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What Kind of Discounts Do You Offer?

What Kind of Discounts Do You Offer?

Whenever someone is looking to make a big purchase, they often are looking for discounts as well. After all, everyone works hard for their money and they want to save as much of it as possible. This why when people begin looking to bail someone out of jail, they try to find the bail bond company that offers the most discounts.

Here at Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona, we offer a variety of discounts to clients who qualify. For starters, our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for, meaning you get a 90% discount just by coming to us for help. On top of that, we provide all of our clients with affordable payment plans that spread out the cost of the bail bond over several months, making it more affordable.

One discount that we offer provides qualified clients with 20% off the price of the bail bond. Instead of paying 10% of the full bail price, you only have to pay 8%. To qualify for this discount, one of the co-signers for the bail bond needs to meet just one of the following requirements:

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

As long as one of those requirements is met, you qualify for the discount.

Another discount that we offer to clients with approved credit is 0% down bail. Clients who qualify for this discount do not have to make a payment on the bail bond for up to 1 month after their loved one has been released. We find that providing bail with no down payment gives our clients the ability to save up for the bail bond, making it easier for them.

If you are looking for discounts on bailing someone out of jail, you’ve come to the right place. For over 30 years, Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona has helped Californians rescue their friends and family members from jail. Let us do the same for you. All you have to do to get started is talk to one of our bail agents.

For a free consultation at any time, just call (951) 684-4484 or click Chat With Us now.

How to Get an Affordable Bail Bond

How to Get an Affordable Bail Bond

Whenever you are buying or paying for something, you want to know exactly how much it will cost. After all, you need to be sure that you can afford the thing in question, you don’t want to be surprised with hidden fees. This is especially true when it comes to bailing someone out of jail. You want to rescue your loved one from jail, but you also want to make sure that you can afford the bail.

Everyone wonders how much it costs to bail someone out of jail. Here in California, a single bail can cost several thousands of dollars. Luckily, being able to afford a loved one’s bail is as simple as contacting Riverside Bail Bonds. Here, we provide cheap bail bonds that only cost 10% of the bail that they are for.

With one of our bail bonds, if your loved one has a $20,000 dollar bail, a bail bond from us will only cost $2,000. That’s a 90% discount just for coming to us for help. In addition, we offer special discounts to clients who qualify and personalized payment plans for everyone. We do all of this to ensure that every Californian can afford to rescue their loved ones from jail.

We provide each of our clients with payment plans that break up the cost of the bail bond. Instead of having to pay that $2,000 up front, our clients only have to pay a small down payment and then pay off the remainder over the next few months. After the first payment is received, we post your loved ones bail, meaning they get out before you have finished paying for the bail bond.

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

When trying to bail someone out of jail at an affordable price, always contact Riverside Bail Bonds. We have over 30 years of bail experience and we use that to provide our clients with bail bonds that they can afford. Let us help you too.

For a free consultation with any of our bail agents, just call (951) 684-4484 or click Chat With Us now.

What Documentation Do You Need to Post Bail?

What Documentation Do You Need to Post Bail?

 

Whenever you have to do something for the first time, it can be a bit difficult. The first time you do anything, you don’t know what you are doing or how to proceed. This is the case for a lot of things, especially bailing someone out of jail. Luckily, Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona is here to help any Californian deal with bail.

When bailing someone out of jail, you will need three different types of documentation in order to get approved for a bail bond. Having this documentation ready to go before contacting one of our bail agents can help speed your loved one’s rescue along. The documents you will need are:

  • A recent pay check to prove you have reliable income.
  • A recent piece of mail with your address as proof of California residency.
  • A valid California ID.

On top of this documentation, you will also need to know some information about the loved one you are trying to bail out, primarily their:

  • Name.
  • Birthday.
  • County of arrest.

That information will help us locate your loved one in the county jail system so we can get the bail process started. Once we have filled out the paperwork, we can meet with you to finalize everything for the bail bond.

This may be your first time bailing someone out of jail, but don’t worry. Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona is here to help you. We know everything about bail because we have been helping Californians deal with it for over 30 years. Let us help you rescue your loved one from jail today.

For a free consultation at any time, just call (951) 684-4484 or click Chat With Us now.

Trespassing Laws and Oversharing on Social Media

Trespassing Laws and Oversharing on Social Media

 

Going out and exploring the world can be a lot of fun. There are millions of spectacular and amazing sights to see out there. Sadly, not all of the great views are open to the public. From being too dangerous for the public, or someone just wants to keep the land to themselves, some views may be kept behind fences.

Despite the reasoning, some people decide that they want to see the view for themselves. This sounds like a harmless act, but it can actually get a person into big trouble, even here in California. A person can easily be charged with trespassing for doing this, especially if that person decides to post pictures from the incident onto social media.

 What Is Oversharing?

As social media became popular, people began to share more and more of their lives online. This led to problems of oversharing, where people share stuff that would have been better left private. A person never wants to share too much personal information about themselves. If a person is not careful, then they could inadvertently give the people of the internet the ability to steal their identity, or provide police officers with self-incriminating evidence.

Despite what a person might think, deleting something from the internet is practically impossible. Even if a person deletes the post/image/video from their page, someone else could have copied or screenshot it and posted it elsewhere, meaning it still exists online. This is why a person has to really be careful about what they share online.

Oversharing on social media can even get people into trouble. There have been hundreds of incidents of people posting pictures or videos online that show the individual committing criminal activity. Plenty of celebrities have fallen victim to this over the years.

The police are well aware of how much people share on their social media accounts and often turn to those during investigations to look for more evidence. This means if a person shared any pictures or videos of themselves while doing the illegal act in question, then they provided the incriminating evidence to the police.

 California Trespassing Law

State Penal Code (PC) 602 defines trespassing as the act of a person entering into or remaining on someone else’s property without their permission to do so. The law goes on to list dozens of different scenarios where a person could be considered trespassing.

In some cases, trespassing can be charged as an infraction. This means a person faces a small fine, whose size is dependent on how many times the person has trespassed onto that particular piece of property.

  • $75 for a first time offense.
  • $250 for a second offense.
  • Misdemeanor charges for any subsequent offenses.

In California, most trespassing offenses are charged as misdemeanors. This means a person accused of this crime faces the following consequences:

  • Up to 6 months in jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Misdemeanor probation.

A person can face felony charges for trespassing when they make a credible threat against someone, and then trespass onto that person’s property or workplace with the intent of carrying out that threat. Under these conditions, a person can end up in county jail for16 months, 2 years, or 3 years.

 Don’t Trespass or Post the Pictures Online

Just because there is a good view on someone else’s land does not mean a person should sneak onto the property. They do not have permission to do so and can be charged with trespassing here in California. This becomes even more likely if they post pictures or videos of the view onto their social media account where anyone can see them.

A person should always be aware of what they are sharing online and how that could affect them. Oversharing online is easily avoidable.

What do you think of California’s take on trespassing? Are the consequences too steep, just right, or not enough? Let us know in the comments down below.

Do You Need Collateral for a Bail Bond?

Do You Need Collateral for a Bail Bond?

 

Bailing someone out of jail can be a costly endeavor, which is why most people look for help from bail bond companies. With help from a company like Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona, the cost of bailing someone out of jail can go down by 90%. While the discount is greatly appreciated, some clients run into trouble thanks to collateral.

Usually when dealing with large loans, which is similar to what a bail bond is, many companies require their clients to pledge some collateral. Collateral, if you don’t know, is an item of value equal to or greater than the amount of money that is being loaned out. If the client fails to pay off their loan, then they lose whatever was pledged.

Here at Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona, most of our clients don’t need to pledge collateral. Instead, we accept the signature of a working co-signer as collateral. This way, our clients don’t have to worry about losing a house or vehicle, meaning there is less stress involved.

Our goal at Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona is to make the bail process as simple and stress free as possible. One of the ways that we do this is by getting rid of the need for collateral on most of our bail bonds. You are already worried enough about your incarcerated loved one, you don’t need any extra worry tacked on to that.

Some of the other services we provide for 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

When you are looking to get a friend or family member released from jail, you don’t want to add to your worries. That is why you should always contact Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona for help. We do everything that we can to make posting bail easier and less stressful for our clients. This includes not requiring collateral on most of our bail bonds.

To learn more and talk to a professional bail agent, just call (951) 684-4484 or click Chat With Us now.

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.

Shop Safely This Holiday Season

Shop Safely This Holiday Season

 

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hanksgiving has come and gone and that means everyone can officially begin their Christmas preparations. While this means it is time for a whole lot of decorating, it also means it is time to get the final bits of Christmas shopping done.

While this should be a fun and happy time, there are unfortunately people out there looking to take advantage of holiday shoppers. Anyone looking to do a bit of shopping this holiday season needs to be careful in order to avoid becoming a victim of a crime so close to Christmas.

 Shopping Safety Tips

While most people love this time of year for all sorts of reason from the weather to getting to spend time with family, thieves have different reasons for enjoying the holiday rush. They love the crowded stores and malls because that provides them with plenty of targets and enough chaos to cover their tracks. That is in addition to the shorter days which provide a lot of darkness for them to lurk in. In order to become a more difficult target and avoid being robbed or attacked while shopping, try following these tips.

  • Always lock doors and roll up windows on cars before going into stores.
  • Avoid talking to strangers. Some con-artists work in groups, one distracts the target while the other strikes.
  • Be aware of surroundings as walking to cars. Thieves like to hide behind larger vehicles, or even under your car.
  • Don’t carry too many bags at once, as this makes a person vulnerable.
  • Don’t dress in fancy or attention grabbing clothes while shopping. This can grab a thief’s attention and attract them to you.
  • Have your keys in your hands and ready to unlock your car before leaving the store. This way there is no fumbling to pull them out at the car itself, which makes a person vulnerable.
  • Hide any presents or other expensive items in the trunk so that lurking thieves cannot see them in the car.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable walking to your car, especially at night, ask a security guard or other store employee for an escort.
  • Park in safe areas, preferably under street lights to increase visibility at night. Also try parking close to the storefront to reduce the amount of time spent walking to a car. Avoid parking next to large trucks and vans.
  • Stay alert to what is going on around you.
  • When shopping in the evening or night, always bring a companion with you. There is safety in numbers.
  • Women should not carry purses with them, as these are easier targets for pickpockets. Try to stick to carrying only a single credit/debit card while shopping. This way, no cash can be stolen and only one card has to be canceled if taken.

Online Shopping Safety Tips

With advances in technology, online shopping has become a very large part of the holiday experience. Since online shopping has become so huge, crooks have begun to take advantage of it. In order to avoid falling victim to these people, follow these tips:

  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi in general, but never use it when shopping or banking online.
  • Before filling out private information on an online form, investigate the company/website to ensure that it is trustworthy.
  • If you have fallen victim to an online scam, be sure to close the associated credit card immediately.
  • Learn to spot and avoid email and social media scams, which become more prominent this time of year.
  • Never give out social security numbers online. No online store will ever need that information.
  • Never click on links from unknown sources.
  • Only go to trusted websites by entering the address in the address bar. Avoid clicking links because scammers love to make fake links that lead to their own sites.
  • Only shop on trusted websites, preferably with “https” in front of the address. The “s” signifies that the website is secure, thus making it more trustworthy. Most modern browsers now display a padlock symbol in the address bar next to secure sites.

 Don’t Fall Victim to Crooks

As Christmas draws nearer, more and more people go shopping for gifts for their loved ones. Unfortunately, there are thousands of crooks and other horrible people out there looking to take advantage of holiday shoppers.

So long as a person follows the tips above, they should be able to reduce the chances of getting scammed or robbed this holiday season. Do you have any tips that didn’t make the list above? If so, share them in the comments down below and help out others.

Animal Abuse Now Illegal at the Federal Level

Animal Abuse Now Illegal at the Federal Level

 

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inter hasn’t even officially arrived yet and already California is beginning to see winter weather. This means that all pet owners should get ready to really start taking care of their pets this winter. This is especially true for pets who spend a lot of time outdoors. Failing to do so can get a person into trouble for animal abuse here in California.

On top of that, a new law has been signed into effect at the federal level surrounding animal abuse. This means that if a person abuses an animal, they can face charges at both the state and federal level.

 The PACT Act

Surprisingly, there hasn’t been a federal law that prevents animal cruelty here in the United States until recently. The only thing that came close was the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act that was signed into law back in 2010. That law only made it a crime to abuse an animal if the person filmed it. This law came about in response to a horrible internet trend where small animals were crushed by people stepping on them and then the videos were uploaded online.

This law had an unfortunate loophole that meant people who abused animals but didn’t film the act would not get into trouble, at least at the federal level. Luckily, many states have their own laws about animal abuse that likely covered the issue.

However, this has all changed thanks to a new law recently signed into effect. The Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act was passed through Congress and signed into law by President Trump. Under this new federal law, it is now illegal for a person to purposefully burn, crush, drown, suffocate, impale, or perform any other violent act that causes serious bodily injury to an animal.

If a person is caught breaking this law, they can face federal felony charges, fines, and up to 7 years in prison.

 Animal Abuse in California

Here in California, animal abuse is outlawed by Penal Code (PC) 597. PC 597 is what is known as a wobbler offense, this means it can either be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the facts of the case and the person’s criminal record.

When charged as a misdemeanor, a person faces:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail.
  • A max fine of $20,000.

When charged as a felony, a person faces:

  • 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in state prison.
  • A max fine of $20,000.

Some additional consequences for both levels of the charges can include:

  • Having the animal permanently removed from the abuser’s care.
  • Paying for the housing costs of the animal during the trial.
  • Completing counseling as a part of probation.
  • An extra year added to the sentence if the abuse involved a deadly weapon.

 Take Care of Animals

Animals are living creatures just like humans and they deserve the same care and respect as people. They also deserve the same protections, which is what this new federal law provides. Now, no matter where a person is in the United States, if they abuse an animal, they will face federal charges.

This law comes at a good time of year. With all of the cold weather of winter, pet owners need to take the proper precautions to keep their animal healthy and safe. Failing to do so can get them into legal trouble here in California, and maybe even at the federal level as well.

What do you think of the country’s new animal abuse law? Is it about time, or did we really need this law at all? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

Looking for a 0% Down Bail Bond?

Looking for a 0% Down Bail Bond?

 

The cost of bailing someone out of jail seems to be what scares people most. Most people want to rescue their loved ones from jail, but are afraid they won’t have the money to do so. When people find out that Riverside Bail Bonds provides clients with payment plans, they get excited at the opportunity to rescue a loved one. However, they do wonder how much they will need to pay up front.

How much a client needs to pay for a bail bond, and how much they need to pay upfront, is dependent on how much the bail is. Higher bail amounts means higher bail bond costs, which means bigger initial payments. This means that we won’t know how much the initial payment will be until we know how much the bail is.

Despite that, there is no need to worry. Here at Riverside Bail Bonds, we do everything we can to make bailing someone out of jail and affordable experience. We work with each of our clients to create a payment plan that works with their unique budget. With our help, you will be able to afford to rescue your friend or family member from jail.

What’s more, is we even offer a 0% down payment plan for clients with approved credit. This means that, if approved for this discount, a client doesn’t have to make a payment on the bail bond until a month after their loved one’s release from jail. This can give you some extra time to save up to make that first payment, making it a lot less of a surprise.

Some of the other services we provide for 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

Bailing someone out of jail does not have to be a bank account draining experience. With help from the professionals here at Riverside Bail Bonds, you will be able to afford your loved one’s bail. On top of that, you may even be able to qualify for a 0% down bail bond.

Are you ready to get started? You can get a free consultation at any time by calling (951) 684-4484 or clicking Chat With Us now.

Do You Need a Warrant Check?

Do You Need a Warrant Check?

 

No one ever wants to get arrested, but often times, the arrest comes without warning. It can be difficult for a person to know if a warrant has been issued for an arrest. This is due to the fact that police don’t inform people of their warrant, since if they could reach the person in question, they would just arrest him or her. This makes learning about any warrants difficult.

Luckily, there are people out there who can help. Here at Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona, we provide warrant checks where possible. In the counties where we can’t perform warrant checks, we can inform our clients on how to find out for themselves. What we can do for you depends on where you think the warrant might have been issued.

If a person suspects that a warrant has been issued for their arrest, they can contact one of our bail agents for help. Depending on the county, our bail agents may be able to perform a check to see if a warrant has been issued for your arrest. If we can’t perform a check in that county, then we will happily help you find out for yourself.

If we performed a check and there was a warrant for your arrest, we can help you with that too. We can begin setting up a bail bond before you turn yourself in. this way, once they assign a bail amount, we can finalize the paperwork and post bail quickly. This will shorten your time spent in jail.

This is just one of the services that we can provide for our clients, some of the other services 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

No one likes the feeling that someone is out there looking for them. That is exactly what having a warrant can feel like. Luckily, Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona is here to offer some help. While we can’t perform warrant checks in every county, we will definitely help out in the counties where we can.

To find out what counties we can perform warrant checks in, talk to one of our bail agents for free at (951) 684-4484 or click Chat With Us.

The Difference between Bail Agents and Bail Bondsmen

The Difference between Bail Agents and Bail Bondsmen

 

The bail industry has a lot of different terms that are often confusing for people experiencing bail for the first time. One set of terms that can be particularly confusing is bail agent and bail bondsman. These two terms often leave people wondering which type of bail person they should contact to ensure that they get the best help possible, when it really doesn’t matter.

Even though it may seem like they are different, bail agents and bail bondsmen are the same thing. These are just two different titles for the same job. This makes your task of finding expert bail help easy. Want to know what makes it even easier? Contacting Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona.

Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona is a statewide bail bond company that has helped thousands of Californians since our company’s founding. Let us do the same for you. Our expert bail agents are available to offer their professional assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will always be there to lend you a helping hand.

If you have questions about getting your loved one released from jail, our agents will be more than happy to answer them. We put our bail agents through training every other year to keep them up-to-date on everything bail related. This ensures that you receive the best help in the state. Some of the services we provide for 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

Here at Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona, our goal is to make the bail bond process as simple as possible for our clients. Our bail agents are available 24/7, all over the state of California. Wherever and whenever you need help, we will be there for you. You can count on us.

Do you have questions for a bail agent? Consultations are free, so call (951) 684-4484 or click Chat With Us now.

Typically Broken Laws on Black Friday

Typically Broken Laws on Black Friday

 

Halloween has come and gone, and Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. For some people, this means it is time to get ready for a feast. For others, it is time to prepare for their holiday shopping, and the biggest day for shopping falls on the Friday right after Thanksgiving.

Black Friday is filled with thousands of incredible deals on all kinds of items. If a person is looking to get something expensive, either for themselves or a loved one, Black Friday is typically the day to get that item. There is a pretty good chance it will be heavily marked down.

Unfortunately, all of these amazing deals are limited, and so Black Friday has a tendency to get crazy. Some people will do anything for a good deal, including harming their fellow shoppers, hurting and harassing store employees, and even damaging the store itself. Here in California, doing any of those things can get a person into legal trouble.

 What Laws Are Usually Broken?

Despite the amazing and limited deals that are available on Black Friday, every shopper needs to be on their best behavior. If they cause too much commotion or trouble, they could very easily find themselves in trouble with the law.

The first law that a person can get into trouble with on Black Friday would be Penal Code (PC) 415. This is California’s disturbing the peace law. A person can break this law by doing one of three things:

  • Fighting, or challenging to fight, someone in a public place.
  • Maliciously disturbing a person with unreasonably loud noises.
  • Using offensive words to provoke a fight.

The first and third instances are primarily what can occur during a Black Friday shopping spree.

Next up on the list of crimes a person can commit while Black Friday shopping is assault or battery. For starters, despite how they are often used, California law defines assault and battery differently. Assault is defined by PC 240 as an attempt to use force or violence on someone. Battery is defined by PC 242 as actually using force or violence on a person. If severe injury occurs, then a person faces charges under PC 243.

As far as PC 242 is concerned, actual harm or pain does not need to be caused to the victim. All that matters is that the “attacker” touched the victim in an aggressive or threatening manner.

The last item on the list of possible crimes someone could commit while shopping on Black Friday is vandalism. California PC 594 defines vandalism as maliciously defacing, damaging, or destroying someone else’s property. A person could easily break this law by destroying property within the store.

 The Penalties for Breaking These Laws

Breaking PC 415 can be either an infraction or misdemeanor offense. How the offense is charged typically depends on the facts of the case and the person’s criminal record.

As an infraction, this charge comes with no jail time and a max fine of $250. As a misdemeanor, it comes with:

  • Up to 90 days in county jail.
  • A max fine of $400.
  • Informal probation.

Breaking of PC 240, assault, is a misdemeanor offense. It comes with:

  • Up to 6 months in jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Informal probation.

Battery that does not cause serious injury is a misdemeanor offense under PC 242. This means it comes with the following consequences:

  • Up to 6 months in jail.
  • A max fine of $2,000.
  • Informal probation.

Under PC 243, battery that results in serious injuries can be charged as either a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the facts of the case. As a misdemeanor, a person faces no more than a year in jail. As a felony, a person can face between 2 to 4 years in state prison.

Vandalism can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony under PC 594. How the offense is charged is dependent on whether the amount of the damage was more or less than $400.

If the damage was less than $400, then the offense is charged as a misdemeanor and comes with:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000, unless the person has a previous conviction of vandalism in which case the max fine is $5,000.
  • Informal probation.

If the offense is charged as a felony, a person can face:

  • Up to 3 years in county jail.
  • A max fine of $10,000, unless the total damage was more than $10,000, in which case the max fine can be $50,000.
  • Informal probation.

 Don’t Get Into Trouble This Black Friday

On Black Friday, every shopper is looking to score some good deals. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough deals for everyone to get what they want. This can lead to fighting, which can get a person into a lot of trouble with the law. Nobody wants that, especially around the holidays. That is some extra stress that most people would prefer to avoid.

The important thing to remember is that everyone is just trying to get a good deal like everybody else. Instead of getting in a fight over some object that may or may not be needed, a person should be thankful for what they already have, that is what Thanksgiving was all about.

What do you think about these different laws and how people can get into trouble on Black Friday? Do you go Black Friday shopping, or do you prefer to wait for Cyber Monday? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.