What is a Plea Bargain?

What is a Plea Bargain?

What is a Plea Bargain?

Considering how many people are arrested each year in California, there are surprisingly few criminal trials. There are usually two reasons a case doesn’t go to trial. The first is because the charges were dropped, either due to lack of evidence or because the person who filed the charges changed their mind.

The second reason is that the accused ultimately decides to accept a plea bargain.

The simplest way to describe a plea bargain is that it is an agreement that both the defendant and the prosecution enter into. In most cases, the defendant opts to take the plea bargain because they’re worried that if the case goes to trial, they’ll be found guilty and face steep consequences. When compared to the possible consequences connected to the trial, the plea bargain feels like a good d...

Knowingly Committing Perjury in California

Knowingly Committing Perjury in California

Knowingly Committing Perjury in California

Lying to a police officer who is investigating a crime can get you in trouble for impeding an investigation. Lying while on the witness stand and under oath during a trial will result in you being charged with perjury.

What is Perjury?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, perjury is: “the voluntary violation of an oath or vow either by swearing to what is untrue or by omission to do what has been promised under oath : false swearing.”

The topic of perjury is dealt with in Penal Code 118 PC. The code states that: “(a) Every person who, having taken an oath that he or she will testify, declare, depose, or certify truly before any competent tribunal, officer, or person, in any of the cases in which the oath may by law of the State of California be administered, willfully and ...

Public Intoxication Laws in California

Public Intoxication Laws in California

Public Intoxication Laws in California

Everyone knows that if you get behind the wheel and drive your car after you’ve had too much to drink that you’ll be arrested and have to deal with some serious legal consequences. What you might not know is that alcohol can get you into trouble even if you don’t plan on driving.

If you’re severely drunk (or under the influence of drugs) while in public, you could be charged with public intoxication in California.

The good news is that the police probably won’t arrest you just because you’ve had one too many and are walking home. However, if you’re the type of person who makes strange choices when you’re drunk, you’re night out could end with you getting locked in a jail cell.

In California, the police can arrest you if you for ppublic intoxication if you’re in public ...

Finding Out If A Person Has An Arrest Warrant

Finding Out If A Person Has An Arrest Warrant

Finding Out If A Person Has An Arrest Warrant

Whether you’re looking because you’re worried an arrest warrant has been filed against you or because you need to know about a person you’re dealing with, everyone has their own reasons for needing to know how to go about finding out if a person has an arrest warrant.

The most common reasons to find out if a person has an arrest warrant include:

✽ You want to know if the police are going to knock on your door
✽ You’re worried about what might happen if a traffic cop pulls you over
✽ You need to run a background check on a potential renter/employee

The good news is that it’s not difficult to find out if a person has an arrest warrant. All you need is a computer, a reliable internet connection, a third party website that deals with a criminal history, and some basic information about the...

Don’t Let an Unexpected Arrest Hold You Back

Don’t Let an Unexpected Arrest Hold You Back

Don’t Let an Unexpected Arrest Hold You Back

No matter how hard people try to plan out their days and their lives, we can’t plan everything. There are moments that will arise without warning, and while some can be good, such as surprise parties, others aren’t so exciting. One such bad surprise would be discovering that a friend or family member got arrested.

Once you learn of this incident, you jump into action to rescue him from jail. Unfortunately, you have never bailed anyone out of jail before. You have no idea what you are doing. Luckily, there are people out there who can help. All you have to do is contact Bail Bonds in Madera. Our professional bail agents will be more than happy to assist you.

Here at Bail Bonds in Madera, we have dozens of bail agents working all over the state of California...

You Can Overcome Bail with Madera Bail Bonds

You can overcome bail

You can overcome bail

T
here are a lot of things people have to do from time to time that they don’t enjoy doing. Whenever faced with one of these tasks, most people try to get through them as quickly as possible. That way they don’t put up with it for long. This is definitely the case when it comes to bailing someone out of jail.

Finding out that a loved one has been arrested is not exciting. A person suddenly finds themselves needing to bail a loved one out of jail. This is not something that most people are prepared for. They have no idea how bail works, and are going to need some guidance. Luckily, finding guidance is easy with Madera Bail Bonds.

For the past 30 plus years, Madera Bail Bonds has been helping Californians bail their friends and family members out of jail...

Detention and Arrest Are Different

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Madera Bail Bond Store

Detention in school was simply staying late one day, and sitting in room with a handful of other students, and a teacher, either doing homework or nothing at all. Detention outside of school, when you are an adult, is not quite the same. This is when you are briefly stopped by the police and/ or taken to their precinct. They have reasonable suspicion to stop and ask you a few questions, but if you are not being arrested, then you may leave.

If the officer’s reasonable suspicion grows to probable cause, then he or she may arrest you, and then you may not leave until you are booked, arraigned and allowed bail, and then post bail. Only when bail is posted may you leave, but because you were arrested, you will have to deal with lawyers and trials too...

How Long Is The Bail Process?

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Madera Bail Bond Store

It can seem like forever for the one in jail, but the bail process is relatively short, so to speak. We mean hours, which as we said – relatively short, considering the situation.

The defendant won’t be able to bail out of jail until they are booked and arraigned, which happens as soon as possible after their arrest. They learn of their bail amount at their arraignment hearing. After that, they can post bail as soon as they can get the cash for it. Or, they can use a bail bond as soon as they can 1) get in touch with a bail bond agent, and 2) figure out the payment plan.

Really, getting a bail bond isn’t going to be too difficult; in fact, it will be an easier process than paying for cash bail because it’s more affordable to pay for...

Federal Vs. State Court: The Differences

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There are different types of court, but here we focus on the Federal and State court systems. Most crimes are heard in state court. These are crimes we commonly, immediately think of (probably because we hear about them the most) such as arson, theft, rape, and murder, etc. These crimes are investigated by state agents such as local police officers and county sheriffs and tried by local and state attorneys.

The crimes that go to federal court are generally ones that are in regard to some federal or national issue such as federal tax fraud or cross-state trafficking of contraband. Federal crimes are investigated by federal officers like the FBI and CIA and tried by federal attorneys. Federal court cases generally take a longer time to resolve because of its complexity.

As far as bail bo...