Celebrating Thanksgiving During A Pandemic

Celebrating Thanksgiving During A Pandemic

Some of us thought the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by Thanksgiving. Some of us assumed that the pandemic wouldn’t have a major impact on our holiday plans. The truth is that the past few weeks have revealed that not only is COVID-19 still here, but it’s also gotten worse. This has many of us wondering how we should handle Thanksgiving.

Traveling On The West Coast

On October 13, the three west coast states released a press release that outlined their guidelines for traveling during the holiday season. It wasn’t the news many of us wanted to hear. The joint press release the three west coast states issued urged limiting travel to, “work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care and safety and security.”

The good news is that California hasn’t followed in Connecticut’s footsteps and issued a mandated quarantine for individuals who are traveling from high-risk states, but the state is advising that people stay home as much as possible this Thanksgiving. At this point, the state is simply advising that anyone coming to California quarantine themselves for fourteen days. At this point it’s merely a suggestion, if positive tests continue to rise, it’s possible the state will create a mandatory quarantine.

Celebrating Thanksgiving In 2020

Many of us aren’t worried about out-of-state travel restrictions, because a large majority of us opt to spend the holiday with local friends and family. COVID-19 shouldn’t impact local get-togethers, right?

Wrong.

On October 9, the California Department of Health issued a list of requirements that, if followed, they hoped would prevent the infection rate from soaring after the Thanksgiving holiday.

These mandatory requirements included:

  • Keeping attendance to under 3 households.
  • Limiting Thanksgiving gatherings to people you cohabitate with or who you routinely physically interact with.
  • Collecting contact information and names of everyone who attends the Thanksgiving gathering.
  • Having the gathering outdoors whenever possible.
  • Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms is required to avoid Thanksgiving gatherings.
  • If a person develops COVID-19 symptoms within 48 hours of attending a Thanksgiving gathering must notify everyone who was also in attendance.
  • Social distancing requirements should be observed during the Thanksgiving gathering.
  • Hand sanitizer and handwashing stations should be readily available.
  • Unless eating or drinking, a mask should be worn during the gathering.
  • Gatherings should not last longer than 2 hours.
  • Outdoor singing/chanting/dancing is strongly discouraged, but playing an instrument outdoors is allowed.

The L.A. mayor urged the residents of his city to “not do anything stupid” this holiday season. The best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe is by using common sense and limiting the number of people you come into contact with over the upcoming holidays.

Happy Safe Thanksgiving!

 

Uncovering The Truth About Bail Bond Myths

Uncovering The Truth About Bail Bond Myths

There are many myths surrounding the bail bond process. We feel that now is the perfect time to clear them up.

Here is the simple truth behind some popular bail bond myths.

  • You Have To Use A Bail Bond Company
    While many people do turn to companies like Bail Bonds in Contra Costa for help with bail, there is nothing that says you have to use our services. If you have enough money to cover the entire amount of your bail, you’re free to do so. Bail bond companies exist to help people who don’t have enough money to cover their bail.
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  • You Have To Pay The Entire Amount Of Your Bail
    If you opt to bail yourself out of jail, yes, you have to pay the entire amount. If you do so, you’ll get the entire amount back at the conclusion of your case. If you don’t have enough money to cover the cost of your bail, we’re willing to step in.

    Traditionally, we charge a 10% fee but there are many instances when we are willing to provide a 20% discount. The best way to determine if you qualify for this discount is by asking during a FREE consultation.

    Don’t assume that because you don’t have the entire 10% on hand that you’re not eligible for bail. We have a flexible bail payment plan program that is designed to help you make paying for bail easier. Many of our clients have benefited from our flexible, zero-interest payment plans.
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  • Bail Bond Companies Can Influence The Amount Of Bail You Owe
    We have zero influence on the amount of bail the court requires. We have no sway over the court. We don’t even enter the process until after bail has been set.
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  • Bail Can Be Revoked For Any Reason
    Yes, bail can be revoked. No, it can’t be revoked without just cause. Before you’re released, the court will make sure you’re very clear about the specific instances that your bail will be revoked. As long as you don’t do anything to get in trouble, such as breaking the law or contacting the victim, you won’t have to worry about your bail getting revoked.

 

Contact Bail Bonds in Contra Costa Today!

There are several reasons you should contact us. These reasons 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

The best time to contact us about helping you cover your bail is as soon as you learn how much bail is needed. We’re always available and ready to help you.

Contact Bail Bonds in Contra Costa and get our FREE consultation at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Can Bail Be Revoked?

Can Bail Be Revoked?

Revocation is one of the biggest concerns people have when it comes to bail, probably because so many procedural shows use bail revocation as plot twists. Television makes it seem like prosecutors can revoke bail on a whim. That simply isn’t the case.

Yes, bail can be revoked. No, it can be revoked without just cause.

The truth is that there aren’t many reasons the court can tell you that your bail has been revoked and they’ll make the few reasons it can very clear before you’re officially released.

How Bail Can Be Revoked

  • When you’re released on bail, you’ll be told what you can and can’t do. Committing a crime is the number one thing you can do that will result in your bail getting revoked.
  • You aren’t allowed to have any contact with anyone who is involved in your case. This includes victims, witnesses, etc.
  • You will likely be expected to stay within a certain geographical area, such as the township, city or county where you reside.

How To Prevent Bail From Being Revoked

Preventing your bail from getting revoked is simple. First, this is the time you want to be on your absolute best behavior. The last thing you need is to be in the wrong place at the wrong time while you’re out on bail. Pay attention to traffic rules, don’t engage in any type of questionable behavior and stay away from friends who might tempt you into breaking the law.

Ask lots of questions about who you can and can’t be around while you’re out on bail. If there’s a problem, such as one of the people the court wants you to avoid, let the court know right away so that they can decide how to handle the situation. Do not try to resolve the problem yourself.

If something comes up, like a family emergency, that requires you leave the area, you need to let both the court and your bail bond agent know right away. They will look at your situation and advise you on how to handle the it in a way that won’t result in your bail getting revoked.

Do You Need Bail?

The best thing you can do for yourself is contacting Bail Bonds in Concord.

Our reliable 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

Call us anytime! Our professional bail agents are always available and ready to assist you. We promise, we won’t let you down!

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

 

Drunk Driving In California During The Thanksgiving Holiday

Drunk Driving In California During The Thanksgiving Holiday

There are certain days when the police become extremely concerned about drunk drivers. Thanksgiving is one such holiday. If you’re on the road during Thanksgiving weekend, don’t be surprised if you see more police patrolling the streets than what you would normally expect.

Why Police Are Concerned About Drunk Driving In California During Thanksgiving

California patrol officers have plenty of good reasons to be out and about during the Thanksgiving weekend. The main reason they’re going to be patrolling for drunk drivers is that history indicates that it’s a holiday when many drivers fail to hand over their keys after having one too many.

Statistics indicate that there is something about the long Thanksgiving weekend that encourages drivers to cut loose and drink more than they should, especially the night before Thanksgiving Day. According to data collected by Scram Systems, during a 5-year span, there have been about 800 drunk driving-related car accidents that took place on the night before Thanksgiving. One reason for the high number of accidents is because many people choose that night to hit the bars. Another reason is that there are more cars on the road. A higher number of drunk drivers combined with more people driving results in some nasty accidents.

Looking at the numbers, it makes sense that additional police are assigned to patrol the streets the night before Thanksgiving.

Be Prepared To Be Pulled Over On Thanksgiving

It’s unlikely that the police will be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt during the Thanksgiving holiday. If they see anything, such as briefly swerving in your lane or taking a turn too fast, that makes them even suspect you might be driving while under the influence, they will pull you over.

How To Avoid Spending Thanksgiving In Jail

If you’re arrested for drunk driving the night before Thanksgiving, you will likely spend the bulk of the holiday behind bars. Not only will the police refuse to release you until you’ve sobered up, but finding the money to post your bail will be difficult.

Avoiding Thanksgiving Drunk Driving Charges

The best way to avoid spending the holiday in a jail cell is to plan ahead before going out.

If you plan on drinking, make sure you have a plan that allows you to get home without actually getting behind the wheel. This plan could include having a friend drive you, taking a cab or getting a Lyft or Uber.

If you do go out and drink more than you should, call someone for a ride. Don’t assume that you’re okay to drive home.

Don’t assume that you can wait in your car until you sober up. If a police officer sees you get into your car while you’re drunk, they can still arrest you for “intending to drive while drunk.” They can charge you with this even if you don’t move your car.

The best way to enjoy Thanksgiving is by using good judgment, monitoring the amount of alcohol you consume, and committing to keeping yourself and your loved ones safe.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

What To Do If You Suspect Your Child’s Being Terrorized By A Cyberbully

What To Do If Your Suspect Your Child’s Being Terrorized By A Cyberbully

As a parent, there’s nothing worse than knowing your child is hurting. When a cyberbully is the cause of that hurt, it’s perfectly natural to want to shatter your smart-phone/laptop/tablet and never allow any type of social media into your home. Unfortunately, that’s not a realistic option.

If you suspect your child is being terrorized by a cyberbully there are a few things you can do that will help the situation.

Support Your Child

The first things cyberbullies do is undermine their victim’s self-confidence. The chip away at their victim’s self-esteem until there’s nothing left. As a parent, it’s up to you to keep your child’s spirits up. Remind them that they’re important and loved. Spend time with them. Encourage them to talk. Even if the conversation never turns to the cyberbully, simply knowing that you’re in their corner will help bolster your child.

Redirect Their Attention

It’s easy to tell someone who is being victimized by a cyberbully that they should simply turn off their electronics and ignore the situation. The problem is that many of the victims are oddly compelled to keep engaging with their tormentor. While you should encourage your child to stay away from their social media accounts, you’ll find that they are far more likely to follow your advice when you provide them with something else they can use to fill their time.

Gather Evidence

Whenever possible, collect evidence that show your child is being tortured by a cyberbully The best evidence includes screens-hots of photos and text conversations. Once you’ve taken the screen shots, keep them stored in a safe place. It’s always a good idea to have backup files for your proof.

Don’t Handle It On Your Own

While it’s okay to reach out to the cyberbully’s parents and alert them to the situation, you should never do anything that could make you come across as a bully. Don’t lash out at their child. Don’t use abusive language. Don’t make any threats. Simply request that they do something to rein in their child.

If the cyberbullies parents refuse to take any action, it’s time for you to contact both the police and the school and get them involved in the situation.

When it comes to cyberbullies, the sooner you take action, the better things will turn out for your child.

 

Understanding The Difference Between Aggravated Assault And Simple Assault

Understanding The Difference Between Aggravated Assault And Simple Assault

If you’re confused by the idea that in California has two different types of assault, simple and aggravated, you’re not alone. The state is full of people who don’t know the difference between these two criminal charges.

Throwing a punch at a guy who was irritating you while you were trying to enjoy a beer at your favorite bar is usually a simple assault. However, if you grabbed a knife or started swinging a pool stick, the charge will likely be bumped up to aggravated assault.

Aggravated assault is covered in California’s Penal Code Section 245. The way the law is written, aggravated assault takes place when an assault involves the use of a deadly weapon (including a gun). Don’t assume that just because you didn’t have a weapon in your hand that you can’t be charged with aggravated assault. The law is written in such a way that if the end goal of the assault was to kill, rob or rape your victim, you’ll be charged with aggravated assault.

The Punishment For Aggravated Assault In California

The penalties connected to aggravated assault are quite serious, particularly if you’re found guilty of felony aggravated assault.

If the assault was minor enough for you to only be charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault, you could potentially face:

  • One year in jail
  • Probation
  • The loss of the weapon you used during the assault
  • Community service
  • Restitution

It’s not uncommon for individuals who are found guilty of misdemeanor aggravated assault to be ordered to complete an anger management course.

The biggest difference in the penalties connected to misdemeanor and felony aggravated assault is that the sentence will likely be longer and you’ll have to serve it in state prison. You’ll also have to live with all the long term repercussions of having a felony record.

Felony aggravated assault is covered by California’s Three Strikes Law. The third time you’re convicted, the sentence is an automatic 25-life in state prison.

Defending Yourself From An Aggravated Assault Conviction

Proving you’re not guilty of aggravated assault isn’t easy, even though the burden of proof lies on the prosecution. You’re best lines of defense involve:

  • That you were defending yourself.
  • You have been falsely accused.
  • Lack of intent.

The best way to make sure you never have to defend yourself in a felony aggravated assault situation is to remove yourself from any potentially volatile situation you encounter while you’re armed with anything that could be considered a deadly weapon.

 

Hitchhiking In California

Hitchhiking In California

Signs warning drivers about the dangers of picking up hitchhikers litter the sides of California’s highways. Upon seeing these signs, most of us assume that we’re close to one of the state’s prisons and that cops are worried that a hitchhiker could be an escaped convict. Few of us know that the reason there are so many signs warning about hitchhikers scattered along California’s immense span network of highways is because hitchhiking is actually illegal.

The issue of hitchhiking is addressed in CA Veh Code § 21957 (2018) 21957. The law states that “No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle.”

Clearly, the law doesn’t want anyone hitchhiking, but what if you’re vehicle has broken down and you need a ride into town? Are you supposed to walk the whole way? And what if you pick up a hitchhiker?

It’s obvious that the law was created to discourage hitchhiking, but it’s the language. you want to pay particular attention to. It states that you can’t stand in the middle of the road and try to flag oncoming traffic down and asking for a ride. If one of California’s highway patrol officers catches you doing so, they’ll likely stop and ask you to move off the road. They might even issue a ticket.

However, according to the strict language of the law, you are free to stand on the shoulder of the road and attempt to flag down an approaching vehicle. The trick is, you have to do it in such a way that you’re not disrupting traffic.

If you are a driver who spots someone who wants a lift, you’re allowed to stop and offer them one, but not if you’re on one of the state’s massive freeways. Stopping on the shoulder of one of the those could disrupt the flow of traffic and cause a serious accident. You’ll have to somehow signal to the hitchhiker that you’ll meet them at the next exit.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the person offering a hitchhiker a ride or if you’re the person accepting the ride, it’s important to remember that inviting a stranger into your car is a risk. Make sure you use sound judgment and be very careful.

 

Reap The Benefits Of Online Bail

Reap The Benefits Of Online Bail

These are stressful times and knowing you have a loved one who is currently sitting in a jail cell doesn’t help. It’s natural to want to do whatever you can to help them get out of jail. Bail Bonds in Martinez wants to help. We’ve created several programs, including online bail, that is designed to simplify your life.

How Our Online Bail Bonds Works

Here at Bail Bonds in Martinez, we have devised a system that allows you to handle every single aspect of working with us virtually. The system is easy to use, contactless and reliable. It’s perfect for anyone who is out-of-state, considered high-risk for the pandemic, has mobility issues or who is simply more comfortable doing things online than in person.

The online process starts when you click the CHAT NOW link in our site. The link puts you in instant contact with one of our highly skilled and experienced bail agents, who will patiently answer any questions you have about how bail works, our business and what your responsibilities are. Just because you chat with one of our bail experts, you’re not obligated to use our services. Consider the chat a fact-finding mission. You’ll never be pressured to use our services.

Once you decide to take advantage of our bail bond program, you can send in all the documentation we need through our online bail program. We also have a program set up to accept online payments. It’s a simple and smooth process.

The Benefits Of Online Bail

There are numerous benefits connected to online bail. The biggest being that you don’t have to visit our office. You can remain in your home until it’s time to pick your loved one up from jail.

Other benefits of our online bail program include:

  • It’s contactless.
  • Everything is typed, so you can easily review the answers you received during your online chat.
  • It’s fast.
  • The online program is available 24/7.
  • Everything is easy to track.

Why Choose Our Services?

There are many reasons why you should consider Bail Bonds in Martinez. We’re California’s most trusted bail bond services. We have an excellent working relationship with local law enforcement and court workers which allows us to expedite the bail process.

We also offer many great programs, which 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

The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you get your loved one released from jail and reunited with their family.

Feel free to call Bail Bonds in Martinez at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat. Consultation is always FREE!

 

How Long Does It Take To Bail A Loved One Out Of Jail?

How Long Does It Take To Bail A Loved One Out Of Jail?

We’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve been asked how long it will take to bail a loved one out of jail. The best answer we can provide is that we work as quickly as possible. Several factors alter the amount of time it takes to bail someone out.

The first issue that impacts how quickly we can bail your loved one out of jail is how fast you can act. The sooner you’re able to send proof of your identity, a signed bail bond contract and payment, the sooner we can act. You’ll be pleased to know that as soon as we get the things we need from you, we leap into action. We rush the paperwork and the money to the jail and start the second process of the bail bond.

Once we get the court involved with the bail process, the timing is once again out of our hands. While the process usually goes quite quickly, if the person handling the task doesn’t have a great deal of experience processing bail or things are really busy or there simply isn’t a clerk available, the process will be delayed.

The good news is that as soon as the clerk completes the paperwork, your loved one is usually free to go. Once they’ve been released, they must attend every single court appearance or risk forfeiting their bail. They also have to adhere to any additional restrictions the court has imposed on their bail which can include not leaving a specified geographical region, associating with certain people or committing any crimes while out on bail.

If you or a loved one needs bail money, it is in your best interest to contact Bail Bonds in San Ramon. We’re a family-owned bail business that has been serving California for approximately 30 years. We have a solid working relationship with many jails and have created multiple bail bond programs that are designed to simplify the process for you.

Our bail bond 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

The sooner you take advantage of our FREE consultation, the sooner we will have your loved one out of jail. Remember, we’re available 24/7!

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

 

How To Expunge A Criminal Record In California

How To Expunge A Criminal Record In California

A criminal record can haunt you for the rest of your life. Even a minor offense can make it difficult for you to land your dream job, build a successful relationship, obtain business licenses, and even be approved for loans. The problem is that many people find out that you have a record and automatically assume that you’re in trouble. Many people fail to look any deeper into the situation. Arranging to have your criminal record expunged is one of the ways you can regain control of your life.

Difference Between Expunged Criminal Record And A Case Dismissal

It is important to know that there is a huge difference between having a criminal record expunged as opposed to a case dismissal in California.

What Is A Dismissal In California?

Having your case dismissed is the best possible thing that can happen to you. A case dismissal means that either the prosecutor or a judge looked at the details surrounding your case and decided to completely drop the charges.

Reasons for a case dismissal include:

  • Lack of evidence against you.
  • A failure to follow proper arrest/investigation procedures.
  • A Fourth Amendment violation.
  • Inadmissible testimony.

While your criminal record will show you were charged by the police, your dismissed case won’t appear on background checks run by potential employers and creditors. They can’t hold the dismissed case against you, though it’s possible that they will ask you about the arrest.

What Is An Expunged Case In California?

Expungement is different from a dismissal. When you’re case is expunged, all traces of it are removed from your record. When a background check is run on you, it will show no evidence that you were even talked to by the police, much less charged with anything.

It’s important to remember that when you have a case expunged from your record, it only applies to that case. If other charges were filed against you at some point, they remain on your record.

In some situations, it is possible to expunge your entire criminal record.