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Don’t Drown in Payments

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Picture yourself at the beach, wading in the water. The ocean only reaches your ankles at this point, and you’re comfortable. The sun is the right temperature, and the water isn’t freezing cold either. As you stand there you feel confident about allowing the water to move up your legs, so you wade further into the cooling depths. Now it’s up to your waist, and you’re still okay with this. An occasionally big wave hits you and knocks you off balance, but you’re able to keep your head above the water.

In that analogy, the water is representation of your bills. Generally, you can keep yourself from going under water, or under your bills. You have enough money to even withstand a bigger wave. Unfortunately, there can be tsunamis.

Getting arrested is like getting hit by a tsunami. It’s not the getting handcuffed part, more the financial burden getting arrested causes you. When you’re arrested you will miss work, and you won’t be able to notify your boss in advance. This can cause your boss to fire you over something you had little control over. Using the wave metaphor earlier, getting fired from your job is like stepping in a hole and slipping below the water.

Have no fear; Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino can be your lifesaver. At Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, we work with you from your first phone call to your last court date. We want our customers to not to have to stress about making ends meet while getting their loved ones home. We want to create an affordable payment plan for you. Our aim is to get the best deal for you. With an affordable and personalized plan, we rarely have problems with customers not being able to make payments.

However, we understand that life is unpredictable. If you know you’re not going to be able to make your upcoming payment on your statement, it is best to let us know. Letting us know as soon as possible will help us, help you. It’s like when you’re sick and you can’t go into work. You don’t just not show up to work without notice, you call as soon as you can to let your boss know. We are willing to work with you. We’re available 24/7 so if any issue arises you can call us whenever and prevent yourself from drowning in payments.


If you don’t want to go under on payments just call 866-736-6977 or click Chat With Us now.


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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.


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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.


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A Breathalyzer for Drug Use?

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Recently, Californians voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state. When the legislation takes full effect next year, law enforcement officers will need a way to determine whether or not someone is driving while drugged.


They have breathalyzers for determining if someone is driving drunk, but no method that will currently hold up in court.


This is why 3 California county police departments have begun testing a new method for determining if someone has drugs in their system. The new system could allow officers to get a result, while at a traffic stop, in as little as 5 minutes. All the officer has to do is take a cheek swab of the individual, and then place that swab into a device the size of a walkie-talkie. The device then test for 6 different drugs.

The difficulty arises in the fact that drug affect individuals differently. On top of that, there is no current regulation for level of drug intoxication like there is for alcohol intoxication. With alcohol, having a blood alcohol level of 0.08% is considered drunk driving, but that does not currently exist for drugs.

The technology and research for all of this is still on going, and will continue to advance. The same can be said for laws regarding drug use. Until things become a little more permanent and concrete, it is best to apply drinking laws to the use of marijuana. This means do not drive under the influence, and do not become a public nuisance.

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If You File a False Report, You Will go to Jail

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It is a crime to falsely report a crime. That is, you can and will get in trouble with the law if you report a crime but know that it really is not a crime. This is exactly what happened to a Los Angeles woman who, just a few weeks ago, was charged for her false report. Now she will have to pay her consequences by spending 2 months in jail.

26-year-old Charline Gatson filed a report with the police, reporting that an acquaintance approached her in her car and pulled out a gun. The acquaintance let Gatson go, but took her car. Gatson’s teenage son was still in the car, and the acquaintance drove off. The vehicle was found later in San Bernardino.

After investigators completed their work, they determined that Gatson’s carjacking and kidnapping report was false. In fact, Gatson had lent her vehicle to the acquaintance, and the acquaintance refused to return it. The stepson was not involved with the incident.

Because of Gatson’s false report, which effectively wasted resources, time, and money from police officers and investigators, Gatson was charged and ordered to spend 2 months in jail. In addition, she will be on probation for 36 months, and will pay a fine of $220.


Consequences for filing false reports are taken seriously because it takes officers away when they should be devoted to focusing on real, serious crimes.


All in all, filing false reports is irresponsible and reckless. It is, however, a different story when the person filing a report genuinely believes it to be true crime, but it is later determined that they are just mistaken. An example of that would be if someone witnessed a person whom they have never seen before, entering their neighbor’s apartment. Believing it to be an intruder, they alert the police. After investigating, the police learn that the neighbor had given this “intruder” their key because they are staying with them; this is an out-of-town friend, which is why the person had never seen them before.

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What Documentation Do You Need?

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So few people have any knowledge about bailing a person out of jail with a bail bond, and that is understandable. Most people believe that they will never need to bail someone out of jail. For some, they are right, however, not everyone is that lucky.

Many people who are attempting to bail their loved one out of jail are surprised to learn that they need to have certain documents ready to go when they talk to their bail agent. These documents are very important to the bail bond process.

Here is what you will need to have ready when you talk to your bail agent.

  • Official ID – You will need to prove you are who you say you are with some form of official ID, such as a driver’s license. This lets the bail bond company know exactly who they are working with.
  • Proof of Residence – Next, you will need to prove that you do actually live in the state of California. This can be done with a utility bill.
  • Proof of Income – Finally, you will need to prove that you can afford to bail out your loved one. This can be done by showing your bail agent your paycheck stub or a bank statement.

That’s all the paperwork you need to get a bail bond. When you meet with your agent to sign paperwork, be sure to have all of this with you. By being prepared like that, you can shorten the bail process. By doing that, you shorten how much time your loved one has to spend behind bars.


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It is Illegal to Misuse 9-1-1

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When there is an emergency that requires immediate professional attention and care, the number to dial is 911. Emergencies include reporting a fire, or a car accident. Basically anything where fire, police, or medical attention is needed in order to save a life, reduce damaged property, catch a criminal, or rescue someone.

Emergencies do not include a restaurant running out of the barbecue sauce you wanted, really disliking your neighbor because they play loud music all the time, or not knowing how to unclog your toilet. There are certain times when calling 911 is and is not warranted for an incident.


In every state, including California, it is illegal to dial 911 if it is not an emergency. A person who abuses the hotline can be charged with an infraction and fined. They can even put into jail.


To provide some perspective, a person can be fined up to $1,000 and put into jail for up to 6 months if they repeatedly call 911 with the intent to annoy or harass another person, such as a neighbor they strongly dislike. For other instances where 911 is dialed for non-emergency related incidences, the person can be fined as much as $200 per dial.

Misusing 911 ties up the call center’s hotlines. This means that people who are calling for a true emergency must wait even longer to get the assistance they need immediately. Additionally, the more times a single individual dials 911, the longer others have to wait. That amounts to crucial seconds and minutes lost for those who really need emergency services.

You need to use your best judgement to know when to dial 911. If you are unsure, it is best to call 911 anyway, just in case. Before dispatching the police, an ambulance, or the fire department, they will ask you a few questions in regards to the situation to help them assess and evaluate the need for assistance. Then, they will quickly dispatch emergency services. Other times, the matter can be resolved right then and there with them guiding you over the phone or explaining, for the future, what would or would not be an emergency call. They are careful when explaining this since they do not want to discourage people from ever calling 911 again.

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Is it Worth Fighting a Traffic Ticket?

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When you get a traffic ticket for speeding or running a stop sign, you can easily pay it, but you wonder whether it is worth fighting the ticket. You might be able to get it reduced or thrown out altogether. In some cases, it can be worth it to fight. However, it is not always the easiest or fastest thing to deal with. In the long run, you may end up losing more money on wasted time. Before you decide, evaluate the pros and cons, including how disruptive it could be to your daily routine and how much you have to gain or lose financially. You need to look at not only your ticket, but your insurance premiums that could increase due to the ticket.


You can get out of paying for a traffic ticket if you show up for court, but the officer does not. This results in an automatic win for you because you are being denied the right to question your accuser.


If you postpone your court date and even choose one close to the holidays, you could be increasing your chances on having a no-show from the officer. Officers tend to schedule all their court appearances on the same days so they can do them all at once. If you can get the date moved, you could be in luck. If you get a date close to a major holiday, there is a chance the officer is off on vacation. The officer also may not show up for court if your ticket is inexpensive and is for a very low-level incident.

If you get a ticket based on camera footage, the ticket can get dismissed if the court does not have the video or picture. The courthouse may not want to go through the trouble of acquiring that video footage which means you win and do not have to pay the ticket.

There are other ways to fight a ticket, like getting a lawyer who specializes in traffic cases, but the ones mentioned here are the easiest, fastest, and most affordable ways to get out of paying for the ticket. These depend on your luck, but there could be a chance that luck is on your side.