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How Long Does It Take to Rescue Someone from Jail?

How Long Does It Take to Rescue Someone from Jail?

When something bad happens to a friend or family member, you want to rescue them from it as quickly as possible. You never want someone you care about to suffer when you can help them out. That is exactly why when you learned of your loved one’s arrest, you immediately wanted to post his or her bail.

The less time your loved one spends behind bars, the better. They would be better off at home, not stuck in some jail cell. That is why you want to post their bail through Riverside Bail Bonds. We will provide you with an affordable bail bond, and we will help get your loved one out of jail quickly.

Here at Riverside Bail Bonds, we bail people out of jail all over California. Some jails have more workloads than others, which affects how quickly they will release someone from their facilities. This means that depending on the county of arrest, we can have your friend or family member out of jail in anywhere from a few hours to a day.

Whenever you need bail help, you can count on Riverside Bail Bonds to be there for you. Our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that you can get the process of rescuing a loved one from jail started at any time. Someone will always be ready and waiting to help you out. Some of the services that we provide around the clock 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

You can count on Riverside Bail Bonds to help get your loved one out of jail quickly. In some counties, we can have your loved one out of jail in as little as 2 hours, in others, it can take up to a day. No matter how long it takes, know that our bail agents are working tirelessly to help you rescue your loved one from jail as fast as they can.

What are you waiting for? There’s not a moment to lose, call (951) 684-4484 or click Chat With Us now.

How Much Do You Have to Pay Upfront for a Bail Bond?

How Much Do You Have to Pay Upfront for a Bail Bond?

When it comes to paying for expensive things, most people like to know how much they have to pay upfront. This is a reasonable expectation to have, especially when paying for something like bail. When you are bailing someone out of jail, you want to know exactly how much you will need to pay, and how much you will have to pay upfront.

Unfortunately, this isn’t an easy question to answer without first knowing the details of the case. Here at Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona, our bonds only cost 10% of the full bail amount. From there, we provide our clients with personalized payment plans. These plans help divide up the cost of the bail bond even further.

How much a person has to pay upfront is dependent on how much the bail is, the person’s credit, and the credit of any co-signers. All of this plays into how much a person will have to pay upfront for their loved one’s bail bond. A bail agent will be better able to answer that question.

While this question can be tough to answer online, you can rest easy knowing that Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona will do everything in its power to help you out. We try to make the bail process as easy and affordable as possible for all of our clients. Some of the things that we do 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

For affordable bail help, just contact Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona. Our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provide free consultations for anyone who wants them. When you talk to our knowledgeable agents, they will be able to answer questions whenever you need them. You can count on us.

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

Tips for Avoiding Scams Online

Tips for Avoiding Scams Online

 

Most people just want to go about their lives without a worry. They just want to go to work, earn a living, and have enough money to have some fun. Nowadays, a lot of people prefer to have their fun and spend their money online. For the most part this is a safe thing to do, however there are times when things can become problematic.

Just like there are good people, there are bad people too. There are people out there who would rather take advantage of other people’s hard work rather than earn an honest living themselves. These people will run any scam they can think of if it can benefit them. Anyone looking to avoid getting conned needs to know how to recognize scams when they pop up.

 How to Spot Scams

Online scams come in all shapes and sizes, however the goals are ultimately the same: to con someone into giving up something of value. Sometimes the valuable item is money, other times it is personal information. The money is obvious, the personal information allows a crook to steal the victim’s identity. Once they have done that, they can open credit cards and other financial accounts in the victim’s name, spend the money, and leave the victim with the bill.

Obviously, this is the kind of thing that people want to avoid. Unfortunately, since there are so many different scams out there, with new ones springing up every day, it is impossible to know all of them. This means that the best way to avoid a scam is to learn how to identify the warning signs. Some of the signs to look out for include:

  • Always check the website’s address. Before ever putting any personal information into a website, be sure that the address is proceeded by ‘https.’ The ‘s’ is important because it means the site is secure. Most modern browsers also add a padlock symbol in the address bar next to secure sites.
  • Always hang up on robocalls. Report the number that called to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) since these kinds of calls are illegal. Trying to go through the call to get a number removed from the calling list could end up leading to more calls in the future.
  • Always research the company or organization in question. If a person has questions about a certain company and aren’t quite sure if it is legitimate, they should research it. If it is a scam, it will likely have a lot of bad reviews online.
  • Avoid shady links in emails or on social media posts. Scammers like it when people go to their websites, because their sites can let them look into the victim’s computer and gather personal information. They may also have forms to fill out for a service or purchase, but they just use it collect personal information.
  • Contact the company or organization yourself. If a person still has questions about a company, they should contact it manually either through calling the number or messaging the email found on the official website.
  • Don’t blindly trust caller or email ID. Nowadays scammers have the ability to hide their identity and can trick caller ID or email ID into displaying a false name or number.
  • Don’t give into odd payment demands. Scammers like to be paid in ways that make it hard to track the money, such as prepaid cards, gift cards, and money transfers. No honest company or government agency would demand payment with these methods.
  • Don’t pay for things upfront. This is especially true for any kind of prize won. Any legitimate contest would never have someone pay some money or give personal information to claim the prize.

 Don’t Fall for It

There may be a lot of scammers out there with thousands of scams, but luckily they all have warning signs that a person can spot, so long as they know what to look for. Plenty of people online have learned how to recognize scams and are now sharing that information with everyone else online.

Have you ever come across a scam, or been a victim of one? Do you have any tips for avoiding scams that didn’t make it on to this list? If so, share your story and the tips below to help others avoid scams in the future.

Do You Know How Much a Bail Bond Costs?

Do You Know How Much a Bail Bond Costs?

Finding out that a loved one has been arrested is almost always a shock for people. No one ever expects one of their friends or family members to get arrested, and yet that does happen from time to time. This leads people to look into how they can get their loved one out of jail, but they can’t help wonder how much that will cost.

When it comes to bail, the pricing can be all over the place. There are a few different factors that are taken into consideration when assigning a bail amount. This makes it so that even if two people are arrested for the same thing, they may not get assigned the same bail amount. The main factors that are considered by a judge when determining bail include:

  • Crime committed.
  • County of arrest.
  • Person’s criminal record.
  • Likelihood of running away.

A judge will look at all of that to determine how much a person’s bail will be. This makes it difficult to predict how much a person’s bail will be before they have met with a judge. However, it is safe to assume that the bail will cost several thousands of dollars.

When it comes to determining the cost of a bail bond, things are a lot simpler. Here at Riverside Bail Bonds, our bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. As long as we know what your loved one’s bail is, we can tell you how much it will cost to get a bail bond from us. We will even provide you with a payment plan that you can afford and special discounts if you qualify.

Knowing how much a bail will cost before a judge has reviewed the case can be difficult. However, once a bail is assigned, you can rest easy knowing that Riverside Bail Bonds is here to help you afford it.

You can talk to a bail agent for free by calling (951) 684-4484or click Chat With Us now.

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.

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.

Why Was Your Loved One Arrested?

Why Was Your Loved One Arrested?

You never know what a friend or family member could get arrested for. After all, you never really expected a loved one to get arrested at all. Once you learn of a loved one’s arrest, you may not actually know why he or she was arrested. Trying to find that information on your own can be difficult, especially when your loved one can only talk to you for so long.

Luckily, there are professionals who can help you. All you have to do is contact Riverside Bail Bonds in Norco. For over 30 years, we have helped Californians deal with bail and rescue their loved ones from jail. We can do the same for you. We provide all kinds of services for our clients, 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

Once we locate your loved one in the county jail system, which we can do with just their name, birthday, and county of arrest, we can answer all of your questions. We can even tell you why your loved one was arrested in the first place. Once you are satisfied and all of your questions have been answered, then we can begin the bail bond process.

Our expert bail agents have plenty of experience with bail, and so they can guide you through the whole process. With our bail agents helping you, your loved one can be out of jail in as little as 2 hours in some counties. Regardless of how long it takes, our agents will work nonstop to get your loved one out of jail.

No matter how surprising the arrest of a loved one can be for you, there is no reason to panic. Riverside Bail Bonds in Norco has plenty of experience helping people rescue their loved ones from jail. You can count on us to be there for you and to answer any questions that you might have about your loved one’s arrest.

Want to talk to a bail agent for free? Just call (951) 684-4484 or click Chat With Us now.

How Long Do You Have to Post Bail?

How Long Do You Have to Post Bail?

 

When it comes to bailing someone out of jail, there is a lot of mystery. At least, that is what most people assume. Most people don’t have to deal with bail on a day to day basis, so they don’t have a great understanding of how it works. One concern that people often has is how much time they have to post bail.

While everyone wants to get their loved one out of jail as quickly as possible, bail is very expensive. Combine that with how suddenly the need for bail can arise, and most people can’t afford to post bail right away. They need time to save up some money and want to know how much time they have to do that.

Luckily, this is a simple question to answer. You have up until the end of a person’s trial to post bail. Basically, as long as someone has been granted bail, they can be bailed out of jail until they are either found guilty or innocent. From that point on, they are either serving their sentence or have been released.

Of course, the sooner you bail someone out of jail, the less time they spend behind bars. On top of that, it can often be faster to bail someone out of jail when they are still being held at a smaller jail. Once they are transferred to a larger jail, posting bail takes more time since larger jails have more paperwork to process.

This is where Riverside Bail Bonds comes into help. We provide the following services for our clients:

  • 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, we do everything that we can to make posting bail an affordable option for our clients. That is why our bail bonds only cost 10% of the full bail amount. In addition, we provide personalized payment plans for all of our clients and discounts for those who qualify. All of this applies no matter when you decide to post bail.

To learn more about what we can do for you, just call (951) 684-4484or click Chat With Us now.

Illegal Dumping Laws in California

Illegal Dumping Laws in California

Everyone wants to live in a place that looks nice. When a person’s home or city looks nice, they take more pride in it. After all, everyone loves it when something of theirs looks nice. Due to that, people also really hate it when someone else messes up something they care about. Everyone wants their stuff to look nice, and this includes the city in which they live.

Nobody wants to look at piles of garbage on the side of the road, or anywhere else in their city, which is why the act of leaving that garbage there is illegal in California. Anyone caught dumping their trash where they shouldn’t will face legal consequences.

 Penal Code 374.3

Here in California, Penal Code (PC) 374.3 is the law that makes the act of dumping waste products illegal in the state. Under this law, if someone dumps waste in one of the following areas, they are guilty of illegal dumping:

  • On a public or private road.
  • On publicly accessible private property.
  • Private property without the owner’s consent.
  • Public parks.

Basically, this law makes it a crime to dump stuff anywhere but on a person’s own property or in an official dump.

On top of laying out the areas where a person cannot dump trash, PC 374.3 also defines what counts as waste products that can’t be dumped. The law doesn’t only focus on obvious bits of trash, the actual wording makes it a crime to dump waste. It goes on to describe what counts as waste:

  • Asphalt.
  • Cigarettes and cigars.
  • Concrete.
  • Construction materials.
  • Containers.
  • Dead animals.
  • Dirt.
  • Flaming or glowing materials.
  • Papers.
  • Rocks.
  • Trash.

 Penalties of PC 374.3

The breaking of PC 374.3 is an infraction level offense. This means that the consequences do not include any jail time. A person guilty of illegal dumping will face a small fine. The amount of the fine is dependent on how many times the person has been charged with illegal dumping here in California and their criminal record.

  • For a first time offense, a person will face a fine ranging from $250 to $1,000.
  • For a second time offense, a person will face a fine ranging from $500 to $1,500.
  • For a third or any subsequent offense, a person will face a fine ranging from $750 to $3,000.

What’s more, a person can face additional charges for each day the waste remained where it was dumped. This means that the penalties for this offense can increase drastically.

On top of that, fines can be doubled if even a single used tire was included in the dumped waste. The court can also make it so that the convicted individual has to pay for the removal of the waste.

 Commercial Illegal Dumping

PC 374.3 also makes it a crime to illegally dump commercial quantities of waste. This same rules apply as above, except the quantities of the dumped material could only be generated by trade, business, profession, or occupation. If a person, or company, is guilty of commercial illegal dumping, they will face misdemeanor charges that come with up to 6 months in jail and a fine based on how many times the person has been convicted of commercial dumping.

  • For a first time offense, a person will face a fine between $1,000 and $3,000.
  • For a second time offense, a person will face a fine between $3,000 and $6,000.
  • For third and any subsequent offenses, a person faces a fine between $6,000 and $10,000.

 Keeping the City and the State Clean

When a person has any waste that they want to get rid of, they need to take it to an official dump. If they just try to dump it somewhere else to avoid paying a fee, they will end up in trouble with the law. From there, they will end up paying fines that make the dumping fees much more agreeable.

If a person sees dumping activity, they should report it to their local authorities. Even though dumping is a crime across the state, it is handled at the county level. Different counties handle the crime differently, with some caring more than others. Still report the incident so that there is a record of it.

Everyone wants the city they live in to look nice and to not be covered in dirt and trash. This is why the state has outlawed the act of dumping waste wherever a person wants. What do you think of the state’s dumping laws? Are the penalties equal to the crime?

Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

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.

Reckless Driving in California

Reckless Driving in California

 

W ith the millions of people here in California driving every single day, it should come as no surprise that there thousands of car accidents daily. Sometimes the accidents couldn’t be avoided, and other times the accidents are caused by a person driving their vehicle in a dangerous fashion.

What many people fail to realize is that driving recklessly is actually a crime here in the state of California. It becomes even more of a crime when that reckless driving causes an accident and someone gets hurt. In order to keep people safe, and to avoid getting a ticket, drivers need to follow the rules of the road.

 California’s Reckless Driving Laws

Here in California, Vehicle Code (VC) 23103 is the law against reckless driving. This law prohibits a person from driving with wanton disregard for the safety of people and property. This is due to the fact that a person driving recklessly is more likely to cause an accident. That is something no one wants to deal with, so lawmakers tried to discourage that kind of behavior by making it illegal.

All sorts of different acts can be considered reckless driving, ranging from speeding and swerving through traffic, all the way down to eating or applying makeup while driving.

If someone else, other than the driver, is injured in an accident caused by reckless driving, then the driver will get into even more trouble. This is regardless if the reckless driver caused the accident. After all, the whole point of the law is to prevent that from happening in the first palace.

Aside from reckless driving being illegal, the act of recording reckless driving, or even just intending to record reckless driving, is illegal. This is done under VC 40008. This law makes it illegal to record reckless driving for commercial purposes.

 The Penalties for Reckless Driving

VC 23103 is a wobbler offense, meaning that when someone is accused of driving recklessly, they face either misdemeanor or felony charges. The severity of the charges depend on whether or not someone, other than the driver, was seriously hurt or if property was damaged.

If there were no injuries, than the driver faces misdemeanor charges that come with:

  • Up to 90 days in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Misdemeanor probation.

If there were minor injuries to a third party, which can include a passenger in the driver’s vehicle, people in other vehicles, or a pedestrian, then the driver will face misdemeanor charges that come with:

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

If someone suffered any serious injuries, the driver can face either misdemeanor or felony charges. What the driver will face is dependent on how the prosecution goes after the case, or if the driver had a prior conviction for reckless driving, exhibition of speed, or DUI. If charged as a felony, the driver will face:

  • 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in county jail.
  • A max fine of $10,000.

If someone is killed because of the reckless driving, then the driver could face vehicular manslaughter or even second-degree murder charges.

If a person is accused of breaking VC 40008 for recording reckless driving, they will face misdemeanor charges. This comes with:

  • Up to 6 months in county jail.
  • A max fine of $2,500.

However, if a minor was present in the vehicle at the time of the incident, the charges go up to:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail.
  • A max fine of $5,000.

 Drive Safely and Avoid a Ticket

Driving recklessly can be done in all sorts of ways, and it is always dangerous. That is why there is a law against reckless driving. Lawmakers didn’t want anyone to get hurt because a driver didn’t take the time to consider other people.

When driving from one place to another, a driver needs to consider everyone else that they are passing by on the road. Speeding, swerving across lanes, and distracted driving put not only the driver, but everyone else, at risk. One small mistake can lead to an accident with deadly consequences. If that happens, the driver will likely face harsher consequences than just driving recklessly.

What do you think of California’s reckless driving laws? Are they justified, or do their consequences need to be readjusted? Let us know what you think in the comments down below and remember to drive safely.