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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

It is that time of year where people begin to form a list of promises they want to make to themselves. New Year’s Resolutions are positive and uplifting to some, while they are a joke to others. According Nielsen and Newswire, the top ten New Year’s Resolutions are:

  • Stay fit and healthy
  • Lose weight
  • Enjoy life
  • Save more money
  • Spend more time with friends and family
  • Get organized
  • Learn something new
  • Travel more

The pros to having resolutions are that they provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your life. In order to form a list, you have to first look back and evaluate your life. Another positive thing about resolutions is that they give you a goal and help you plan the next year.

The cons to a list of resolutions is it enables procrastination. For example, if you failed to lose weight this last year, no worries, you can procrastinate again this year. Also, there’s a lot of pressure to actually do your resolutions, especially if you share your list with friends on Facebook. Ultimately it is a personal choice whether to have a list or not.

Tips For Preventing Package Theft

Tips For Preventing Package Theft

Tips For Preventing Package Theft

As Christmas approaches, more and more people turn to online shopping to buy gifts for their friends and family members. This leads to an increase in packages being delivered to their houses, which can be problematic. Thieves love it when they see a package sitting unattended on a porch. They may not know what they are stealing, but they know they can easily take it.

No one wants to have their package stolen, especially when it is a gift for someone else. That is why it is important that everyone takes extra precautions when buying things online.

You do not want to give thieves an opportunity to steal your package.

Luckily, most delivery services and online retailers provide their clients with options to help prevent package theft.


  • Always get a tracking number for the package. This will allow you to know when the package will be delivered, and make sure that someone is there to collect it for you.
  • FedEx and USPS allow customers to schedule deliveries for a set time, thus ensuring someone will be home to get the package.
  • If possible, leave delivery instructions. FedEx allows clients to leave instructions on where the box should be left, such as at the back door instead of the front door.
  • Request that a signature be needed for the delivery. This way, if no one is home, the package will not be left at the door unattended.
  • Try having the package delivered somewhere other than your home. FedEx and UPS will allow you to have a package delivered to a neighbor or your work.
  • Opt for in store pickup. Many retailers allow for items to be ordered online and picked up in a store with no extra charge.

When ordering something online, look at the delivery options. Many retailers provide their clients with different options to make the delivery as convenient and safe as possible. By choosing a more secure delivery option, the person is ensuring that they, not a thief, get their package.

Jaywalking Is A Crime

Jaywalking Is A Crime

Jaywalking Is A Crime

While we do it every day without a second thought, driving can actually be quite dangerous. One small surprise is all it takes to cause an accident with disastrous results. That is why there are so many laws that relate to driving to try to keep drivers and pedestrians safe.

This is the main reason for California having laws against jaywalking.

Here in California, Jaywalking is defined as a pedestrian crossing a street or roadway in a reckless manner without using a crosswalk or crossing signal.

Crossing a street in undesignated areas is an easy way to cause an accident. Crosswalks are typically located at intersections so that the flow of traffic can be altered to allow for the safe crossing of pedestrians. When a pedestrian jaywalks, he or she is often doing so in an area where cars are moving at high rates of speed.

In areas where there are no crosswalks, drivers are not expecting to encounter pedestrians. Chances are, they will not have enough time to react when they see a jaywalker. This could lead to the pedestrian being struck, and either injured or killed. This is why it is safer to cross at designated crosswalks, and only the signal allows it. No one wants to step in front of moving traffic.

Contrary to popular belief, there are consequences for getting caught jaywalking.

California laws states that jaywalking is an infraction and accused individuals could face a fine up to $191. On top of this, local authorities are allowed add harsher fines and consequences if they desire.

Ultimately, the costs of jaywalking are far too high. A person runs the risk of getting in trouble with local authorities, or causing an accident.

Vandalism In California

Vandalism In California

Vandalism In California

Many people know what vandalism is. We hear about it, and see it, all of the time. Vandalism is taken very seriously in California.

Getting caught vandalizing someone’s property can land a person in jail with hefty fines.

While many people think they know what constitutes as vandalism, there are a few acts which fall into that category that people are unaware of.

Vandalism is the classified as the act of maliciously destroying or damaging someone else’s property.

Here is a quick list of acts that qualify as vandalism in the state of California:

  • Writing or painting on something that does not belong to you. This can even include writing your name in the wet cement of a city sidewalk.
  • Damaging a piece of property such as a window on a house or car. This can include breaking something of your significant other’s while fighting.
  • Destroying something beyond the point of repair.

If a person does one of these 3 things, he or she has committed an act of vandalism. If caught by law enforcement, this person can face a fine and possible jail time. The severity of the punishment often depends on how much damage was caused by the act. If the damage amounts to less than $400, then the crime is considered a misdemeanor. The accused person could face, at max, 1 year in jail and a fine of no more than $1,000.

If the damage total is greater than $400, the accused could face anywhere from 1 to 3 years in prison. On top of that, they could face a fine of $10,000 or more. The size of the fine will vary based on how bad the damage is.

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If You File A False Report, You Will Go To Jail

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It is a crime to falsely report a crime.

That is, you can and will get in trouble with the law if you report a crime but know that it really is not a crime. This is exactly what happened to a Los Angeles woman who, just a few weeks ago, was charged for her false report. Now she will have to pay her consequences by spending 2 months in jail.

26-year-old Charline Gatson filed a report with the police, reporting that an acquaintance approached her in her car and pulled out a gun. The acquaintance let Gatson go, but took her car. Gatson’s teenage son was still in the car and the acquaintance drove off. The vehicle was found later in San Bernardino, CA.

After investigators completed their work, they determined that Gatson’s carjacking and kidnapping report was false. In fact, Gatson had lent her vehicle to the acquaintance, and the acquaintance refused to return it. The stepson was not involved with the incident.

Because of Gatson’s false report, which effectively wasted resources, time, and money from police officers and investigators, Gatson was charged and ordered to spend 2 months in jail. In addition, she will be on probation for 36 months, and will pay a fine of $220.

Consequences for filing false reports are taken seriously because it takes officers away when they should be devoted to focusing on real, serious crimes.

All in all, filing a false report is irresponsible and reckless. It is, however, a different story when the person filing a report genuinely believes it to be true crime, but it is later determined that they are just mistaken. An example of that would be if someone witnessed a person whom they have never seen before, entering their neighbor’s apartment. Believing it to be an intruder, they alert the police. After investigating, the police learn that the neighbor had given this “intruder” their key because they are staying with them; this is an out-of-town friend, which is why the person had never seen them before.

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DUIs Are No Joke In California

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Instead of treating the gang to a final round of shots at last call, treat them to a pitcher of water and some fast food. This will jumpstart the mind and body to sober up so you can all get home safe and sound. It is the responsible thing to do and although your buds may give you the thumbs down to denying alcohol, they will definitely give you the thumbs up for feeding them.

Consider the benefits of having one less drink. You save money, for one. Secondly, you have a little more awareness. Rather than driving home yourself, hop into a Lyft or Uber so that you can rely on this sober driver to get you home safely. While this will cost you a few bucks, at least you do not have to worry about accidents and DUIs.

A first offense DUI in California can be at least $40,000-50,000.

This cost covers revoked licenses, attending a mandatory driving education course, the fees for getting your vehicle towed and impounded, and increased car insurance premiums for the next few years. However, that figure does not include hospital/medical fees, property damages, and repairs. It also does not cover legal fees should you be taken to court. Repeat DUI offenders will consequently face harsher costs.

Of course, loss of money is not the worst thing to risk when a person drives intoxicated. The worst thing they risk is their life and the lives of others, which is anyone out on the road at the same time. Getting into a fatal accident is something that would haunt this person forever.

So, if you cannot rely on your friends to be the responsible ones, then you need to be the responsible one and know when it is time to stop drinking, and how to get everyone home safely.

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How To Handle A Warrant

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If you are like most people, then you have probably never needed to deal with a warrant. Unfortunately, there may come a time when you have to do just that. As much as many people would prefer to never think of something like this happening to them, they should. It helps to be prepared after all.

When you find out that a warrant has been issued for your arrest, the mature responsible thing to do is to turn yourself in to the authorities. This can easily be done by walking into the local law enforcement agency and talking to one of the officers there.

However, before you turn yourself in, be sure to contact the professionals here at Bail Bonds in Oakdale. We can work with you to get a bail bond ready to go. We will fill out as much of the paperwork as we can beforehand. This way, you can be bailed out of jail as soon as the booking process is complete.

If you think that there might be a warrant out for your arrest, but are unsure, you can talk to Bail Bonds in Oakdale as well.

We provide FREE warrant checks for anyone that needs one. We will help you to the best of our abilities. We can check for warrants in several California counties.

Unfortunately, we cannot check in all counties. This is due to the fact that some counties require warrant checks to be done in person.

Even if we cannot check for a warrant in the county where you think the warrant was issued, we can still help you. We can tell you how to check for yourself and try to get a bail bond ready to go in case there is a warrant for your arrest.

If you have any questions about warrants, feel free to call Bail Bonds in Oakdale at 559-674-0444 or click Chat With Us now. Consultations are FREE, so there is no reason not to talk to an agent.

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Show Someone You Care

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When facing times of trouble, everyone just wants to know that someone has their back. It is comforting to know that somebody out there cares enough to help. This is especially helpful after an arrest. Nothing is more isolating than sitting in jail. This means that nothing is more uplifting than knowing that a friend or family member cares enough to post bail.

Of course, bailing someone out of jail costs a lot of money. Thankfully, there is a way to show a loved one that you care without emptying your bank account. Just contact Bail Bonds in Oakdale. Here, our of bail agents help their clients bail friends and family members out of jail on a daily basis. They are available to help any time of the day.

Bail Bonds in Oakdale strives to make bailing a loved one out of jail as affordable as possible.

One way this is done, is by providing clients with customized payment plans. This will break up the cost of the bail bond into monthly payments that the client can manage. These payments will be designed to fit into each client’s budget.

It is also possible for clients to get a 20% discount on the price of the bail bond. If you or a co-signer is a member of the military, a member of AARP, a union member, a homeowner, or the defendant has a private attorney, then they qualify. With this discount, the bail bond will only cost 8% of the bail, not the usual 10%.

With help from Bail Bonds in Oakdale, bailing a loved one out of jail will be easy, fast and most of all, affordable. The defendant will be able to rest easy knowing that his or her loved one cares enough to post bail.

To talk to one of our helpful bail agents, simply click Chat With Us or call Bail Bonds in Oakdale at 559-674-0444.

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Alcohol Friendly Beaches

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California is known for many things, including its many beaches and the beautiful weather. Everyone flocks to the shores to play in the sand and water, to relax and have a good time with friends and to eat but not drink alcohol.

It is illegal to drink alcohol at the majority of California’s beaches.

However, those who prefer a little booze with their beach trip are not out of luck, because there are a few beaches that are alcohol friendly.

Carmel Beach

Located in Northern California, Carmel-by-the-Sea is known as a quaint, picturesque town that is even more captivating because of its alcohol friendly beach. You can have your choice of alcoholic beverage in between your surf runs while you lay on the beach in between beach sports or during a bonfire. The only rules are that the drinking must be done by 10:00 PM and you cannot have a keg.

Paradise Cove, Malibu

At Paradise Cove, beach goers are allowed to sip on beer, wine, or champagne anytime between 8:00 AM and sunset. There is also a restaurant on-site where you may order drinks and food. Parking can be somewhat of a turn off here, as the fee to park on site is a bit steep. The restaurant will validate your parking if you dine there. Otherwise, if you are adamant on hitting Paradise Cove, you will have to park further away on the street and walk.

Kehoe Beach

If you walk a half mile along the northern end of Great Beach at Point Reyes, you will hit Kehoe Beach where you definitely can bust out your alcohol, as long as it is not in a keg. Note that the beach closes at 11:00 PM so everyone must be off it by then, so give yourself a little time to make the short walk back to your vehicle.

 
In order for these beaches to remain alcohol friendly, remember to not leave a mess and not be disruptive and rowdy to the point you are causing a disturbance to others. Think of these alcohol friendly beaches as privileges that you would not want taken away. Keep the beaches clean and the fun open to others by drinking responsibly and cleaning up after yourself. Finally, remember to be mindful of how you will be getting home at the end of your beach day. Designate a sober driver or know when to stop drinking so you can sober up.

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Legalized Marijuana: What To Expect

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It has been about 6 months since Californians voted to legalize marijuana. However, full legalization has yet to kick in. In fact, it will not fully kick in until 2018. With that said, not many people know the timeline and what has and has not changed yet, nor do they know what full legalization really means for California.

Prop 64 was passed last year and will legalize marijuana use for adults who are at least 21 years of age. California has until January 1, 2018 to get their regulations in order because that is when businesses can begin applying for licenses so they can legally grow and sell marijuana.


The following is a list of the many changes and laws that will be taking affect at the start of next year.

  • Driving while under the influence of marijuana will be illegal, as it currently is. Plus, marijuana must be stored in a closed container when the driver is behind the wheel.
  • Most felony penalties for growing, selling, transporting, or possessing marijuana will be reduced to misdemeanors. In addition, prior offenders are allowed to petition to have their criminal record changed to reflect a misdemeanor charge rather than a felony.
  • Legal-aged persons will be allowed to carry up to 1 ounce of marijuana or 8 grams of concentrates.
  • Legal-aged persons will be allowed to grow up to 6 plants at their residence.
  • Anyone who purchases marijuana from a licensed retailer in 2018 will also be charged a 15% tax.
  • It is illegal to smoke a cigarette in a public place. Marijuana will follow the same suit. It will also be illegal to possess marijuana on school property.
  • Minors under the age of 18 would in no case face imprisonment if they were to be caught growing, selling, transporting, or possessing marijuana. Alternatively, they would have to take a drug education course and perform community service. Adults 18-20 on the other hand can possibly face prison time.
  • Because marijuana is illegal under federal law, possessing marijuana on federal property within California will remain illegal. This means that if someone goes camping in a California national park and is caught smoking marijuana, they are breaking the law and will be arrested.

These are just a handful of new regulations that California is getting ready for come January 1, 2018. You can expect that there will be more. Legalizing marijuana does not mean that it is a free for all to use. It is still a drug that needs to be used with responsibility, caution, and regards to others who are less favorable of it.