Have a Safe Fourth of July

Have a Safe Fourth of July

Everyone loves getting together with family and friends and having a good time. Arguably, one of the best times to do so is during the summer. The weather is nice and warm. The days are longer, and the evenings nice and refreshing. This is why most Americans see summer as barbecue weather. One of the biggest days for barbecues and parties in the summer, is the Fourth of July.

Every year, we love to celebrate our independence day by getting together with friends and family members and enjoying some good food and drink. Then in the evening, we get to watch some pretty spectacular fireworks displays.

This is all great and fun, provided everyone remains responsible. Everyone should know their limits when it comes to alcohol, and know when to call it quits. This is especially true for anyone who planned on driving home. A person should never drink any alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car.

Another thing that people shouldn’t do involving alcohol on Fourth of July, is getting drunk and setting off fireworks. When a person is drunk, they don’t always make the best decisions, which is why they shouldn’t be playing with explosives. Though they are small, fireworks can still be dangerous and should be handled with care. After all, you don’t want to wind up on the news because a drunk loved one set your house on fire.

Drinking can be fun, when done responsibly. Know your limits, and you will be able to have a fun and safe Independence Day.

Not Many People Realize There’s a Difference between These Terms

Not Many People Realize There’s a Difference between These Terms

There are a lot of things that aren’t taught in public schools, or at least not taught very well. For instance, who actually learned how to pay their taxes in high school? Another example would be what bail is exactly, and how it works. Most people have no idea, and that works for them. However, thousands of people are arrested every day in California, and that means that roughly thousands of people need to learn about bail on a daily basis.

One aspect of bail that confuses people, is the difference between bail and bail bonds. Most people assumes that these terms can be used interchangeably, but that is not the case. Bail and bail bonds, while related and similar, are two different solutions to the same problem.

When a person is arrested and sent to jail, they are typically assigned a bail amount while they await their trial. If the person pays this amount to the jail, they will be released and free to go home, provided they always show up to their court dates. The bail amount is determined by a judge, and must be paid in full before the person can be released.

Since most people can’t afford to pay several thousand dollars for bail, they choose to get a bail bond instead. With a bail bond, the person pays a bail agent to pay the bail for them. The amount bail agents charge in California, is 10% of the bail that they will be paying. This means that the price of the bail bond is dependent on the price of the bail, which is set by the judge. Aside from being cheaper, bail bonds can also be paid for with payment plans, and only a small portion of the bond needs to be paid for in order for your loved one to be released from jail.

Bail and bail bonds may be related, but they are not the same thing. Bail is what needs to be paid in order for someone to get out of jail. A bail bond is what happens when a person hires a bail agent to pay for the bail for them. Bail bonds are more affordable, flexible payment options for bailing someone out of jail.

If you need to rescue someone from jail, you should get a bail bond from Bail Bonds in Terra Bella by calling 559-784-8660 or clicking Chat With Us now.

Do You Think California Will Split Apart?

Do You Think California Will Split Apart?

Near the beginning of this year, Californians began hearing rumors that they may be able to vote on splitting the state into multiple states. The measure would break up California into three new states. The idea behind this is that California is too large and diverse to govern. By splitting it up, each region would be able to better govern itself the way it wants to.

While this was simply a rumor and idea at the beginning of this year, it has now come to fruition. Election officials have announced that the Cal-3 measure has more than enough signatures to get it placed on the November ballot this year. This means that Californians will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to split the state up into three new ones.

This isn’t the first time that people have tried to alter California is some way. There have been numerous attempts since the states admittance to the Union to alter it in some way. People have sought to change its boundaries, split it into multiple pieces, and even have it secede from the Union to become its own state. However, none of these attempts have made it.

If voters approved the measure in November, it would still need to receive approval from both the California Senate and House of Representatives. If, the measure managed to get approved there, it would then be sent to Washington DC, where Congress would need to approve it as well. Both instances seem very unlikely due to many different political reasons.

Many of those political reasons are why a new state hasn’t been added to the Union in over 50 years, or why a state hasn’t been split apart in over 150. The last state to be created from a split was West Virginia back in 1863. While it is a long shot for California to split apart, there is still that possibility that it could occur. Only time will tell what will happen, and you can bet that many people will be paying close attention to California this November.

Parole v. Probation

Parole v. Probation

There are many terms out there that most people mix up. Often times, these terms are closely related and describe similar, yet different, things. The terms are often used so closely together that people begin to assume they mean the same thing. A good example of this would the difference between parole and probation.

Just about everyone knows that these two terms have something to do with getting out of jail. However, that is usually the extent of most people’s knowledge on the matter. This is due to the fact that they would rather not spend time learning about terms they will likely never need to know about. Unfortunately for some, jail has a way of sneaking up on them. This makes it important to know the difference between these two terms.

Probation is often a replacement for a jail or prison sentence. A person is given probation by their case judge, and they have set of rules or conditions that they have to follow which vary from case to case. If they fail to follow those, then they will be taken into custody. However, if they follow all of the rules, then they can finish their sentence without ever setting foot in jail or prison.

Parole deals with a person who was recently released from prison. When a person is released from prison, they are not immediately free. They have to go through a sort of trial period, which is what parole is. The person has to prove they are rehabilitated by meeting certain conditions while out on their own. The person is assigned a parole officer that they have to meet with on a regular basis.

It is easy to see that while these two terms are similar, they are also very different. Probation is a way to stay out of jail or prison, while parole is what happens after a person is released from prison. Both, however, do require the person to be on their best behavior, or else they may end up behind bars.

DUI Checkpoints and Independence Day

DUI Checkpoints and Independence Day

Whenever certain holidays roll around, you can bet that you will start to see more DUI checkpoints. This is due to the fact that more people drink alcohol around these holidays, and then proceed to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Police officers know this, and do everything in their power to curb this problem, literally.

DUI checkpoints are not something to be afraid. Police officers pick a certain section of road to setup a checkpoint at, and the selection is posted in advance to give everyone fair warning. At the checkpoint, officers will stop traffic in order to talk to each individual driver who passes through.

The officers will ask to see your license and registration, as well as simple questions, such as:

• Where are you going?
• Where are you coming from?
• Have you been drinking?

 
After that, so long as the officer doesn’t suspect that you are under the influence, he or she will let you go. However, if the officer does suspect DUI, you will be asked to pullover to the curb.

Once you have pulled over, another officer will begin talking to you in order to determine if you are indeed under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The officer may even issue a field sobriety test. If it is determined that you are under the influence, you will be arrested or held until someone can come to pick you up.

Getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk is never a good idea. It puts so many people at risk, and yet hundreds of people do it all of the time. This gets even worse around holidays like the Fourth of July, which is why you will see an increase in DUI checkpoints. If you plan on going to a party this Independence Day and having a few drinks, also plan on having a designated driver to keep everyone safe and out of jail.

Where Will He End Up, Jail or Prison?

Where Will He End Up, Jail or Prison?

There are a lot of closely related terms out there that many people believe to be synonymous with one another, even when they aren’t. A good example of this would be the terms jail and prison. Most people assume that these two terms can be used interchangeably to reference a place where inmates are held. However, that is not the case.

Jails and prisons might be similar in that they both house inmates, but they are not the same. Jails are typically smaller facilities and receive less funding than prisons do because of their size. The reason for the smaller size is that jails only house inmates for short amounts of time. A person goes to jail after they are arrested and are awaiting trial, or after they have been sentenced to an incarceration period that is 1 year or less.

Prisons are the larger of the two types of facilities, and are typically run by the state or federal government, whereas jails are often run by the county. These facilities are larger to accommodate more inmates for much longer periods of time. Prisons hold inmates who are serving any sentence longer than a year. This is why they have more resources at their disposal.

When you learn of a friend or family member’s incarceration, you can judge the severity of a situation based on where a person is being held. If a person is in prison, they will likely be in there for a while. However, if they are in jail, their stay will only be a year at most. If the person was just arrested, then he or she may be able to bail out of jail as they await their trial.

Posting bail will greatly reduce the amount of time a person has to spend behind bars. The easiest and most affordable way to post bail in the state of California is by contacting Porterville Bail Bonds. For over 30 years, we have been helping Californians rescue their friends and family member from jail. We can easily help you do the same.

You can learn more about bail by calling 559-784-8660 or by clicking Chat With Us now.

California 3

California 3

What started out as rumor, or a nice thought, has turned into a real deal. This November, Californians will have a few serious measures to vote on. Californians will not only be voting on a new governor, but on whether or not California should be divided into 3 new, separate states.

The talk about California being divided into 3 parts has been around for a while. The Cal-3 is a three-state-initiative that was created by Tim Draper. It’s also been attached to the ideal of California seceding from the U.S. as well. Generally, talks of California changing its status as a state have been chalked up to just talks. However, this time around it could actually be a reality.

The measure to divide California up is a practical idea in some ways. The plan is to divide California into 3 parts: Northern, Southern, and California. The states would be broken up by the following counties:

• California: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and San Benito counties.
• Southern California: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern, and Imperial counties.
• Northern California: This would include the Bay Area and the 31 remaining counties north of Sacramento.

 
Under the measure, the three new California states could rename themselves. Each new state would also have their own governor.

One of the problems with passing this measure, will be dividing California up. It’s no secret that some parts of California make up more of the economy than the others. Some parts are more agriculturally productive, while others rely more on commercial business. According to the measure, the U.S. Congress would be in control of dividing up California’s money and debt.

There could be benefits to dividing California up. If you’ve ever visited northern and southern California, you know that they are very different. They’re different in their climate, culture, and beliefs. This is because their surrounding areas influence them. Even the beach cities, like Los Angeles are very different from Bakersfield. Dividing California up into three sections could give those parts a better system of government. They would actually have a government that thinks like them, and understand their needs based off of the environment.

There are a lot of exciting measures to vote for this November that we should all be educated on, and one of those measures will be Cal-3. There’s many view points on this measure, and it’s time to form yours. It’s time to put in the effort and research this measure to decide if California should be divided into 3 parts.

What Happens If a Minor Breaks a Law?

What Happens If a Minor Breaks a Law?

Getting arrested is not a great experience. Everyone knows that. However, it is not something that adults can’t handle. As an adult, a person knows that it will be rough, but eventually they will get out of jail again. Kids don’t understand that. Several things are so much worse as a kid than they are as an adult, and getting arrested is definitely one of those things.

When a minor gets into trouble with the law, they are often returned to the parents. The parents or other legal guardians are responsible for taking care of the minor and keeping him or her out of trouble. If the minor repeatedly commits the same crimes, then the parent will become responsible for paying for damages.

The minor may also have to go to juvenile court. If it is determined that a minor did commit the crime in question, they will face consequences. In juvenile court, the goal is not to punish minors who committed crimes, but to rehabilitate them. This way, they can go on to be productive members of society when they grow up.

Minors can end up on probation if they are caught committing lesser crimes, while more aggressive crimes can get a minor committed to the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). The DJJ is equivalent of jail for minors and it is not a great place to be, just like regular jail and prison.

If a minor is convicted of certain lesser crimes, they may be able to have those records sealed when they turn 18. This will allow him or her to continue into adulthood without worry. Getting arrested as an adult is terrifying, but as a child it is so much worse. This is why it is important for parents to talk with their children on a regular basis. Make sure your children know the difference between right and wrong.

Jail isn’t the Love Shack

Jail isn’t the Love Shack

Relationships are hard to handle. They are complicated puzzles that take time, work, and communication. In today’s world, they also require attention or a presence on social media, making the overall relationship harder. Then life happens and balancing a relationship feels impossible, especially if your significant other lands themselves in jail.

Having a relationship with someone while they are in jail is not easy. Between accepting that they are in jail and why they’re in in jail, it makes any relationship shake. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married for several years, or together for two, having a significant other in jail is not easy. One of the reasons why it is so difficult on the relationship is the lack of communication. While your significant other is incarcerated, you won’t be able to communicate in the same way.

Unfortunately, while your loved one is in jail or prison, they won’t have access their cell phone and will have limited access to phones in general. When they are able to make phone calls, you will have to pay a hefty price to talk with them. The cost of phone calls will make having conversations with your loved one extra difficult. Your next form of communication will be through letters. Letters are a slower way to communicate and you’ll have to pay for stamps as well.

You may also be able to have visitation time with your loved one. Conjugal visits can happen, but they are considered a privilege. They are also often limited and only approved if you are married. If you can’t get a conjugal visit, you may be able to visit them on selected days. Some prisons allow monthly or weekly visitors for certain hours of the day.

Besides the difficult methods of communication, you’ll also have to deal with the stigma. No one ever aspires to fall in love with a prisoner. There aren’t any fairytales or happily-ever-after stories that involve visiting a loved one in jail. Your family and friends may have opposing opinions about your relationship. Their opinions can add tension and stress to your relationship. The best way to avoid this frustrating situation is by calling a bail bonds company to bail your loved one out of jail for the remainder of their trial. That way you can bypass the lack of communication.

What Counts as Sexual Harassment?

What Counts as Sexual Harassment?

There are plenty of beautiful people in the world. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s always nice to appreciate beauty, but in polite ways. You can’t just catcall some random person on the opposite side of the street. That is considered sexual harassment. There are ways to show appreciation for beauty, but you need to be aware there is a fine line between compliments and sexual harassment.

There are several types of sexual harassment. One type of sexual harassment is “quid pro quo” which means “this for that”. This kind of sexual harassment usually occurs in a career or educational setting. The second type of sexual harassment is hostile environment, and can happen anywhere. This is when the receiver of sexual harassment feels threatened while the abuser is in a seat of power.

Sexual harassment can happen anywhere, at any time. It also doesn’t always appear sexual in nature. It could start as just an off-handed comment. A mentor, teacher, co-worker, family member, friends, or a random stranger can harass you. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone at any time. It can be either verbal or physical.

Sexual harassment does not discriminate, it can happen to anybody, any gender, and ethnicity. It can happen in public or in a private setting. If it ever does happen to you, it’s important that you know your rights. If the sexual harassment that you receive escalates to rape, it’s essential that you understand your rights. Your rights are as follows according to Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN):

You have the right to determine whether or not you want to report the assault to Law Enforcement.
You have the right to have an advocate present at the hospital exam and at any interview by Law Enforcement, the District Attorney or Defense Attorney.
You have the right to be treated in a considerate and sensitive manner by Law Enforcement, medical personnel, advocates, and prosecution personnel.
You have the right not to be subjected to any type of discrimination because of your gender, race, age, class, religion, occupation, or sexual orientation.

 
It’s important to stop and appreciate the beauty of the world, but it’s also necessary to respect people. If you admire a flower, you don’t want to cut and kill the flower. If you let the flower be, it will grow to be even more gorgeous, and produce more flowers.