Underage Drinking, No Exceptions

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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.

Bail Amounts on Common Offenses

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In order to be released from jail, a person must meet certain “requirements.” This includes:

  • Having not yet been convicted of the crime.
  • Having solid, reliable relationships with others in the community. This shows that the defendant is likely to appear for court and less likely to flee.
  • Not appearing as a threat to the public.
  • Having little to no prior criminal history.
  • Being accused of a crime that is neither serious nor violent.
  • Being granted bail.

How much bail is will really depend on a case by case basis. Understandably, the more serious the crime was, the more expensive the bail will be. Additionally, if the defendant is a repeat offender, they are more likely to have a higher bail than a person who is a first time offender. Bail can range from a few hundred to thousands; in more high profile cases, bail can be hundreds of thousands to millions.

Luckily, the majority of people who are granted bail are not going to face that million dollar price mark. Here are some common crimes and the average bail for the charges:

  • Driving when the license has been suspended or revoked: $1,000+ for a first offense, $5,000+ for repeat offenses.
  • Fleeing the scene of a hit and run, and another person was injured or killed: $10,000+.
  • DUI: $5,000 for a first offense
  • Speeding and racing with other drivers: $10.000+
  • Violating a restraining order: $50,000
  • Possession of illegal drugs: $30,000 if possession is up to 1 kilogram. Bail increases if there are more drugs in possession.
  • Robbery: $50,000+
  • Assault with a deadly weapon: $100,000

To clarify, bail bond companies cannot get the official bail lowered, instead, they provide defendants with payment plans whose payments sum up to 10% of the full bail.

Celebrities Pay for Bail Too

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Celebrities are frequently given the red carpet treatment almost anywhere they go, for almost everything they do. They get special VIP access and treatment that the public never gets to experience. For all the glitz and glam, it sure seems beneficial to have a well-known name and face.

Occasionally, celebrities do not get special treatment. In fact, having star-status brings them more attention than they want. For example, being a celebrity and having a run-in with the law. Celebrities do not get away if they break the law. Just like any other person who broke the law, a celebrity must face the same legal proceedings and possible consequences as everyone else. If a celebrity wants to get out of jail for their trial, they must post bail using one of the same methods available to everybody: cash bail or a bail bond. This shows that the law is not too easily forgiving to people with lots of money and fame.

Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriot
You have probably heard Hernandez’s name in the media over the last couple of years, and even more in recent weeks. Hernandez was indicted in 2012 for murder. Earlier this year, he was acquitted for a second murder charge on a separate case. Just a week after his acquittal, Hernandez committed suicide. Bail was denied for Hernandez.

Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr., former CEO of Death Row Records
Knight’s bail was set at $2 million for his direct involvement of a fatal hit and run.

Lindsay Lohan, actress
Lohan is no stranger to jail. In 2007, her bail was set at $300,000 because of reckless driving, DUIs, theft, and more. With the help of her bail agent, she paid only $75,000 and was released.

Katt Williams, comedian
William’s bail was set at $40,000 in 2011 for burglary. He committed to pay only a portion of it with the help of his bail agent. However, he failed to make good on his payments and so he was arrested again. His second bail, $10,000, was one he had to pay all on his own.

It can be easy to think that posting bail would be no problem for celebrities because they have the funds to pay it without hassle. Yet, even celebrities choose to post bail with a bail bond because it is more affordable overall. As evidenced, some celebrities neglect to keep up with their payments. Celebrities are not perfect, and they definitely do not have it easy. When it comes to dealing with the law, they are just like any other person.

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.

Bail Amounts for Common Offenses

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In order to be released from jail, a person must meet certain “requirements.” This includes:

  • Having not yet been convicted of the crime.
  • Having solid, reliable relationships with others in the community. This shows that the defendant is likely to appear for court and less likely to flee.
  • Not appearing as a threat to the public.
  • Having little to no prior criminal history.
  • Being accused of a crime that is neither serious nor violent.
  • Being granted bail.

How much bail is will really depend on a case by case basis. Understandably, the more serious the crime was, the more expensive the bail will be. Additionally, if the defendant is a repeat offender, they are more likely to have a higher bail than a person who is a first time offender. Bail can range from a few hundred to thousands; in more high profile cases, bail can be hundreds of thousands to millions.

Luckily, the majority of people who are granted bail are not going to face that million dollar price mark. Here are some common crimes and the average bail for the charges:

  • Driving when the license has been suspended or revoked: $1,000+ for a first offense, $5,000+ for repeat offenses.
  • Fleeing the scene of a hit and run, and another person was injured or killed: $10,000+.
  • DUI: $5,000 for a first offense
  • Speeding and racing with other drivers: $10.000+
  • Violating a restraining order: $50,000
  • Possession of illegal drugs: $30,000 if possession is up to 1 kilogram. Bail increases if there are more drugs in possession.
  • Robbery: $50,000+
  • Assault with a deadly weapon: $100,000

To clarify, bail bond companies cannot get the official bail lowered, instead, they provide defendants with payment plans whose payments sum up to 10% of the full bail.

Celebrities Have to Pay for Bail Too

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Celebrities are frequently given the red carpet treatment almost anywhere they go, for almost everything they do. They get special VIP access and treatment that the public never gets to experience. For all the glitz and glam, it sure seems beneficial to have a well-known name and face.

Occasionally, celebrities do not get special treatment. In fact, having star-status brings them more attention than they want. For example, being a celebrity and having a run-in with the law. Celebrities do not get away if they break the law. Just like any other person who broke the law, a celebrity must face the same legal proceedings and possible consequences as everyone else. If a celebrity wants to get out of jail for their trial, they must post bail using one of the same methods available to everybody: cash bail or a bail bond. This shows that the law is not too easily forgiving to people with lots of money and fame.

Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriot
You have probably heard Hernandez’s name in the media over the last couple of years, and even more in recent weeks. Hernandez was indicted in 2012 for murder. Earlier this year, he was acquitted for a second murder charge on a separate case. Just a week after his acquittal, Hernandez committed suicide. Bail was denied for Hernandez.

Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr., former CEO of Death Row Records
Knight’s bail was set at $2 million for his direct involvement of a fatal hit and run.

Lindsay Lohan, actress
Lohan is no stranger to jail. In 2007, her bail was set at $300,000 because of reckless driving, DUIs, theft, and more. With the help of her bail agent, she paid only $75,000 and was released.

Katt Williams, comedian
William’s bail was set at $40,000 in 2011 for burglary. He committed to pay only a portion of it with the help of his bail agent. However, he failed to make good on his payments and so he was arrested again. His second bail, $10,000, was one he had to pay all on his own.

It can be easy to think that posting bail would be no problem for celebrities because they have the funds to pay it without hassle. Yet, even celebrities choose to post bail with a bail bond because it is more affordable overall. As evidenced, some celebrities neglect to keep up with their payments. Celebrities are not perfect, and they definitely do not have it easy. When it comes to dealing with the law, they are just like any other person.

About California’s Three Strikes Law

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California has a so-called “Three Strikes” law that was introduced in 1994. Think of this like the “three strikes, you are out” mantra that goes with baseball. A player has 3 chances to hit the ball. If they get three strikes, they are out.

This Three Strikes law concerns convicted felons. If the convicted felon is faced with a second, new felony, they are sentenced to twice the prison time than what they would have faced if they were not already a convict. If the felon has two felonies and faces a third conviction, the Three Strikes law kicks in to automatically sentence them to 25 years to life in prison.

Since 1994, the Three Strikes law has been amended multiple times to be as fair as possible. Years before, someone who was convicted of shoplifting could get the same prison sentence a murderer would get. It was this kind of unfairness that needed attention, so the law re-evaluated the types of felonies that would be effected by three strikes. Today, all three felony convictions would need to be serious or violent in order for the Three Strikes law to move into effect.

There is a slim chance that a person being charged for a serious or violent felony will be allowed to post bail, and the chances get even slimmer if they are a repeat offender. Since bail eligibility is partially dependent on the condition of the defendant and the danger they pose to the public, it is unlikely that the judge will grant bail release. If they do, expect bail to be very high and expect there to be extra requirements such as curfew, travel restrictions, and ankle monitoring.

Is Ticket Scalping Legal?

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Ticket scalping is when a person resells their ticket to an event, like a concert or a sporting event, to another person. The purchaser does not buy the ticket directly from the event itself, but rather goes to someone who already owns a ticket to the event, but is looking to get rid of it. The price is determined by the individual who is in possession of the ticket, and it is often a bigger price than the face value they purchased it for. This is because they are looking to make a profit from the sale.

In California, ticket scalping is illegal when done on the grounds of the event. This is a misdemeanor charge that carries a fine as high as $1,000.

While that may be illegal, it is legal to purchase resale tickets online from valid ticket websites such as SeatGeek, StubHub, and Ticketmaster. These sites allow people to search for ticket sales to any number of events in their area. The website is required to:

  • Disclose seat locations to the potential buyer before the sale
  • Maintain records of ticket exchanges
  • Disclose service charge
  • Provide refunds if the event is canceled or rescheduled
  • Be licensed by a local government agency to act and operate as a ticket resale site

Purchasing resale tickets through these websites are among the most secure ways to get your tickets. You are not being scammed. In the instance that the event is changed, you will get a refund. You will be provided with official records and receipts. Other sites like Craigslist are less secure and the risk of purchasing fake tickets rises. Once a person learns that their tickets are fake, they have almost zero chance of contacting the person who sold it to them and getting their money back.

Always be cautious of where and how you buy your tickets. In general, you should never trust someone who is trying to sell tickets outside of the event itself, on the day of the event. We said this is illegal, yet people do it anyway. Sometimes security will ask these scalpers to leave the grounds, but some go unnoticed and even make a sale, very likely a sale that produced fake tickets.

Fireworks Safety Tips

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Independence Day still seems like a way’s off, but there are people who are already gearing up for the day that will be filled with BBQ food, drinks, and fireworks. Those are three essentials to almost every 4th of July party and you can bet people are already starting to make plans with friends and family in regards to who is hosting and bringing what. If you are the one bringing the fireworks, make sure you bring fireworks that are legal and that you use them safely.

  • Purchase fireworks that are categorized only as “safe and sane” not “dangerous” from a permitted fireworks vendor. These fireworks will have the Fire Marshal’s seal stamped on them.
  • Keep fireworks stored away from fire sources and other flammable material.
  • When you are ready to use the fireworks, have a bucket of water and/ or a hose nearby, just in case.
  • Read and follow the directions as they are written on the fireworks.
  • If youths are using fireworks, make sure adults are nearby.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only, away from fire sources, dry grass, and other flammable material.
  • Make sure there no one is too close when the fireworks are being lit. Do not point them at people, property, trees, power poles, etc.
  • If you find that one of your fireworks is broken, throw it away rather than trying to fix it.
  • Tight fitting clothing is preferred for the people who are going to light the fireworks. Loose clothing can get in the way, potentially catching fire.
  • Fireworks are not toys, and must be handled with care and caution. They should only be used by those who understand the safety rules and will abide by them.
  • For any damages or injuries done from fireworks used by children, the burden falls on the parents.

Anyone found violating the rules and regulations for fireworks usage such as purchasing and using dangerous fireworks, inflicting damage or injury, or storing them in unsafe conditions, will be fined and could face jail time. Of course, the punishment depends on the severity of the violation.

If you do not want to risk using fireworks at your home, or even that of your friend’s, you can always bring the family to the local fireworks show that is organized by the city and the licensed fireworks operators.

Either way, whether you plan on playing with safe and sane fireworks on your own, or just leaving it to the official fireworks show for the community, we encourage all to have a fun and safe 4th of July celebration.

Don’t Worry, There is a Plan For You

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A lot of people have plans for their lives. Some plans are more long term, while others are more short term. Different people plan ahead more than others. However, for all of our planning, most people do not plan on their close friend or family member getting arrested.

The arrested of a loved one can be jarring. You want to help, but you have no idea on how to do that, short of staging a prison break. Luckily, there are professionals out there who want to help people in your situation.

We have been helping Californians bail their loved ones out of jail for the past 30 years. Nobody has more experience or know how than us. We are one of the oldest and reliable bail bond companies in the state. If you need to bail a loved one out of any jail in California, we will be there to assist you.

We have agents working in locations all over California. From San Diego, to San Francisco, we will always be there to help our clients. You can count on being able to get ahold of our agent no matter what time it is. Whether you discover you need help during normal business hours, or the middle of the night, our agent will be there for you. They are always available to provide clients with free consultations.

Once you begin talking with one of our agents, they begin working for you. Our bail agents will get started right away. You can believe that they will not rest until they have helped you rescue your loved one from jail.

It may come as a surprise to you that the bail bond process is incredibly quick and easy, provided you talk to the right bail agent. Our agents do all of the hard work for their clients. They will guide you through the entire bail bond process, answering any questions that you might have. With their aid, your loved one can be out in as little as 2 hours in some counties.

If you want fast relible bail bod help talk to us today. They will get started working with you right away. With their expert help, you will have your loved one rescued from jail in no time, all because they had a plan ready for you.

Worried on a Loved One’s Arrest

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It is never a good idea to dwell on things that have gone wrong in the past. Your time would be far better spent solving the problem. This is especially true when you find out that a loved one has been arrested. Do not waste your time worrying about how things went wrong. Instead, make sure the situation is fixed by getting an affordable bail bond.

We are a 30 year old, California-based bail bond company. We have 3 decades of experience with dealing with bail bonds. We know how stressful it can be to find out a friend or family member has been arrested, which is why we do what we do. We will help you rescue your loved one from jail.

It does not matter what time it is when you discover the terrible news, we will be there for you. Our agents are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can trust that they will always be there to answer your questions. You can talk to them any time, either online or over the phone.

Once you talk with an agent, he or she will begin working with you to rescue your loved one. All our agents need to get started is your loved one’s name, birthday, and county of arrest. With that info in hand, they will set to work. They will locate your loved one in the county system and gather the rest of his or her information.

In no time at all, our agents will have filled out the paperwork with you, and sent it off to the jail. We can have your loved one out of jail in as little as 2 hours in some counties. With our help, you will no longer have to worry about your loved one getting arrested. You will be able to put the whole event behind you so that you can move past it.

How Someone Affords Bail?

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We all hate when an unexpected expense comes our way. We usually have a good idea at how much money we have in our bank account, and we already know what all of it will be going toward. Some will go to rent and utilities, and some will go to groceries. After that, there usually is not much left. So if you run into an unexpected expense, you could be in serious financial trouble.

This is what happens for most people when they find out that a friend or family member has been arrested. Everyone wants to help their loved one, but not everyone can afford to do so. This is due to the fact that bail usually cost several thousands of dollars, and that is on the low end. Bail costs a lot of money, and the average individual cannot afford to pay it.

That is why there are bail bond companies. Bail bonds only cost a fraction of what bail costs. In California, bail bonds cost 10% of the bail they are based on. This means that if a person’s bail is set at $100,000, his or her bail bond will only cost $10,000. You can save 90% by choosing to get a bail bond instead of paying for the bail yourself.

On top of the huge savings over the cost of bail, bail bonds are much easier to work into your monthly budget. This is because bail bond companies offer payment plans. You only have to pay a portion of the bail bond before your loved one is released from jail. The rest will be paid off a little at a time for the next year or so.

If you want to be able to afford to bail your loved one out of jail, consider getting a bail bond from us. You will only need to pay a fraction of the cost of the bail, and you can pay it off on a payment plan. With our expert bail agents helping you, bailing your loved one out of jail will be something that you can actually afford.