Be Safe This Halloween

Be Safe This Halloween

Halloween is rapidly approaching and the excitement is building. There will be trick or treating for the kids, and parties for the adults. No matter what your age, there will be plenty of candy and treats to indulge in. however, it is important to not get to carried away and forget about safety.

Here are a few tips to help keep you and your children safe while trick or treating.

• Ensure that each child has something that gives off light, such as a flashlight, glow stick necklace, or even flashing shoes. This will help them remain visible as the evening progresses.
• Make sure everyone is wearing comfortable shoes. Trick or treating involves a lot of walking, and so it is best to pick comfortable shoes over shoes that match the costume.
• Be sure that all costumes fit properly, and that none of them drag on the ground. Costumes that drag can become a trip hazard.
• Try to use face paint instead of masks, since masks can make it harder for children to see.
• Do not trick or treat after 9 PM. This will give your children plenty of time to have fun, and keep things from going on too late.
• Only trick or treat at houses that are lit up on the outside. The general rule is, if the house has its front porch lights on, then residents are participating in Halloween trick or treating.
• Check your kids’ candy before letting them eat it. Throw away anything that is not in a sealed package or looks like it has been opened.

 
Even if you are not going trick or treating, you should be careful. There will still be a lot of foot traffic on Halloween night, so be extra cautious while driving. Remember to be safe and have lots of fun this Halloween!

The Consequences for Juveniles

The Consequences for Juveniles

With Halloween approaching, it is important to make sure that no one gets too carried away with their pranks. Taking a prank too far is a great way to get arrested. When an adult does something that is against the law, they are arrested and taken to jail until their trial. When someone under the age of 18 is arrested, something else happens.

Juveniles are not typically taken into custody, unless they committed a very serious crime. Instead, juveniles are usually released back to the custody of their parents. However, this is not to say that they do not receive any type of punishment. Just like adults, juveniles will have a trial to determine their guilt, and if found guilty, what their punishment will be.

Unlike adult trials, juvenile trials are much shorter. They do not involve a jury. Instead, the verdict is determined by the judge. The judge will determine, based on the provided evidence, whether the accused is guilty or innocent. From there, the judge will determine what will be a suitable punishment for a guilty verdict. The entire trial process for a juvenile will mostly be completed within a day, unlike the several weeks or months that it takes for an adult trial.

Some of the consequences that a juvenile will face include:

• Paying a fine
• Paying restitution for damages
• Community service
• Enrollment in a victim impact class
• Being placed on probation
• Being placed in a juvenile hall

 
Committing a crime is always a serious offense, no matter the age of the person committing the act. This is why it is important to keep the Halloween pranks light, and to only pull them on friends and family members. Pulling pranks on strangers is a good way to scare them and cause them to call the police. This is something that nobody wants because nobody wants to be taken to jail on Halloween.

DUI Checkpoint and What to Expect

DUI Checkpoint and What to Expect

DUI checkpoints often feel like a nuisance for most people. This is a good thing, since most people do not drink and drive. Unfortunately, there are still some people out there who think it is okay to get behind the wheel after they have been drinking. In fact, a person is injured due to a drunk driving accident every 2 minutes.

This is why law enforcement agencies setup DUI checkpoints, especially around holiday weekends. It is no secret that people like to drink a little more around holiday. Even more so if the holiday creates a 3 day weekend. While Halloween does not create a 3 day weekend, it is still a holiday that encourages a lot of partying.

Due to the increase in drunk drivers around Halloween, you can expect to see more DUI checkpoints. You are allowed to avoid these checkpoints, so long as you do not break any driving laws to do so. As long as you have not been drinking, you have nothing to worry about. When you pull up to the officer, he will likely ask to see your license and registration, and ask a few questions. The questions will be simple: Where are you going? Where are you coming from? Have you been drinking?

After you have answered the questions, and the officer determines that you have not been drinking, he will let you go on your way. However, if the officer suspects that you have been drinking, he will ask you to pull over to the side of the road. There, another officer will conduct a field sobriety test, and if you fail, you will be arrested for driving under the influence.

The best way to avoid this, is to drink responsibly. This means either designating a sober driver, or hiring a taxi, Lyft, or Uber to take you home. Doing this will help you stay out of trouble, and keep the roads safe for everyone.

Weird Laws and Halloween

Weird Laws and Halloween

With as many laws as there are in the state and federal governments, there are bound to be some weird ones out there. Just about every state in the country has its fair share of laws that make no sense to a sane person. Many of these laws make you wonder how they became laws in the first place.

• It is illegal to wear masks in public in Alabama. Halloween must be a lot of fun here.
• Any misdemeanor committed in Arizona while wearing a red mask becomes a felony. Be extra careful of committing crimes on Halloween if you are in Arizona.
• R rated movies cannot be shown at drive-in theaters in Delaware. The real trick here, would be finding a drive-in theater.
• Men may not be seen in public in any kind of strapless gown in Florida. This eliminates some costume ideas for some men.
• Se offenders in Illinois are prohibited from participating in holiday events like handing out candy on Halloween, except under specific circumstances. This one makes sense, except for the specific circumstances part.
• Candy cannot contain more than 1% of alcohol in Massachusetts. Some states believe that no candy that is given to trick-or-treaters should have alcohol in it.
• In Montana, it is a misdemeanor to show movies that depict felonious crimes. Guess that means no scary movies with any murder in them.
• It is illegal to congregate in public in New York when 2 or more people are wearing a mask or any other sort of face covering that disguises the person’s identity. Be sure to plan any group costumes accordingly.
• Organizations in North Carolina may not hold meetings while their members are in costumes. Guess that means no company Halloween parties.
• Children are not allowed to go trick-or-treating on Halloween in Virginia. Well, there goes all of the fun for this holiday.
• All lollipops are banned in Washington. You’ll have to find another candy to give out on Halloween.

It is interesting how many weird laws there are out there that affect Halloween. Breaking some of these laws might not get you into trouble, while other probably should. However that is up to local law enforcement to decide if they want to arrest someone for giving lollipops to trick-or-treaters.

Bail Someone Out with a Local Company

Bail Someone Out with a Local Company

No one ever wakes up expecting to need to bail a friend or family member out of jail. Unfortunately, the need for bail can arise at a moment’s notice and it will not be cheap. Bail, on average, costs several thousands of dollars. For most people to be able to afford that, they are going to need help.

These people will be looking for a company that can offer them 0% down, no collateral, and flexible payment plans. On top of this, they are going to want to deal with a local bail company, since a local agent will be easier to meet with. A local company that offers this would be the best option. Luckily. There is Bail Bonds in Terra Bella.

Bail Bonds in Terra Bella is a family-owned, statewide bail bonds company. We have local agents all over the state. This way, our clients will always be able to meet with a local bail agent. On top of being local, we can offer no collateral bail bonds with flexible payment plans. We can even offer qualified clients the ability to get a bail bond with no down payment.

Here at Bail Bonds in Terra Bella, we do everything that we can to make the bail bond process simple and easy for our clients. One of the best ways to do this, is by making our bail bonds affordable. Sometimes that is by giving our clients 0% down, and sometimes that is by breaking up the cost of the bail into manageable monthly payments. No matter how it is done, our clients can count on being able to afford their loved one’s bail.

Getting started with the bail bond process at Bail Bonds in Terra Bella is simple. All someone has to do is talk to one of our many agents. This can be over the phone, online, or in person with one of our local agents. You will always be able to get in touch with one of our amazing bail agents.

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Scary Legends of California: Alcatraz

Scary Legends of California: Alcatraz

Probably one of the more famous haunted places in all of California is Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. The island has served as a military fortification, military prison, and as a federal prison. The place has been associated with suffering and death for a long time, and that association has left an imprint on the minds of those who visit the island.

Long before the island was built upon, Native Americans feared the island. They believed that evil spirits resided there, and that the island itself held a portal to another realm. The local tribes would send people there as punishment for breaking tribal laws.

Around 1850, Alcatraz Island was acquired by the US government, and turned into a military fort. Soon enough, starting in the 1860’s, the fort slowly became more of a military prison. It housed hundreds of inmates from both the Civil War, and the Mexican-American War. Construction on the concrete cell-block, which is the main feature on the island, started in 1909 and was completed 3 years later. In 1934, Alcatraz became a federal prison. It remained in operation for 29 years. The island is now a Nation Historic Landmark, and is quite the tourist destination.

Park rangers who live on the island have heard and seen things that cannot be explained. One of the worst places is the main cell block, and the dungeon beneath it. They say the air within this building is often cold, and filled with the wails and screams of those who suffered on the island. Stories abound of ghosts of dead inmates walking the halls, or standing within their cells, still imprisoned to this day.

Worst of all, are the stories of a creature known only as The Thing. It is a dark, ghostly figure with glowing red eyes. The apparition haunts the cells of Alcatraz, and is rumored to have killed some of the inmates. One particular story tells of an inmate who was placed into solitary and began screaming that a creature with glowing red eyes was in his cell and attacking him. The man screamed late into the night, until the screaming eventually stopped. The next morning, the guards found him dead in his cell with hand prints around his throat. He had been strangled.

Many visitors to Alcatraz say that they have heard and seen the ghosts roaming the grounds of the island. Even those who do not believe in ghosts, have had their minds changed after a visit to the island that these restless spirits call home.

DUI Checkpoints on Halloween

DUI Checkpoints on Halloween

Drinking and driving is never a good idea. Unfortunately, thousands of people decide to do so every day, especially around holidays. This includes Halloween. People are out and about partying and having fun when they decide they are not too drunk to drive. They get behind the wheel of a vehicle, and inevitably cause an accident.

This is horrible on any day of the year, but can be infinitely worse on Halloween due to the increase in foot traffic caused by children trick or treating. This is why police officers are so determined to stop drunk drivers on Halloween. One of the best ways that they do this is by setting up DUI checkpoints.

DUI checkpoints help law enforcement officers find drivers who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is done by setting up the checkpoint on a road that is known to be well traveled by people who have been drinking. The officers will restrict the flow of traffic down to a few lanes, and quickly interview every driver they passes through. They will ask each driver a few questions, and look closely for any signs of intoxication.

If the driver doesn’t show any signs of inebriation, then they will be free to go on their way. However, if the officer suspects that the driver is under the influence of something, the driver will be asked to pullover to the side. The driver will then have to take a field sobriety test, and if they fail that, they can be taken into custody.

While this may slow down traffic, it is all for a good reason. On Halloween, kids are all over the streets as the go on their annual hunt for candy. No one wants to hear a story about a drunk driver killing someone on a normal day. On Halloween, the story could be much worse.

Commonly Misused Words

Commonly Misused Words

The English language is filled with hundreds of thousands of words, with several hundreds of words coming from other languages. On top of the impossibly high number of words out there, the English language has hundreds of rules on how those words can be used and it can take a lifetime to learn all of those rules.

This has led to a huge list of words that are commonly misused.
Enormity – At first glance, one might assume that enormity has some relation to the word enormous, however, that is not entirely the case. Enormity actually refers to an evil or immoral act.
Instant – This one gets misused a lot nowadays, and mostly by companies trying to sell you something. It is used to say that something can happen quickly, which is close to correct, but not quite. When something happens in an instant, it happens that exact moment. For example, you can snap your fingers in an instant. You cannot cook rice in an instant.
Literally – This is a word that is frequently misused by people to hyperbolize or exaggerate an effect that something will have. When something literally happens, it actually happens. A person can literally dance for joy. A person cannot literally have steam coming out of their ears because they are angry.
Ultimate – The misuse of this word is not as well known, and can be surprising to a lot of people. Ultimate, originally meant the end, or last of a series. For instance, this definition is the ultimate in this list of misused words, meaning it comes at the end of the list.

The interesting thing to note about a many of these words, is that while they are no longer used as they were originally intended, they still have the “wrong” use of the word listed under their definitions in the dictionary. This just goes to show how fluid and changing language is. Some of these words have been misused for so long, that the wrong meaning has actually become a part of their meaning.

Don’t Take the Scare Too Far

Don’t Take the Scare Too Far

Halloween is just around the corner, and it is the time of year where many people love to get scared. A good scare between friends can be terrifying, and yet thrilling and exciting. While scaring people is fun, there are many people out there that only enjoy it when they are somewhat expecting.

You never want to scare someone so much that they truly think their life is in danger in some way. That is why it is best to stick to scaring people that you know will take it in a good way, such as friends and family members. Scaring random people can actually lead to a person being arrested.

If you scare a person to the point where he or she thinks their life has been threatened, they can call the cops, and you could be arrested. A person can be arrested for assault and battery, even if they never intended to cause any actual harm.

Take for instance the creepy clowns that were popping up all over in 2016. Dozens of people were arrested for dressing as scary clowns and startling innocent people in some way. It may have just been a joke to some of the clowns, but the threat and scare to their victims was real. This lead to real consequences for the people who dressed as clowns.

So, remember to keep the scaring and pranks to family and friends this year. They will be less likely to call the police on you, even if you do start to annoy them.

Halloween and DUI Checkpoints

Halloween and DUI Checkpoints

Halloween is a time for fun and games. For kids, this means trick or treating. For adults, this means parties, which will typically involve alcohol. The police and other local law enforcement are aware of this fact. They know people will be drinking during Halloween, and some of those people will think that getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is a good idea.

Drinking and driving is a bad enough idea on any day of the year, but it is especially dangerous on Halloween. This is due to the fact that there will be hundreds of kids roaming the streets trick or treating. This can increase the odds of someone getting hurt due to drunk driving.

In order to prevent as many accidents as possible from happening, local police will be setting up DUI checkpoints. They may seem like a nuisance, but they are there to keep people safe.

At a typical DUI checkpoint, the road will be restricted, and officers will be stopping vehicles to speak with the drivers. In most instances, the officer will simply ask for the driver’s name, and where the driver is coming from and going to. As long as the officer does not see any obvious signs of intoxication, the driver will be allowed to go on his way.

However, if the officer suspects that the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the driver will be asked to pull over to the side of the road. There, another officer will have the driver conduct a field sobriety test. If the driver fails this, than he or she will be taken into custody.

Drunk drivers cause hundreds of injuries, and roughly 36 deaths a day. Those numbers tend to grow around drinking holidays, which is why officers setup DUI Checkpoints. These checkpoints help keep the roadways safe for everyone out there. So, if you plan on going out and having something to drink this Halloween, be sure to do so responsibly. Assign a designated driver, or get a taxi, Lyft, or Uber. Doing this will help make sure everyone gets home safely.