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Halloween and DUI Checkpoints

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Halloween is a time for fun and games. For kids, this means trick or treating. For adults, this means parties, which will typically involve alcohol. The police and other local law enforcement are aware of this fact. They know people will be drinking during Halloween, and some of those people will think that getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is a good idea.

Drinking and driving is a bad enough idea on any day of the year, but it is especially dangerous on Halloween. This is due to the fact that there will be hundreds of kids roaming the streets trick or treating. This can increase the odds of someone getting hurt due to drunk driving.


In order to prevent as many accidents as possible from happening, local police will be setting up DUI checkpoints. They may seem like a nuisance, but they are there to keep people safe.


At a typical DUI checkpoint, the road will be restricted, and officers will be stopping vehicles to speak with the drivers. In most instances, the officer will simply ask for the driver’s name, and where the driver is coming from and going to. As long as the officer does not see any obvious signs of intoxication, the driver will be allowed to go on his way.

However, if the officer suspects that the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the driver will be asked to pull over to the side of the road. There, another officer will have the driver conduct a field sobriety test. If the driver fails this, than he or she will be taken into custody.

Drunk drivers cause hundreds of injuries, and roughly 36 deaths a day. Those numbers tend to grow around drinking holidays, which is why officers setup DUI Checkpoints. These checkpoints help keep the roadways safe for everyone out there. So, if you plan on going out and having something to drink this Halloween, be sure to do so responsibly. Assign a designated driver, or get a taxi, Lyft, or Uber. Doing this will help make sure everyone gets home safely.

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Want Someone Out of Jail in a Hurry?

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Do you want to get a friend or family member out of jail in a hurry? Of course you do! Nobody wants someone they care about to suffer, and that’s all a loved one will be doing in jail. That is why you want to act quickly, and rescue your friend or family member from jail. You know that he should be back home where he belongs.

In order to get your loved one out of jail in a hurry, you are going to need to find a bail bond company that works quickly. Luckily, you know about Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino. We have been rescuing people from jail in a hurry since 1987. We have years of experience with bail bonds, meaning we know how to get bail bonds delivered in a hurry.

Our agents get to work the moment you talk to them. All they need to get started is your loved one’s name, birthday, and the county of his or her arrest. With that information, our agents will be able to scour through the jail database to find your loved one and gather the rest of his information. Once all of the paperwork has been filled out and signed, and we have received the initial payment for the bail bond, we will deliver the bail to the jail where your loved one is being held.

Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino can help you get your loved one out of jail in as little as a few hours in some counties. Once we start working for you, you can rest easy knowing that we will not rest until we have secured your loved one’s release from jail. We do not quit until your loved one is back home, safe and sound.


Get started right now by calling 866-736-6977 or by clicking Chat With Us now.


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Preparing for an Earthquake

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Here in California, is important to be prepared for an earthquake at any moment. Our state has dozens of earthquakes a day, it’s just that they are too small for people to notice. However, once in a while, California gets hit with a large earthquake that damages property and infrastructure. While rare, it is important to be prepared for these types of earthquakes. It could save your life, as well as the lives of your loved ones.


To begin with, it is important to have a good supply of food and water stored away. How much? Enough food and water to last each family member 3 days. That may seem like a lot, but resources may be hard to get in the first few days after a large earthquake.


It is also extremely important to have a family emergency plan. Try to come up with 2 ways to exit every room in the house. Designate a safe area outside where everyone in the family knows to meet after an earthquake. Make sure everyone knows where the shut off valves and switches are for the utilities. This means water, gas, and electricity. The shaking can damage these systems and cause leaks, which can be dangerous. That is why everyone should know how to turn these off in an emergency.

Everyone in the family should also know the location of emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers and first aid kits. In addition, everyone should have a flashlight and a pair of shoes or slippers near their bed. These will come in handy if an earthquake happens during the night.

You should keep important documents, such as social security cards, birth certificates, and proof of ownership certificates in a fire proof safe. The safe should be stored in a safe place that can be accessed in times of emergency. Also, be sure to mount all tall object to your walls to prevent them from falling over during an earthquake.

Doing all of this is a great way to prepare for an earthquake. Knowing all of this can also help keep you and your loved one’s calm during such an event, which can save lives.

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Free Warrant Checks in California

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Do you have a sneaking suspicion that there may be a warrant out for you arrest? If so, you probably want to find out for sure, but how do you do that? If you go to a police station, they might arrest you on the spot, and you do not want that.

A warrant getting issued for a person’s arrest without that person knowing is actually pretty common. It happens all of the time. A warrant can be issued if a person collects too many unpaid parking tickets. It is not as uncommon as one might think.

In order to help people out, Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino offers free warrant checks. We can look up warrants in most California counties. Just give us your name, birthday, and the county where you think the warrant was issued we will look to see if there is, in fact, a warrant out for your arrest.

If we cannot find any warrants, then you are free to go. If there is a warrant for your arrest, we can help you. We can work with you to get a bail bond as ready to go as possible, so that when you turn yourself in, we can be ready to bail you out. This way, you spend as little time in jail as possible. If the county you think the warrant was issued out of does not allow third parties to perform warrant checks, we will tell you how you can check for a warrant yourself.

Here at Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, our goal is to help people. That is why we perform free warrant checks for all Californians.


If you think that a warrant for your arrest has been issued, you can call 866-736-6977 to talk to an agent who can help you check.


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Texting and Driving Laws in California

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Texting while driving is against the law in the state of California. That has been the case for several years, and it continues to be the case now, even with the recent amendments to the distracted driving laws here in the state.

It used to be, that the distracted driving laws specifically targeted things such as texting and driving. However, due to their specific nature, they left out a lot of other uses that smart phones have. With the new changes that took place in January of 2017, more scenarios are prohibited under distracted driving laws.


The new laws now prohibit the use of any wireless device while behind the wheel of a car. A driver can no longer use his or her smartphone for anything while driving. This is meant to help keep both hands on the wheel, and all of the driver’s focus on the road.


With the new laws, drivers are still permitted to use their devices for calling and texting, but only when using hands-free methods, such as voice controls. However, this exception is only for drivers who are over the age of 18. Drivers who are under the age of 18 are not allowed to use any devices while driving, even devices with hands-free capabilities.

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What is an Infraction?

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If you have ever had a run in with the law, or just watch a lot of television, you have probably heard the term infraction before. You might have wondered what it meant since it was not explained very well.

While an infraction might sound scary and intimidating, it is actually far lees troublesome than you might imagine. Infractions are small criminal violations, such as various traffic and moving violations. The maximum punishment for an infraction is a $250 fine. A person cannot be arrested or incarcerated for an infraction level offense.

Crimes in California fall into three categories:

    1. Felony – punishable by imprisonment and even death in the most severe cases.
    2. Misdemeanor – Punishable by a maximum of 1 year in jail.
    3. Infraction – Punishable by a max fine of $250.

More serious crimes are considered felonies, lower level crimes are considered misdemeanors, and low level violations are considered infractions.


In California, there are some offenses that are considered wobblers. This means that in some instances, the offense is viewed as an infraction, while other times it is seen as a misdemeanor. How the crime is viewed depends on how the crime was committed and the accused’s criminal history.


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DUI Checkpoints in California

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If you did a lot of driving over the Labor Day weekend, it is likely that you encountered a DUI checkpoint at some point. It might have been a bit bothersome, since the checkpoint probably backed up traffic slightly, but it was for a good reason. The point of DUI checkpoints is to identify drivers who are under the influence and get them off of the road.

This becomes very important over 3 day weekends, since they tend to involve a lot of partying and drinking. This can lead to a sharp rise in drunk driving for that weekend. Law enforcement officers know this, which is why they set up checkpoints in an effort to reduce the number of accidents caused by drunk drivers.

Checkpoint locations will be posted ahead of time, usually online or in the local paper. As a citizen, you have the right to know this and plan a route that avoids any checkpoints.

If you decide to go through a checkpoint, or you simply did not know it was there, do not worry. Not every car gets stopped, and even if an officer stops you, there is nothing to worry about. Usually, the officer will ask to see your license and registration, before asking you a few quick questions. Unless they find reason to believe that you have been drinking, such as slurred speech or the smell of alcohol on your breath, they will let you go on your way. If they do believe that you have been drinking, they will ask that you pull over to the side and they will treat you like a typical DUI stop.


The ultimate goal of these checkpoints is to reduce accidents caused by drunk drivers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, DUI checkpoints have the ability to stop 1 in 10 deaths caused by DUI related accidents.


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You can Be Fined for Crossing the Street During the Countdown

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Believe it or not, a person is violating the law if they cross the street in the intersection when the hand is flashing with a countdown. Many Californians do not realize, or they forget, that it is actually illegal. They believe that they merely have that countdown left to get across the street safely. Actually, pedestrians may only legally cross the street when the signal shows the human figure.

Samuel Chu is learning this law the hard way. He was given a $202 citation from an officer for stepping into the street when the crossing sign was counting down.

In fact, it is not uncommon for officers to issue these citations. It simply is not widely reported, which is why citizens may not know the law. Over the last 4 years, Los Angeles police officers issued 17,000 such citations.

Now, a couple of Los Angeles politicians are looking to change up the law so that pedestrians are not slapped with such an expensive ticket for such a minor offense. Councilman Jose Huizar and Assemblyman Miguel Santiago are pushing to ratify the law and let pedestrians legally continue crossing the street until the flashing light ends and the hand stops. As expected, there are pros and cons on both sides that are to be evaluated before any changes are made, which likely would not be for some time anyway.


A citation like this is often unexpected because most people who are given one do not realize they are violating the law. To them, they are merely crossing the street in the intersection as they should be. Nonetheless, it is against the law to cross the street when the signal is flashing.


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How Bail can Affect Credit Score

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It is no secret that posting bail costs quite a bit of money, even with a bail bond, because it can still be thousands of dollars. Most people who need to pay for something this expensive will typically do so using a credit card because it is the fastest and most secure way to do so. It is not often a person can pay for something so expensive with just cash.

When someone is paying for a bail bond with their credit card, they are more concerned with getting it done quickly. They want their loved one to be freed as soon as possible. They are not as concerned about how doing so might affect their credit score. It is a generous, selfless act for them to pay for a bail bond, but it is still important for them to consider their financial situation once the legal troubles begin to mellow out.

Here are a couple situations where your credit score could be affected should you use credit to pay for a bail bond:

  • Taking out a loan could lower your credit score, but it could also boost it, depending on the type of loan and the policies attached to it.
  • Paying the entire bail with your credit card, but not being able to pay it off in full immediately may cause your score to suffer later down the line. The best practice for paying off credit cards is to always pay it off in full as soon as possible, rather than paying a portion and letting the rest roll over to the next credit card due date.

Every person is in a different scenario so one person can pay their bail with a credit card and their credit will not be affected, while another person could see their credit score change. It not only depends on how much they have to pay for the bail bond, but also how they are set up with their bank and how much credit balance they are allowed to have. In addition, it could also depend on the bail bond company they are working with. Some bail bond companies have a higher fee than others, and some are more flexible in terms of payment due dates and schedule.

Before committing to one bail bond company, and before committing to paying the entire bail on your credit card, conduct some research and get consultations from different bail bond companies to see what they charge and what their bail process is like.


You will also want to review your financial situation and check with your bank to review options on how you can afford to pay off the bail. A good bail bond company will work with you on a custom plan to fit your needs, and so will a good bank.


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How Bail Works for Undocumented Immigrants

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A United States citizen who is arrested for committing a crime will stand before a judge to learn whether or not he or she can post bail to be released from custody pre-trial. What happens if an undocumented immigrant is arrested? Will they be handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and then deported as soon as possible?

Undocumented immigrants are not left hopeless if they are arrested. They are not automatically deported. Although they are not citizens, they still have rights and resources that will assist and protect them as much as possible, including a handful of immigration bonds. The immigration bond will allow the immigrant to be released from custody until his or her court date.

    Delivery Bond
    For someone to be released on a delivery bond, the immigrant has to obtain an arrest warrant and a notice of custody conditions. The delivery bond will ensure the immigrant will appear for their court hearing.

    Voluntary Departure Bond
    The only way an immigrant can be released on a judge’s voluntary departure bond is if they voluntarily leave the U.S. by a specific date. The immigrant can avoid any and all remaining court hearings if they qualify for and agree to this bond. If the immigrant fails to leave the United States by their specified date, the bond is revoked and they will face further legal consequences.

    Order of Supervision Bond
    Order of supervision bonds are reserved for individuals who must leave the United States, but are taking a little extra time while they obtain passports and other documents for their family, such as children. During this extra time, they are supervised by an agent and they must report to them on a regular basis to keep them updated on their progress.

Immigrants can pay for their immigration bond in two ways:

    1) With a surety bond where they work with a bond agent who typically will charge 15-20% of the total bond amount and is not refundable.
    2) With a cash bond where they pay ICE the full bond amount in cash or money order, which is refunded once the immigrant attends all their court hearings.


You will also want to review your financial situation and check with your bank to review options on how you can afford to pay off the bail. A good bail bond company will work with you on a custom plan to fit your needs, and so will a good bank.


Since immigration bonds are different than bail bonds, many bail bond companies do not provide them. A person seeking an immigration bond will have to find a company that specializes in immigration bonds.