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The Difference between Bail and Bail Bonds

The Difference between Bail and Bail Bonds

 

If you are like most people, if someone you cared about got arrested, you’d have a lot of questions. You’ve probably never dealt with getting someone released from jail and have no idea where to begin. That is why you are looking for answers online and luckily for you, Riverside Bail Bonds is here to help.

When looking to get someone released from jail, you are going to need to post their bail. This is to say, you are going to have to pay a certain amount of money to the court or jail in order for your loved one to be released. How much you need to pay is dependent on why your loved one was arrested and their criminal record. However, it is safe to say that the bail will cost several thousand dollars, at least.

This is where most people turn to bail bonds. A bail bond is an agreement between a person and a bail agent. The agent agrees to pay the full bail amount for their client. In return, the client pays a small amount of the bail to the bail agent for their services. At Riverside Bail Bonds, we only ask for 10% of the full bail price.

One of the big differences between bail and bail bonds that people notice, is what happens to the money after the court case is finished. With bail, the full amount, minus some court fees, is returned to whoever posted it in the first place. This is not the case with a bail bond. This is due to the fact that when people pay for a bail bond, they are paying for the bail agent’s service of posting the bail for them. That service is completed once the person is released from jail, and so bail bond money is not returned at the end of the court case.

If you are looking for help posting a loved one’s bail, just contact Riverside Bail Bonds. We are a statewide company that has helped Californians deal with bail for over 30 years. Our expert bail agents can answer all of your questions about the bail process and will happily get your loved one out of jail at an affordable price.

We do a lot for our clients at Riverside Bail Bonds, including:

  • 24/7 Bail bond service
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest payment plans
  • No hidden fees
  • No collateral with working signer
  • Se habla Español

Ready to talk to a bail agent? If so, call (951) 684-4484 or click Chat With Us now for a free consultation.

Parking in Front of a Fire Hydrant

Parking in Front of a Fire Hydrant

 

Any driver that lives in a city knows the hassle of finding a decent parking spot. This gets incredibly difficult in highly populated areas, such as cities, or even at popular spots in rural areas. If there is someplace that a lot of people want to go to, it is safe to assume that parking will be limited. This can make finding a parking spot very frustrating.

What can get even more frustrating is finding a clear spot on a curb and thinking everything is solved, only to realize there is a fire hydrant. In some instances, people will decide that they would rather park in front of the fire hydrant than look for another spot. After all, the curb is empty, and how often is the hydrant actually needed anyway?

Well, what these people may not realize, is that doing so is actually against the law here in California.

 California Law against Parking in Front of a Hydrant

Parking in front of a fire hydrant is illegal in the state of California under Vehicle Code (VC) 22514. Under this law, no one is allowed to stop or park along a curb within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.

However, there are a few exceptions to this. If a licensed driver is sitting in the front seat who can immediately move the vehicle if need be, they won’t receive a ticket. Cities can adopt local ordinances that reduce the range from 15 feet to 10 feet. Lastly, vehicles owned by, and clearly marked, by a fire department can park in front of hydrants.

While most fire hydrants are marked with signs or a red curb, not all hydrants are clearly marked, and they don’t need to be. It is the responsibility of the driver to see fire hydrants and know not to park in that specific area.

Parking in front of fire hydrants is illegal due to the fact that, while unlikely, they could be needed at any moment. If a fire breaks out nearby, the fire fighters will need that hydrant to combat the blaze and save lives and property.

 Penalties of Parking There

Parking in front of a fire hydrant isn’t a crime, so a driver won’t go to jail for doing so. However, it is still illegal and therefore a person can count on getting a ticket, amongst other things. The ticket will have some small fines, somewhere around $100.

In some instances, the vehicle can even end up getting towed. In which case, the owner of the vehicle will have to pay some fees to get their vehicle back.

Lastly, in the event that a fire breaks out and fire fighters need access to the hydrant, they are allowed to do what they need to in order to get to the hydrant. More often than not, this means breaking the windows of the vehicle to run the fire hose through. When this happens, the driver is left with repair bills and a ticket, because it is a safe bet to assume that law enforcement agents will notice the vehicle in front of the hydrant now.

 Don’t Park in Front of Fire Hydrants

Fire hydrants are emergency tools that are meant to help fight fires. While they aren’t needed all of the time, when they are needed, they are important. They can mean the difference between a building burning down or not. That is why it is illegal to obstruct them by parking in front of them with a vehicle.

While trying to find a good parking spot near popular areas can be very difficult, parking in front of a hydrant is never a good idea. It can very easily cost a person more money than it would have to just find another spot.

What do you think about California’s law about parking in front of hydrants? Is it a good law, or does it need to be adjusted? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

How Long Do You Have to Post Bail?

How Long Do You Have to Post Bail?

 

The need for bail can arise without warning. As such, most people are not prepared to post their loved one’s bail. They need time to get enough money for the bail bond, but they are afraid they will miss the window to post bail entirely. Luckily for them, the time limit for posting bail is very forgiving.

While there is a time limit to posting bail, that limit is dependent on the length of the person’s trial period. You have until the court reaches a verdict on your loved one. After that point, a person can’t be bailed out. Once the court has decided whether your loved one is guilty or innocent, they either no longer need the bail or can no longer be bailed out because they are serving their sentence.

The one problem with waiting to post bail, is that the bail amount can change. Sometimes judges will alter the bail amount after they have reviewed the case. They may decide that the bail is too high and lower it. However, they are also just as likely to raise the bail amount, meaning it will cost more to bail out your loved one.

Most people prefer to get their loved ones out of jail quickly and reduce the amount of time they spend behind bars. Riverside Bail Bonds in Rialto helps with this. We provide personalized payment plans for all of our clients. This breaks up the cost of the bail bond and spreads it out over several months, making it more affordable from the get go.

Some of the other things we do to help our clients include:

  • 24/7 Bail bond service
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest payment plans
  • No hidden fees
  • No collateral with working signer
  • Se habla Español

Needing to post bail may come without warning, but it doesn’t have to be impossible to deal with. With help from Riverside Bail Bonds in Rialto, bailing someone out can be a quick and easy process. We will always be there to help you whenever you decide to bail out your loved one.

When you’re ready to post bail, call (951) 684-4484 or click Chat With Us now.

Annoying Neighbors Getting to You?

Annoying Neighbors Getting to You?

When you move into your first house or apartment, you’re faced with new problems that you previously never considered before. Things like what kind of paper towels to buy, where to do laundry, how to do laundry, and many other adult tasks. When you decide on a first home, you mainly are focused on appearances. If the potential home looks good, and has everything you need, you’re probably going to jump at the opportunity to rent or own it. What you didn’t pay attention to, are the finer details. For example, you didn’t notice that the neighbors are continuously loud.

Loud neighbors can take away from any exciting moment. You could be watching an intense scene of your favorite show only to be cut off by your neighbor’s home garage band. You could be on the phone with your boss and your boss might hear yelling from your neighbors. This could be frustrating to anyone. First, it’s courteous to give your neighbors the benefit of the doubt. You should try approaching them and explain your grievances about the noise issues.

If confronting your neighbors about the noise issues doesn’t work, the next step is contacting your landlord. If you don’t have a landlord, you’ll skip to the following step of contacting the police. Before you contact the police you need to make sure you’re contacting them for a good reason. Your neighbors need to be either causing excessive noise during quiet hours, high decibel noise, or unreasonable noise.

California has the Noise Control Act that helps provide Californians with silence. The act is a part of the California Health and Safety Code. It acknowledges that excessive noise is detrimental to public health and welfare. The act also recognizes that Californians have the fundamental right to peaceful and quiet enjoyment of their property without unnecessary noise.

Annoying neighbors who cause too much noise can receive fines for disturbing the peace. They could also receive multiple fines if they break their county’s laws about noise. Each county has different laws regarding quiet hours, and what is considered excessive noise.

City areas will have different ordinances than rural areas will. To know more about the noise laws where you live, you will need to look at your county and city’s ordinances.

According to California, You Can’t Go Here

According to California, You Can’t Go Here

California is at it again with some interesting laws. Sometimes you read headlines and you find yourself scratching your head thinking it can’t be true. Well, sometimes the truth is borderline crazy. Yes, California does actually have travel bans to various states in the nation. Who knew that states could ban each other?

These travel bans aren’t actually that bad. What these travel bans mean is that the government of California won’t fund visits to certain states. This means if your school has a competition in one of these states, California won’t provide funding for the trip. These travel bans also apply to businesses in California as well. This doesn’t mean you can’t travel to these states if you want. These bans just mean that California won’t sponsor you to go.

California’s travel bans currently affect nine states. These states are banned because according to law AB 1887, California is a leader in protecting civil rights and preventing discrimination and should not support or finance states who discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. This law is meant to show solidarity with the LGBT community as well as encourage other states to follow suit.

The following states are currently banned:

  • Alabama
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Oklahoma
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

The problem with this law is that it’s affecting our education here in California. Conferences that college students typically get to go to are canceled because of their location. Sports conferences and science conventions are not being funded and are limiting our student’s ability to go. Students at California Universities across the state planned on attending a conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Unfortunately, the group of 18 students won’t be able to attend without the help of state funding. Previously a preliminary round for the men’s Basketball series that feature UC Berkeley and the University of Kansas was canceled because of this law as well.

The message the state of California is trying send will hopefully be understood nationally. We are currently willing to give up the educational opportunities to make statements against states like Oklahoma, who was recently added to the list. The Oklahoma governor signed a bill that allows private adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples from their adoption services on the basis of “religious or moral convictions or policies. According to California Executive Director Rick Zbur, “Every child deserves a loving, supportive family, and it’s neither pro-child, nor pro-family, for Oklahoma to deny them one.”

This California law is just a giant step for the state to try to ensure equality for everyone across the nation. Only time will tell if this law will help or hurt things here in California and the rest of the United States.

How safe is your home while on vacation

How safe is your home while on vacation

Going on vacation is lots of fun but coming home and finding out that your house has been broken into isn’t. There are several things you can do to keep your home safe while you’re having a good time.

Talk to Your Neighbors/Friends

An abandoned house is one that attracts burglars. You want there to be some activity in your home while you’re vacationing. One of the simplest ways to do this is having a friends and neighbors pull into your driveway a few times a day. Other good solutions is hiring a house sitter, a pet sitter who stays in your home. If you can’t arrange from someone to come to your home while you’re gone, set some of your lights on timers. It’s best if the lights come on and go off at random times which gives the impression of a person moving around the house.

Stop Your Mail and Paper

Talk to both the post office and your newspaper company and have all deliveries stopped. A bunch of papers and the overflowing mailbox is one of the first things burglars are looking for when they drive through a neighborhood looking for a likely target. You should also make sure that you’re not going to get any packages delivered while you’re gone.

Restrict Your Social Media Posts

The biggest mistakes that many people make when they’re going on vacation is announcing their plans. This is a horrible idea. It’s impossible to know who is and isn’t monitoring your social media posts. By saying you are leaving on vacation, burglars know that your home is standing empty. Not only should you not post that you’re leaving, but you should also restrain yourself from posting vacation pictures until you’re back home. In fact, it wouldn’t hurt to hold onto a few photos that have been taken at our home and posting those while you’re away.

Boost Your Home Security

Don’t leave your home vulnerable when you take off on vacation. Before leaving home you should go through your home and make sure it’s secure. This is the time to make sure that all your windows are closed and locked. If the locks look worn or damaged, it’s time to get a locksmith into to repair or replace them.

Don’t forget to move any hidden keys to a more secure location before you leave on vacation. Once you know that your home is safe, you’re free to sit back and really enjoy your vacation.

At What Age Can You Leave Your Child Alone

At What Age Can You Leave Your Child Alone

Every parent has been there. They need to quickly run into town for something such as a gallon of milk, an emergency dental appointment, or to pick up something from work. You don’t want to bring your child with you, but you’re not sure if you’re legally allowed to leave them at home.

California’s Laws About Leaving Children Home Alone

At this moment, the State of California doesn’t have any actual laws that deal with how old your child has to be before you can leave them unattended while you run to the store. The only states that currently have such laws are Maryland, Illinois, and Oregon. However, that doesn’t mean you’re free to leave your two-year-old in the crib while you nip out for a quick breakfast.

California law makers believe that it should be up to the parent to decide at what age their child is responsible enough to care for themselves while home alone. The states that do have laws have set that age from 10-12. Child care experts are quick to point out that it should be determined from one child to another.

It’s also worth noting that there’s a big difference between leaving a ten-year-old home alone while you make a quick dash to the store and leaving them alone while you go on an overnight trip with friends.

Other factors that should be taken into consideration include:

  • How safe a neighborhood you live in
  • Whether there’s anyone in the area that will keep half an eye on your child and property while you’re out of town

  • If the child has enough safe activities to keep them busy and out of trouble.
  • Alternatives to Leaving Your Child Home Alone

If you are in a position do to work or another commitment where you can’t routinely be with your child when they get home from school, most child care experts suggest looking for an after-school activity that they can participate in rather than leaving them to fend for themselves. Good choices include art classes, school sports, and organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club. Another option is working out a deal with one of your child’s friends parents in which they watch your child for a few hours each week in exchange for you taking over other responsibilities.

Keep in mind that if your child gets into trouble because you have left them home alone, the law could consider you both criminally and civilly responsible for their actions.

Getting Involved in Neighborhood Watch

Getting Involved in Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is becoming increasingly common in communities all over California, and it’s been a good thing. In most cases, the crime rate dropped significantly once the civilian program was put into place. Recent data released by the U.S Department of Justice reported that on the average, communities with an active an organized neighborhood watch had a 16% reduction in crime.

How Neighborhood Watch Programs Work

While it’s okay for a group of community members to decide they want to look over the community, it’s not okay for the watch program to use a vigilante justice approach to protecting the neighborhood. The programs are required to not only let local law enforcement agencies know that they’re forming a watch program, but to also accept the training programs the police offer. By the time the training has been completed, members of the neighborhood watch program should know how to identify signs of nefarious activity and how to respond to it. The most successful programs are the ones where the police and members of the community watch program work together to keep the neighborhood safe.

It’s important to note that if you aren’t working closely with the police and something goes wrong during neighborhood watch, you could find yourself facing both criminal and civil charges that have the potential to completely destroy your life.

Starting a Neighborhood Watch Program

If there is a good neighborhood watch program in your area, getting involved is pretty simple. Just speak to the people in charge of the program and they’ll help you get the training you require.

If your community doesn’t currently have a neighborhood watch program, you’ll need to speak to your neighbors and find out if they’re willing to become involved in a program that would help keep the neighborhood safe. If they are, the next step is speaking to the local sheriff who will help you start the program and make sure you get the training you need. It’s a good idea to spend some time with other neighborhood watch programs and observing how they recruit new members, work with law enforcement, and handle the ins and outs of keeping the program running smoothly.

Side Benefits of Neighborhood Watch Programs

One of the things that have really surprised people once they join a community crime prevention program is that not only do they feel safer, but that they also become more connected to the community. In many instances, it’s the first time that they meet many of their neighborhoods and start becoming friends.

The establishment of neighborhood watch often leads to community activities such as picnics, casual sporting events, and cleanup programs.

Fireworks and California

Fireworks and California

Fireworks are lots of fun. They’re a great way to entertain your friends and neighbors during get-togethers, but when you live in California there are some pretty strict rules about setting off fireworks in your backyard.

Types of Fireworks

California’s law makers have divided fireworks into two different types of categories. There are “safe and sane fireworks” and “dangerous fireworks.”

“Dangerous fireworks” are the ones that are typically set off by the cities, the large massive explosive ones such as rockets. Even sprinklers that are over 10 inches long are listed as dangerous.

Safe and sane fireworks are lots of fun, even if they are small. These fireworks include: spinners, small sprinklers, fountains, and snap caps.

It is always illegal for anyone who doesn’t have a display pyrotechnics license to set off any type of dangerous fireworks, however those without a license who are over the age of sixteen can buy and use safe fireworks.

Obtaining a display pyrotechnics license in California is quite complicated.

Getting one involves:

  • Filling out an extensive application
  • 2 years of experience working with a public fireworks display
  • 5 written letters of recommendation
  • Passing a pyrotechnics exam
  • Passing a background check

The Cost of Setting off Illegal Fireworks in California

Using dangerous or illegal fireworks in California is strictly frowned on in California. Simply being caught with illegal fireworks can result in you being sentenced to 12 months and/or paying a $1,000 fine. If you have a large quantity of the illegal and dangerous fireworks the charges are bumped up to a felony that can result in a $50,000 fine and 3-year prison sentence.

Selling to Minors

If a licensed fireworks dealer is caught selling illegal fireworks to a minor, the legal penalties are both swift and severe.

The dealers aren’t allowed to sell any fireworks to anyone who is under sixteen years old and can’t sell any dangerous fireworks to anyone under the age of 18.

Self-Defense in California

Self-Defense in California

In California you can’t be found guilty of a violent crime provided you can prove that the only reason you used the violent action was in self-defense. In addition to proving that you were in danger, you’ll also have to prove that your actions were reasonable given the set of circumstances you found yourself in.

To use the self-defense argument in California you must:

  • Prove that your life was in danger, that you were about to be touched unlawfully (sexual assault,) or believed you’d be injured
  • That you truly believed the amount of force you used during the action was the only way you could protect yourself
  • That you didn’t use more force than the situation justified

California has a surprising number of situations where self-defense is a reasonable defense, including:

  • Murder/man-slaughter
  • Aggravated battery
  • Assault with a deadly weapon

You Have to Prove Reasonable Belief

The most difficult aspect of using self-defense in many cases is proving that you truly believed that you were in danger. When these cases are heard by a jury, you and your defense team have to recreate the events in such a way that the jury is virtually standing in your shoes and really gets the sense that you were in danger.

What you can’t do is use self-defense and mental illness as a defense. If a murder or violent assault took place because the defendant heard voices or suffers from a mental illness that impedes their ability to judge circumstances, they’ll need to use a different defense than self-defense.

Battered-Woman’s Defense

There’s one exception to rule about not being able to use a mental illness as self-defense, which is battered woman’s syndrome (and battered male syndrome, though it’s not as common.) To use this defense, the defendant needs to prove that they were in an abusive relationship and that they feared for their life. In these cases, California judges have been advised to consider a self-defense argument.

Putting Together a Self-Defense Case

In most cases, self-defense cases never make it into the California court system. While it’s not unusual for a person to be arrested and held for a few hours while the police collect witness statements and evidence.

Normally, the police officers do a good job investigating the case and are able to easily determine that you were acting in your own best interest and the charges are eventually dropped.

Rights of Homeowners While Within Their Home

Rights of Homeowners While Within Their Home

The great thing about owning your own home is that you’re far freer to do what you wish with it. However, it’s important to understand that even though you own the property, you aren’t necessarily allowed to do absolutely anything on or two it. Every single township/city in California has ordinances that restrict some of your options. These ordinances can limit the number/type of pets you have, the type of business you operate out of your home, and even how frequently you mow your lawn. Breaking the rules, can cost a hefty fine and if the violation is bad enough, might even cost you your home.

Laws are Still Laws

Just because you happen to be in the privacy of your own home, you don’t have carte blanche to break any law you want. The general rule of thumb is that if you’d get arrested for doing something while in a local parking lot, the same act will get you arrested while you’re on your own property, the only difference is that the odds of getting caught decrease while you’re home.

What is a little different is the way police find out about whether you’ve broken the law. There are some different rules about warrants, searches, and seizures when an incident takes place on your own property.

Breaking Zoning Ordinances is Costly

The biggest thing that gets homeowners in trouble is breaking zoning ordinances. Different towns/townships have different rules, so it’s important to take to your local zoning authority and learn what will and won’t fly in your neck of the woods.

Common issues people have with zoning ordinances include:

  • Having a high-risk pet or having too many pets or having farm animals in an area where farm animals are prohibited
  • Creating a too big garden
  • Improper signage
  • Not handling home improvement projects quickly enough
  • Failure to properly maintain the property (such as not mowing your lawn frequently enough)

How to Handle Zoning Problems

If you run afoul of a zoning ordinance in the township/city where your property is located, you don’t want to dig in your heels and adopt an “I can do whatever I want attitude.” It’s in your best interest to take a deep breath and work closely with the township trustees and explore ways that you can continue to do what you wish on your property and not create any legal drama.

It’s not unheard of for a loophole to be found in the zoning ordinances or for an exception to sometimes be made.

Is Aggravated Trespassing Really Any Different from Plain Old Trespassing?

Is Aggravated Trespassing Really Any Different from Plain Old Trespassing?

The word aggravated on a charge looks scary, but some people who are charged with aggravated trespassing don’t understand how the word applies to them. Sure, they know that they were on private property, but since they didn’t have a weapon, how can it possibly be aggravated.

In California, you can be charged with aggravated trespassing if you said or did something that another person found threatening, and then you appeared on that person’s property within 30 days of making the threat.

Exactly How Threatening do you Have to be Before Getting Slapped with an Aggravated Trespassing Charge

When trying an aggravated trespassing case, it’s up to the prosecutor to prove to the judge and jury that you made a credible threat to the property owner that convinced them that you intended to cause them (or their family) serious bodily injury or kill them. The prosecutor than also has to prove that when you stepped upon the property, you were there unlawfully and that the property owner had every reason that you were there to carry through with your threat.

California’s legal system believes that for a threat to be considered credible, it must have been made orally, written down, or sent electronically (email, text, social media post.) It’s quite common for the prosecutor to claim that the combination of verbal threats with a pattern of behavior is enough to be considered a credible threat.

It’s not unusual for a person who has been charged with aggravated trespassing to also face Penal Code 459 PC burglary charges because the prosecution believes that the only reason you were on the private property was to commit a felony.

It’s a Wobbler Charge

California has several laws that are commonly referred to as wobbler laws. This is a cute word for a law that the prosecution can choose to try as a misdemeanor or a felony. Aggravated trespassing has the distinction of being one such law. There are a number of things the prosecution looks at while they’re trying to decide whether they want to pursue the case as a misdemeanor or a felony. Factors include:

Your legal history

The type of threats that were made

Your behavior while you were on the property and while you were being arrested
If the prosecution decides to charge you with misdemeanor aggravated trespassing, the potential fallout includes:

  • Spending a year in the county jail
  • Being hit with a fine that can be as high as $2,000

If the prosecution decides to turn the case into a felony, the connected penalties include:

  • Serving between 16 months to 3 years in a county jail
  • A $10,000 fine
  • Having a felony record for the rest of your life
  • If you’re charged with aggravated trespassing, it’s in your best interest to get out of jail on bail so you can continue working and hire a really good defense lawyer.