We Will Be With You Every Step Of The Way

We Will Be With You Every Step Of The Way

If you are like most people out there, then the only time that you have ever dealt with bail has been when you watched some character deal with it on TV. The truth of the matter is that many people out there are able to go their whole life without ever needing to worry about bail. Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky, as you just discovered.

One of your loved ones was just arrested and needs help to post their bail. You have no idea how bail works, but you refuse to let that stop you from helping your loved one. While you are determined to make this work, you wouldn’t mind a little help. Luckily that can easily be found by contacting Bail Bonds in San Ramon.

For the past 30+ years, Bail Bonds in San Ramon has been helping Californians deal with bail. No matter where a person is located in the state, or what time it is when they call, we are there for them. We have bail agents located all over California and they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

All you have to do is call. Once you call, one of our friendly and helpful bail agents will answer your questions and guide you through each step of the bail bond process. They will walk you through the paperwork and talk to the jail for you. Our bail agents will do all of the hard work for you. You will not have to worry. We provide all kinds of services for our clients, including:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

You may not know much about bail, but rest assured that we do here at Bail Bonds in San Ramon. Our experienced bail agents knows everything there is to know about the bail process and will be more than happy to help you deal with it. You can count on us to with you every step of the way and will help you get your loved one out of jail in no time at all. Call us today and get your FREE consultation!

Are you ready to get the bail process started? Consultations are FREE, just call Bail Bonds in San Ramon at 925-228-5858 or click Chat With Us now.


It’s Okay To Have Questions About Bail Bonds

It's Okay To Have Questions About Bail Bonds

People tend to have a lot of questions when it comes to bailing someone out of jail. After all, for many people, this is the first time they have ever dealt with bail before. Here at Bail Bonds in Martinez, we understand that fact and we will do everything we can to help out our clients.

No matter how many questions you might have about bail, we will answer them all for you.

Our bail agents at Bail Bonds in Martinez are always ready to talk with you. This is due to the fact that they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays). We know that an arrest can occur at any time, which means you could need help at any time. That is why we are always ready to lend a hand, no matter what time it may be.

Getting in touch with one of our bail agents is easy. You can talk to them over the phone, online, or in person at one of our local offices. We have agents located all over California. Once you start talking to one of our bail agents, they begin working for you. They will happily answer your questions as they walk you through the bail bond process.

A big concern when bailing someone out of jail is how much it will cost. When it comes to bail bonds that is dependent on the person’s bail amount. Here at Bail Bonds in Martinez, our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail they are for. In addition, we can split that cost up with a payment plan designed with the client in mind. This personalized payment plan will work with the client’s unique monthly budget to help ensure that the bail bond is affordable.

On top of that, we also provide our clients with the following:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

You may have a lot of questions about bail, but that shouldn’t keep you from helping out your loved one. All you have to do is contact Bail Bonds in Martinez. We will help you understand how bail bonds work and help you rescue your loved one from jail. No matter where your loved one is being held in California, we will be there for you. We promise, we won’t let you down.

There’s no reason to wait any longer, bail your loved one out now by calling Bail Bonds in Martinez at 925-228-5858 or by clicking Chat With Us now.


How To Deal With An Arrest

How To Deal With An Arrest

A lot of people pride themselves on knowing exactly what they need and when they need to do it. By knowing what steps need to be taken next, people are better able to prepare for each one. This also enables a person relax since they know what to expect. While this is nice, there are times where people have no idea what to do, and that can cause them to worry.

This is definitely the case when a person has been arrested. Whether they were the one who was arrested or they just know someone who was arrested, most people have no idea how to deal with that kind of situation. They need help to deal with it. Luckily, there are professionals from Bail Bonds in Martinez located all over the state of California.

Here at Bail Bonds in Martinez, we have been helping Californians deal with an arrest of a loved one for over 30 years. Unlike most people, we deal with arrests and bail on a daily basis. This means that we are more than comfortable with how everything works. We like to share this knowledge with others to make an arrest as unintimidating as possible.

What To Do Once Arrested

When a person suddenly finds themselves in handcuffs, the person needs to remain calm. Getting upset and confrontational will only make things worse. Even though most people aren’t happy with the officer that is arresting them, it is important to remember that the officer is just doing his or her job. The easier their job is, the better the mood they will be in, which can get the arrested individual their one phone call sooner.

Staying calm not only puts the officers in a better mood, but helps a person stay calm and make better decisions, which is very important. When a person makes their phone call, they need to call the right friend or family member. It needs to be someone that they can trust to relay information. Whoever they call will be the middle man between the person in jail and concerned loved ones. It is a very important role.

A person should not call someone who they cannot count on to deliver important information to other loved ones. If possible, try to contact someone who has dealt with jail and arrests before. They will be a little more equipped to help deal with the situation, which will work well for the person in jail.

What To Do If Someone Called You From Jail

If a person was just contacted by a friend or family member in jail, then they need to help out. They are now responsible for sharing information with other loved ones. They need to contact other loved ones as well as the person’s employer to let them know what has happened.

After being contacted by an incarcerated loved one, the person will want to help out however they can. The contacted loved one may also need to watch over the person’s home and/or pets. Basically, the loved one needs to help keep things running smoothly. This can be anything from watching the person’s house while they are in jail, to posting their bail. The best way to bail someone out of jail in California is to contact Bail Bonds in Martinez. Our bail agents will guide their clients through each and every step of the bail bond process.

The Bail Process

The bail process starts the moment a client contacts one of our professional bail agents here at Bail Bonds in Martinez. In order to get going, a bail agent needs, at the very least, the name, date of birth, and the name of the county where the arrest took place. Once that information is given, the agent can locate the loved one in the county jail system and get the rest of the needed information for the paperwork.

Once that is all filled out and ready to go, the agent will start work with the client to create a personalized payment plan. The plan will be designed to work with the client’s unique budget and make the bail bond more affordable by splitting up the cost for several months.

After the initial payment has been received, our agents will deliver the bail bond to the jail and secure the client’s release from jail.

Getting Out On Bail Is Better Than Staying In Jail

At Bail Bonds in Martinez, the job isn’t done once the person is out of jail. After that, our bail agents keep the clients up to date on all upcoming court dates. This helps prevent the client from accidentally winding up in more trouble by missing a court appearance. That is something that no one wants to deal with.

After a person is bailed out of jail, they can begin to return to their normal life. While things won’t be exactly how they were, thanks to court appearances, life will be a lot nicer outside of jail. The person can return to work, thereby keeping their job and continuing to make money. They will also be able to sleep in their own bed and take care of their home on their own. Lastly, they will be able to say thank you to whoever helped them get out of jail.


Not Paying For A Meal Can Get You Arrested

Not Paying For A Meal Can Get You Arrested

Going out to eat is a pretty common activity. Many families go out to eat once a week and there is nothing wrong with that. After all, making dinner can be such a hassle after a long day at work. Most people do not have the time or energy to prepare a full meal for themselves, let alone the rest of the family. Why not go someplace where the cooking is handled by professionals who truly know how to cook?

While going out to eat once in a while is not a bad thing, what is a bad thing is skipping out on the check, and not the whole leaving the check for someone else at the table to pay scheme. That’s just rude on a different level. What is truly bad is a practice that is often referred to as dine and dash. For some people, it seems like a harmless prank, but this can actually get the person into some legal trouble.

What Is Dine And Dash?

For those unaware, dine and dash is the underhanded practice of getting a meal, and then leaving before anyone has paid the bill. This practice has several different names, such as dine and ditch, eat and run, and several others. No matter what it is called, it is just wrong.

The scammer gets a free meal at the expense of the restaurant. Depending on the size of the bill, this scam can cost the restaurant quite a bit. It also hurts the server and busboy for the table who end up missing out on a tip. Many people in those jobs depend on those tips for their day-to-day expenses.

This is not to be confused with someone ordering a meal, and then realizing they can’t afford it afterwards. Most restaurants are pretty understanding of this. They know that accidents happen, and sometimes cards get declined or someone forgot their wallet. Restaurants will usually work with customers to make up for it, such as allowing them to come back the next day to pay for the meal. Some may call the police, but only to help them get the customer’s information to ensure they will return to pay for the meal, not to arrest them right there and then.

Since dine and dash practices can be very costly for restaurants, as well as a nuisance, there is actually a law against the practice. Anyone who is caught committing this crime in California can face legal charges.

What Is California Penal Code 537?

In the state of California, there is a law that protects all sorts of businesses from being defrauded by customers. This California Penal Code (PC) 537, which is often referred to as California’s Defrauding an Innkeeper Law. While it may not initially sound like it, this law applies to anyone who commits the crime of dining and dashing.

PC 537 states that any person who obtains food, fuel, or services from a very long list of different businesses without intending to pay for said services is guilty and will face misdemeanor charges. Some of the business types listed in this law include:

  • Hotels
  • Inns
  • Restaurants
  • Apartment House
  • Campground

Basically, this law covers any place where a person can get a service of some sort. PC 537 views acts such as dine and dash as an act of fraud against the restaurant and its staff. This is due to the fact that the people who commit this crime often entered the establishment with the intent of never paying for the services that they would receive.

Consequences Of Dine And Dash

PC 537 is a wobbler crime here in California. This means that it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or as a felony. The severity of the charge is dependent on how much money is owed to the business in question.

If the amount of money owed is less than or equal to $950, then the person will face misdemeanor charges. This means that a person could end up with:

  • A six month stay in a county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.

If the amount of money is greater than $950 dollars, then the person will probably be facing felony charges. This means that their consequences will be more severe, such as:

  • Up to 1 year in a state prison.
  • A max fine of no more than $10,000.

Just Pay For The Meal

Going out to eat is a pretty common practice and can be a nice change of pace from eating at home. A person just needs to make sure that they actually pay for the meal at the end of the night. If the person forgot their wallet or can’t afford the meal, don’t panic. Just talk to the server and try to figure out a plan to pay for the meal at some point. Most restaurants are very understanding in these situations.

However, if the person just tries to run and skip out on the check, they could face legal trouble, the results of which could make the meal very costly for the person. So much so, that at the end of the day, it would have been cheaper to just pay for the meal rather than trying to run. After all, no one wants to end up in jail because they didn’t pay for their dinner.


What Do You Know About Bail Bonds?

What Do You Know About Bail Bonds?

If you are like most people, then your answer to the question, What do you know about bail bonds?, is probably somewhere along the lines of not much. That is perfectly fine. Most people never need to know anything about bail or bail bonds. Unfortunately, sometimes things happen and a person finds themselves needing to post bail.

Sometimes the bail is for yourself. Other times the bail is for a loved one. Regardless of who the bail is for, chances are you are going to want some help with it. Aside from simply not knowing much about how bail works, you’ve also discovered that it is incredibly expensive. You can solve both of those problems by contacting Bail Bonds in Concord.

Since our founding in 1987, Bail Bonds in Concord has been helping Californians deal with bail.

We know everything there is to know about the subject and are more than willing to share that knowledge with you.

Our bail agents are available to talk to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays). They will always be there to answer any of your bail-related questions.

Aside from just explaining the bail process, we also work hard to make it cheaper as well. For instance, our bail bonds only cost 10% of your loved one’s bail. This means that you can save 90% just by coming to us for help. On top of that, we can set you up with a personalized payment plan and may even be able to offer you an additional discount if you qualify.

We do a lot for our clients here, including:

  • Being available 24/7.
  • Offering a 20% discount.
  • Providing over-the-phone approvals.
  • 0% Interest payment plans.
  • Never charging hidden fees.
  • Not requiring collateral with working signer.
  • Se habla Español.

No one should ever feel ashamed to ask for help, especially bail help. At Bail Bonds in Concord we understand that most people don’t need bail. However, when the time comes to bail someone out of jail, we are always there to lend a hand.

What are you waiting for? You can talk to a bail agent for FREE by calling Bail Bonds in Concord at 925-228-5858 or by clicking Chat With Us now.


Needing Bail Wasn’t A Part Of The Plan

Needing Bail Wasn’t A Part Of The Plan

Bailing someone out of jail is not a task that anyone ever really plans on doing. Most people operate under the belief that they will never need to bail a friend or family out of jail. While that may be the case for some people, not everyone is so lucky. Some people receive the unfortunate phone call that tells them a friend or family member has been arrested.

This phone call can come without warning at any time of the day. Once the news hits, a person can have a hard time attempting to do anything else. All they can think about is their loved one sitting in a jail cell. They want to help out, but how do they get a loved one out of jail? It sounds like a daunting task, but it can easily be accomplished now with the right help.

Luckily, getting professional bail help here in California is a piece of cake. No matter what time it may be, all you have to do is contact Bail Bonds in Antioch. Our bail agents are available 24/7. They will always be there to talk to someone who needs help. They can answer every bail-related questions about bail and guide their clients through the entire bail bond process.

Aside from just making bail easier and more understandable for our clients, we also make it affordable. Our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. In addition, they can be paid for with personalized payment plans. This makes bailing someone out of jail much easier by reducing the upfront cost of the bail. In addition to this, we also provide our clients with:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

Here at Bail Bonds in Antioch, we understand how confusing and sudden the arrest of a loved one can be. That is why we strive to make it as simple as possible for our clients. Our professional bail agents will walk with their clients through every single step, happily answering questions along the way. Call us today! We promise, we won’t let you down.

Are you ready to talk to one of our agents? You can do so for FREE by calling Bail Bonds in Antioch at 925-228-5858 or by clicking Chat With Us now.


Get An Earlier Start On Your Taxes & Avoid The Stress

Get An Earlier Start On Your Taxes & Avoid The Stress

The new year of 2019 is getting started. For many, it is a time of new beginnings and a chance to start fresh. This is the time of the year where people have to work hard if they want to achieve their New Year’s Resolution. However, this time of the year is known for something other than a fresh start. January is also the beginning of tax season.

Of course, for many people, thinking of taxes in January is a bit early. After all, the deadline is still months away. However, once a person’s work has handed out W-2’s, there is nothing stopping that person from filing their taxes for the recent year. Once that has been done, a person has nothing to worry about. They won’t even have to worry about a deadline because they will have beaten it by a long shot.

Filing Taxes

This year, Tax Day falls on Monday, April 15th. That’s just a month away, which for some people is more than enough time to get their taxes dealt with. However, anyone who has ever filed their taxes before will have to begrudgingly admit that a month can disappear in an instant. One moment a person is celebrating Valentine’s Day with their significant other, and the next thing they know, their a pulling a practical joke for April Fool’s Day. Once that day arrives, there are only 2 weeks left to file taxes without having to apply for an extension.

Some people prefer to get an extension because it gives them more time to handle the filing. By applying for an extension, a person gains an additional 6 months to file their taxes for the previous year. However, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) likes to remind anyone filing for an extension that this only gives the person more time to file their taxes. They still have to pay their taxes by the usual deadline, which is typically April 17th.

Stay Out Of Trouble & Avoid Stress

As with anything, waiting until the last minute to file taxes can be very stressful. It is a lot like waiting to work on an essay until the night before it is due, except 100 times worse. With an essay, the worst result a person can get is a failing grade. When it comes to filing taxes, a person can face criminal charges, especially if the total amount of unpaid taxes is over $25,000. These criminal charges can come with heavy fines and possible jail time.

That is why it is important to get taxes filed in time. When a person gets their taxes taken care of early, they give themselves a nice buffer zone. If something was filled wrong, they have time to fix it without having to worry about a looming deadline that is fast approaching.

If a person fails to pay their taxes by the deadline, they can face a fee that is 5% of the money they owe for every month the tax bill remains unpaid. That can add up to an immense amount of money very quickly.

Get Them Done Ahead Of Time & Relax

Filing taxes is by no means fun, but it can be pretty easy with today’s technology. While dealing with taxes is less than enjoyable, getting a tax refund is always nice. It’s a nice little check of money that took a lot of work to earn in the first place. Once that check is in a person’s hands, or deposited into their bank account, the person can go out and spend it on whatever it is they want or need at the time.

While the April 15th deadline for filing taxes is fast approaching, there is nothing wrong with getting started ahead of time. Doing so can alleviate a lot of unnecessary stress and make a person’s life easier. Isn’t that what everyone wants?


Did You Know Los Angeles 2018 Crime Rates Are Down?

Did You Know Los Angeles 2018 Crime Rates Are Down?

The city of Los Angeles, California is one of the largest cities in the entire United States. The city is home to just under 4 million people, making it the second largest city behind New York City, which has 8.5 million citizens. Chicago comes in at third with just shy of a population of 3 million.

Needless to say, having that many people in close proximity to one another can create a lot of problems. Crime rates are always much higher in densely populated areas in comparison to more rural areas. This is due to the larger amount of people in big cities. As cities grow, it is only natural for their crime rates to rise as well.

When a large city is actually able to decrease its crime rates that is a very big deal. Los Angeles recently announced that in 2018, crime rates in the city actually dropped to their lowest in a very long time.

What Are Crime Rates?

For those unaware, crime rates are simply a measure of the crimes committed within a specified area. Crime rates for the same area can vary depending on who conducted the study and report. This is due to the fact that different studies might only look at certain types of crime.

Typically, crimes are divided into two sets, violent crimes and property crimes. Violent crimes are things like murder, assault, and rape. Property crimes are things like vandalism and burglary. Researchers can analyze these different types of crimes in varying ways to give an area a type of safety grade. This can help people decide if they want to live in an area, or if they think it is too dangerous for them.

By monitoring crimes rates, cities are able to determine how well some of their initiatives and programs are functioning. If crime rates go up from year to year, they may consider a more aggressive strategy to combat that. If crime rates go down, then they know they have found a solution that works.

Los Angeles Crime Rates Are Down

At a recent news conference, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti made the astounding announcement. According to Garcetti, crime in Los Angeles is down in every category. Last year, there were 259 homicides within the city, which is an 8.2% drop from the year before. Meanwhile, rapes were down 12.4%, gang crimes decreased by 8%, and lastly, property crimes decreased by 2%.

All of this decrease in crimes puts crime rates within the city at their second lowest in 50 years. While 259 homicides may seem like a lot, a person needs to compare this number to what it used to be. Consider when murders in the city peaked in the year 1992. There were 1,092 homicides that year alone. This new statistic is a drastic decrease from the old one. Both violent and property crimes are down by around 60% since the early 1990’s. This is an impressive feat, considering the fact that the city is not shrinking by any means.

In comparison to other cities, Los Angeles is doing remarkably well. For the year of 2018, several other large cities around the country saw many more homicides. For instance:

  • New York: 289
  • Chicago: 530
  • Houston: 279
  • Philadelphia: 350

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore stated that this is one of the safest times to live in the Los Angeles. Both Garcetti and Moore credit an increase in police diversity, gang interventions, and more street patrols as factors for the decrease in crime rates within the city.

Following Crime Rates Is Very Beneficial

By monitoring crime rates year after year, a city is better able to decide what strategies are working and which ones are not. Crime rates also help show how far a city has come in helping make it citizens safer. Just look at how far Los Angeles has come since the early 1990’s when crack cocaine usage was at its highest.

The year of 2018 saw a nice drop in crime throughout LA, which is great news for all of the city’s residents. If this trend continues, you can bet that other cities across the state, and even the rest of the country, may begin to follow some of the city’s crime fighting strategies.


Can Someone Get Into Trouble For Begging?

Can Someone Get Into Trouble For Begging?

Here in the state of California, it is hard to go anywhere without seeing someone begging for money. There are almost always people sitting at the bottom of freeway off-ramps, in front of stores, or just roaming a shopping center parking lot asking for loose change. For some people, this is just harmless begging. For others, it is a nuisance.

There is no shortage of homeless people who are down on their luck here in the state of California. Many of them just need a helping hand. Unfortunately, a small percentage of them are just con-artists looking to make a quick buck off of charitable people.

Regardless of whether or not the person truly needs the help, they need to be aware that there are laws and city ordinances against panhandling. If a person breaks these laws, they could end up in more trouble than they already were in.

What Is Panhandling?

Panhandling is just a fancy way of saying begging for money. While the origin of the word is unclear, it is likely due to how beggars might ask for money. Some beggars were known to hold out pots or pans. They found that people were more likely to give them money if they did not have to touch the beggar’s hand.

A person is considered to be panhandling when they are in a public space asking for money. They can be asking vocally, or through the use of a sign. No matter how a person is asking, the person is begging.

Panhandling Laws In California

Laws against panhandling vary from city to city. Some are more aggressive against it than others, usually due to higher homeless populations. Panhandling laws have always been a bit controversial here in the United States. This is due to the fact that begging is often viewed to be protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Begging is a form of expression and speech, and therefore it is protected under the Freedom of Speech.

Still, this doesn’t prevent some cities from trying to enact laws to protect the general public from being hassled. Here in California, panhandling can get a person into trouble under California Penal Code (PC) 647. PC 647 is California’s loitering law, which outlines a punch of different ways a person can get into trouble for loitering around a public area. One such reason is loitering with the intent to beg for money or alms. This is a misdemeanor offense that usually comes with a jail sentence no longer than a year and a fine of no more than $1,000.

While a person may have a right to beg, that rights can be removed if the person expressing it harms, or threatens to harm, another individual. This is due to the fact that a person’s safety is valued higher than another person’s rights. This is often why cities are able to create policies and ordinances that fight against what is known as aggressive panhandling. Aggressive panhandling is anytime when a beggar touches or threatens another person.

What To Do?

Being down on one’s luck is not something that anyone wants to experience. Unfortunately, it does happen to quite a lot of people here in California, and the United States as a whole. The federal Housing and Urban Development Department estimates that there are roughly 130,000 homeless people here in California. This amounts to roughly 25% of the country’s entire homeless population.

Needless to say, California has a problem with homelessness. There is no denying that these people need help, but there are ways to go about getting that help. Most people do not appreciate being approached by strangers and then asked to give away some of their hard earned money.

Finding a solution to one of California’s more prominent problems will not be easy, but it is necessary.