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Animal Rescue Scam

Animal Rescue Scam

Animal Rescue Scam

A lot of people out there love animals. This is why so many people own cats, dogs, and other critters. Typically, animal lovers will do whatever they can to help animals, especially those in need. It is a very admirable quality. Unfortunately, some bad people out there have figured out how to take advantage of that.

Scammers know that they can play with people’s heartstrings in order to steal money from them. They’ve figured out that by pretending to be from a local animal charity and giving some sob story about an animal, they can get people to give them money without much question.

Animal Shelter Donation Scams

Thanks to advances in modern technology, scammers can get in touch with people through various different channels. They can get in touch with you through:

  • Email.
  • Social media.
  • Phone calls.

Typically what scammers do with this scam is post pictures of animals that are “at risk” of being put down. They will ask for money donations, typically cash, money transfers, or in rare cases gift cards, to save the animal. Many kind people will jump at the opportunity to save an animal and will give up the money without questions. This is what the scammer wants. They don’t want their victims to question or worry about where the money is going.

Scammers like cash, money transfers and gift cards because the money is hard to trace once it’s been handed over. This means that once a victim gives up some money, it is gone for good, and it never goes toward helping any animals.

Tips For Dealing with Scams

One of the best tips for dealing with or avoiding scams is to never click links in emails. This is especially true when the email comes from an unknown email address. Some other tips include:

  • Be wary of anyone who contacts you asking for money.
  • Communicate with the charity directly, not through whatever means you were contacted.
  • Double check that the pictured animal actually exists and is in need of help.
  • Never wire transfer money ton an unknown recipient.
  • Real charities don’t get pushy with asking for donations.
  • Verify that the charity is legit.
  • Verify the email came from the official charity, not some random person.

Penalties For Scamming In California

Scamming people for their hard earned money is illegal in California. There are several laws against the act, and which one a scammer will be charged with is dependent on the scam that was run and who the victims were. Due to this fact, a scammer can face either misdemeanor or felony charges.

Misdemeanor penalties for scamming will typically be:

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

Felony penalties for scamming can include:

  • A state prison sentence of varying lengths dependent on the actual crime.
  • A max fine of $10,000.
  • Formal probation.
  • A possible strike under California’s Three Strikes Law.

Don’t Get Scammed Trying To Do A Good Deed

No one wants to get scammed, especially when they are trying to help an animal in need. Unfortunately, there are bad people out there that love to get money the easy way. These scammers have figured out they can convince people to just give them money by pretending there is an animal in need.

Whenever a person contacts you asking for money that should send up red flags about the legitimacy of the charity. Don’t let yourself get scammed while trying to do a good deed.

Do you have any tips about avoiding scams like this?

If so, share them in the comments below and help other people avoid this scam and others like it.

 

California Parole Violations

California Parole Violations

California Parole Violations

The state of California has what is known as a mandatory parole system. This means that any time a person finishes their prison sentence, they have to then be put on parole. When a person is on parole, they may be out of jail, but they have to live a restricted lifestyle. There will be certain conditions placed upon the person that they need to follow.

If the person fails to follow those conditions, they could get themselves into even more trouble. That is the last thing a person wants when they are on parole and so close to being done with their punishment. This is why a parolee has to take their parole terms and conditions seriously.

Common Parole Conditions

When a person is released from prison, they are expected to follow all laws, more so than other people. They should be on their best behavior, and to ensure that they are, these people are put on parole. While on parole, a person will have set terms and conditions that they have to agree to and follow. If the person doesn’t do that, they will end up in more trouble.

Some of the most common terms that a person may receive on parole include:

  • Being prohibited from accessing the internet.
  • Being prohibited from owning or using a firearm.
  • Communicating with known gang members.
  • Consenting to be searched by a law enforcement officer at any time, with or without a warrant and without or without cause.
  • Having a set curfew.
  • Living within designated county limits.
  • Not breaking any other laws.
  • Registering with local authorities, such as registering as a sex offender, if applicable.
  • Wearing an ankle monitor.

This is just a small sampling of some common conditions for parolees. Not every parolee will be required to follow all of these as some of them are typically only given to people who were convicted of certain crimes.

Penalties Of Violating Parole

If a parolee fails to follow all of the terms and conditions set out for their parole, or they break another law and get into more trouble, then their parole could be revoked. If that happens, the person is put back into jail.

When a parolee gets into big trouble, they can end up at a parole violation hearing. This hearing is a lot like a regular court hearing, though instead of a judge presiding over the case, it is a deputy commissioner. This is just someone who has prior experience with law enforcement.

The hearing will decide if the parolee can stay on parole or if the parole should be revoked and the person sent back to jail. The maximum amount of time that a parolee can be returned to prison is one year. If the person commits more acts of misconduct behind bars, then they can receive an additional year of prison time.

If a parolee is being returned for committing a crime, prosecutors can chose to charge the person with that crime as a separate sentence. This means the person could face those charges in addition to being returned to jail.

Parolees Should Be On Their Best Behavior

Getting out on parole is a bit of a relief for anyone who has been stuck in prison. It means they are one step closer to getting their normal life back. They don’t want to do anything that might risk that freedom. As such, parolees need to follow all of the terms and conditions of their paroles. Failing to do so could jeopardize their parole, which means getting sent back to prison for another year. No one wants that.

What do you think of the parole system here in California?

Is it fair to automatically require people to be placed on parole after being released from prison? Is a penalty of an additional year in prison too much, or not enough, for violating parole? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

California Restraining Orders

California Restraining Orders

California Restraining Orders

Everyone just wants to feel safe. Unfortunately, some people meet someone that does not let them feel safe when they are near. In some cases, just putting some distance between that other person is enough to get them to leave the other alone. Unfortunately, not everyone can take the hint.

Sometimes the person continues to bother the victim to the point that they seek legal help in the form of a restraining or protective order. No matter which term the person uses, the effect is the same. The other person is legally banned from communicating with or going anywhere near the victim for a set length of time.

What Is A Restraining Order?

A restraining order, or a protective order, is a court issued document that informs a proven abuser that they need to keep a certain distance away from their victim. The abuser has to keep away from the victim, and stay away from areas that the victim may frequent. The victim can even request to have it so the abuser cannot contact them through any means, including:

  • Delivery of flowers or gifts.
  • Over the phone.
  • Through email.
  • Through the mail.
  • With a fax.
  • With a text.

All of this is done in order to protect the victim and prevent more abuse from occurring.

Different Types Of Restraining Orders

There are four different types of restraining orders here in the state of California. They are as follows:

  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order – Issued to people who have suffered abuse from intimate relationships.
  • Civil Harassment Restraining Order – Issued for people who have been harassed by people such as neighbors and co-workers, basically anyone the person isn’t close to.
  • Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Order – Issued to protect elders over the age of 65 or adults between the ages of 18 and 64 who have certain disabilities.
  • Workplace Violence Restraining Order – Requested by an employer to protect an employee from another employee.

These restraining orders can all either be temporary or permanent, depending on the situation.

Penalties Of Breaking A Restraining Order

Since restraining orders are meant to protect people, breaking a restraining order is taken very seriously. California Penal Code (PC) 273.6 makes it illegal for a person to not follow the instructions in a restraining order issued against them. The consequences of breaking this law are dependent on whether or not this is the first time the person has been charged with PC 273.6, how the person failed to adhere to the restraining order, and if the victim got hurt.

Typically, breaking PC 273.6 for the first time is a misdemeanor offense. In these instances, a person faces:

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

The judge on the case can also order any of the following:

  • Mandatory counseling.
  • Payments to a battered women’s shelter.
  • Restitutions to the victim.

If the person has broken this law more than once, or the victim got hurt, the crime becomes a wobbler. This means it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or as a felony. If charged as a felony, the person faces 16 months, 2, or 3 years in state prison.

To Feel Safe

People just want to feel safe, and sometimes that means keeping certain people as far away from them as possible. This is what restraining orders are for. They instruct an abuser to stay away from their victim or else there will be consequences.

If a person wants to get a restraining order against someone, they need to get the proper paperwork. The papers can often be found at a local court or other law enforcement agency office. Once a person has the paperwork, just fill it out and submit it to the proper authorities.

What do you think of how California deals with restraining orders and the people who break them?

Is the punishment for breaking a restraining order fair, or not enough? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

You Don’t Need Collateral Here

You Don’t Need Collateral Here

You Don’t Need Collateral Here

Collateral is not something that people get excited about. It adds an extra level of stress to what is already a stressful situation. Making a large financial commitment, such as posting someone’s bail, already costs a lot of money. Needing to pledge collateral only makes things worse. With collateral you have to worry about paying for the bail and losing something important if you miss a payment.

For those unaware, collateral is a type security for a loan. What this means is, that something of value equal to the loan in question, is pledged by the person getting the loan. If they fail to payback their loan, then the lender gets to keep whatever was pledged as repayment for the loan. It is easy to see how collateral can add extra stress to a person getting a loan.

Bailing someone out of jail can be stressful enough on its own without collateral. Yet plenty of bail bond companies require collateral on their bails. At David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare, we do not need collateral on most of our bonds. All we need is the signature of a working co-signer. As long as we have that, we trust that our clients will pay off the bail bond.

This is just one of the ways we make bailing a friend or family member out of jail less stressful. We also break up the cost of the bail bond with personalized payment plans, and having our bail agents available to help you 24/7. You will never have to face a monstrously sized payment and you will never have to face bail alone.

Services we offer:

  • 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

Don’t make bailing a loved one out of jail more stressful by using a bail bond company that requires collateral. Instead make posting bail easy by coming to David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare. Our agents will take care of you, and you will not have to risk losing your home or car to rescue a loved one from jail.

If you want the best bail bond service in California, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

What Is Bail?

What Is Bail?

What Is Bail?

If you’ve ever watched a crime drama before, you’ve probably heard of bail. However, even if you’ve heard of bail before, you might not have a complete understanding of what it is. After all, TV doesn’t sit there and explain it, and the only time people deal with bail in real life is when someone they know has been arrested. If you just learned of a loved one’s arrest and are looking for some more information on bail, look no further.

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia has helped Californians deal with bail for over 3 decades.

You can count on us to know everything about bail.

For starters, bail is an amount of money that can be paid to a court or jail to secure a person’s release from jail during their trial period. The amount of money needed for the bail is determined by the case judge.

When a person posts bail themselves, they can get the money for the bail back, minus court fees, so long as the person shows up for all of their court dates. This sounds great, but there is a down side. In California, most bails cost several thousands of dollars and have to be paid all at once, putting it well out of reach of the average individual.

This is where companies like David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia come into help. Our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail they are for, which is a 90% discount. Basically, if someone’s bail is set at $20,000, their bail bond with us will only cost $2,000. That is much more manageable for most people.

Some of the services we provide 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

Bail may be something new for a lot of people, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. You can count on the professionals here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia to always be there for you. Our expert bail agents can answer all of your questions about bail. Call us and get your FREE consultation.

Bail help is only a phone call away at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, call 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

California’s Stand Your Ground Laws

California’s Stand Your Ground Laws

California’s Stand Your Ground Laws

The last thing anyone wants is to be put in a dangerous situation where they need to defend themselves from an attacker. Unfortunately, this situation does happen on rare occasions. As if this wasn’t bad enough, there are some states in the US that don’t allow people to defend themselves with any means necessary. This means that in some states, a person who may have killed someone in self-defense, could actually face murder charges.

Due to this fact, a person needs to be aware of their state’s laws when it comes to self-defense, particularly stand your ground laws.

Castle Defense

Here in California, the state does not have a stand your ground law, but it does have a Castle Doctrine. Penal Code 198.5 allows a person to use deadly force within their own home so long as certain worries arise. As long as all of the following occurs, a person is allowed to use deadly force to protect their home:

  • A person broke into their home.
  • The intruder was not a law enforcement officer doing their job.
  • There was reasonable fear of death or injury for the homeowner or a family member.
  • The occupants of the home didn’t provoke the intruder.

In those instances, a person can do whatever they need to in order to protect themselves and their loved ones from harm.

Self-Defense While Out

The problem with Penal Code 198.5 is that it only applies when a person is in their own home. It doesn’t give a person the right to defend themselves while out in public. This is where stand your ground laws come into play in other states. These laws grant a person the ability to do what they feel they need to in times of distress in order to protect themselves from an attacker.

California does not have a particular stand your ground law. However, California does recognize that there are times where a person may need to use deadly force in order to defend themselves. California Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) 505 and 506 instruct jurors to find defendants innocent of crimes such as homicide or assault if the person acted reasonably under the given circumstances, specifically:

  • The person reasonably believed they were in danger of being hurt or killed.
  • The person reasonably believed they needed to use force to keep themselves safe.
  • The person used only the amount of force necessary to protect themselves.

As long as a person followed the above, they should be found innocent.

In some states, a person needs to run away from a threat before they are legally permitted to use deadly force. That is not the case in California. As long as a person is defending themselves from threat of injury or death, they can do whatever they reasonably feel they need to in order to survive.

Stand Your Ground Vs. Castle Defense

While both stand your ground laws and castle defense laws refer to a person defending themselves from an attacker, they are not exactly the same. Stand your ground laws apply wherever a person may be while castle defense only applies when a person is within their own home or a few select places, such as their car.

No one ever wants to need to defend themselves, but the need can arise in rare instances. If a person ever finds themselves needing to protect themselves in California, they can rest easy knowing that the state will not fault them for doing whatever they felt was necessary to protect themselves during the situation.

What do you think of California’s take on stand your ground laws and castle defense?

Should people be allowed to use reasonable, even deadly, force in order to defend themselves from an attacker? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Legally Dealing With Coyotes And Mountain Lions

Legally Dealing With Coyotes And Mountain Lions

Legally Dealing With Coyotes And Mountain Lions

California is a very big state. The state is home to nearly 40 million people. Living alongside all of us people, are millions of animals as well. As our cities expand, they encroach on wildlife and their territory. This pushes many animals to begin looking for food amongst human settlements.

When it comes to animals such as pigeons, rats, and crows, things might get annoying, but rarely dangerous. However, that is not the case for predatory animals such as coyotes and mountain lions. These animals hunt for a living, and will turn to hunting livestock, family pets, and even small children in times of desperation. As such, people need to be aware of these animals, and what they are legally allowed to do in order to protect themselves and their property.

Coyotes In California

Coyotes are pretty well known, thanks to a certain looney cartoon, and they are relatively common creatures in the American Southwest. The more deserted climate of Southern California sees a lot of coyotes, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t present anywhere else in the state.

For the most part, Coyotes prefer to avoid humans. However, some can become bolder over time, or due to desperation brought on by a lack of food or water. When this happens, these creatures will begin to wander further into human territory with less fear of the people they see, which can cause problems.

In an effort to make sure that coyotes remain wary of people, experts recommend doing the following:

  • Avoid walking dogs in areas where coyotes are frequently seen.
  • Carry a walking stick and air horn when walking a dog.
  • Install motion detecting lights.
  • Keep garbage cans secure and preferably inside.
  • Keep pets indoors at night.
  • Never feed coyotes.
  • Pick up fallen fruit.
  • Remove pet food and birdseed from outside areas at night.
  • Throw rocks or other items at an approaching coyote.
  • Trim bushes to reduce potential shelter.

Doing all of this discourages coyotes from entering a human area, and keeps them from growing too bold. However, these things will not work in instances where a coyote has grown used to humans. When that happens, more drastic steps need to be taken.

Officials will only step in to deal with a coyote when a person is injured. They don’t care if a pet or other animal was killed by a bold coyote. This means a person will either have to hire a professional pest control specialist to deal with the critter, which can cost a few thousand dollars, or they can deal with it themselves.

California state law has very few restrictions about dealing with nuisance coyotes. Basically, homeowners are allowed to kill and hunt nuisance coyotes, provided they follow any local ordinances. For instance, a person is technically allowed to shoot a coyote with a gun, but not if their city has laws against firearms being shot within city limits.

Mountain Lions In California

Just like coyotes, mountain lions can become a problem for farmers and pet owners alike. These big cats also prefer to avoid humans, but in times of hardship, such as drought or famine, they can wander further into human territory. Studies have shown that these creatures prefer a more solitary life, but can often live amongst humans without ever being noticed.

Unlike coyotes, mountain lions are a specially protected species here in California. This means that person cannot hunt, kill, or even injure a mountain lion. The only times a mountain lion can be hunted is when:

  • A depredation permit is issued for a specific lion that has been killing livestock and/or pets.
  • The lion needed to be killed to preserve public safety.
  • The lion needed to be killed to protect listed bighorn sheep.

Basically, if a person is having trouble with a mountain lion, they cannot legally deal with it themselves. They should report it to the proper authorities.

Follow The Law When Dealing With These Predators

California is a big and heavily populated state. However, that does not mean that the state is tame by any means. There are still large stretches of uninhabited areas that border up against cities and towns. In these areas, there is always a chance of some predators like coyotes and mountain lions coming into town.

Homeowners with livestock, pets, or children, will naturally want to defend themselves and their property from these predators. When it comes to coyotes, a person can do whatever they need to, provided they don’t break any local laws. When it comes to mountain lions, things become more complicated and it is best to seek professional help.

What do you think about coyotes, mountain lions, and how state laws let people deal with the predators?

Should the state be stricter with coyote control? Should mountain lions be specially protected species? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Can You Refuse A Breathalyzer?

Can You Refuse A Breathalyzer?

Can You Refuse A Breathalyzer?

With all of the driving that people do every single day, it can be easy for everyone to forget that driving is a privilege, not a right. As such, there are all sorts of things that a driver has to do in order to retain their privilege of having a driver’s license. Most of these things are pretty obvious, such as following driving laws.

Despite the obvious things that people have to do, there is one thing that some people don’t realize they agreed to the moment they got their license. This task would be agreeing to take a breathalyzer test whenever an officer asks.

California Vehicle Code 23612

While people are right in assuming that tests can only be performed on them if they give their consent, they fail to realize that they already gave their consent for a breathalyzer test. Implied consent to a breathalyzer is given the minute a person obtains their driver’s license. Just by getting a license, a person has agreed to take a breathalyzer test whenever a police officer asks for one.

This means a person cannot refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test. If a person does, they are going to face some serious consequences, likely in addition to DUI charges. The arresting officer should warn the person of these consequences of refusing to submit to a breathalyzer.

All of this is laid out in California Vehicle Code (VC) 23612, which states that drivers have given their consent to chemical testing of their blood or breath to determine their alcohol content if they have been lawfully arrested.

Penalties Of Refusing A DUI

Under VC 23612, a person faces the following penalties:

  • A fine.
  • Mandatory imprisonment if convicted of DUI.
  • Suspension of driver’s license for 1 year. A person can face longer suspensions if they have one or more DUI’s in the last 10 years. Can be avoided if the driver agrees to have an Interlocking Ignition Device installed into their car for 1 year.

The other thing to remember with this law, is that it is often in addition to a DUI charge, as well as anything else the officer might charge the person with. This means the penalties can add up really quick.

Refusing Just Makes Things Worse

Refusing a breathalyzer test is never a good idea. Often times, it simply makes a driver look even more guilty than they already are. A person has to remember that a breathalyzer is not the only way a police officer determines if a driver is drunk. They can also conduct a field sobriety test, and make simple observations about the driver. Some warning signs of a driver being drunk that an officer can observe include: slurred speech, red eyes, and an unsteady walk. Refusing the breathalyzer can even be used against a person in court.

Luckily for most people, they don’t have to deal with this law, because they know better than to drive drunk.

What do you think of California’s law against refusing to submit to a breathalyzer?

Is it acceptable or too much? Let us know in the comments down below.

 

Professional Bail Agents Are Here For You

Professional Bail Agents Are Here For You

Professional Bail Agents Are Here For You

You never know when you might need help with something. Due to that fact, it is always a good idea to have a plan ready for anything. One thing that nobody ever plans for, is what to do if a friend or family member gets arrested. Luckily for Californians, David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Exeter is here to help.

Our company was founded over 30 years ago to help people rescue their loved ones from jail. We know that trying to post bail on your own is ridiculously expensive, so we do everything that we can to make it easier and more affordable. If you need help, you can count on us and our bail agents.

Our agents are professionals! They have years of training and experience behind them. This allows them to help you better than any of our competitors could. If you have any questions, our agents will answer them for you. They will always be there for you when you need them.

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Exeter is a statewide bail bond company. We have agents working in local offices all over California. In the cities where we don’t have a local office, we have roaming bail agents covering the area to ensure we can help everyone.

Some of the other services that we provide here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Exeter 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

Even if you don’t have a plan for how to handle an arrest, you can rest easy knowing that David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Exeter will be here for you. Our professional bail agents are available to help you whenever and wherever you are in California. You can count on us to have your back. With us on your side, you will feel and know that you’re in good hands.

For a FREE bail bond consultation, 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.

 

Making Bail Cheap And Affordable

Making Bail Cheap And Affordable

Making Bail Cheap And Affordable

When it comes to handling large expenses, people like to have options. This is especially true when it comes to bail. Even the cheapest bails in California cost several thousands of dollars. This is well out of reach of the average Californian. Luckily, there is a way to not only make bailing someone out of jail cheaper, but more affordable as well. All you have to do is contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Dinuba.

We have helped thousands of Californians deal with bail since our founding in 1987. Let us help you too!

Coming to us for help means that you will only have to pay a fraction of the full bail price. This is due to the fact that our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail. This makes the bail bond a whole lot cheaper.

Here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Dinuba we know that everyone is different. Things that work well for one person may not work well for others. That is why we accept a variety of payment options. We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards. On top of that, our clients can make their payments online, in person, over the phone, or through the mail. They can use whichever methods work best for them.

On top of that, we provide discounts for qualified clients. For instance, clients with approved credit can get their bail bond for 0% down. This way, they don’t have to make a payment until a month after their loved one’s release. Some clients can get an additional 20% off the price of the bail bond if you or one of the co-signers:

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

Paying for bail may initially seem like an impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. Just contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Dinuba. We provide our clients with cheap bail bonds and options that make the bail bond more affordable too.

Do you need bail help? If so, David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Dinuba at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat. Consultation is FREE!

 

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