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While we always tries to make plans, life has a way of messing those plans up. Sometimes this is done in little ways, like leaving your cell phone someplace and having to go back for it. Then there are the times when life throws a real curveball your way. This could be something like getting a flat tire, or a family member getting arrested.

When you first learn of the arrest, you don’t know what to do. You want to help, but you don’t know how. You’ve heard of bail before, but you now realize that it was never actually explained to you. Not once in school, or anywhere else, was bail taught to you. The only reason you know about it is due to television.

Well, luckily for you, you’ve stumbled on to Riverside Bail Bonds. We are a bail bond company that has been assisting Californians with bail for over 30 years. We know everything there is to know about bail, and will be more than happy to share this information with you.

Bail is a simple concept. It is the idea of exchanging an assigned amount of money in return for someone’s freedom. It also comes with a promise that the person released from jail will return for all of their court dates. If that is accomplished, the money will be returned to the person at the end of the trial. The problem lies in the fact that bail needs to be expensive to ensure that the person paying it actually returns to court so they can get their money back in the end. If the amount was too small, they wouldn’t care if they didn’t get it back, and would never return to court.

Another problem with bail, is the fact that it has to be paid in cash, all at once. Bail itself cannot be paid off with a payment plan, and due to the typically large cost, most people cannot afford to post bail. This is where bail bonds come into play.

A bail bond is an agreement between a bail agent and a client. The bail agent agrees to pay the full amount of the bail for the client. In return, the client only has to pay 10% of the bail amount to the agent. The 10% is considered payment for the bail agent’s services and is not returned at the end of the person’s trial. However, unlike when paying for bail, a bail bond can be paid off with a payment plan, thus making it even more affordable.

Now that you have a basic understanding of how bail works, you know how you will need to proceed in order to help get your family member out of jail. You know that you want to contact a bail agent in order to reduce the amount of money that is needed to post bail. The best way to get in touch with a professional bail agent is to contact Riverside Bail Bonds. our agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be found all over the state of California.

If you need bail help, click Chat With Us or call 951-684-4484 now for a free consultation.

California’s 2018 Minimum Wage

California’s 2018 Minimum Wage

Well, it’s the start of a new year, and for Californians that means another increase in the state’s minimum wage. This increase was brought on by Governor Brown’s signing of SB 3 back in 2016. The bill made it so that at the start of each new year, the minimum wage would increase slightly until it reached $15 per hour in 2022.

This year, the minimum wage increases to $11 an hour for all companies that have 26 or more employees. Companies that have 25 or less employees have a minimum wage of $10.50 an hour. The reason for the pay difference between these two companies is that the smaller ones will likely have a harder time being able to afford the pay increase for their employees. This is why the state of California has given smaller companies an extra year to reach the goal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

While this pay increase is nice for many people out there, it has many business owners concerned. There are many companies out there that simply cannot afford to pay these kinds of wages, which is leading them toward automation, downsizing, or even going out of business. Many fast food companies are considering using kiosks instead of cashiers to take orders, thus reducing the amount of money they need to pay for labor.

At least now some people will actually be able to make a living wage working at their job, so long as the company can afford to pay it. This should be a good thing for many Californians, but only time will tell if that will be true.

What is Love?

What is Love

We, as a society, are obsessed with love. Love is everything, and is connected to the meaning of life, yet how do we define it? Places all over the world have different descriptions for it. Even in languages there are different meanings for the simple word.

According to Google, love is an intense feeling of deep affection or is when you feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment. With this broad definition, it’s no wonder that so many people are confused about what love is. The Greeks have several different types of love that help define the feeling. According to Psychology Today these types of love are:

  • Eros – Sexual love
  • Philia – Friendship love
  • Storge – Family love
  • Agape – Universal love
  • Ludus – Playful/Uncommitted love
  • Pragma – Practical love
  • Philautia – Self love

In the Spanish language there are also two types of love. You can either say “teamo” or “tequiero” both say, “I love you”, however they hold different meanings. According to English to Spanish Raleigh, a translation service, “tequiero” would be a love that you have for your best friend. “Teamo” would be appropriate to use towards your spouse or family.

Across the world in different languages we try to describe love in many ways. We say, “I love you” in thousands of ways. Our obsession with finding love has driven us to do incredible things. With all of us looking for love, it’s crazy to think that every person’s love is completely different from one another.

Dating Apps Influence

Dating Apps Influence

In today’s modern and fast paced world it makes sense that we’ve started online dating and using dating apps. We used to write love letters, now we write witty text messages. Dating apps help get us out there. They’re a great way to let the digital world know that you’re ready to mingle. Unfortunately, dating apps seem to have lessened the meaning of a relationship since we can easily swipe right on to the next person.

We live in the age where it’s not embarrassing to have an online dating profile. It’s normal for a person to have multiple profiles across different sites. There is a dating app for just about any diverse groups. For example, if you like to smoke marijuana, there’s a dating app for that. As well as if your diet is gluten free, there’s a specific dating app for you as well. The possibilities are endless.

Vanity Fair released an article titled “Tinder and the Dawn of the ‘Dating Apocalypse’” which discussed the influence dating apps have on relationships. We’re in a “hook-up culture” according to the article. The use of these apps could be just for sex, or to actually find love. These apps make it as if you’re “basically ordering a person.” With these apps we’re also experiencing a whole other level of superficiality.

Dating Apps typically have the setup of either swipe left for no, or swipe yes to be matched. All you get to see of a person is a short bio and maybe three pictures. That’s all you get when you have to decide whether or not you want to be matched with someone. If you are matched, when the person you swiped right on swiped right on your picture too, you are then allowed to have an actual conversation with them. You can match with several hundred people, all based on looks.

Dating apps have created the ideal world for short-term relationships. The dating game has changed all because the accessibility to it that we have at our finger tips.

What is Idling and What does it have to do with Cars?

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The coldest days are behind us for the year here in Southern California, but Northern California is still colder and the North-East is still getting snow. It sure would be nice to go from a warm home into a warm car so we do not endure the cold weather too long, or at all. Unfortunately, it is not that easy. Rather, it is not exactly legal here in California and much of the United States. By this, we mean that it is illegal to warm up a vehicle, and then get into it once it is nice and toasty.

Turning on the car to get it warm before you get in and drive off is called idling and it is actually a misdemeanor charge here in California that can give you a fine. There is actually a “grace period” or maximum idling time allowed in California and that is 5 minutes. Anything beyond that is where it becomes 100% illegal.

There are some exemptions to this 5 minute idling time, including, but not limited to:

  • It is okay to leave a bus idling if passengers are on board.
  • A bus driver can warm up the vehicle for 10 minutes before beginning to board the first group of passengers.
  • Emergency vehicles are not required to obey the 5 minute idling period.
  • Mechanics can keep the vehicle running if they need to inspect and/ or repair.

A person who disobeys the idling laws here in California and is caught doing so will be given a minimum fine of $300. Subsequent charges will increase the fine anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000.

All other states that have idling laws have different amounts of maximum idling time for a vehicle, like 30 minutes or just 3 minutes. Their fines are also different. Across the board, idling is either illegal or frowned upon because of the potential accidents and the extra air pollution, among other reasons.

Californians are urged to avoid idling their vehicles as much as possible. If you really cannot tough it out you have 5 minutes to warm up your car,and only 5 minutes.

Unpaid Parking Tickets Could be Your Ticket to Jail

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Paying a parking ticket a few days late is one thing, but it is another thing to let a bunch of unpaid parking and traffic violation tickets stack up. If you think the DMV and parking enforcement forgot about your unpaid, overdue parking ticket, you are wrong. They are waiting for you to pay it off and if you do not, you may be ordered to appear in court to pay what you owe. If you do not show up, the court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. There is no telling how long it will take for this to happen. It could be weeks,months, or even a year or two after that overdue parking ticket was issued. Just when someone has stopped worrying about that unpaid parking ticket, it will come back to haunt them.

On top of that, the amount you owe for those unpaid tickets will increase for being late, your car can be booted or impounded, your license can be suspended, and your insurance costs can go up. So what was initially a $60 or so parking ticket has now increased to hundreds. It will keep increasing the longer you put off paying that ticket. On top of that, you will be inconvenienced even more because you will need to take extra time to deal with the court, the police, the DMV, the impound lot, and your insurance.

Here is something else to think about: parking tickets do not appear on permanent records,but arrests do.

So next time you get a parking ticket, just pay it off! Why wait? Better yet,read the posted signs, and keep an eye on your watch and the parking meter.

California has Gun Storage Laws

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California sets specific rules and laws for gun owners and how their guns are to be stored at home.They cannot just be left lying around! You would think this is common sense, but you would be surprised at how negligent some gun owners can be.

If gun owners to do not comply with the proper gun storage laws, they can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony if there are minors living in the home with them. Guns that are poorly stored can fall into the wrong hands, like a young child who reaches for the weapon and accidentally fires it. You have probably heard about real-life incidents such as this in the news at some point, whether or not it was a case that occurred in California or another state.

If a parent stores their loaded firearm in an unlocked drawer that their child can reach, they can be charged by the police.However, if the parent has that drawer locked, then it is less likely they will be charged because they have taken the proper steps and precaution to keep it inaccessible to the child.

The best way to store a gun at home is to keep it in a safe that remains locked at all times. There are actually lock boxes and safes that are specifically designed to store guns. In addition, guns should be stored unloaded, and guns and ammunition should be stored separately.

You can never be too careful with gun storage and children. Children are naturally curious and depending on their age, they may not know that a gun is a dangerous weapon. If you are a gun owner, do not give way for chance at a tragic accident. You could face fines and jail time, but you could also face injury or death of yourself, your child, or anyone else.That is a consequence you wouldhave to live with forever.

New Laws For 2017

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Every January 1st, a whole bunch of new laws go into effect in California. The new laws this year include the following:

  • Minimum wage: any business that employs 26 or more people will be raising their minimum wages to $10.50,up $0.50 per hour. By 2022, it will be $15.
  • Gun laws: anyone who previously owned magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are required to surrender them.Anyone who wishes to purchase ammunition must pass a background check each time.Just like civilians, law enforcement officers are required to securely store their handguns in a lockbox out of plain view.
  • Cell phone use while driving: any app usage on a cell phone is prohibited while driving. The current law references texting only, but the new law expands to include GPS mapping, and social media.
  • Epipens: Epipens may be stocked at businesses, colleges, and other private venues that have a plan in place to use them for individuals who need them at a moment’s notice.

There are many other laws that have gone into effect January 1, 2017, not just those above.

When Search Warrants Are and Are Not Warranted

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A search warrant is a court-order that allows the police to search specific property and items. Sometimes the police do not need a warrant,other times, they do. On those other times, the police will want to conduct the search, but not bring a warrant with them because they have yet to obtain it. The owners of the property may not be aware that they can deny the police the search until they return with the warrant. When the police do have a warrant, the property owner may not know what the warrant is for,so to help protect yourself, here is some information to know:

  • The police must have probable cause of criminal activity in order to get a search warrant.
  • The warrant will list the items and areas that can be searched. Anything not on the list cannot be searched. For example, if the warrant specifies a home’s living room, the police cannot search and seize anything they find in the bedroom.
  • The police can seize items they come across during their search that are not on the search warrant. For example, if they are searching the living room and unexpectedly find a gun hidden under the couch, they can take that.
  • The police may only search a person if that person is listed on the warrant. They cannot search others even if they are present at the time unless they have independent probable cause.
  • If the police do not have a warrant, they can still conduct a search only if the person allows it. The person can limit the search by agreeing “yes to searching this” or “no to searching that.” This is usually valid for court.
  • The police can seize items that are displayed in plain view. For example, if the police pull a person over and see an open bottle of alcohol in the back seat, they can seize it,and arrest the driver.
  • If the police arrest a person, they already have the right to search the arrestee and the surrounding area.
  • If the public is genuinely in danger and/ or critical evidence will be lost in the time it takes to acquire a warrant, the police can carry out a search without that warrant.
  • In stop and frisk situations, the police can seize items (like weapons) from that person who is suspected of criminal activity.

The lines may still appear blurred for when police do or do not need a warrant, or for when a person can and cannot deny a search. So we recommend doing extra research or talking with a lawyer.

New Voting Laws in California

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You might have thought the talk of elections and voting had ceased for awhile, but January 1, 2017 saw the start of a handful of new voting-related laws in California. Here they are:

1. Californians with low-level felony convictions now have the right to vote. One of the main reasons behind the passing of this new law is the note that many such felons serve their time outside of prison because California prisons are overcrowded.

2. Voters can now mail in their ballots at any county elections office in the state of California, not just the county who issued the ballot, making it easier to vote for many people.

3. Californians may register to vote on Election Day.Previously, registration would close 2 weeks before Election Day. If registering to vote on the day of the election, the voter has a conditional voter registration,meaning it will first be verified that they are eligible to vote before their vote is officially counted.

4. It is no longer illegal to snap a selfie of you and your ballot and then posting it on social media. There was definitely quite a bit of debate on this in the presidential election.

Aside from new voting laws, there are a slew of other new laws in California, including laws regarding guns and employment. Be sure to read up on them, it could help.

Make a Habit of Saving Money

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Saving money is an extremely good habit to have. Hopefully those savings will not need to be touched and can be put to things you are actually saving for like buying a home.However, when an emergency calls, you will at least have some money available. Here are some ways to save a little more money that individually are small, but collectively, can sum up to something quite large.

  • Dine out at restaurants less and cook dinner at home more. Think about this: a plate of pasta (good for 1 person) at a restaurant can cost $15-$20, average. But cooking a pound of pasta (good to feed 3-4 people) at home can cost you around $10.
  • Make grocery lists before going to the store by planning your meals. People who shop without a list tend to make more spontaneous purchases.
  • If you donot really watch television, or know that you can catch all your favorites online, cancel your TV service. Sign up for Netflix or Hulu instead.
  • Cancel your gym membership and workout at home or outdoors.
  • You know how you are already splitting your check into percentages: savings, needs, leisure? Take 1% or 2% more from your leisure and put it towards savings.

There are so many ways, big and small, that can help you save money. Trust us, it is a smart habit and though we hope you will never need it for emergencies, you will be glad it is there in case you do.

Post Bail and Celebrate the New Year

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Ringing in the New Year is not the same when you know a friend or family member of yours is missing out. Knowing that this loved one of yours is sitting depressed and alone in jail can spoil not only their fun, but yours as well.You would do anything you could to help get them out of jail. Thankfully, there is something you can do: solicit the help of Riverside Bail Bonds.

Riverside Bail Bonds serves all of California with their bail bond needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With 30 years of industry experience, our family-owned company has grown to welcome dozens of licensed and professional bail agents and representatives. Our employees treat each client as if they are a member of their own family.You are promised fast, confidential, genuine care and concern, on top of that affordable bail bond and customized payment plan.

Contact Riverside Bail Bonds to take care of all your bail bond needs, including getting your loved one bailed out of jail in time for the New Year’s celebrations.

We can be reached online, or at 951-684-4484 .