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Drivers Have To Stop

Drivers Have To Stop

Drivers Have To Stop

California is notorious for having drivers who like to play by their own rules. Drivers in the state seem to follow the mentality that if everyone does it, it must be okay. However, this is not the case. After all, if other drivers drove off of a bridge, you wouldn’t follow them. Besides, a driver can still get into trouble for breaking a law, even if other drivers broke it too.

A perfect example of this is when drivers approach stop signs. A driver is supposed to come to a full stop at the limit line, the white line in the road, when they approach a stop sign. This is required by law. However, many drivers prefer to do a rolling stop, also known as a California stop.

A rolling stop occurs when a vehicle does not stop. Instead, it slows to an almost stop, then continues on without truly coming to a stop. This common practice is actually illegal and can earn a person a traffic ticket. A ticket for this offense can cost around $140.

As with all traffic violations in California, acquiring too many tickets for rolling stops can cause a person to lose their license.

When a driver approaches a stop sign, they need to stop at the limit line, or the edge of the crosswalk. The vehicle needs to come to a full stop, meaning the wheels aren’t moving and the speedometer needle is at 0. After stopping for 3 seconds, the driver can then proceed through the intersection if it is clear.

Drivers in a hurry tend to not stop, preferring to simply slow down instead, in order to save time. This can be dangerous and cause an accident, which is why it is against the law. If a law enforcement officer sees a driver do this, they will pull that driver over and give him or her a ticket.

 

Where Is Your Food Prepared?

Where Is Your Food Prepared?

Where Is Your Food Prepared?

Everybody is a fan of good food, and most people would argue that the best food out there isn’t found in restaurants. The best food is found in family kitchens. Over the past few years, there has been a growing trend of people selling food that they made in their own homes. While this often provides people with some of the best food they have ever tasted, it does pose a few health concerns. That is why the practice was illegal in the state of California.

The key word there is was.

Starting January of 2019, entrepreneurs will be able to sell food they prepared in their home kitchens.

This change came about thanks to Assembly Bill 626, which was authored by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia. The hope was that this bill would allow people who couldn’t afford to get into the restaurant business to still get into it.

Before the aspiring new chef can get started selling their meals, they will need to get a permit to do so first. This permit will allow a person to become what is called a microenterprise home kitchen (MHK). An MHK would have to sell less than 60 meals a week, deal directly with their customers, and consent to inspections by local health officials if a complaint has been received.

A benefit to this bill, is that it exempts MHKs from certain rules that apply to restaurants, but don’t really make sense for home kitchens. A couple examples would be the rule that kitchens can’t have openings that lead directly to living spaces, and that kitchens have to have a 3-compartment sink. MHKs would not have meet these standards.

What do you think of this new law? Is it a great step forward for those looking to make a living selling their home cooking, or does it pose too much of a health risk?

Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Safe Winter Driving Tips

While it may feel like fall just started, winter has arrived in parts of California. Soon enough, the entire state will be dealing with a chill in the air and storm clouds gathering on the horizon. Rains, snow, and ice will begin to affect the roads, creating dangerous driving conditions. When this happens, drivers need to proceed with caution, or risk being in a fender bender.

As road conditions worsen, drivers are supposed to adjust their driving accordingly. By doing so, they decrease the chances of themselves being in an accident.

Driving In Rainy Weather

Drivers should slow down. Sometimes in bad rain, even going the posted speed limit can be dangerous. On wet roads, cars can lose traction with the road and begin to hydroplane across the water, causing them to careen out of control. If a driver ever feels that their car is beginning to hydroplane, they need to let of the gas and let the car slow down naturally. Do not slam on the breaks or swerve. Once the car has slowed enough, the wheels will gain traction once again and the driver can proceed as normal.

Driving In Snowy And Icy Conditions

The road is always slippery no matter how fast the car may be traveling. This means that drivers need to not only slow down, but slow down everything that they do. In these kinds of conditions, cars cannot respond as quickly. The steering wheel might get turned to the left, but the car’s momentum on the slick surface will keep it moving forward. To avoid this, drivers in these conditions need to:

  • Driver slower
  • Apply breaks in a controlled manner
  • Apply gas from complete stops in a slower manner
  • Plan turns way in advance

If a driver simply takes their time in these conditions, they can reduce the likelihood of being in an accident.

Most experts recommend that the best way to be safe in inclement weather is not to drive in it. However, things like work and school don’t always make staying home possible. If a person does need to drive in bad weather this winter, they should do it with the necessary caution, or they could wind up in a very undesirable accident.

 

Sometimes Even The Police Need Help

Sometimes Even The Police Need Help

Sometimes Even The Police Need Help

When it comes to solving crimes, everyone trusts that the local law enforcement agencies will take care of it. After all, that is their job. They find the clues to track down the criminals and keep everyone safe. They do this on a daily basis. In fact, they do their jobs so well that many people often forget that sometimes police officers need help.

Even with all of the tools and training at their disposal, sometimes police officers miss something. This is usually due to the fact that they simply weren’t there to witness it. This is when they turn to the general public for help.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who are uncomfortable with the idea of giving information to police officers. There are a number of reasons why people might not want to give tips or information to an officer, and most of them are things that don’t need to be worried about. Despite what some people may think, law enforcement officers can be trusted. After all, their job is to help people.

Why People Don’t Report Crimes

There are all kinds of reasons why a person may not want to report a crime or give tips to a police officer. Some of the reasons include:

  • They assume someone else will help. They figure that with so many people out there, that someone else will help and that they will not need to. The problem is, a lot of people think like this which can lead to nobody giving the information to local law enforcement.
  • They don’t want to get involved. Some people would rather stay out of things and avoid any unnecessary struggles.
  • They don’t want to make themselves look guilty. Some people incorrectly assume that by reporting a crime to the police they may make themselves look guilty. However, this is not the case.
  • They don’t want to make a loved one look guilty. Sometimes a person may suspect that someone they care about committed a crime, and they try to help that loved one out by not reporting the crime.
  • They are afraid that the accused criminal may come after them. This is something that is shown a lot on television and in movies. The accused goes after whoever “wronged” them by reporting the crime to the authorities. This rarely happens in real life and the police will do everything they can to help protect people from criminals.
  • They don’t trust the police. Some people just have a mistrust of the police created by any number of things that have happened in the past. The important thing to remember is that for every story of a bad police officer, there are thousands upon thousands of untold stories of good officers following and enforcing the law every single day.

Why People Should Report Crime

The truth is, when it comes to crimes, sometimes police officers can’t always be there to get every detail. This is especially true the moment a crime happen. Unless officers knew the crime was going to occur, which is rare, the chances of them being there to see everything is slim to none.

In these instances, they need the public’s help to collect information about the crime in question, so that they can track down the culprit. They want to hear from people who witnessed the crime and might be able to offer a new perspective that could lead to an arrest. They need everyone’s help.

How To Report Crimes

If a person wants to report a crime or provide a tip, they can usually contact their local law enforcement agency over the phone or online. Some agencies can even accept tips through text messages. While this makes reporting tips and crimes easy, they do often require a person to provide their name contact information to the officers.

If a person wishes to report a tip anonymously, they can do so through Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers is an organization that works with law enforcement agencies all over the United States. What many people love about this organization is that it allows people to give tips about crimes anonymously, thus removing many of the concerns that people have about giving tips.

Crime Stoppers makes giving tips anonymously very easy by allowing people to give tips to local law enforcement agencies in the following ways:

  • Online at the Crime Stoppers’ website.
  • Over the phone with a toll free phone number on their website.
  • With the P3 Tips mobile app.

This makes reporting tips about crimes easy.

Give The Police A Helping Hand

While Police officers have a lot of tools at their disposal, and years of training, they cannot always solve cases alone. Sometimes they need the public’s help. Unlike what some TV shows and movies would have people believe, reporting a crime or tip is not a big, scary deal. Often times it is as simple as giving some just a little bit of information.

If a person is still hesitant, then they can always give tips anonymously through Crime Stoppers. This way the person can still help out without the fear that someone may be looking for them. They can do a good deed and help local law enforcement agencies track down the culprit of the crime in question.

 

Can Your Neighbor Park And Block Your Driveway?

Can Your Neighbor Park And Block Your Driveway?

Can Your Neighbor Park And Block Your Driveway?

The downside to living in a city or residential area is that it’s not uncommon for someone to park in such a way that it blocks your driveway. Luckily, in most cases the driver is only there for a few minutes before they move on, but every once in a while you’ll encounter some rude driver who doesn’t seem to see why you are upset about the fact that they’ve been blocking their driveway for hours.

The good news is that you do have some legal options.

The first thing you should do is ask the person to move their vehicle. No matter how irritated you are over the situation, while dealing with the driver, stay calm, cool, and collected. Remember that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Stay polite and calmly explain that they’re making it impossible for you to get in an out of your home, which is making it difficult for you to pick up kids from school, get to work, etc.

If you’ve spoken to the driver and they continue to block your driveway with their car, it’s time to contact the local authorities. Ask that they speak to the driver. If you’ve kept a record (complete with pictures) of the number of times the driver has blocked your driveway, they’ll have a better understanding of why you’re frustrated.

Based on what happens when they speak to the driver, the police will advise you on what your best options are. You want to follow their guidelines and not take matters into your own hands. Don’t be surprised if they suggest having the city tow the vehicle. They may even suggest that the next time you have a problem, contacting them and they’ll arrange for the city garage to tow the car.

While there are things that can be done about a car that’s constantly parked in your driveway, as long as the access isn’t blocked, there’s little you can do about a neighbor that constantly parks in front of your house provided they park on the street and not on your actual property.

If a vehicle has been parked in front of your home for more than a week without being driven, you can contact the police and report an abandoned vehicle. If they’re unable to track down the driver, they’ll have the vehicle impounded.

 

Can You Drive While High?

Can You Drive While High?

Can You Drive While High?

At the start of 2018, California made it legal for marijuana to be sold from licensed dispensaries. This allowed people to consume marijuana recreationally, much in the same way that alcohol is allowed to be used. While this excited many people, some failed to realize some of the implications of the new law.

The biggest factor of the law, is that while people are allowed to use marijuana recreationally, they still need to be responsible. Many of the new rules regarding the usage of marijuana are comparable to the laws around the drinking of alcohol. This includes the rule that a person cannot legally drive a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If a person is caught driving while under the influence of marijuana, they will likely face DUI charges. Many people relate this charge to driving while drunk, but it actually covers all forms of driving under the influence of any substance. First time penalties for a DUI include:

  • Up to 6 months in jail.
  • Up to a $1,000 fine.
  • Needing to take a DUI course.
  • Having a driver’s license suspended.

The consequences go up for repeat offenders or for drivers who hurt or killed someone.

Just because using marijuana is now legal in California, it is not okay for a person to drive while high. Just like alcohol, marijuana can impair a driver’s senses and impede their reaction time. This makes the driver far more likely to cause an accident, which is something no one wants to deal with. That is why it is best to never drive while high.

 

Be Safe This Black Friday

Be Safe This Black Friday

Be Safe This Black Friday

Thanksgiving is here, and that means Black Friday is as well. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. All kinds of stores have amazing deals on Black Friday. In many instances, it seems like they are practically giving away certain high dollar items. This is why so many people seem to go crazy about Black Friday Deals.

Sadly, there have been far too many incidents of Black Friday shoppers getting beaten up or even killed in all of the madness. That is why if anyone is planning on going shopping this Black Friday, they need to be prepared. They do not want to wind up as another crazy news story.

  • Bring snacks and water when shopping for long periods of time.
  • Bring hand warmers when standing outside in lines.
  • Park in well-lit areas and keep keys in hand when walking to cars.
  • Leave kids at home and out of harm’s way.
  • Keep wallets secure by storing them in front pockets or a fanny pack.
  • If you take a purse, never set it down.
  • Keep all purchases in brown bags, thieves will be looking for bags from high end stores.
  • Remember, nothing in any store is worth starting a fight over.

So long as a person follows these tips, they will be less likely to run into any trouble while shopping on Black Friday. That way, a person can truly enjoy the holiday season and not have to worry about paying medical bills because they tried to get the best deal.

 

We Care About Families At David Ortiz Bail Bonds In Visalia

We Care About Families At David Ortiz Bail Bonds In Visalia

We Care About Families At David Ortiz Bail Bonds In Visalia

Finding someone who cares about you and your loved ones the same way that you do is great. When you find a person like this, it becomes very easy for him or her to become a part of the family. This is what you want to happen whenever you go to a company for help with anything. You want to find a company that cares about you and your family as much as you do.

Luckily, that’s exactly what you will get here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia.

We are a family-owned bail bond company that has been helping Californians for over 30 years.

Unlike our competitors, we actually care about our clients. We treat them like family, and never want to let them down. When you need bail help, you can count on us to be there for you.

Our bail agents will start working for you the moment you talk to them. They will answer your bail-related questions and guide you through the bail bond process. In no time at all, you will be supplied with an affordable bail bond and your loved one will be out of jail. No other bail bond company will supply you with more dedicated help than we will.

Here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we do more than just supply our clients with professional bail help. We care about our clients and their families.

We want to ensure that they stay safe no matter what they are doing. That is why we fill our blog with articles ranging from bail tips, to dealing with natural disasters, to fun things to do with the family.

We want to help keep our clients safe, which means doing more than just providing affordable bail bonds. At David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we go above and beyond to take care of our clients. If you need bail help in California, you can trust that we will always be there for you.

Bail help is only a phone call away at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, call 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now.

 

Tips For Keeping Everyone Safe This Halloween

Tips For Keeping Everyone Safe This Halloween

Tips For Keeping Everyone Safe This Halloween

Halloween is almost here. It is a night kids dream about all year, filled with costumes and bags full of candy. Kids love this holiday. However, it can be a bit scary for parents, and not in the good way. With the way information spreads nowadays, many people have realized that kids aren’t always as safe as they should be on Halloween.

Parents need to take precautions in order to ensure the safety of their children while out trick-or-treating. Luckily, since information spreads easily nowadays, finding helpful tips and tricks to keep Halloween safe is a piece of cake. We here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia have taken the extra steps to gather some of this information and put it in a single place in order to help people keep their families safe and sound this Halloween.

Planning A Safe Route

A good way to get started with Halloween, is to plan ahead. A parent should plan a route for trick-or-treating in advance and go over that route with their kids. This can help keep everyone on the same page, and reduce the likelihood of someone getting lost.

Additionally, if a parent is feeling brave, they can lookup registered sex offenders online. There are several sites that allow a person to see if there are any registered sex offenders in their neighborhood. A parent can use this information to make sure they don’t try trick-or-treating at, or near, any houses where the occupants could be deemed unsafe for kids.

A parent looking to monitor their kid’s candy haul can also take into account houses or streets that offer more or less, candy. We have several parents here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we know how chaotic some of those sugar rushes can get. That is why we don’t judge parents who are looking to downsize the inevitable sugar high they will have to deal with after Halloween.

For families who live in areas that may not have a lot of options for trick-or-treating, parents can look for special events to take their kids to. Places like parks and malls sometimes offer trick-or-treat options.

While Out & About

While the family is out trick-or-treating, make sure to stay in well-lit areas, or that every person has a flashlight on them. Giving kids glow sticks is another option to help keep them visible. Not only does this help prevent people from stumbling in the dark, it also keeps everyone visible once night falls. It is also important to try and avoid dark areas since anything can be lurking in the shadows.

Another good rule is to keep everyone on sidewalks where available. If there are no sidewalks, stick to the side of the road. Try to only cross streets at crosswalks, but if that isn’t possible, cross when the road is clear. Make sure kids know to never try to cross a road next to a vehicle that is parked on the side of the road. The vehicle can hide pedestrians from drivers, and increase the chances of an accident occurring.

Lastly, beware of drunk drivers. For Kids, Halloween is all about getting candy. For many adults, Halloween is about going to parties, which often involve heavy amounts of drinking. Despite the many campaigns against it, thousands of people still drink and drive. These numbers go up around holidays as people go to and from parties. Be aware of this fact make sure kids give cars plenty of space on Halloween night.

Lastly, and most importantly, parents should just keep their eyes on kids, especially when they are younger. They can get very excited on Halloween, and who can blame them. However, because of this, they may not always make the best decisions. They need an adult with a level head to keep them in check and make sure they stay safe.

Remember The Law

For the more adventurous out there, Halloween is a time to enjoy spooky activities, such as ghost hunting. The thought of entering an abandoned house, or other derelict building may seem exciting to some, but it can be dangerous. Not only do abandoned building pose various safety threats, they are also usually owned by someone.

If a person does not own a particular piece of property, or have permission from the owner to be on said property, then they are trespassing. This can get a person into legal trouble for trespassing. This is a misdemeanor offense which can earn a person up to 6 months in jail and/or a $1,000 dollar fine.

Another thing to avoid on Halloween are any pranks that could be considered vandalism. Halloween is a known time from pranks, and so law enforcement officers are out and about, ready to stop any and all criminal activity. It is not a night to test their patience.

Keeping Halloween Safe

All any parent wants to do is keep their child safe, no matter their age. By following the tips here, a parent can help keep their kid out of harm’s way this Halloween. After all, Halloween is meant to be a fun holiday and a chance for kids to get out and have some fun. Nothing ruins that spooky holiday fun faster than something going horribly wrong.

From all of us here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we hope you and your family have a safe and spook-tacular Halloween this year.

 

Statute Of Limitations In The State Of California

Statute Of Limitations In The State Of California

Statute Of Limitations In The State Of California

The phrase statute of limitations refers to a predetermined amount of time that has to pass before a person can no longer be convicted of a crime. Each state sets their own statute of limitations for different types of crimes. Statute of limitations apply to both criminal civil lawsuits.

Why Statute Of Limitation Exist

The idea of putting a time limit on a crime might seem strange. The logic behind the situation is that by limiting the amount of time a case can be investigated and charges brought, the fairer the justice system is being. The general belief is that after X amount of time has passed, the odds of the defendant getting a fair trial drastically decrease. Not only has the time made witness statements less reliable, but it also means that the defendant is less likely to be in possession of things such as receipts and other records they’d normally use to prove their innocence.

Embezzlement Of Public Funds And Murder

For major crimes, including the embezzlement of public funds and murder, California doesn’t have a statute of limitations. You can be charged with these 1, 5, 20, even 100 years after the crime was committed. If you’ve committed one of these major crimes in California and the prosecution decides they have enough evidence to charge you, your best hope is that enough time has passed that witnesses have begun to forget what has happened.

Lesser Felonies And Misdemeanors

For other type of felony crimes, the State of California has a relatively short statute of limitations. In most cases, if three years have passed since the initial crime and you haven’t been charged within three years, you can relax. With most misdemeanors, the California statute of limitations is either two or three years.

There Is A Catch

There is one catch that complicates the statute of limitations for both misdemeanors and felonies. The clock doesn’t start ticking until the authorities are aware the crime has taken place. For example, if someone drives off without paying for their gas, and no one realizes that it’s happened for three years, you can still be charged for the drive-off nearly six years after the fact. This loophole is called California’s Discovery Rule.

It’s worth noting that two to three years is the general statute of limitations for crimes committed in the State of California today. There is always a chance that new legislation will be passed that could extend the period, giving the authorities even more time to investigate crimes before charges are brought against the main suspect.

 

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