California Earthquake Survival Tips

California Earthquake Survival Tips

California is known for its earthquakes. Unlike wildfires which can be somewhat predictable and avoidable, there’s never much warning before an earthquake occurs. Even with the surprisingly accurate MyShake earthquake phone app you usually have less than a minute to prepare yourself for the tremor.

Early preparation and common sense is your best line of defense when it comes to surviving a California earthquake.

Keep Your Home In Good Repair

Routinely go through your home and any outbuildings and make sure that they are earthquake ready. The house met the current earthquake building guidelines when it was constructed, but it’s up to you to make sure that it stays earthquake ready...

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Staying Safe During California’s Wildfire Season

Staying Safe During California’s Wildfire Season

Each year, California has wildfires that attract national and sometimes even international media attention. The various media channels like to talk about what might have caused the wildfire, how big it’s gotten and how teams are desperately working to fight it, as someone who lives in California, you’re first priority is doing everything possible to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during this year’s wildfire season.

Prepare Early

Don’t wait until you can hear the roar of the wildfire bearing down on you to start preparing. Wildfires spread quickly and they can also start quickly. Don’t wait until you’re in a high-risk area to start preparing for a wildfire. As soon as you move to California, you need to start preparing for the possibility of a fire.

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The Legal Consequences Of Public Fighting

The Legal Consequences Of Public Fighting

Street fighting, barroom brawls and throwing a punch at a guy who steals your parking space. In the movies, these things never seem like a big deal. The worst thing that ever seems to happen to the characters who are involved in public fighting is that they spend a few hours in jail.

Sadly, real-life doesn’t mirror the movies. California has public fighting laws. If you’re busted for public fighting in California, you’ll face serious consequences.

What Is Public Fighting?

California considers public fighting to be a disturbing the peace crime. The issue is addressed in the Penal Code 415. When you read Penal Code 415 you’ll discover that it doesn’t take much for an officer to decide that you’re in violation of the law.

Penal Code 415 states that you can be charged with disturbin...

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What Are The Benefits Of Bail

What Are The Benefits Of Bail

When you’ve been arrested, there are two major things you need to worry about. The first is how you’re going to handle your legal problems. The second is whether you should pay bail or stay in jail until your case is resolved.

There are pros and cons to both paying for bail and staying in jail.

The Benefits Of Staying In Jail

While most people opt to pay bail, there are some benefits of staying in jail while your case makes its way through the legal system.

The biggest advantage of staying in jail is that when it’s time for your sentencing, the judge will take the number of days you’ve already been incarcerated off the total amount you still have to serve, and the fewer days you’re in prison, the better.

The other advantage of staying in jail rather than taking advantage of bail...

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Tips For Going From Newly Arrested To Free On Bail

Tips For Going From Newly Arrested To Free On Bail

Getting arrested is scary enough without the prospect of spending the next several months (or even longer) waiting for your case to reach its conclusion. It’s perfectly understandable to understand that you want out of jail and back in your own home as quickly as possible.

There are some things you can do that will make the entire process easier on yourself and everyone involved.

Stay As Calm As Possible

From the minute the police officers connect with you until you’re released on bail, it’s in your best interest to stay as calm as possible. Losing your temper won’t accomplish anything and it could likely hurt your case.

Staying calm allows you to keep a mental record of everything that happens to you...

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Found A Lost Pet? Here’s What You Have To Do

Found A Lost Pet? Here’s What You Have To Do

It happens all the time. A dog appears in your yard or you find a cat while your out on a walk. Even though the animal isn’t yours, you invite it into your home. At this point, you find yourself in the crossroads of an ethical decision. Do you keep the lost pet or do you make an effort to track down the owners?

Protocol For Finding Lost Pets

While you might think it’s up to you to decide if you want to keep the pet or find it’s owner, California lawmakers think differently. Many lawmakers are animal lovers who have gone through the agony of having a cherished pet disappear. In an effort to help lost pets reunite with their devastated owners, the lawmakers passed legislation that requires that you report the found animal within 48 hours of finding them.

You can report the lost animal...

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Invasion Of Privacy Laws In California

Invasion Of Privacy Laws In California

Everyone has the right to expect some privacy. No one wants to spend their time wondering if someone is peeking into windows, spying on them through their laptop’s webcam or using electronic gadgets to listen to private phone calls. California’s lawmakers understand your desired to keep your private life private which is why they have created detailed invasion of privacy laws.

What Is Invasion Of Privacy

Most of us assume that invasion of privacy is something that happens whenever someone inserts themselves into some aspect of our lives that we would prefer they not be involved with...

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Attending School During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Attending School During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Never before have so many parents been confused about how their child’s education will take place during the upcoming school year. Concern about COVID-19 spreading through the schools has caused a great deal of confusion regarding how education will work during the 2020/2021 school year.

The Governor’s Thoughts About School This Year

One of the things making this school year so difficult is that California’s lawmakers seem to second guess themselves every single day. One day the governor announces that nope, schools won’t open and all schooling will be done virtually. A few weeks later, an elementary school opens its doors and starts welcoming students.

The problem this poses for parents is figuring out how they’ll help their child get the education they need this year...

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Consequences Of Failing To Honor Your Bail Agreement

Consequences Of Failing To Honor Your Bail Agreement

Bail is a monetary agreement you enter into with the court system. You pay bail in exchange for being released from jail. If you make all your court appearances, the court eventually returns the money to you.

When You Cover Your Bail

If you’ve paid the bail yourself and fail to appear in court, you forfeit the money. That doesn’t mean the court forgets about you. They have some options which include:

  • Swearing out an arrest warrant.
  • Sending officers to your home to get you.
  • Suspending your driver’s license.
  • Additional charges could be filed against you.

If you have used a bail bond company, things become complicated.

When Working With A Bail Bond Company

If you fail to appear in court, we aren’t just out the 10% of the bail you paid us, but we’re out the entire amount...

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Communicating With Your Bail Bond Agent

Communicating With Your Bail Bond Agent

It is no secret that communication is the secret to success. It is also a key component to successfully cultivating a harmonious relationship between yourself and your bail bondsman. Early in your relationship, there are a few key things you need to discuss with the representative who is helping secure your release from jail.

How Much Does The Bail Bond Ultimately Cost?

The court determines how much bail you’ll have to pay before you can walk out of jail. If you bail yourself out, you pay the entire amount which the court returns to you once you’re case has made it through the entire legal process.

If you require a bail bond company such as Bail Bonds in Riverbank, you pay us 10% of the total amount. We kick in 90%. Once the case is concluded, we get 100% of the money back.

This is th...

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