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What Are Your Rights As An Airline Passenger?

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The recent United Airlines incident involving a man being dragged off his overbooked flight has everyone wondering what their rights are in this kind of situation. The flight, heading to Louisville, KY, from Chicago, IL, was overbooked. No passenger volunteered to give up their seat, even after the airline offered accommodations and up to $800 in cash. At this point, they had to select 4 people to deplane. One man who was selected, refused to get off. Security officials were then called to escort the man off the plane, and the situation spiraled downward from there. As seen on cell phone footage, the passenger was forcibly removed from his seat. His head was knocked against an armrest and then he was dragged down the aisle, off the plane.

This incident brought heavy backlash against United Airlines, and has left everyone wondering what their rights are when an overbooked flight needs passengers to give up their seats. Airlines are allowed to overbook their flights, it is standard practice, because often times, passengers do not show up.

What are the rights of the passengers?

  • The airline must ask for volunteers before kicking anyone off.
  • The airline will often offer overnight accommodations or a free flight to those who give up their seat. However, the passenger can also ask for cash, you will just need to speak up to the airline because they will not necessarily offer this off the bat.
  • Rights Of Airline Passengers

  • If you are kicked off your flight, there are federal rules that the airline must follow. Fliers are supposed to get to their destination within an hour of their original flight. If they arrive 1-2 hours later or 1-4 hours for international destinations, the airline must pay double the original one-way fare with a $675 limit. If they arrive after 2 hours or 4 hours for international destinations, the airline must pay 400% of the one-way fare, up to $1,350.
  • The airline will usually take certain factors into consideration when deciding who to kick off a passenger, but these policies are not standard across all airlines, because each carrier decides these rules themselves. For example, the airline may kick off a person who checked-in very late. Or, they will kick off a person who does not frequently fly with this particular airline.
  • The Department of Transportation recommends passengers wait to cash their check. If they wish to pursue more money from the airline at a later date, they have more bargaining power with their original voucher or check. Once they cash it, they lose some ability to ask for more.

An airline needing to pick people to depart their overbooked flight does not happen very often. Usually there will be no shows or some passengers will voluntarily give up their seat. In the small percentage of flights that passengers do need to be kicked off, the passengers deplane without incident. Unfortunately, this incident was no such case, but it did bring up some important issues that could affect you in the future. If you ever plan on flying anywhere, with any airline, know your rights and know the airline’s policies</strong>.

Copyrights And Public Domain

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If you have ever tried to create something like a website, book, or video, then you most likely ran into two terms: copyrights and public domain. These two terms are very important whenever you create something new. However, not everyone knows what these terms mean or how they might affect you.


Copyrights And Public Domain

  • COPYRIGHT: A copyright is a form of intellectual property. This means that the creator of something, typically has the only rights to it and no one else can reproduce or use any aspect of the copyrighted material without the creator’s consent. A copyright typically lasts for the duration of the creator’s life, plus 50 to 100 years depending on various factors such as country of origin.
  • PUBLIC DOMAINS: Public domain is anything that is not protected by a copyright. This can mean that a piece of work was never copyrighted, was created before copyrights existed, or has lost its copyright protection. Works that are in the public domain can be used freely by anyone.

As you can see, from a creator’s standpoint, a copyright is incredibly important and valuable. It ensures that the creator remains in control of his or her creation, and that no one else can claim it as their own.

However, from the public side of things, copyrights can feel like they are in the way. This can be especially true for fans of different media who feel inspired to make something based on someone else’s work. One such instance of this would be fan fiction.

For those who do not know, fan fiction is a story created off of a famous piece of work. This new bit of work typically involves one or more of the original work’s characters and possibly the settings of the original work as well. A famous example of this would be E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, which started out as a piece of fan fiction of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. These works are typically heavily derived from the original work, and can thereby be classified as copyright infringement. If a piece of work is copyrighted, the original creator can take legal action against anyone who has created something derived from the original work.

Ultimately, copyrights are meant to protect creators and their creations. They ensure that a creation continues to be used how the creator sees fit.

Public domain is all about the people. Anything within the public domain can be considered free use, which means anyone can make something from it. Some works that are within the public domain include:

  • Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Ulysses

The Wizard of Oz also falls into this category, but it is unique, in that only the book is considered to be in the public domain. The movie itself is still under copyright protection and is owned by MGM Studios. It is one of the few pieces of work out there, where the original book is in the public domain, while the movie is still protected by copyright.

So, if you want to create something based off of something else and then make money off of it, make sure the original work is actually within the public domain. If it is not, then the owner of the copyright can take legal actions against you, which would mean a lot of trouble for you. Do your research first before starting a project. It’s better to be safe.

Do Not Let Yourself Get Conned

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David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia

Are you a grandparent who has recently gotten a call from someone stating that your grandchild has been arrested and needs your help? If so, proceed with caution. A recent series of scams involves pretending to be a grandchild in need of financial help to get out of jail.

The scam is simple enough, the scammer contacts their target, usually someone’s grandparent, and either pretends to be the grandchild or someone calling on behalf of the grandchild. They state the grandchild has been arrested and that they need the target’s help to get out of jail. They will request financial aid and ask that their target not mention the arrest to any relatives in order to avoid embarrassment.

If this sounds like you recent call, do not send any form of money. The first thing you want to do is begin asking questions that only the grandchild would know. You can asks things like:

  • “When was the last time we saw each other?”
  • “When is my birthday?”
  • “Why didn’t you talk to (insert a relative they are close to here)?”

However, you need to be wary of some of these answers, thanks to social media. Social media sites and apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat have made it easier for scammers to get ahold of personal information. Scammers may be able to find the answers to your questions if your grandchild shares a lot of information online.

A better way to find out if the call is a scam or not, is to talk with relatives who are close to the supposed grandchild who called. Talk to his or her parents, you might find out that the grandchild is safe and sound.

You first option is to follow the caller’s wishes without confirming his or her identity and risk losing thousands to a scammer. Your second option is to talk to family members and confirm whether or not you need to help your grandchild out. Risking possible embarrassment is the better of the two options you face.

Be careful out there. Make sure you ask questions before giving informations or monies to people you have never met before.

What To Know About Bail Bonds & How It Can Help You

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David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia

If a person who is arrested and granted bail, but cannot afford it, they should not give up hope. 100% cash bail is not the only option to posting bail. Bail bonds are the alternate solution that most people opt for.

Rather than paying 100% of the bail, the defendant and any loved ones willing to help, will pay 10% of the bail to a reliable and credible bail bond company like David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. The defendant gets a custom, flexible payment plan so this 10% is broken up into smaller increments. Not all of the payment is due before the defendant can be released; the payment plan will continue after the defendant is released from jail.

The bail bond may also require a co-signer or collateral, but the David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia bail agent will go over the specifics with each family, as it is a case-by-case basis on what exactly is needed.

As long as the defendant continues to make their bail bond payments on time, shows up for their court dates, stays out of any other legal trouble, and abides by any other release terms and conditions, then the entire bail bond process will be successful. At the end, the 10% premium will not be refunded, but the collateral will be returned and the co-signer will be released from his or her duties.

You can learn more about bail bonds and how David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia can help you in your time of need by talking to one of our knowledgeable bail agents. We offer FREE consultations, so do not hesitate to reach out to us online or at 661-326-0608. Our bail agents will be more than happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Learn about cheap bail bonds and bail bond discounts we offer as well. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays), so call us anytime!

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Do You Realize How Much Taxpayers Fund Jails?

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What some people do not realize is that jails are funded by county and general municipal funds rather than correctional budgets. In other words, a portion of the taxes Californians pay go toward funding these jails. This probably upsets some people. They wonder why their taxes are going toward housing criminals. This can be a very controversial subject.

Many people probably realize that California jails and prisons are overcrowded. The more people that go into these facilities, the more money the facility needs to have in order to operate. This can further upset people.

Schools, social services, hospitals, and roads also get their funding from this same pool of money, but the majority of it goes toward those jails and prisons.

This is one reason bail is a good thing for the public. Bail allows a recently arrested individual to be released from jail during their trial. One less person in jail means there is one less person to fund.

For those who are concerned about the idea of having an accused criminal on the streets, the court always considers this person’s potential threat to the public before making the final decision on whether to grant bail. Dangerous criminals will not be allowed to post bail. Anyone who is allowed to post bail will know that if they get into legal trouble again, their consequences increase and they can lose the ability to bail out of jail.

You see how this is one reason bail is a practice and a constitutional right that needs to stay.

We hope you will never need our professional services at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, but if you do, please reach out to us anytime online or at 661-326-0608. Consultation is FREE, so talk to one of our helpful bail agents to get your bail-related questions answered. Ask about our no down payment bail bonds and bail bond discount to see if you qualify. We are always available and ready to assist you 24/7. Call us anytime! We promise, we won’t let you down.

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Lesser Known Advantages Of Bail

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David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia

The notion of allowing a defendant to post bail and be released from jail is a risky concept to some people. In their minds, it means another criminal who is possibly dangerous and is out on the streets, posing a threat to the public. These type of people only see this negativity of bail, they do not see the advantages of bail.

The more people who post bail, the less it costs in funding to keep them in jail. Funding goes toward maintenance of the jail, food for the defendants, and of course, paying staff to operate the jail in all sectors. This funding comes from the government and the government is getting its money from your taxes.

Bail also further entices a defendant to appear in court on their scheduled day, rather than skipping town. The court agrees to release the defendant from custody while the defendant agrees to pay a large sum of money, which they can potentially get refunded back to them as long as they show up for court. This bail money could be their own or it could come from friends and family in which case, they are also risking their relationship with their support system. They do not want to jeopardize their relationships, so they will be more likely to appear in court as scheduled.

Finally, by posting bail, a defendant can return home to live and work. They will constantly be surrounded by supportive loved ones. They will refocus their energy and responsibility to get their life back on track. They will be able to provide for their family once again.

There are plenty of advantages to bail and why it is a good constitutional concept to have in place. If you need a bail bond for yourself or a loved one, David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia will get you one.

Learn more about bail and bail bond options by speaking with one of our friendly bail agents here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia online or at 661-326-0608. They can answer all your bail-related questions and explain how bail works. Consultation is always FREE, so don’t hesitate to call. Inquire about our zero down bail bonds and bail bond discounts we offer. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so call us anytime.

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What You Need To Know About Being A Bail Bond Co-Signer

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When a legal document needs a co-signer, it means it needs an additional person to cover the debt in case the first person cannot make good on their payments and promises. Co-signers are not uncommon for major purchases like cars, homes, loans, and even bail bonds.

A co-signer will generally have a good credit history with an established income. In case they actually do need to pay the debt of the first person, they can do so without trouble. As you can imagine, agreeing to be a person’s co-signer comes with some risk.

Being A Bail Bond Cosigner

For example, say John Doe was arrested and put into jail. He is allowed to post bail, which is set at $100,000. He decides to post this bail using a bail bond. He will now have to pay 10% of the $100,000. He has time to pay this all off since he and the bail bond company agreed on a payment plan. He also promises to show up for his court date.

The bail bond company requires John Doe to have a co-signer on his bail bond, in case John Doe fails to make his bail bond payments. This co-signer will then be responsible for making the payments. The co-signer will also be responsible for making sure John appears for court.

Before making the commitment to be a co-signer, many things need to be taken into consideration, such as financial stability, how stable of a relationship the potential co-signer holds with the other person, and how honest this other person is.

If you would like more information about being a bail bond co-signer or about bail bonds in general, please contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia online or at 661-326-0608. Consultation is FREE, so talk to one of our friendly bail agents and feel free to ask any bail-related questions you may have. They will be more than happy to assist you. Inquire about our no down payment bail bonds and bail bond discount as well. At David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we are available to help you 24/7 (including holidays), so call us anytime! We’re here for you.

For a FREE consultation or if you have any questions regarding bail bonds, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now.

Bring Your Loved One Home To Mom For Mother’s Day

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The ultimate Mother’s Day gift you can ever give your mom would be the presence of a loved one whom she believes is stuck in jail. It is a gift that could change her mood from stressed to relieved. Knowing that her loved one is out of jail will definitely bring joy and relief that this person is now in her arms.

Let’s say that it is your brother who is in jail. With it being so close to Mother’s Day and knowing that his bail costs thousands of dollars, your mother believes that he will not be bailed out of jail in time. Getting the money for bail and the process itself will take more days that you all would like.

Mothers Day

What your mother does not know, is that bail does not necessarily have to be that expensive or take that long to take care of. You take it upon yourself to handle everything so she does not have to. Your first order of business is to call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia.

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia is a critical component to an affordable, fast, and successful bail experience. It is critical because this highly recommended California bail bond company does all the work for a fraction of the cost. A bail bond will cost only 10% of the full bail amount and it is paid off on a custom payment plan that is tailored to the financial situation of your family and friends. Approvals are made over the phone and your loved one can be released within a few hours. David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia is a family-owned bail bond company and we treat all of our clients as if they were a member of our own family. Plus, your David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia bail agent will be available to you throughout the entire process, making it as stress-free as possible.

Surprise your mom for Mother’s Day and show up with your brother right by your side. Even though she will not hesitate to do so, she should not have to take on the burden of the whole situation. This is her day, and it is your turn to do something for her. You can turn this sour situation into a joyful one, just contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia for bail help.

You can contact us 24/7 online or by calling 661-326-0608. Consultation with one of our helpful bail agents is FREE, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have before deciding to use our service. They will be more than happy to answer your questions. Don’t forget to ask about our zero down bail bonds and bail bond discount we offer to see if you qualify. We are here to help you and we promise, we won’t let you down.

For fast and affordable bail bond service in California, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now.

The Fast And The Furious Is Cool, But Street Racing Is Illegal

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David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia

The eighth installment of the popular street racing franchise The Fast and the Furious is finally out in theaters. The movies are entertaining to watch, guilty pleasure or not, but what you see on the big screen is not what you should see in real life.

Street Racing Is Illegal

Street racing, technically documented as Speed Contest, is illegal in California.

A speed contest, street racing, or drag racing, is an illegal exhibition when two or more vehicles race against each other on public streets and highways. In many cases, a clock is used to record the times. Such an activity threatens the safety of the public, not to mention the very drivers in those cars. These street races differ from official and legal car races such as those held by NASCAR.

Obviously, the drivers involved in street racing are violating the law, but spectators can also be cited.

Consequences of street racing include:

  • Arrest
  • Vehicle is impounded for up to 30 days
  • Up to 3 months in jail
  • Up to a $1,000 fine
  • Revoked license
  • Car insurance increases or in some cases, cancelled

When a street race goes horribly wrong and there has been a fatality, the people who are arrested face heightened consequences, both financially and emotionally. They could be looking at medical bills, a totaled car, and a more serious criminal charge like felony reckless driving. This results in a longer prison sentence, if convicted.

Leave the street racing to the movie makers and special effects masters in the film industry. Remember, a car can be a deadly weapon especially if the driver is being irresponsible and driving recklessly. Accidents happen enough as it is, there is no need to increase that risk by getting involved in illegal street racing. So please be responsible and drive safely!

No Child Left Behind

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As the weather begins to warm up again here in Southern California, we would like to remind parents that convenience is not always the better option, especially when it comes to your kids. It could be the line that defines whether you are a good or bad parent!

For example, you just picked up your 5 year old from pre-school. You need to make a quick stop at the store to buy toilet paper before you go home. You have two scenarios:

  1. Bring your child into the store with you and possibly deal with their crying, screaming, running around, non-stop talking, grabbing and breaking things, etc. Imagine the most nightmarish trip to the store.
  2. Leave your child in the car and you will be in and out of the store in 10 minutes. Easy peasy!

Well, unless your child is 7 years old or older, you must go with option 1.

In California, it is illegal to leave a child 6 years old or younger unattended in the car unless they are supervised by someone at least 12 years old.

At the same time though, you will need to consider your child’s responsibility and maturity level, and their willingness to be left alone in the car if they are 7 years or older. It could be that your 9 year old son is too immature to be left alone in the car for 10 minutes, or he feels uncomfortable left alone in the car for that long.

Moreover, if it is a hot sunny day outside, the car heats up quickly. This builds a dangerous environment for anyone inside the car, especially young children.

Violators of California’s laws regarding children left alone in cars can face fines.

In more serious scenarios, child endangerment charges can be brought forth, which is punishable with jail time. You may think that leaving your child alone in the car is harmless, but things can go the wrong way very quickly.

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