What to Know About Fireworks

You will not have to wait much longer to buy your fireworks for July 4. In just a few days time, it will be June 28, the first day people are allowed to purchase fireworks in California. Fireworks can continue to be purchased until July 6. Other than knowing when you can buy your fireworks, you will need to know what type of fireworks you can buy, and more importantly, how to handle them properly. Fireworks are not toys. They need to be in the hands of only those who are responsible and old enough to use them safely and properly.

Fireworks are categorized as either “dangerous” or “safe and sane.” Under no circumstances can dangerous fireworks be sold to the public. Dangerous fireworks include firecrackers, roman candles, rockets, sparklers longer than 10 inches, torpedoes, and more...

Do Not Make Your Loved One Miss Father’s Day

Even if your Father’s Day is interrupted with the news that someone in your family has been arrested, you can still make the day a good one. It just will not happen the way you had planned.

No one in your family should be missing out on Father’s Day, or any day for that matter, by sitting in jail waiting for trial. If the judge has granted bail, then the defendant and their loved ones should do all they can to help them post bail. This time they get after bailing out of jail is more important than ever, because eventually they will have to appear for their trial, and there is no telling what the final verdict will be.

Get bail support from a bail bond company like Herndon Bail Bond Store, especially if you cannot afford cash bail and want to get your loved one home as fast as possib...

The Differences between Jail and Prison

Jail and prison are two places you would never want yourself, or a loved one, to end up. It is a common mistake to believe jail and prison refer to the same institutions. It is true that they are quite similar, but at the same time, there are a number of differences that separate them from each other.

The main difference, first and foremost, is the purpose they serve, and who they serve. Jails house two types of people:

• Defendants who are unable to post bail but have yet to be convicted because they are still waiting for trial,
• Convicted individuals who are serving a sentence of 1 year or less.

Prisons, house criminals who are serving sentences longer than 1 year.

Local governments or sheriff departments run and operate jails whereas prisons are operated by state and federal gov...

What Counts As Drug Possession?

With the passing of prop 64, the topic of drug possession has become more prominent in recent months. While it is now legal for people 21 and older to possess some small amount of marijuana, this is the only drug that has been legalized. Even still, there are rules and restrictions to its use.

Even though the recreational use of marijuana was legalized, many other drugs and substances remain illegal to use and possess. Some of these illegal substances are:

• Heroin
• Cocaine
• Meth
• Ecstasy
• LSD

Possessing any of these drugs can get a person in trouble with the law. Now you might be wondering what constitutes as possession in California?

Possession of a drug could be:

• Having it on your person
• Having it in your glove-box or anywhere else in your vehicle
• Having it in your hous...

New Jersey’s Failed Bail Replacement

At the start of this year, the state of New Jersey eliminated its bail system in favor of a system where judges determine whether or not it is safe to release the defendant. The idea of this new system was to be fairer to people who would not be able to generate the funds needed to pay for bail. This is the very same system that lawmakers want to implement in California.

It is easy to see how this system sounds like a good idea. You remove the need for people to pay to get out of jail, thus allowing even the poorest person to get out of jail. Unfortunately for many people, this new system is a problem. This system does little to protect victims, or deter criminals.

Many officers refer to this new setup as a revolving door system...

Is Driving While Hungover Ok?

Everyone knows that driving while drunk is a bad idea. While drunk you have poor motor control, and lack a sense of adequate risk assessment. Basically, you can’t control your actions well, and you do things that you wouldn’t normally do while sober. It is easy to see why people should not be driving in this state of inebriation.

However, what many people do not realize, is that driving while hungover can be just as bad. When a person is hungover, they may not have any more alcohol in their system, but they are experiencing other symptoms. People who are hungover are usually experiencing sleep deprivation, dehydration, and short-term alcohol withdrawal. The symptoms of all of these can make driving difficult and dangerous for the person.

A study conducted by researchers at Utrecht U...

How To Answer: Have You Been Drinking?

If you have never been pulled over for a DUI before, you may wonder how you should answer when asked if you have been drinking after having a drink or 2. As a United States citizen, you have the right against self-incrimination. This means that you do not have to answer that question.

However, that does not mean you have the right to lie to the officer, or ignore his or her requests. If the officer asks for your license and registration, you should provide it. Lying, will only make things worse for you. The officer will be able to tell if you have had too much alcohol. If you admit to having a two drinks, when you really had 6, you will still be asked to take a field sobriety and a breathalyzer test...

Tips for Avoiding the Heat

Summer is rapidly approaching in California, and temperatures are on the rise. Summer is a season for exploring and adventure. However, it is also a season of unbearable heat. It is why many people will find themselves hiding out in the shelter of their home, waiting for cooler temperatures.

If you are looking for ways to keep cool this summer, here are a few tips:

• Wear light colored, loose fitting, cotton clothing. Cotton stay cooler than synthetic materials.
• Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, and sports drinks with plenty of electrolytes.
• Avoid alcohol and caffeine since these cause dehydration.
• Avoid going outdoors during the middle of the day. Instead, go out during the morning or evening when it is cooler.
• Use fans to circulate the air in your house and make it fee...

What is Petty Theft?

Everyone understands the concept of theft, and how bad it is. However, once law enforcement gets involved, it can get confusing for many people not familiar with their terminology. Law enforcement officers have many different phrases and terms for different crimes. These terms help the officers identify the severity of crime, and many other factors. For civilians, these terms can be confusing.

One such term would be petty theft. Most people understand it means something was stolen, but we do not know the specifics. We do not even know the severity of the punishment for petty theft.

In the state of California, petty theft is defined as the unlawful taking of property that is valued at $950 or less...

How Are Bail Bond Prices Determined?

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To anyone not used to dealing with bail, which is usually everyone, bail bond prices can seem pretty random. However, the way the price of a bail bond is determined is really simple. In the state of California, a bail bond will always be 10% of the person’s bail.

Bail itself, on the other hand, is a little more complicated than that. When someone is arrested, they usually have an arraignment hearing where a judge determines how much that person’s bail will be. To determine this, the judge will look at the defendant’s criminal history, his or her standing within the community, as well as the accused crime. All of those variants will play a factor in determining the price of the bail...