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What Counts as Hit and Run in California?

What Counts as Hit and Run in California?

What Counts as Hit and Run in California?

Nobody enjoys accidents, no matter how big or small they may be. However, dealing with spilled milk is much more tolerable than dealing with a car accident. Car accidents can range anywhere from a mild fender bender, to full on wrecks. At the low end of the spectrum, car accidents are a nuisance, at the other end, they can be devastating.

Arguably one of the hardest and most unpleasant thing for a person to do is own up to their mistakes. When a person has caused an accident, no matter how bad, they need to stay and deal with it. If a person doesn’t stay, either because they are late for something or they are afraid of the consequences, they are guilty of hit and run. Facing hit and run charges can be a lot worse than simply dealing with the accident when it happens, which is part of the reason why the law exists in the first place.

What Is the Definition of Hit and Run?

California Vehicle Code (VC) 20002 and VC 20001 are both about hit and run crime. VC 20002 defines misdemeanor hit and run, while VC 20001 lays out the parameters of felony hit and run. The difference between the two is dependent on what was damaged. One law deals with property damage, and the other is more concerned about whether people were harmed or killed.

In California, a driver who has been involved in an accident has certain duties that they have to do. The drivers have to do these things regardless of whether or not the accident was there fault. For instance, after an accident, a driver is expected to pullover immediately. They then need to talk to anyone else who was involved with the accident. They will need to provide their identifying information, driver’s license, and vehicle registration. Failing to do this can cause a driver to face hit and run charges.

VC 20002 defines misdemeanor hit and run in the state of California. Here in the state, a person is considered guilty of misdemeanor hit and run if:

  • They leave the scene of an accident without at least identifying themselves to the other parties involved.
  • And another party’s property was damaged. Property can be anything from a mailbox to a car to a pet.

This law also applies to any driver who has hit a parked car. If the owner of the other vehicle is not present, the driver needs to either wait to see if the owner shows up, or leave a note with their contact information and a description of what happened. The note should be left in location where the owner of the vehicle can find it. The driver should then contact the local authorities to inform them of the incident. Doing this will show that the driver tried to remedy the situation and did not perform a hit and run.

VC 20001 deals with hit and run incidents that involve the injury of death of a person. This is a felony charge since causing harm to a person is a much bigger deal than damaging someone else’s property. As such, the consequences of the law are more severe than misdemeanor hit and run. The rules for felony hit and run are the same as misdemeanor, except instead of property being damage, a person was hurt.

Due to the distinction between the two charges, it is possible for a person to be charged with both misdemeanor and felony hit and run for the same accident.

What Are the Penalties for Hit and Run in California?

The penalties for hit and run vary depending on which charge the person is facing. If a person is facing misdemeanor charges under VC 20002, they will face:
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Up to 6 months in jail.
  • Up to 3 years informal probation.
  • Restitutions for damages.
  • Two points on the driver’s record.
  • Increased insurance rates.
Felony hit and run under VC 20001 comes with these consequences:
  • A fine anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000.
  • 3 to 4 years in prison.
  • Restitutions.

Staying and Dealing with Accidents

While facing the consequences is never fun, running from them is even worse. This is especially true with regards to car accidents. A driver is far better off to stay and deal with the accident rather than leaving and facing hit and run charges. State law takes hit and run charges very seriously, which means that drivers should take this sort of thing seriously as well.

Even if the accident was not the driver’s fault, they can be charged with hit and run charges just for leaving the scene of the accident. If a driver wants to avoid the extra trouble, they need to stay at the scene and deal with the accident.

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How Eggs Can Get a Person into Trouble

How Eggs Can Get a Person into Trouble

How Eggs Can Get a Person into Trouble

Somewhere back in history, thousands of years ago, humans decided to start eating eggs. They have been enjoyed worldwide ever since. The food has become such a breakfast staple, that it can be found in pretty much every refrigerator in America. Due to this fact, most people have easy access to the little morsels.

When broken, eggs can be very messy. Dropping one on the kitchen floor can be a bit frustrating, as the mess it makes will take a bit of cleaning. At some point, teens and children figured out that this kind of mess can be used against other people. Whether the person is some rival or just a random stranger doesn’t really matter. Some people just get a kick out of throwing eggs at things. What they may not realize, is that while the act of egging may seem harmless, it can get a person into trouble.

What Is Egging?

The act of egging is a very simple one. A person simply takes an egg and throws it at something. This kind of thing can usually increase in frequency around certain holidays, such as Halloween or April Fool’s Day. This is likely due to the fact that these holidays have a bit of mischievousness related to them.

Usually troublesome teens will throw the splat-able objects at houses or cars. They often find it amusing to watch how the object impacts and leaves a sticky mess. Seeing how the victims react to the mess is another plus to the activity.

What these people do not realize is that egging can be considered an act of vandalism in most areas, including California.

Vandalism and Egging

To many people, vandalism may seem like a small crime. However, that is not the case. Vandalism can be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the cost of the property damage.

Vandalism is illegal in the state of California under Penal Code (PC) 594. PC 594 defines vandalism as maliciously defacing, damaging, or destroying another person’s property. Due to the openness of the law, this can cover anything keying someone’s car, to a person writing their name in the wet cement of a city sidewalk.

This means that it also covers the act of egging. When a person throws eggs at another person property, they are defacing it, and potentially damaging it. Eggs, especially once dried, can be very difficult to remove. Egg whites can deteriorate certain types of paint, causing damage. Thrown eggs can also leave dents, which would also be troublesome to take care of.

Egging moving vehicles can be very dangerous. The egg can cover a windshield and obstruct a driver’s view. Attempts to remove the egg while driving can often worsen the situation, leading to accidents. If someone is hurt or killed due to an egging incident, the person responsible for throwing the egg could face charges worse than vandalism.

What Are the Consequences of Vandalism?

The penalties for vandalism are dependent on the cost of the property damage. This means that the more damage done by the act, such as egging, the worse the consequences will be. Here in California, the price difference between misdemeanor and felony vandalism is $400. If the damages amount to less than $400 dollars, then the person will face misdemeanor charges. $400 dollars or more will earn a person felony charges.

For misdemeanor charges, a person faces:

  • Up to one year in jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000, unless the person has prior vandalism convictions, which means they can face up $5,000 in fines.
  • Informal probation.

For felony charges, a person faces:

  • Jail sentence ranging from 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years.
  • A maximum fine of $10,000. If the total damages were more than $10,000, then the fines could be up to $50,000.
  • Informal probation.

As one can see, vandalism is no small case here in California.

Egging Someone Else’s Stuff Is Probably a Bad Idea

If a parent does not want to be held responsible for these kinds of acts, they should make sure their kids understand how bad of an idea egging is. It can get them into a lot of trouble, especially if the damages get too excessive, or lead to an accident.

Throwing eggs at another person’s property may seem like a small, harmless crime, but it isn’t. Just think of how annoying it would be to have to clean up a bunch of eggs. Cleaning up eggs can be a costly and time consuming task. That is why it is often covered under California Penal Code 594. This way, people who have been victims of this kind of vandalism can get the retribution that they deserve.

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We Offer 0% Down for Qualified Clients

We Offer 0% Down for Qualified Clients

We Offer 0% Down for Qualified Clients

Often times, the hardest part about bailing someone out of jail is finding the money to do so. A loved one’s arrest usually comes without warning, which makes it hard to come up with the necessary funds. This puts people in the tough spot of wanting to bail their loved one out of jail as quickly as possible, yet being unable to because they have no money saved up.

Here at Bail Bonds in Fresno, we can provide a solution to this problem. Our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for, which makes them more affordable. We also offer personalized payment plans that reduce the amount needed up front even further. In addition, clients with approved credit can qualify to get 0% down.

Clients who have approved credit can get the additional discount of not needing to make a payment on their bail bond until a month after their loved one has been released. This is a big deal. It gives clients the time they need to gather up money to make the payment, while still getting their loved one out of jail quickly.

At Bail Bonds in Fresno, we do our very best to make bailing someone out of jail as quick, easy, and affordable as possible. That is why we provide our clients with discounts when they qualify, and why our agents are always available to offer their assistance. We like to show our clients that the arrest of their loved one is not the end of the world. They can recover from this.

We understand that saving up money to post someone’s bail can take time. That is why we give qualified clients 0% down on their bail bond. This gives them the time they need to gather the funds while still getting their loved one out of jail quickly.

You can get started talking to a bail agent right now by calling 559-264-0603 or clicking Chat With Us now.

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The 5 Most Common Bail Questions

The 5 Most Common Bail Questions

The 5 Most Common Bail Questions

For most people, bailing someone out of jail is a strange new experience. This is due to the fact that no one ever really plans on needing bail, so they never learn about it. Luckily, the professionals here at Bail Bonds in Fresno are more than willing to help out. They are always ready and willing to answer your questions about the bail bonds process.

In order to help you out, here are the five most common questions that our bail agents receive.

  1. How Much Does a Bail Bond Cost?
    Pricing is dependent on the amount of the bail. In California, bail bond companies charge 10% of the bail price. If your loved one’s bail is $10,000, then it will cost $1,000 to bail him out using a bail bond.
  2. How Long Does It Take For My Loved One To Be Released?
    After the initial payment has been received, your loved one can be out in as little as 2 hours. However, the time varies from county to county, depending on the current workload of the jail.
  3. What Happens If I Miss a Payment?
    If you happen to miss a payment, it is not a big deal. If you know in advance that you are going to be late on a payment, let us know. We know life can be difficult at times and things that were certain a few months ago, might have changed. If your budget has changed, we can work with you on payments and even readjust your payment plan to fit your new budget.
  4. Do You Offer Discounts?
    Yes, we can offer a 20% discount on the price of the bail bond if a co-signer is a union member, a member of the military, a member of AARP, is a homeowner, or if the client has a private attorney. With this discount, instead of paying $1,000 for the same bond, you only have to pay $800.
  5. What Is a Co-Signer?
    A co-signer is anyone who is willing to sign for your loved one’s release. The signer is promising that all the money will be paid and that their loved one will go to all of their court dates. A co-signer takes responsibility for their loved one.

It is understandable to have a lot of questions about bailing someone out of jail. After all, nobody ever plans on needing to know about bail. Luckily, if you ever need bail help, you can count on Bail Bonds in Fresno to be there for you.

You can get a free consultation at any time by calling 559-264-0603 or clicking Chat With Us now.

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No Parent Wants Their Child to Runaway

No Parent Wants Their Child to Runaway

No Parent Wants Their Child to Runaway

Any parent will admit that their relationship with their child can change on a day to day basis sometimes. There are times where everyone is getting along perfectly, and then there are times where arguments are more common than kind words. Thankfully, no matter what happens, even after the worst fights, there is still plenty of love to go around. After all, adults realize that just because people fight, doesn’t mean they don’t like each other anymore.

Sadly, this fact isn’t always clear to kids. A particularly bad fight, or other equally bad circumstances, can cause them to do something that parents wished only happened in their worst nightmares. Sometimes, when faced with problems that seem too big to be dealt with, kids will decide that running away from home is their only option. Not only is this a bad decision for their health and safety, it can do a real number on their parent or guardian as well.

Why Do Kids Run Away and How to Help Avoid It

Kids run away either to seek freedom from rules and restrictions, which is a misguided thought, or to escape from a problem that is a very big deal to them. This problem could be something like the child is afraid of being punished for a failing grade, they are mad at some rule the parent has enacted, the child feels like a failure to their parents, or something of a similar nature.In some instances, a child runs away to force a parent to gain power in an argument with a parent.

If a parent wants to prevent their child from ever feeling like running away is a good way to deal with a problem, they need to help the child develop their problem solving skills. When the child is facing a problem, ask the questions about how they plan on solving the problem, and when they solve it successfully, acknowledge that success and give them praise.

Another thing that a parent should do is help ingrain the idea that they will always love their child, no matter how bad he or she may mess up. After all, there is nothing wrong with making a mistake. In most instances, the mistake can always be corrected with a bit of hard work.

Signs of Potential Desire to Runaway

Unfortunately, there aren’t many signs that a child might be considering running away.

Some of the few signs that can be seen include:

  • The child is hoarding money.
  • The child is being very secretive.
  • Valuable items are disappearing around the house.
  • The child is abusing substances.

Some of these signs can show a child is trying to come up with funds to support themselves when they run away. The substance abuse can lead to the running away so that the child can do whatever they want, whenever they want.

When Can You Contact Law Enforcement

Many people out there believe that they have to wait 24 hours before they can contact the police about a missing child. However, that is not the case. The moment a parent realizes that their child is missing and cannot find him or her anywhere in the nearby facility, they should contact the police. Police officers take all kinds of missing person cases seriously. They will start helping a parent of a missing child right away.

Do You Get Into Trouble for Allowing Runaways to Stay in Your Home?

This depends on the situation. If a person knowingly takes in a runaway child and helps him or her stay “missing,” then the person could get into serious trouble. This is sort of like aiding and a abetting a criminal. The state of California makes it a misdemeanor offense to harbor a runaway minor. This law is meant to help parents and guardians keep their child safe.

However, if a person was unaware of the fact that a child ran away when they let the child stay at their home, then they likely wouldn’t face criminal charges. This is especially true if the person contacted the parents, guardians, or police about the child.

This Nightmare Scenario Can be Avoided

A child running away is a parent’s worst nightmare. Pretty much all parents only want what is best for their child, and sometimes that doesn’t make the child happy. This can lead to them running away, which puts their safety at risk. That is why a parent should always contact the police right away when they realize that their child is missing.

While there are not always signs that a child might be considering running away from home, it can be prevented. A parent just needs to be there for their child, and teach him how to fix their problems.

If a parent does that, and is always there for their child, their son or daughter may never feel like a problem is too big for them to handle.

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Driver Dances to Avoid Road Rage

Driver Dances to Avoid Road Rage

Driver Dances to Avoid Road Rage

Californian drivers are pretty well accustomed to facing bad traffic on a regular basis. Sadly, traffic doesn’t get less annoying the more often you are in it. This is usually why so many drivers who are practically parked on a road are never in the best of moods. After all, they have places that they need to be. Going a whopping 1 mile an hour down the interstate isn’t helping them reach their destination in a timely manner.

The fact that heavy traffic can lead to feeling road rage is no secret. Every driver has experienced it at least once or twice in their life. It is not a fun experience. One Baltimore driver recently went viral with his way of remaining stress free while stuck in gridlocked construction traffic.

Another driver recorded the incident and uploaded it to their social media where it quickly went viral. While stuck in unmoving traffic on a surface street in Baltimore, one driver got out of his car to dance as he awaited his chance to move forward.

Dancing to music is a great way to help reduce stress and get exercise at the same time. While dancing in the middle of the street isn’t usually the safest thing to do, it definitely seems to work for this driver during this incident.

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What to Expect at DUI Checkpoints This New Year’s Eve

What to Expect at DUI Checkpoints This New Year’s Eve

What to Expect at DUI Checkpoints This New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is arguably one of the biggest party nights of the year. Everyone is staying up late waiting to ring the New Year in with flair. All of this partying has a tendency to lead to a lot of drinking. Unfortunately, this leads to a lot of people drinking and driving. In order to prevent accidents, many law enforcement agencies will setup DUI checkpoints.

DUI checkpoints may look intimidating, but they are nothing to worry about. After all, they are there to help keep the roads safe for everyone. So long as the person who is driving has not been drinking, they have nothing to worry about.

When a person drives up to a DUI checkpoint, they will likely be instructed to wait until an officer is available to talk to them. Once an officer is ready, they will wave the car forward.

From there, the officer will ask the driver a few questions:

  • Where are you coming from?
  • Where are you going?
  • Have you been drinking?

The officer will also ask to see driver’s license and registration.

As long as there are no signs that the driver has been drinking, or consuming marijuana, then the officer will allow the driver to continue to their destination.

If the officer suspects that the driver has consumed alcohol, then the driver will be asked to pull over to the side where another officer will conduct a field sobriety test. If the driver fails that, then they could be ticketed, fined, and will likely have to wait for someone to come pick them up.

The whole point of DUI checkpoints is to keep drunk drivers off of the road. They increase in frequency around holidays that involve a lot of partying.

That is why it shouldn’t come as a surprise if a driver finds themselves at a DUI checkpoint this New Year’s Eve.

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Bail Bonds in Orange County Makes Bailing Someone out of Jail Cheaper

Bail Bonds in Orange County Makes Bailing Someone out of Jail Cheaper

Bail Bonds in Orange County Makes Bailing Someone out of Jail Cheaper

Making expensive payments or purchases can be difficult. Most people make just enough to get by, and so spending a lot of money on something takes time and preparation. Unfortunately, emergencies don’t really allow for any sort of preparation. They arrive without warning and need immediate fixes. If that fix requires heavy finances, then the person may be out of luck.

This is typically what happens when a person is dealing with the arrest of a loved one. They want to help get the person out of jail, but they do not have the funds to do so ready and waiting. After all, no one has a few thousand dollars just lying around, waiting to be used. People need time to get money for bail, but the longer they take, the more time their loved one spends behind bars.

This is where Bail Bonds in Orange County comes into help. We provide our clients with bail bonds that only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. This alone makes bailing someone out of jail easier on people. Once combined with a personalized payment plan and possible discounts that we offer qualified clients, bailing someone out of jail becomes a feasible option.

Here at Bail Bonds in Orange County, we are able to provide our clients with a 20% discount off the price of the bail bond.

In order to qualify for this discount, one of the co-signers for the bail bond needs to meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be a union member.
  • Be a member of the military.
  • Be a member of AARP.
  • Be a homeowner.
  • Have a private attorney.

So long as one of those requirements is met, then a client can qualify to only have to pay 8% of the full bail price, not the usual 10%.

Handling a large surprise expense can be difficult, but when it comes to handling a bail, it gets a lot easier with Bail Bonds in Orange County. We provide our clients with the discounts that they need, plus we provide personalized payment plans to help spread out the cost. All of this works together to make bailing someone out of jail cheap and affordable.

You can get a free consultation to learn more by calling 866-998-2245 or clicking Chat With Us now.

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You Can Learn How to Bail Someone Out with Bail Bonds in Orange County

You Can Learn How to Bail Someone Out with Bail Bonds in Orange County

You Can Learn How to Bail Someone Out with Bail Bonds in Orange County

Many people go through life assuming that they will never need to know anything about bail. After all, they do not plan on doing anything illegal. For most of these people, they will never need to learn about bail. However, some of them may not be so lucky because they may not be the one who ends up getting arrested.

The fact of the matter is, you cannot always control what your friends or family members do. Sometimes loved ones will make mistakes, and some of those mistakes will be big enough to get them into trouble with the law. If you have a loved one who has been arrested, you will probably want to bail them out. This can easily be done, even if you know nothing about bail, simply by contacting Bail Bonds in Orange County.

Since 1987, Bail Bonds in Orange County has been helping Californians rescue their loved ones from jail. We know everything about the bail bond process and can easily guide you through it. Our bail agents are always available to answer your questions about the bail process. In addition, they will start helping a person figure out payments for the bail bond.

We create unique, personalized payment plans for each of our clients. This helps break up the cost of the bail bond and spread it out over several months. Once the payments are figured out, a client will be able to truly afford to bail out their loved one.

To get started, all you have to do is talk to one of our bail agents. They will guide you through the entire bail bond process, answering all of your questions. Just because you don’t know how bail works does not mean that you have to leave your loved one behind bars.

You can contact Bail Bonds in Orange County at any time by calling 866-998-2245 or clicking Chat With Us now.

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LA County Libraries Came up with a Creative Way to Handle Fines on Kid Accounts

LA County Libraries Came up with a Creative Way to Handle Fines on Kid Accounts

LA County Libraries Came up with a Creative Way to Handle Fines on Kid Accounts

In today’s modern world, computers and smartphones take up a lot of our time. For adults, this is a pretty spectacular and exciting new change. For many kids, these devices have been here for as long as they can remember. For many of these kids, they would rather play with one of their smart devices than do things that previous generations used to do for entertainment. One example of this would be reading.

In an effort to help keep kids reading, the Los Angeles County Public Library started a new program last year in order to help encourage kids to read. A while back, the library began to notice that library cardholders 21 and younger would stop coming to the library altogether if they accumulated too much debt in overdue fees. This meant that kids were turning way from books to avoid the fees, which is something the library didn’t want to do.

In order to avoid this, the library started a new program that allowed kids to easily clear their debts to the library. All the kids had to do, is read a book. For every hour that the child spends reading in the library, $5 is removed from fees on their account. When a child wants to participate in this program, they simply talk to a library staff member who will register them for the program. The librarian will sign the child in and out in order to keep track of reading times.

Since this program started a year ago, the 80 public libraries throughout LA County have reinstated over 13,000 previously blocked accounts that had acquired too many late fees. This means that over 13,000 kids have been able to continue to access all of the reading material, and other resources, that the public library provides them.

This outstanding program is a great way to help encourage kids to keep on reading.