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What You Should Not Post On Social Media

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These days, there is no denying how powerful social media is. It is a great way to keep us all up-to-date on how friends and family are doing. It is also a rapidly growing medium for people to receive their daily news. Then there is law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies on all levels, local, state, or federal, are increasingly scanning through social media to look for evidence and information of crimes.

In fact, many agencies have special departments who focus solely on social media. Obviously, people should know what they should and should not post on social media. Yet, some people choose to post questionable, incriminating, and illegal content online. One of the latest stories that quickly captured national attention is that of Steve Stephens.

Stephens had posted a video on Facebook of him shooting and killing another man in Cleveland, Ohio. In his video, he also made claims to have killed other people. The police were quickly notified of the posting and alerted the city of Cleveland to stay alert and indoors, if possible. Stephens was considered armed and dangerous. The search for Stephens quickly became a national search.

The video has been removed from Facebook, but it is just another strong example that shows how powerful the social media community is. Even threats that are made online as a joke are taken seriously by both the social media company and law enforcement agencies.

Another type of post that can get you into legal trouble are photos of you in a location that can only be accessed by trespassing. This happens quite often when the location offers a great view and the person needs that Instagram shot. If you post a photo of your name carved into a tree that is in a national park, or on Native American land, you can get called out for this as well.This is exactly what happened to singer and actress Vanessa Hudgens. These are the type of posts that you may not have intended to post with ill will, but it did not cross your mind that it could still incriminate you for a less heinous reason.

The bottom line is that with social media, you are putting your life out there for others to see, not just friends and family. People on social media like to talk, gossip, share, and judge. Everyone is a critic. They can quickly make something viral, and even if you delete something, you never know who might have saved a copy. Be careful with what you post on social media. If you ever see something that is troubling or disturbing, report it. It is better to be safe than sorry!

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When Law Enforcement Does Not Need a Warrant to Search Your Cell Phone

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Have you ever traveled internationally and then upon returning to the United States, been asked by border control for your cell phone? Whether this has happened to you or not, you probably wonder if you are required to give it to them, and whether they are violating your rights and privacy.

This has happened to a small percentage of travelers, but the percentage has risen sharply since 2015. Due to this increase, Congress was introduced with a new bill that would limit United States border agents when it comes to searching cell phones of Americans who are returning to the country. The new bill, if passed, would require the border agent to have probable cause, at the least, to search and even seize a cell phone.

Even if the bill is not passed, the United States border agents do have the right to ask for cell phones. Most likely, the chances of being searched are practically nonexistent. To offer perspective, nearly 400 million individuals cross United States borders every year. Less than 0.01 percent of these 400 million travelers have their phone or computer searched. An even smaller percentage of that 0.01 are American citizens.

People who are searched leave a “gold copy” of their cell phone data, which includes text messages, photos, browser history, and more, with the border agents.The border agents are allowed to clone your device and everything on it. This information can be shared with other federal law enforcement agencies if they require assistance in understanding the information. If they do not have any probable cause of illegal activity and crime, then they are required to completely erase all copied data from their system.Don’t worry, the data on your cell phone will remain intact.

Border control can keep your cell phone to search it thoroughly, even if you depart from the airport. After 5 days and no valid reason, they must return it to you. After several weeks without additional probable cause, they will have to return it to you. If they do not return your phone after that, then they have found incriminating information and will issue an arrest warrant.

Searching and seizing a cell phone at the airport is legal. In fact, border control has the right to search and seize any item within 100 miles of the border that was brought in to the United States. That means that if you returned to the United States and have already left the airport with your cell phone, but you are only 20 miles away from the border, they can still go after you, stop you, and request your cell phone. Anywhere else in the United States, outside of this 100 mile radius, a search warrant would be required.

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After Graduation Comes Partying and Traveling

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More likely than not, high school seniors and 4th years in college are not going to be spending this next month or so making their papers an A+ and studying for finals and exams. Mentally, they are pretty much done with school. All that is on their mind now is graduation, summer, and that unparalleled feeling of having completed schooling. Before they move on to higher education or work, they plan on taking a well-deserved vacation with some friends. As their proud parent, you are supportive of this; you too feel they deserve it. Yet, you cannot help but have some reservations before they graduate and leave.

Now that they are no longer a minor, you have less control and say over them. To them, this is freedom when they want to go out and have fun. At the same time, this can be heartbreaking if something bad happens, and you, as a parent, are limited on the help you can provide.

For example, if your child is arrested at the age of 15 for committing a crime, they would not have a trial by jury. Instead, a judge would determine any consequences, and consequences would not include jail time. A prison sentence is not a punishment option for a minor; they would be released back to your custody. However, if your child is arrested at the age of 18 or older, the criminal proceedings are more serious. They will have a trial with a jury, and they can face a possible prison sentence. You could help bail your child out of jail during the trial, but if they are denied bail, there is nothing you can do but wait.

To make matters more complicated, criminal proceedings are more difficult to navigate when it is an arrest that was made outside of your home state. The defendant would most likely need to be present at the trial, which will be held in the state they were arrested. That means the defendant would have to make proper arrangements to be there, when they could be back in their home state going to work, school, or just relaxing. This gets expensive.

Since your child plans on taking a trip, you will want to make sure they are aware of their actions, and to not act on something that can lead to a bad situation. A way to help show that you are not trying to lecture them and give off an “I do not quite trust you” attitude is to also let them know to be aware of the actions of others around them. You trust them, but you do not trust strangers. Your child could be a well-rounded individual, but you never know about the motives of others. All in all, you just want your child to return home relaxed and with many memories before they move on to the next big step in their life. They just finished high school or even college, they deserve this break, and you both deserve to not have to worry about trouble.

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This is Why People Choose Tulare Bail Bond Store

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We hope you will never need a bail bond, for yourself or a loved one, but if you do, we want you to know that you can and should rely on the team at Tulare Bail Bond Store. There are many other bail bond companies in California, but here is why you should choose us like so many others before you:

  • 24/7 state-wide availability in California by phone, online, or in our offices.
  • Free consultations.
  • Phone approvals.
  • We have offices spread throughout the state from San Diego all the way to Northern California.
  • Custom payment plans.
  • 0% interest.
  • No hidden fees.
  • Financing is available.
  • Multi-lingual agents.
  • Fast, confidential, and courteous service.
  • 30 years of experience in the bail bond industry.
  • More satisfied customers than other bail bond companies.

Every other bail bond company can say that they care about their clients, but no one proves it like we do. We are a family founded and operated bail bond company, and our goals and values are built around this core importance of family and unity. We understand that your time and money is incredibly valuable, which is why we promise not to waste one second or penny.

We will work with you and your family on a custom payment plan tailored to your financial situation and we promise to be with you each step of the way. We are on your side and we want just as much as you, to bail your loved one out of jail. Reuniting friends and family is why we love our job, and our passion for this is truly identifiable through our service. You cannot find this anywhere else.

Tulare Bail Bond Store can be reached anytime. Just call us at 1-800-793-2245, chat with us online, or visit your nearest location.

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What Are Your Rights as an Airline Passenger?

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The recent United Airlines incident involving a man being dragged off his overbooked flight has everyone wondering what their rights are in this kind of situation. The flight, heading to Louisville, KY from Chicago, IL, was overbooked. No passenger volunteered to give up their seat, even after the airline offered accommodations and up to $800 in cash. At this point, they had to select 4 people to deplane. One man who was selected, refused to get off.Security officials were then called to escort the man off the plane, and the situation spiraled downward from there. As seen on cell phone footage, the passenger was forcibly removed from his seat. His head was knocked against an armrest and then he was dragged down the aisle, off the plane.

This incident brought heavy backlash against United Airlines, and has left everyone wondering what their rights are when an overbooked flight needs passengers to give up their seats. Airlines are allowed to overbook their flights, it is standard practice, because often times, passengers do not show up. What are the rights of the passengers?

  • The airline must ask for volunteers before kicking anyone off.
  • The airline will often offer overnight accommodations or a free flight to those who give up their seat. However, the passenger can also ask for cash, you will just need to speak up to the airline because they will not necessarily offer this off the bat.
  • If you are kicked off your flight, there are federal rules that the airline must follow. Fliers are supposed to get to their destination within an hour of their original flight. If they arrive 1-2 hours later, or 1-4 hours for international destinations, the airline must pay double the original one-way fare with a $675 limit. If they arrive after 2 hours, or 4 hours for international destinations, the airline must pay 400% of the one-way fare, up to $1,350.
  • The airline will usually take certain factors into consideration when deciding who to kick off, but these policies are not standard across all airlines, because each carrier decides these rules themselves. For example, the airline may kick off a person who checked-in very late. Or, they will kick off a person who does not frequently fly with this particular airline.
  • The Department of Transportation recommends passengers wait to cash their check. If they wish to pursue more money from the airline at a later date, they have more bargaining power with their original voucher or check. Once they cash it, they lose some ability to ask for more.

An airline needing to pick people to depart their overbooked flight does not happen very often. Usually there will be no shows, or some passengers will voluntarily give up their seat. In the small percentage of flights that passengers do need to be kicked off, the passengers deplane without incident. Unfortunately, this incident was no such case, but it did bring up some important issues that could affect you in the future. If you ever plan on flying anywhere, with any airline, know your rights and know the airline’s policies.

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Understanding Proper Court Etiquette

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Proper etiquette is essential for making a good impression on other people, and this is especially true in the courtroom, especially for the defendant. The defendant is already in the courtroom with a disadvantage; this is the person who is being accused of a crime and is fighting against the charges so the jury finds him or her not guilty. While the jury and the judge deliberate and come to a decision based on the arguments brought forth from the defense and prosecution, the defendant’s appearance and overall courtroom etiquette leave an impression. Here are some helpful tips on proper courtroom etiquette, which are especially helpful for the defendant:

  • Arrive a little earlier than the start time of the trial so that you can have a few moments with your lawyer.
  • If the defendant is out on bail, they should come to court dressed professionally and muted. This means no distracting and flashy clothing and jewelry. Hats and sunglasses should be removed. If the defendant was denied bail, then they will appear in their orange jumpsuit since they do not have access to their personal clothes.
  • Sit and stand straight. Do not slouch.
  • Speak only when asked to, and speak clearly.
  • Answer only what is asked; do not freely provide other details and information.
  • Make eye contact with those who are speaking to you and when you are answering them.
  • Acknowledge the judge as “Your Honor.”
  • Act and speak calmly and with courtesy. Do not let your anger grow.
  • Make sure your cell phone is off or at least on silent. If applicable, leave your young children at home with a sitter. You do not want any disruptions.
  • Use the restroom beforehand so you do not have to use it in the middle of the trial.
  • As much as possible, let your lawyer do the talking. Again, speak only when asked to.
  • Do not interrupt or speak over others. If there is an objection, your lawyer will be ready.
  • It is okay to ask to have the question repeated or reworded. It is okay to say you do not understand or do not remember,but you must be honest.

A appearance in court offers insight towards how seriously they are taking this situation. If they show up dressed sloppily, sit slouched in the chair, and make small gestures like smirking, rolling eyes, twiddling thumbs, tapping shoes, and constantly looking around and checking their watch, the judge and the jury will take this to mean that they are not serious about the situation. This could hurt them.

However, if the defendant shows up dressed properly and presents him or herself in court with the right courtesy and mannerisms, then the jury and judge will see that this is a person who is mature and ready to face this situation the right way.

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A Look at Some of the Most Expensive Bails in United States History

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A few weeks ago, a Northern California woman named Tiffany Li had posted the country’s 8th highest bail in the U.S.’s state court history. Li, accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend and father to her two young children, was given a $35 million bail. She posted twice that amount in property. The equity in these properties comes from her family and business associates.Her family is rich and powerful in China, so meeting the bail requirements was hardly a struggle for Li. The $70 million in equity was reviewed and everything checked out properly, granting Li her release from custody.

As mentioned, this is an extremely expensive bail. Let us take a look at some even more expensive bails from the past.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenning Ma– $100 million and $75 million, respectively
Kenning Ma and his wife were accused of fraud. They sold vehicles without ever having the proper smog certificates. Kenning Ma’s bail was set at $100 million while hers was $75 million. Both were eventually found guilty.

Julius Meinl– $133 million
At the time of his arrest, Julius Meinl was a British billionaire. He had undisclosed share buybacks that were linked to his European Land Company. He paid his $133 million bail.

Michael Milken– $250 million
1989 saw a very high profile Wall Street case. Michael Milken was at the center of it all, being accused on 98 counts of fraud and racketeering. His bail was set at $250 million and eventually, he was found guilty.

Not everyone’s bail is going to be in the millions. The more serious the crime(s), and the more they are considered a flight risk, the higher the bail will be. Having a prior criminal history will also be a reason for an inflated bail. Nonetheless, bail, no matter the amount, is going to be pricey since it is an unexpected cost that no one ever wants to pay, or is financially prepared to pay.

In case you, or someone you know, is ever in the situation of needing to pay a bail, then you can alleviate financial stress by using a bail bond instead of just cash bail. Cash bail means you would pay 100% of the bail up front before the defendant is released. With a bail bond, you would only pay 10% of the full bail amount, and you would have a payment plan to work with. Porterville Bail Bonds is a great bail bond company to work with.

For a free consultation, contact us at 559-784-8660 or go online.

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A Mother’s Day Miracle: The Whole Family Together

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All any mother wants on Mother’s Day is to spend the day with her family. She does not get a full family day like this very often anymore. Her children are older now. They may be away for college, or live and work in another state. They may even have their own little families to raise. In some rare cases, someone in the family may be in police custody for committing a crime. Getting everyone together can be a challenge in so many ways. Nonetheless, a mother deserves her special day, so the family will do everything they can to see that everyone is present. That includes bailing out the one who is in jail.

Bailing a person out of jail does not need to be as complicated and stressful as you might think. It is not going to be as easy as going for a picnic, but it will not make you lose all of your sleep, or your whole life savings. To get the best bail experience, contact Porterville Bail Bonds.

Porterville Bail Bonds is a top bail bond company in California. We will issue you a bail bond that costs 10% of the full bail amount. If the bail is $50,000, then the bail bond premium costs $5,000. The family will then be set up on a custom payment plan so they can pay this $5,000 in smaller increments with cash, credit, debit, and checks. Once all the details are laid out and the paperwork is finalized, the paperwork will be transferred to the jail for processing. After that, your loved one will be free to return home.

The time it takes between learning the bail amount, and signing the paperwork, can be a few hours. It may feel like forever, but in hindsight, it is actually pretty quick. If you were trying to bail your loved one out of jail without using a bail bond or a professional bail agent to assist you, you would be going the cash bail route.This method is more time consuming, stressful, and expensive for the majority of people.

Save yourself the trouble and headache and contact Porterville Bail Bonds for a free bail bond consultation. Agents at Porterville Bail Bonds are very much aware that you and your loved one’s time and money is valuable. They will kindly get you all the information you need as quickly as possible.

We will help you get your loved one home for Mother’s Day!

Porterville Bail Bonds is available 24/7 and representatives can be contacted online or at 559-784-8660 .

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What Are California’s Gun Laws?

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It has been 15 months since the December 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino, California, yet the community has not quite recovered from the horrific loss. Just recently, they were struck with another tragedy: a shooting at an elementary school that left 2 adults and 1 eight-year-old child dead. With the nation watching on social media, discussion about California’s gun laws began immediately. Many pointed out that California’s gun regulations are relatively strict compared to other states.

  • All guns must be purchased through a licensed dealer.
  • All purchasers must register their ID and fingerprints with the state.
  • All purchasers must pass a universal background check and a written test to obtain a five year firearm safety certificate.
  • It is illegal to sell or purchase .50 caliber rifles and assault weapons, such as semi-automatic firearms. It is also illegal to sell or purchase magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
  • There is a 10 day waiting period for the potential gun owner to receive the gun; this gives law enforcement time to conduct their background check.
  • All guns must be microstamped when they are sold. This means that each gun has a unique serial number that is transferred to each cartridge case when it is fired. At crime scenes, detectives can use this serial number and trace the bullet back to the proper gun and owner.
  • A person must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a rifle or a shotgun.
  • To purchase a handgun, a person must be at least 21 years of age.
  • It is illegal to purchase more than 1 handgun per month.
  • If a person has lost their gun or has had it stolen, they must report this to the police within 5 days.
  • Lending guns to anyone outside of immediate family is illegal.
  • Guns must be securely stored at home, out of view of other people and out of reach of children. Ideally, the stored gun should not be loaded.
  • When left in an unattended vehicle, a gun must be stored in a locked container or locked trunk.
  • A person must pass a background check each time they wish to purchase ammunition.

There are many more gun laws in California, and the list will continue to change and grow. Gun control is always a hot debate, but ultimately, the goal is to protect the people and keep them safe. It is a matter of figuring out the best laws and solutions to achieve this and keeping crime and danger at bay.

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The Fast and the Furious is Cool, but Street Racing is Illegal

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The eighth installment of the popular street racing franchise The Fast and the Furious is finally out in theaters. The movies are entertaining to watch, guilty pleasure or not, but what you see on the big screen is not what you should see in real life on the streets. Street racing, technically documented as Speed Contest, is illegal in California.

A speed contest, street racing, or drag racing, is an illegal exhibition when two or more vehicles race against each other on public streets and highways. In many cases, a clock is used to record the times. Such an activity threatens the safety of the public, not to mention the very drivers in those cars. These street races differ from official and legal car races such as those held by NASCAR.

Obviously, the drivers involved in street racing are violating the law, but spectators can also be cited. Consequences of street racing include:

  • Arrest
  • Vehicle is impounded for up to 30 days
  • Up to 3 months in jail
  • Up to a $1,000 fine
  • Car insurance increases or in some cases, canceled

When a street race goes horribly wrong and there has been a fatality, the people who are arrested face heightened consequences, both financially and emotionally. They could be looking at medical bills, a totaled car, and a more serious criminal charge like felony reckless driving.This results in a longer prison sentence, if convicted.

Leave the street racing to the movie makers and special effects masters in the film industry. Remember that a car can be a deadly weapon, especially if the driver is being irresponsible and driving recklessly. Accidents happen enough as it is, there is no need to increase that risk by getting involved in illegal street racing. So, just be responsible and drive safely!