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It is Cheaper to Attend Harvard than it is to Pay for a Prisoner’s Housing

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No one likes having to pay taxes. That is money we wish we could keep. We are told our taxes are put to good use, but who really knows exactly where all of our tax money is going? For example, did you know your tax money is being used to keep criminals fed, housed, and clothed in prison? In addition, did you know that it costs more to keep a prisoner alive in California than it is to attend Harvard University for 1 year?

California has 130,000 prisoners, and experts are estimating that within the next year, the cost of housing each prisoner will reach $75,560, a record price tag. In 2005, the cost to keep an inmate housed was half of that.

Prisons in California are overcrowded and over the next few years, at least 10,000 inmates will get an earlier release than originally ordered. Californians voted to allow inmates convicted of certain drug and property crimes to have their penalties reduced and even be released from jail early. Another move to help with the overcrowding in prisons was moving lower-level offenders to county jails instead state prisons.

Although the current prison population will be going down, it does not necessarily mean the cost per prisoner will go down as well. Crime rates are at a point where new convicts will just be taking the place of former prisoners behind bars.

Unfortunately there is not much you can do about getting your tax money allocated towards something else. What you can do is pay attention during the next election and vote to have your voice heard.

If You Think Your Loved One Needs Help, Then Help

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Some of the hardest years of life are the teenage years, when a person has many influences surrounding them, both good and bad. This is a time when a person is trying to pass school and figure out what they want to do for a career. This is when they rebel, when they do not want to worry about any responsibilities. However, some people’s hardest times are yet to come, and it could be up to you to see it before it actually arrives. The signs can be hard to read but remember, it is always better to act, rather than to ignore it.

Encouraging your loved one to open up about their struggles could be what saves them from getting arrested. In many cases, the person will not tell you that they want help. They may feel embarrassed to seek help, but they hope you take notice and step up. In other cases, they may try and reject your offer to help or even get angry at you for meddling in their life. After some time though, they will calm down, come around, and thank you for sticking by them.

Hope for the best. Standing up and seeking help for your loved one can save them from falling into a worse predicament, like getting arrested. However, even if they are arrested, it is not going to be the end of the world. They will just face a longer and steeper uphill battle.

No matter what, get them the help and support they need.

In an instance where they get arrested, get them a great bail agent. Someone from Riverside Bail Bonds will help with the bail process and get them out of police custody sooner, and at a more affordable cost.

If you think your loved one is in trouble, get them the help they deserve, even if they do not ask for it. Seeing loved ones struggle is heartbreaking, and if there is any chance that you can prevent this, take action. You can be the superhero they did not know they needed. If you need a bail bond, Riverside Bail Bonds we will be more than happy to help.

Just give us a call at 951-684-4484 or Chat With Us online.

There is No Minimum Age to Get Married in California

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Most people get married when they are adults and are more financially stable. However, there are some people who get married at a younger age, like when they are in college or in their mid-twenties. There are even people who choose to get married when they are in high school, or younger! As shocking as it can be to imagine yourself being married at such a young age, it is not illegal in California.

Most states have a minimum age requirement to get hitched, but California does not. Anyone in California can get married at any age, although anyone under the age of 18 would need to:

  • Get parental consent
  • Get a court order
  • See a pre-marriage counselor
  • Have copies of their birth certificate
  • Apply for a marriage license with a parent present
  • Appear before a judge

One of the main reasons California chose not to enforce a minimum age to get married is because it allows pregnant minors to marry, if they so wish. Needing parental and court consent helps regulate the idea of marriage so that no one is being forced or tricked into an unhealthy and abusive marriage. For example, a man cannot force the teen he got pregnant into marriage unless her parents and the court give their consent. If he is also under 18, he would need parental consent as well. Furthermore, a mother cannot force her pregnant teenage daughter to marry the father of the baby if the girl’s father does not consent. There are multiple points of protections in this manner. However, if all parties are happy with their relationships with each other and it is a healthy relationship between the two minors, they can get married as long as their parents and the court give them permission.

Any man or woman who is at least 18 years of age would not need parental consent to get married.

Is Driving While Hungover Ok?

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Everyone knows that driving while drunk is a bad idea. While drunk you have poor motor control, and lack a sense of adequate risk assessment. Basically, you can’t control your actions well, and you do things that you wouldn’t normally do while sober. It is easy to see why people should not be driving in this state of inebriation.

However, what many people do not realize, is that driving while hungover can be just as bad. When a person is hungover, they may not have any more alcohol in their system, but they are experiencing other symptoms. People who are hungover are usually experiencing sleep deprivation, dehydration, and short-term alcohol withdrawal. The symptoms of all of these can make driving difficult and dangerous for the person.

A study conducted by researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands found that hungover drivers drove worse than drivers who had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05%. The drivers exhibited erratic behavior and slowed reaction times.

Similar results were found by a study conducted at the University of West England.

If a person was out drinking the night before, he or she should think twice before getting behind the wheel the next morning. Doing so could be as disastrous as if he or she had driven the night before. After a night of drinking, a person should take it easy the next morning. Stay at home, rest, and get hydrated. Doing this will be much nicer than driving anyways, and it will be safer too.

New Jersey’s Failed Bail Replacement

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At the start of this year, the state of New Jersey eliminated its bail system in favor of a system where judges determine whether or not it is safe to release the defendant. The idea of this new system was to be fairer to people who would not be able to generate the funds needed to pay for bail. This is the very same system that lawmakers want to implement in California.

It is easy to see how this system sounds like a good idea. You remove the need for people to pay to get out of jail, thus allowing even the poorest person to get out of jail. Unfortunately for many people, this new system is a problem. This system does little to protect victims, or deter criminals.

Many officers refer to this new setup as a revolving door system. Criminals get arrested, and are back out the street by the end of the day. The punishment for committing a crime has been removed, thus allowing the criminals to continue with their ways. This puts thousands of innocent people at risk.

Of course, these criminals will still face charges, they have only been released for the period of their trial. However, since they have been released, there is nothing to stop them from committing more crimes during this period. This differs from when someone is out on bail, since the person out on bail has something to lose. This person paid to get out of jail, and will have wasted the money if he or she gets arrested again.

If the defendant did nothing to get out, like they do in this new system, then there is nothing preventing him or her from committing another crime. Let New Jersey be an example for California, this planned new system will not benefit anyone other than the criminals. Bail offers a person incentive to be on his or her best behavior, and another set of eyes to watch that person during the trial process.

What Counts As Drug Possession?

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With the passing of prop 64, the topic of drug possession has become more prominent in recent months. While it is now legal for people 21 and older to possess some small amount of marijuana, this is the only drug that has been legalized.Even still, there are rules and restrictions to its use.

Even though the recreational use of marijuana was legalized, many other drugs and substances remain illegal to use and possess.Some of these illegal substances are:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Meth
  • Ecstasy
  • LSD

Possessing any of these drugs can get a person in trouble with the law. Now you might be wondering what constitutes as possession in California?

Possession of a drug could be:

  • Having it on your person
  • Having it in your glovebox or anywhere else in your vehicle
  • Having it in your house

When it comes to punishment for illegal possession of controlled substances, things can vary. Illegal possession of most controlled substances is considered a misdemeanor offense in California thanks to the recently passed Prop 47.This means that someone convicted of drug possession faces no more than a year in jail, and/or a small fine. In many instances, the defendant will be required to participate in a drug treatment program.

What is Petty Theft?

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Everyone understands the concept of theft, and how bad it is. However, once law enforcement gets involved, it can get confusing for many people not familiar with their terminology. Law enforcement officers have many different phrases and terms for different crimes. These terms help the officers identify the severity of crime, and many other factors. For civilians, these terms can be confusing.

One such term would be petty theft. Most people understand it means something was stolen, but we do not know the specifics. We do not even know the severity of the punishment for petty theft.

In the state of California, petty theft is defined as the unlawful taking of property that is valued at $950 or less. This is different than shoplifting, for example, since shoplifting can only happen in a commercial establishment when it is open for business.

There are 4 different crimes that can lead to petty theft charges:

  • Theft by Larceny – This makes up most cases of petty theft, and is probably what most people think of when they think of theft. This is simply taking someone else’s property without their permission with the intent of keeping it for yourself.
  • Theft by False Pretense – This is when a person gives ownership of an item to another person temporarily due to false information that was given by the thief.
  • Theft by Trick – This is when a person lends an item to a person who has no intention of returning the item. This is similar to theft by false pretense, except in this instance, the property owner never intended for the thief to have ownership. This could be as simple as borrowing an item from someone and promising to return it, without intending to actually return it.
  • Theft by Embezzlement – This occurs when the owner of property gives a person the property because he or she trusts that person will take care of it. An example would be when someone takes money out of an account that they manage for a company.

All of these can be classified as petty theft, so long as the value of the stolen property is under $950. Petty theft is a misdemeanor crime in California, and is punishable by a maximum of 6 months in county jail, and/or a maximum fine of $1,000.

Tips for Avoiding the Heat

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Summer is rapidly approaching in California, and temperatures are on the rise. Summer is a season for exploring and adventure. However, it is also a season of unbearable heat. It is why many people will find themselves hiding out in the shelter of their home, waiting for cooler temperatures.

If you are looking for ways to keep cool this summer, here are a few tips:

  • Wear light colored, loose fitting, cotton clothing. Cotton stay cooler than synthetic materials.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, and sports drinks with plenty of electrolytes.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine since these cause dehydration.
  • Avoid going outdoors during the middle of the day. Instead, go out during the morning or evening when it is cooler.
  • Use fans to circulate the air in your house and make it feel cooler.
  • Keep water bottles in the freezer and take one with you when you go outside. This way, you will have a cool drink with you as the ice melts.
  • Visit public places like a library, movie theater, or mall during the day. These places are usually kept cool during even the hottest of days.
  • Take frequent cold baths or showers to help keep cool.
  • Visit the local public pool or beach, just be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.

Many of these things can be done together to help keep you cool during the hottest days summer has to offer. Just remember that it is okay to take it easy during the day. Know your limits, and avoid overworking yourself. Nobody wants to end up in the hospital.

How To Answer: Have You Been Drinking?

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If you have never been pulled over for a DUI before, you may wonder how you should answer when asked if you have been drinking after having a drink or 2. As a United States citizen, you have the right against self-incrimination. This means that you do not have to answer that question.

However, that does not mean you have the right to lie to the officer, or ignore his or her requests. If the officer asks for your license and registration, you should provide it. Lying, will only make things worse for you. The officer will be able to tell if you have had too much alcohol. If you admit to having a two drinks, when you really had 6, you will still be asked to take a field sobriety and a breathalyzer test. These tests will show how many drinks you truly had, and will cause the officer to disregard anything you say from that point on.

If you choose to not answer the question, you can inform the officer that you would rather not say. You can also say that you would like to speak with your attorney. Asking to speak to your attorney cannot be used against you. Remaining silent does not mean you will be allowed to leave. Chances are, you will still need to take a field sobriety and a breathalyzer test. Remaining silent simply keeps you from admitting guilt, or lying to the officer.

Your final option is to just be up front and honest with the officer. You cannot be legally be arrested for drunk driving if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is under 0.08%. In this instance, if you have only recently had one or two drinks, you should be okay. This is even truer if there was an hour or more time between the 2 drinks. You may still have to take a field sobriety and breathalyzer test in this situation. However, there is a chance that the officer might deem that you are capable of driving and let you go on your way.

Ultimately, the best way to avoid this kind of situation, is to have a plan ready when drinking will be involved. Either designate someone as the driver so that he or she will not drink, or get a ride from a taxi, Uber, or Lyft. This way, you will be safe, and you will not have to worry about getting pulled over.

Why You can Rely on Riverside Bail Bonds

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For 30 years, Riverside Bail Bonds has led the California bail bond industry with excellence and poise. It is a solemn time whenever anyone needs a bail bond, but Riverside Bail Bonds quickly turns the mood around by bailing that person out of jail and reuniting them with their beloved friends and family members at a more affordable cost than traditional cash bail. Riverside Bail Bonds promises:

  • 24/7 availability anywhere in California
  • Quick, courteous, confidential service
  • Custom payment plans
  • Cash, credit, debit, and checks accepted
  • Secure online payment portal
  • 0% interest
  • No hidden fees
  • Phone approvals
  • Discounts available for qualifying individuals

Riverside Bail Bonds has successfully assisted hundreds of families throughout their 30 years of industry experience. Though every family comes to Riverside Bail Bonds for the same purpose, each family is facing a different experience with the justice system. No matter how big or small the situation is, Riverside Bail Bonds always finds a way to help the family in need.

If you have a loved one in jail, we know that you want nothing more than to get them back home to you as fast as possible. Riverside Bail Bonds will do this for you and you will not pay more than the 10% premium, making the bail bond more affordable than cash bail.

Contact Riverside Bail Bonds online or at 951-684-4484 .

When Can You Turn the Police Away?

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Not enough people in the United States know their rights when it comes to police searches and seizures, and this is a problem. Some people get so intimidated around the police, even if they did nothing wrong. Others just do not know if and when police are overstepping their authority. There are certain rights people have that protect them, even against the police, such as when they can say “no” to a police search.

Law enforcement officers do not always have the right to conduct a search. First, the police must have reasonable suspicion that a crime has occurred or will occur. If they ask to search a person, his or her belongings, and/ or his or her home or vehicle, the person can deny the police. Then, the police must get a search warrant from a judge in order to move forward. They cannot conduct the search without this warrant.

A search warrant will specifically list persons, items, and locations. Whatever is listed on the warrant is allowed to be searched. If, for example, a bedroom is not listed on the search warrant, but the bathroom is, then the police cannot search in the bedroom. However, if an officer finds guns, for example, while conducting their legal search, and guns are not listed on the warrant, the officer is allowed to seize these items.

In recent years, the discussion of needing a search warrant has come up frequently when it comes to social media profiles and digital devices like cell phones and laptops. Since these are personal items that hold personal and private information, the police do need a warrant to search and seize these items, unless the original owner grants the officers a search without one. Officers also need a search warrant to look through someone’s social media profile. Like with other searches, they still need reasonable suspicion in order to even begin the search and seizure process.

Having the right to deny a search is a right that protects a person. Though a person cannot deny a search if the police come back with a search warrant, they continue to have rights down the line if matters get worse for them. For example, if they are arrested, they have the right to remain silent, the right to a lawyer, and the right to post bail. Even if it seems like the odds are stacked against a person, it is always important and beneficial to exercise rights as much as possible.

What To Do if You Move Out of State

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The rule is the same wherever a person moves in the United States. If a person move states permanently, they will need to check in with the DMV to take care of a few changes, like drivers license and car registration. If they do not do this, they risk being cited by the police if and when they are caught.

If you have any friends or family moving to California permanently, they will need to get their license or identification card updated with a new local address within 10 days of moving. If there is a teenager who currently has a driver permit, this will also need to be updated. It is a good idea for your loved one to get familiarized with our driving and safety laws, because not all driving laws are the same in each state. For example, turning right on red is legal here in California, but it might not have been allowed in the state they came from. Where they came from, maybe they were allowed to use their phone while driving, but here in California, it is against the law.

Your loved one will need to register their vehicle within 20 days of establishing their California residency. In order to do this, they must have valid car insurance. Then, a smog and emissions inspection is required for the vehicle.

A person can be cited and ticketed if a police officer discovers that they have been living here in California and driving around with their old license and registration. Even if the old license has a later expiration date, it is not valid here in California because they are now supposed to hold a California license. For more information on California relocation requirements, visit your local DMV or go to their website.