and help everyone stay safe on the road this year.

 

Are New Year’s Eve Fireworks Legal In California?

Are New Year’s Eve Fireworks Legal In California?

Are New Year’s Eve Fireworks Legal In California?

The end of the year is rapidly approaching and everyone is getting ready. One of the big, spectacular ways that people celebrate the end of the year and the arrival of the next one is with fireworks displays. With today’s technology, a person can watch displays from all over the world.

For some people, seeing fireworks displays on television is good enough. However, there are people out there who would rather set off fireworks on their own. Unfortunately doing that sort of thing here in California is usually illegal for everyday people. In addition, there are other forms of celebration that can get a person into trouble.

Fireworks And New Year’s Eve

Here in California, there are very strict laws regarding fireworks. Fireworks are divided into two categories: dangerous, and safe and sane. Dangerous fireworks can only be purchased and set off by licensed professionals for specific shows. Safe and sane fireworks can be purchased by regular people and set off with care. However, safe and sane fireworks can only be sold in the state between June 28th and July 6th. This makes it a bit hard for someone who wants to get fireworks for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

On top of that, fireworks are usually forbidden in most areas. State law prohibits fireworks from being set off in areas where they are likely to hurt someone, or within 100 feet of a gas station. In addition, most counties add further restrictions about what kind of fireworks can be set off in what areas. For instance, many counties, such as LA County, prohibit fireworks from being set off in unincorporated areas. This is largely due to the high fire risk that fireworks present.

Most violations for fireworks result in misdemeanor charges for the person. This means that they face:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.

However, in some instances, a person will face felony charges which come with:

  • Up to 3 years in state prison.
  • A max fine of $50,000.

Firing Into The Sky

Another type of celebration that is definitely illegal is celebratory gunfire. California Penal Code (PC) 246.3 makes it a crime to negligently fire a firearm. This means that a person cannot willfully fire a gun in a grossly negligent manner that could result in someone’s injury or death. A perfect example of this is firing a gun into the air in celebration.

The laws of physics state that whatever goes up, must come down, and this holds true for bullets. Bullets fired into the air can come back down with deadly force. If they were to hit someone, they could severely hurt or kill someone.

This law is a wobbler offense here in California, which means it can either be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. How it is charged depends on the facts of the case and the person’s criminal record. As a misdemeanor, a person faces:

  • Up to 1 year in jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Summary probation.

As a felony, a person faces:

  • 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in county jail.
  • A max fine of $10,000.
  • Formal probation.

Have A Safe And Fun New Year’s Eve

Celebrating New Year’s Eve is supposed to be fun. No one wants the fun to be ruined because someone got hurt or got arrested. That is exactly what can happen if someone sets off a firework or fires a gun into the sky. Something can very easily go wrong and someone can wind up getting severely hurt.

This is why the state has enacted laws against this kind of behavior. California doesn’t want just anyone setting off fireworks that could hurt someone or start a wildfire. The state also doesn’t want anyone recklessly firing a gun off whenever they want. If a person is caught doing either of these things, even in celebration of the new year, they will face legal consequences.

If a person thinks someone has fired a gun, or even fireworks, near them on New Year’s Eve, they should report the incident to local law enforcement. After all, it is better to be safe rather than sorry.

When it comes to celebrating the end of the year with things like fireworks, it is best to leave things to the professionals. People should go to a local show or watch one of the many worldwide celebrations on TV or the internet.

 

California Drunk In Public Laws

California Drunk In Public Laws

California Drunk In Public Laws

Most people like to go out and party from time to time. After all, it is nice to cut lose and forget about any responsibilities for the evening. Often times when people do this, they like to consume alcohol. There is nothing wrong with that. However, there are ways that people can get themselves into trouble with alcohol.

Everyone is aware of the obvious problems with drinking and driving, but there can also be problems for just being drunk and out in public. If a person is so drunk that they begin to risk their own safety or interfere with others, they can get into legal trouble.

California Penal Code 647(f)

California Penal Code 647(f) is the state’s law against disorderly conduct. This law covers things from begging for money to prostitution. One aspect of disorderly conduct that this law covers under section (f) is public intoxication.

Penal Code 647(f) defines public intoxication as being any person in a public place who is under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or any other controlled substance and is in a condition where they are unable to exercise care for their own safety or the safety of others. This includes things such as stumbling along the sidewalk, almost falling into the street, or even passing out on the sidewalk and blocking people from using it.

This law does not prevent a person from getting drunk while out on the town. What it is aimed at is preventing a person from getting so drunk that they could hurt themselves or someone else. To get to this level of drunk, a person usually has to overdo their drinking. So, in order to avoid getting into trouble a person needs to be aware of their limits and not push things while out in public.

Penalties Of Being Drunk in Public

Breaking Penal Code 647(f) is a misdemeanor offense. This means that a person faces the following consequences:

  • Up to 6 months in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.

It is possible for a person to get probation instead of jail time for this crime, but that is up to the case judge.

No matter how a person is punished for this crime, it goes on their criminal record. There, it will be visible to any potential employers, which means a drunk in public charge could cost a person a future job. It is really in a person’s best interest to not overdo things and wind up in trouble with the law.

Don’t Overdo It

Whenever a person decides to go drinking, they need to do so responsibly. That means not drinking too much so they don’t get to the point that they can’t take care of themselves. If they do that, and are out in public, they can get into trouble with law enforcement for disorderly conduct. Nobody wants that, especially since it sticks around on a person’s criminal record. No one wants to miss out on a job because of something dumb they did a long time ago.

What do you think of California’s take on disorderly conduct and being drunk in public?

Are the laws too lenient or are they too strict? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

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