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AMBER Alerts

AMBER Alerts

AMBER Alerts

If you own a cell phone then it’s likely that you’ve heard the buzzer-like noise that blasts from the speakers at any given time of the day. Depending on the time of day, you may or may not be slightly irritated at the unannounced noise. However, this noise, part of the National AMBER Alert Program, could be a signal of life or death for an abducted child.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response Plan, also known as the AMBER Alert program, is a partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcast agencies, and transportation agencies to activate an urgent notification for serious child-abduction situations.

The blaring noise that comes over your cell phone is part of the Emergency Alert System that broadcasts a description of the abducted child, who the suspected abductor is, and the vehicle used for the abduction. This is done in an effort to immediately notify the public or assist in the successful recovery of the child.

You receive these notifications on your phone as part of Wireless Emergency Alert program, when you are in the geographic location that the alert has been issued. Luckily, the alerts are sent through a special wireless carrier so you are not charged the receipt of these notifications.

After you are startled by one of these notifications, it can be very tempting to turn them off – don’t.

AMBER Alerts are effective.

Out of the 179 AMBER Alerts issued in 2016, 155 of the children were recovered and 43 of those recoveries were a direct result of the AMBER Alert being issued. That’s 43 children that were reunited with their families and will be able to grow up.

These alerts aren’t very common, California only issued 10 alerts in 2016. However, as we said before, these alerts could be the difference between life and death. If you’ve turned off these alerts on your phone, we suggest turning them back on. You could be the difference in saving a child’s life.


Never Try To Race A Train

Never Try To Race A Train

Never Try To Race A Train

Running across railroads is pretty common in day to day life. You may walk alongside one on your morning jog or cross one when driving to work. They are a part of everyday life, and for the most part they do not interfere. However, every once in a while you get stuck at a crossing waiting for a freight train to roll through.

If you are like most people, you find this sort of annoying. You have places to be. Others have felt the same way and attempted to race the train through the crossing. Unfortunately for that person, that was the wrong choice. Trains, especially freight trains, can be very dangerous. It is never a good idea to race them through a crossing.

On average, a freight train can weigh anywhere from 12 to 20 million pounds. Anyone who understands momentum will know that stopping that much weight in a hurry is a very big undertaking. In fact, it can take over a mile for a 12 million pound train to come to a complete stop. Long story short, a train will never be able to stop for someone or something on the tracks.

Over half of all car and train accidents occur at crossings that are equipped with automatic signals. This is due largely in part to the fact that drivers will ignore the signals and try to make it through the crossing without regard for the train. Once the signals start to flash and the arms begin to lower, wait for the train to pass.

It is not worth risking your life.

Another surprising fact, is that a quarter of all train and car collisions occur when a car drives into the side of a train. This happens to drivers who are not exercising the proper cautions for the weather conditions. They are driving too fast in wet or dark conditions, and are then unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the train. This can easily be avoided by adjusting driving habits to match current weather conditions.

If your car ever stalls or gets stuck on the tracks, get everyone out of the car and to a safe distance right away. Then call 911 and alert them to the vehicle on the tracks. They will then contact the railroad, which will halt train operations on the line in question until the car has been moved. If a train is approaching when the car is stuck, get out as quickly as possible and run away from the tracks at an angle. You want to move away from the tracks, but in the direction of the oncoming train. This will keep you safe from the debris that will be caused by the train hitting the vehicle, which will be shot out and away in the direction that the train is traveling.

For many people, crossing train tracks has become a part of their everyday life. This, unfortunately, has led to them forgetting how dangerous these crossings can be for anyone who isn’t paying enough attention. Always be aware of your surroundings near train tracks, and never try to race a train.


Citizens Push For Tougher Hit & Run Laws

Citizens Push For Tougher Hit & Run Laws

Citizens Push For Tougher Hit & Run Laws

A recent string of hit and run accidents has shaken the Los Angeles community to its core. In April there were four fatal hit and run accidents that are particularly troubling. These accidents took place on the 110 Freeway and were within a three-mile section. The hit and run accidents involved the deaths of one pedestrian, two cyclists, and one man who was in his wheelchair when he was struck.

Los Angeles’s Vision Zero Called to Task

Vison Zero is a program that was created in 2015 by the Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti after he became aware that more than 200 people who are either walking or biking near streets are struck and killed each year. He was horrified to learn that in Los Angeles, the leading cause of death in children is traffic collisions, many of which are hit and run accidents.

The programs purpose was to not only create more awareness amongst motorists, but to also help experts like transportation engineers, policymakers, and local law enforcement together to explore ways that the streets can be made safer for everyone.

The ultimate Vision Zero goal was to eliminate pedestrian/cyclist vs motorist deaths by 2025.

When it was first created, support for the Vision Zero program was high, but this recent string of fatal accidents has people questioning how effective the program really is. The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition has become the most vocal group that’s questioning the Vision Zero program. They claim that while city officials and police were excited in the program’s early days, in recent months little action has been taken to reduce cyclist/motorist collisions.

Changes Brought on by Vision Zero

Vision Zero has triggered some changes. The city has identified the streets and crosswalks that are the highest risk of pedestrian/cyclist vs car accidents. In these areas, the city has posted signs alerting motorists to pay attention, used electronic signs that alert motorists of their actual speed, and taken steps to improve crosswalk visibility, yet despite all of this, the city didn’t experience a 20% decrease in the number of pedestrian/car collisions it was hoping for. The number of accidents did decrease but only by 3%.

The Mayor Steps in

While the mayor hasn’t precisely agreed with claims that a sense of apathy currently surrounds the Vision Zero program, he recently stated that he still believes in the program and that he remains committed to ending the troubling hit and run deaths. The first step in improving the program and hopefully saving lives was increasing the Vision Zero budget to $91 million, which is triple the original budget.

With Vision Zero not reaching its goals, motorists should expect that activists will start pushing for more drastic measures, such as stiffer penalties for striking pedestrians and increased patrolling and camera usage to ensure that the drivers involved in hit and run accidents are caught.


Are Minors Allowed To Have Alcohol Under Parents Supervision?

Are Minors Allowed To Have Alcohol Under Parents Supervision?

Are Minors Allowed To Have Alcohol Under Parents Supervision?

Some parents out there who are dealing with minors and drinking tend to take a different approach to the matter. Many parents would flat out ban their children from drinking until they are of legal age to do so. However, some parents prefer to allow their underage children to drink, but only under their supervision. The idea is that this way, the child can learn about alcohol and its effects under the watchful eye of the parent.

In many states around the country, this is a common practice. The problem with this method, is that it is actually illegal within the state of California.

Here in California, minors are not allowed to possess alcohol, and they definitely are not allowed to consume it.

An adult allowing any minor to consume alcohol in their home is against the law under Business and Professions Code 25658.2. Breaking this law is a misdemeanor offense, which means a person could face up to 1 year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. What’s worse is that would only be one of the charges a person would face for allowing a minor to consume alcohol.

In all likelihood, a person could also be charged with Penal Code 272, which makes it illegal for anyone to help a minor commit an unlawful act, such as possessing and consuming alcohol. This is another misdemeanor offense and can earn a person up to a year in jail, and a possible fine of $2,500.

Things can get even worse if the minor then proceeds to get behind the wheel of a car and cause an accident, which is why it is best to simply wait until they are older before allowing them to have any alcohol. This way, everyone stays safe and no one ends up breaking the law.

Leaving Your Dog At Home Means You Won’t Face Jail Time

Leaving Your Dog At Home Means You Won’t Face Jail Time

Leaving Your Dog At Home Means You Won’t Face Jail Time

Summer is fast approaching and that means the temperatures will soar. That means it’s time to start rethinking your habit of taking your dog everywhere you go, or if you do decide to take your dog while you’re running errands, you better have a plan for what you’re going to do with them, and that plan can’t leave them in the car.

Penal Code 597-7

The state of California has very clear laws about leaving dogs unattended in hot cars during the summertime. You can’t do it. If you try, you’ll be in violation of serious animal abuse laws. Not only can someone break into your car to rescue your dog, you will also be arrested, and quite possibly lose your dog and the right to ever own another one.

Penal Code 597-7 specifically addresses the issue of pets that are left unattended in California vehicles during hot days.

You’ll be in violation of the law if:

  • You fail to provide your dog with enough ventilation
  • The dog appears to not have been given enough food or water
  • If the current temperature is deemed too hot or too cold for your dog to be waiting in the car
  • If some other situation has taken place that puts your dog’s life or health in jeopardy while they’re waiting in the car

If you do any of these things, you’ll be in violation of Penal Code 597-7 and will be charged with animal cruelty.

How Hot Does It Have To Be Before It’s Too Hot?

Just because you’re comfortable outside, you shouldn’t assume that it’s okay for your dog to be left in the car. Studies indicate that even temperatures as low as 72 degrees Fahrenheit can be deadly to a dog that’s trapped in a car, especially if that car is parked in direct sunlight. On an 85 degree day, your car’s internal temperature can sour to 120 degrees in less than half an hour.

But What About Tying Them To Bike Rail Or Lamp Post?

If your plan to avoid leaving your dog in the hot car while you shop or visit the dentist is tying them outside, think again. California law, Code 122335 HS, clearly prohibits you from tying your dog to a stationary object, something that has gotten a few dog owners into trouble after they tried chaining their dogs out in their yards.

The Penalties Connected To Penal Code 597-7

If you’re convicted of violating Penal Code 597-7 and your dog didn’t suffer any health problems from being locked in the car, you’ll face a maximum fine of $100 per animal that was in the car. If your dog did require treatment as a result of your actions, you’ll looking at a $500 fine and could spend up to six months in a California county jail. The prosecution may also chose to hit you with animal neglect charges.

Want To Bail Someone Out Quickly?

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Goshen

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Goshen

When something bad happens, you want it to be over quickly. You do whatever you can to make things better. When you hear that your friend or family member has been arrested, you spring into action. You want to help your loved one get out of jail as quickly as you can. You do this by contacting the professionals at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Goshen.

David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Goshen is a professional bail bond company that has been helping Californians since 1987. We have 30 years of experience that we can use to help our clients. This means that we know exactly how to help you get our loved one out of jail in no time. In fact, we can help people get out of jail in as little as 2 hours in some counties.

Often times, the longest part of bailing someone out of jail is waiting for the jail to process the bail bond, not getting the bail bond itself. Setting up a bail bond is easy with the right bail agent. A good bail agent will help their clients through the bail bond process and can have the paperwork finished and signed in just a few short hours.

The paperwork is then sent to the jail where it will be processed before your loved one is released. This can take a while and it also depends on how big the jail is and how much paperwork the jail has at the moment. Unfortunately, at this point, all we can do is be patient and wait for your loved one to be released, which will happen.

If you want to get your friend or family member out of jail as quickly as you can, you need to talk to our agents here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Goshen. We will get the bail bond ready to go quickly and make the entire process easy for you.

To get started, simply click Chat With Us or call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Goshen at 661-326-0608. Consultation is FREE!

Who Determines Bail Prices?

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Goshen Bail Bonds

Everyone grasps the concept that bail is expensive. While bail bonds can greatly reduce the cost, they still tend to cost a couple thousand dollars. This is the kind of money that most people do not have lying around, waiting to be spent. It makes you wonder, if everyone knows bail is super expensive, why is it set so high? Who controls what a person’s bail is set at anyways?

Here in the United States, the 8th amendment to the Constitution protects us from excessive bail.

Unfortunately for many people, today’s bail prices feel very excessive. However, there is a reason behind the high bail prices. Bail is meant to be used as incentive for a defendant to return to court for his or her trial. If the defendant behaves and makes it to all of his or her court appearances, then the bail money will be returned to him or her. So, the defendant should get the money back, but they would need the money to begin with. Most people don’t have that kind of cash.

That explains why bail is so expensive, but who gets to actually determine the price of the bail? In California, bail varies from county to county. Each county creates what is called a bail schedule. This is a list of every possible crime and what the bail should be for that crime. Judges are allowed to adjust the bail amount depending on the person who has been accused of the crime.

Some people think that bail bond companies have some say in the pricing of bail and bail bonds. Those people would be incorrect. In California, bail bond companies have to charge 10% the price of the bail they are paying for. Some companies are allowed to lower that price slightly if the defendant or a co-signer meet certain requirements. However, most companies have their hands tied when it comes to pricing.

In the end, the price of the bail and subsequent bail bond are decided by the case’s judge and the county officials in charge of the bail schedule.

Good bail bond companies, like Goshen Bail Bond Store, can make bail bonds affordable for their clients by creating personalized payment plans for their clients. This reduces the up-front cost of the bail bond without changing the price. Another way Goshen Bail Bond Store lowers the cost of the bail bond is by offering discounts to union members, members of the military, members of AARP, homeowners, and defendants with private attorneys.

At Goshen Bail Bond Store, we do our very best to make bail bonds as affordable as possible for our clients. You can learn more by calling 661-326-0608 to get your FREE consultation. We are open 24/7 (including holidays), so feel free to call us at anytime.

4th Of July Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks Safety Tips Goshen

Fireworks Safety Tips Goshen

People are already gearing up for the Independence Day Celebration that will be filled with BBQ food, drinks, and fireworks. Those are three essentials to almost every 4th of July party and you can bet people are already starting to make plans with friends and family in regards to who is hosting and bringing what. If you are the one bringing the fireworks, make sure you bring fireworks that are legal and that you use them safely.

  • Purchase fireworks that are categorized only as “safe and sane” not “dangerous” from a permitted fireworks vendor. These fireworks will have the Fire Marshal’s seal stamped on them.
  • Keep fireworks stored away from fire sources and other flammable material.
  • When you are ready to use the fireworks, have a bucket of water and/or a hose nearby, just in case.
  • Fireworks Safety Tips

  • Read and follow the directions as they are written on the fireworks.
  • If youths are using fireworks, make sure adults are nearby.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only, away from fire sources, dry grass, and other flammable material.
  • Make sure no one is too close when the fireworks are being lit. Do not point them at people, property, trees, power poles, etc.
  • If you find that one of your fireworks is broken, throw it away rather than trying to fix it.
  • Tight fitting clothing is preferred for the people who are going to light the fireworks. Loose clothing can get in the way, potentially catching fire.
  • Fireworks are not toys and must be handled with care and caution. They should only be used by those who understand the safety rules and will abide by them.
  • For any damages or injuries done from fireworks used by children, the burden falls on the parents.

Anyone found violating the rules and regulations for fireworks usage such as purchasing and using dangerous fireworks, inflicting damage or injury, or storing them in unsafe conditions, will be fined and could face jail time. Of course, the punishment depends on the severity of the violation.

If you do not want to risk using fireworks at your home or even that of your friend’s house, you can always bring the family to the local fireworks show that is organized by the city and the licensed fireworks operators.

Either way, whether you plan on playing with safe and sane fireworks on your own or just leaving it to the official fireworks show for the community, we encourage all to have a fun and safe 4th of July celebration.

Can I Still Be Charged For A Crime 10 Years Later?

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Goshen Bail Bonds

If you committed some sort of illegal action some years ago and continue to think about how you got away with it. If you worry that it is going to come back and haunt you one day, you should learn what ‘statute of limitations’ means.

Statute of Limitations

A Statute of Limitations refers to the time within which legal proceedings may be brought against the suspect. This time period ranges based on what the crime is – it could be 5 years, 10 years, or there may not be a statute of limitations at all, like for very serious crimes such as murder. The clock starts ticking when the crime has been discovered.

So, if you committed a crime 3 years ago and prosecutors have 5 years to charge you, you can be charged anytime between now and 2 years. However, if you committed a crime 6 years ago and the statute of limitations was 3 years, you are off the hook.

So if you are worrying about whether or not you can still get in trouble for something illegal you did a few years back, look up the statute of limitations for the crime.

In the instance you are arrested and charged for that crime, Goshen Bail Bond Store can help you post bail. We offer affordable bail bonds and custom payment plans, making it easier and faster for defendants to post bail. You can reach us online or by phone at 661-326-0608. Consultation is FREE, so don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of our friendly bail agents to get your bail-related questions answered. They will be more than happy to assist you. While you’re at it, ask about our zero down bail bonds and bail bond discounts we offer. We are always available to help you 24/7. Call us anytime!

To learn more about services we offer at Goshen Bail Bond Store, call 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now. Consultation is always FREE!

3 Strikes, No Outs – You Can Always Count On Goshen Bail Bond Store

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Goshen Bail Bonds

“3 strikes, you are out”

is only a rule in baseball and a figurative rule in other games. When it comes to needing a bail bond from Goshen Bail Bond Store, there are no “outs,” no matter how many times in your lifetime you need a bail bond. We hope that after one bail bond, you will never need to ask us for another, but if it so happens that you do need another bail bond, for the same person or someone else, you can count on us to help you.

Just like the first time we guided you through the bail bond process, we will set you up on a custom payment plan that will cover the 10% premium. Collateral and a co-signer may be required, depending on the situation. There is 0% interest and no hidden fees. Just like before, your loved one will be bailed out of jail in no time.

We hope you found security and trust with Goshen Bail Bond Store, the first time around so that for all future bail bond needs, you will trust in us to get the job done again. No matter how many times you need us, we will be there.

Goshen Bail Bond Store can always be reached 24/7 online or at 661-326-0608. As always, consultation with one of our helpful bail agents is FREE, so don’t hesitate to call. Feel free to ask any bail-related questions you may have, and 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 here for you and we promise, we will not let you down.

Bail help is only a phone call away at Goshen Bail Bond Store, call 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now.

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