False Accusations In California

False Accusations In California

Being falsely accused of a crime is many people’s biggest fears. The chances of false accusations increase when relationships end. Too often, one person feels betrayed or hurt and decides that the best way to get back at their former lover is lying about criminal activity or abuse. In many situations, these types of cases also involve a custody dispute with children.

If you are considering falsely accusing someone of a crime, there are some things you should understand beforehand.

The Court Will Look At Intent

If you’re caught making false criminal accusations against someone, the first thing the prosecutor does is look at what you were thinking when you originally filed the charges.

In a vast majority of the cases, the person filing the charges doesn’t hold any malice towards the person they filed charges against. They honestly believed that the person was engaged in criminal behavior. In this situation, it’s unlikely that the court will take any action.

On the other end, if an investigation reveals that you had no real basis for filing the complaint or that you did so for malicious reasons, it’s likely that the prosecutor will launch a case against you.

The reason the prosecutor doesn’t file a false accusation case against every person who accidentally reports a crime that didn’t happen is because they don’t want to discourage people from taking their concerns to the police. Every single person involved in the judicial system would rather have people coming in to report the possibility of a crime than having people turn a blind eye to crimes that are in process.

How False Charges Are Typically Handled In California

In most cases, deliberately filing a false report is a misdemeanor. If found guilty the maximum sentence is 12 months in jail, but that might not be where the story ends, In addition to the judicial system launching a legal case against you, the person you falsely accused has the option to file a civil lawsuit against you. During the civil case, they’re free to pursue both punitive and compensatory damages that you’ll have to pay if the judge rules in their favor.

Worst of all, being found guilty of filing a false claim could haunt you for the rest of your life.

If you’re angry with someone, don’t try to make their life complicated by running to the police with a fake story of criminal activity. Instead, you should take some time to cool down and then think of a better way to handle the situation.

On the other hand, if you see suspicious activity, feel free to take your concerns to the police and let them investigate the situation.

 

How Tough Are Bail Bonds Enforcement Agents

How Tough Are Bail Bonds Enforcement Agents

One of the biggest problems the bail bonds industry runs into is that most people have learned about the bail process from television and movies. While these interpretations of the business are exciting and make for fun viewing, they aren’t an accurate representation of the industry.

When most people hear the words bail bond agents, they immediately conjure up an image of a big, tough guy who will stop at nothing to bring them back to jail. This is not the case at all. Yes, if you fail to make your court appearance, we won’t be happy with you, but that doesn’t mean we’ll adopt a wanted dead or alive type attitude that many people seem to expect.

First, there are limits to what we can and can’t do when you fail to make a court appearance.

The first thing to consider is that we aren’t your only problem when you skip bail. You’re also going to be in trouble with the court. They are just as irritated by your failure to show up as your bail bond company is.

In many cases, failing to appear in court results in:

  • An arrest warrant being issued.
  • A failure to appear charge getting filed against you.
  • Sometimes driver’s licenses are suspended.
  • The amount of any future bail will be raised or you’ll be denied bail completely.

When you failed to make your court appearance, the court contacts Contra Costa Bail Bonds and alerts us about your situation. At this point, we have a set time limit, usually six months, to make sure you get to court before the court keeps the bail bond we posted.

If the business was just like television, this is the point where we would burst into your home, guns blazing, and take you down. Reality is quite different. Most of the work is done in an office using a computer and common sense. Once we’ve identified your location, we will come to talk to you.

What we’re not allowed to do is:

  • Arrest everybody you’re with. You’re the only person who can be taken into custody.
  • Use excessive force, which includes shooting someone.
  • Fail to remain professional at all times.
  • Carry guns without the proper licenses and permits.
  • Break any state laws.
  • Put others at risk.

If we’re unable to find you, and collateral was used to help secure your bail, you will lose whatever you signed over to us. If someone co-signed for your bail bond, they will be responsible for covering the 90% of your bail that you essentially forfeited. All of these terms are clearly laid out in our contract.

Call Contra Costa Bail Bonds for a FREE consultation. We’re always available to answer any bail-related questions you have. Call us at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Are You Eligible For Bail?

Are You Eligible For Bail?

Getting arrested is terrifying. It’s supposed to be. The goal is to make the process scary enough that you never want to go through it again.

When most people are arrested, their biggest source of fear is that they simply don’t know what will happen. While they’ve heard of bail on television, they don’t understand how the bail process works or if they’re even eligible for it.

If you’ve been charged with a minor crime, you’ll likely find out whether you’re eligible for bail at the same time you’re booked. The booking officer will tell you that you’re being released on your own recognizance or how much bail you have to pay before you’re free to go home. Both situations are the most common.

In extreme cases, the only thing the booking officer will be able to tell you is that you’ll learn more at a bail hearing. If a bail hearing is required, you and your lawyer will appear before a judge. The judge will listen to what both attorneys have to say. They’ll also look at your criminal record and how strong a connection you have with the community. Based on what they learn, the judge will determine how much bail you’ll need to pay before you’re released. They will also layout the conditions of your bail.

If you need help covering the cost of your bail, contact the family-owned bail bond company Antioch Bail Bonds. We’ve put together a whole range of services that are designed to make bailing you out of any California jail and back in your own home as simple as possible.

Our services include:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Online or Phone Consultation
  • 20% Discount (to qualifying clients)
  • 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

Antioch Bail Bonds has been serving California since 1987. Over the years we’ve learned a great deal about working with people like yourself who simply need a little help, communicating with court officials, and guiding everyone through the bail bond process.

We understand that while you understand that you need bail money and that we provide it, it’s unlikely that you fully understand how the bail system works or the role our business plays in the process. That’s okay. We offer FREE phone and online consultations. During the consultation, you’re encouraged to ask any bail-related questions that pop into your head. By the end of the consultation, you should have a full understanding of how bail bonds works and be comfortable with the role we play.

For a FREE phone or online bail bond consultation, contact Antioch Bail Bonds. You can reach us at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Most Common Crimes In California During Covid-19

Most Common Crimes In California During Covid-19

One of the more fascinating aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is watching how it has impacted the crime rates. Not only has the number of arrests changed since COVID-19 was discovered in the United States, but the types of crimes are also different.

When the government first started to shut things down, many of us tensed, positive that the changes would trigger a surge in crime. That didn’t happen. During the first few months of the pandemic, crime rates dropped.

It’s difficult to track down just how much crime rates decreased during the early months of the pandemic. The main metric used to determine the crime rate in most areas is the number of 911 calls dispatchers receive. From March 16 through April 22, 2020, nearly every major city reported that 911 calls had decreased. In Chicago, 911 calls decreased by an impressive 25%. In California, there was a noticeable decrease in jail bookings.

Why did the crime rate decrease?

Many suspect that the big issue is that most of the crimes that didn’t happen involved peer groups who got into trouble together. There are two working theories as to why the police weren’t getting called out to investigate these types of crimes. The first is that the gangs were actually adhering to social distancing suggestions. The second is that the people who normally noticed the crimes and reported them simply weren’t out and about.

There are always exceptions to the rules and in the case of crime decreasing during the COVID-19 pandemic, San Jose was an exception. Not only did San Jose’s crime rate increase, but the crimes that were committed were also violent. For example, in 2019 San Jose had a total of 34 homicides. That number climbed to 44 in 2020. Experts are confident that when the numbers are tallied, San Jose commercial property crimes will have increased by a minimum of 4%.

Other California police departments have noticed that the crime rates are starting to increase. They’ve noticed a particular increase in violent crimes.

According to the Los Angeles police department, the most common crimes in California during COVID-19 are:

  • Car thefts – increased by 25% during the pandemic.
  • Homicides – increased by 36% during the pandemic.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the most noticeable dips were in the reporting of child abuse and domestic violence.

Authorities say instances of abuse didn’t go down, but the overall reporting of abuse for the year is down about 10%.

Gun-related crimes have increased in LA. As of September 5, 2020, the city had experienced an 8.2% increase in shooting victims. Calls that involved someone claiming they had heard shots fired increased by 11.9%.

Many feel that the longer people have to shelter in place and as everyone’s economic situation grows increasingly dire, California’s crime rate will continue to increase.

 

Can Employers Force You To Submit To A Covid-19 Test?

If you’re confused about what your employer can and can’t require of you during this pandemic, you’re not alone. Every other day it seems like some new rules and requirements and expectations seem to intrude on our rights. In many cases, getting a straight answer feels impossible.

Finding out if you have to submit for a COVID-19 test each time you go to work is a perfect example of how many people don’t know what they can and can’t fight. Some lawyers freely admit that they’re not sure how legal this topic is. For a long time, it was common knowledge that employers couldn’t legally require employees to undergo any medical examination that didn’t directly impact their work. COVID-19 has changed things.

Based on what the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has stated, it’s likely that you do have to adhere to your employer’s wishes and be screened for COVID-19. The catch is that when your employer requires that you get the test, they have to do so in a way that stays in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Your employer isn’t allowed to simply declare that you take a COVID-19 test. There are some strict rules that they have to follow. These rules include:

  • Adhering to both federal and California confidentiality laws.
  • Stick to reliable tests.
  • Understand the possibility of false/positive and false/negative tests and have a plan of action in place.

But what happens if the test comes back positive? You’ll have to socially distance which means you can no longer go to work. If working from home isn’t an option, how are you supposed to pay your bills for the two or more weeks you aren’t working?

The good news is that the government has taken the steps needed to make sure you don’t lose your home during this period. If you have to take sick leave because you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) stipulates that provided you meet certain criteria, your employer must pay you, provided you’ve tested positive. In many cases, your employer only has to pay for 2 weeks of sick leave. If you have worked for your current employer for at least 30 days and have a genuine inability to work due to caring for a child during the pandemic, you’re entitled to a 10-week leave of absence at 2/3s of your regular salary. Some employers who employ less than 50 employees are exempt from the required sick pay for COVID-19 victims.

If you start feeling unwell or were exposed to COVID-19 it’s in your best interest to talk to your employer and try to find a solution that keeps everyone safe.

 

COVID-19 In California Workplace

COVID-19 In California Workplace

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the first things to change in California during 2021 is how workplaces report COVID-19 outbreaks.

Way back in the middle of September 2020, California’s governor signed off on a law, AB 685, that tweaks the way workplaces notify their employees and customers about COVID-19. The law officially went into effect on January 1, 2021.

The new law requires that employers must provide a written alert to everyone involved in the business, including sub-contractors, whenever the employer learns that there was a chance of COVID-19 exposure. The written notification has to be drafted and sent to all pertinent parties within one business day of the positive test results. In addition to serving as an alert warning of possible exposure to the virus, the written notice should also include information about what benefits those who were exposed are entitled to and information about what the employer intends to do to clean the workplace and minimize the risk of future problems with COVID-19.

The most interesting thing about the new law is that the employer must make the written notification available for a full three years following the COVID-19 exposure.

The employer’s responsibilities don’t end after they’ve completed the written notification. That’s just the first step. If three (or more) employees test positive for COVID-19, it’s considered an outbreak. The next thing the employer must do is contact their local health agency. This contact must take place within 48 hours of the positive test. The information the public health department collects includes the names of the infected employees, their occupations, and the places where they worked.

What happens if an employer fails to go through with the protocol established by AB 685?

Well, that’s not entirely clear. The law does mention that the employer will receive a citation: “The division shall enforce paragraphs (1), (2), and (4) of subdivision (a) by the issuance of a citation alleging a violation of these paragraphs and a notice of civil penalty in a manner consistent with Section 6317.”

The problem is that no one knows exactly what the citation is or how it will impact the employer. It’s unclear if they will face a fine or lose their business license. When you read through the law, you do learn that if the Health Department issues a citation, the employer does have the right to a trial during which they’re allowed to argue their case.

This new 2021 law impacts all employers, no matter how many employees they hire.

 

Need Bail? We Offer A 20% Discount!

Need Bail? We Offer A 20% Discount!

No one plans on needing bail money. It’s not the type of expense that anyone builds into their monthly budget. So, when the worse happens and you do suddenly find yourself in need of bail, figuring out where to get the money can be challenging. Especially since in many cases, the amount of money needed for bail is substantial.

The good news is Martinez Bail Bonds can help.

We are a family-owned bail bond company with a long and positive history of working with jails and courts in all of California. We have a program in place that makes bail a little more affordable for you.

Affordable Bail

Typically, we charge you a fee that adds up to 10% of the bail amount needed. Obviously, that’s substantially less than the whole amount, but it can still be more than many people can afford. We get it. Times are tough. Money is tight. That’s why we’ve created programs designed to eliminate the strain bail places on your financial situation.

The 20% Discount

The first thing we do is look to see if you qualify for our 20% discount. The odds are pretty high that you’ll qualify for this discount. It’s offered to anyone who is:

  • A member of the military
  • A homeowner
  • An AARP member
  • Have a private attorney

Not sure if you qualify? Contact us for a FREE consultation and find out!

Additional Payment Plans

Don’t get discouraged if you’re one of the few who doesn’t qualify for a 20% bail discount. We have other payment programs that are designed to ease the financial burden. These include:

  • No collateral for working signers
  • Zero Interest Payments
  • Affordable payment plans

We understand exactly how much stress you’re currently experiencing as you worry about the future. We don’t think that you should also have to worry about how you’re supposed to afford groceries after you’ve covered your bail bill.

Contact Us For Reliable Bail Help

At Martinez Bail Bonds, we promise that we’re not the scary bail agents you see represented on television. We’re a kind, friendly, compassionate bail bond company that wants nothing more than to help you through this trying time.

The best way to get to know more about us, our services, and our 20% bail discount is by contacting us for a FREE, no obligation consultation. We’ll answer all your bail-related questions and put your mind at ease.

For a discrete and compassionate bail experience, call Martinez Bail Bonds at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Don’t Let A Thing Like State Lines Deter You From Bailing Out A Loved One

You Can Still Act Quickly

When you get a late-night phone call from a loved one where they ask you to help out with bail, it’s natural to want to agree. Most friends and family members do. However, some people don’t find out until they’ve offered to help that the loved one was arrested in an entirely different state, making bailing them out difficult.

While helping with bail is difficult especially when you’re in one state and your arrested loved one is in a different one, it is not impossible. Everyone involved in the process has to understand that geographical distance does require some research and will slow things down a bit.

The first thing you need to do is research the area where your loved one is incarcerated. Subtle laws that can influence the bail process that you will need to familiarize yourself with. At this point, it’s okay to contact a lawyer, legal aid office, or a bail bond company for help. The better you understand local regulations, the less stressful the entire process is.

The second thing you need to do is simpler. All that is required is gathering up vital information about the loved one you are trying to bail out of jail.

The information you need includes:

  • The jail where they’re being held.
  • Their date of birth.
  • The charges filed against them.
  • The arresting agency.
  • The amount of bail needed.
  • Your loved one’s booking number.

At this point, it is important that you connect with a bail bond company that’s familiar with the jail where you’re loved one is currently being held. The bail bond company will tell you what you need, they will assist with the bail bond process, and make sure your loved one understands all the terms connected to their release. Most importantly, a good, local bail bond company will ensure that you’re loved one is released as quickly as possible.

If you find yourself in need of bail anywhere in California, it’s in your best interest to contact Concord Bail Bonds. We are one of the most trusted bail bond company in the state. 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

Consultation is FREE, so call us today! The sooner you call, the sooner we can start the bail bond process. We promise, we won’t let you down.

You can reach Concord Bail Bonds at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Tips For Successfully Bailing Your Adult Child Out Of Jail

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Our instincts are to do whatever it takes to help out our children. Those instincts don’t go away when they become adults. On the other hand, there is also a time when we want them to fully understand that their actions have consequences and that we can’t do everything for them.

Learning that your adult child has been arrested often pits the two sides of our parental urges against one another.One of the first things you have to decide after learning your adult child has been arrested is if you’re going to bail them out of jail.

Give Yourself Some Time To Think

Don’t automatically tell your adult child that you’re going to handle their bail. Give yourself some time to think about the situation and decide what is best for both you and them. Issues to consider when you have an adult child who wants to be bailed out of jail include:

  • If they’re likely to stick to their bail arrangements.
  • They’re criminal history.
  • If they have their own family to support.
  • How big a financial burden the cost of bail will put on you.
  • If you’re confident that they’ll make all of their court dates.

If, after carefully considering all the pros and cons of bailing your adult child out of jail, it’s time to figure out the best way to go about doing so.

Can Your Finances Handle The Strain Of Bail?

Deciding to bail your adult child out of jail is just the first step. The second is figuring out how to cover the cost of bail. It can add up to a lot of money. The good news is that as long as your child makes all of their court dates, you’ll eventually get your money back from the court. The bad news is that the process usually takes several months.

Can You Afford To Be Without That Money For That Long?

If the answer is no, you’ll want to contact Bail Bonds in San Ramon.

How We Can Help You Bail Your Adult Child Out Of Jail

Posting bail for your adult child shouldn’t put you in a position where you’re unable to pay your own rent or buy groceries. You didn’t make a mistake so you shouldn’t be forced to make major sacrifices. If you can’t handle the expense of your child’s bail and stay on top of your own bills, it’s in your best interest to contact Bail Bonds in San Ramon for a FREE bail consultation. We’re a family-owned bail bond company that has a long history of serving California.

Should you decide to use our services rather than dipping into your own pocket for the full bail amount, you’ll only have to come up with 10% of the bail. We’ll take care of the rest. It is important to note that the 10% is our fee, you won’t get that back. Before you sign a contract, have a frank discussion with your adult child about the 10%. Decide if you’re willing to absorb the cost or if you want your child to reimburse you. If you want reimbursement, there is nothing wrong with creating a contract that clearly outlines your expectations for your adult child.

If you decide to use Bail Bonds in San Ramon to help bail your adult child out of jail, you’ll enjoy:

  • 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

When you need our help bailing your adult child out of jail, don’t hesitate to contact us. With us on your side, you can rest easy knowing that you’re in good hands.

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

What Happens If You Fail To Appear In Court

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You’ve been charged with some sort of crime and now you’re out on bail with a court date rapidly approaching. It’s natural to wonder what will happen if you simply don’t show up.

The problem with failing to appear in court is that not showing up doesn’t make all of your legal problems go away. The charges won’t be dropped. All you’ve accomplished is delaying the final outcome.

At Bail Bonds in Antioch, as a bail bond company with several decades worth of experience, we strongly discourage this action. If too many people fail to appear in court, the bail system as we know it will fall apart. The whole idea of bail is to provide people with an opportunity to work and care for their families while they wait out the legal system.

If you’re out on a bail bond and fail to appear in court, we have no choice but to make sure you do appear. We will send a person to find you and bring you back to jail. If we’re unable to find you, you’ll sacrifice anything you used as collateral when you secured your bail bond.

Failing to appear in the court means more than simply subjecting yourself to the embarrassment of having an Bail Bonds in Antioch recovery agent showing up at your home or place of work. It also means that most bail bond companies will be gunshy about posting your bail ever again. In addition to whatever charges you were already dealing with, you’ll also be charged with failure to appear, which can result in:

  • The court charging a $1,000 fine.
  • Spending up to 6-months in jail.
  • Suspension of your driver’s license.

A failure to appear in court charge is easy to avoid. All you have to do is show up.

If you or a loved one has been arrested and needs help with bail, contacting Bail Bonds in Antioch is your best course of action. We are a family-owned bail bond company since 1987. We have an outstanding reputation for providing both compassionate customer service and zero interest bail bonds in California.

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 Bail Bonds in Antioch, the sooner we can start working to secure your release from jail. Call us today and get your FREE consultation.

You can reach Bail Bonds in Antioch by calling 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.