California: The Sanctuary State

California: The Sanctuary State

California: The Sanctuary State

For those unaware, the start of the new year also marked the start of California being a sanctuary state. The controversial decision to become a sanctuary state was decided on by California politicians at the end of 2017. At the beginning of October, Governor Jerry Brown signed it into law, and the law would take effect on January 1st, 2018.

By becoming a sanctuary state, California has announced itself a safe place for undocumented and illegal immigrants. The new law effectively limits what state and local law enforcement agents can do to assist federal immigration authorities. The law bans enforcement agents, at both the local and state level, from enforcing immigration holds on arrested individuals.

This new law is in direct defiance of President Trump’s calls to focus on deporting millions of undocumented and illegal immigrants. This only led to a greater rift between Washington D.C. and the state of California.

Many California police chiefs opposed the bill in its early stages, and switched to a neutral stance when the bill was later amended. However, many still express concerns for the safety of the general public. They fear this new law will allows certain career criminals, ones who stick to lower levels of crime, will be continually released back onto the street due to the new law.


Only time will tell if California’s decision to become a sanctuary state was a good idea or not.


New California Marijuana Laws for 2018

New California Marijuana Laws for 2018

New California Marijuana Laws for 2018

It’s a brand new year, and that means new laws for Californians. One of the big ones this year, is the ability for marijuana dispensaries to legal sell their product to anyone who is over the age of 21. This is something that some Californians are very excited about, however, they need to realize that there are still restrictions on how and where marijuana can be used.


Starting January 1st, licensed marijuana dispensaries will be able to sell their products to of age, legal adults. Anyone under the age of 21 is not legally permitted to buy or use marijuana in any form.


If a minor is caught using then they will be required to take a drug education course and perform community service. Any dispensary caught selling product to a minor will risk losing their license and paying a hefty fine.

There are also restrictions for where marijuana can be used, just like there are restrictions for drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. For instance, marijuana cannot be smoked in public areas, or near schools. A person is also not allowed to drive while under the influence of marijuana.

The use of marijuana in California has been approved for recreational use. This means it can be used by a person in the privacy of their own home. They cannot use it in a way that disturbs other people. If a person plans on enjoying this new law, they need to make sure they understand all of the laws surrounding the use of marijuana. If they don’t they could find themselves in more than a little bit of trouble.

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Drive High, Get a DUI

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2018 is bringing a lot of new changes to California laws. One of the biggest is that licensed dispensaries will be able to sell marijuana to anyone who is over the age of 21. This new law will make it easier for individuals to get ahold of marijuana, which will likely lead to more people using this. Unfortunately, this can include drivers.


A person should never get behind the wheel of a vehicle when they are under the influence of any kind of substance.


Doing so can negatively affect their ability to safely drive a vehicle, and lead to an accident. This is why the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has started a new campaign: Drive high, get a DUI.

This new campaign is to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This includes driving while high on marijuana. Being high can impair a person’s motor skills and reaction times. This makes them more likely to get into an accident than drivers who do no smoke marijuana.

In an effort to keep the roads safe, the CHP will pull over anyone who they suspect is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If a person wishes to avoid this, then they need to be safe while driving. This means they should not drink alcohol, or ingest marijuana, before getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

New Laws in California 2018

New Laws in California 2018

New Laws in California 2018

The New Year is rolling in with new laws for California. Sure, a person can now recreationally use marijuana legally in California, but what about the other laws? Every year new laws come into play January 1st. Typically these are laws that have been passed the previous year.

At the beginning of the New Year you may notice a pay increase. This is due to the fact that the minimum wage will increase to $11 an hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. Companies with fewer employees, 25 or less, will continue to pay $10.50 an hour. Salary paid employees might see a similar increase.

California is also enacting leave for new parents. This law will allow new parents to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their job to bond with their new child. This laws mainly affects company with 20 or more employees. Larger companies, 50 or more employees, already have requirements regarding new parents.


There are several other laws coming into effect this January 1st regarding employment, driving, schools, guns, and health laws. There will be even more laws going into effect throughout the year. With over a 100 new laws going into effect this year in California, it is best to be prepared.


The Most Hated Word of 2017

The Most Hated Word of 2017

The Most Hated Word of 2017

Everyone has a word or two that they absolutely hate to hear in conversation. Well, every year the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College conducts a survey to determine the most hated word for the year. As of December 18th, the results are in for the year of 2017.

According to Marist Poll, the most hated word in the United States this year is “whatever” once again. This is the ninth year in a row that “whatever” took first place on this list. However, they do note that hate towards the words is gradually sinking as other words come closer and close to “whatever.”

“Whatever” came in first place 33% of Americans polled claiming it to be the worst word in English. “Fake news” took second place with 23%, and “no offense” came in third with 20%. Fourth place went to “literally” with 11%, and the phrase “you know what I mean” came in last with 10%.

In previous years, the gap between “whatever” and the second most hated word was much larger. For instance in 2016, the gap between “whatever” and “no offense, but” was whopping 18 points. The poll noted that 40% of people polled over the age of 45 felt whatever was an obnoxious word, meanwhile only 26% of people under the age of 45 found whatever to be the most annoying.


So, if you use any of these phrases or words in your day to day life, you may want to reconsider. As the numbers show, there are many Americans out there who just cannot stand hearing these words used in conversation.


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Motorcycle Safety for Riders

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Many drivers believe that motorcyclists have it easy. They get to zoom in and out of lanes and can ride the line in some states. However, they actually don’t have it that easy. They have more dangers then most non-motorcyclists realize. Here are a few key things to know about motorcycle safety.

Use your head when operating a motorcycle and wear a helmet. Not all states require you to wear one when riding a motorcycle. According to Consumer Reports, 40% of riders who don’t wear a helmet will suffer fatal head injuries in crashes. For the best head protection for riders, look for the Department of Transportation (DOT) sticker and a full coverage helmet.

Being defensive when riding a motorcycle is another safety tip from Consumer Reports. It’s safe to assume when riding that other drivers cannot see you. A study by the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research found that in wrecks involving a motorcycle and a car, car drivers were at fault 60% of the time. For riders this means that you need to be aware of sudden lane changes of cars and keep a safe distance. Drive like no one can see you.


Motorcyclist have to ride cautiously, and be prepared. Just like any driver, the more you experience while driving the more you know. The more experience you have riding motorcycles the safer you will be.


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Always Look for a Good Deal

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There are many people out there who hate to spend money on themselves, but they will happily spend as much as they want on their loved ones. No price is too great when it means making a loved one happy. Even if you are someone like this, you should still try to find a good deal when it comes to making expensive purchases for your loved ones. After all, you do not want to spend all of your money on one thing when you could spend it on multiple purchases.

This is why, when you need to bail a friend or family member out of jail, you should shop around. By doing so, you find Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, and are able to learn about some of the discounts that we offer. For instance, we offer a discount on the price of the bail bond for qualified clients.

Qualifying for this discount is really simple. All a client has to do, is make sure that one of the co-signers for the bail bond is a union member, a member of the military, a member of AARP, is a homeowner, or has a private attorney. So long as one of the co-signers meets one of those requirements, then we will be able to give you a discount. We can give you a 20% discount on the price of the bail bond.

Another way we help clients save money, is by giving qualified clients a chance to save up their money. One of the hardest parts about bailing someone out of jail, is finding the necessary funds to post bail in just a few hours. It can be impossible for some people. That is why we give clients with good credit the ability to get their first month free. This means that you would be able to bail your loved one out of jail, and not make your first payment on the bond until a month later. This gives our clients the time they need to gather their funds.

Lastly, we make bail bonds affordable by offering customized payment plans to all of our clients. The cost of the bail bond is broken up into manageable monthly payments. These payments will be designed to work with the client’s unique budget. This way, our clients can actually afford to post bail by not needing ridiculously large amounts of money.

This is why it is important to shop around for a good deal. Looking for a good deal does not mean that a person is cheap, it means they are smart. They know how to spend their money wisely, but still in a way that allows them to take care of their friends and family members.


Call 866-736-6977 or click Chat With Us now to get a good deal on a bail bond.


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What Happens During and After the Booking Process?

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The booking process is what happens after a person was just arrested. This process involves a series of procedures the defendant goes through in order to be properly and formally documented into the system; this is when the official arrest record is created. The booking process is standard procedure for all defendants, and there is no possibility of getting out of it.

Here is what happens during the booking process:

  • The defendant’s name will be documented, as well as the crime they are being accused of.
  • They will have their mugshots taken from the front and the sides.
  • Any loose items that were on them at the time of their arrest will be confiscated, such as a cell phone and a wallet.
  • DNA samples will be taken.
  • There will be a health screening, which will include tests to look for transmittable diseases like tuberculosis that can put other inmates and officers in jail.
  • They will change out of their clothes and into an orange jumpsuit. Their clothes will be confiscated.
  • An officer will conduct a full body search of the defendant.
  • An officer will search for any outstanding arrest warrants for the defendant.

After the booking process is the arraignment hearing, where the charges against the defendant are formally delivered. The defendant will also learn whether or not bail is granted and if so, how much their bail is. If a defendant posts bail, then they will get their loose items and clothes back and they can return home. However, they will have to wait for the booking process to be completed in order to be released; some test results can take extra time to come back.

From this point on, if they posted bail with a bail bond, they just need to make sure to stay on top of their payments. They will need to show up for court as scheduled. They will also take advantage of this freedom to return to work and spend important quality time with loved ones for support. Setting time aside to meet with their lawyer is also imperative so they can work on preparing for court.


It is an uphill battle, but it is not impossible to get through this situation.


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No Exceptions to Underage Drinking

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Even if it happens under your roof and under your supervision, underage drinking is illegal in California.

The minimum drinking age across the United States is 21, but there are some states that allow exceptions to this rule when teens are drinking in the presence of, and with the permission of their parents. Some of those states include Virginia, South Carolina, and New Mexico. California is excluded from this list, meaning that even if a parent gives their 20 year old a sip of their cocktail, they can get in trouble.


In California, supplying a minor with alcohol is most often a misdemeanor offense. Adults who are charged with this misdemeanor will face time in jail, up to 1 year, though it is usually less than 2 months.


They will also pay a fine of no more than $5,000, but fines between $500 and $1,000 are more common. There will be a court fee of $100-$200, and they could be placed on probation. Probation requirements would vary; it could be that the person just needs to check in with a probation officer every now and then or they may need to maintain a steady job. If it was a business that supplied alcohol to a minor, that business can lose its alcohol license and they would have additional fees to pay.

If someone is seriously injured or killed as a direct result of underage drinking, then the charges are brought up to a felony offense. In this case, consequences include 1+ years in prison, thousands of dollars in fines, probation, and again, a lost liquor license if applicable.

You cannot expect the court to be forgiving if a parent supplies alcohol to their child. There is just no way of knowing if the judge will be kind or not. Everybody knows the minimum drinking age is 21 and that there are no exceptions to this rule. Due to this law, there is no reason a parent should give alcohol to their underage children.

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Hit the Slopes This Winter

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Explore the mountains of California by coasting down the slopes. Even though it currently feels like summer, the winter weather is around the corner. With it being winter, hopefully it’s just a matter of time before we get more snow on the mountains. Some places have seen snow fall already. Other places have just been relying on man-made snow.

Most snowboarders and skiers are chomping at the bit for more snow fall. If you’re new to the slopes, or just don’t know where to go, try visiting websites like Visit California and Ski California. Sport stores will also be up to date on the local slopes. Fortunately for Californians, it doesn’t matter if you’re in southern, northern, or central California, the mountains are always close by.

Here are several popular slopes:

  • Mammoth Mountain
  • Mt. High
  • Big Bear
  • Mt. Shasta
  • Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
  • Northstar
  • Snow Valley

If you’re ready to shred like Shaun White, but don’t have any gear, don’t worry. Most slopes have gear rental places nearby the resort for their customers. Sport stores will also have gear that you can rent out for several days.

If you’re new to the slopes this season, get prepared by taking a safety class or try going with someone who is familiar with the slopes. In order to get lessons or a guide to teach you the basics, it’s best to talk to the resorts or sporting stores. They typically have classes you can sign up for.


Remember to dress for a successful day at the slopes. Dress for the cold and also prepare to be damp from the snow. Get pumped and ready for the snow this winter. Explore and venture out of your comfort zone by hitting the slopes.