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Why Does Bail Even Exist?

Why Does Bail Even Exist?

Why Does Bail Even Exist?

For most people, bail is a bit of a mystery. They understand the basic concept, pay money to get out of jail, but that’s all they know. Some people wonder why bail even exists at all. These people often do not want criminals to get out of jail just by paying money. The problem is, these people do not typically have a good idea on how bail works.

    Bail exists for two main reasons:

    1. To try and prevent overcrowding of jails.
    2. To avoid punishing someone before they have been found guilty.

Bail has existed for hundreds of years, and its origins can be traced back to medieval England. Back then, not every town had its own judge to determine a person’s guilt. Many towns shared judges, and so arrested individuals could spend a long time in jail before ever getting their day in court. This led to overcrowding, and local sheriffs would need to release arrested person’s to free up some room.

In these situations, the sheriffs found that many of the arrested individuals did not like to return for their day in court. They found that the best way to ensure that someone returned for their court date, was by making them pay for their release, and promising to return the money after their court date. This idea has stuck around since then, and it has proven to be very effective.

The important thing to remember about bail, is that only people who have not had their final day in court can bail out of jail. Once a person has been found guilty, they can no longer bail out of jail. A person can only bail out of jail when they are still in the trial process. This means this person is technically innocent, since everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Keeping the person in jail during their trial process is like punishing a person for a crime before it has been determined they actually committed the crime.

Bail exists to be fair to those accused of a crime. After all, they are still people and they still have rights. It is important to remember that there is a screening process for assigning bail. A person can only be granted bail if it is deemed that he will not cause trouble for the community. So dangerous people will never be released on bail.

If you want to learn more about bail, you can talk to a bail agent at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia by calling 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or by clicking Chat With Us now. Consultation is always FREE!

Punishments For Identity Theft

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Bail Bonds in Visalia

Identity theft is a very serious crime to commit because it can cause quite a big problem for the victim in multiple ways. It can cost them a lot of time, money and energy, to get things fixed and straightened out for themselves.

Identity theft is when someone’s personal and sensitive identification information is used by another individual or group. The person, whose identity is stolen, never consented to have their information used to obtain goods, services and other information.

The most common forms of identity theft are when:

  • Someone uses another person’s credit card information to complete a purchase for themselves.
  • Someone attempts to escape criminal liability by identifying themselves to authorities as another person.
  • Someone intends their victim to suffer financial or emotional loss by taking on their identity.

In California, identity theft can be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. If someone is charged with a misdemeanor, then they can be put into jail for up to 1 year and pay a fine of up to $1,000. If they face a felony charge, then they are facing up to 3 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Furthermore, if that person faces federal prosecution, they are looking at up to 30 years in prison and a bigger fine.

In order to best protect yourself against identity theft, keep personal documents with sensitive identification information secured away, such as bank information, passports and social security cards. Do not provide this information to others through email and over the phone if you are unsure or the service does not require it. It could be someone phishing for your information. If you believe your identity has been stolen or compromised, contact authorities immediately so they can investigate the matter.

New Immigration Laws Are 1 Step Closer To Passing

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Members of the United States government are one step closer to cracking down on immigration policies, particularly directed at illegal immigrants and the cities who vow to protect them. These cities are known as sanctuary cities.

Across the United States, there are somewhere around 300 cities, towns, and counties that have identified themselves as a sanctuary city, including many in our own backyard like San Francisco, Berkeley, and Malibu.

A sanctuary city exercises extra immigrant protection by allowing its law enforcement to not fully comply and enforce federal immigration laws.

Additionally, city officials assist immigrants in finding housing, employment and other social services.

One of the bills that is a getting a step forward is the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.”

The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act Bill would deny federal grants to cities that have declared themselves as a sanctuary city.

The other bill that has made an advancement is known as “Kate’s Law.”

The Kate’s Law Bill is named after a young woman named Kate Steinle, who was murdered 2 years ago by an illegal immigrant who had previously been deported multiple times and had 7 felony convictions on his record. This bill says that any illegal immigrant who has been deported and attempts to return to the United States will face heightened consequences.

The House of Representatives passed both of these bills. Now, they head to the Senate for consideration.

About California’s Proposed “Jordan’s Law”

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David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia

It is the digital age. This is a time when we rely on our cell phones and laptops to survive and get through each day. We live on social media to connect with friends, get invited to parties, and keep up to date on the latest news. If you ask older generations, who did not grow up with computers and the internet, they will say that our younger generations today are too attached to our digital devices, and they might be right in certain regards.

As useful, informational, and entertaining as the internet can be, it can also be cruel, whether it was ill-intended or not. Cyberbullying is a big issue. Whether the intention was there to put a person down or it was just a poorly thought out prank, the bullying hurts the person it was directed at. You never know what can result from a mean message online. The bullied person can inflict harm on themselves or others in revenge.

Recently, the California Assembly passed “Jordan’s Law”, named after a 14-year-old Jordan Peisner who was sucker-punched by a teenager he did not know. The incident was caught on a cell phone and posted on social media. The goal for Jordan’s Law is to punish the person or persons who conspire to record attacks. People who conspire to record attacks differ from innocent bystanders who record footage of an incident they are witnessing. Jordan’s Law would also increase the penalty for the actual attacker as well.

Now that the California Assembly has passed Jordan’s Law, it heads to the California Senate for debate.

Extending California’s Last Call From 2AM To 4AM

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Just the other week it was announced that…

the Senate passed a bill to extend last call for alcohol service from 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM.

Now the bill is heading to the Assembly for consideration. One of the main pushes for the bill is its impact on the state’s nightlife culture and economy. By offering an extended last call, nightlife like the music industry can flourish even more.

At the moment, bars, clubs, and other venues cannot extend their last call, since the bill still needs approvals from other parties. However, if and when it is passed by all necessary parties, it gives venues the option to extend last call until 4:00 AM. Venues will not be required to do so if they do not wish to. In addition, the bill would give each community the authority to decide if they would want to extend last call.

Most states have a 1:00 AM or 2:00 AM last call. By extending last call to 4:00 AM, California would join New York as the only states to have a last call at this hour. However, some states have an even later last call or none at all! In Alaska, venues are allowed to serve alcohol until 5:30 AM and in Nevada and Louisiana, alcohol can be served 24 hours a day.

To many, a 4:00 AM last call sounds like every night can be quite the party. However, it takes a little bit more responsibility in order for Californians to not abuse an extended last call. You would not want to be that person who ruins extended last call, would you? If and when the bill gets passed and formally goes into effect, remember that you must not get behind the wheel. Just like you would call a Lyft at 2:00 AM, call a Lyft at 4:00 AM and avoid running the risk of getting into an accident or arrested for a DUI.

Odd Alcohol Laws In California

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David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia

Compared to other states, California is pretty generous when it comes to alcohol. You can buy it at practically any grocery, liquor and convenience store. You can even buy it at retailers like Target and Walmart. You can buy it at nearly any hour of the day, even on Sundays. Soon, last call could be extended from 2am to 4am. In other states, alcohol is not sold at all these types of stores and sales may be prohibited on Sundays. This does not mean Californians turn the other cheek when it comes to alcohol consumption. This state still has plenty of laws that are meant to encourage safe and responsible drinking and curb DUIs. In fact, California even has some very particular alcohol laws.

  • For stores that sell both fuel and alcohol, the alcohol must be displayed at least 5 feet from the cash register.
  • Homebrewers and winemakers may produce only 100 gallons of product per year. If the household has 2 or more adults, the product allowance per year increases to 200 gallons.
  • Restaurant servers can be cited if they fail to check for proper identification when a patron wants an alcoholic drink. The restaurant owners can get in trouble, but so can the server.
  • If you have a beer growler and would like it filled with a beer other than the one that is labeled on the growler, then that old existing label must be covered with a new one that includes the brewery and the name of the beer.
  • Wherever alcohol is sold, employees are barred from wearing clothes that expose the cleft of the buttocks, any portion of pubic hair, and any portion of the female breast below the top of the areola.
  • Anyone driving into California from Mexico can bring up to 1 liter of alcohol duty-free with them.

A final interesting tidbit regarding alcohol and California is that most stores in California will not accept alcohol returns. This however, is not an official state law, but your chances of finding a store that will refund your alcohol purchase are slim.

Knowing Weird Laws Can Be A Benefit

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David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia

Who knew?

In California, women may not drive in a housecoat or that no vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour? We are not pulling your leg. These are real laws that are still written in California’s law books. They are not the only weird, odd, peculiar laws this state still has today. In addition to those,

  • It is illegal to spit in Burlingame, unless you are on a baseball diamond.
  • Women may not wear high heels in Carmel.
  • Pinball machines are outlawed in El Monte.
  • Any man who has a mustache in Eureka is forbidden to kiss a woman, even if she is his girlfriend or wife.
  • Anyone who wishes to purchase a wax container must be at least 18 years of age.
  • In Hollywood, no one may drive over 2,000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard.
  • It is illegal to drink intoxicating cement in Indian Wells.
  • Moth hunting is illegal in Los Angeles when done under a street light.
  • In Norco, having a rhinoceros as a pet is allowed as long as the owner gets a $100 license first.
  • Molesting butterflies is strictly prohibited in Pacific Grove.
  • Dogs are not allowed to chase squirrels in the summer.
  • Unless they do not mind being fined $250, San Diegans must take their Christmas lights down by February 2.
  • People who are classified as “ugly” may not walk down the streets of San Francisco.
  • Having more than two cats or dogs as pets is not allowed in San Jose.
  • In Walnut, every child must get a special permit from the sheriff in order to wear a mask on Halloween.

If you search the internet, you will find so many more weird laws that still exist in California and will leave you scratching your head. In fact, every state in the U.S. has their share of odd laws and it is pretty entertaining to read.

We hope you never get arrested for violating one of these wacky laws but if you do, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia anytime. We will look past your embarrassment and bail you out of jail as soon as possible. We can be reached online, and at 661-326-0608.

Get Charged With “Hit and Run” Even If It’s Not Your Fault

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David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia

In California, you can be charged with a hit and run even if the accident was not your fault. If you are involved in an accident, you are required to give your contact information to the other driver before you leave, regardless if the accident was your fault or not.

You can be charged with a misdemeanor if you caused damage, not just to another vehicle but also to property, like a building, a window, a fence, or even another person’s pet.

You can be charged with a felony hit and run if you leave the scene without providing any contact information even though you know that the other driver and his or her passengers were unhurt.

The penalties for hit and run crimes will vary based on the extent of the accident and damage, and even the kindness of the other driver. Fines for hit and runs where someone was injured can be between as much as $20,000 and prison sentences can be as long as 4 years. For hit and run crimes, that only involved property damage, fines can be as high as $1,000 and jail time can be as long as 6 months. In addition, a person would likely get their license suspended or revoked for up to 6 months. As for the insurance company, they can either increase the premiums or cancel insurance altogether.

Some misdemeanor charges can be settled in a civil suit instead of criminal punishment, if the other driver agrees to it. In this case, the other driver is sparing you from the harsher punishments like jail time.

If you are ever involved in a car accident, make sure to stay on the scene and exchange contact and insurance information with the others who are involved. If there are witnesses around, get their contact information as well, in case you need them to provide eyewitness accounts. Take photos of any damage done to your vehicle, the other vehicle, and any property. Then, you can contact your insurance company and let them know you have been involved in a car accident. You want to go through the standard steps of resolving a car accident rather than fleeing the scene and suddenly making this into a felony hit and run.

Though you will need to take the next few weeks to deal with insurance companies and getting your car repaired, it is the better alternative to becoming a wanted person for a hit and run and then paying those felony consequences.

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

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David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia

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

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

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

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

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

For a FREE bail bond consultation, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now.

Do You Realize How Much Taxpayers Fund Jails?

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David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia

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.

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.

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