Is It Legal In California To Drive With Earbuds On?

Is It Legal In California To Drive With Earbuds On?

Since Bluetooth headphones were invented, which let us do everything from answering phone calls to listening to our favorite tunes, it seems like we always have earphones inserted into our ears. It’s so easy to listen to your favorite music or audiobook while you’re getting ready to go and leave the earbuds on once you start driving.

What some people don’t realize is that continuing to use earbuds while driving is illegal in California.

For years, driving with headphones on has been illegal in California. Many lawmakers assumed that earbuds fell into the same category as headphones, but as is always the case, someone protested that they weren’t the same thing...

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Dealing With Child Abandonment In California

Dealing With Child Abandonment In California

Child neglect has been in the minds of California lawmakers for a long time. From 1987-1995 there was a 27% increase in child abuse/neglect cases. In 1994 alone, the state dealt with 664,000 child abuse/neglect cases, with 90,000 children becoming involved in the state’s foster program. No one was happy about the situation.

In California, child abandonment laws and child neglect laws are tangled up together. Issues that are covered in the state’s child neglect/abuse laws include:

  • Emotional abuse
  • Exploitation of minors
  • General neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Severe neglect
  • Sexual abuse

The state’s child abuse and child neglect laws were put in place specifically to make it possible for the state to criminalize the actions of any parent they feel isn’t properly caring for their child...

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The Long Lasting Consequences Of Drunk Driving In California

The Long Lasting Consequences Of Drunk Driving In California

Like all other states, California has taken a hard stance on drunk driving. It isn’t tolerated. If you’re caught behind the wheel after having just a little too much to drink, you’ll face steep consequences that will have a major impact on the overall quality of your life.

California’s Legal Limit

California has different legal limits for different types of drivers. For the average, adult driver in California, anything over a blood alcohol count (BAC) of 0.08% is considered too high to legally drive. Drivers who haven’t reached their 21st birthday, anything over 0.05% is considered a DUI. Commercial drivers as well as drivers who are involved with a ride-share program aren’t allowed to get behind the wheel if their BAC is above 0.04%.

If you are pulled over and the officer bel...

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Celebrating Thanksgiving During A Pandemic

Celebrating Thanksgiving During A Pandemic

Some of us thought the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by Thanksgiving. Some of us assumed that the pandemic wouldn’t have a major impact on our holiday plans. The truth is that the past few weeks have revealed that not only is COVID-19 still here, but it’s also gotten worse. This has many of us wondering how we should handle Thanksgiving.

Traveling On The West Coast

On October 13, the three west coast states released a press release that outlined their guidelines for traveling during the holiday season. It wasn’t the news many of us wanted to hear. The joint press release the three west coast states issued urged limiting travel to, “work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care and safety and security.”

The good...

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Reap The Benefits Of Online Bail

Reap The Benefits Of Online Bail

These are stressful times and knowing you have a loved one who is currently sitting in a jail cell doesn’t help. It’s natural to want to do whatever you can to help them get out of jail. Bail Bonds in Modesto wants to help. We’ve created several programs, including online bail, that is designed to simplify your life.

How Our Online Bail Bonds Works

Here at Bail Bonds in Modesto, we have devised a system that allows you to handle every single aspect of working with us virtually. The system is easy to use, contactless and reliable. It’s perfect for anyone who is out-of-state, considered high-risk for the pandemic, has mobility issues or who is simply more comfortable doing things online than in person.

The online process starts when you click the CHAT NOW link in our site...

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How Long Does It Take To Bail A Loved One Out Of Jail?

How Long Does It Take To Bail A Loved One Out Of Jail?

We’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve been asked how long it will take to bail a loved one out of jail. The best answer we can provide is that we work as quickly as possible. Several factors alter the amount of time it takes to bail someone out.

The first issue that impacts how quickly we can bail your loved one out of jail is how fast you can act. The sooner you’re able to send proof of your identity, a signed bail bond contract and payment, the sooner we can act. You’ll be pleased to know that as soon as we get the things we need from you, we leap into action. We rush the paperwork and the money to the jail and start the second process of the bail bond.

Once we get the court involved with the bail process, the timing is once again out of our hands...

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Drunk Driving In California During The Thanksgiving Holiday

Drunk Driving In California During The Thanksgiving Holiday

There are certain days when the police become extremely concerned about drunk drivers. Thanksgiving is one such holiday. If you’re on the road during Thanksgiving weekend, don’t be surprised if you see more police patrolling the streets than what you would normally expect.

Why Police Are Concerned About Drunk Driving In California During Thanksgiving

California patrol officers have plenty of good reasons to be out and about during the Thanksgiving weekend. The main reason they’re going to be patrolling for drunk drivers is that history indicates that it’s a holiday when many drivers fail to hand over their keys after having one too many.

Statistics indicate that there is something about the long Thanksgiving weekend that encourages drivers to cut loose and drink more than they sho...

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What To Do If You Suspect Your Child’s Being Terrorized By A Cyberbully

What To Do If Your Suspect Your Child’s Being Terrorized By A Cyberbully

As a parent, there’s nothing worse than knowing your child is hurting. When a cyberbully is the cause of that hurt, it’s perfectly natural to want to shatter your smart-phone/laptop/tablet and never allow any type of social media into your home. Unfortunately, that’s not a realistic option.

If you suspect your child is being terrorized by a cyberbully there are a few things you can do that will help the situation.

Support Your Child

The first things cyberbullies do is undermine their victim’s self-confidence. The chip away at their victim’s self-esteem until there’s nothing left. As a parent, it’s up to you to keep your child’s spirits up. Remind them that they’re important and loved. Spend time with them. Encourage them to talk...

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Understanding The Difference Between Aggravated Assault And Simple Assault

Understanding The Difference Between Aggravated Assault And Simple Assault

If you’re confused by the idea that in California has two different types of assault, simple and aggravated, you’re not alone. The state is full of people who don’t know the difference between these two criminal charges.

Throwing a punch at a guy who was irritating you while you were trying to enjoy a beer at your favorite bar is usually a simple assault. However, if you grabbed a knife or started swinging a pool stick, the charge will likely be bumped up to aggravated assault.

Aggravated assault is covered in California’s Penal Code Section 245. The way the law is written, aggravated assault takes place when an assault involves the use of a deadly weapon (including a gun). Don’t assume that just because you didn’t have a weapon in your hand that you can’t be charged with ag...

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Hitchhiking In California

Hitchhiking In California

Signs warning drivers about the dangers of picking up hitchhikers litter the sides of California’s highways. Upon seeing these signs, most of us assume that we’re close to one of the state’s prisons and that cops are worried that a hitchhiker could be an escaped convict. Few of us know that the reason there are so many signs warning about hitchhikers scattered along California’s immense span network of highways is because hitchhiking is actually illegal.

The issue of hitchhiking is addressed in CA Veh Code § 21957 (2018) 21957. The law states that “No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle.”

Clearly, the law doesn’t want anyone hitchhiking, but what if you’re vehicle has broken down and you need a ride into town?...

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