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Fines for Misusing Your Drone

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Drone flying can be fun, and can be used to get some great aerial footage, but drones are not toys. Anyone who flies a drone must do so within the rules and regulations set by the FAA. Even if a person is not intentionally flying their drone in violation of the restrictions, it is no excuse. Not knowing the rules will not prevent you from needing to fines that are around a few hundred to thousands of dollars.

Tuscaloosa, AL, November 2015
Gregory Taylor was flying his drone over the Bryant Denny Football stadium during tailgating when it hit a pedestrian. He turned himself in and was fined $1,100.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 2015
Two drones collided in midair and crashed into the ocean. Both Marcos Plaja-Ferreira and Alberto Haber-flores were each fined $1,100 because of damage to a nearby hotel.

Manhattan, New York, July 2014
A police helicopter chased after a drone that was flying too close to the George Washington Bridge. The NYPD initially reported that the helicopter had to perform evasive maneuvers to avoid colliding with the drone but as it turns out, they embellished this story. As a result, the drone operator, Remy Castro, had his $1,600 fine reduced to $800.

Manhattan, New York, September 2013
David Zablidowski, the first person to ever be fined for flying a drone, flew his drone into several buildings. He was fined $2,200 but his case was settled for $400.

Washington DC, May 2015
It is illegal to fly drones within 30 miles of DC, unless the person has special permission from the government. Damian Dizard and Monica Singleton did not have special permission when they flew their drone within the restricted area. They were fined $3,300 each.

Owning and operating a private or commercial drone requires maturity to do so within the laws. If you, or someone you know, owns a drone, make sure you are well red with what is and is not allowed. You definitely do not want to get police attention, or be fined a few thousand dollars.

Why Should You Choose Riverside Bail Bonds?

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Whether it is 2 pm on a Wednesday, or 3 AM on a Saturday, you can count on the team at Riverside Bail Bonds for all of your bail bond needs. Riverside Bail Bonds knows that people need their help at even the oddest hours of the day, so that is why they never close. Police do not close down after 6 PM; they often make arrests late at night and in the early hours of the morning. Likewise, Riverside Bail Bonds does not close down.Riverside Bail Bonds is available 24/7, state-wide in California, to help out anyone and everyone.

In addition to being available at all hours of the day, Riverside Bail Bonds will provide each client with a custom bail bond payment schedule. With this schedule, the defendant and their loved ones will end up paying 10% of the full bail amount. This means that if the defendant’s bail is $30,000, then the amount they end up paying to Riverside Bail Bonds is only $3,000.

Riverside Bail Bonds promises quick and confidential service. They understand that time really is of the essence. Just like you, they want nothing more than to bail your loved one out of jail as soon as possible. This is why in many cases, bail bond approvals can be made over the phone, speeding up the process to get the paperwork cleared. In the instance that the bail bond representative needs to meet with the loved ones in person, the bail agent will travel to the client.This way, the client has one less thing to worry about. Even one less thing to worry about can make a big difference in the client’s stress levels and attitude.

If you ever need a bail bond for yourself or a loved one, consider the team at Riverside Bail Bonds. They have 30 years of experience in the industry and a great track record of bailing people out of jail affordably and quickly. There is no wonder why so many former clients of theirs highly recommend their services to others in need.

Learn more about how Riverside Bail Bonds can work with you by chatting with a representative online, or by calling 951-684-4484 .

Is Jail Part of Your Summer Plans?

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Hopefully, you won’t be spending any time behind bars this year. The year may be almost by half over, but summer is just beginning. We are willing to bet that you have got some travel plans in the works, and most definitely, a lot of partying plans. That is the recipe for a great, memorable summer, and we hope it turns out that way.

Getting arrested would definitely make it a memorable summer, but we hope it won’t end up being a part of your summer. Trust us, getting arrested might be a cool story, but it is quite a pain to deal with. You sit in jail for hours, then you pay off your bail bond and spend the next few months going in and out of the courtroom. You probably miss some work days, and you definitely miss your freedom and time that could be spent with loved ones. It winds up costing quite a bit.

Whatever your plans are for the summer, we just ask that you stay safe, responsible, and smart. Do not do anything stupid or get caught up in an argument. You may know how to handle yourself, but you can never know what another person might do.

If you, or a friend, do end up needing a bail bond, Riverside Bail Bonds will be there to help get you out. We are available to assist you at any time of the day, any day of the year.

Get an Riverside Bail Bonds team member on your side by chatting online or calling 951-684-4484 .

Celebrities Have to Pay for Bail Too

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Celebrities are frequently given the red carpet treatment almost anywhere they go,for almost everything they do. They get special VIP access and treatment that the public never gets to experience. For all the glitz and glam, it sure seems beneficial to have a well-known name and face.

Occasionally, celebrities do not get special treatment.In fact, having star-status brings them more attention than they want. For example, being a celebrity and having a run-in with the law. Celebrities do not get away if they break the law. Just like any other person who broke the law, a celebrity must face the same legal proceedings and possible consequences as everyone else. If a celebrity wants to get out of jail for their trial, they must post bailusing one of the same methods available to everybody: cash bail or a bail bond. This shows that the law is not too easily forgiving to people with lots of money and fame.

Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriot, former New England Patriot
You have probably heard Hernandez’s name in the media over the last couple of years, and even more in recent weeks. Hernandez was indicted in 2012 for murder. Earlier this year, he was acquitted for a second murder charge on a separate case. Just a week after his acquittal, Hernandez committed suicide. Bail was denied for Hernandez.

Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr., former CEO of Death Row Records
Knight’s bail was set at $2 million for his direct involvement of a fatal hit and run.

Lindsay Lohan, actress
Lohan is no stranger to jail. In 2007, her bail was set at $300,000 because of reckless driving, DUIs, theft, and more. With the help of her bail agent, she paid only $75,000 and was released.

Katt Williams, comedian
William’s bail was set at $40,000 in 2011 for burglary. He committed to pay only a portion of it with the help of his bail agent.However, he failed to make good on his payments andso he was arrested again. His second bail, $10,000, was one he had to pay all on his own.

It can be easy to think that posting bail would be no problem for celebrities because they have the funds to pay it without hassle. Yet, even celebrities choose to post bail with a bail bond because it is more affordable overall. As evidenced, some celebrities neglect to keep up with their payments. Celebrities are not perfect, and they definitely do not have it easy. When it comes to dealing with the law, they are just like any other person.

If you are ever in need of a bail bond for yourself or a loved one, Riverside Bail Bonds can help you out.

We provide free consultations and can be reached anytime both online and at 951-684-4484 .

Bail Amounts for Common Offenses

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In order to be released from jail, a person must meet certain “requirements.” This includes:

1. Having not yet been convicted of the crime.
2. Having solid, reliable relationships with others in the community. This shows that the defendant is likely to appear for court and less likely to flee.
3. Not appearing as a threat to the public.
4. Having little to no prior criminal history.
5. Being accused of a crime that is neither serious nor violent.
6. Being granted bail.

How much bail is will really depend on a case by case basis. Understandably, the more serious the crime was, the more expensive the bail will be. Additionally, if the defendant is a repeat offender, they are more likely to have a higher bail than a person who is a first time offender. Bail can range from a few hundred to thousands; in more high profile cases, bail can be hundreds of thousands to millions.

Luckily, the majority of people who are granted bail are not going to face that million dollar price mark. Here are some common crimes and the average bail for the charges:

  • Driving when the license has been suspended or revoked: $1,000+ for a first offense, $5,000+ for repeat offenses.
  • Fleeing the scene of a hit and run, and another person was injured or killed: $10,000+.
  • DUI: $5,000 for a first offense
  • Speeding and racing with other drivers: $10.000+
  • Violating a restraining order: $50,000
  • Possession of illegal drugs: $30,000 if possession is up to 1 kilogram. Bail increases if there are more drugs in possession.
  • Robbery: $50,000+
  • Assault with a deadly weapon: $100,000

Bail bond companies like Riverside Bail Bonds work with defendants and their families to lower the amount they pay for bail. To clarify, bail bond companies cannot get the official bail lowered, instead, they provide defendants with payment plans whose payments sum up to 10% of the full bail.

If you have questions or would like a free consultation, please contact Riverside Bail Bonds online or at 951-684-4484 .

No Exceptions to Underage Drinking

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Even if it happens under your roof and under your supervision, underage drinking is illegal in California.

The minimum drinking age across the United States is 21, but there are some states that allow exceptions to this rule when teens are drinking in the presence of, and with the permission of their parents. Some of those states include Virginia, South Carolina, and New Mexico. California is excluded from this list, meaning that even if a parent gives their 20 year old a sip of their cocktail, they can get in trouble.

In California, supplying a minor with alcohol is most often a misdemeanor offense. Adults who are charged with this misdemeanor will face time in jail, up to 1 year, though it is usually less than 2 months. They will also pay a fine of no more than $5,000, but fines between $500 and $1,000 are more common. There will be a court fee of $100-$200, and they could be placed on probation. Probation requirements would vary; it could be that the person just needs to check in with a probation officer every now and then or they may need to maintain a steady job. If it was a business that supplied alcohol to a minor, that business can lose its alcohol license and they would have additional fees to pay.

If someone is seriously injured or killed as a direct result of underage drinking, then the charges are brought up to a felony offense. In this case, consequences include 1+ years in prison, thousands of dollars in fines, probation, and again, a lost liquor license if applicable.

You cannot expect the court to be forgiving if a parent supplies alcohol to their child. There is just no way of knowing if the judge will be kind or not. Everybody knows the minimum drinking age is 21 and that there are no exceptions to this rule. Due to this law, there is no reason a parent should give alcohol to their underage children.

What You Should Not Post On Social Media

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These days, there is no denying how powerful social media is. It is a great way to keep us all up-to-date on how friends and family are doing. It is also a rapidly growing medium for people to receive their daily news. Then there is law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies on all levels, local, state, or federal, are increasingly scanning through social media to look for evidence and information of crimes.

In fact, many agencies have special departments who focus solely on social media. Obviously, people should know what they should and should not post on social media. Yet, some people choose to post questionable, incriminating, and illegal content online. One of the latest stories that quickly captured national attention is that of Steve Stephens.

Stephens had posted a video on Facebook of him shooting and killing another man in Cleveland, Ohio. In his video, he also made claims to have killed other people. The police were quickly notified of the posting and alerted the city of Cleveland to stay alert and indoors, if possible. Stephens was considered armed and dangerous. The search for Stephens quickly became a national search.

The video has been removed from Facebook, but it is just another strong example that shows how powerful the social media community is. Even threats that are made online as a joke are taken seriously by both the social media company and law enforcement agencies.

Another type of post that can get you into legal trouble are photos of you in a location that can only be accessed by trespassing. This happens quite often when the location offers a great view and the person needs that Instagram shot. If you post a photo of your name carved into a tree that is in a national park, or on Native American land, you can get called out for this as well.This is exactly what happened to singer and actress Vanessa Hudgens. These are the type of posts that you may not have intended to post with ill will, but it did not cross your mind that it could still incriminate you for a less heinous reason.

The bottom line is that with social media, you are putting your life out there for others to see, not just friends and family. People on social media like to talk, gossip, share, and judge. Everyone is a critic. They can quickly make something viral, and even if you delete something, you never know who might have saved a copy. Be careful with what you post on social media. If you ever see something that is troubling or disturbing, report it. It is better to be safe than sorry!

When Law Enforcement Does Not Need a Warrant to Search Your Cell Phone

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Have you ever traveled internationally and then upon returning to the United States, been asked by border control for your cell phone? Whether this has happened to you or not, you probably wonder if you are required to give it to them, and whether they are violating your rights and privacy.

This has happened to a small percentage of travelers, but the percentage has risen sharply since 2015. Due to this increase, Congress was introduced with a new bill that would limit United States border agents when it comes to searching cell phones of Americans who are returning to the country. The new bill, if passed, would require the border agent to have probable cause, at the least, to search and even seize a cell phone.

Even if the bill is not passed, the United States border agents do have the right to ask for cell phones. Most likely, the chances of being searched are practically nonexistent. To offer perspective, nearly 400 million individuals cross United States borders every year. Less than 0.01 percent of these 400 million travelers have their phone or computer searched. An even smaller percentage of that 0.01 are American citizens.

People who are searched leave a “gold copy” of their cell phone data, which includes text messages, photos, browser history, and more, with the border agents.The border agents are allowed to clone your device and everything on it. This information can be shared with other federal law enforcement agencies if they require assistance in understanding the information. If they do not have any probable cause of illegal activity and crime, then they are required to completely erase all copied data from their system.Don’t worry, the data on your cell phone will remain intact.

Border control can keep your cell phone to search it thoroughly, even if you depart from the airport. After 5 days and no valid reason, they must return it to you. After several weeks without additional probable cause, they will have to return it to you. If they do not return your phone after that, then they have found incriminating information and will issue an arrest warrant.

Searching and seizing a cell phone at the airport is legal. In fact, border control has the right to search and seize any item within 100 miles of the border that was brought in to the United States. That means that if you returned to the United States and have already left the airport with your cell phone, but you are only 20 miles away from the border, they can still go after you, stop you, and request your cell phone. Anywhere else in the United States, outside of this 100 mile radius, a search warrant would be required.

After Graduation Comes Partying and Traveling

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More likely than not, high school seniors and 4th years in college are not going to be spending this next month or so making their papers an A+ and studying for finals and exams. Mentally, they are pretty much done with school. All that is on their mind now is graduation, summer, and that unparalleled feeling of having completed schooling. Before they move on to higher education or work, they plan on taking a well-deserved vacation with some friends. As their proud parent, you are supportive of this; you too feel they deserve it. Yet, you cannot help but have some reservations before they graduate and leave.

Now that they are no longer a minor, you have less control and say over them. To them, this is freedom when they want to go out and have fun. At the same time, this can be heartbreaking if something bad happens, and you, as a parent, are limited on the help you can provide.

For example, if your child is arrested at the age of 15 for committing a crime, they would not have a trial by jury. Instead, a judge would determine any consequences, and consequences would not include jail time. A prison sentence is not a punishment option for a minor; they would be released back to your custody. However, if your child is arrested at the age of 18 or older, the criminal proceedings are more serious. They will have a trial with a jury, and they can face a possible prison sentence. You could help bail your child out of jail during the trial, but if they are denied bail, there is nothing you can do but wait.

To make matters more complicated, criminal proceedings are more difficult to navigate when it is an arrest that was made outside of your home state. The defendant would most likely need to be present at the trial, which will be held in the state they were arrested. That means the defendant would have to make proper arrangements to be there, when they could be back in their home state going to work, school, or just relaxing. This gets expensive.

Since your child plans on taking a trip, you will want to make sure they are aware of their actions, and to not act on something that can lead to a bad situation. A way to help show that you are not trying to lecture them and give off an “I do not quite trust you” attitude is to also let them know to be aware of the actions of others around them. You trust them, but you do not trust strangers. Your child could be a well-rounded individual, but you never know about the motives of others. All in all, you just want your child to return home relaxed and with many memories before they move on to the next big step in their life. They just finished high school or even college, they deserve this break, and you both deserve to not have to worry about trouble.

Crimes, Defined

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The criminal justice system categorizes crimes into one of three groups: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Each category involves a different set of justice system procedures and possible consequences for the accused. If you are worried that the law might eventually catch up to you or a loved one, you can prepare yourself by learning the different categories of crimes.

Infractions – The least serious crimes.

  • No jail time as a consequence, only fines and/ or community service.
  • Not considered a “criminal” charge and will not appear on criminal record.However, they doappear on driving and court records.
  • Crimes are non-serious, such as speeding tickets, running a red light, and trespassing.
  • The accused does not have the right to a trial by jury; a judge alone will determine the outcome.

Misdemeanors–Semi-serious crimes.

  • Consequences include one year in jail and fines.
  • The accused has the right to a trial by jury and the right to a lawyer.
  • Trial length is based on complexity of case and can be months long.
  • Charge does appear on criminal record.
  • Crimes include petty theft and being publicly intoxicated.

Felonies–Serious crimes.

  • Consequences include a minimum of one year in jail, fines, and/ or probation.
  • The accused has the right to a trial by jury and the right to a lawyer.
  • Trial length is based on complexity of case and can be months, even years long.
  • Charge does appear on criminal record.
  • Crimes include kidnapping and other serious crimes where threat is involved.

The thought of getting arrested should convince you to adjust any bad habits you might have and to not risk your life.

We hope you never need our bail services but if you do, Riverside Bail Bonds can be reached 24/7, online and at 951-684-4484 .

A Valentine’s Day to Remember

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Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away and you cannot wait for the happiness and love that fills the air, even if it is cheesy. However, there is a problem.Your loved one is in jail and Valentine’s Day is the last thing on their mind. Your loved one is facing a difficult time, and unfortunately, your love and support does not help as much when he or she is stuck behind bars.

Break through to your loved one by bailing him or her out of jail. Riverside Bail Bonds is a professional bail bond company who can help oversee this process. Not only is a bail bond more affordable, but the payment plan is also more flexible and you will have a dedicated, professional bail agent assisting you each step of the way. Talk about a huge stress reliever.

So what if your Valentine’s Day did not go as planned this year? What matters most is that your loved one is now out of jail and you are there to support them through this ordeal. That is one heck of a bundle of love,and eventually, maybe the two of you can look back on Valentine’s Day 2017 and laugh a little, making it a year to remember.

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

Fun Facts Are Your Crime Warnings

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It’s Fun Facts time! Well, these may be fun facts, but truth-be-told, it might not always be fun, especially when we tell you that these fun facts are all laws that you have probably broken before, and didn’t even know.

  • If you still receive mail addressed to the tenant who lived in your apartment before you,it is illegal for you to open or throw out their mail.
  • Carrying a permanent marker while out in public is actually a no-no. To the authorities, a permanent marker is considered a graffiti tool and graffiti is illegal. It is also illegal to give a permanent marker to a minor.
  • The Happy Birthday song is actually copyrighted, and anytime you sing that song, you are committing a crime.

Now, the likelihood of you being arrested for committing any of these crimes is low. How many times have you sung Happy Birthday and notbeen arrested?Nonetheless, you could have a very weird day and end up arrested for having a Sharpie in your purse.

That being said, if you ever need a bail bond for yourself or a loved one, contact Riverside Bail Bonds. We have been helping Californians bail their loved ones out of jail for 30 years now, we can easily help you too.

We are a trusted and reliable California bail bond company that can be reached anytime online, or at 951-684-4484 .