Why Does Bail Exist?

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Bail exists to help balance the justice system. The purpose of bail is to let recently arrested defendants leave police custody and jail so they can return home to their loved ones and go back to work, spend time with family, and go about as much of their regular life as possible. It is not always fair to make all defendants remain in jail for weeks, months, even a year or more as their trial lingers on since they have yet to be found guilty or innocent. If they are innocent, spending all that time in jail would be a major human rights violation. If they are guilty, then they will do their time in prison, without the opportunity to bail out then.

Some defendants are denied the chance to bail on very extreme and serious circumstances; like having committed multiple heinous crimes and thus p...

Over-Posting on Social Media While Vacationing?

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Posting pics on social media has become synonymous to traveling and vacationing. We love to show our friends and family the cool places we are visiting, the delicious food we are eating, and all of the fun we are having while they are stuck at work. You may have so many photos to choose from to post, but make sure you choose wisely. You want to look good and you want that great shot that will get the most likes, but you also want to make sure you do not accidentally post a photo that shows you doing something illegal, whether or not you knew it was illegal.

The police can actually use your social media against you. For example, if you posted a photo of you feeding a cute, fury, wild animal, that might seem harmless...

Now You Have To Be 21 or Older To Buy Cigarettes

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If you are between 18 and 20 years of age, and recently tried to buy cigarettes at the same store you have legally purchased cigarettes from in the past only to be denied the transaction, it is because California raised the legal smoking age from 18 to 21, and the new law just went into effect a few weeks ago.

Somewhat awkwardly and uncomfortably, without a real smooth transition, this leaves many young adults suddenly unable to purchase cigarettes anymore, going from smoking regularly to not anymore. That is the hope at least, but face it, it is not hard to bum a cigarette off another person.

California is the second state to raise the minimum smoking age in an effort to curb smoking among young adults...

No Child, or Pet, Left Behind

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The sun is starting to beat down on us here in Southern California and it sure feels nice when you are out at the beach or a park. However, it certainly does not feel nice when you are young child or pet locked inside a sealed car.

Each year we hear about deaths or near-deaths of a young child or pet because it was left in a locked car parked under the sun with no open windows. The parent, or pet owner, was probably making a quick stop at the store and did not feel the need to haul their child into the store for 10 minutes with them. However, they can be arrested for negligence, child endangerment, or accidental killing for leaving the child behind.

Granted, the majority of parents and/ or pet owners do not do this on purpose, either they truly thought nothing could go wrong in such a shor...

California Passes Law that makes Driving Selfies Illegal

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Ever since “selfies” became a thing they’ve succeeded in taking over our lives (at least when it comes to social media). Here in California, “Driving Selfies” have become super popular, as we rank as the state with the most Instagram posts with the hashtag #DrivingSelfies.

Not exactly something to be proud of, especially considering that distracted driving accounted for 3,328 deaths in 2012, according to the CDC. Which is not as many as deaths that are caused by drinking and driving every year, however still way more than should be the case.

Hopefully most out-of-towners and vacationers are aware that it is illegal to be on a cell phone while driving in California, and that they must be using a some sort of a hands-free device at all times.

Whenever you get behind the wheel alwa...

Drinking and Driving – A Dangerous and Often Deadly Combination

Drinking and Driving - A Dangerous and Often Deadly Combination

Drinking and Driving - A Dangerous and Often Deadly Combination

Last month over the Labor Day weekend alone, there were 2,017 DUI arrests and 30 people killed in alcohol related traffic accidents….and that was only here in California.

Nationwide, alcohol-related highway crashes accounted for 13,365 deaths in 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. This equates to 3 people every two hours killed in alcohol-related highway crashes. Numbers this high are truly staggering.

While the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit in California is 0.08% it’s not recommended to be drinking at all if you plan to be driving. Doing so not only puts yourself at risk but puts others on the road in danger as well. It’s just not worth the risk. You can be fined, have your license suspended, or even be arrested.

So this upcoming holida...

Why You Should Not Reach for Your License and Car Registration Until the Officer Asks for It

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When you are pulled over for a standard traffic stop, the police officer is not allowed to search your vehicle, unless you give them reason to.

If you are pulled over, keep in mind that the cops are shining their lights into your car. They can see your movements even if they are still in their cop car, so do not try and shove things under seats or throw things into the back seat. If you do this, the officer will likely see, thus giving them suspicion and even the right to search your car. In fact, you should not even reach for your license and registration until the officer asks for it. Rummaging around in your purse and glove box without the officer fully knowing can be alarming for them.

If you simply pull over to the side of the road as instructed, remain calm, and keep your hands on...

Factors Determining Bail

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California judges have what is called a bail schedule, which they follow whenever they are required to determine the amount of bail for a defendant. For the record, all states have different bail schedules. The bail schedule is reviewed and modified as necessary yearly.

Besides following the bail schedule, the judge will also consider the public’s safety. If the judge finds that the defendant poses a threat to the public, then that defendant may be denied bail altogether. In addition, if the judge sees the defendant as one who is likely to flee once they are out of jail, then again, they can be denied bail.

Bail amounts are set quite high for a reason, it is an incentive for the defendant to follow release terms and conditions and show up for court...

False Arrests and False Imprisonments

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Everyone makes mistakes, and some are bigger than others. False arrests and false imprisonments are some of those huge mistakes and they are heartbreaking to hear. I think everyone can agree that we want to reduce the number of false arrests and imprisonments and reverse as many of those mistakes as possible.

Anyone falsely arrested or imprisoned can file a civil lawsuit against the person who committed this, whether it is against the police or a private individual. The main argument they hold is harm: damage to reputation and even physical harm. People who were falsely imprisoned can also claim more violations, because they lost so much freedom, time spent with family, and income...

Do Not Be Afraid of a Checkpoint

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There is a good chance you, or someone you know, will come across a DUI checkpoint sometime in your life, and that time may be during 4th of July Weekend. Unless you are driving while under the influence, have a gun, or are running away from just committing a crime, you have nothing to worry about. DUI checkpoints are standard procedure, and if you have nothing to hide, you will be fine.

If you have never been through a checkpoint before, here is what you can expect:

    • The police will signal you to slow down and pull over to the side of the road where they have sectioned off their checkpoint area.
    • You will be asked some questions, including where you are going, where you are coming from, and if you have been drinking.
    • You may be asked to take a sobriety test.
  • If everyth...