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Is One Serving of Alcohol Too Much?

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The countdown to summer break has begun, leaving students and families eager to get away from school and work in order to have some fun. These long hot days and warm nights bring some of the best memories each year. Admittedly, alcohol has a big part in that because it allows everyone to relax and loosen up. Moreover, if there is no work, school, or another obligation to attend to the next morning, the alcohol will keep flowing. With that being said, the alcohol consumption should only go so far. Each individual should know when to say no to a drink.

The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in California is 0.08%. It does not take the same amount of drinks for everyone to reach that level. How much alcohol has an effect on someone depends on a large number of factors. Person A can have 3 drinks, be at 0.04%, and feel extremely drunk. Meanwhile Person B can have 5 drinks, be at 0.07% and still be much more coherent and aware than Person A.


BAC can depend on gender, body weight and build, the number of drinks consumed, the types of drinks consumed, whether or not a person has eaten, any medications they might be taking, and more.


Generally, women feel the effects of alcohol much faster than men, and smaller body types will feel the effects faster than bigger body types will. If a person has food in their stomach, that will help soak up some alcohol. Conversely, if they are drinking on an empty stomach, they will get drunk faster.

When it comes to determining what 1 serving of alcohol means, it depends on the type of drink you want to look at. As a general rule, 1 serving of alcohol equals 1 oz. of 100 proof liquor, a 12 oz. beer, or 4 oz. wine. A 12 oz. beer is much more liquid volume than a glass of wine, but the servings are considered equal. 3 glasses of 4 oz. wine each, 12 oz. total, is theoretically 3 times the serving of a 12 oz. beer.

When you are looking at beer, now here is where things get a little tricky because after all this huge explosion over the micro brews you have things that have far larger alcohol contents. You have beers that you can imagine the difference between for instance,a light beer and a stout, for example. There is a big difference in caloric intake. There is a big difference in alcohol levels. So really it changes. When you are looking at a light beer you are looking at something that is roughly about 16 ounces, it is going to be too much. Most of your bottles are actually going to be – this is a 16 ounce bottle – most of the bottles of beer are going to be about 12 ounces for that light. When you are looking at at the Guinnes or something in the stout range, it is actually a 10 ounce size. That is your serving size. So when you go to the pub and you get a 16 ounce pint, you are getting way more, that is this whole thing fill, way more than a single serving, so keep that in mind.

A shot changes. It depends on the bar you are at; depends on the shot glass you have it home. Measure it out so that you can actually see what an ounce is. It is pretty small. So most of the time when you go to a bar and getting a drink you are actually getting a double shot. You are usually getting about 2 ounces worth. That is something to really keep in mind. Different people are affected by alcohol at different levels. So you are going to need to look at how it affects your biochemistry. Know that the grain alcohol, the one that is straight alcohol, is going to go straight to your blood stream a lot faster than if you are having that 10 ounces of Guiness.

We mentioned that the legal BAC limit in California is 0.08%, yet many people are drunk well before this limit. If a cop pulls a person over and they blow a 0.05%, they can and will still arrest them for a DUI, especially if they do not appear coherent and alert enough to drive safely. There is never a good reason to drink and drive. The risks are far too dangerous for this person and others on the road. At the same time, even if a person is not driving and is relying on a designated sober driver, they should still know when to stop drinking.


Alcohol lowers inhibitions and the ability to make safe and sound decisions. People put themselves at risk and vulnerability when they drink. It is just a precaution to know how much is too much.


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Dear Drones: The Sky is Not the Limit

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When it comes to drones, the sky is not the limit anymore. In fact, it has not been for quite some time now. The discussion of drone usage and laws has largely died down, but we think it is appropriate to revisit and go over the laws again. This even more important now that we are approaching fire season again. A few weeks ago a brush fire broke out in Riverside; the firefighters had to temporarily halt their aircraft, to spray water from the air, because of drones in the area. To avoid having to stall emergencies like these, there are certain drone usage rules set in place for both commercial and private usage.

Some laws overlap, while others apply to one or the other.

  • Drones must be registered with the FAA.
  • Drones must be flying within eyesight at all times, may not fly higher than 400 feet, and may not fly faster than 100 mph.
  • Drones may only be used during the day.
  • Unless given permission, a drone may not be flown over other individuals and their private property.
  • If a drone is carrying a package, the combined weight of the package and the drone must be under 55 pounds.
  • People need a pilot’s license to fly a commercial drone or have passed an aeronautical knowledge test and a background check at an FAA-approved facility.
  • If a business sees the need to use their drone in ways that would go against the standard regulations, they may apply for a waiver from the FAA.
  • Drones may not fly near airports and must not interfere with manned aircraft operations such as police or fire helicopters that are in active duty.

There are other rules and regulations for drone flying, in addition to those mentioned above. Anyone caught violating any of the laws will generally face a misdemeanor and the fine can be a few hundred to a few thousand, depending on the situation. Consequences can get worse if drones are intentionally flown to stall emergency operations, such as the need to put out a spreading wildfire. The longer firefighters are stalled, the bigger the fire gets, the more damage it does, and more resources are wasted.


Simply put: the sky is not the limit when it comes to drone usage.


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The Very Serious Consequences of Hazing

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Hazing is an initiation ritual or practice that happens most notoriously with college fraternities, school sports teams, or other clubs and organizations. In order for prospective members to be initiated into the fraternity, the existing members will have them complete certain tasks that are humiliating and sometimes dangerous. At times, the prospective members will also have to drink copious amounts of alcohol. If they fail to complete the tasks, they will lose their chance to become a part of the organization.

Hazing officially became a crime in California in 2006 when a 21 year old college student died at California State University, Chico after being forced to drink huge amounts of water and perform many tiring exercises in the cold. At the same time, the fraternity members were dousing him with water. There have been numerous hazing crimes since then, and a more recent one that has caught national news is the death of a young man at Penn State. The man, who’s BAC at the time of his death was well over the legal limit, fell down stairs. For the next 12 hours, he was in and out of consciousness and constantly falling over and hitting his head. Fraternity members neglected to call 911. Instead they continued to shrug off the possibility that he needed medical attention. 18 members of the fraternity are being charged with multiple penalties and the fraternity has been banned from the university.

In California, a person can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony if hazing resulted in serious injury or death. The charge will be determined based on the facts of the case and the defendant’s criminal history. If it is a misdemeanor, the defendant faces up to 1 year in jail. If it is a felony, the defendant faces up to 3 years in prison. If a defendant is charged with additional related crimes like forced sexual penetration, and assault and battery, they can get extra time in jail tacked on.

In addition to legal consequences, the defendant faces other consequences like getting expelled from school, getting their fraternity banned from the university, damaging their reputation, severing relationships with friends, and damaging their conscience knowing they participated in events that led to someone’s serious injuries or death.

Hazing is not condoned on college campuses in California or the rest of the United States. It is illegal here and in the majority of other states. If you see it happening, speak up to the authorities before someone else, even yourself, gets seriously hurt or in trouble.


You can save a life of a victim and the life of someone who would otherwise face very harsh consequences.


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How Much is 1 Serving of Alcohol?

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The countdown to summer break has begun, leaving students and families eager to get away from school and work in order to have some fun. These long hot days and warm nights bring some of the best memories each year. Admittedly, alcohol has a big part in that because it allows everyone to relax and loosen up. Moreover, if there is no work, school, or another obligation to attend to the next morning, the alcohol will keep flowing. With that being said, the alcohol consumption should only go so far. Each individual should know when to say no to a drink.

The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in California is 0.08%. It does not take the same amount of drinks for everyone to reach that level. How much alcohol has an effect on someone depends on a large number of factors. Person A can have 3 drinks, be at 0.04%, and feel extremely drunk. Meanwhile Person B can have 5 drinks, be at 0.07% and still be much more coherent and aware than Person A.

BAC can depend on gender, body weight and build, the number of drinks consumed, the types of drinks consumed, whether or not a person has eaten, any medications they might be taking, and more. Generally, women feel the effects of alcohol much faster than men, and smaller body types will feel the effects faster than bigger body types will. If a person has food in their stomach, that will help soak up some alcohol. Conversely, if they are drinking on an empty stomach, they will get drunk faster.

When it comes to determining what 1 serving of alcohol means, it depends on the type of drink you want to look at. As a general rule, 1 serving of alcohol equals 1 oz. of 100 proof liquor, a 12 oz. beer, or 4 oz. wine. A 12 oz. beer is much more liquid volume than a glass of wine, but the servings are considered equal. 3 glasses of 4 oz. wine each, 12 oz. total, is theoretically 3 times the serving of a 12 oz. beer.

We mentioned that the legal BAC limit in California is 0.08%, yet many people are drunk well before this limit. If a cop pulls a person over and they blow a 0.05%, they can and will still arrest them for a DUI, especially if they do not appear coherent and alert enough to drive safely. There is never a good reason to drink and drive. The risks are far too dangerous for this person and others on the road. At the same time, even if a person is not driving and is relying on a designated sober driver, they should still know when to stop drinking.


Alcohol lowers inhibitions and the ability to make safe and sound decisions. People put themselves at risk and vulnerability when they drink. It is just a precaution to know how much is too much.


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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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The Bare Minimum of a First Time DUI is Expensive

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If you are hitting the bar on St. Patrick’s Day, do not drink and drive. In fact, never drink and drive. It is a simple concept and hopefully, after knowing the cost of a first time DUI in California, it will be an even simpler concept to understand and follow. Here are the costly consequences:

  • License is revoked for a period of time. To get it reinstated, you need to pay $100.
  • Car insurance will increase for a few years and it all add up to the tens of thousands of dollars. Most people do not think of the long-term overall cost because they only look at it in the short term, but if you add up your insurance payments over a few years and compare it to the cost you would be paying if it was not increased, you will be surprised. The average is $40,000 total for 3 years.
  • You will need to take and pass a DUI course, which will cost at least $600.
  • Your car will be impounded and you are responsible for the towing and storage. Expect to pay at least $600 or more if the car is kept longer.
  • You can go to court without a lawyer, but it is not recommended to do this. Attorney fees can be a few thousand dollars. The average for a first-time DUI will be around $4,000.

We will let you do the math and add those average figures up. Also note that these figures are for first-time DUI cases where the driver is pulled over by a cop. The cost will increase drastically for repeat offenders, and those who end up in accidents since they will then be paying for hospital bills and car repairs.

This does not have to be you, just don’t drink and drive.

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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.