What Is My Monthly Payment?

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Once people figure out what the initial cost of their loved one’s bail bond will be, they want to know how much the monthly payments will cost. Unfortunately, much like figuring out the initial cost of the bail bond, figuring out monthly payments requires a lot of information. This makes it hard to give people a real answer without having any case information.

There are different factors that play into the size of the monthly payments.

Size of the bail bond
Size of the initial payment
Length of the payment plan

These variables all factor into determining how much the monthly payments for the bail bond will be. If more money is paid up front, the monthly payments will be less, and vice versa. Larger bail bonds tend to have bigger monthly payments since more money needs to be paid. If the payment plan is meant for 2 years, it will have larger payments than a plan for the same bond meant for 4 years.

It is important to beware of bail bond companies that say they will give you a payment plan that costs $49 a month. Think about it, if you are going to try to pay off a bail bond at that price, you will be working at it for a decade or longer. On top of that, bail bond companies that offer this may make up for the smaller monthly payments by requiring a larger initial payment.

At Absolute Bail Bond Store, we wish we could give our clients a better answer for the size of their monthly payments without having any information, but there are too many variables. For a more definitive answer, fell free to talk to one of our bail agents. They will be more than happy to talk to you about monthly payment plans.

How to Handle a Warrant

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If you are like most people, then you have probably never needed to deal with a warrant. Unfortunately, there may come a time when you have to do just that. As much as many people would prefer to never think of something like this happening to them, they should. It helps to be prepared after all.

When you find out that a warrant has been issued for your arrest, the mature responsible thing to do is to turn yourself in to the authorities. This can easily be done by walking into the local law enforcement agency, and talking to one of the officers there.

However, before you turn yourself in, be sure to contact the professionals here at Absolute Bail Bond Store. We can work with you to get a bail bond ready to go. We will fill out as much of the paperwork as we can beforehand. This way, you can be bailed out of jail as soon as the booking process is complete.

If you think that there might be a warrant out for your arrest, but are unsure, you can talk to Absolute Bail Bond Store as well. We provide free warrant checks for anyone that needs one. We will help you to the best of our abilities. We can check for warrants in several California counties. Unfortunately, we cannot check in all counties. This is due to the fact that some counties require warrant checks to be done in person.

Even if we cannot check for a warrant in the county where you think the warrant was issued, we can still help you. We can tell you how to check for yourself, and try to get a bail bond ready to go in case there is a warrant for your arrest.

Falsely Reporting a Crime

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Just like it is a crime to falsely dial 9-1-1, it is also a crime to falsely report a crime in California. It is one thing to be innocently mistaken that a crime is taking, has taken, or is about to take place. In this case, the person reporting the false crime may not be charged because they were misled. However, it is another thing to purposely report a crime that you know for a fact never happened.

There are many reasons a person would want to falsely report a crime, including getting revenge on someone they are mad at, to scare someone or make them feel threatened, to do a prank, or trying to make a profit from another individual because of a fake kidnapping, for instance.

Anyone who falsely reports a crime to the police, the grand jury, a prosecutor, and 9-1-1 operators can be charged with a misdemeanor. If the charge ends up with a conviction, the person will pay up to a $1,000 fine and spend up to 6 months in jail. When deciding what the exact punishment will be, the judge will consider if and how others were affected by the false report, whether they have a prior criminal history, and their intentions behind filing the false report.

As with any situation, each false report will be treated differently. Some are given more leeway than others, depending on the circumstances. All reports of crime are taken seriously to start out, but if it turns out to be a false report, then that is where problems for the person who made the report begin to arise. By investigating the false report, police exhaust their energy, resources, and time when they could have been attending to more serious situations and helping others who really are in need of assistance. A person who purposely delays real emergencies will be punished.

Road Trip Checklist

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Summer is the perfect time to take a road trip with friends. It is vacation season and the weather is perfect for you to drive your convertible with the wind blowing in your hair. Whether you have a destination in mind or you prefer to just drive, make sure you have packed your essentials such as sunglasses, sunblock, swim suits, and have your driving playlist ready. Before you get on the road, make sure to do a safety check of your vehicle.

Check that all exterior lights of the car work properly: head lights, tail lights, brake lights, signal lights, and high beams.
Make sure your horn is working, and loud for others to hear.
All passengers need to be wearing a seatbelt. Make sure those function properly.
Hopefully it will not rain, but in case it does, you will want your windshield wipers working.
Take a look at your tires. Do they need air? Are the treads good to withstand your road trip? Take a spare tire with you as well.
Open up the hood of your car and fill up the fluids.
Get your brakes checked and make sure they are good to go.

By making sure your car is road trip-ready, you are taking extra precautions to avoid accidents. In addition, you could also be saving yourself from being pulled over and ticketed. A few extra minutes to look over your car can save you thousands of dollars, if you really think about it.

If you think you will be driving across state borders, keep in mind that driving rules might not be the same. For example, you might not be allowed to make a right on a red light or you might not be allowed to pump your own gas at a gas station and instead, a store clerk is supposed to do this for you. Overall, drive with safety in mind, as you would anywhere, because getting ticketed, pulled over, into an accident, or arrested is a cost no one wants to worry about having to deal with, especially out-of-state.

Unpaid Traffic Fines Dont Mean Suspended Driver’s License

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Starting next month, Californians who do not pay their traffic fines have one less thing to worry about: risk losing their license. There is a kind of catch 22 here because, on one hand, it means Californians who do not pay their traffic fines can keep their license and continue to drive. On the other hand, these individuals may feel less inclined to have to pay their traffic fines.

One reason for this change is that suspending licenses has not been helping the state collect money for the unpaid fines. Additionally, lower income individuals who lose their license simply because of unpaid traffic fines risk falling deeper into debt. By losing a license, a person can no longer drive. Think about how that would affect your everyday life, if that was you. You would have to find alternative ways to get to work, run your errands like getting groceries, taking your children to school, visiting people, and more. We rely on our car, driver’s license, and privilege to drive in order to go about each and every day.

Common traffic violations that result in a small fine include parking illegally, such as in a red zone or when the meter is expired, speeding, running a red light, and driving in the carpool lane without a passenger in your car.

Keep in mind that people will still be cited and fined for these traffic violations, they just will not run the risk of losing their license solely for these violations. For more serious violations like DUIs, then the driver will still lose their license.

What to do in a Police Chase

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Car chases in the movies are exciting and cool, but in real life, getting stuck in the middle of one is dangerous, and nerve wracking. What is the protocol for civilians who are suddenly in the middle of a car chase? This is not something driving school or the DMV teaches people. Do you move to the side of the road because you hear sirens coming your way? Will you have time? Will you have the room to do so?

If a driver has the time and room to move over to the side of the road to let the car chase pass, then they should do so. This does not happen often though, so in all other instances, the driver should continue driving in their lane at the same speed they are going. The police will maneuver around the driver. A driver should never make a lane change if the car chase is too close. They do not accurately know how fast the police cars are coming up behind them, and the police cannot predict the driver’s decision to change lanes. It is much easier for the police if drivers continue driving as they were.

As much as a driver may want to, they should never try and intervene in a car chase to be the hero who helped catch the suspect. It is a dangerous situation because not only are there fast moving vehicles, but they also do not know the type of person or persons inside the vehicle. They may be armed with weapons or drunk. You can get yourself and others injured.

Car chases are all too common in California, especially in Los Angeles where it seems like there is a car chase at least every couple of nights. Car chases are generally thought of as high speed chases. However, there are times when the speed is quite slow, yet the police do not seem to take advantage and speed up to cut them off. This is because the police have tactics and protocols that they must consider in the moment to successfully stop and apprehend the suspect without anyone getting hurt. The majority of police chases end successfully, because the police know what they are doing and the civilians let them do their job without intervening.

Responsibilities of Being a Parent

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Being a parent takes an incredible amount of responsibility, including legal responsibility. Until a child turns 18 and becomes a legal adult, their parents are responsible for them in many ways. This includes needing to pay for consequences should their child get into trouble, cause problems, and/or get arrested. The parents can hold their children accountable at home, but the justice system will hold the parents accountable too.

If a child damages other property, such as graffiti’s a wall, breaks a window, or runs a car into another, the parents will have to cover the financial responsibilities of paying for the damages. The money goes towards the victim or person who owns the damaged property. It is called paying restitution because it compensates for the losses or damages the child caused. The parents may decide to punish their child by withholding allowance or setting a curfew, but from a legal standpoint of paying for the damages, the money will come from the parents.

If a child is arrested, then fees are involved for lawyers and juvenile detention services like food and laundry. Again, this money comes from the parents’ pockets.

One thing that parents would not have to pay for if their child is arrested, is bail or a bail bond. The reason this is not a factor to them, is because youths who are arrested are not given the option to post bail to be released. Instead, after a record is made of the minor’s arrest, the police will usually release them back to the custody of their parents or legal guardians. Alternatively, depending on the situation, the police may send the child to an agency or shelter that will look after them, or put them in juvenile detention. The child and the parents will be given a notice to appear in court to settle the matter. Bail and bail bonds are reserved only for adults.

Raising a child is not easy and there is no perfect solution to doing it. It is hard, and it is a learning experience. You and your family will manage to get through it together. Once they turn 18, they are legally on their own, though as a parent, it will be your natural instinct to always protect them. The good news is that when they turn 18, any records they had as a minor will be sealed, meaning that no one will be able to view or access those records. This clean slate is meant to encourage them for their future and not let adolescent mistakes prevent them from succeeding.

California’s Gun Laws FAQ’s

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There are very strict rules when it comes to California’s gun laws. These rules outline who is allowed to purchase a gun, when they can purchase, how many and how often they can purchase, how the gun must be stored at home, who may use the gun, when the gun may be used, and more. The gun laws for California are some of the strictest in the United States. Here are some frequently asked questions, and the answers to them.

Can I lend my gun to a family member?
A firearm can be given to a person’s adult child or adult grandchild as long as it is a legal firearm. A firearm can also be given to a person’s spouse. However, a person cannot lend or give the gun to any other relative, such as siblings, aunts and uncles, and cousins. If the firearm they receive is a handgun, they must first get a Handgun Safety Certificate, and fill out paperwork for the Department of Justice.

Can I sell my gun to a family member, or anyone else?
If a person wishes to sell their gun to another individual, they must do so through a licensed California firearms dealer. The recipient must also pass the background check.

How many handguns can a person own?
Californians are limited to one handgun purchase per 30 day period, but there is no limit on how many they can own total.

What are the proper ways to store my guns at home?
Guns must be kept out of reach of children. If a child manages to get ahold of the gun, the owner can face felony charges. Guns should be kept in locked containers or drawers. It is recommended that guns be locked away unloaded.

Who is and is not allowed to purchase and own a firearm?
Anyone who wishes to make a firearm purchase must first pass a background check. People who have been convicted for certain misdemeanors or any felony are not allowed to purchase or own a firearm in California. In addition, there are restrictions based on drug abuse, being held involuntarily because they were deemed a threat to themselves or others, driving records, mental conditions, domestic abuse, restraining orders, and more. Of-age individuals who pass the background check and pass their test will be allowed to purchase and own a legal firearm.

If you are a gun owner or plan to own a gun in the future, your knowledge of the gun laws will extend much farther than these frequently asked questions. Guns must be handled safely and responsibly so they do not end up injuring or killing anybody. Consequences for misusing a gun are not forgiving, and no one wants to have to deal with that.

Alcohol Friendly Beaches

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California is known for many things, including its many beaches and the beautiful weather. Everyone flocks to the shores to play in the sand and water, to relax and have a good time with friends, and to eat but not drink alcohol. It is illegal to drink alcohol at the majority of California’s beaches. However, those who prefer a little booze with their beach trip are not out of luck, because there are a few beaches that are alcohol friendly.

Carmel Beach
Located in Northern California, Carmel-by-the-Sea is known as a quaint, picturesque town that is even more captivating because of its alcohol friendly beach. You can have your choice of alcoholic beverage in between your surf runs, while you lay on the beach, in between beach sports, or during a bonfire. The only rules are that the drinking must be done by 10 PM and you cannot have a keg.

Paradise Cove, Malibu
At Paradise Cove, beach goers are allowed to sip on beer, wine, or champagne anytime between 8 AM and sunset. There is also a restaurant on-site where you may order drinks and food. Parking can be somewhat of a turn off here, as the fee to park on site is a bit steep. The restaurant will validate your parking, if you dine there. Otherwise, if you are adamant on hitting Paradise Cove, you will have to park further away on the street and walk in.

Kehoe Beach
If you walk a half mile along the northern end of Great Beach at Point Reyes, you will hit Kehoe Beach where you definitely can bust out your alcohol, as long as it is not in a keg. Note that the beach closes at 11 PM so everyone must be off it by then, so give yourself a little time to make the short walk back to your vehicle.

In order for these beaches to remain alcohol friendly, remember to not leave a mess and not be disruptive and rowdy to the point you are causing a disturbance for others. Think of these alcohol friendly beaches as privileges that you would not want taken away. Keep the beaches clean and the fun open to others by drinking responsibly and cleaning up after yourself. Finally, remember to be mindful of how you will be getting home at the end of your beach day. Designate a sober driver or know when to stop drinking so you can sober up.

What Is Jordan’s Law?

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Seeing a video of any sort of crime or attack on the internet is happening more and more frequently. Most of the times, the video was taken without the wrongdoer’s knowing. The video will gain popularity if it depicts the wrongdoer messing up in some hilarious way.

The other portion of crime related videos going around are not as entertaining to most people. Some attention seekers decide to gain internet fame by creating their own video. Often times, these videos are far more sinister in nature. These wrongdoers decide to create a video of them attacking a random person. This can leave the victim in serious, or even life threatening conditions.

This was the case was the case last December when 14 year old Jordan Peisner was attacked and beaten by random teen he’d never met. The incident was recorded by an accomplice of the attacker, who then posted the recording to Snapchat. A civil lawsuit alleged that the teenager who recorded the incident and the posted it, did so the group of friend could gain fame and notoriety online.

Assembly bill 1542, nicknamed Jordan’s Law, looks to change how this sort of event is handled. The bill seeks to increase the punishment for anyone who films their attack of someone, or any other crime, for the purpose of gaining online fame by adding a one year enhancement to the punishment. It also states that anyone assisting the attacker in the filming of the attack will be held equally liable. The bill does not affect people who film random crimes.

Wacky Laws That Actually Exist

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Do you ever see something and wonder how it could have possibly come into existence? This is especially true with some laws. There are many strange laws out there. Many of them make you wonder what could have happened to make it necessary to create a law that prevents it from happening again.

California is a pretty big state, the 3rd biggest in the US. As such, our state is home to many strange and puzzling laws. Here is just a small sample of the weirdness that our state has to offer:

  • Roosters may not crow within Ontario city limits.
  • It is illegal to molest butterflies in Pacific Grove.
  • No person can charge admission to house parties in Los Angeles.
  • It is illegal to hunt moths under a Los Angeles street light.
  • Kites may not be flown higher than 10 feet off the ground in Walnut.
  • It is illegal to have more than 2 cats or dogs in San Jose.
  • It is against the law to bowl on a sidewalk in Chico.
  • El Monte sandboxes may not be used as ashtrays.

That is just the tip of the iceberg of bizarre laws in California. There are dozen more laws out there that would make most people scratch there head in confusion. Some laws cause confusion due to the restrictions that they impose, while others just have poor wording that gives the law an entirely different meaning than what was probably intended. Case and point, the Belvedere law that reads: No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash. The way this is written, it sounds like the dog owner needs to be on the leash, not the dog.

While our state may have many strange and obscure laws, we can take solace in the fact that California is not the only weird state out there. Many other state in the country have equally bizarre laws. Like Oklahoma for instance, which has outlawed whaling. That sounds great, until you realize whaling isn’t something that can actually be done in the land locked state.

Regardless of why these laws exist, most people can agree that they are pretty weird. In some instances, it may be time to reevaluate the laws. Until that time, we can all have a good laugh at these wacky laws that actually exist.

Who Determines Bail Prices?

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Everyone grasps the concept that bail is expensive. While bail bonds can greatly reduce the cost, they still tend to cost a couple thousand dollars. This is the kind of money that most people do not have lying around, waiting to be spent. It makes you wonder, if everyone knows bail is super expensive, why is it set so high? Who controls what a person’s bail is set at anyways?

Here in the United States, the 8th amendment to the Constitution protects us from excessive bail. Unfortunately for many people, today’s bail prices feel very excessive. However, there is some reason behind the high bail prices. Bail is meant to be used as incentive for a defendant to return to court for his or her trial. If the defendant behaves and makes it to all of his or her court appearances, then the bail money will be returned to him or her. So, the defendant should get the money back, but they would need the money to begin with. Most people don’t have that kind of cash.

That explains why bail is so expensive, but who gets to actually determine the price of the bail? In California, bail varies from county to county. Each county creates what is called a bail schedule. This is a list of every possible crime, and what the bail should be for that crime. Judges are allowed to adjust the bail amount depending on the person who has been accused of the crime.

Some people think that bail bond companies have some say in the pricing of bail and bail bonds. Those people would be incorrect. In California, bail bond companies have to charge 10% the price of the bail they are paying for. Some companies are allowed to lower that price slightly if the defendant, or a co-signer, meet certain requirements. However, most companies have their hands tied when it comes to pricing.

In the end, the price of the bail, and subsequent bail bond, are decided by the case’s judge and the county officials in charge of the bail schedule.

Good bail bond companies, like us, can make bail bonds affordable for their clients by creating personalized payment plans for their clients. This reduces the up-front cost of the bail bond, without changing the price. Another way we lower the cost of the bail bond is by offering discounts to union members, members of the military, members of AARP, homeowners, and defendants with private attorneys.