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Halloween, California & COVID-19

Halloween, California & COVID-19

Halloween, California & COVID-19

Halloween is right around the corner. It’s one of those holidays that kids look forward to all year long. It’s not uncommon for kids to spend months working on a Halloween costume and planning their trick-or-treating route.

Safety & Halloween

Every single year, the news is always full of stories about people wondering if traditional trick-or-treating is safe. Concerning issues include the potential to bring poisoned candy into the house, getting hit by a car or getting kidnapped. This year has the added complication of COVID-19.

Is It Safe To Trick-Or-Treat?

The good news is that Halloween hasn’t been officially cancelled in California, but lawmakers and members of the medical community are concerned. Officially they are asking people to skip the tradition of trick-or-treating this year, but they have also stated that they’re leaving the final decision to the parents.

What Should You Do?

No one can tell you if you should stay at home this Halloween or if you should go trick-or-treating, you need to decide what your personal comfort levels are. If you do decide to go, there are a few things you can do.

  • Use a pair of tongs to select candy from dishes/buckets.
  • Set a limit on the number of houses you’ll visit.
  • Have your kids wear gloves and face mask while trick-or-treating.
  • Limit your trick-or-treating to your own social circle.
  • Have your kids use hand sanitizer after each house.

When you get home, have your kids change their clothing and thoroughly wash their hands. It wouldn’t hurt to let their bucket of candy sit for a few days, giving any COVID-19 germs a chance to die before they infect your family.

Don’t get so wrapped up in the idea of keeping your kids safe from COVID-19 during Halloween that you forget other trick-or-treating safety maneuvers. Make sure you’re kids are decked out in reflective clothing, that they stick close to you, and that you inspect each piece of candy for tampering when you get home.

If you’re a fan of trunk-or-treating, this might be a good year to skip the trend, particularly if the event takes place indoors. The smaller space and higher volume of trick-or-treaters increases the risk of you contracting COVID-19. If you do decide to go to a trunk-or-treat event, look for one that’s outdoors.

If you decide that you don’t want to go out for Halloween, try to look for something fun to do in your own home, so your kids don’t think they’re missing out on something. Maybe throw a small Halloween party that only includes your own family, or hide candies and make it a Halloween scavenger hunt. The important thing is to keep your kids both healthy and safe during these strange times.

Happy Halloween and Stay Safe!

 

The Purpose Of California’s Bail Process

The Purpose Of California’s Bail Process

The Purpose Of California’s Bail Process

Bail is kind of a strange thing. Since you use it to secure your release from jail while your case winds its way through California’s slow and lengthy legal process, bail can be looked at as the price of your freedom. However, since you’re still required to make all official court appearances and could face prison time if you’re found guilty, you might only be buying your freedom for a short period of time. The judge will also place limits on what you can and can’t do while you’re out on bail so you’re really only using it to purchase a limited amount of freedom.

Since the issue of bail is so complicated, many people wonder exactly what is the purpose of California’s bail process?

Bail Lets You Keep Your Affairs In Order

The most important thing bail does is allow you to continue living your life while you wait for the conclusion of your case. The restrictions connected to bail depend on your background and the crime you’ve been charged with. While the judge might limit who you can hang out with, where you can go and even what times of the day you’re allowed to leave your home, most judges usually set things up so you can easily meet with your lawyers, take care of your family and continue to work.

Helps With Overcrowding Issues

California has a limited amount of jail cells. The more people the police arrest, the more people are forced to share a cell. Overcrowding can lead to serious problems, including difficulties in maintaining order and limiting the number of resources available. Bail helps solve the overcrowding problem. Bail allows police and jail employees to quickly rotate people both in and out of jail. Fewer inmates means fewer health, behavioral and publicity problems.

Bail Helps The Local Economy

Having someone incarcerated in jail is expensive. As long as you’re in jail, local taxpayers are financing you. Bail helps reduce the city/county’s expenses. While you’re out on bail, you’re responsible for paying for your own rent, transportation and food. Every dollar you spend while you’re out on bail goes into the local economy. From the government’s viewpoint, bail makes good fiscal sense.

Bail Provides Incentive For You To Make Court Appearances

No one likes to go to court. At some point, someone realized that by telling people who have been charged with a crime that their bail money would be returned to them as long as they kept their court appearances, it drastically increased the number of people who made all their court dates.

If you or someone you love has been arrested and needs bail help, contacting David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia is your best course of action.

Our services include:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Over the Phone Approvals
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Easy to Understand Contracts
  • Discrete Service
  • Se habla Español

In addition to providing fast and discrete service, we also have a number of programs in place to help you cover the bail. These programs include payment plans, bail discounts and zero-down bail. Call us to learn more.

As soon as you realize you need help covering bail, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Explaining Bail And Your Arrest To Your Boss

Explaining Bail And Your Arrest To Your Boss

Explaining Bail And Your Arrest To Your Boss

The first thing people usually worry about after they’ve been arrested is how they’re going to explain the situation to their family. The second is how they’re going to explain it to their boss. You already have enough on your plate, getting fired is the last thing you need.

First Comes Bail

Before talking to your boss, you need to resolve the matter of your bail. Find out how much you owe and then figure out how you’re going to pay it. If you don’t have enough cash in your bank account, you should contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare. We’re a family-owned bail bond business that has been helping Californians with bail since 1987. We can help you too!

We’re available 24/7, so feel free to take advantage of our FREE consultations and learn about:

  • 20% Discounts (how to qualify)
  • Easy, Customized Payment Plans
  • Zero Down Bail Bonds
  • 0% Interest Bail Bonds

If you decide that you want us to help out with your bail, you can rest assured you’ll receive fast and discrete service. We’ve been serving the state of California for a long time and we understand how to work quickly to get you out of jail on bail.

Dealing With Your Boss

Most people try to hide their recent arrest from their boss. This is usually a mistake. Sooner or later your boss will find out about the situation. When all is said and done it’s best that the news comes from you.

Pick a time that’s not busy to meet with your boss and explain the situation. You don’t have to give them the nitty-gritty details of our arrest, but you should at least let them know that there is a court case against you, that you’re out on bail, and that there will be times when you have to take a little time off in order to make your court appearances.

The most important thing to tell your boss is if there are restrictions connected to your bail that will make it difficult to do your work. Two such restrictions would be not being able to leave town/county and having to be home by a certain time.

Telling your boss that you’ve been arrested and are currently out on bail is never fun, but most bosses understand that things happen and will be willing to work with you on the situation. The most important thing is to be transparent about the situation and to talk to them as soon as possible.

If you need bail either for yourself or a loved one who has been arrested, contacting David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare is your best course of action.

We offer:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Over the Phone Approvals
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Easy to Understand Contracts
  • Discrete Service
  • Se habla Español

The sooner you contact us, the sooner you’ll be released on bail, and the sooner you can get back to work. Call us today! We promise, we won’t let you down.

You can reach David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat. We provide FREE consultation.

 

The Reality Of Unemployment Fraud

The Reality Of Unemployment Fraud

The Reality Of Unemployment Fraud

Unemployment fraud isn’t new. There have been instances of it dating all the way back to when the system for helping people stay financially solvent after they suddenly lost a job was first created.

The high number of people who were forced to claim unemployment benefits when the COVID-19 pandemic struck the United States, combined with some unexpected unemployment bonuses the government instituted in an attempt to keep the economy running has triggered an interest in unemployment fraud.

Loree Levy, a spokesperson for the California Employment Development Department, recently confirmed that the state is on the lookout for people who are committing unemployment fraud. “We certainly have legitimate PUA claims in California, but we do suspect that a big part of the unusual recent rise in PUA claims is linked to fraud.” (source)

Levy’s department released a press release the addressed the issue. “These perpetrators are often using stolen identity information from national and global data breaches, as well as exploiting expedited payment efforts in the federal PUA program,” the release stated. (source)

In California, you can be charged with unemployment fraud if it’s believed that you knowingly supplied inaccurate information to obtain unemployment benefits you aren’t entitled to. Even if you’re application isn’t approved, you can be charged with unemployment fraud.

Examples of unemployment fraud include:

  • Providing false identification information on the application.
  • Failing to report earned income while collecting unemployment.
  • Failing to report additional forms of compensation you’re collecting while also collecting unemployment.
  • Not being a legal California resident.
  • Falsifying employment information.
  • Stealing another person’s unemployment check.

Individuals aren’t the only ones who can be accused of unemployment fraud. Employers can also end up in hot water. If an investigation reveals that employer-supplied false information to the state to make it difficult for an employee to collect the unemployment benefits they deserve, the employer will be charged with unemployment fraud.

Unemployment fraud in California is a wobbler offense. Whether someone is charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the amount of money they collected from the scam. If the amount is less than $950, misdemeanor charges are filed. The penalty can include a $1,000 fine and spend up to six months in county jail.

If the amount is greater than $950 and the prosecutor decides to stick to with a misdemeanor, it’s a potential $10,000 fine and year in a county jail.

In felony unemployment fraud cases, the amount must exceed $950. Being found guilty could result in up to a 5-year jail sentence and a $50,000 fine. In addition to the fines, the state demands that the money was stolen from the system be returned and adds a 30% interest rate to the total.

The best way to avoid an unemployment fraud charge is to be completely honest on your unemployment application.

 

What Happens When The Police Knock On Your Door

What Happens When The Police Knock On Your Door

What Happens When The Police Knock On Your Door

There is nothing quite as gut-wrenching as opening your front door and finding the police standing on the other side. They never bring good news.

Experiencing a moment of panic and indecision when they ask to be let in is perfectly natural. Questions that will likely run through your mind at this point include:

  • Do they need a search warrant?
  • Should you call a lawyer?
  • Do you have to let them in?
  • Should you shut the door without saying a word?

First, Stay Calm

No matter what happens, it’s in your best interest to stay calm. Losing your temper doesn’t do any good and it could actually make things much more difficult for them.

If They Don’t Have A Warrant

If the police don’t have a warrant, they can ask to search your home, but you don’t have to let them in. California law also prohibits the police from forcing their way into your home if they don’t have a warrant. However, if an officer knocks on your door and you open it enough for them to see something suspicious, say on the table behind you, they are allowed to seize the item without a warrant. Anything that is in plain view is basically fair game. That’s why so many lawyers recommend only opening the door a crack when the police knock.

As long as your polite and don’t do anything rash, the police can’t arrest you for denying them entry into your home when they’re unable to produce a warrant.

If They Have A Search Warrant

Police can’t get a search warrant just because they feel like going through your home. They have to be able to provide a judge with enough probable cause for the judge to justify issuing a search warrant.

If the police have a search warrant for your home, you are legally required to let them into your residence. What they can’t do is say they have a warrant and not show it to you. If they can’t produce the physical warrant, you don’t have to grant them access. The search warrant should include information about where the police are allowed to search.

Things the police can’t legally do without a warrant include:

  • Taking a DNA swab
  • Searching outbuildings
  • Going through your car

When the police have a search warrant in hand, they don’t have to wait for your lawyer to show up before they search your home. Still, it’s a good idea for you to contact your attorney right away so they know what is going on and advise you about the best way to proceed at this point.

 

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Online School

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Online School

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Online School

The idea of online school isn’t new. Online schooling has been around for some time and many parents have taken advantage of it. Other parents have thought about it from time to time and briefly considered looking into it but never got around to it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the concept of online schooling to the forefront of everyone’s mind. In light of the pandemic, some schools have even opted entirely do away with in-classroom learning and devote all of their resources to virtual education.

How Online Schooling Differs From Home Schooling

It’s important to understand that online schooling and homeschooling aren’t exactly the same thing.

Homeschooling is a type of schooling where the parents have total control over their child’s education. In some cases, the parent works with a group of like-minded parents, an organization that has created a curriculum or even tutors. In other instances, the parent does all the teaching themselves.

Students who partake with online schooling are still connected to the school’s curriculum. Teachers who are employed by the school handle the student’s educational needs.

Advantages Of Online Schooling

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the biggest advantages connected to online schooling was that students who didn’t do well in a traditional classroom setting still enjoyed a high level of education. The set up was ideal for students who were in living situations that required them to learn from different locations, such as a parent’s house one day, a grandparent’s house in a different county or during a commute. Online schooling was also good for the children who didn’t have a reliable means of getting to school every single day.

Parents often like online schooling because it is designed in such a way that parents are able to be involved in their child’s education without having to worry about doing the actual teaching.

Students who do best when they’re able to work at their own pace generally excel when they’re removed from the traditional classroom and enrolled in an online schooling program.

Disadvantages Of Online Schooling

The simple reality is that while online schooling is wonderful for some students, other students struggle with it. The disadvantages of online schooling include:

  • It limits the child’s ability to socialize with people their own age.
  • Students who lack self-discipline struggle.
  • Students don’t connect as well with the teacher which makes them reluctant to ask for additional help.

One of the biggest disadvantages connected to online learning is that it eliminates a sense of competition that many students require before they’ll push their limits and strive to excel.

If your child is taking advantage of online schooling this year, it’s important that you make an effort to connect to the school and go over the rules for logging in each day, know when homework needs to be completed, and have a plan to make sure that you can take the steps needed to help your child thrive in an at-home learning environment.

 

What To Do When You Get A Call Requesting Help With Bail

What To Do When You Get A Call Requesting Help With Bail

What To Do When You Get A Call Requesting Help With Bail

It’s a call that no one expects. They always seem to come in the middle of the night. The phone rings, you answer it and someone you love tells you that they’ve been arrested. The statement is usually followed by a request for help with bail.

When you find yourself on the receiving end of this type of call there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

Take The Time To Write Down Everything

It’s a collect call, so you want to hurry the process along as much as possible, but don’t be in such a hurry that you fail to get important information. Don’t assume that you’ll remember everything you’re told. Find a pen and piece of paper and write down:

  • When your loved one was arrested.
  • Where they’re currently at.
  • They’re full name/social security number.
  • What type of crime they’ve been charged with?
  • How much bail do they need?

Only ask for important and relatively basic information that relates directly to the arrest. You don’t want to ask questions such as, did they actually commit the crime they’ve been charged with, because the answer could harm your loved one’s eventual defense. The police monitor all outbound calls which means that anything your loved one says on the phone could be used against them.

During the phone call, it’s important that you remain calm and collected. This isn’t the time to lose your temper or to sling accusations.

Decide How You Want To Handle Bail

If you’ve been asked to help out with bail, it’s up to you to decide if this is something you want to be responsible for. Don’t leap to a decision. The California bail process is complicated. It’s in your best interest to talk to someone who has a solid understanding of how bail works and what your options are.

The simplest way to get the bail education you need is by contacting David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Exeter.

We’re a family-owned bail bond company with an extensive history in California. There isn’t anything we don’t know about bail.

Consultations are FREE. Not only will the consultation cost you anything, it also is free of any type of obligation. The purpose of the consultation is for you to develop a better understanding of what is required to bail your loved one out of jail. When you contact us, you’ll immediately connect with a professional bail expert who will happily take all the time needed to answer your bail-related questions.

What Happens If We Bail Your Loved One Out

The information you gather during the FREE consultation will help you learn exactly what has to happen to secure your loved one’s release from jail. After looking at the details of your loved one’s case, David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Exeter professionals will help you determine if you need to co-sign the bail contract.

The benefits connected to using our services include:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Over the Phone Approvals
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Easy to Understand Contracts
  • Discrete Service
  • Se habla Español

What are you waiting for? Here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Exeter, we’re ready and willing to answer all of your bail-related questions. Call us today! We’re open 24/7 for your convenience.

Simply call us at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat. Consultation is FREE!

 

About Our Online Bail Bonds Program

About Our Online Bail Bonds Program

About Our Online Bail Bonds Program

If you live out of state, struggle with transportation or aren’t in a position where you can make a trip to the David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia office, but also need to arrange to bail a loved one out of jail, you should seriously consider our online bail bonds program.

What Is Our Online Bail Bonds Program?

Our online bail bonds program is quite similar to an online car insurance program. Instead of calling, you use the Chat With Us link which immediately puts you in touch with one of our bail bond experts. During the FREE bail bond consultation, our expert will listen to the unique details of your situation. They will also discuss how the David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia program works. If you want us to provide the bail for your loved one, the next step is going through our online bail application process.

How Our Online Bail Program Works?

Don’t worry. You won’t be overwhelmed by our online application. It’s quite straightforward and simple. First, you’ll have to provide some basic information which includes:

  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Current Employment
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Phone Number

The most complicated part is explaining the circumstances of your loved one’s arrest. Most people find it that it only takes them 10 or 20 minutes to complete the application. Since our bail expert has already discussed the situation, it doesn’t take long to approve the online bail application.

Once you’ve completed the application, we review it and discuss bail bond payment plans. At this point, you’ll be sent a copy of the contract that you’ll have to sign. You can do this by either using an electronic signature program or by printing the contract, signing it and scanning the newly signed form. In addition to the signed contract, we’ll also need a photo of your driver’s license or state-issued identification card.

How Long Before Your Loved One is Free?

We can’t predict how long it will take the courthouse to file the paperwork, but we can assure you that as soon as we approve your bail contract, we work as quickly as possible to pay your loved one’s bail and get them released from jail. In most cases, the entire bail process doesn’t take long at all.

Why Choose Our Services?

In addition to creating a simple, straightforward online bail bonds program, there are several other reasons you should consider using David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia when you or someone you love requires California bail.

Additional reasons to contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia include:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Over the Phone Approvals
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Easy to Understand Contracts
  • Discrete Service
  • Se habla Español

We have people on hand who speak Spanish.

Here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we’ve done everything in our power to make the entire bail process as fast and stress-free as possible.

For a FREE bail consultation with a professional bail agent and to get additional information about how our online bail program works, just call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Watering Your California Lawn

Watering Your California Lawn

Watering Your California Lawn

All of us want the lush, gorgeous kind of lawn we see featured in landscaping ads and gardening magazines. Even with minimal landscaping, a beautiful, healthy lawn really showcases the home, giving it a great deal of curb appeal.

The problem many California homeowners encounter is that maintaining that stunning lawn takes a great deal of water. Using too much water on your lawn could create some serious legal headaches.

How Much Water Can You Use?

There are some parts of the world where you can put as much water on your yard as you’d like. That’s not the situation in California. The entire state is always conscious of a potential water shortage. It’s something the state and local lawmakers would like to avoid. Many places have limited the amount of water, the times and even the places you can water your lawn.

It would be easy if you knew you could only water your lawn for an hour on odd days of the calendar month. That would be straightforward and easy to adhere to. The problem is that it’s not that straightforward. Each township/city has their own lawn watering rules. Further complicating the situation is that the rules can change from week to week depending on how much rain the area has received.

The best way to make sure you’re not accidentally violating one of the rules, is to frequently check local government websites where any alterations to local ordinances about lawn watering will be listed. Violating the ordinances and overwatering your lawn will likely result in a citation and you’ll have to pay a fine.

New Restrictions Coming

All California residents need to review two recently passed California water laws that will eventually impact everyone living in California. The laws are Assembly Bill 1668 and Senate Bill 606. These Bills are designed to restrict the amount of water you use every single day. Starting in 2022 each person in your home will only be allowed to use 55 gallons of water per day. By 2030, the amount decreases to 50 gallons. Using too much water will result in additional penalties being added to your water bill.

It is fully expected that as some point in 2020, the California Department of Water Resources, will present lawmakers with a list of guidelines that also suggests restricting how much water each California property owner can use outside their home for purposes like washing vehicles and watering the lawn.

If lawmakers approve the California Department of Water Resources’ recommendations, it could make it harder for you to enjoy a stunning lawn.

 

The Difference Between Carjacking & Auto Theft In California

The Difference Between Carjacking & Auto Theft In California

The Difference Between Carjacking & Auto Theft In California

On the surface, carjacking and grand theft auto might seem like very similar crimes, but the State of California disagrees.

What Is Carjacking?

The State of California addressed the topic of carjacking in California Penal Code Section 215. If you decide to take a car that is currently being operated or is in the possession of another person without that person’s permission, you can be charged with carjacking.

In a carjacking case, prosecutors face an uphill battle. In order to convict you of carjacking, the prosecution has to prove:

  • The owner was quite close to the car when you drove away in it.
  • That you used either force or fear to gain possession of the car.
  • You fully intended to keep the owner from the vehicle on either a permanent or temporary basis.

The punishment for being found guilty of carjacking in California is severe. You can spend 3-9 years in a state prison and could also be charged up to $10,000 in fines. Carjacking is part of California’s three strikes law. This means that the second time you’re convicted of carjacking, the penalty is automatically doubled. The third strike could result in you getting a 25 to life prison sentence.

What Is Grand Theft Auto?

The legalities of grand theft auto in California are addressed in California Penal Code Section 487(d)(1). According to that law, you can be charged with grand theft auto if you take a vehicle that belongs to someone else without their permission. If the owner is nowhere near the car or if they are but you managed to get the car without resorting to fear or force, you won’t be charged with carjacking. You might even avoid a felony conviction.

Grand theft auto is one of California’s wobbler laws. The prosecutor has the luxury of looking at your case and deciding if they want to charge you with a felony or a misdemeanor. This also gives everyone involved with the case with some maneuvering room when negotiating a plea bargain.

If you’re convicted of misdemeanor grand theft auto, you might be sentenced to 364 days in the county jail. A felony conviction means spending anywhere from 16 months to 3 years in jail.

 

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