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Are You Ready for Your Kids to Go Back to School?

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Summer is drawing to a close, and for many parents, this means that their child is going back to school soon. As far as parents as concerned, this is a great day. The kids will soon be out of their parents’ hair and preoccupied with their own daily studies. This can make a parent’s life just a little bit easier, which is always appreciated.

However, as calm as things can be when the kids are away, parents will always worry about their little ones. Parents are always concerned for their kids’ safety, even when they are a school. So while the new school year brings some peace and quiet, it does come with some extra worry too. Luckily, there are some things that parents can do to help their child stay safe at school.

Some Tips to Keep Kids Safe and Healthy This School Year

A parent’s biggest goal is to ensure the health and safety of their child. This can be a bit difficult to do though when the child isn’t with the parent, like when the child is at school. Luckily, there are still things that a parent can do to keep their kid safe when they aren’t around.

One of the biggest aspects of school, is a child’s backpack. The simple device will hopefully hold everything that a student will need during their day at school. This means that choosing and properly packing a backpack is very important. Here are some backpack tips to consider this school year:

  • A full backpack should not weigh more than 20% of the child’s body weight.
  • Always use both straps to carry a back and evenly spread the weight across both shoulders.
  • Choose a backpack with wide shoulder straps and a padded back to ensure comfort and good weight distribution.
  • Use all of the compartments in the backpack to help spread out the weight within the pack itself.
  • If a backpack has a waist strap, use it.
  • Don’t put a child’s name on the outside of a backpack, strangers could use that to their advantage.
  • Avoid roller backpacks as they can cause tripping hazards for other students.

When a child is walking, or biking to school, there are plenty of things that they should know. Somethings that parents should teach their kids include:

  • Never take shortcuts, especially through areas with low visibility. Kids should stick to parent approved routes in case the parent needs to find the child.
  • Walk in groups.
  • Wear bright colored clothes to be more visible to drivers.
  • Always wear a helmet while biking.
  • Use hand signals while riding a bike.
  • Follow the rules of the road.
  • Don’t listen to music while biking.

A few extra tips include:

  • Reinforce Stranger Danger rules.
  • Don’t pack lunches and snacks that can spoil.
  • Talk to kids about bullying.

Give Kids a Brighter Future

As a parent, it can be hard to not worry about kids when they aren’t around. If a parent follows the tips listed above, they can help keep their child safe this school year. That is all any parent wants. By keeping their kids safe, their children will be able to do well in school this year. This will, in turn, help set the kid up for a brighter future.

Do you have any school safety tips that aren’t on this list? If so, add them in the comments down below and help out other parents.

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The Penalties of Dogfighting in California

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When it comes to owning animals, people are supposed to treat the animal with the same respect that they would a human. If a person does not take care of an animal, then they can face animal abuse charges. Animal abuse on its own is pretty bad, but forcing an animal to fight another animal for personal amusement is another thing entirely.

Here in California, the state has its own separate law regarding dogfights. California Penal Code 597.5 for a person to own a dog with the intent of having it engage in a fight. This law also makes it illegal to be a spectator of a dog fight.

The penalties for California’s dogfighting laws vary between misdemeanor and felony depending on the actual crime the person is accused of. If a person is caught in a place where they know a dogfight is being prepared, then they will only face misdemeanor charges. This will get them up to 1 year in county jail and/or a max fine of $5,000.

Most other forms of violation of this law will result in felony charges. This can earn a person anywhere from 16 months to 3 years in prison with a max fine of $50,000. This proves just how seriously the state of California takes this offense.

If a person suspects that a dog is being trained for dogfights, or that these kinds of fights are being held in their area, they need to report it to local authorities. The police will handle things and help save the abused animals.

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Prevent Bullies

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New year, same problem. It’s the start of a new school year, which means new classrooms and new friends. For some, it also means facing new bullies. Let’s join the nation and take a stand against bullying one child at a time. What better child to start with than your own? The new school year is the perfect opportunity to start, or continue, the conversation with your kids about the importance of being kind to everyone and avoid being a bully.

A bully isn’t just someone who beats up on another student. According to the CDC, “Bullying is any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social, or educational harm.”

It is important to talk to your children about the different types of bullying. They are physical, verbal, and relational. Physical bullying is when one hits, kicks, punches, spits on, or trips another person. Verbal bullying is when someone taunts, calls another person a name, threatens, or makes sexual comments to someone else. The final type is relational, meaning someone is trying to harm another’s personal relationship by isolating them, spreading rumors, or sharing images.

According to stopbullying.gov, children are most likely to be bullied throughout elementary school. One of the key ways you can help prevent bullying is to address the bullying whenever and wherever you see it taking place. It is also important to talk to your children about the importance of being inclusive and kind to everyone, despite differences you may have.

If you would like more information on the warning signs, bullying prevention, or other educational materials, click here.

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Be Responsible This New Year’s Eve

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New Year’s Eve is rapidly approaching, and thousands of people are planning on celebrating. There will be plenty of parties to choose from, and lots of drinking. So long as the drinking is done responsibly, there will be no problem. Unfortunately, thousands of drivers will take to the roads on New Year’s Eve after having a few drinks. This is something that the police will not tolerate.

Due to this, there will be an increase in the amount of DUI checkpoints on the road on New Year’s Eve. The police want to reduce the amount of intoxicated drivers on the road, and thereby reduce the amount of accidents caused by drunk drivers.

If you are planning on driving on New Year’s Eve, be prepared to encounter a DUI checkpoint. If you want to avoid the line caused by the checkpoint, you are more than welcome to take a different route to avoid, just make sure you do so legally. While a person is allowed to avoid DUI checkpoints, they are not allowed to break traffic laws in order to do so.

DUI checkpoints can cause a bit of a traffic jam, but they serve a purpose. They help catch and remove drunk drivers from the road. This, in turn, keeps everyone safer. When a person decides to drive after drinking alcohol, they not endanger their own life, they endanger the lives of every single person they pass on the road.


If someone is planning on partying New Year’s Eve, they need to do so responsibly. They can do this by assigning a designated driver, or by using a taxi, Uber, or Lyft. By doing this, the person will be able to drink as much as they want, and will not need to worry about DUI checkpoints.


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Lots of People Have Questions about Bail

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Finding out that someone does not know much about bail is not as uncommon as one might assume. Most people do not learn about bail, and this is usually due to the fact that they assume they will never need to bail someone out of jail. While that may be the case for some people, not everyone is so lucky.

When a person suddenly needs to bail one of their loved ones out of jail, they can have a lot of questions. Here at Penny Bail Bonds in Ontario, we do everything that we can to answer those questions.

  • How does bail work?
  • Bail is assigned to an individual by a judge based on a few different factors. Once the bail amount is set, all a person needs to do to get out of jail, is pay the entire bail amount to the court. Once that is done, he or she will be released from jail for the remainder of their trial. The person needs to go to all of their court dates, or risks being taken back into custody.

  • What factors does a judge look at when determining bail?
  • A judge looks at the crime the person has been accused, how the crime was committed, the person’s criminal record, the likely hood of the person running while out on bail, and the threat that the person may pose to the local community if released.

  • How does a bail bond work?
  • A bail bond comes from a bail agent and pays the court for the full amount of the bail. In return for posting the bond, bail agents get paid 10% of the bail amount that they just paid for.

  • How does a person get a bail bond?
  • Getting a bail bond is simple, all a person needs to do is talk to a professional bail agent. This can be done easily by contacting Penny Bail Bonds in Ontario.

  • Are there discounts for bail bonds?
  • Yes, here at Penny Bail Bonds in Ontario we offer several discounts to qualified bail agents. To learn if you qualify for one of our discounts, just talk to an agent.

Bailing someone out of jail can be a stressful situation, if a person does not know what they are doing. That is why it is important to hire a professional bail agent. A bail agent can answer all of a person’s questions and show them just how easy it is to bail someone out of jail.


Contact Penny Bail Bonds in Ontario at 866-736-6977 or by clicking Chat With Us to see how easy bail can be for you.


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Understanding the Miranda Rights

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The right to remain silent and the right to have a lawyer represent you are two rights every arrested person has. These are the Miranda Rights, which the police are required to read to every person that’s arrested.


The Miranda Rights are named after Ernesto Miranda, who was arrested in the 1960s and accused of kidnapping, rape, and robbery. During his trial, it was revealed that the police used intense and intimidating interrogation methods to lead him to confess. The court found this unjust and unfair, so his conviction was overturned. After additional evidence and eyewitnesses, he was eventually found guilty once again.

Miranda’s case, along with another in the 1960s, Escobedo vs. Illinois, brought about the Miranda Rights. The defendants in both cases were unaware of their full rights: the right to remain silent until their lawyer was present, and the right to have a lawyer during interrogation.

If a defendant is unaware of these rights, then they are more likely to offer a confession, whether or not they are truly guilty of the crime they are being accused of. In addition, without a lawyer, the police may use intimidating interrogation methods in order to force a confession. The suspect would give in, for they have no lawyer present to help fight back and protect them.

It is the suspect’s best interest to have a lawyer. If they can afford a private attorney who can specialize in the defendant’s case, they should go with that option. A private attorney will have more time to spend on the defendant’s case. In return however, they can be costly to afford. If the defendant cannot afford a private attorney, the court will appoint one to them. Court-appointed lawyers are neither ill-prepared nor unqualified, but they do tend to have more cases and clients to take care of than a private attorney. Thus, they must split attention and efforts across their multiple clients.

If your loved one has been arrested, the police will read them their Miranda Rights. It is very unlikely the police will neglect or forget to do so but in that small chance it happens, you can use that oversight as leverage. Make sure your loved one is aware of their rights, and from there take it one step at a time to get your loved one home and through trial.