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Even More Hoverboard Laws

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Hoverboard laws are continuing to get stricter.

In January, a number of hoverboard laws in California began: riders had to be at least 16 and wear a helmet, for example. They could ride on sidewalks or streets where the posted speed limit was no more than 35 miles per hour. These are state-wide laws.

Individual cities can get into more laws that would apply only to them, and that is exactly what Long Beach is doing. The City Council recently voted to ban hoverboards from sidewalks, meaning they must now only be used on those streets and obey the same rules as cyclists. This is to keep sidewalks in Long Beach pedestrian friendly.

Anyone violating any hoverboard laws can be slapped with a fine and anyone caught under the influence and riding a hoverboard may even be cited with a DUI.


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Bail Is Not Tax Deductible, Sorry

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Although it might seem tax deductible because it’s a payment going to the government, bail is not tax deductible. Bail is a guarantee (like a bribe, essentially) to get a defendant to appear in court for a crime they are accused of committing. As long as the defendant is compliant with this and his or her other bail release terms and conditions, they they will get their bail money refunded back to them.

In the case that they choose to bail out of jail using a third party bail bond agency, then they will be losing a little bit of money, in the longer run. The defendant pays the bail bond agency 10-15% of their full bail amount and the bail bond agency will then cover the remainder of the price for the time being...

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Bail Bonds Work And Del Mar Bail Bond Store Can Prove It

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Bail bonds as a way of jail release are working. What do we mean by that? We mean that by releasing a defendant from jail, with payment, we are giving the defendant some of his or her life back. They can go to work, hang with friends and family, live comfortably as possible at home. They need to show up for court and make bail bond payments, which can come from themselves or friends or family on their behalf. The defendants are well aware of the risks and consequences they face if they disobey these bail conditions. Because of that, they are more likely to obey those terms, less likely to go against them and cause more trouble.

By getting arrested, the defendant has experienced first hand everything they can lose in a heartbeat. They’ve gone to jail...

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People With A Criminal Past Can Always Find Work

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As we always attempt to reassure our clients, having been arrested is not “the end” for you. For many, getting arrested is simply a mishap. It will go on your record but it will not always haunt you for the rest of your life. People with a criminal past are very much capable of being granted a loan, getting a job, and getting an apartment or home.

For example, recently it was announced that the popular ridesharing service Uber has eased their screening process on their drivers who have a criminal record. According to Uber, this move of theirs is to closer align themselves with the state’s Prop 47. Prop 47, which was passed in 2014, redefines some non-violent felonies as misdemeanors (such as petty theft and forgery), giving offenders a “second chance...

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Pay For Your Bail Bond, Not Strained Relationships

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Getting arrested is such a selfish thing to do. How many people are affected by one person’s arrest? Countless friends and family members. Some coworkers or peers. Tax-payers. So, practically everyone.

Sure the one person who is arrested faces the scariest consequences and the toughest recovery period. But those closest to them also deal with consequences. They deal with this strain in their relationship. Trust can be broken and whether it can be put all back together is an unanswered question. Some relationships unfortunately are never the same as they used to be. Others are able to rebuild their relationships again. But nonetheless, getting arrested is selfish because you’re putting others in this awful situation where they too must deal with pain and headache.

To try and ease all t...

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CA State Laws On Bail Bonds

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When someone is arrested, they have an arraignment hearing where the judge will determine if he or she is eligible for bail. Then, sometime down the road, that person stands trial for the crime they were arrested for. If they are found guilty, if they are convicted, they are sent to prison to serve their sentence.

Bail bonds release people, who are eligible for bail and hasn’t yet stood trial, from jail. Bail bonds cannot release convicted criminals from prison. Because bail bonds can get people out of jail and provide some freedom back to them, they are very powerful. Here are some California state laws regarding the bail bond industry:

  • Defendants released by bail bonds are more likely to show up for their court dates, and more likely to stay out of trouble.
  • Most defendants post bail ...
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Keep Up With Bail Bond Payments With Tax Returns

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When you start doing your taxes, you will be asked that in the case you paid excess taxes in the previous year, would you like the balance to be refunded to you or applied to this coming year’s taxes. The pros to either might be obvious:

  • If you choose to be refunded, you will get a check in the mail or to your bank account, and soon you will be in possession of a little extra money for your use.
  • If you choose to have it applied to your next taxes, then you will not have to pay as much in the end.
  • For some people, it may not matter which option they go with, even though they ultimately get to decide...

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    Don’t Spend Spring Break In Jail

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    Spring break for colleges is coming up in the next few weeks and already many are planning how they are going to spend that week. Some will be traveling. Some will return home. Most will be consuming alcohol and many may also get their hands on some illegal drugs…

    Basically, spring break is a time students want to relax, party, and not worry about school. The personalities range from the low-key type to the crazy wild one. There’s nothing wrong with letting loose and having fun but there are dangers to it and serious consequences if it gets too out of hand.

    • Not all college students are legally old enough to drink.
    • Illegal drugs are illegal to everyone.
    • Drinking and driving is never a good idea, even if they are under the legal BAC limit.
    • Mixing alcohol and drugs can be life-threateni...
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    A Guide To Understanding Bail In Real Life

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    What you watch on television shows are never the full truth and full story. There just isn’t enough time to watch every detail of how bail bonds work because showing that is not as exciting to the viewer as the high speed police chase part of the show. So, to help you understand how bail works in real life, keep reading.

    A person is arrested and booked.
    At their arraignment hearing, the charges are formally announced and the judge will decide whether the defendant is allowed to post bail or not. If so, the judge will announce the bail price, which is determined by the crime that occurred, whether or not the defendant has a criminal history, and what relationship ties he or she has to the community.
    If the defendant is offered bail, he or she has a couple of options to posting it...

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    California’s Gun Laws And What They Mean To You

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    The purpose of gun laws is to regulate the use, sale, and possession of firearms. Each U.S. state may have different gun laws; California has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country.

      In terms of owning and selling guns in California:

    • A person must be at least 18 to purchase a long gun (such as a rifle) and 21 to purchase a handgun.
    • Gun owners must pass a universal background check, which will be reviewed in no less than 10 days after applying for the purchase.
    • Gun owners must also pass a written test.
    • All guns are microstamped – each cartridge is stamped with an identification code so that in case investigators ever need to trace a gun to its owner, they can).
    • Long guns with large-capacity ammunition are prohibited.
    • No one may purchase more than one handgun in one month.
    • G...
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