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California Laws That Just Do Not Make Sense, At All

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Welcome to California where the sun is always golden, the beach is always waving, and the people… are still wondering why it is illegal for a car, without a driver, to exceed 60 miles per hour? By this law alone, then it would be legal for a car, without a driver, to be cruising at a comfortable 45 miles per hour, if it wanted. Folks, California may be the glorious, golden state, but it has more than its fair share of weirdness to it, including many odd and questionable laws.

  • It is illegal to play with a Frisbee at Los Angeles beaches without a lifeguard’s permission. If they ask you to stop playing with a Frisbee,football, or other beach toy, you can actually be fined $1,000. They would ask you to stop out of concern for the safety of other beachgoers, but generally, most beachgoers have the common sense to play ball away from others.
  • Zoot suits are illegal in Los Angeles. This law was introduced in the 1930s; the fabric for zoot suits were expensive and hard to come by during war time, so zoot suits were considered unpatriotic. The law has yet to be abolished, but frankly, the fashionistas have taken care of that today. Zoot suits are totally out of style!
  • In Dana Point, as long as your bathroom window is open, even a crack, you may not use the restroom. You first have to close the window. So, you are just going to have to deal with your own stinky bodily waste. Helpful hint: air fresheners or matches.
  • In order to wear cowboy boots in public, residents in Blythe must actually own at least 2 cows. This is to legitimize the fact that you have cowboy boots because, going back to the fashionistas, cowboy boots are not “in” right now.
  • It is illegal to peel oranges in a hotel room. Why? We are not exactly sure. All we would say is that it is “discriminatory” towards oranges because nowhere does it say it is illegal to peel bananas, kiwis, or avocados in a hotel room.
  • In Pacific Grove, it is illegal to molest butterflies. We will refrain from further commentary on this one.
  • To keep a rhino as a pet in Norco, one must first obtain a $100 license. That’s a pretty good deal if you think about it!
  • In Palm Springs, it is illegal to walk a camel down Palm Canyon Drive between 4 and 6 PM. Perhaps this is to alleviate rush hour commute and give way to the cars and busses?
  • In San Diego, homeowners who keep up Christmas lights past February 2nd will be fined $250. That is not the holiday spirit! If we could, we would make every day Christmas Day!

This is just the tip of the iceberg. You will be able to find plenty of interesting California laws that will keep you scratching your head. Honestly, you can get a bit of a kick by reading them just for fun!

These laws are still technically in effect today, even if they do not make sense just a little. It is unlikely anyone would violate any of these weird laws and 2) actually be arrested for it, but do not say we did not warn you. If you, or someone you know, is arrested, then please contact Riverside Bail Bonds to arrange your bail.

Riverside Bail Bonds can be reached 24/7, online and at 951-684-4484 .

What Happens When an Innocent Person Lands in Jail

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The justice system is not 100% flawless. Unfortunately, there are cases where a convicted person is actually innocent of the crime and was wrongly accused. There are a number of reasons a person can be wrongly accused, which include a lack of evidence, tampered evidence and witnesses, setting another person up for the crime, and an unfair jury selection. However, it is less common today to wrongly convict a person of a crime because DNA technology has advanced. Today, you are more likely to hear about a person finally being freed after being wrongly convicted and imprisoned for a crime that occurred years ago.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), over 200 people have been wrongly convicted of a serious offense like murder and rape since 1989.Most of these cases were racially-charged against African Americans. Since 1973, approximately 130 people have been exonerated and released from prison. The average number of years a wrongly convicted individual spends in prison before they are exonerated is 9.

The person who was wrongly convicted can possibly file suit against the person or party who brought the charges. They can also argue that their civil rights were violated. If they wish to proceed, they will need a lawyer who can help fight for their case in court.

When this wrongfully convicted individual is released, they are given monetary compensation that is meant to cover their bail, attorney fees, lost wages, and more. Money can only repair so much damage, and no matter how much compensation is provided, it will never be enough to make up for all the loses this person experienced. This person will forever live with some degree of damaged reputation and humiliation, even after they have had their name cleared. On top of that, add up all the time they lost while they were fighting for themselves in trial and then in jail. After all the stress and hardship they went through, they cannot completely forget those dark times.

If you or a loved one are ever arrested and you strongly believe that you are being wrongfully arrested and detained, get yourself a good lawyer who can help you fight your case in court. You can also build a stronger case by posting bail, which Riverside Bail Bonds can help with.

We can be reached anytime, both online and at 951-684-4484 .

What is Bail and Who Does it Apply To?

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Bail and bail bonds exist for the purpose of releasing a recently arrested person from jail. This person can then return home, to work, and can get back into as normal of a daily routine as possible. However, they will need to adjust their schedule to accommodate court dates and any other court-mandated appearances like at a counseling session, for example.

Convicted criminals, people who have already been found guilty of the crime and sentenced to prison, cannot be released from jail with a bail or bail bond. Bail only serves those who have yet to be convicted and are eligible to post bail.

A recently arrested individual will learn if they are eligible for bail at their arraignment hearing. The judge will determine eligibility based on the crime this person is accused of, the ties and relationships they have with others in the community, their financial ability to pay for bail, and whether or not they have a prior criminal history.

Bail can be hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on those said factors. Thinking about it, it can seem almost impossible to meet. If someone’s bail is $100 thousand, they would need to come up with the whole $100 thousand before they can be released from jail. This can be in the form of cash, which can take some time to get everything sorted out. What makes this appeasing to some people is that if the defendant shows up for court, the bail money eventually gets returned to them.

An alternative option for posting bail is to use a bail bond. In this option, the defendant only needs to come up with 10% of their bail, which they will pay to the bail bond company in any combination of cash, credit, debit, and checks, over a payment plan. This 10% premium is not refunded since it is payment for the bail agent’s services. They may also need to pledge collateral, but this can and will be released back to them as long as they show up for court. Since this is a more flexible option for bail, many people prefer to post bail with a bail bond.

If you would like more information on bail and bail bonds, please contact the team at Riverside Bail Bonds, one of California’s most reliable bail bond companies.

This company can be reached anytime online, or at 951-684-4484 .

A Look at Some of the Most Expensive Bails in United States History

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A few weeks ago, a Northern California woman named Tiffany Li had posted the country’s 8th highest bail in the U.S.’s state court history. Li, accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend and father to her two young children, was given a $35 million bail. She posted twice that amount in property. The equity in these properties comes from her family and business associates.Her family is rich and powerful in China, so meeting the bail requirements was hardly a struggle for Li. The $70 million in equity was reviewed and everything checked out properly, granting Li her release from custody.

As mentioned, this is an extremely expensive bail. Let us take a look at some even more expensive bails from the past.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenning Ma– $100 million and $75 million, respectively
Kenning Ma and his wife were accused of fraud. They sold vehicles without ever having the proper smog certificates. Kenning Ma’s bail was set at $100 million while hers was $75 million. Both were eventually found guilty.

Julius Meinl– $133 million
At the time of his arrest, Julius Meinl was a British billionaire. He had undisclosed share buybacks that were linked to his European Land Company. He paid his $133 million bail.

Michael Milken– $250 million
1989 saw a very high profile Wall Street case. Michael Milken was at the center of it all, being accused on 98 counts of fraud and racketeering. His bail was set at $250 million and eventually, he was found guilty.

Not everyone’s bail is going to be in the millions. The more serious the crime(s), and the more they are considered a flight risk, the higher the bail will be. Having a prior criminal history will also be a reason for an inflated bail. Nonetheless, bail, no matter the amount, is going to be pricey since it is an unexpected cost that no one ever wants to pay, or is financially prepared to pay.

In case you, or someone you know, is ever in the situation of needing to pay a bail, then you can alleviate financial stress by using a bail bond instead of just cash bail. Cash bail means you would pay 100% of the bail up front before the defendant is released. With a bail bond, you would only pay 10% of the full bail amount, and you would have a payment plan to work with. Riverside Bail Bonds is a great bail bond company to work with.

For a free consultation, contact us at 951-684-4484 or go online.

A Mother’s Day Miracle: The Whole Family Together

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All any mother wants on Mother’s Day is to spend the day with her family. She does not get a full family day like this very often anymore. Her children are older now. They may be away for college, or live and work in another state. They may even have their own little families to raise. In some rare cases, someone in the family may be in police custody for committing a crime. Getting everyone together can be a challenge in so many ways. Nonetheless, a mother deserves her special day, so the family will do everything they can to see that everyone is present. That includes bailing out the one who is in jail.

Bailing a person out of jail does not need to be as complicated and stressful as you might think. It is not going to be as easy as going for a picnic, but it will not make you lose all of your sleep, or your whole life savings. To get the best bail experience, contact Riverside Bail Bonds.

Riverside Bail Bonds is a top bail bond company in California. We will issue you a bail bond that costs 10% of the full bail amount. If the bail is $50,000, then the bail bond premium costs $5,000. The family will then be set up on a custom payment plan so they can pay this $5,000 in smaller increments with cash, credit, debit, and checks. Once all the details are laid out and the paperwork is finalized, the paperwork will be transferred to the jail for processing. After that, your loved one will be free to return home.

The time it takes between learning the bail amount, and signing the paperwork, can be a few hours. It may feel like forever, but in hindsight, it is actually pretty quick. If you were trying to bail your loved one out of jail without using a bail bond or a professional bail agent to assist you, you would be going the cash bail route.This method is more time consuming, stressful, and expensive for the majority of people.

Save yourself the trouble and headache and contact Riverside Bail Bonds for a free bail bond consultation. Agents at Riverside Bail Bonds are very much aware that you and your loved one’s time and money is valuable. They will kindly get you all the information you need as quickly as possible.

We will help you get your loved one home for Mother’s Day!

Riverside Bail Bonds is available 24/7 and representatives can be contacted online or at 951-684-4484 .

What Are California’s Gun Laws?

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It has been 15 months since the December 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino, California, yet the community has not quite recovered from the horrific loss. Just recently, they were struck with another tragedy: a shooting at an elementary school that left 2 adults and 1 eight-year-old child dead. With the nation watching on social media, discussion about California’s gun laws began immediately. Many pointed out that California’s gun regulations are relatively strict compared to other states.

  • All guns must be purchased through a licensed dealer.
  • All purchasers must register their ID and fingerprints with the state.
  • All purchasers must pass a universal background check and a written test to obtain a five year firearm safety certificate.
  • It is illegal to sell or purchase .50 caliber rifles and assault weapons, such as semi-automatic firearms. It is also illegal to sell or purchase magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
  • There is a 10 day waiting period for the potential gun owner to receive the gun; this gives law enforcement time to conduct their background check.
  • All guns must be microstamped when they are sold. This means that each gun has a unique serial number that is transferred to each cartridge case when it is fired. At crime scenes, detectives can use this serial number and trace the bullet back to the proper gun and owner.
  • A person must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a rifle or a shotgun.
  • To purchase a handgun, a person must be at least 21 years of age.
  • It is illegal to purchase more than 1 handgun per month.
  • If a person has lost their gun or has had it stolen, they must report this to the police within 5 days.
  • Lending guns to anyone outside of immediate family is illegal.
  • Guns must be securely stored at home, out of view of other people and out of reach of children. Ideally, the stored gun should not be loaded.
  • When left in an unattended vehicle, a gun must be stored in a locked container or locked trunk.
  • A person must pass a background check each time they wish to purchase ammunition.

There are many more gun laws in California, and the list will continue to change and grow. Gun control is always a hot debate, but ultimately, the goal is to protect the people and keep them safe. It is a matter of figuring out the best laws and solutions to achieve this and keeping crime and danger at bay.

What You Need to Know About Being a Bail Bond Co-Signer

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When a legal document needs a co-signer, it means it needs an additional person to cover the debt in case the first person, cannot make good on their payments and promises. Co-signers are not uncommon for major purchases like cars, homes, loans, and even bail bonds.

A co-signer will generally have a good credit history with an established income. In case they actually do need to pay the debt of the first person, they can do so without trouble. As you can imagine, agreeing to be a person’s co-signer comes with some risk.

For example, say John Doe was arrested and put into jail. He is allowed to post bail, which is set at $100,000. He decides to post this bail using a bail bond. He will now have to pay 10% of the $100,000. He has time to pay this all off, since he and the bail bond company agreed on a payment plan. He also promises to show up for his court date.

The bail bond company requires John Doe to have a co-signer on his bail bond, in case John Doe fails to make his bail bond payments. This co-signer will then be responsible for making the payments. The co-signer will also be responsible for making sure John appears for court.

Before making the commitment to be a co-signer, many things need to be taken into consideration, such as financial stability, how stable of a relationship the potential co-signer holds with the other person, and how honest this other person is.

If you would like more information about being a bail bond co-signer, please contact Riverside Bail Bonds online or at 951-684-4484 .

Bring Your Loved One Home to Mom for Mother’s Day

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The ultimate Mother’s Day gift you can ever give to Mom would be the presence of a loved one whom she believes is stuck in jail. It is a gift that could change her mood from stressed and that her loved one is in jail, to being filled with joy and relief that this person is now in her arms.

Let us say that it is your brother who is in jail. With it being so close to Mother’s Day and knowing that his bail costs thousands of dollars, your mother believes that he will not be bailed out of jail in time. Getting the money for bail, and the process itself, will take more days that you all would like.

What your mother does not know, is that bail does not necessarily have to be that expensive or take that long to take care of. You take it upon yourself to handle everything so she does not have to. Your first order of business is calling Riverside Bail Bonds.

Riverside Bail Bonds is a critical component to an affordable, fast, and successful bail experience is because this highly recommended California bail bond company does all the work for a fraction of the cost. A bail bond will cost only 10% of the full bail amount, and it is paid off on a custom payment plan that is tailored to the financial needs of the family and friends. Approvals are made over the phone and your loved one can be released within a few hours. Riverside Bail Bonds is a family owned company, and we treat all clients as if they were a member of our own family. Plus, your Riverside Bail Bonds agent will be available to you throughout the entire process, making it as stress free as possible.

Surprise Mom for Mother’s Day and show up with your brother right by your side. Even though she will not hesitate to do so, she should not have to take on the burden of the whole situation. This is her day, and it is your turn to do something for her. You can turn this sour situation into a joyful one, just contact Riverside Bail Bonds for help.

Available 24/7, Riverside Bail Bonds can be reached online or at 951-684-4484 .

The Fast and the Furious is Cool, but Street Racing is Illegal

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The eighth installment of the popular street racing franchise The Fast and the Furious is finally out in theaters. The movies are entertaining to watch, guilty pleasure or not, but what you see on the big screen is not what you should see in real life on the streets. Street racing, technically documented as Speed Contest, is illegal in California.

A speed contest, street racing, or drag racing, is an illegal exhibition when two or more vehicles race against each other on public streets and highways. In many cases, a clock is used to record the times. Such an activity threatens the safety of the public, not to mention the very drivers in those cars. These street races differ from official and legal car races such as those held by NASCAR.

Obviously, the drivers involved in street racing are violating the law, but spectators can also be cited. Consequences of street racing include:

  • Arrest
  • Vehicle is impounded for up to 30 days
  • Up to 3 months in jail
  • Up to a $1,000 fine
  • Car insurance increases or in some cases, canceled

When a street race goes horribly wrong and there has been a fatality, the people who are arrested face heightened consequences, both financially and emotionally. They could be looking at medical bills, a totaled car, and a more serious criminal charge like felony reckless driving.This results in a longer prison sentence, if convicted.

Leave the street racing to the movie makers and special effects masters in the film industry. Remember that a car can be a deadly weapon, especially if the driver is being irresponsible and driving recklessly. Accidents happen enough as it is, there is no need to increase that risk by getting involved in illegal street racing. So, just be responsible and drive safely!

California’s Sanctuary Cities

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Los Angeles is among California’s self-proclaimed sanctuary cities. There is no formal definition of a sanctuary city, but in general, it is one that vows to protect its immigrants from deportation. In the United States, there are an upwards of 300 sanctuary cities. Some tips for immigrants would be:

  • Make copies of your visas and green cards. Keep a copy safe at home, give copies to trusted loved ones, and carry a copy on you at all times.
  • If you are stopped by the police, you do not need to reveal your immigration status.
  • If you are arrested, you have the right to remain silent, the right to bail, and the right to a lawyer.
  • Your arrest does not prompt an automatic deportation. You actually have people fighting for you: family, friends, strangers, and non-profit groups.
  • You can get your child enrolled in school, or you can secure health care, for instance. These are a few things the local government in sanctuary cities want to do to help.
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President Trump’s recent immigration ban, has millions of people worrying, and millions of people fighting against. If you are an immigrant, or you know someone who is, know that you are not alone. You have loved ones and so many strangers on your side.

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.