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California’s Real IDs

California’s Real IDs

California’s Real IDs

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve probably seen a story or two talking about Real ID’s. There has been quite a commotion as Californians all begin prepping for the switch from their old California ID’s to these new ones, but why? What is so special and important about these new ID cards?

What Are Real ID’s?

The need for Real ID’s arose from the Real ID Act passed by Congress in 2005, which was recommended by the 9/11 Commission. The idea was to set a federally accepted standard for how identification cards were issued by state governments. Under this act, certain requirements have to be met while applying for an ID card. If these requirements aren’t met with that ID, then it will not be given the same access as a Real ID.

Starting on October 1st, 2020 everyone, over the age of 18, will need to present a Real ID compliant license or ID in order to access federal facilities and to board domestic flights. This is why these ID’s are such a big deal for a lot of people. Without a Real ID, people will not be able to fly in the US.

Minors are exempt from the need to use a Real ID since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not require people under the age of 18 to provide identification.

Applying For A Real ID

Not everyone will need a Real ID. To find out if a person will need a Real ID, they can take a quiz on the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)’s website here.

Since a Real ID is a new form of identification, a person looking to get one will need to bring a lot of documentation with them. Some of the important documents that a person will need to bring with them to the DMV for a Real ID include:

  • An identification document that lists a person’s date of birth and full name. Some examples of this include US Passports and birth certificates.
  • A name change documentation if the name has been changed, such as a woman’s name being changed after getting married.
  • One document showing a person’s social security number. This can be a person’s social security card or their W-2 form.
  • Two different documents proving the person’s residency in the state of California. These must include the person’s full mailing address and first and last name.

If a person already had a Real ID, but only showed one proof of residency to get the ID, they will need to provide a second proof of residency in order for the ID to remain effective.

If You Want To Travel, You’ll Need A Real ID

Any Californian planning to visit secure federal locations, or wanting to fly across the US after October 1st, 2020 will need to have a federally approved Real ID. The whole point of this new type of ID is to make sure that every state is on the same page and getting the same information when issuing an ID to a person. The hope is that these new ID’s will help prevent people from forging them.

While getting this new form of identification may be a bit of a hassle and time consuming, once a person has it, they do not have to worry. Renewing a Real ID will be as simple as renewing their old driver’s license.

What are your thoughts on Real ID’s and how the state of California has been handling them?

Let us know in the comments down below.

 

Minors Breaking The Law

Minors Breaking The Law

Minors Breaking The Law

Everyone knows that kids get into trouble. Luckily, for the most part, kids tend to only get in trouble with their parents. As long as parents keep an eye on their children, and play an active role in the child’s life, the kid is less likely to wind up in serious trouble. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes kids mess up in a big way, and find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Finding out that a child has broken a law is a terrible situation for a parent to deal with. No parent ever wants to answer the front door, or a phone, to learn that their child is in some serious trouble. While rare, this does happen from time to time. As such, a parent should be aware of what happens when a minor has a run in with law enforcement agents.

How The Law Handles Juveniles

When a minor gets in trouble with the law, officers react a little differently. In most cases, minors receive lesser penalties for crimes than an adult would. Still, there are times when a minor could find themselves locked up.

What happens to a minor who broke the law is largely dependent on the crime itself. If the charge is relatively minor, then the child will likely be allowed to go home, or be escorted home. Most of the time, the law prefers that parents take care of the children themselves. However, that is not always an option.

If things are a little more serious, then the minor may be given a summons to appear in court at a later date. If things are real bad, then the minor may be arrested and taken to juvenile hall.

Juvenile Hall

Just because a minor is taken to juvenile hall does not mean that they will be forced to stay there forever. This isn’t the end of the world.

A probation officer will look at the case and decide how to proceed. The officer can do one of the following:

  • Give the minor a citation to appear in court and send him/her home.
  • Place the minor on probation, which allows them to go home and avoid going to court, unless they continue to misbehave.
  • Hold the minor in juvenile hall until a judge can look at the case.

Minors In Court

When dealing with courts, minors go to a separate court that focuses solely on minors. If a child has to go to a hearing in court, they could be going for any of the following reasons:

  • Detention Hearing. This will determine if the child needs to stay in juvenile hall or not.
  • Transfer Hearing. This will determine if the case will stay at this level, or be moved up to an adult court.
  • Adjudication. This is the actual trial held in front of a judge, without a jury.
  • Disposition Hearing. If the juvenile is found guilty, this is where they receive their sentencing.

Despite the fact that these court hearings are for minors, they are still very serious. A person should treat these hearings the exact same way they would any other court appearances. This means a person, especially the minor, should dress appropriately and behave while in the court.

Consequences Of Court

The goal of the juvenile delinquency system is to rehabilitate minors and to help mold them into good, well-behaved individuals. As such, judges have a lot of options when it comes to sentencing any minor that is found guilty.

What is likely the best case scenario for a guilty verdict, is probation. This means the minor is able to go home. They just have to be on their best behavior to ensure they don’t receive a worse punishment. Some common probation conditions can include:

  • A curfew.
  • Going to counseling.
  • Going to school.
  • Making restitutions to the victims.
  • Performing community service.

A worst case scenario would be when a judge determines that a child is better off away from their home. The child could become a ward of the state, which is where the state takes responsibility for the child. The minor could be placed into a probation camp, or into California’s Division of Juvenile Justice. Neither of these are great outcomes.

Be A Part Of Your Child’s Life

No parent ever wants their child to have to face hardship, and getting into trouble with the law definitely counts as hardship. Luckily, a child has to screw up big time in order to wind up in juvenile hall. So long as a parent takes an active role in their kid’s life, they should be able to prevent that from ever happening.

When kids have guidance, they are able to make better choices, and therefore are less likely to end up getting into trouble in the first place. That is why parents need to pay attention to their kids. If they don’t, their child could make a bad choice and find him or herself in juvie.

 

Bail Is More Affordable Than You Think

Bail Is More Affordable Than You Think

Bail Is More Affordable Than You Think

Bail is not a topic that most people want to discuss. Talking about it means that either they think someone they know will get arrested, or someone has been arrested. Neither one is something people want to think about or admit to. Unfortunately, sometimes people get arrested. If it is someone that you care about, then you are going to want to help them post bail.

Here in California, bail can be ridiculously expensive. The average bail in the state costs several thousands of dollars, meaning most people can’t afford to post bail. At least, they can’t afford it on their own. However, with the right help, bailing someone out of jail can be easy and affordable.

When you come to David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia for help, we will provide you with everything you need to get through the bail process quickly, easily, and affordably. For starters, our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. The means that if your loved one’s bail is set at $20,000, then it will only cost $2,000.

In addition to get a 90% discount just by coming to us, our clients also get a personalized payment plans. These plans break up the bail bond total cost and spread it out over several months, thereby reducing the amount needed to pay for the bond each month.

Another benefit for coming to David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia for help is that clients can get co-signers to help pay for the bond. The co-signers share responsibility for the bail bond and work together to make sure it is paid for on time. We even offer discounts for co-signers who meet just one of the following requirements:

  • Is a member of the military.
  • Is a member of AARP.
  • Is a member of a union.
  • Is a homeowner.
  • Has a private attorney.

If you or one of the co-signers meet one of those requirements, you qualify for an extra 20% discount on the price of the bail bond.

Bailing someone out of jail may seem like a difficult endeavor due to the high cost of the bail, but it isn’t. You just need to get the right help. The best bail help here in California is at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. We provide our clients with affordable bail bonds, payment plans, and even discounts for those who qualify.

For a FREE bail bond consultation, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Ready To Bail Out Your Loved One?

Ready To Bail Out Your Loved One?

Ready To Bail Out Your Loved One?

The thought of bailing someone out of jail is never a pleasant one. For starters, it means that someone that you care about has been arrested and locked behind bars. It also means that you will have to spend money to rescue your loved one from jail. Luckily, bailing someone out of jail can be cheap so long as you contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia.

Since 1987, we have been helping Californians rescue their loved ones from jail. We know everything about the bail bond process. We even retrain all of our bail agents on an every-other-year basis to keep them up to date on everything bail related. When you come to us for help, you will get nothing but the best bail service that you deserve.

You can get in touch with one of our professional bail agents at any time. They are available 24/7 (including holidays) to provide their expertise whenever it is needed. They will answer your questions about bail and walk you through the whole process. All consultations are FREE, so there is no reason not to call.

Here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we make bailing someone out of jail easy and affordable. Our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. In addition, our clients can pay for their bail bond with a personalized payment plan. This helps break up the cost of the bail bond into small, manageable monthly payments that fits your budget.

We provide all of the following for our clients:

  • FREE Consultation
  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone Approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral With Working Co-Signer
  • Se Habla Español

Bailing someone out of jail does not have to be a bad experience. With our help, bailing your loved one out of any California jail can be a cheap and easy experience. We will happily walk you through the process and provide you with an affordable payment plan. Call us today and get your FREE consultation!

Are you ready to bail out your loved one? If so, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now.

Tips To Save Money For Your Bail Bond

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Visalia Bail Bonds

People are always looking for ways to earn more money, but they rarely look at ways they can save more. Here are some helpful tips that you might want to consider so you can save money and put it into your emergency fund. This way, you are ready in case you ever need to suddenly use it for something like paying for a bail bond.

  • Do not go shopping without a list! Buyers are more likely to spend more money when they shop without a list.
  • Cancel the gym membership and workout at home and outdoors.
  • Cancel unnecessary subscription services like Hulu, Netflix, and gossip magazines.
  • Cook meals more and eat out less.
  • Take an extra percentage of your paycheck for your emergency/savings fund from the percentage of your paycheck that you allocate for leisure spending.
  • Keep track of your spending. Make a spreadsheet. Make budgets for groceries and pleasure and do not allow yourself to exceed those budgets.

You can do additional research online for easy ways to save money. Each way may save what appears to be a small amount of money, but those small savings definitely add up.

We hope you will never need to use those funds, especially on a bail bond, but if you do, please contact Visalia Bail Bond Store. We will get you the most affordable bail bond with an ideal payment plan. Our bail agents can be reached at 661-326-0608 and online. Call today and get your FREE consultation. Ask about cheap bail bonds and discounts we offer. We are always available 24/7 and ready to assist your every bail bond needs.

Don’t hesitate to call, consultation at Visalia Bail Bond Store is always FREE, so call us at 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now.

Pros And Cons Of Helping Post Bail

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If it ever came down to it, would you agree to help pay for your loved one’s bail bond, or would you rather someone else take care of the problem so you do not have to be financially involved?

Pros to helping your loved one bail out of jail:

  • They can get out of jail faster.
  • They can return home and go to work.
  • They will be surrounded by supportive loved ones and comfort.
  • They are more likely to begin self-growth and handle the future responsibly.
  • Your relationship and bond with them will grow stronger.
  • They can build a stronger case with their lawyer and better prepare for court.

Cons to helping your loved one bail out of jail:

  • You will have to adjust your finances to compensate paying for a bail bond even though you will have a flexible payment plan.
  • They will remain in jail.
  • They will be surrounded by intimidating and potentially dangerous inmates.
  • You will have limited and supervised visiting time with them.
  • Your bond with them can change drastically.
  • They will have a harder time preparing for court.
  • They will not be making any income and will be missing out on important life events.

In good faith, we urge you to help bail your loved one out of jail. If you are stressed about how much time this will take from you or how your finances will be handled, please let us help you with that. Visalia Bail Bond Store will help you make this as stress-free as possible. We will work with you on a payment plan that fits with your finances. We will also keep you up to date with the process and keep you informed with what to expect. We believe in the right to bail, but we also believe in the right to protect others involved in the bail bond process. Visalia Bail Bond Store can be reached online or at 661-326-0608. Talk to one of our knowledgeable bail agents about cheap bail bonds and discounts we offer along with your other inquiries. Remember, we are here to help. We will not let you down.

For a FREE consultation or if you have any questions regarding bail bonds, call Visalia Bail Bond Store at 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now.

Now You Can Afford To Pay For Bail

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Visalia Bail Bonds

Did you know that your loved one’s ability to post bail may rest in your hands? Bail is expensive, and can be very hard for one person to post alone. They may need your help to get through this.

You should contact Visalia Bail Bond Store before you get too concerned because we will be the first to tell you that you will not need to pay 100% of the bail to get your loved one out. We can get you a bail bond, which is an alternative way to post bail for someone.

Paying for a bail bond is much easier than paying for a bail. You will be set up on a customized payment plan, and the sum of all of your payments will equate to 10% of the full bail amount. Cash, checks, credit, and debit are all acceptable forms of payment. Plus we have a secure online payment portal.

Now paying for your loved one’s bail is easier and more affordable.

Contact Visalia Bail Bond Store today, online or at 661-326-0608 for your bail bond needs. Consultation with one of our friendly and skilled bail agents is always FREE, so ask as many questions you have regarding the bail process before signing anything. Learn about our zero down bail bonds and discounts we offer along with your other inquiries. We will be more than happy to assist and explain everything to you. Call us anytime, we are open 24/7 for your convenience.

To find out how to get affordable bail bonds, call Visalia Bail Bond Store at 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now.

How You Should And Shouldn’t Conduct Yourself In Court

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How you represent yourself in your court hearing is nearly as important as the case your lawyer is making. Your body language, dress, and overall presentation, speaks volumes to the jury, the judge, and others. Granted, some defendants will not be able to present themselves as neatly and professionally as others because they were not able to post bail, but our team at Visalia Bail Bond Store will make sure that is not you. We will help bail you out of jail. Then, you will be able to live at home and better prepare for court. After posting bail with us, follow these general rules of how you should and shouldn’t conduct yourself in court.

  • The night before court, try and get some good sleep.
  • Dress professionally and conservatively, do not overdo the makeup and jewelry.
  • Remove sunglasses and hats.
  • Do not chew gum.
  • Arrive to court early and use the restroom before court begins.
  • Acknowledge the judge as “Your Honor.”
  • Speak and stand when asked to.
  • Answer only what you are asked.
  • Answer yes or no verbally rather than nodding or shaking your head.
  • Turn your cell phone off.
  • Leave young children at home.
  • Remain calm and poised; do not become angry or argumentative.

You and your lawyer will go over court procedures beforehand as preparation, including questions they will ask, questions the prosecution will likely ask, and how to answer both. During court, your lawyer will protect you as much as possible, but remember to leave everything in their hands and not get frustrated.

That being said, if you need a bail bond now, for yourself or a loved one, contact Visalia Bail Bond Store immediately. We can be reached 24/7, online and at 661-326-0608. Consultation with one of our helpful bail agents is always FREE, so do not hesitate to ask any questions and inquire about our no down payment bail bonds and discounts we offer. They will be more than glad to help you.

To learn more about our services, feel free to call Visalia Bail Bond Store at 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now. Consultation is FREE!

Let’s Get Weird, California!

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There is no shortage of weirdness in California. We have odd people who tried to do strange things that led to produced weird laws. Today many of these laws remain in the books, despite seeming very unlikely that any Californian would try to purposely violate these laws. In fact, you cannot help but wonder why these laws were ever created in the first place.

  • Women may not drive while wearing a housecoat.
  • No driverless vehicle may exceed 60 miles per hour.
  • No animals can mate in public if they are within 1,500 feet of a school or church.
  • In Carmel, a man wearing miss-matching jacket and pants is violating the law.
  • In Chico, detonating a nuclear device results in a $500 fine.
  • In El Monte, there can be no pinball machines, as they are illegal to have in the city.
  • In Eureka, any man who has a mustache cannot kiss a woman.
  • In Hollywood, it is illegal to drive more than 2,000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard.
  • In Indian Wells, it is illegal to drink intoxicating cement.

Believe us, there are many more weird, bizarre, and wacky California laws than the short list we provided above. It can be a little informative to familiarize yourselves with these laws in case you decide to act out and drive thousands of sheep down Hollywood Boulevard just for your 15 minutes of fame, or because they are pretty entertaining to read about.

Here at Visalia Bail Bond Store, we have an obligation to bail anyone out of jail who is eligible to post bail. We do not take clients based on income level or the crime they are being accused of. Bottom line, if they are granted the opportunity to post bail and want to do so with a bail bond, we will do it. So, even if you were for some outlandishly strange reason, arrested for violating one of these wacky California laws, do not worry. We will be there to help bail you out of jail. Visalia Bail Bond Store can be reached online or at 661-326-0608. We offer FREE consultation to everyone, so talk to one of our friendly bail agents and ask about our zero down bail bonds and discounts we offer, if you ever need a bail bond for yourself or a loved one.

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

Now You Have To Be 21 Or Older To Buy Cigarettes

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If you are between 18 and 20 years of age, and recently tried to buy cigarettes at the same store you have legally purchased cigarettes from in the past only to be denied the transaction, it is because California raised the legal smoking age from 18 to 21, and the new law just went into effect a few weeks ago.

Somewhat awkwardly and uncomfortably without a real smooth transition, this leaves many young adults suddenly unable to purchase cigarettes going from smoking regularly to not anymore. That is the hope at least, but face it, it is not hard to bum a cigarette off another person.

California is the second state to raise the minimum smoking age in an effort to curb smoking among young adults. Anyone caught purchasing cigarettes who is not at least 21 years of age will face consequences. Anyone caught selling cigarettes to someone who is not at least 21 years old will also face consequences. Across the board, these consequences are fines and short jail sentences.

If you need bail bond assistance, please get in touch with a bail agent from Visalia Bail Bond Store online or at 661-326-0608. It is a very slim chance that violators will not be offered bail, so contact us immediately and learn how we can help you. Our bail agents are available and ready to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so call now and ask about our zero down bail bonds to see if you qualify. Consultation is always FREE, so you have nothing to lose.

For a FREE consultation or if you have any questions regarding bail bonds, call Visalia Bail Bond Store at 661-326-0608 or Chat With Us now.

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