The Basics Of Bail

The Basics Of Bail

Bail is a concept that many people know about, but are pretty unfamiliar with. Everyone has seen some TV or movie character post bail at least once in their life. However, bail isn’t always portrayed accurately on the silver screen. This makes it so most people don’t know what to expect when they find themselves needing to bail a friend or family member out of jail.

For those who may not know, bail is the amount of money that a court requires to be paid for a person to be released from jail while they await their trial. The amount of the bail varies from case to case and is largely dependent on the crime that the person has been accused of. Once this amount has been paid, the person will be released from custody and is expected to show up for their court case.

The biggest problem that people have with bail is the cost. Even the cheapest bail amounts are several thousand dollars. Most people don’t have that kind of money to spare. This is where bail bonds come in to play. Here in California, bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. If someone’s bail is set at $20,000, then their bail bond will only cost $2,000.

Getting a bail bond does the same thing as paying for the bail. However, instead of paying the jail directly, a person is paying someone else to pay for the bail for them. Aside from being cheaper than posting the bail on your own, when you come to Bail Bonds in Richmond, you get the guidance of a professional bail agent.

Here are some of the services we provide:

  • 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

Once a person is out on bail, they get to go back to living their normal life. They can go to work and visit with friends and family members while still going to court for their trial. Getting bailed out of jail can make the whole trial easier for people. It gets even easier when you come to Bail Bonds in Richmond for bail help. Call us today! We promise, we won’t let you down.

Bail help is only a phone call away at Bail Bonds in Richmond, call 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Who Can Be A Co-Signer?

Who Can Be A Co-Signer?

When someone that you care about is in trouble, you aren’t worried about how you are related to them. All you care about is helping that person. This is definitely the case when it comes to bail. You just want to help someone out, and when it comes to bail, that is all that matters.

Some people mistakenly believe that you have to be related to someone to post their bail. However, that is not the case. The only requirements for bailing someone out of jail are being California residents and knowing enough about the person to fill out the paperwork. Primarily, this means knowing the person’s name, date of birth, and the county where he or she was arrested.

When a person agrees to help bail someone out of jail and signs the contract for the bail bond, they become a co-signer. That means they become responsible for making sure payments are made on time and that their loved one behaves while out on bail. There can be multiple co-signers on a bail bond, which can help make things easier for each signer. Having multiple signers is good because if one qualifies for a discount, they earn it for everyone.

The best co-signers are the ones who are financially stable. They have steady, well-paying jobs and have had them for a while. Co-signers like this will get better deals than other signers; however, this does not mean that you have to have a perfect financial history to be a co-signer for a bail bond. Anyone can be a co-signer.

Services we provide for our clients include:

  • 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 Contra Costa, we understand how important it is for you to rescue your friend or family member from jail. We don’t care if you are related to the person or not. If you want to bail them out of jail, we will help you. Call us to learn more. Consultations is FREE!

For a FREE consultation at any time, just call Bail Bonds in Contra Costa at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Why Can’t Minors Be Bailed Out Of Jail?

Why Can’t Minors Be Bailed Out Of Jail?

Bail is a confusing and unknown subject to a lot of people. Most people don’t think about one of their friends or family members getting arrested, so they don’t even consider to learn how they would bail a person out of jail. In most instances, this is just for adults. Many parents may not even consider the possibility of their child being arrested.

Unfortunately, sometimes kids do push the boundaries of the law too far and wind up in big trouble. This is when parents begin to freak out. What are they going to do? How do they help their child? No one wants someone that they care about to be stuck behind bars, and this is especially true when that someone is a child. However, can minors even be bailed out?

The Juvenile Court System

When minors get into trouble with the law, they do not face the same system that adults do. Instead of being booked into the system and placed into jail, more often than not, minors are released back to the custody of their parents. As far as the state of California is concerned, the parents are the best authorities when it comes to punishing their children.

When a minor is arrested, they will have a court experience that is different than what adults face. There will be four different hearings that they will have to attend. Those hearings will be:

  1. DETENTION HEARING
    Here the judge determines if the minor will be held in custody or be released to his or her parents. In California, this must occur within 48 hours of the initial arrest to inform the minor why they were arrested.
  2. FITNESS HEARING
    This will be used to determine if the case will be heard in juvenile court or an adult court. This is usually skipped in most cases as the accused crime was not severe enough to warrant this question to be asked.
  3. ADJUDICATION HEARING
    This is the ‘trial’ portion of the case. It is held before a juvenile court judge.
  4. DISPOSITION HEARING
    This is where the judge reveals his or her verdict on the case and the sentence if found guilty.

During the entirety of the trial process, minors are not bailable.

If a minor is found guilty of their accused crime, they will face consequences. However, these consequences will be different than what an adult would face. The main goal of penalties for minors is to prevent them from wanting to break the law again in the future.

Some of the common penalties that minors receive in California include:

  • Following a curfew.
  • Going to counseling.
  • Going to school.
  • Paying restitutions to the victim.
  • Performing community service.

Instead of being sent to jail, minors will be sent to places like:

  • Probation camp
  • Foster or group home
  • The California Division of Juvenile Justice
  • Juvenile hall

After sentencing, juveniles must follow through their entire sentence, even if they turn 18.

When Are Minors Tried As Adults?

If a minor over the age of 14 is accused of serious crimes, then they can be tried as an adult. Some examples of these severe crimes include, but are not limited to:

  • Rape
  • First-degree murder
  • Forcible sex offenses

Other times when minors can be tried as adults include when the minor is 16 or older and has a history of being a delinquent or exhibited a high degree of criminal sophistication.

If a minor is tried as an adult, then they will have a trial by jury and will be eligible for bail, if the crime allows for it.

Minors Cannot Be Bailed Out

Minors can’t be bailed out of jail, and the reason is that they aren’t usually held in jail since the preferred option is to leave the child under the supervision of their parents. Even if the minor is taken into custody, they aren’t sent to jail. While juvenile hall is often viewed as a jail for kids, it is nowhere near as bad as the actual jail. Take into account that trials for minors are conducted faster than adult trials, which means minors held in custody won’t be held for long.

 

California Labor Laws That Employees Should Know About

California Labor Laws That Employees Should Know About

Most people work hard to earn money. They need it to pay for groceries, gas, bills and anything else they might want to purchase. Money is a precious commodity that everyone is always trying to get more of. Some people get more money by working harder. Others get it by taking advantage of people.

Things can be particularly bad when it is an employer that is taking advantage of its employees. This can lead to employees getting paid less than what they are owed for the work they did. To prevent this from happening, the state of California has several labor laws meant to protect employees from dishonest employers.

Bad Employers Do Exist

Some of the basics that California’s labor laws cover include minimum wage, overtime and requiring employees to work off the clock. By putting stuff about these kinds of practices into law, the state of California has made it very difficult for employers to take advantage of hardworking employees.

There are plenty of bad employers out there who will overwork their employees and threaten to replace the person with someone else if they don’t like the working conditions. Other employers make sure that all of their employees are only considered part-time employees so that they do not have to provide certain benefits.

People are better off avoiding employers that are sneaky and shady, but since they are so common, California is very much on top of it when it comes to labor laws.

California’s Minimum Wage

California is currently working on making the minimum wage to be $15 an hour by the year 2023. The current minimum wage for 2020 is $13 an hour, for companies with 26 or more employees and $12 an hour for companies with 25 or fewer employees.

This state minimum wage overrides the federal minimum wage which is set at $7.25 an hour.

Employers cannot pay less than the state minimum wage to their employees except under specific circumstances, such as:

  • The person is an independent contractor.
  • The person is a student employee.
  • The person is a camp counselor.
  • The person is a participant in a national service program.
  • The person is mentally or physically handicapped and working for a non-profit or rehabilitation facility.
  • The person is an outside salesperson, someone who spends more than half of their working hours away from the employer’s place of business selling and obtaining items.

It is important to note that employers in California have to pay waiters and other employees who work for tips minimum wage. Employees also cannot agree to be paid less than minimum wage.

Overtime Laws

Some employers prefer to overwork their employees and never let them get a day off. This is why the state has strict overtime laws that list when exactly an employee needs to be paid for overtime. These instances are:

  • When the employee has worked more than 8 hours that day.
  • When the employee has worked more than 40 hours that week.
  • When the employee has worked more than 6 days that week.

When an employee meets any one of those requirements, their employer has to pay them overtime pay. Typically in California, this is 1.5 times the employee’s regular hourly pay. So if a minimum wage employee qualifies for overtime, then their employee needs to pay them $19.50 an hour for each hour of overtime worked.

Overtime only applies to non-exempt employees, such as those who are paid a salary rather than hourly. Under California law, an employee can be considered exempt from overtime laws if they:

  • Spend more than half of their time doing creative, intellectual or managerial work.
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment regularly when performing that work.
  • Earn a monthly salary that is at least double the state minimum wage for a 40-hour workweek.

If all three of those criteria are met, then the employee can be considered exempt and the employer does not have to pay them overtime.

What Is Hazard Pay

Hazard pay is an additional payment that an employer may agree to pay to their employee who is working a hazardous job. No law in California requires employers to pay their employees hazard pay. There isn’t even a law that defines what hazards can earn hazard pay.

The following conditions and jobs can be considered hazardous and worthy of hazard pay:

  • War zones
  • Hostile locations
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Dangerous or extreme weather

Since there is no law regulating it, hazard pay is an agreement between employer and employee. Typically, hazard pay is an extra percentage of the employee’s wage. For instance, if an employee regularly is paid $13 an hour, and their employer has agreed to pay them an extra 10% as hazard pay, then that person would make $14.30 an hour while working in hazardous conditions. If the employee qualifies for overtime while earning hazard pay, then they’d be paid time and a half based on the hazard pay rate ($14.30) instead of being paid off of their regular rate ($13). This means the overtime rate in this example would be $21.45 an hour.

Some companies have begun issuing hazard pay for people who are working jobs that put them at a greater risk of being exposed to the coronavirus.

Don’t Let An Employer Take Advantage Of You

This is just a quick sample of some of the more basic labor laws. If a person is aware of these facts, they are less likely to be taken advantage of by their employer. This means that they will be paid what they have earned without having to worry about their boss shorting them.

When everyone is paid a fair rate and no one is taking advantage of anyone, employees tend to be a lot happier.

 

Don’t Get Caught Trespassing On California Beaches

Don’t Get Caught Trespassing On California Beaches

Everyone knows what trespassing is; however, there can be a bit of a gray area for people when it comes to certain locations. Some locations make sense, such as stores and restaurants. Some locations, on the other hand, seem impossible to close. How can you close a location that doesn’t have a ceiling, walls or even fences? This is what many people wonder when they hear that parks are closed.

As people grapple with constant closures of places like local parks. A big talking point right now is the closure of state beaches, which is becoming more and more upsetting as the weather warms. People want to go and cool off with their favorite beach activities, but it isn’t safe to do so. Just because a place doesn’t have a fence, doesn’t mean it can’t be closed. Once a beach or any other type of park is closed, that means nobody can enter that vicinity. If caught doing so, a person could face trespassing charges.

California’s Trespassing Law

Here in California, trespassing is made illegal under Penal Code 602. This law defines the act of trespassing as a person willfully entering someone else’s property without permission or remaining on the property after they’ve been instructed to leave.

Under this definition, there are two different scenarios in which a person can be guilty of trespassing. The first is the one that most people are familiar with. It occurs when a person sneaks onto the property that they don’t have permission to be on. The second scenario occurs when a person initially had permission to be on the property, but then the owner told the person to leave and the person remained on the property anyway.

Under this law, willfully entering or occupying a person’s property means the person knowing entered or remained on the property. This does not mean that they had to know they were breaking the law, just that they knew they were entering the property. If someone goes onto a closed beach with a bunch of beach gear, it is obvious that they meant to enter the closed property and will likely be found guilty of trespassing.

The Consequences Of Trespassing

Since there are different types of trespassing, a person accused of the crime can face infraction, misdemeanor or even felony charges. The exact type of charge is dependent on the facts of the case.

Most first-time trespassing offenses earn a person infraction charges that come with a $75 fine. A second offense on the same land sees the fine increase to $250. A third and any subsequent, offense on the same land will earn a person misdemeanor charges.

The penalties for misdemeanor trespassing include:

  • Up to six months in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Misdemeanor probation.

Felony trespassing only occurs when a person makes a credible threat against another individual and then, within 30 days of making that threat, is caught trespassing on the person’s property or place of work. While this doesn’t really apply to the closed park and beaches scenario, the consequences for this particular crime include:

  • 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in county jail.
  • A max fine of $10,000.
  • Felony probation.

Don’t Go To The Beach Yet

So far, 2020 has been off to a rocky start and these last few months have been tough on everyone. As the weather warms up, it is only natural that all Californians begin to daydream about laying out on a towel listening to the roaring waves of the ocean. Unfortunately, now isn’t the best time to be going anywhere that is crowded.

Most California beaches are currently closed. Unless they slowly reopen some of the beaches, they will most likely remain closed for a while. Even though they may not look closed, people should stay away from them for the time being or else they could end up facing trespassing charges.

 

Avoid Hidden Fees By Coming To Us For Bail Help

Avoid Hidden Fees By Coming To Us For Bail Help

For the most part, surprises are nice and enjoyable. However, there are some surprises that most people would rather avoid. A perfect example of this would be a friend or family member getting arrested. As if that wasn’t bad enough on its own, some bail bond companies make things worse by adding hidden fees into the mix to provide an extra surprise for their clients.

Hidden fees are a sneaky tactic used by bad bail bond companies to make more money off of their clients. These companies take advantage of people in need to make a quick and easy buck, which is why they need to be avoided. You need to be careful when picking a bail bond company to help you with your loved one’s arrest.

Here at Bail Bonds in San Ramon, we never use hidden fees. We prefer to be honest with our clients and are more concerned with actually helping them. Our bail agents will be able to tell you how much a bail bond will cost from the beginning and you will never have to worry about any hidden fees being tacked on to it.

Even at 10% the cost of the full bail price, we know that bail bonds can still be a bit pricey for people. This is why we provide all of our clients with personalized payment plans. These plans are designed with each client’s unique budget and situation in mind. It is designed to help break up the cost of the bail bond into smaller, more manageable monthly payments.

Some of the other services that we provide for our clients include:

  • 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

If you need to bail a friend or family member out of jail, don’t get caught off guard with hidden fees. The best way to avoid these nasty surprises is by talking to one of the bail agents here at Bail Bonds in San Ramon. We never use hidden fees on any of our bonds. Call us today! We promise, we won’t let you down.

To learn more about our services, feel free to call Bail Bonds in San Ramon at 925-228-5858 or Talk To An Agent Now to chat. Consultation is always FREE!

 

Can You Make Bail Cheaper?

Can You Make Bail Cheaper?

Everyone wants to help out their loved ones when they get into a bit of trouble. Unfortunately, some problems can be too big for some people to handle. This is how many people view bail. The average cost of bail here in California is several thousands of dollars. That is more than most people can afford. Luckily, there is a way to make it more affordable.

The cheapest way to bail someone out of jail is with a bail bond. The best place to get a bail bond in California is here at Bail Bonds in Martinez.

At Bail Bonds in Martinez, our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. If your loved one’s bail is set at $20,000, then the bail bond will only cost $2,000. You get a 90% discount on the cost of bailing someone out just by coming to us for help.

In addition to simply reducing the cost of the bail bond, we provide our clients with personalized payment plans. This helps reduce the upfront cost of the bail bond. Instead of one large payment, you can make several smaller, more manageable payments. Our payment plans have 0% interest on them and we will post bail after receiving your first payment.

Another way we can make things affordable for you is by providing a discount to qualified clients. We can provide clients with 20% off the price of the bail bond so long as you or one of the co-signers meets just one of the following:

  • Is a member of the military.
  • Is a member of AARP.
  • Is a member of a union.
  • Is a homeowner.
  • Have a private attorney.

As long as one of those requirements is met, you will only have to pay 8% of the full bail price, not the usual 10%. Some of the other benefits that our clients get to enjoy include:

  • 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

If you have a friend or family member that you want to rescue from jail, contact Bail Bonds in Martinez. Our bail agents are available 24/7 to help Californians rescue their loved ones from jail at an affordable price. You won’t find better bail help anywhere else in the state.

For fast and affordable bail bond service in California, call Bail Bonds in Martinez at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Where To Find Answers About Bail

Where To Find Answers About Bail

When you have questions about a subject, one that you need to deal with, you look for answers. The best place to find answers are from a professional, but sometimes talking to a professional can be inconvenient. Most professionals only want to talk during normal business hours, but that isn’t very helpful when you suddenly find yourself in need of their help outside of those hours.

This is often what happens when someone is arrested. The arrest never occurs at a convenient time and suddenly you find yourself needing to know more about bail in the middle of the night. You don’t want to wait until morning to get answers. The longer you wait, the more time your loved one spends behind bars.

This is why our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays). Whenever you have questions about bail, they will be there to answer them. On top of that, all consultations are FREE, so there is no reason not to talk to an agent right now.

Our professional bail agents know everything there is to know about bail. They can answer all of your questions about how to bail someone out of jail and what the cost might be. With a little information about your loved one, our agents will be able to look him or her up in our system and tell you more about why they were arrested in the first place.

Our services include:

  • 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

If you have questions about bail and you want answers now, then you need to contact Bail Bonds in Richmond. All consultations are FREE and our bail agents will be more than happy to walk you through the entire bail process. Once you’ve talked to one of our agents, you will have nothing left to worry about.

Call Bail Bonds in Richmond at 925-228-5858 and get your FREE consultation or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

How To Prepare To Deal With Bail

How To Prepare To Deal With Bail

Most people have never dealt with bail before because no one they know ever got arrested. With thousands of people getting arrested every single day in California, chances are someone that you know will get arrested at some point. If that ever happens, you want to be prepared. After all, the faster you deal with someone’s bail, the less time they spend locked up.

The best way to deal with bail is to get a bail bond from Bail Bonds in Contra Costa. Our bonds only cost 10% of the bail they are for and you get help from our professional bail agents. To help you get through this whole ordeal of bailing out your loved one as quickly as possible, here are some ways you can be prepared for the bail bond before talking to an agent.

The hardest part when it comes to bail is money. Try to have a good idea of how much you can afford to pay before contacting a bail agent. On top of that, try talking to friends and family members to see who else might be willing to bail out your loved one. Multiple people can co-sign for the bail bond. This way, the financial burden is split across the co-signers and they all share responsibility.

Each co-signer will need three bits of paperwork when meeting with a bail agent to sign papers. Those three bits will include:

  • A recent paycheck, pay stub or bank statement to prove income.
  • A recent piece of mail with your name and address for proof of California residency.
  • A valid California ID such as a driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

Once we have seen that information, we will be able to proceed with the bail bond.

Bailing someone out of jail is often a new experience for people. It is not something they ever expected to deal with before and they want to get it over with as quickly as possible. Our bail agents understand this and do everything that they can to help you. You can help them out by having the above ready to go, before you start talking to a bail agent.

For a FREE bail bond consultation, just call Bail Bonds in Contra Costa at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat. We’re open 24/7!

What Are The Littering Laws Here In California?

What Are The Littering Laws Here In California?

For the most part, people don’t think about littering too much. For some, it is a concept that never crosses their mind because they always throw stuff away in trash cans. For others, it is something they do without a second thought. They don’t even consider how it might affect other people.

Littering and illegal dumping not only make places look dirty and run down, but they can also create a health hazard. This is especially important to think about when dealing with a pandemic. After working so hard to convince people to shift toward reusable items, the spread of COVID-19 has led to a rise in single-use items such as masks and gloves.

Thankfully, most people are responsibly disposing these items when they are done with them. However, there are people out there that are showing no concern and just leaving or throwing items on the ground wherever they want.

California Penal Code 374

The act of littering is made illegal in the state of California under Penal Code 374. This section of the law is all about how people dispose of their waste products. The law even classifies what counts as waste products. Under this law, the following can be considered waste products, which means there are subject to littering and dumping laws.

Waste matter means any used, discarded or leftover substances such as:

  • Cigarettes and cigars
  • Matches
  • Flaming or glowing materials
  • Garbage
  • Refuse
  • Paper
  • Containers and packaging
  • Construction materials
  • Carcasses of dead animals
  • Any nauseous or offensive matter
  • Any object that can cause injury
  • Any object that can create a traffic hazard

If a person leaves any of this kind of material anywhere other than a trash can, then they could be guilty of littering or illegal dumping.

Consequences Of Littering Or Illegal Dumping

The penalties for littering or illegal dumping vary depending on how many times a person has been charged with the crime, but it will always be charged as an infraction. This means that it will only come with a small fine and no possibility of jail time.

A first time littering offense comes with a light consequence than a third-time offense. A first time littering offense comes with a minimum fine of $100 and 8 hours of community service, which is typically picking up trash on the side of the road. Any third or subsequent offenses come with a minimum $750 fine and up to 24 hours of community service.

For many people, this may seem like a harsh overreaction for throwing a plastic bottle out of a car window. The problem is, that it wasn’t just one bottle. Many people here in California just toss garbage on the ground without a care. The large fine exists to try and prevent people from doing that. The community service helps show people just how bad the problem is.

How To Properly Remove Medical Gloves

This sounds a bit silly, but there is a proper way to remove gloves, especially when they might be contaminated with something like coronavirus. The idea of wearing gloves is to keep all of the pathogens on the outside of the glove and away from the hand on the inside. Wearing the gloves becomes pointless if a person doesn’t take them off properly and winds up touching the contaminated area.

To properly take off gloves, grip the cuff of one glove with the opposite hand. Carefully pull the cuff out and down toward the fingers. The idea is to start to turn the glove inside out. Pull the glove until it is almost completely off of the fingers. From there, grab the inside out glove in the opposite hand and ball it up. Now with the ungloved hand, slip a finger under the cuff of the remaining glove and pull it out and down like the first one. If done properly, the second glove should be inside out with the first one contained inside of it.

When gloves are removed in this manner, a person limits how much they touch and safely keeps the contaminated surface of the gloves wrapped up. Now all that is left to do is to dispose of the gloves in a trash can, not on the ground.

Stay Safe And Healthy

Littering may not seem like a big deal, but it is. It becomes even worse during a pandemic when people are trying to stop the spread of disease. Just tossing used masks and gloves on the ground is not only bad for the environment, but it also increases the chances of a disease spreading to unsuspecting people.

If you want to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic, then be sure to wear gloves and masks when needed. When you are done with these items, be sure to properly dispose of them to decrease the chances of the disease spreading.