New Driving Laws in California – 2017 Edition

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There are a couple of new driving laws you are going to want to know about if you are a Californian. They involve cell phone use and are very closely related to the existing laws.

The old laws had a loophole where drivers would hold their cell phone in their hand while driving because they were using their GPS. The old law never stated the phone had to be mounted to the vehicle. The new laws that are now in effect require the phone to be mounted in certain locations, the lower right corner, or the lower left corner, of the windshield or onto the center console. A cell phone may not be attached to the middle of the windshield because it is obstructing clear view. In addition, drivers may use one finger to conduct a single swipe or tap on the screen.

Another new driving-related law more clearly defines the legality of motorcycle lane-splitting in California. The old laws never clearly outlined the rules. Now, motorcycles are not allowed to travel 50-60+ miles per hour through standstill traffic. They must be going slower.

There are a handful of other new driving-related laws, but these are two of the more prominent ones that apply to everyone on the road. The goal is always to keep the roads safe.

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The Cost of a First-Time DUI in California

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$45,000. That is the low end of the average cost of what a first time DUI can cost you in California. Knowing this, wouldn’t you rather pay $20 for a Lyft or Uber home from the bar? Let’s break that figure down.

  • Insurance – This is the highest DUI related cost. Insurance will go up year after year after a DUI.
  • Towing and Storage – Your car is impounded and to get it back, it is going to cost over $500.
  • DUI classes – This will cost around the same as the towing and storage.
  • Fines and Attorney Fees – You will be going to court for that DUI, so you will want a good lawyer to help protect, and fight for, you. This can go up a few thousand dollars.
  • Driver’s License – After a DUI, your license is revoked. It costs about $100 to get it back, once you are allowed to get it back.

Again, $45,000 is the low end of the DUI spectrum. Other things we did not account for, but could be a factor, is the cost to fix your vehicle and the cost of hospital bills if your DUI resulted in an accident. Each DUI will also cost more than one before. Do yourself a favor and just pay for a cab ride.

If you ever need a bail bond for yourself, or a loved one, contact San Bernardino Bail Bond Store online, or at 866-736-6977 . We will help you post bail affordably.

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Crimes, Defined

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The criminal justice system categorizes crimes into one of three groups: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Each category involves a different set of justice system procedures and possible consequences for the accused. If you are worried that the law might eventually catch up to you or a loved one, you can prepare yourself by learning the different categories of crimes.

Infractions – The least serious crimes.

  • No jail time as a consequence, only fines and/ or community service.
  • Not considered a “criminal” charge and will not appear on criminal record. However, they do appear on driving and court records.
  • Crimes are non-serious, such as speeding tickets, running a red light, and trespassing.
  • The accused does not have the right to a trial by jury; a judge alone will determine the outcome.

Misdemeanors – Semi-serious crimes.

  • Consequences include one year in jail and fines.
  • The accused has the right to a trial by jury and the right to a lawyer.
  • Trial length is based on complexity of case and can be months long.
  • Charge does appear on criminal record.
  • Crimes include petty theft and being publicly intoxicated.

Felonies – Serious crimes.

  • Consequences include a minimum of one year in jail, fines, and/ or probation.
  • The accused has the right to a trial by jury and the right to a lawyer.
  • Trial length is based on complexity of case and can be months, even years long.
  • Charge does appear on criminal record.
  • Crimes include kidnapping and other serious crimes where threat is involved.

The thought of getting arrested should convince you to adjust any bad habits you might have and to not risk your life.

We hope you never need our bail services but if you do, San Bernardino Bail Bond Store can be reached 24/7, online and at 866-736-6977 .

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The Ultimate Law at Redlands Bail Bond Store

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The laws in California are constantly changing but the “law” for Redlands Bail Bond Store does not. The law, or rule, at Redlands Bail Bond Store has remained the same since our company’s inception 30 years ago:

It is the mission of our company to provide each of our valued clients with fast, confidential, and courteous service. We believe in the right to bail and that a person is innocent until proven guilty. We also believe each person has the right to a fair and speedy trial, and has the right to be represented by an attorney.

That is our company’s mission statement, one we have not deterred from.

Redlands Bail Bond Store will work with anyone who needs our bail bond services in California. It does not matter what their financial situation is, we will always find a way to help out.

If you ever need to bail your loved one out of jail, put your faith in Redlands Bail Bond Store. We will get the job done quickly, affordably, and confidentially.

We can be reached anytime, both online and at 866-736-6977 .

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They Lean On You, You Lean on Chino Hills Bail Bond Store

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You know that maintaining close relationships with friends and family is important. You get a heck of a lot of fun memories out of this. At the same time, you have people to lean on, people who you can trust, people to help bail you out of trouble.

If your loved one is sitting in jail, wouldn’t it pain you to see, or even think of, them in that situation? Well, there is something you can do to help, and that starts by helping them post bail.

Now, bail can be pretty expensive, but if you go the bail bond route, you get a payment plan and pay only 10% of the full bail amount. Granted the 10% you pay is not refundable like cash bail, but bail bonds offer more flexibility, professional guidance, and ease.

Talk to an Chino Hills Bail Bond Store representative to learn more about bail bonds and how we can help you. Our bail agents are available to offer you their assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Let’s work together to get your loved one back home.

Get a free consultation when you call 866-736-6977 , or chat with a team member online.

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How Do I Choose a Bail Agent?

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Choosing the right bail agent is a very important task, your loved one’s freedom hangs in the balance. So, how do you do it? It is not like they teach you how to do this in school. Luckily, San Bernardino Bail Bond Store is here to help you.

When looking at a bail agent, you need to consider how much experience he or she has. The longer someone has been in the business, the better that bail agent probably is. The more time you spend bailing people out of jails, the more you learn about the bail process. Bail agents who have been working at their job for years, have learned hundreds of little tricks that help speed up the bail bond process, or make it easier for you.

You also want to find a bail agent that can actually help you in your area. This can be difficult, if you are trying to bail a loved one out of jail on the other side of the state. In instances like that, you will want to work with a statewide bail bond company like San Bernardino Bail Bond Store. One of our bail agents will be able to work with you locally, while another works with the jail.

Most importantly, you want to find a bail agent that you can trust. The best way to decide if you can trust a bail agent, is to ask for his or her license number. Ours is 1841120. If the bail agent will not share their license number with you, then something is wrong and you need to find another bail agent. Having the bail agent’s license number allows you to look him or her up and see how good of a bail agent he or she is in the eyes of the state of California. A trustworthy bail agent will have no problem sharing that information with you.

If you need to bail someone out of jail, trust that the experienced bail agents at San Bernardino Bail Bond Store will be more than happy to help you. We are a statewide bail bond company that has been helping Californians for 30 years now.

Call 866-736-6977 or click Chat With Us now to talk to one of our expert bail agents now.

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How Much Does a Bail Bond Cost in California?

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Are you looking to bail a friend or family member out of jail, but are worried about the cost? Do not fret, San Bernardino Bail Bond Store can help you out. We have been making bail bonds cheap and affordable for Californians for the last 30 years.

In California, all bail bonds start out as 10% of the person’s bail. This means that if your loved one’s bail is set at $10,000, his or her bail bond will only cost $1,000. This is the standard price set by the state of California, however, some bail bond companies can offer you a discount.

At San Bernardino Bail Bond Store, we are able to offer qualified clients a 20% discount on the price of the bail bond. What this means is, instead of paying 10% of the bail, you only pay 8%. If we use the same bail from before, the new price of the bail bond would be $800 with this discount. To qualify for this discount, you must be one of the following:

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

If you meet one of those requirements, then we can give you the discount.

On top of that discount, all of our clients can pay their bail bond off with a personalized payment plan. At San Bernardino Bail Bond Store, we know that no 2 people are alike, which means we should not expect 2 individuals to pay off their bail bond in the same way. That is why our bail agents will work with you to create a customized payment plan.

If you are looking for an affordable bail bond, then come to San Bernardino Bail Bond Store.

You can talk to one of our bail agents now by calling 866-736-6977 or by clicking Chat With Us.

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What Do I Do When Someone I Care About Is Arrested?

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When someone you care about has been arrested, you undoubtedly want to help out. This means that you will probably want to bail your loved one out of jail. When it comes to bail, you have 2 options:

    1. You can pay a cash bail, which will be the full amount of your loved one’s bail.

    2. You can get a bail bond, which will only cost 10% of your loved one’s bail.

At Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, we help our clients bail their loved ones out of jail with affordable bail bonds. Bailing a loved one out of jail is extremely easy when you have our bail agents assisting you.

To get the bail process started, all you need to do is talk to one of our bail agents. You can do that online, over the phone, or in person, whichever method works best for you. Our helpful bail agents will be more than happy to walk you through the bail process and answer any questions that you might have about it. Once you are satisfied and all of your questions have been answered, our bail agent will begin filling out the paperwork to secure your loved one’s release from jail.

In order to find the person you are trying to bail out in the county jail system, our bail agent will need his or her name, birthday, and the county where he or she was arrested. After that, our bail agent should be able gather the rest of the needed information from the county jail system.

Next, our bail agent will work with you to create a personalized payment plan that works with your budget.

Once everything has been taken care, one of our bail agents will hurry over to the jail to secure your loved one’s release from jail. Bailing a loved one out of jail really is that simple, and with our professional help, your loved one can be out of jail in just a few short hours.

If you want to get your loved one out of jail, then you want to call Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino at 866-736-6977 or click Chat With Us now

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“How Much Does Bail Cost & How Do I Post Bail?”

  • What’s better; a bail agent or a bail bondsman?
  • These two titles may sound different but they really mean the same thing. A bail agent is a bail bondsman and vice versa.

  • How much does a bail bond cost?
  • Pricing is dependent on the amount of the bail. In California, bail bonds companies charge 10% of the bail price. If your loved one’s bail is $10,000, then it will cost $1,000 to bail him out using a bail bonds company.

  • Do you offer discounts?
  • Yes. At San Bernardino Bail Bond Store we can offer a 20% discount on the price of the bail bond if a co-signer is a member of the military, AARP, is a homeowner, or if the client has a private attorney. With this discount, instead of paying $1,000 for the same bond, you only have to pay $800.

  • What is a co-signer?
  • A co-signer is anyone who is willing to sign for your loved one’s release. The signer is promising that all the money will be paid and that their loved one will go to all of their court dates. A co-signer takes responsibility for their loved one.

  • How do I make payments?
  • We accept a number of different payment methods at San Bernardino Bail Bond Store. We accept cash, checks and most major credit cards. We also have the ability to accept payments online, over the phone, or in person at an office.

  • How much do I have to pay?
  • Again, cost depends on the price of the bail itself. Initially you need to pay 10% of the bail. Depending on your information, we may be able to offer discounts.

  • With interest, how much do I have to pay?
  • At San Bernardino Bail Bond Store we do not charge interest, you only have to pay the 10%.

  • How much do I have to put up front?
  • Again, pricing varies from case to case and depends vastly on the people who are co-signing the bail bond.

  • How long does it take for my loved one to be released?
  • After the initial payment has been received, your loved one can be out in as little as two hours. However, the time varies from county to county. Time can vary anywhere from 2 hours to several, depending on the current workload of the jail.

  • Can you see if I have a warrant?
  • Yes, we can. If you think there might be a warrant out for your arrest, just call San Bernardino Bail Bond Store and we will see if you do indeed have a warrant.

  • Who can bail out my friend?
  • Anyone who cares about your friend can bail him or her out of jail. You do not have to be related to someone to bail him or her out of jail.

  • Can you bail my friend in Nevada out of jail?
  • No. At San Bernardino Bail Bond Store we are only licensed to bail people out of jail in California. If you want to bail someone out of jail in a state other than California, you will need to contact a bail agent in that state.

  • Do you do immigration bonds?
  • No. There are companies that specialize in those kinds of bonds.

  • What happens if I do not bail out my friend or family member?
  • Your loved one stays in jail until he is either found innocent and released or found guilty and sentenced. Until then your loved one has to go to all court appearances in an orange jumpsuit which does not look good to the court.

  • If I cannot bail somebody out immediately, up to how many days do I have to be able to bail them out of jail?
  • There is no time limit to bailing a friend or family member out of jail. Your loved one can be bailed out of jail until he or she has been sentenced.

  • Do I need to give collateral?
  • Most bonds at San Bernardino Bail Bond Store do not need collateral. We use your signature as collateral in most cases. However, for larger bails, starting around $100,000, you may need to put down something as collateral. This varies from case to case and depends greatly on the co-signers.

  • What happens if I miss a payment?
  • If you happen to miss a payment, it is not a huge deal. If you know in advance that you are going to be late on a payment, let us know. We know that life can be difficult at times and that things that were certain a few months ago, might have changed. If your budget has changed, we can work with you on payment and even readjust your payment plan to fit your budget better.

  • Can you tell me what my friend or family member was arrested for?
  • Yes, we can. Just give us your friend or family member’s name, birthday, and the county where he or she was arrested. We use that information to find your loved one in the county system and to answer any of your questions.

  • Do I have to wait to finish making my final payment before I can be bailed out again?
  • No. We can even adjust the payments on your first bail bond to make it easier on you to pay for both of them.

  • If I get approved, how much time do I have to make the first payment?
  • It depends on your individual situation. We customize our payment plans to work with your budget and situation.

  • Will I receive a statement every month?
  • Yes.

  • What is collateral?
  • Collateral is something of equal value to the bail bond that the co-signer puts up to cover the bond. If the client fails to pay for the bail bond, then the company takes whatever was put up as collateral.

  • Can I use a payment plan to pay for the bail bond?

Yes. We create payment plans for all of our clients to help make paying for the bail bond easier. We will work with you to create a customized payment plan that fits into your personal budget. The payments will break up the large cost of the bail bond into smaller, more manageable monthly payments.

Contact San Bernardino Bail Bond Store 24/7, both online, and on the phone at 1-866-736-6977 for all of your bail bond needs, no matter where you are in California.

Which Is Better: Federal or State Court?

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If you have noticed, there is a Federal Court System that is separate and different than a State Court System. Do you know what the differences are? Do you know who will hear your loved one’s criminal case? Do you know how to prepare and what to expect? Here’s a quick breakdown of the 2 court systems.

Federal Court hears cases that deal with, or are related to, copyright and patent violations, federal law or Constitution violations, and cases between individuals residing in different states where the dollar amount exceeds $75,000. State courts will hear most criminal cases such as robberies, traffic violations, and family disputes.

Really, Federal Court is not “better” or “more ideal” than State Court or vice versa because either way, someone did something wrong and will have to pay for what happened. To prepare for court, speak with your lawyer. They are the best person to get you ready and to brief you on what to expect.

You should be as comfortable as possible during this time, both physically and mentally. In order to achieve this, San Bernardino Baiil Bond Store will help you bail out of jail. We provide low-cost bail bonds for anyone who needs one.

Learn more and apply for a quick bail bond when you are ready to by chatting with one of our bail agents online or calling us at 866-736-6977 . We work around the clock and always have bail agents and representatives ready. We will not let you down.