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Is Shoplifting A Felony?

Is Shoplifting A Felony?

Is Shoplifting A Felony?

If you know someone who recently got into trouble for shoplifting, you are probably very concerned about him or her. You wonder how much trouble a person can get into for shoplifting. How serious of an offense is it to steal something from a store or other place of business?

Well, the answer to that depends on what was stolen. If the item was something small or inexpensive, then the offense won’t be too serious. However, if something large or multiple things that have a combined total of more than $950, then things will be more serious.

Shoplifting in California is only a misdemeanor offense.

This is because most people do not steal things that are worth more than $950. If a person steals anything that has a combined total less than that, then they will only face a misdemeanor charge.

If the person steals more than $950 worth of items, then he or she could face felony charges. A person also faces felony charges for shoplifting if they have been convicted of felony shoplifting before.

Shoplifting is a serious offense, and can get a person into real trouble. If you know someone who was recently arrested for shoplifting or any other offense, you should bail him or her out of jail. This can be done easily by contacting the professionals at work here at Bail Bonds in Madera.

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New Laws In California 2018

New Laws In California 2018

New Laws In California 2018

The New Year is rolling in with new laws for California. Sure, a person can now recreationally use marijuana legally in California, but what about the other laws? Every year new laws come into play January 1st. Typically these are laws that have been passed the previous year.

At the beginning of the New Year, you may notice a pay increase.

This is due to the fact that the minimum wage will increase to $11 an hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. Companies with fewer employees, 25 or less, will continue to pay $10.50 an hour. Salary paid employees might see a similar increase.

California is also enacting leave for new parents.

This law will allow new parents to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their job to bond with their new child. This laws mainly affects company with 20 or more employees. Larger companies, 50 or more employees, already have requirements regarding new parents.

There are several other laws coming into effect this January 1st regarding employment, driving, schools, guns, and health laws. There will be even more laws going into effect throughout the year. With over a 100 new laws going into effect this year in California, it is best to be prepared.

Healthy Starts To The New Year

Healthy Starts To The New Year

Healthy Starts To The New Year

As we welcome in the New Year, we may feel that it is time for some changes. New year resolutions are typically the go to for some folks wanting to make a difference. Whether or not you’re committed to New Year’s Resolutions, or you just feel the need to make changes in your life, here are some tips on how to kick off the New Year.

According to The European Food Information Council (EUFIC), a nonprofit organization that focuses on the science of foods, gradually changing your lifestyle habits is easier than major changes. They say that you can start right away by being more health conscience, and phasing out bad habits.

Little changes will eventually snowball into a healthier lifestyle.

If you’re wanting to start exercising more, start off with a small 5 minute workout routine and continually increase the length of the workout over time.

Psychologies, a magazine focused on health and well being, suggests staying hydrated by drinking a lot of water will help your health.

Staying hydrated can raise your energy levels, and boost mental thought processes.

Psychologies says you can tell whether you’re hydrated by the color of your urine and that a well hydrated person’s urine will be a pale yellow.

Changes to your lifestyle can be difficult. If you’re ever in doubt or feel discouraged, just look up motivational quotes. If possible, find someone to join you in your health quests. However starting out small, with baby steps like these, can help fuel your motivation to pursue a healthier year.

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Get Professional Bail Help At Bail Bonds In Madera

No Money Down Bail Bonds in Madera

The thought of needing to bail someone out of jail is terrifying to a lot of people, so much so that they never even imagine that they may need to post bail someday. This leads to a problem of people not knowing what to do if someone they care about is arrested.

Luckily, there are professionals who spend every day helping people deal with bail. You can find these people at Bail Bonds in Madera. Our professional bail agents help bail people out of any California jail every single day. Let us help you too. We are open and ready to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays). They can help you at a moment’s notice.

At Bail Bonds in Madera, our knowledgeable bail agents will be able to guide you through the entire bail bond process and answer any bail-related questions you may have. Let us show you that there is nothing to be afraid of when bailing someone out of jail. With us on your side, you have nothing to worry about.

Bail Bonds in Madera has been helping Californians for 30 years. You can trust that we know exactly what we are doing. With our knowledge and experience, we can get your loved one out of jail quickly, easily, and at a price you can afford.

If you have a friend or family member that you need to bail out of any California jail, contact Bail Bonds in Madera. You will be happy that you did. No other bail bond company can take care of you like the way we do.

For a FREE bail bond consultation, just call Bail Bonds in Madera at 559-674-0444 or click Chat With Us now.

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About California’s Proposed “Jordan’s Law”

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It is the digital age. This is a time when we rely on our cell phones and laptops to survive and get through each day. We live on social media to connect with friends, get invited to parties, and keep up to date on the latest news. If you ask older generations, who did not grow up with computers and the internet, they will say that our younger generations today are too attached to our digital devices, and they might be right in certain regards.

As useful, informational, and entertaining as the internet can be, it can also be cruel, whether it was ill-intended or not. Cyberbullying is a big issue. Whether the intention was there to put a person down or it was just a poorly thought out prank, the bullying hurts the person it was directed at. You never know what can result from a mean message online. The bullied person can inflict harm on themselves or others in revenge.

Recently, the California Assembly passed “Jordan’s Law”, named after a 14-year-old Jordan Peisner who was sucker-punched by a teenager he did not know. The incident was caught on a cell phone and posted on social media. The goal for Jordan’s Law is to punish the person or persons who conspire to record attacks. People who conspire to record attacks differ from innocent bystanders who record footage of an incident they are witnessing. Jordan’s Law would also increase the penalty for the actual attacker as well.

Now that the California Assembly has passed Jordan’s Law, it heads to the California Senate for debate.

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Extending California’s Last Call From 2AM To 4AM

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Just the other week it was announced that…

the Senate passed a bill to extend last call for alcohol service from 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM.

Now the bill is heading to the Assembly for consideration. One of the main pushes for the bill is its impact on the state’s nightlife culture and economy. By offering an extended last call, nightlife like the music industry can flourish even more.

At the moment, bars, clubs, and other venues cannot extend their last call, since the bill still needs approvals from other parties. However, if and when it is passed by all necessary parties, it gives venues the option to extend last call until 4:00 AM. Venues will not be required to do so if they do not wish to. In addition, the bill would give each community the authority to decide if they would want to extend last call.

Most states have a 1:00 AM or 2:00 AM last call. By extending last call to 4:00 AM, California would join New York as the only states to have a last call at this hour. However, some states have an even later last call or none at all! In Alaska, venues are allowed to serve alcohol until 5:30 AM and in Nevada and Louisiana, alcohol can be served 24 hours a day.

To many, a 4:00 AM last call sounds like every night can be quite the party. However, it takes a little bit more responsibility in order for Californians to not abuse an extended last call. You would not want to be that person who ruins extended last call, would you? If and when the bill gets passed and formally goes into effect, remember that you must not get behind the wheel. Just like you would call a Lyft at 2:00 AM, call a Lyft at 4:00 AM and avoid running the risk of getting into an accident or arrested for a DUI.

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Odd Alcohol Laws In California

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Compared to other states, California is pretty generous when it comes to alcohol. You can buy it at practically any grocery, liquor and convenience store. You can even buy it at retailers like Target and Walmart. You can buy it at nearly any hour of the day, even on Sundays. Soon, last call could be extended from 2am to 4am. In other states, alcohol is not sold at all these types of stores and sales may be prohibited on Sundays. This does not mean Californians turn the other cheek when it comes to alcohol consumption. This state still has plenty of laws that are meant to encourage safe and responsible drinking and curb DUIs. In fact, California even has some very particular alcohol laws.

  • For stores that sell both fuel and alcohol, the alcohol must be displayed at least 5 feet from the cash register.
  • Homebrewers and winemakers may produce only 100 gallons of product per year. If the household has 2 or more adults, the product allowance per year increases to 200 gallons.
  • Restaurant servers can be cited if they fail to check for proper identification when a patron wants an alcoholic drink. The restaurant owners can get in trouble, but so can the server.
  • If you have a beer growler and would like it filled with a beer other than the one that is labeled on the growler, then that old existing label must be covered with a new one that includes the brewery and the name of the beer.
  • Wherever alcohol is sold, employees are barred from wearing clothes that expose the cleft of the buttocks, any portion of pubic hair, and any portion of the female breast below the top of the areola.
  • Anyone driving into California from Mexico can bring up to 1 liter of alcohol duty-free with them.

A final interesting tidbit regarding alcohol and California is that most stores in California will not accept alcohol returns. This however, is not an official state law, but your chances of finding a store that will refund your alcohol purchase are slim.

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Knowing Weird Laws Can Be A Benefit

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Who knew?

In California, women may not drive in a housecoat or that no vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour? We are not pulling your leg. These are real laws that are still written in California’s law books. They are not the only weird, odd, peculiar laws this state still has today. In addition to those,

  • It is illegal to spit in Burlingame, unless you are on a baseball diamond.
  • Women may not wear high heels in Carmel.
  • Pinball machines are outlawed in El Monte.
  • Any man who has a mustache in Eureka is forbidden to kiss a woman, even if she is his girlfriend or wife.
  • Anyone who wishes to purchase a wax container must be at least 18 years of age.
  • In Hollywood, no one may drive over 2,000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard.
  • It is illegal to drink intoxicating cement in Indian Wells.
  • Moth hunting is illegal in Los Angeles when done under a street light.
  • In Norco, having a rhinoceros as a pet is allowed as long as the owner gets a $100 license first.
  • Molesting butterflies is strictly prohibited in Pacific Grove.
  • Dogs are not allowed to chase squirrels in the summer.
  • Unless they do not mind being fined $250, San Diegans must take their Christmas lights down by February 2.
  • People who are classified as “ugly” may not walk down the streets of San Francisco.
  • Having more than two cats or dogs as pets is not allowed in San Jose.
  • In Walnut, every child must get a special permit from the sheriff in order to wear a mask on Halloween.

If you search the internet, you will find so many more weird laws that still exist in California and will leave you scratching your head. In fact, every state in the U.S. has their share of odd laws and it is pretty entertaining to read.

We hope you never get arrested for violating one of these wacky laws but if you do, call Madera Bail Bond Store anytime. We will look past your embarrassment and bail you out of jail as soon as possible. We can be reached online, and at 559-674-0444.

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You Can Be Charged With “Hit and Run” Even If It’s Not Your Fault

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In California, you can be charged with a hit and run even if the accident was not your fault. If you are involved in an accident, you are required to give your contact information to the other driver before you leave, regardless if the accident was your fault or not.

You can be charged with a misdemeanor if you caused damage, not just to another vehicle but also to property, like a building, a window, a fence, or even another person’s pet.

You can be charged with a felony hit and run if you leave the scene without providing any contact information even though you know that the other driver and his or her passengers were unhurt.

The penalties for hit and run crimes will vary based on the extent of the accident and damage, and even the kindness of the other driver. Fines for hit and runs where someone was injured can be between as much as $20,000 and prison sentences can be as long as 4 years. For hit and run crimes, that only involved property damage, fines can be as high as $1,000 and jail time can be as long as 6 months. In addition, a person would likely get their license suspended or revoked for up to 6 months. As for the insurance company, they can either increase the premiums or cancel insurance altogether.

Some misdemeanor charges can be settled in a civil suit instead of criminal punishment, if the other driver agrees to it. In this case, the other driver is sparing you from the harsher punishments like jail time.

If you are ever involved in a car accident, make sure to stay on the scene and exchange contact and insurance information with the others who are involved. If there are witnesses around, get their contact information as well, in case you need them to provide eyewitness accounts. Take photos of any damage done to your vehicle, the other vehicle, and any property. Then, you can contact your insurance company and let them know you have been involved in a car accident. You want to go through the standard steps of resolving a car accident rather than fleeing the scene and suddenly making this into a felony hit and run.

Though you will need to take the next few weeks to deal with insurance companies and getting your car repaired, it is the better alternative to becoming a wanted person for a hit and run and then paying those felony consequences.

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Brief Overview Of The Miranda Rights

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The Miranda Rights are a set of rights read to each person upon his or her arrest. These rights inform them that they have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. It is likely you have heard these rights read in a TV show or movie. Reading the Miranda Rights to all arrestees is standard procedure so they know how to properly protect themselves in these situations.

The Miranda Rights stemmed from a case where the defendant, whose last name was Miranda, admitted guilt to a crime. However, it was later found that Miranda was not aware he did not have to answer the police officer’s questions or that he could have an attorney. It was a forced confession. So to prevent this mishap from occurring in the future, the Miranda Rights were formalized.

There can be problems if someone is arrested, but not read their Miranda Rights.

If your loved one has been arrested, make sure he or she is aware of these rights. On top of the Miranda Rights, your loved one likely has the right to bail, as long as the judge did not deny bail. Once you know the bail amount, please contact Madera Bail Bond Store immediately so we can help you get your loved one out of jail as soon as possible. We can be reached online or at 559-674-0444. Consultation is FREE for everyone, so call us now and ask our friendly bail agents about our zero down bail bonds to see if you qualify.

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