Drunk Driving On Halloween

Drunk Driving On Halloween

It’s no secret that getting behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking is a bad idea, yet there are a few nights of the year where driver’s leave their common sense at home and drive home after having one too many. Halloween is such a night.

Why People Drink On Halloween?

Halloween is a festive holiday. A time when lots of people like to cut loose and relax. There are usually lots of parties where the alcohol generally flows. The happy atmosphere combined with the anonymity of wearing a costume makes it easy to cut loose and lose track of how much you’ve had to drink.

The Dangers Of Drinking And Driving On Halloween

There’s never a safe time to drive after drinking, but it’s particularly dangerous on Halloween. The lure of free candy means that the streets are full of very young children. Many of these children aren’t paying attention to anything but getting to the next house as quickly as possible. They don’t look before they cross streets or rush around blind alleys. Sober driver’s often struggle to stay alert when driving through popular trick-or-treating areas. With alcohol dulling your reflexes the odds of you getting into a drunk driving accident on Halloween increase.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Halloween is one of the holidays when police officers are out in force and they are going to be extra alert. The slightest sign that you’re driving while impaired on Halloween and they will pull you over.

The Consequences Of Drunk Driving On Halloween

The legal blood alcohol count (BAC) for the average adult driver in California is 0.08%. If it’s any higher, the police will file drunk driving charges against you. Even if you’re BAC is slightly lower than 0.08% when you’re pulled over, there is still a good chance that they’ll arrest you so that they can conduct a second test once the last drink you enjoyed hits your system.

Getting found guilty of DUI on Halloween will have a serious and negative impact on the quality of your life.

  • FIRST OFFENSE:  $390-$1,000 in fines, up to 6 months in jail, your license can be suspended for up to 6 months.
  • SECOND OFFENSE:  $390-$1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, your license can be suspended for 2 full years. The court can order your ignition locked for a full year.
  • THIRD OFFENSE:  Up to $1,800 in fines, minimum 120 days maximum 12 months in jail, your license can be suspended for 3 years and your ignition can be locked for 2 years.

If you’re planning on drinking this Halloween, it’s in your best interest to arrange for a cab, Uber driver or have a friend serve as your designated driver. The last thing you need is to end the holiday with a drunk driving conviction.

Happy Halloween and Stay Safe!


Halloween, California & COVID-19

Halloween, California & COVID-19

Halloween is right around the corner. It’s one of those holidays that kids look forward to all year long. It’s not uncommon for kids to spend months working on a Halloween costume and planning their trick-or-treating route.

Safety & Halloween

Every single year, the news is always full of stories about people wondering if traditional trick-or-treating is safe. Concerning issues include the potential to bring poisoned candy into the house, getting hit by a car or getting kidnapped. This year has the added complication of COVID-19.

Is It Safe To Trick-Or-Treat?

The good news is that Halloween hasn’t been officially cancelled in California, but lawmakers and members of the medical community are concerned. Officially they are asking people to skip the tradition of trick-or-treating this year, but they have also stated that they’re leaving the final decision to the parents.

What Should You Do?

No one can tell you if you should stay at home this Halloween or if you should go trick-or-treating, you need to decide what your personal comfort levels are. If you do decide to go, there are a few things you can do.

  • Use a pair of tongs to select candy from dishes/buckets.
  • Set a limit on the number of houses you’ll visit.
  • Have your kids wear gloves and face mask while trick-or-treating.
  • Limit your trick-or-treating to your own social circle.
  • Have your kids use hand sanitizer after each house.

When you get home, have your kids change their clothing and thoroughly wash their hands. It wouldn’t hurt to let their bucket of candy sit for a few days, giving any COVID-19 germs a chance to die before they infect your family.

Don’t get so wrapped up in the idea of keeping your kids safe from COVID-19 during Halloween that you forget other trick-or-treating safety maneuvers. Make sure you’re kids are decked out in reflective clothing, that they stick close to you, and that you inspect each piece of candy for tampering when you get home.

If you’re a fan of trunk-or-treating, this might be a good year to skip the trend, particularly if the event takes place indoors. The smaller space and higher volume of trick-or-treaters increases the risk of you contracting COVID-19. If you do decide to go to a trunk-or-treat event, look for one that’s outdoors.

If you decide that you don’t want to go out for Halloween, try to look for something fun to do in your own home, so your kids don’t think they’re missing out on something. Maybe throw a small Halloween party that only includes your own family, or hide candies and make it a Halloween scavenger hunt. The important thing is to keep your kids both healthy and safe during these strange times.

Happy Halloween and Stay Safe!


Can You Post Bail For A Loved One?

Can You Post Bail For A Loved One?

It doesn’t matter if it is your parent, a sibling, an adult child or your best friend, it’s perfectly natural to want to help out and post a loved one’s bail. Wanting to post bail for a loved one is easy. The actual process of doing so is a bit more complicated.

Are You Legally Able To Post Bail?

The California court system doesn’t really care who is posting bail. They’re not going to quiz you your relationship to the inmate you’re trying to bail out. They don’t care if it’s your child, your spouse, your favorite drinking buddy or someone you met the day before. As long as you have the money and are at least 18 years old, you’re free to post bail.

The documentation you may be asked to provide includes:

  • Proof of your current address
  • Proof of employment
  • Your social security number
  • A valid driver’s license or state-issued ID card

Are You Prepared To Be Responsible For Your Loved One?

Bailing someone out of jail is a big responsibility. It’s going to be up to you to make sure that they don’t violate the terms of their bail. While this doesn’t mean you have to watch them 24/7, it does mean you want to be aware of what is going on with their case. Have a pretty good idea of how they’re spending their time. Most importantly, you want to make sure that they have no intention of jumping bail.

Do You Have The Financial Means To Handle Your Loved Ones Bail?

If you’re going directly to the courthouse and posting bail for your loved one, you’re responsible for paying the entire amount of the bail. This can range from a few hundred dollars to over a million dollars. The good news is that the court will return your money once the case is concluded. The bad news is that it can take a long time for the case to make its way through the court system, especially if your loved one claims their innocent and fights the charges.

Don’t assume that just because you can’t afford to cover the bail on your own that you’re unable to help your loved one. You still can. All you have to do is contact Bail Bonds in Contra Costa. We’re a family-owned California bail bonds business with a long and positive history in the state. We can help both you and your loved one.

When you decide to use Bail Bonds in Contra Costa, you’ll only have to worry about coming up with 10% of the money needed for bail. We’ll come up with the rest.

We offer an entire range of services, which include:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount (find out how to qualify)
  • 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

The sooner you contact Bail Bonds in Contra Costa, the sooner arrangements can be made to secure the release of your loved one. Call us today and get your FREE consultation! We’re open 24/7 for your convenience.

You can get started right now by calling Bail Bonds in Contra Costa at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.


California Bail Bond System

California Bail Bond System

The California bail bond system is designed to allow individuals who have been charged with a crime to continue to work, provide for their families and simply enjoy life while the court deals with the case.

A bail bond is a formal agreement between you, the individual who has been charged with a crime, and us, the Bail Bonds in Martinez. In exchange for you paying us 10% of the amount you need to secure your release from jail, we pay the other 90%. Once the case is resolved, the court returns all of the money to us. The second part of the agreement is that you will adhere to all the conditions the court has attached to your release, which includes making all your court dates and not committing any crimes.

Why Choose Our Services

Not all bail bond companies are created equal. Some companies have a one size fits all approach to bail bonds. Bail Bonds in Martinez does not. We understand that every single person who contacts us is unique, which is why we have done everything in our power to keep our bail bonds program as flexible as possible.

We are a family-owned business that has been serving California for over 30 years. From the very beginning, we have been dedicated to treating each person who contacts us with a high level of respect and understanding.

FREE Bail Bond Consultation

If you or someone you know needs bail, we strongly urge you to contact us for a FREE bail bond consultation. The consultation serves two purposes. First, it provides you with an opportunity to fully understand how California’s bail bond process works and the role we play. Second, it provides us with a chance to get to know you. The information shared during the consultation allows us to create a flexible payment system that makes you and us happy.

Here at Bail Bonds in Martinez, our FREE bail bond consultations can be done over the phone or via an online chat. One of our experts is available 24/7 to answer all your questions.

What We Bring To The Table

Bail Bonds in Martinez provides a wide array of services that are designed to make your life easier. These services include:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount (find out how to qualify)
  • 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

When you find yourself in need of bail, you want to deal with an organization that is concerned about your well-being and that will treat you with the respect that you truly deserve. That’s exactly what you’ll get from Bail Bonds in Martinez. Call us today to find out more. We promise, we won’t let you down.

Have bail-related questions? Get the answers by calling Bail Bonds in Martinez at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.


Changes To California 2020 Voting System

Changes To California 2020 Voting System

Every single election year provides lawmakers with a new opportunity to tweak California’s voting system. Here are the changes that will impact voters on November 3rd.

Changes To How Candidates Names Appear On The Ballot

Before 2020, California voting laws listed some situations where the names of the candidates had to be translated into another language. The idea was that this helped non-English speaking registered voters identify the candidate. That law has been tweaked.

Jurisdictions that previously printed the names in a different language now can provide a phonetic translation of the candidate’s name. There are a few exceptions to this law, that includes:

  • Proof that the candidate has been known by a specific name in that community for a minimum of two years.
  • The candidate can prove voters are better able to identify a character-based translation of the name than a phonetic version.

Lawmakers recognize that some voting jurisdictions lack the equipment needed to adhere to the name-change law during the 2020 election. A grandfather clause has been created to allow these jurisdictions to use current equipment however, if the jurisdictions update their equipment, they must upgrade to equipment that allows for the phonetic pronunciation.

Mail-In Ballots

The issue of mail-in or absentee voting has been huge this election season. Some candidates love it while others feel it invites voter fraud. Pre-2020, all registered California voters had the luxury of casting their vote by mail. Employers who didn’t wish to give the employee time to go to the polls could request that the employee cast their vote by mail.

Starting in 2020, employers are no longer allowed to tell employees that they can’t have time off to vote and that they have to vote by mail. Doing so will result in the employer getting a $10,000 fine per person who is denied the opportunity to vote in person. The hope is that this new law improves ballot integrity while lowering voter suppression.

Another change impacting California’s mail-in ballot deals with when the ballots start appearing in resident’s mailboxes. Before this year, there was an option for election officials to choose which regions received their mail-in ballots close to Election Day and which regions got the packet for a full 29 days in advance. Election officials no longer have an option. The hope is that this new law gets the ballots into the hands of the voters who need them well in advance of the election.

College Campuses And Polling

Colleges and universities have always been popular polling places. The ability to vote right on the campus increases the number of young voters who actually cast a vote. Before 2020, election officials were allowed to ask if they could use one of the school buildings and could start using it as a voting center a full 10 days before the official Election Day.

A new California voting law that goes into effect in 2020 clarifies that “public buildings” includes the use of buildings that are owned by community colleges, California State University and the University of California.

The great thing about all of these tweaks to the California voting system is that they actually make it easier for you to get out and cast your vote in the 2020 Election!


The Reality Of Unemployment Fraud

The Reality Of Unemployment Fraud

Unemployment fraud isn’t new. There have been instances of it dating all the way back to when the system for helping people stay financially solvent after they suddenly lost a job was first created.

The high number of people who were forced to claim unemployment benefits when the COVID-19 pandemic struck the United States, combined with some unexpected unemployment bonuses the government instituted in an attempt to keep the economy running has triggered an interest in unemployment fraud.

Loree Levy, a spokesperson for the California Employment Development Department, recently confirmed that the state is on the lookout for people who are committing unemployment fraud. “We certainly have legitimate PUA claims in California, but we do suspect that a big part of the unusual recent rise in PUA claims is linked to fraud.” (source)

Levy’s department released a press release the addressed the issue. “These perpetrators are often using stolen identity information from national and global data breaches, as well as exploiting expedited payment efforts in the federal PUA program,” the release stated. (source)

In California, you can be charged with unemployment fraud if it’s believed that you knowingly supplied inaccurate information to obtain unemployment benefits you aren’t entitled to. Even if you’re application isn’t approved, you can be charged with unemployment fraud.

Examples of unemployment fraud include:

  • Providing false identification information on the application.
  • Failing to report earned income while collecting unemployment.
  • Failing to report additional forms of compensation you’re collecting while also collecting unemployment.
  • Not being a legal California resident.
  • Falsifying employment information.
  • Stealing another person’s unemployment check.

Individuals aren’t the only ones who can be accused of unemployment fraud. Employers can also end up in hot water. If an investigation reveals that employer-supplied false information to the state to make it difficult for an employee to collect the unemployment benefits they deserve, the employer will be charged with unemployment fraud.

Unemployment fraud in California is a wobbler offense. Whether someone is charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the amount of money they collected from the scam. If the amount is less than $950, misdemeanor charges are filed. The penalty can include a $1,000 fine and spend up to six months in county jail.

If the amount is greater than $950 and the prosecutor decides to stick to with a misdemeanor, it’s a potential $10,000 fine and year in a county jail.

In felony unemployment fraud cases, the amount must exceed $950. Being found guilty could result in up to a 5-year jail sentence and a $50,000 fine. In addition to the fines, the state demands that the money was stolen from the system be returned and adds a 30% interest rate to the total.

The best way to avoid an unemployment fraud charge is to be completely honest on your unemployment application.


What Happens When The Police Knock On Your Door

What Happens When The Police Knock On Your Door

There is nothing quite as gut-wrenching as opening your front door and finding the police standing on the other side. They never bring good news.

Experiencing a moment of panic and indecision when they ask to be let in is perfectly natural. Questions that will likely run through your mind at this point include:

  • Do they need a search warrant?
  • Should you call a lawyer?
  • Do you have to let them in?
  • Should you shut the door without saying a word?

First, Stay Calm

No matter what happens, it’s in your best interest to stay calm. Losing your temper doesn’t do any good and it could actually make things much more difficult for them.

If They Don’t Have A Warrant

If the police don’t have a warrant, they can ask to search your home, but you don’t have to let them in. California law also prohibits the police from forcing their way into your home if they don’t have a warrant. However, if an officer knocks on your door and you open it enough for them to see something suspicious, say on the table behind you, they are allowed to seize the item without a warrant. Anything that is in plain view is basically fair game. That’s why so many lawyers recommend only opening the door a crack when the police knock.

As long as your polite and don’t do anything rash, the police can’t arrest you for denying them entry into your home when they’re unable to produce a warrant.

If They Have A Search Warrant

Police can’t get a search warrant just because they feel like going through your home. They have to be able to provide a judge with enough probable cause for the judge to justify issuing a search warrant.

If the police have a search warrant for your home, you are legally required to let them into your residence. What they can’t do is say they have a warrant and not show it to you. If they can’t produce the physical warrant, you don’t have to grant them access. The search warrant should include information about where the police are allowed to search.

Things the police can’t legally do without a warrant include:

  • Taking a DNA swab
  • Searching outbuildings
  • Going through your car

When the police have a search warrant in hand, they don’t have to wait for your lawyer to show up before they search your home. Still, it’s a good idea for you to contact your attorney right away so they know what is going on and advise you about the best way to proceed at this point.


Advantages And Disadvantages Of Online School

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Online School

The idea of online school isn’t new. Online schooling has been around for some time and many parents have taken advantage of it. Other parents have thought about it from time to time and briefly considered looking into it but never got around to it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the concept of online schooling to the forefront of everyone’s mind. In light of the pandemic, some schools have even opted entirely do away with in-classroom learning and devote all of their resources to virtual education.

How Online Schooling Differs From Home Schooling

It’s important to understand that online schooling and homeschooling aren’t exactly the same thing.

Homeschooling is a type of schooling where the parents have total control over their child’s education. In some cases, the parent works with a group of like-minded parents, an organization that has created a curriculum or even tutors. In other instances, the parent does all the teaching themselves.

Students who partake with online schooling are still connected to the school’s curriculum. Teachers who are employed by the school handle the student’s educational needs.

Advantages Of Online Schooling

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the biggest advantages connected to online schooling was that students who didn’t do well in a traditional classroom setting still enjoyed a high level of education. The set up was ideal for students who were in living situations that required them to learn from different locations, such as a parent’s house one day, a grandparent’s house in a different county or during a commute. Online schooling was also good for the children who didn’t have a reliable means of getting to school every single day.

Parents often like online schooling because it is designed in such a way that parents are able to be involved in their child’s education without having to worry about doing the actual teaching.

Students who do best when they’re able to work at their own pace generally excel when they’re removed from the traditional classroom and enrolled in an online schooling program.

Disadvantages Of Online Schooling

The simple reality is that while online schooling is wonderful for some students, other students struggle with it. The disadvantages of online schooling include:

  • It limits the child’s ability to socialize with people their own age.
  • Students who lack self-discipline struggle.
  • Students don’t connect as well with the teacher which makes them reluctant to ask for additional help.

One of the biggest disadvantages connected to online learning is that it eliminates a sense of competition that many students require before they’ll push their limits and strive to excel.

If your child is taking advantage of online schooling this year, it’s important that you make an effort to connect to the school and go over the rules for logging in each day, know when homework needs to be completed, and have a plan to make sure that you can take the steps needed to help your child thrive in an at-home learning environment.


The Purpose Of California’s Bail Process

The Purpose Of California’s Bail Process

Bail is kind of a strange thing. Since you use it to secure your release from jail while your case winds its way through California’s slow and lengthy legal process, bail can be looked at as the price of your freedom. However, since you’re still required to make all official court appearances and could face prison time if you’re found guilty, you might only be buying your freedom for a short period of time. The judge will also place limits on what you can and can’t do while you’re out on bail so you’re really only using it to purchase a limited amount of freedom.

Since the issue of bail is so complicated, many people wonder exactly what is the purpose of California’s bail process?

Bail Lets You Keep Your Affairs In Order

The most important thing bail does is allow you to continue living your life while you wait for the conclusion of your case. The restrictions connected to bail depend on your background and the crime you’ve been charged with. While the judge might limit who you can hang out with, where you can go and even what times of the day you’re allowed to leave your home, most judges usually set things up so you can easily meet with your lawyers, take care of your family and continue to work.

Helps With Overcrowding Issues

California has a limited amount of jail cells. The more people the police arrest, the more people are forced to share a cell. Overcrowding can lead to serious problems, including difficulties in maintaining order and limiting the number of resources available. Bail helps solve the overcrowding problem. Bail allows police and jail employees to quickly rotate people both in and out of jail. Fewer inmates means fewer health, behavioral and publicity problems.

Bail Helps The Local Economy

Having someone incarcerated in jail is expensive. As long as you’re in jail, local taxpayers are financing you. Bail helps reduce the city/county’s expenses. While you’re out on bail, you’re responsible for paying for your own rent, transportation and food. Every dollar you spend while you’re out on bail goes into the local economy. From the government’s viewpoint, bail makes good fiscal sense.

Bail Provides Incentive For You To Make Court Appearances

No one likes to go to court. At some point, someone realized that by telling people who have been charged with a crime that their bail money would be returned to them as long as they kept their court appearances, it drastically increased the number of people who made all their court dates.

If you or someone you love has been arrested and needs bail help, contacting Bail Bonds in Martinez is your best course of action.

Our services 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

In addition to providing fast and discrete service, we also have a number of programs in place to help you cover the bail. These programs include payment plans, bail discounts and zero-down bail. Call us to learn more.

As soon as you realize you need help covering bail, call Bail Bonds in Martinez at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.


Explaining Bail And Your Arrest To Your Boss

Explaining Bail And Your Arrest To Your Boss

The first thing people usually worry about after they’ve been arrested is how they’re going to explain the situation to their family. The second is how they’re going to explain it to their boss. You already have enough on your plate, getting fired is the last thing you need.

First Comes Bail

Before talking to your boss, you need to resolve the matter of your bail. Find out how much you owe and then figure out how you’re going to pay it. If you don’t have enough cash in your bank account, you should contact Bail Bonds in San Ramon. We’re a family-owned bail bond business that has been helping Californians with bail since 1987. We can help you too!

We’re available 24/7, so feel free to take advantage of our FREE consultations and learn about:

  • 20% Discounts (how to qualify)
  • Easy, Customized Payment Plans
  • Zero Down Bail Bonds
  • 0% Interest Bail Bonds

If you decide that you want us to help out with your bail, you can rest assured you’ll receive fast and discrete service. We’ve been serving the state of California for a long time and we understand how to work quickly to get you out of jail on bail.

Dealing With Your Boss

Most people try to hide their recent arrest from their boss. This is usually a mistake. Sooner or later your boss will find out about the situation. When all is said and done it’s best that the news comes from you.

Pick a time that’s not busy to meet with your boss and explain the situation. You don’t have to give them the nitty-gritty details of our arrest, but you should at least let them know that there is a court case against you, that you’re out on bail, and that there will be times when you have to take a little time off in order to make your court appearances.

The most important thing to tell your boss is if there are restrictions connected to your bail that will make it difficult to do your work. Two such restrictions would be not being able to leave town/county and having to be home by a certain time.

Telling your boss that you’ve been arrested and are currently out on bail is never fun, but most bosses understand that things happen and will be willing to work with you on the situation. The most important thing is to be transparent about the situation and to talk to them as soon as possible.

If you need bail either for yourself or a loved one who has been arrested, contacting Bail Bonds in San Ramon is your best course of action.

We offer:

  • 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

The sooner you contact us, the sooner you’ll be released on bail, and the sooner you can get back to work. Call us today! We promise, we won’t let you down.

You can reach Bail Bonds in San Ramon at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat. We provide FREE consultation.