California Earthquake Survival Tips

California Earthquake Survival Tips

California is known for its earthquakes. Unlike wildfires which can be somewhat predictable and avoidable, there’s never much warning before an earthquake occurs. Even with the surprisingly accurate MyShake earthquake phone app you usually have less than a minute to prepare yourself for the tremor.

Early preparation and common sense is your best line of defense when it comes to surviving a California earthquake.

Keep Your Home In Good Repair

Routinely go through your home and any outbuildings and make sure that they are earthquake ready. The house met the current earthquake building guidelines when it was constructed, but it’s up to you to make sure that it stays earthquake ready. The best way to make sure your home remains standing during an earthquake is by staying on top of all home repairs.

Secure Your Space

At least once a week, go through your entire house and make sure it’s earthquake-proof. Make sure there is enough room in closets for you to fit into the small space during an earthquake. Double-check that you haven’t placed anything on a high shelf where it could fall off and hit you during an earthquake.

Create A Disaster Plan

Creating a disaster plan for an earthquake isn’t easy. You have no way of knowing where you or the rest of your family will be when an earthquake takes place. What you can do is arrange a place where everyone will meet following a large earthquake. You can also make sure that your entire family has a communication plan in place that will allow you to connect with one another after the earthquake.

Have Emergency Supplies On Hand

Create small emergency packs and store them throughout your home. The packs should contain non-perishable food, first aid supplies, a flashlight, batteries and water. You should keep at least one of these packs in each of your rooms as well as in your car.

Purchase Earthquake Protection

Make sure you’re insured against an earthquake. This insurance means you’ll get reimbursed if your home is destroyed during the earthquake, making it possible for you to start over.

Lend A Helping Hand

Once you’ve successively survived a California earthquake, it’s time to help others. Check on your neighbors and make sure they’re okay. Offer to shelter to those who need it. Volunteer with earthquake survival groups. The sooner everyone pitches in to help, the sooner the state will recover from the earthquake.


Staying Safe During California’s Wildfire Season

Staying Safe During California’s Wildfire Season

Each year, California has wildfires that attract national and sometimes even international media attention. The various media channels like to talk about what might have caused the wildfire, how big it’s gotten and how teams are desperately working to fight it, as someone who lives in California, you’re first priority is doing everything possible to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during this year’s wildfire season.

Prepare Early

Don’t wait until you can hear the roar of the wildfire bearing down on you to start preparing. Wildfires spread quickly and they can also start quickly. Don’t wait until you’re in a high-risk area to start preparing for a wildfire. As soon as you move to California, you need to start preparing for the possibility of a fire.

Early California fire preparations include:

  • Turning your property into a defensible space.
  • Having an evacuation plan in place.
  • Keeping your vehicle prepped in case you have to evacuate.
  • Having a bag packed with life essentials in case you need to evacuate.
  • Making sure your personal property is covered by property insurance.

Creating A Defensible Space

You want to surround your property with a defensible space. This space serves as a buffer between an approaching fire and your home. The space shouldn’t have any items or vegetation that’s likely to burn. The defensible space should extend at 30 feet past your house.

Packing Evacuation Supplies

You don’t have enough room in your car for all of your personal belongings. Limit what you need to one bag per person. Most of the time you can keep his bag in your closet, but if it looks like there is a chance that you’ll have to evacuate, stow the emergency fire bag in your car. Fire moves quickly so each second you save is important.

Items you should have in your emergency fire evacuation bag include:

  • A change of clothing
  • Cash/credit cards
  • An extra charger for your cell phone
  • The contact information for your insurance company
  • A first aid kit
  • Any medication you take
  • Water
  • Food
  • A flashlight

Keep Tabs On Your Neighbors

Fire doesn’t care who it hurts. It’s up to you to keep in touch with your neighbors and make sure that they’re able to protect themselves from a wildfire. Whenever possible, offer to help them evacuate. Taking a few seconds to contact your neighbor’s emergency contact or helping load up their car helps save lives.

Prepare Your Pets

You can’t afford to forget about your pets during an emergency fire evacuation. They can’t fend for themselves. You should also be prepared for even the most docile pet to become stressed as you evacuate. They might not understand exactly what is going on, but they do know that a fire is approaching and that you’re stressed.

Lock your pets in a different part of the house while you prepare to evacuate. This prevents them from bolting out the door and getting lost while you’re packing up your vehicle. When you’re ready to load your pets in the car keep them leashed or in a carrier. Don’t assume they will just follow you. Each time you stop the car for gas, make sure your pets are restrained before you get out of your car.

It’s a good idea to get your pet microchipped and to write its name and your phone number on their collar before you evacuate.

Before you drive away from your home, take a couple of seconds to double-check that all people and pets are loaded in your car.

Even though it’s hard to stay calm when you’re evacuating, you really need to. The calmer you can keep yourself in this situation, the smoother the evacuation will go.


The Legal Consequences Of Public Fighting

The Legal Consequences Of Public Fighting

Street fighting, barroom brawls and throwing a punch at a guy who steals your parking space. In the movies, these things never seem like a big deal. The worst thing that ever seems to happen to the characters who are involved in public fighting is that they spend a few hours in jail.

Sadly, real-life doesn’t mirror the movies. California has public fighting laws. If you’re busted for public fighting in California, you’ll face serious consequences.

What Is Public Fighting?

California considers public fighting to be a disturbing the peace crime. The issue is addressed in the Penal Code 415. When you read Penal Code 415 you’ll discover that it doesn’t take much for an officer to decide that you’re in violation of the law.

Penal Code 415 states that you can be charged with disturbing the peace if you’ve:

  • Challenged another person to a fight while in a public place.
  • If you get into a fight with a person while in a public place.
  • If you’ve deliberately and maliciously used a loud noise to disturb someone.
  • If you’re caught using malicious language or words that are designed to hurt or provoke someone while you were in a public place.

What Is A Public Place?

Most people know that bars, schools, government buildings and sporting complexes are public places. The problem is that some people don’t know about other areas, such as a lawn, driveway or cornfield.

Can You Be Charged With Disturbing The peace If You Get Into A Fight While Standing In Someone’s Front Yard?

According to, a public place is generally an indoor or outdoor area, whether privately or publicly owned, to which the public have access by right or by invitation, expressed or implied, whether by payment of money or not, but not a place when used exclusively by one or more individuals for a private gathering or other personal purpose.

The Consequences Of Fighting In Public

The consequences of fighting in public are difficult to determine because in addition to the disturbing the peace charge, additional charges, such as assault, can also be filed against you. However, according to Penal Code 415, if your public fight only resulted in a disturbing the peace charge, the potential consequences can include:

  • Serving up to 90 days in a county jail.
  • Having to pay a $400 fine.

It is worth noting that public fighting should only result in a disturbing the peace charge if you were an instigator. You shouldn’t be found guilty if you acted in self-defense.

California states that you can use self-defense in a public fighting charge if:

  • You reasonably anticipated that you anticipated suffering bodily harm.
  • You honestly believed that protecting yourself required the use of force.
  • You didn’t use any more force than what was absolutely necessary to defend yourself.

You can claim that you acted in “self-defense” when you were trying to protect someone else from harm.


Understanding The Conditions Of Your Bail

Understanding The Conditions Of Your Bail

In many cases, you pay your bail, you get released from jail, you go about your life. The only real conditions placed on you are that you promise to make all of your court appearances.

There are exceptions. Every once in awhile, someone is granted bail but the judge tells them that there are certain rules they have to follow otherwise the bail is revoked.

It’s important that you fully understand every single one of these conditions before you sign a bail bond contract.

The Purpose Of Bail Conditions

Bail conditions are a list of rules you have to follow while the court handles your case. Breaking any one of these rules puts you in violation of your bail. You’ll be arrested and won’t be released a second time. The entire time you’re out on bail, you have to adhere to the bail conditions.

Typical bail conditions include:

  • Not breaking any laws while you’re out on bail.
  • Not leaving a specific area.
  • Agreeing not to associate with certain people.
  • Not engaging in certain activities.

In some situations, the bail bond company you use to help you cover the cost of your bail will also require that you routinely check in with them.

Unusual Bail Conditions

Some judges like to get creative with their bail conditions. These judges will add interesting bail conditions that can include:

  • Sticking to a curfew.
  • Not drinking alcohol.
  • Getting counseling (anger, drug, abuse, etc.)
  • Seeking out gainful employment.

What About When The Bail Conditions Are Considered Unreasonable?

Every once in a while, someone thinks that the conditions the judge attached to their bail are unreasonable. For the most part, the court’s attitude is that if you don’t like the bail conditions, you can stay in jail. In other cases, you can talk to your lawyer and explore the possibility of protesting the bail conditions. Before taking an unreasonable bail conditions case to court, you and your lawyer will have to gather proof that the conditions are unreasonable, biased or unfair.

Contact Us For Bail Help You Can Trust

Once you decide that you can live with the bail conditions the judge has handed down, your next course of action is contacting Bail Bonds in San Ramon.

We are a family-owned California bail bond company that excels at helping people bail out of jail. It all starts with a FREE consultation with one of our highly trained bail bond agents. Our experts will look at your case, consider your financial situation and goes to work creating a plan that works for you.

In some situations, we provide zero down and zero interest bail and you might even qualify for a 20% discount. Call us today to learn more!

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What To Do If You Have An Arrest Warrant In California

What To Do If You Have An Arrest Warrant In California

An arrest warrant is a scary piece of documentation. If the police knock on your front door and hold up an arrest warrant, it means that they will be taking you to jail. It is in your best interest to go peacefully with them. The only thing trying to run away or arguing with them does is add to the list of charges the state/county will file against you. It’s best to save your energy and focus on putting together a strong defense.

What If There Are Mistakes On The Arrest Warrant?

Many people assume that if there are mistakes, such as a name being misspelled, on the arrest warrant that the error makes the warrant invalid. That’s not true. The police are still well within their rights to arrest you.

Even if you’re confident that a mistake has been made and somehow the police have mixed you up with someone else who the warrant is really for, it is in your best interest to go quietly with the police. As soon as you’re able, call your lawyer and let them figure out the mess. You don’t want to add a resisting arrest charge to the situation.

Pay Attention During Your Arrest

Instead of arguing with the police, pay close attention to their behavior during an arrest. File everything to memory so that you can share the details with your lawyer. There is always a chance that the police will make a procedural mistake that you’re lawyer can use to persuade the prosecutor to drop the case.

What Happens When You Arrive At The Jail

When you arrive at the jail, you’ll likely learn more about the arrest warrant and the charges the county/state has filed against you. In many cases, this is when you’ll learn how much bail it will take to secure your release. If the booking officer doesn’t provide you with a bail amount at this point, it likely means you’ll have to attend a bail hearing.

Getting Released From Jail

Once you’ve been booked and know how much bail is required to secure your release, it’s time to explore how to get out of jail. This will largely depend on the bail amount and what your current financial situation is. If you have enough money, you can bail yourself out.

If you lack the financial means to cover your bail yourself, your next best option is contacting Bail Bonds in Concord. We are your best source for zero down bail.

The list of reasons you should come to us with your bail needs include:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Over the Phone Approvals
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Easy to Understand Contracts
  • Discrete Service
  • Se habla Español

We’re a family-owned bail bond company who understands the need for both fast approvals and discretion. We do everything in our power to make the bail bond process as simple and quick as we can. We promise, we won’t let you down.

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Found A Lost Pet? Here’s What You Have To Do

Found A Lost Pet? Here’s What You Have To Do

It happens all the time. A dog appears in your yard or you find a cat while your out on a walk. Even though the animal isn’t yours, you invite it into your home. At this point, you find yourself in the crossroads of an ethical decision. Do you keep the lost pet or do you make an effort to track down the owners?

Protocol For Finding Lost Pets

While you might think it’s up to you to decide if you want to keep the pet or find it’s owner, California lawmakers think differently. Many lawmakers are animal lovers who have gone through the agony of having a cherished pet disappear. In an effort to help lost pets reunite with their devastated owners, the lawmakers passed legislation that requires that you report the found animal within 48 hours of finding them.

You can report the lost animal to animal control, the local police or a local vet clinic. This gives the owner a chance to contact the same organizations as they attempt to track down the missing pet. In most cases, as soon as you contact animal control or the vet clinic, you’ll find the owner has already reported the missing animal. At that point, the only thing left for you to do is arrange for the owner to pick up their missing pet.

Don’t be surprised if you’re told that you have to bring the pet in and have it scanned for a microchip.

What Happens If You Don’t Report A Found Pet?

Not reporting that you’ve found a pet within 48 hours means you’re facing a misdemeanor charge. The good news is that if you have reported the found pet and no one claims them, you are free to keep the pet.

Tips For Reuniting Found Pets With Their Owners

It’s is always in your best interest to reunite a found pet with its owner. This can be a problem if it doesn’t have a microchip. The good news is that you’re not out of options. In addition to contacting the local shelters, animal control and vet clinics about the animal, you should also post it in local social media groups. These groups are often the first place devastated owners go when they’re trying to find their missing pet.

If you’re a pet owner, it’s in your best interest to get your pet microchipped. It drastically increases the chances of you enjoying a happy reunion if the worst happens and your pet somehow escapes.


Invasion Of Privacy Laws In California

Invasion Of Privacy Laws In California

Everyone has the right to expect some privacy. No one wants to spend their time wondering if someone is peeking into windows, spying on them through their laptop’s webcam or using electronic gadgets to listen to private phone calls. California’s lawmakers understand your desired to keep your private life private which is why they have created detailed invasion of privacy laws.

What Is Invasion Of Privacy

Most of us assume that invasion of privacy is something that happens whenever someone inserts themselves into some aspect of our lives that we would prefer they not be involved with. The problem is that proving you didn’t want a person involved in that portion of your life isn’t always easy so California’s lawmakers tried to create a list of actions that constitute an invasion of privacy.

Appropriation Of Name Or Likeness

If you’re image, name or a caricature of you is used without your permission by a business as part of an advertising campaign, you’re a victim of appropriation of name or likeness. This is considered an invasion of privacy. The challenge most people have is proving that the business knowingly appropriated your image/likeness for economic gain. In this situation, proving your invasion of privacy case involves:

  • Proving that your image/likeness was knowingly used.
  • That the business experienced financial gain from using your image/likeness.
  • That the business didn’t have your consent.

False Light

Invasion of privacy cases involving false light have increased since the internet and social media became a routine part of life. Legally, false light is basically a smear campaign. Proving this type of invasion of privacy case means showing the court that the defendant deliberately set out to ruin your reputation by spreading damaging and misleading information about you. This can include talking to journalists, spreading damaging rumors on social media, calling employers/friends/co-workers and telling them lies about you in a blatant attempt to hurt you. Most states require that you prove the defendant acted with deliberate malice.

Intrusion Upon Seclusion

Intrusion upon seclusion is what the average person thinks about when their thoughts turn to an invasion of privacy. This particular tort deals with issues such as the defendant tapping phone conversations without your permission, hiding hidden cameras in your home or peeping through windows.

Public Disclosure Of Private Facts

Public disclosure of private facts is something many people don’t realize is an invasion of privacy. Examples of public disclosure of private facts include things like:

  • Revealing medical records.
  • Publicly discussing private sexual conduct.
  • Openly discussing private financial matters.

While some public disclosure of private facts cases are cut and dry, others aren’t. If you’re accusing someone of this crime, you need to:

  • You shared the information with the expectation that it would remain private.
  • The general public didn’t have a genuine need for the information.

Penalties For Invasion Of Privacy

Getting charged with invasion of privacy in California isn’t a laughing matter. You could be found guilty of a misdemeanor and face up to 6 months in county jail and have to pay a $1,000 fine.


Attending School During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Attending School During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Never before have so many parents been confused about how their child’s education will take place during the upcoming school year. Concern about COVID-19 spreading through the schools has caused a great deal of confusion regarding how education will work during the 2020/2021 school year.

The Governor’s Thoughts About School This Year

One of the things making this school year so difficult is that California’s lawmakers seem to second guess themselves every single day. One day the governor announces that nope, schools won’t open and all schooling will be done virtually. A few weeks later, an elementary school opens its doors and starts welcoming students.

The problem this poses for parents is figuring out how they’ll help their child get the education they need this year. Many aren’t even sure if the government has a plan in place to make sure that no child is left behind this school year.

The best thing parents can do is pay attention to any formal information their child’s school is passing on. As of right now, the governor has decreed that most of the schools will be going exclusively to virtual learning. There are some exceptions. Some schools have been issued waivers that allow them to open, provided they have measures in place to keep kids healthy this school year. Safety measures the schools who have received waivers are taking include:

  • Taking student’s temperature.
  • Requiring everyone to wear masks.
  • Creating a plan to make sure students practice safe social distancing.

It is estimated that about 94% of all California’s school-aged children will be attending school virtually. Since many parents are new to virtual learning, they can’t help wondering how the school and state’s lawmakers will enforce virtual learning.

Laws To Make Sure Students Get Educated Via Virtual Learning

Both California lawmakers and educators are working hard to figure out how to ensure students are learning via virtual learning methods. They realize that some students are going to struggle with the new system. In June, lawmakers approved budget measures that enable the schools to create programs that are geared towards special needs students that will provide them with the unique tools and learning experiences they need to gain the knowledge they would have picked up in the classroom. Schools are also supposed to use the funds to create plans for any disasters that might force the school to close for 10 or more days.

The issue of truancy hasn’t been formally addressed at this time, though now that California’s school year has begun, it will likely be discussed soon. The state will likely leave it up to each school to create its own system to make sure students are attending virtual classes. If the student isn’t keeping up on their classwork or logging into the virtual learning program, the school will likely contact the local truancy officer who will launch an investigation.


What Are The Benefits Of Bail

What Are The Benefits Of Bail

When you’ve been arrested, there are two major things you need to worry about. The first is how you’re going to handle your legal problems. The second is whether you should pay bail or stay in jail until your case is resolved.

There are pros and cons to both paying for bail and staying in jail.

The Benefits Of Staying In Jail

While most people opt to pay bail, there are some benefits of staying in jail while your case makes its way through the legal system.

The biggest advantage of staying in jail is that when it’s time for your sentencing, the judge will take the number of days you’ve already been incarcerated off the total amount you still have to serve, and the fewer days you’re in prison, the better.

The other advantage of staying in jail rather than taking advantage of bail is that there is no chance you’ll be accused of committing another crime while your case makes its way through the judicial system.

The Benefits Of Paying Bail

There are several benefits of paying bail rather than remaining incarcerated.

The first is that you have an opportunity to continue working. The legal process takes a long time. Weeks, and in some cases, months, can pass before your case makes it to the next step in the judicial system. If you spend that time waiting in jail, you have no way of earning a living. When you do finally get out, it’s likely that your employer will have replaced you and you’ll be forced to look for a new job.

The second advantage of taking advantage of bail is that you can stay with your family and continue caring for your loved ones. This is especially important if you serve as someone’s primary caretaker. There have even been instances where people have pled guilty just so they would be quickly released from jail so they could rush home and care for a dependent relative. Had they taken advantage of bail, they could have met their familial obligations and likely avoided a criminal record.

Another reason to take advantage of bail is that arranging to meet with your lawyer to plan your defense strategy is easier. If you’re in jail, your lawyer has to arrange their schedule to meet you in jail. If you’re out on bail, you can go to their office. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about whether prosecutors and cops are listening as you plan a defense.

How To Pay For Bail

Don’t assume that just because you don’t have the full bail amount in your bank account that you can’t enjoy the benefits of getting released on bail. You still can. All you have to do is contact Bail Bonds in Contra Costa. We’re a family-owned bail bonds company that has been serving California for over 30 years. We provide everything from phone approvals, free inmate searches and zero down bail bonds. Call us to learn more!

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Tips For Going From Newly Arrested To Free On Bail

Tips For Going From Newly Arrested To Free On Bail

Getting arrested is scary enough without the prospect of spending the next several months (or even longer) waiting for your case to reach its conclusion. It’s perfectly understandable to understand that you want out of jail and back in your own home as quickly as possible.

There are some things you can do that will make the entire process easier on yourself and everyone involved.

Stay As Calm As Possible

From the minute the police officers connect with you until you’re released on bail, it’s in your best interest to stay as calm as possible. Losing your temper won’t accomplish anything and it could likely hurt your case.

Staying calm allows you to keep a mental record of everything that happens to you. Every detail is important and might even prove to be a key factor in getting the charges dropped against you.

Most importantly, losing your temper and lashing out at people while you’re in jail could be the grounds the judge uses to deny you bail. If they get reports that you were verbally or physically abusive to the people who arrested you, booked you or watched over you following your arrest, the judge can determine that you’re a threat to public safety. If they don’t deny bail altogether, they could make it a massive amount.

Pay Attention When People Start Talking About Bail

At some point, someone is going to mention bail and you’ll want to pay extra attention to whatever they say next. In many cases, bail is pre-determined, but in others, you’ll have to go to a bail hearing. Either way, it’s important you know the exact amount of money you’ll have to pay to be released from jail. You’ll also have to decide if you want to try covering the amount yourself or if you’re better off taking advantage of Bail Bonds in Concord affordable bail bond service.

Memorize The Terms Of Your Release

Don’t assume that once you’ve paid bail, you’re free to do whatever you want. While there are instances when you have little to think about once you’re released, there are also times when a string of conditions are attached to the bail. Ask lots of questions and get conformation about what terms and conditions you have to follow while you’re out on bail.

Why Choose Our Services

If you’re worried about your ability to cover the bail on your own, it’s in your best interest to contact us here at Bail Bonds in Concord. We are a 24-hour bail bond company who is ready and willing to help get your or your loved one released from jail.

Reasons to choose us when you need help making bail include:

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

Here at Bail Bonds in Concord, we have two simple ways you can get in touch with us. You can either call us or chat with us online. Consultation is always FREE, so you have nothing to lose. We are open 24/7, so feel free to contact us anytime!

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