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Halloween, California & COVID-19

Halloween, California & COVID-19

Halloween, California & COVID-19

Halloween is right around the corner. It’s one of those holidays that kids look forward to all year long. It’s not uncommon for kids to spend months working on a Halloween costume and planning their trick-or-treating route.

Safety & Halloween

Every single year, the news is always full of stories about people wondering if traditional trick-or-treating is safe. Concerning issues include the potential to bring poisoned candy into the house, getting hit by a car or getting kidnapped. This year has the added complication of COVID-19.

Is It Safe To Trick-Or-Treat?

The good news is that Halloween hasn’t been officially cancelled in California, but lawmakers and members of the medical community are concerned. Officially they are asking people to skip the tradition of trick-or-treating this year, but they have also stated that they’re leaving the final decision to the parents.

What Should You Do?

No one can tell you if you should stay at home this Halloween or if you should go trick-or-treating, you need to decide what your personal comfort levels are. If you do decide to go, there are a few things you can do.

  • Use a pair of tongs to select candy from dishes/buckets.
  • Set a limit on the number of houses you’ll visit.
  • Have your kids wear gloves and face mask while trick-or-treating.
  • Limit your trick-or-treating to your own social circle.
  • Have your kids use hand sanitizer after each house.

When you get home, have your kids change their clothing and thoroughly wash their hands. It wouldn’t hurt to let their bucket of candy sit for a few days, giving any COVID-19 germs a chance to die before they infect your family.

Don’t get so wrapped up in the idea of keeping your kids safe from COVID-19 during Halloween that you forget other trick-or-treating safety maneuvers. Make sure you’re kids are decked out in reflective clothing, that they stick close to you, and that you inspect each piece of candy for tampering when you get home.

If you’re a fan of trunk-or-treating, this might be a good year to skip the trend, particularly if the event takes place indoors. The smaller space and higher volume of trick-or-treaters increases the risk of you contracting COVID-19. If you do decide to go to a trunk-or-treat event, look for one that’s outdoors.

If you decide that you don’t want to go out for Halloween, try to look for something fun to do in your own home, so your kids don’t think they’re missing out on something. Maybe throw a small Halloween party that only includes your own family, or hide candies and make it a Halloween scavenger hunt. The important thing is to keep your kids both healthy and safe during these strange times.

Happy Halloween and Stay Safe!

 

About Our Online Bail Bonds Program

About Our Online Bail Bonds Program

About Our Online Bail Bonds Program

If you live out of state, struggle with transportation or aren’t in a position where you can make a trip to the David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia office, but also need to arrange to bail a loved one out of jail, you should seriously consider our online bail bonds program.

What Is Our Online Bail Bonds Program?

Our online bail bonds program is quite similar to an online car insurance program. Instead of calling, you use the Chat With Us link which immediately puts you in touch with one of our bail bond experts. During the FREE bail bond consultation, our expert will listen to the unique details of your situation. They will also discuss how the David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia program works. If you want us to provide the bail for your loved one, the next step is going through our online bail application process.

How Our Online Bail Program Works?

Don’t worry. You won’t be overwhelmed by our online application. It’s quite straightforward and simple. First, you’ll have to provide some basic information which includes:

  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Current Employment
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Phone Number

The most complicated part is explaining the circumstances of your loved one’s arrest. Most people find it that it only takes them 10 or 20 minutes to complete the application. Since our bail expert has already discussed the situation, it doesn’t take long to approve the online bail application.

Once you’ve completed the application, we review it and discuss bail bond payment plans. At this point, you’ll be sent a copy of the contract that you’ll have to sign. You can do this by either using an electronic signature program or by printing the contract, signing it and scanning the newly signed form. In addition to the signed contract, we’ll also need a photo of your driver’s license or state-issued identification card.

How Long Before Your Loved One is Free?

We can’t predict how long it will take the courthouse to file the paperwork, but we can assure you that as soon as we approve your bail contract, we work as quickly as possible to pay your loved one’s bail and get them released from jail. In most cases, the entire bail process doesn’t take long at all.

Why Choose Our Services?

In addition to creating a simple, straightforward online bail bonds program, there are several other reasons you should consider using David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia when you or someone you love requires California bail.

Additional reasons to contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia include:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Over the Phone Approvals
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Easy to Understand Contracts
  • Discrete Service
  • Se habla Español

We have people on hand who speak Spanish.

Here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we’ve done everything in our power to make the entire bail process as fast and stress-free as possible.

For a FREE bail consultation with a professional bail agent and to get additional information about how our online bail program works, just 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.

 

When Are You Required To Wear A Face Mask In California

When Are You Required To Wear A Face Mask In California

When Are You Required To Wear A Face Mask In California

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered some pretty serious life changes. Recently, California’s governor declared that everyone is required to wear a face mask.

Why Are Face Masks Required In California?

There is a great deal of debate about whether the governor actually can demand that everyone wear a face mask in California. The decision wasn’t one that he, or any of the other states, randomly decided on. While no one is willing to guarantee that face masks will definitely protect you from developing COVID-19 there is plenty of scientific evidence that supports the idea that face masks will slow the spread of the potentially deadly virus.

The most compelling bit of evidence that supports the idea of wearing a face mask is a German study that revealed wearing a face mask reduces the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 by 40%. It is worth noting that medical experts all agree that masks are the most effective when you adhere to other social distancing protocols which include maintaining a six-foot gap between yourself and other people and avoiding large groups.

Who Has To Wear Face Mask In California?

Except for children under the age of two, adults who have a medical reason to not wear a mask and individuals who aren’t able to remove the mask without assistance, everyone is required to wear a face mask. You are expected to wear a mask that is constructed out of tightly-woven material and it has to cover both your nose and mouth.

Where Do Face Masks Have To Be Worn In California?

The law is very clear about where you have to wear your face mask. If you’re indoors and in a public setting, your mouth and nose must be covered. You are allowed to remove it when you’re eating. If you’re utilizing public transportation, a taxi or a rideshare program, you should be wearing your mask.

You are also required to wear a face mask anytime your outdoors and in an area where social distancing protocols aren’t in place.

The governor was quick to explain why he felt the need to create the California face mask law. Simply put, “we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered — putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease,” Gov. Gavin Newsom explained in a recent statement.

In addition to wearing your face mask, you can further prevent the spread of COVID-19 by regularly washing your hands, using sanitizer and disinfecting your cell phone.

 

Unwritten Camping Rules To Remember

Unwritten Camping Rules To Remember

Unwritten Camping Rules To Remember

Camping is wonderful. Camping provides you with the means to connect to the earth and nature while also bonding with family and friends. The best thing about camping is all the great memories you collect during each camping trip.

The next time you’re about to hit the woods for an epic camping trip, keep these unwritten camping rules in mind.

Leave Your Site Better Than You Found It

It doesn’t matter if you’re a slob at home when you’re camping, you need to turn into a neat freak. Commit yourself to keeping each place you pitch your camp cleaner than when you found it. Not only does this ensure that the next set of campers who come along will also have a nice place to set up camp, but it also proves that you are environmentally aware.

Keeping the campsites cleaner than how you found it includes cleaning up after your pets.

Don’t Leave The Fire Burning

California has had more than its fair share of fires. The last thing you want is to be the cause of the next wildfire. Making sure you douse the fire whenever you’re not sitting in front of is important. It’s a good idea to throw some water over the fire pit so that there’s no risk of a stray spark setting off a big blaze.

When you’re camping, take a little while to study your campsite. If the area is full of dry leaves, underbrush and grass, hold off on starting a fire. If a spark jumps out of your fire pit and sets some of the dry matter on fire, the entire campsite will go up in flames before you have time to spring into action.

The Camp Bathroom Isn’t Your Kitchen

A surprising number of people who use campgrounds treat the campground’s bathroom like it’s their kitchen. They actually use the sink to wash their dishes. If you’ve never done this, great! If you have, make sure you don’t do it again. Not only is the practice a health hazard, but it can also play havoc on the campgrounds plumbing system and it’s rude to other guests.

Be Respectful While Camping

You’re on a great camping experience and want to have a good time, but that doesn’t mean you should leave your good manners at home. If you’re using a campground, you need to be respectful. That includes things like:

  • Not walking across someone else’s campsite.
  • Staying calm and quiet during the night.
  • Using low lights.
  • Keeping your pets and your kids under control.

Following these simple unwritten rules of camping will increase the amount of enjoyment you get on your next camping adventure.

 

How Fast Can Someone Be Out Of Jail?

How Fast Can Someone Be Out Of Jail?

How Fast Can Someone Be Out Of Jail?

People have a lot of questions about bailing someone out of jail. One of the most common ones is how long does it take for someone to be released. After all, nobody wants someone that they care about to sit in a jail cell for any length of time. If you want someone out of jail quickly, then you need to contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia.

Here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we understand how important it is for our clients to post bail quickly. The faster we can get through all of the paperwork, the faster their loved one is released from jail. This is why our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will always be ready to help you, and once they start, they will not rest until your loved one is released.

In order to get started, our bail agents need some information about your loved one. The more information you can give, the faster the paperwork can be filled out. All we need to get started is the name of the person you want to bail out, his or her date of birth, and the county where the arrest took place. With that information, we can locate your loved one in the county jail system and gather the rest of the needed information.

After that, we will work with you on figuring out payment plans. We will create a customized payment plan that works for you and your budget. Once that is figured out, and the initial payment is received, we will send an agent to the jail to secure your loved one’s release. Depending on the size of the jail and how busy it is, the release can take anywhere from 2 hours to a day to be processed.

At David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we know that you want to get your loved one out of jail as quickly as possible. Our agents will start helping you right away the moment you call, and they will not rest until your loved one has been released. You can count on us to work quickly and be by your side the entire time.

What you get when you choose our service:

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

When you want to bail someone out of jail in the state of California, just contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. We have helped thousands of people deal with all kinds of bail bond situation for over 30 years. Let us help you too. Our bail agents are ready and waiting to talk with a FREE consultation 24/7, for your convenience. When you need bail help, you can always count on us to be there for you.

For fast and affordable bail bond service in California, 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.

 

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Winter weather has arrived in California and that makes for some treacherous driving. This becomes even more problematic when combined with the fact that so many people will be traveling for the holidays. Due to this fact, it is very important for all drivers to be prepared to handle inclement weather while on the road this winter.

There are two different types of bad weather that can really affect road conditions, rain and snow. When it starts to rain, the roads get wet and slick, making things difficult. However, rain is much more manageable than snow. When it starts to snow, or temperatures drop below freezing, the wet roads become frozen, making driving very dangerous, especially without the proper precautions.

Tips For Driving In The Rain

When driving in hazardous conditions, such as rainy weather, a person needs to pay more attention to the road. Often times, drivers tend to drive subconsciously and follow the road out of habit. By doing this, a person is less likely to be able to react in time to any surprises. Due to the rain, there can be a lot of surprises.

Some other tips for rainy weather driving include:

  • Turn on headlights.
    Anytime when things start to get dark and dim, a driver should turn on their headlights, even if they can see okay without them, since the lights make them more visible to other vehicles.
  • Slow down.
    Due to water on the road, cars will have less traction and will be more likely to lose control. This is called hydroplaning. If a car begins to hydroplane, the driver should not slam on the brakes. Instead, they should take their foot off of the gas, letting the car decelerate naturally and focus on steering the vehicle safely. As the car slows down, it will stop hydroplaning and regain traction.
  • Do not use cruise control in slick conditions.
    If the car begins to hydroplane, the cruise control will actually try to speed up the car making the problem worse.
  • Be careful when changing lanes.
    Thanks to the slick roads, cars will need more time to slow down and stop. As such, a driver needs to give themselves more space between cars when changing lanes in order to avoid causing any accidents.

Tips For Driving In The Snow

Most experts recommend that a person avoid driving in the snow whenever possible, as the road conditions get very dangerous, especially for drivers who have never dealt with frozen roads before.

When a person is driving in the snow, they should keep extra supplies in their vehicle. Some of these supplies should be extra warm clothes, a blanket, food, and water. This is just in case something goes wrong and the person ends up stranded somewhere, like on the side of a road.

Some other frozen road driving tips include:

  • Drive slowly.
    Driving at high speeds in slick conditions is a surefire way to get into an accident.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slower.
    Due to the slick surfaces, getting a car to speed up or slow down takes more time and a driver should plan for that.
  • Don’t tailgate.
    Since it takes longer to come to a stop in slick conditions, a driver should increase the distance between them and the car in front of them.
  • Don’t stop on hills.
    Trying to get going up a hill from a dead stop in slick conditions is extra difficult.
  • Have chains or snow tires ready to go.
    The best way to drive in snow is to be prepared, and sometimes that means having the proper equipment.

Fix-It Tickets

During all of the bad weather and darkness that comes with winter, a vehicle’s lights get a whole lot of use. It is important for a driver to make sure that all of their lights on their car are working properly. This includes:

  • Headlights.
  • Taillights.
  • Brake lights.
  • Turn signals.
  • Rear license plate light.

Failing to make sure these lights are functioning properly is a great way for a driver to get a fix-it ticket. These kinds of tickets give the driver a choice, they can either pay the fine, or pay to get their vehicle fixed. Most people prefer to just get their vehicle fixed. Once they have done that, they need to get a certified person to sign off on the ticket to prove that the problem was fixed.

A driver can avoid the headache of a fix-it ticket by checking all of the exterior lights on their car before driving anywhere this winter.

Stay Safe Out There

Experts recommend that people avoid driving in rainy and snowy weather whenever possible because it is more dangerous. However, that isn’t always possible for people. So, if a person does need to drive in inclement weather this winter, they need to do so carefully.

By following the tips above, a person should be better prepared for the bad driving conditions that winter may throw their way. Do you have any winter weather driving tips that didn’t make the list? If so, share them in the comments below and help everyone stay safe on the road this year.

 

Beware Of Porch Pirates And Package Theft

Beware Of Porch Pirates And Package Theft

Beware Of Porch Pirates And Package Theft

One of the nicest benefits of living in today’s modern world is that pretty much anything can be ordered online and delivered to a person’s home. This allows people to buy things they want or need without ever having to leave the house. This ability is very useful. However, as with all good things, there are those people out there that have to ruin it for everybody.

There are always people looking to make a quick and easy buck, and that is exactly what porch pirates are. They take advantage of people’s orders being left out in the open and claim them for themselves. This problem only becomes more prominent as the holiday season draws nearer and people begin ordering more things online.

What Are Porch Pirates?

Porch pirate is a name for anyone who steals a delivered package from somebody’s front porch or yard. More often than not, these kind of thefts are crimes of opportunity. The person just happened to be walking, or even driving, by and they saw the package, or letter then decide in a moment to take it. They have no idea what could be inside, but they want it for themselves.

Of course, there are some people who have turned this kind of behavior into their day job. They will spend their days scouring through neighborhoods looking for unattended packages that are just waiting to be taken. They steal the packages and either keep the contents for themselves or sell them to someone else to make a profit.

Either way, one can easily see why this crime can be so distressing and upsetting for the victim, especially around Christmas time when the package could have been a gift for someone else.

Tips To Avoid Porch Pirates

Everyone wants to avoid falling victim to a porch pirate, especially during the holiday season. Luckily, there are a few different ways to reduce the chances of having a package stolen.

  • Amazon now has a service that allows for delivery inside a home. A person just unlocks their front door with an app on their phone so the delivery person can put the package in a safe place. They also have a similar thing for delivering inside a person’s car.
  • Have a trusted friend, neighbor or family member who is home during the day get the package off the porch while at work.
  • Have packages delivered to work. If your workplace allows this, your packages will be delivered and watched over until you can pick it up.
  • Make sure someone will be home to answer the door and receive the package. By getting it off the porch, it is far less likely to be stolen.
  • Require a signature for the delivery. This ensures that the package isn’t left alone.
  • Set up a security camera aimed at the porch to help deter thefts in the first place. If a theft does occur, their will at least be video evidence of the culprit and their illegal act.
  • Some delivery companies, such as UPS, allow for customers to leave delivery instructions, such as hiding the package in a shed, instead of leaving it on a front porch.
  • The USPS provides a service called USPS Package Intercept that allows customers to change delivery destinations before the package has been sent out for final delivery.
  • UPS has a service called UPS My Choice that alerts a customer to a delivery the day before and allows them to change the time or location of the delivery for a small fee.
  • UPS, FedEx, and Amazon offer services where packages can be delivered to secure locations such as an office, warehouse, or locker. This way the package is safe until the customer comes to pick it up.

Penalties For Mail Theft

Stealing another person’s mail is illegal under both federal and state law. United States Code 1708 defines how mail can be stolen, and then lists how states should punish offenders of this crime. In a very long and descriptive way, the law basically states that anyone who knowingly takes someone else’s mail without permission to do so is guilty of mail theft. This law also defines what counts as mail, and includes the following items:

  • Letters.
  • Postcards.
  • Packages.
  • Mail bags.

Here in California, mail theft is a misdemeanor offense under Penal Code 530.5e. This law makes it so that people who steal mail, such as porch pirates, face the following:

  • Up to 1 year in jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.

This law also makes it so that people can be charged with other laws on top of this one. This means that a person accused of breaking this law could actually face harsher consequences as well.

Don’t Get Pirated This Holiday Season

The holiday season is all about giving, but porch pirates out there are only concerned with taking. Don’t fall victim to them. Follow the tips above to help prevent a porch pirate from walking off with a loved one’s Christmas gift this holiday season.

Have you ever been victimized by a porch pirate?

Do you have any tips to avoid porch pirates that aren’t listed above? If so, add them in the comments down below. What about California’s take on mail theft? Are the consequences harsh enough or does there need to be more of a deterrent against porch piracy? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

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