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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.

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Types of Pleas a Defendant can Enter for Court

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When a person is arrested for committing a crime, they will have an arraignment hearing before the actual trial begins. At a defendant’s arraignment hearing, they learn the charges that are being filed against them. The defendant will then be asked to enter a plea, which they will do so after consulting with their lawyer.

There are 3 options for entering a plea:

    Guilty
    When a defendant pleads guilty, they are conceding and admitting that they did commit the crime for which they were arrested. They waive all rights. The court must consent to this plea. In this case, no trial happens. The judge will announce the consequences and punishment.

    Not Guilty
    When a defendant pleads not guilty, they are maintaining their innocence in the matter. The police, detectives, and prosecutors will have to prove the case in court beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant will then begin to prepare for a trial.

    No Contest
    When a defendant pleads no contest, they are not admitting guilt, but they can be punished. In this case though, it cannot be used against them in another proceeding. For example, the defendant can plead no contest to a criminal assault charge and they will be sentenced for punishment. If they are facing a civil suit, this criminal assault charge cannot be used against them. The court must consent to a No Contest plea.

If a defendant pleads either “not guilty” or “no contest,” then the judge at the arraignment hearing will proceed to announce whether or not the defendant can post bail to be freed from custody for the duration of trial. If they are denied bail, they will remain in custody. If they are granted bail, then it is up to the defendant and his or her loved ones to come up with the money, and or bail bond, so that the defendant can be released.

If the defendant pleads guilty, then they will not be granted bail because they will report immediately to their punishment.


If you would like more information on bail and bail bonds, please contact Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino online or at 866-736-6977.


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What to Expect at Your Loved One’s Arraignment Hearing

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If your loved one has been arrested and you are committed to being there to support them each step of the way, then you will know that soon, they will have an arraignment hearing. This is their first court appearance after they have been arrested.

Here is what you can expect to happen:

  • The charges filed against the defendant are formally announced.
  • The defendant will enter a plea to the charges. They can plead not guilty, guilty, or no contest.
  • The judge will decide whether or not to grant bail to the defendant. If bail is granted, the judge will announce how much the bail will be.

Once the arraignment hearing is over and your loved one is granted bail, then it is time for you to take action on the next step: securing a bail bond.

This can be done quickly, affordably, and stress-free with an agent from Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino. Our bail bonds are 10% of the full bail amount and we work with you on a custom payment plan. We can make approvals over the phone, but in the instances when we need a face-to-face meeting, we will go to you. Once paperwork is signed and everything is in order, we will transfer it to the jail. It will be processed and your loved one will be released.

Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino offers free consultations and we will show you exactly how we can help you and your loved one. Talk to us anytime you are ready.


We are available around the clock online and at 866-736-6977


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Think You Are a Wanted Person?

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Did you know that you can check, anonymously, if there is a warrant issued for your arrest? You would do it through us, Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino. We are a top bail bond company in California. One of our lesser known services is our ability to search for arrest warrants.

If you need us to, we will check the databases, anonymously, and see if there is a warrant issued for your arrest. If there is, then we can discuss your bail options, but we cannot execute anything until you turn yourself in and bail is determined. You see, the premium on the bail bond would be 10% of the full bail amount.

Many people wonder how a person would not know there is a warrant out for their arrest. Often even the smallest actions are overlooked as ways to lead to a person’s arrest. For example, a person received a parking ticket but did not pay it; they shrug their shoulders because they have not received additional warnings for overdue payment. However, this unpaid ticket can eventually lead to an arrest warrant; multiple unpaid tickets will get a person there faster.

If you would like us, Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, to do a warrant search for you, do not hesitate to reach out to us anytime either online or at 866-736-6977. We promise 100% confidentiality.

If you need a bail bond, we can do that too, anytime. Our bail bonds are 10% of the full bail amount and we will work with you on a custom payment plan tailored to your financial situation. We accept all forms of payment: credit, debit, checks, and cash. Financing is also available. Again, we promise 100% confidentiality.


Reach out to us online or at 866-736-6977 whenever you need a hand.


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The Role of a Bail Bond Co-Signer

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When a defendant is in the process of bailing out of jail with a bail bond, they will need a loved one to commit to the role of a co-signer. The co-signer is tasked with making sure the defendant shows up for their scheduled court date. How involved they are with this task varies from family to family, as it depends on how mature, responsible, and honest the defendant is. One defendant can get him or herself to court without trouble, while another may attempt to flee the city, which is when the co-signer really needs to step in.

If the defendant does not show up for court, their bail can be revoked and a warrant for their arrest will be issued. Additionally, any collateral that was pledged will not be returned to the owner.

Agreeing to the role of a bail bond co-signer definitely has its risks, which means it is important for the co-signer to really know the defendant well. However, a bail bond co-signer can actually have their name withdrawn from the role at any time. They face no consequences by doing this, except maybe some anger from the defendant, who would need to find a new co-signer.

If you continue to have questions about the role of a bail bond co-signer, or bail bonds in general, please do not hesitate to contact San Bernardino Bail Bond Store. We can be reached online, or at 866-736-6977.

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Juvenile vs. Adult Proceedings

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There are different proceedings, rights, and consequences for someone 17 or younger who gets arrested versus someone 18 or older who is arrested. In most states, anyone 17 or younger is called a juvenile, and when they turn 18, they are called an adult. The differences are due to the fact that juveniles have less understanding of the law and are still considered minors.

  • Juvenile hearings are heard by judges only, whereas an adult has a trial by a jury.
  • Juveniles do not have the right to bail; they are released to the custody of their parents or legal guardians. Adults may be granted or denied bail.
  • Juveniles do not have a public trial.
  • On his or her 18th birthday, juvenile records are automatically sealed. So when they become an adult, their criminal record appears clean. However, the juvenile records still exist, but people who look into background history, like landlords and employers, cannot see these records.

Understanding these basic differences can help a great deal if you are suddenly in the middle of a situation yourself. If you, or your loved one, are 18 or over and has been granted bail, we strongly suggest you post bail with a bail bond from San Bernardino Bail Bond Store. Bail bonds are more affordable and, thus, more ideal to use than cash bail.

Get a free consultation when you contact us online or at 866-736-6977.

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Hang in There! 2017 Will Be Better

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You want to start the New Year with the utmost positivism. Have this mentality: no matter what hardships you come to face, or sudden obstacles that may come your way, you are going to get through them. So, even getting arrested early on in the New Year should not bring you down. Tell yourself this was one mistake. You can deal with it, and you can move on.

Dealing with your arrest, and jail situation is not something you have to face alone. You know you have your friends and family members who you can rely on, but you also have the San Bernardino Bail Bond Store team. We provide our services, to bail you out of jail with an affordable bail bond and customized payment plan that costs only 10% of the full bail amount.

Your arrest may be a hiccup in the New Year, but rest assured, with the right mindset, friends and family members, and the San Bernardino Bail Bond Store team, the rest of your year will be much better. Hang in there.

Contact San Bernardino Bail Bond Store for a free consultation and to get the bail bond paperwork started by chatting with a representative online or by calling 866-736-6977.

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What Determines Own Recognizance Release

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Not all who are arrested are given the opportunity to be released on own recognizance. Own recognizance is when a defendant signs formal papers promising to show up for court, then is released from jail. Most defendants are granted bail, meaning they have to pay money to the court in order to be released from jail. Some are denied bail altogether. What factors determine own recognizance and bail?

    Who determines: The judge.

    What factors contribute: A defendant’s prior criminal record, the current crime he or she is accused of, the ties and relationships the defendant has to others in the community, and their financial ability to pay for bail.

As you can probably guess, if a defendant has virtually no prior criminal history, has strong ties to the community, and the crime he or she is accused of is not very serious, then this defendant has a much better chance at being granted own recognizance release. It is not guaranteed, but the chances are certainly better.

For those who are granted bail, there are two options: cash bail, or a bail bond where a third party bail bond company steps in to assist. Before making a rash decision and going the cash bail route, please contact San Bernardino Bail Bond Store. We will help you understand more about the bail bond industry and how our company can benefit you. We can help you save money and get you, or your loved one, bailed out of jail faster. It takes just a few minutes to contact San Bernardino Bail Bond Store for a free consultation. You will not regret it.

San Bernardino Bail Bond Store may be reached 24/7 both online and at 866-736-6977.