What is the difference between an infraction, a misdemeanor, and a felony?

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The terms “infraction,” “misdemeanor,” and “felony” have probably flown across your ears every now and then – from video games to television to movies to the morning news. But do you understand the differences between the three? Some people may think they are simply synonyms for each other. But, they are not and it is important for all California residents to understand the differences to these charges:

  • INFRACTION – fines must be paid but the defendant will not be put on probation and they will not face jail time. Infractions do not appear on criminal records.
  • MISDEMEANOR – fines must be paid and the defendant is subject to probation and up to 1 year in county jail.
  • FELONY – fines must be paid and the defendant is subject to probation, up to 1 year in county jail, an...
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California DUIs In The New Year

California DUIs In The New Year

You should never get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking. If you plan on drinking, you should plan on walking home, or getting a ride from a sober driver, or using a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft.

In the past, a DUI arrest could have a huge and negative impact on your life. It still will, but thanks to Assembly Bill 3234 you may have some options that weren’t available to you before.

DUIs are one of the crimes that Assembly Bill 3234 targets. Instead of getting hit with a bunch of jail time and fines, you’ll have the option to enter into a diversion program. The diversion program will consist of several different components which will include taking classes that are designed to help you identify why your driving after drinking happened and complete a great deal of ...

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Tips For Bailing A Loved One Out Of Jail

Tips For Bailing A Loved One Out Of Jail

It doesn’t matter if it’s a spouse, a parent, a child or a best friend. When you learn that someone you love has been arrested, your first thought will be that you need to do whatever it takes to get them out of jail. While they are locked up, your loved one has very little control over their life but if you bail them out, they can work, spend time with you and easily meet with their lawyer so they can start preparing their defense.

The problem many people face is that they don’t know how to go about bailing a loved one out of jail. The good news is that at Bail Bonds in Ceres, we can help.

The Cost Of Bailing A Loved One Out Of Jail

Finding out a loved one has been arrested is pretty shocking. Learning how much it will cost to bail that person out is often equally shocking...

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Your Privacy And Bail Bonds

Your Privacy And Bail Bonds

One of the worse things about living in the technology age is that everyone seems to know what is going on in your life even before you do. If you’re arrested, it’s likely that everyone in your social group already knows when it happened, who was involved, what jail you’ve been taken to and what the exact charges are before you’re even processed. Worst of all, everyone already has an opinion about the situation.

Given how fast bad news spreads, it’s easy to wonder if there is anyone who will respect your privacy during this trying time. The answer is yes. Every single person at Bail Bonds in Modesto does everything in their power to help you maintain as much privacy as possible.

No One Has To Know You’ve Talked To Us

Getting arrested is bad...

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The Consequences Of Failing To Take Precautions When You Have COVID-19

The Consequences Of Failing To Take Precautions When You Have COVID-19

The words COVID, quarantine and social distancing have become a regular part of our lives recently. Most of us have taken the necessary steps to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. However, there are a few people in the world who don’t fully understand the seriousness of the situation and continue to go about their normal routine and interact with others, even when they know they’re COVID positive.

A perfect example of people deciding to continue with their plans to live a normal life despite a positive COVID test is a couple who decided that they would travel from San Francisco to Kaua’i. No one is happy about the couple’s choice.

While it’s unclear if the couple had exhibited any symptoms before boarding their American Airlines flight, they were aware that they’d tested posi...

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Squatting In California

Squatting In California

There is a housing problem in California. The state has more people who need a home than there are affordable rental options available. The shortage of available housing is likely why there seems to have been an increase in “squatting” cases.

What is Squatting?

Squatting is a slang term that’s used to describe the practice of moving into a living space, such as an empty apartment, and using it as a residence. Squatting is the common term. The formal term the California court system likes to use is adverse possession.

While it’s usually easy to determine that the person who has taken up residence is a squatter, figuring out both the squatter’s and property owner’s actual legal rights is complicated.

The interesting thing about squatting is that it’s not an actual crime...

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Handling Hate Crimes In California

Handling Hate Crimes In California

Hate crimes are a far bigger problem than many people realize. Data collected by the Justice Department indicates that starting in 2013 and ending in 2017, there were approximately 55,000 gender-related hate crimes in the United States.

As if the number of hate crimes wasn’t already scary enough, recent stats indicate that there is a problem in how theses crimes are documented by the authorities. A recent batch of statistics indicated that police departments around the country dealt with just 215 gender-related hate crimes. At first, that sounds great, the number has gone way down, but the number of problems the police reported is just 3% of the same type of hate crimes the FBI dealt with during that same period.

What Are Hate Crimes?

On the surface, hate crimes appear to be leveled at ...

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Tips For Protecting Yourself From Fake News

Tips For Protecting Yourself From Fake News

The term fake news has been used a lot over the past four years. The good news is that hearing the term so often has made people stop and think about how much we take news stories for granted. Today, more than ever, we have come to understand that even the most trusted news sources have an agenda and that they understand how to work an angle.

You’ll be happy to know that there are some things you can do to protect yourself from fake news.

Don’t Rely On A Single Source

The more versions of a news story you read/watch/listen to, the more similarities you’ll pick out. These little commonalities are the kernels of truth. Pay attention to them and you’ll eventually get to the real story.

Check The Sources

The best way to protect yourself from fake news is by paying careful attention to...

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Uncovering The Truth About Bail Bond Myths

Uncovering The Truth About Bail Bond Myths

There are many myths surrounding the bail bond process. We feel that now is the perfect time to clear them up.

Here is the simple truth behind some popular bail bond myths.

  • You Have To Use A Bail Bond Company
    While many people do turn to companies like Bail Bonds in Patterson for help with bail, there is nothing that says you have to use our services. If you have enough money to cover the entire amount of your bail, you’re free to do so. Bail bond companies exist to help people who don’t have enough money to cover their bail.
  • You Have To Pay The Entire Amount Of Your Bail
    If you opt to bail yourself out of jail, yes, you have to pay the entire amount. If you do so, you’ll get the entire amount back at the conclusion of your case. If you don’t have enough money to cover the co...
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Can Bail Be Revoked?

Can Bail Be Revoked?

Revocation is one of the biggest concerns people have when it comes to bail, probably because so many procedural shows use bail revocation as plot twists. Television makes it seem like prosecutors can revoke bail on a whim. That simply isn’t the case.

Yes, bail can be revoked. No, it can be revoked without just cause.

The truth is that there aren’t many reasons the court can tell you that your bail has been revoked and they’ll make the few reasons it can very clear before you’re officially released.

How Bail Can Be Revoked

  • When you’re released on bail, you’ll be told what you can and can’t do. Committing a crime is the number one thing you can do that will result in your bail getting revoked.
  • You aren’t allowed to have any contact with anyone who is involved in your case...
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