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Responsibilities And Graduation

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S

ummer is approaching, and that means that many students will be finishing up their final school year. Graduation season is just around the corner. For many, they will no longer have to follow the set in stone schedule of their school five days a week. They will be free and facing new opportunities at college and joining the working world.

Responsibilities And Graduation

Graduation is a time to celebrate. Students have spent their entire lives working toward this moment. Once they walk across that stage and are given their diploma, they will be free to carve their own path.

As a parent, you may want to remind them of the responsibilities that come with this newfound freedom. For many, graduation comes at a time when the student becomes 18. The student is no longer a child and is a finally a full-fledged adult. While this milestone comes with a lot of perks, it also has a few drawbacks.

Before, if your child got into trouble with the law, he or she would be given back to you, the parent. Now, however, your son or daughter will be held accountable for his or her actions. If your child gets into trouble with the police, he or she could get arrested and sent to jail. Nobody wants that, so be sure to remind your son or daughter to be responsible with his or her actions.

After all, graduation is a time to celebrate, not a time to spend in jail. So let your child go out and explore this newfound freedom from school, just make sure he or she remembers to make good choices.

Rules Of The Road For Bicyclists

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California drivers, especially Los Angeles drivers, are known for being fast, impatient, and rude. However, if there is one group of people that drivers are more cautious of, it is the bicyclists. What are the rules of the road for car drivers and bicyclists?


  • When the biker is traveling slower than the cars, they must be as close to the right side of the road as possible unless they are passing or avoiding a dangerous/hazardous condition or making a left turn or approaching a right turn only lane but want to proceed straight. In those cases, the bicyclist may move away from the right side of the road.
  • Bicyclists Road Rules

  • If there is a dedicated bike lane, the bicyclist must be in that lane unless they are passing, making a left, or avoiding a dangerous/hazardous condition.
  • Bicyclists are to ride in the same direction as the traffic, not in the opposite direction. There are exceptions to this rule like if the street is a one-way or if the road is too narrow.
  • It is illegal to park on a bicycle path.
  • Bikes must be equipped with a visible white light in the front. They must also have reflectors: red in the back, white or yellow on the pedals, white or yellow on the front half of the bike, and red or white on each side on the back half of the bike.
  • Bicyclists 18 years or younger must wear a helmet. It is safe practice for adults to wear helmets as well.
  • It is illegal to drive and use a cell phone at the same time, but this law does not apply to bicyclists.
  • It is illegal to drive and have earphones in both ears. This same law applies to bicyclists. One ear must be free of headphones and headsets.
  • It is illegal to bike while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Bicyclists are required to stop at stop signs and red lights, just like drivers.
  • Bicyclists are to yield right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks.


Bicyclists share many of the same rules and etiquette as drivers do and they are entitled to be on the road with cars. However, both parties need to be aware of each other in order to avoid collisions and potential fatalities. They also need to be aware of pedestrians on foot.

Just like car drivers, bicyclists can actually be cited for violating the above laws and others that were not named, like if they biked right through an intersection that they should have stopped at because there was a stop sign.

Whether you travel by foot, car, bike, bus, or other mode of transportation, knowing the rules of the road and what your rights are is very important for yourself and to keep the road safe for everybody!

What Happens If You Are Stopped At A DUI Checkpoint

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Alcohol consumption increases during holidays and the weekends, and you can expect no different for Memorial Day weekend, which is right around the corner. Local law enforcement keeps up with this by setting more DUI checkpoints throughout the city. If you are unfamiliar with what happens at DUI checkpoints, here is what you need to know.


  • The purpose of checkpoints is to catch those who are driving while under the influence and get them off the road before they cause an accident.
  • Checkpoints are set up during the late night to early morning hours when people are bar hopping and heading home after drinking.
  • The police may or may not announce where and when DUI checkpoints will be set up.
  • When a car approaches a checkpoint, they will slow down and stop. The driver will roll their window down, so the officer can communicate with the driver and get a clear look at them.
  • The driver will show the officer their license, car registration, and proof of car insurance.
  • The driver will need to let the officer know where they are going, where they came from, if they have been drinking, and if so, how much.
  • The officer looks for signs of intoxication like slurred speech, the smell of alcohol on the breath, a flushed face, bloodshot eyes, and a lack of coordination.
  • The driver may need to take a breathalyzer test.
  • If the officer concludes that the driver is aware and alert to safely continue on to their destination, then the driver may leave the checkpoint.
  • If the officer concludes that the driver is too incoherent or drunk to safely continue on to their destination, they can arrest them on the spot.
  • It is legal for a driver to make a U-turn to avoid a checkpoint that they see ahead of them. If an officer sees a car doing this, they will not necessarily get in their patrol car and follow the driver to stop them. However, if they see them driving off erratically, then they will.

Thousands of people die each year due to car accidents where a drunk driver was involved. This statistic can be drastically lowered if adults acted responsibly and did not get behind the wheel when they had any amount of alcohol in their system. “Buzzed driving is drunk driving” is a message that needs to be conveyed.

Checkpoints are a major effort to curb alcohol-related accidents, but the police cannot do this all on their own. It is up to each and every person to be responsible and not get behind the wheel after drinking. There are so many other options for safe transportation these days.

If you are planning to go out drinking this Memorial Day holiday weekend, make sure you have a designated driver friend with you or call a cab, Lyft, or Uber to make sure you get home safely.

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

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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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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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Types Of Pleas A Defendant Can Enter For Court

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When a person is arrested for committing a crime, they will have an arraignment hearing before the actual trial begins. At a defendant’s arraignment hearing, they learn the charges that are being filed against them. The defendant will then be asked to enter a plea, which they will do so after consulting with their lawyer.


There are 3 options for entering a plea:

    GUILTY
    When a defendant pleads guilty, they are conceding and admitting that they did commit the crime for which they were arrested. They waive all rights. The court must consent to this plea. In this case, no trial happens. The judge will announce the consequences and punishment.

    NOT GUILTY
    When a defendant pleads not guilty, they are maintaining their innocence in the matter. The police, detectives, and prosecutors will have to prove the case in court beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant will then begin to prepare for a trial.

    NO CONTEST
    When a defendant pleads no contest, they are not admitting guilt, but they can be punished. In this case though, it cannot be used against them in another proceeding. For example, the defendant can plead no contest to a criminal assault charge and they will be sentenced for punishment. If they are facing a civil suit, this criminal assault charge cannot be used against them. The court must consent to a “No Contest” plea.


If a defendant pleads either “not guilty” or “no contest,” then the judge at the arraignment hearing will proceed to announce whether or not the defendant can post bail to be freed from custody for the duration of trial. If they are denied bail, they will remain in custody. If they are granted bail, then it is up to the defendant and his or her loved ones to come up with the money and/or bail bond so that the defendant can be released.

If the defendant pleads guilty, then they will not be granted bail because they will report immediately to their punishment.

If you would like more information on bail and bail bonds, please contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia online or at 661-326-0608. Get your FREE consultation by speaking with one of our helpful bail agents. Feel free to ask as many bail-related questions you have, and they will be more than happy to answer them for you. Ask about our no down payment bail bonds and bail bond discount we offer as well. We are available 24/7, so we are always ready to help you as soon as you call.

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What To Expect At Your Loved One’s Arraignment Hearing

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If your loved one has been arrested and you are committed to being there to support them each step of the way, then you will know that soon, they will have an arraignment hearing. This is their first court appearance after they have been arrested.


Here is what you can expect to happen:

  • The charges filed against the defendant are formally announced.
  • The defendant will enter a plea to the charges. They can plead not guilty, guilty, or no contest.
  • The judge will decide whether or not to grant bail to the defendant. If bail is granted, the judge will announce how much the bail will be.

Once the arraignment hearing is over and your loved one is granted bail, then it is time for you to take action on the next step: securing a bail bond.

This can be done quickly, affordably, and stress-free with help from one of our amazing bail agents at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. Our bail bonds are 10% of the full bail amount and we work with you on a custom payment plan. We can make approvals over the phone, but in the instances when we need a face-to-face meeting, we will go to you. Once paperwork is signed and everything is in order, we will transfer it to the jail. It will be processed and your loved one will be released.

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia offers FREE consultations and we will show you exactly how we can help you and your loved one. Talk to one of our helpful bail agents and feel free to ask questions you may have. They will be more than happy to answer them for you. Don’t forget to ask about our zero down bail bonds and bail bond discount we offer to see if you qualify. We are available and ready to help you 24/7, so don’t hesitate to call.

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.

Is There A Legal Obligation To Report A Crime As A Witness?

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There was a recent incident involving rape, Facebook, and what did or did not happen after the fact. An adolescent Chicago girl was raped by 5 or 6 males and the incident was streamed live on Facebook long enough for nearly 50 people to watch and know what was going on. None of those nearly 50 people reported the assault to the police. So, besides the males who attacked the girl, do those 50 or so people also get in trouble for witnessing it, but not speaking up? Here is a closer look at what the laws say about bystanders who become witnesses to crimes.

Witnessing A Crime

In the United States, if a person is a witness to a crime, they likely have no legal obligation to report it to the police. There are groups of people though who are required to report certain crimes, and it would be because of their profession. For example, doctors, nurses, law enforcement, social workers, and teachers are required to report certain crimes, like abuse and neglect, to the police, even if they just suspect that it is occurring. If these people are required to report crimes but fail to do so, they can be charged a misdemeanor and face up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

There may be no legal obligation to report a crime, but there may be a moral obligation to do so. This means that a person who witnesses a crime may report it because they believe it is the right thing to do. They may or may not know that they do not legally have to do it or that they will not get arrested for failing to reporting a crime. If they believe they should contact the police because what they witnessed was wrong and they want some type of justice, they will report it. This is their moral obligation.

When it comes to witnessing crimes online, there are complicating factors. For example, witnesses may not accurately assess what they saw online or what they saw online may be a fake or manipulated video. For California, the same law applies. Someone who witnesses a crime happening through an online channel is not required to report it, and they will not be arrested for failing to do so.

In either case, witnessing a crime in person or online, the police may still track witnesses down to question them. By this point, the police will know they did not report the crime, but they will not be arrested. The police just want to take down a statement of what the witness saw and heard.

When Getting Arrested Might Actually Be Funny

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Usually, getting arrested is no laughing matter, but maybe one day it will be both a laughing matter and a “are you serious?” matter. We are talking about a wild case where a person is arrested for committing the most outrageous, silly crimes in California. These crimes come from laws that really leave us scratching our heads. Here are some, for your enjoyment.

Funny Law

  • Any car that does not have a driver cannot go faster than 60 miles per hour. 30 miles per hour without a driver is okay then?
  • Women may not drive in a housecoat. It must be so unfashionable.
  • Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship. Did someone make sure to tell the animals that?
  • Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk. Sorry, kids.
  • One may not use one’s own restroom if the window is open. So you better have a good air freshener!

These are just a handful of silly laws; trust us, the list goes on and on and on. The police have much more important work to be concerned with than these silly, harmless laws, so you probably will not get in trouble if you use your restroom while the window is open.

So there you have it. A law that if broken and the perpetrator ends up arrested, the arrest can be a bit funny. If you or a loved one are ever arrested for breaking a silly law or a serious one, count on David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia to bail you out of jail.

You can contact us online or by calling 661-326-0608. Get your FREE consultation by speaking to one of our friendly bail agents. Ask any questions you may have regarding bail and bail bonds and we’ll make sure to answer them for your. Learn about cheap bail bonds and discounts we offer as well. We have been helping people bail their loved ones from any California jail. We can help you too!

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