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What Happens If I Make A Fake Or Prank 911 Call

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Making a fake or prank phone call to 911 might seem like good fun but it’s not something you want to follow through with. Neither law enforcement offices nor court officials have a sense of humor.

To put it simply, making fake or prank 911 calls is illegal. In some situations, that single phone call could even result in felony charges.

The best way to learn just how much trouble making a fake or prank 911 call can land you in is by setting aside a few minutes to read California’s Penal Code 148.3. When you do, you’ll learn that you can’t:

  • Call 911 and make a fake report of a crime, injury, or accident.
  • Make a 911 call that results in the dispatcher or a law enforcement making a 911 report.
  • Use 911 to report a fictional emergency.
  • Call 911 and make a report that you know is false.

Law enforcement can choose to file charges against you if your fake/prank 911 call results:

  • In the deployment of emergency vehicles.
  • A building/area is evacuated in response to your call.
  • The call prompts the 911 dispatcher to activate the state or local Emergency Alert System.

The law very clearly states that anyone who makes a fake/prank 911 call can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. What is less clear is how the decision to pursue a misdemeanor or felony case is made. The general rule of thumb is that if someone is hurt, the prosecutor will push for felony charges.

Making a single prank/fake 911 call in California can have a seriously negative impact on your budget. If you’re found guilty, you could be:

  • Spend a full year in a county jail.
  • Be fined up to $1,000.

The cost doesn’t stop with the court fines. Depending on how much effort local agencies made to respond to your fake 911 call, the emergency response team that was involved will likely send you a bill that includes all the expenses they incurred as a result of your call.

Fake/prank 911 calls officially became illegal in California in 2013. Local lawmakers choose to crack down on these types of calls because they were tired of the calls tying up local resources and making it impossible to respond to valid emergencies.

In Los Angeles, fake/prank 911 are sometimes referred to as swatters because of the number of times a fake 911 call resulted in a swat team getting deployed to a celebrity’s house.

Considering how much a fake/prank 911 call in California could cost you, it’s in your best interest to avoid using the number for anything that isn’t a genuine emergency.

 

Understanding Slander In California

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Most Americans know that the First Amendment grants the right to free speech. The problem that many of us encounter is we don’t fully grasp the differences between free speech and slander.

What Is Free Speech?

Many of us interpret the First Amendment to mean that we’re free to say whatever we want, to whomever we want, and whenever we want. That’s not the way free speech works. The purpose of free speech is to provide Americans with the ability to openly speak against the government without fear of legal ramifications.

What freedom of speech doesn’t do is allow you to say whatever you want about neighbors, family, and businesses you don’t like.

What Is Slander?

The legal definition of slander is, oral defamation, in which someone tells one or more persons an untruth about another which untruth will harm the reputation of the person defamed. Slander is a civil wrong (tort) and can be the basis for a lawsuit. Damages (payoff for worth) for slander may be limited to actual (special) damages unless there is malicious intent, since such damages are usually difficult to specify and harder to prove. Some statements such as an untrue accusation of having committed a crime, having a loathsome disease, or being unable to perform one’s occupation are treated as slander per se since the harm and malice are obvious, and therefore usually result in general and even punitive damage recovery by the person harmed. Words spoken over the air on television or radio are treated as libel (written defamation) and not slander on the theory that broadcasting reaches a large audience as much if not more than printed publications.”

In California, slander legally takes place when:

  • You say something that you know is untrue.
  • When you make a statement that you know isn’t privileged.
  • When you make a statement that is said with the intent to do harm or cause an injury.

The Legal Consequences Of Slander

In California, slander is a civil, not a legal matter. It’s also a case that’s tricky to defend. In this case, the individual who filed the charges has to prove their case. In order to convince a judge to rule against you, they have to prove without a shadow of a doubt that you knew that whatever you said was untrue and that you made the statement knowing that it would harm the individual’s emotions, reputation, or business.

In addition to proving that you did in fact deliberately make slanderous comments, the person who files the charges against you also has to prove to the court that they sustained damages that you should reimburse them for. In addition to actual damages, the filer will also likely seek money to cover their emotional trauma.

The best way to avoid getting into a slander dispute with someone is to make sure you never say anything that you aren’t able to prove. If you’re unsure about the validity of a statement, it’s in your best interest to keep it to yourself. 

 

Understanding Assault With A Deadly Weapon

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Assault with a deadly weapon is basically what it sounds like. It means you are accused of assaulting someone and at the time you had something that could have been considered a deadly weapon. Like most legal issues, assault with a deadly weapon isn’t as simple as we would like it to be.

What Is A Deadly Weapon?

The first issue that comes up during assault with deadly weapon trials is if the object was deadly. Most of us hear deadly weapons and we instantly think of things like guns and knives. We don’t usually realize that many of the things that are simply laying around your house could be considered a deadly weapon in the right situation. In the heat of the moment, a shoe, pen, heavy beer bottle, or dog leash could become a deadly weapon. There have even been situations when a person bit or clawed an opponent and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon due to the sheer amount of damage their teeth and nails did to the victim.

Why It’s Important To Understand What A Deadly Weapon Is

Assault with a deadly weapon isn’t a simple thing in California, in large part because it’s one of the state’s wobbler laws. Depending on the circumstances, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.

If you’re convicted of felony assault with a deadly weapon you could spend the next four years in a state prison and be hit with up to $10,000 in fines. You’ll also probably have to go through a felony probation period.

If a gun is involved, the situation becomes even more complicated. If you have a simple handgun during the assault, the DA has the option of charging you with a misdemeanor. However, if the gun was a machine gun, an assault weapon, a semi-automatic, or a .50 BMG rifle, you’re automatically hit with felony charges. If you’re found guilty of felony assault with a deadly weapon that included one of the listed firearms, you could be sentenced to twelve years in prison.

Potential Defenses In Assault With A Deadly Weapon

Just because you’ve been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, that doesn’t mean you’ll be convicted. There are several, legal defenses you can use, including:

  • Someone was mistaken and you weren’t in possession of a deadly weapon at the time of the assault.
  • You didn’t intend to use the weapon.
  • You acted in self-defense.

Because assault with a deadly weapon in California is complicated, it’s in your best interest to hire an experienced defense attorney as soon as you hear the charges.

 

When In Doubt, Contact Visalia Bail Bond Store

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No matter what predicament your loved one is in, as long as they have been granted bail, you need to help bail them out of jail. We do not care about what crime they committed and why they landed in jail. We care about getting them out of jail as quickly as possible, and back home to you.

We are Visalia Bail Bond Store, and we are the bail bonds team you want on your side.

You have a lot to take care of; getting lawyers, notifying employers and any other friends and family who need to know, re-adjusting your schedule to assist your loved one, and more. However, the first thing you should do is contact Visalia Bail Bond Store so that we can work together to get your loved one out of jail as quickly as possible. Then once he or she is home, you will have a little more relief and be more focused to get everything else done. You will be worrying and stressing less knowing that your loved one is with you rather than in jail.

Visalia Bail Bond Store is a statewide, family-owned bail bond company that has been helping Californians for nearly 30 years now. As a family-owned company, we understand how important it is for our clients to rescue their loved ones from jail. We will not stop working for you, until your loved one has been released from jail. We can be reached anytime online or on the phone at 661-326-0608. Call now and ask one of our bail agents about our zero down bail bonds. Consultation is FREE, so you have nothing to lose. We have got plenty of representatives and bail agents here to support you.

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Yes, Fireworks Are Still Illegal In California

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Nothing is different this 4th of July. Most fireworks that you want to set off yourself are still illegal here in California.

The state categorizes fireworks into 2 categories, the “dangerous” and the “safe and sane.” Obviously, the “dangerous” ones are the illegal ones. These are the ones where pyrotechnic operators need a license and permit; these are the fireworks that are used in official fireworks shows like at the Rose Bowl, Queen Mary, or over the San Francisco Bay Area. These are the more spectacular fireworks that makes thousands of people watch in awe.

The general public, unless you happen to be a pyrotechnic operator, can sell, purchase, and use the “safe and sane” fireworks. Of course, there are strict rules:

  • To sell, one must have a special license and they can only sell between June 28th and July 6th.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age to purchase or use these “safe and sane” fireworks.

Penalties for violating California’s firework laws are typically classified as misdemeanors where the defendant faces up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. In cases where they are prosecuted as a felony, it would have involved the movement of large quantities of “dangerous” fireworks. In this case, the defendant faces up to 3 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

Knowing this now, you are probably rethinking your desire to play with fireworks. Remember, it ultimately comes down to the safety of yourself and those around you: family, friends, strangers.

Visalia Bail Bond Store has experience in bailing people out of jail for crimes related to fireworks. We hope to not have to do the same for you or one of your loved ones, but if you do happen to get into that situation, call us first. You can reach us online through chat or on the phone by calling 661-326-0608 any time of the day, any day of the week. Consultation with our bail agents is FREE, so call us today and ask about cheap bail bonds we offer. We will work quickly and will not let you down.

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Would You Want To Miss The 4th Of July Celebration? Contact Visalia Bail Bond Store!

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America’s birthday is just a few weeks away, and because it is such a big bash every year, plans get put into motion weeks in advance. There is only one way to celebrate America’s birthday every year, and that is with a bang. Go all out! Wear red, white, and blue, gather your friends, and hit the beach, throw a barbecue, go camping, or go for a weekend trip. You have 3 days to celebrate, 3 straight days to not worry about work or school. However, you have 3 straight days to keep yourself in check or else the police will put you in check.

The police will be setting up more checkpoints than normal all weekend long. They will have more presence on the beaches and around parks. They are on the lookout for people who are too drunk. They will also be looking out for anyone who launches illegal fireworks, so do not even think about it.

The point is not to rain on America’s birthday parade, but instead, make it a safe and enjoyable one for all. Why would America want to celebrate her own birthday by seeing dozens of her party-goers end up in jail because they were drinking and driving or they lit illegal fireworks?

The police and us would like just as much as America to have a festive and fun holiday. However, the police will be on duty, and so will we. If something goes awry during your 4th of July celebration, and someone you know has been arrested, please call Visalia Bail Bond Store immediately at 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us online. Consultation with one of our friendly bail agents is FREE, so call now and ask about our no collateral needed bail bonds. We will move quickly to help you bail your friend or family member out of jail, perhaps just in the nick of time to catch the real fireworks show.

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Not Yet 21? Sorry, No Cigarettes For You

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To all liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, and markets selling cigarettes to minors in California now means selling them to 20-year-olds. The new law in the state raises the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21, the same age a person has to be to have alcohol.

California is the second state in the U.S. to increase its minimum smoking age, a move intended to deter teens from smoking. Everyone is pretty well-educated on the health risks associated with smoking, and even inhaling second-hand smoke, but this move is certainly the biggest change.

Now more than ever, it is imperative for cashiers to request an ID when someone wishes to purchase cigarettes. Brushing off the ID request is not uncommon but it should not happen. Getting caught selling cigarettes to underage individuals carries punishments that include fines, jail time, and losing your license to sell. These can lead to bigger issues down the line, like being set-back on bills and payments because you needed to pay fines first, or losing regular 21 and over customers who purchased groceries and cigarettes from you, but have moved to another store because you can no longer sell cigarettes.

Advise all employees of the importance of requesting to see ID’s for selling cigarettes and alcohol to customers. If you or anyone you know, is arrested for “looking the other way,” Visalia Bail Bond Store will be available to bail you or them out of jail. This is a cost to you, but we have the ability to make it as affordable as possible for you, so that you are not left struggling. Learn more about services we offer at Visalia Bail Bond Store and our no down payment bail bonds online or by calling us at 661-326-0608. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.

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David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia Offers 24/7 Service

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When your best friend gets arrested in the middle of the night without warning, you are going to be one of the first people who he or she calls for help. If you do not want him or her to sit in jail any longer, then you are in need of a bail bonds company who will answer your call at 4 AM. You can call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia.

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia is a 24/7 bail bonds company. No matter what time of the day it is, we guarantee that someone on our team will pick up your call or answer your online chat. We promise you will not get an automated message. You are our top priority.

You will need to first make sure that your best friend has been granted bail after standing before the judge for a bail hearing. In most cases, that will not be a problem, unless the crime was very serious.

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia is a statewide, family-owned company that has been serving California since 1987. Our bail agents have years of experience and training that allows them to help you better than any of our competitors. They can answer any questions you have about bail and they can help you get your friend out of jail quickly.

Contact us online through chat or over the phone by dialing 661-326-0608. Consultation with one of our friendly bail agents is free, so call today and ask them about our zero down bail bonds. We work around the clock, so do not make your friend wait in jail any longer. The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can get him or her out of jail!

Bail help is only a phone call away at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, call 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now.

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What Can I Use As Collateral For A Bail Bond?

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When you or someone you know need a bail bond, here are few items you need to provide:

  • Premium – 10% of the bail amount
  • A co-signer
  • Collateral
  • The defendant’s loyalty to show up for court

Perhaps the one we get the most questions for, would be collateral. What can be used as collateral? Collateral will fall into one of the four following categories:

    Real Estate
    Property can be pledged as collateral as long as you still do not have to make payments on it.

    Vehicles
    Likewise with real estate, any vehicles for which you are still paying off will not be accepted as collateral. You must own it completely.

    Electronics
    Big screen televisions, camera equipment, video game systems, and DJ equipment are just a few electronics that can be worth a lot of money.

    Valuables
    Jewelry, expensive art, coin collections, and firearms are often used as collateral.

Whatever collateral is pledged will have to equate to a certain cost, which the bail bondsman will help determine. It is 100% acceptable if there is more than one item up for collateral.

For any additional questions you may have regarding collateral and bail bonds, do not hesitate to ask a bail agent from Visalia Bail Bond Store either online or over the phone at 661-326-0608. We can help you determine how much collateral will be needed, if any, in order to get the bail bond for your loved one. Call us today and get your free consultation with one of our bail agents and feel free to ask about our zero down bail bonds. We our open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get in touch today.

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Does The Cops Need A Warrant To Look At My Cell Phone?

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People’s cell phones nowadays hold a lot of information and secrets. When a police officer wants to look through your cell phone, in most cases, they will need a warrant. Here are some instances where a warrant will not be required:

  • The owner gives consent to the cops to search the phone.
  • When the police stop a person with reasonable suspicion that a crime has been, or will be committed, and frisk them.
  • The phone is in plain view, the phone may be in plain view for the officers to take. However, when texts and phone calls are concealed, and the cops go through this data without reason, then the judge could throw out this as evidence.
  • It was seized during a search on public school property.
  • The police are in pursuit of the suspect who can easily destroy their phone, which holds evidence.

These are general exceptions to the warrant issue, and honestly, it does sound like it is a lot of exceptions. However, each exception goes into much more detail, and in actuality, a more specific instance within one of these general situations may suddenly require a warrant. If you are confused, just keep doing research and talk to a lawyer for the specifics.

In the meantime, we at Visalia Bail Bond Store can help you bail your loved one out of jail since that is our expertise and we assure you that you will not be left feeling confused here. Contact Visalia Bail Bond Store online or call 661-326-0608. We are open 24/7 for your convenience and we provide free consultation with one of our bail agents when you call. Call us today and find out more about our cheap bail bonds. We are here to help.

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