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March 2017

Finally… Street Vending Becomes Legal in Los Angeles

By | Carls Bail Bonds

Los Angeles is known for many things: the Dodgers, the Lakers, Hollywood, sunshine, a melting pot of cultures, but it is also known for its less favorable qualities, like being a major U.S. city where street vending is illegal. At long last, those days are no more.

The city council of Los Angeles voted unanimously to make street vending in Los Angeles legal. However, this change does not flick on overnight. It will take months for the city to finalize a legal permit system for street vendors.

In addition to moving to make street vending legal, the city council also said that any vendors with unpaid fines, at this point, will not face misdemeanor criminal charges, arrest, or deportation.

Legalizing street vending in Los Angeles allows this said melting pot of cultures to melt together even more. By a vast majority, street vendors are individuals who have immigrated here; they are giving so much of their effort to make an honest living doing what they can, and that is selling food or goods on the streets. For a city that vows to protect and support its immigrants, legalizing street vending is another step in that direction.

However, like any legal matter, the legalization of street vending does come with its criticisms. For example, some neighborhoods and communities want the right to choose whether street vending should be allowed within their zip codes at all. Others want say in how many vendors would be allowed per block or a certain radius.

Los Angeles has some time to work out all the kinks to come up with a solution that will please as many people as possible.

Consequences of Copyright Infringement

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If you are one to stream music, movies, TV shows, and more creative content online, that in normal circumstances, you would pay for, are you doing it legally or illegally? There are certain sites that are legal, and many others that are illegal. Frankly, it is very easy to tell apart which sites are legal and legitimate, and which ones are not.

Sites like Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, and Pandora are legal sites that allow streaming of content. You may be allowed limited access to content under a free account, but if you subscribe and pay a monthly fee, you have unlimited access to every TV show, movie, song, or book that the site has to offer.

Then there are other sites that are not subscription-based. These are free and here is an example of how it probably works. Say you want to watch the newest episode of Big Bang Theory, a television show still on the air. You type this episode into the website and it will provide you with multiple links that say you can view the full episode by clicking the link. Each link will take you to a different website with the episode. In all likelihood, some links provided will have poor picture or sound quality, some will have subtitles, and all will come with multiple annoying popups. These sites are poorly designed; they are not aesthetically pleasing or user friendly like Netflix. These are key indicators that this is an illegal streaming site.

It is less likely that you will get in trouble for using the illegal sites, it is more likely that the person who is uploading and distributing this content to you will get in trouble, if they are caught. The content they are sharing is copyrighted, and they are committing copyright infringement, which is punishable by fines and jail time that will increase based on the value of what was copyrighted.

If you know someone who has been arrested for copyright infringement and want to help bail them out of jail, contact us, Carls Bail Bonds. We will provide an affordable bail bond and a customized payment plan.

We are available for free consultations 24/7, so reach out to us online or at (866) 855-3186.

How Long can a Person be Detained by the Police

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How long can the police hold a person without charging them? In many states, the police have a 72 hour window. In California, the police are allowed 48 hours to hold/ detain a person without charges being made. After 48 hours, if no charges are filed, then the police must release this person.

In this 48 hour window, the police or detectives must work closely with prosecutors. The police cannot bring charges against the arrestee. It is the prosecutor who does this. The police and detectives must provide the prosecutor with the proper and substantial evidence that a crime has occurred and that the arrestee was involved.

If the prosecutor does not bring charges within that 48 hour window, they can always bring charges against this person later on. The 48 hours refers only to the time period that arrestee is held under the police’s watch. Yet, the prosecutor may still have a ticking clock on when they can file charges, and this is called the statute of limitations. For example, the prosecutor may have a 3 year window to file the charges. After 3 years, the can no longer press charges because the statute of limitations has run out. For some crimes, like kidnapping and murder, there is no statute of limitations, so the prosecutor can press charges even 50 years after the crime occurred.

The legal system is complex and woven together with intricate rules. There are many parties involved, including bail bond companies like Carls Bail Bonds, who get involved as well. We work with you to make the bail process more affordable and easier to understand. If you ever need us, you can count on us to get the bail job done. It is one less thing for you to worry about.

Talk to us anytime you are ready; we can be reached online or at (866) 855-3186.

What is Idling and What does it have to do with Cars?

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The coldest days are behind us for the year here in Southern California, but Northern California is still colder and the North-East is still getting snow. It sure would be nice to go from a warm home into a warm car so we do not endure the cold weather too long, or at all. Unfortunately, it is not that easy. Rather, it is not exactly legal here in California and much of the United States. By this, we mean that it is illegal to warm up a vehicle, and then get into it once it is nice and toasty.

Turning on the car to get it warm before you get in and drive off is called idling and it is actually a misdemeanor charge here in California that can give you a fine. There is actually a “grace period” or maximum idling time allowed in California and that is 5 minutes. Anything beyond that is where it becomes 100% illegal.

There are some exemptions to this 5 minute idling time, including, but not limited to:

• It is okay to leave a bus idling if passengers are on board.
• A bus driver can warm up the vehicle for 10 minutes before beginning to board the first group of passengers.
• Emergency vehicles are not required to obey the 5 minute idling period.
• Mechanics can keep the vehicle running if they need to inspect and/ or repair.

A person who disobeys the idling law here in California and is caught doing so will be given a minimum fine of $300. Subsequent charges will increase the fine anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000.

All other states that have idling laws have different amounts of maximum idling time for a vehicle, like 30 minutes or just 3 minutes. Their fines are also different. Across the board, idling is either illegal or frowned upon because of the potential accidents and the extra air pollution, among other reasons.

Californians are urged to avoid idling their vehicles as much as possible. If you really cannot tough it out you have 5 minutes to warm up your car, and only 5 minutes.

Unpaid Parking Tickets Could be Your Ticket to Jail

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Paying a parking ticket a few days late is one thing, but it is another thing to let a bunch of unpaid parking and traffic violation tickets stack up. If you think the DMV and parking enforcement forgot about your unpaid, overdue parking ticket, you are wrong. They are waiting for you to pay it off and if you do not, you may be ordered to appear in court to pay what you owe. If you do not show up, the court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. There is no telling how long it will take for this to happen. It could be weeks, months, or even a year or two after that overdue parking ticket was issued. Just when someone has stopped worrying about that unpaid parking ticket, it will come back to haunt them.

On top of that, the amount you owe for those unpaid tickets will increase for being late, your car can be booted or impounded, your license can be suspended, and your insurance costs can go up. So what was initially a $60 or so parking ticket has now increased to hundreds. It will keep increasing the longer you put off paying that ticket. On top of that, you will be inconvenienced even more because you will need to take extra time to deal with the court, the police, the DMV, the impound lot, and your insurance.

Here is something else to think about: parking tickets do not appear on permanent records, but arrests do.

So next time you get a parking ticket, just pay it off! Why wait? Better yet, read the posted signs, and keep an eye on your watch and the parking meter.

California has Gun Storage Laws

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California sets specific rules and laws for gun owners and how their guns are to be stored at home. They cannot just be left lying around! You would think this is common sense, but you would be surprised at how negligent some gun owners can be.

If gun owners to do not comply with the proper gun storage laws, they can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony if there are minors living in the home with them. Guns that are poorly stored can fall into the wrong hands, like a young child who reaches for the weapon and accidentally fires it. You have probably heard about real-life incidents such as this in the news at some point, whether or not it was a case that occurred in California or another state.

If a parent stores their loaded firearm in an unlocked drawer that their child can reach, they can be charged by the police. However, if the parent has that drawer locked, then it is less likely they will be charged because they have taken the proper steps and precaution to keep it inaccessible to the child.

The best way to store a gun at home is to keep it in a safe that remains locked at all times. There are actually lock boxes and safes that are specifically designed to store guns. In addition, guns should be stored unloaded, and guns and ammunition should be stored separately.

You can never be too careful with gun storage and children. Children are naturally curious and depending on their age, they may not know that a gun is a dangerous weapon. If you are a gun owner, do not give way for chance at a tragic accident. You could face fines and jail time, but you could also face injury or death of yourself, your child, or anyone else. That is a consequence you would have to live with forever.

When a Search Warrant is and is not Needed

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There are many times the police would need a search warrant to go through a person’s belongings or property, but there are also times where a search and seizure warrant is not needed. This includes:

• The individual voluntarily consents to a search.
• Inspection searches, like border patrol.
• Illegal and incriminating items and contraband are in plain view.
• “Stop and frisk” situations where the police officer temporarily detains a person to search for weapons.
• Emergency situations where the search and seizure is necessary at that moment to prevent a crime from happening.
• Searches incident to a lawful arrest.
• When the police have probable cause a vehicle contains evidence of a crime.

When the police do need a warrant, they obtain this from a judge. The warrant will list the locations and/ or items that are allowed to be searched. The officers are not allowed to search anything or anywhere that is not listed in the warrant. So, if the warrant lists a home’s living room only, then the officer may not search the bedroom.

However, this does not mean the officer cannot seize something that was not listed on the warrant. For example, the officers are searching the living room for illegal drugs. While they are looking under the couch cushion, they come across weapons. The officer is allowed to seize those weapons.

Warrants are also required in order to go through a person’s cell phone and computer. These items would need to be listed on the warrant in order for the officer to search and seize.

Remember, although the police are authoritative figures, the public still has rights. People have the right to deny a search, but when the police come back with a warrant, then there is nothing the individual can do about it. If they have worries, they can consult with a lawyer.

Can I Travel if I am Out on Bail?

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If you are ever arrested, rearranging your travel plans will be one of the many things you may need to take care of, as soon as possible. We realize that you will have many things to take care of and organize at this point. Prioritizing tasks will be important here, as well as taking help from those who are offering it, like family and friends. They will help alleviate some of the stress by helping to sort through some of the matters that need attending to: like canceling your upcoming vacation.

It could be that you are not be allowed to travel at all while you are out on bail, or it could be that your travels conflict with your scheduled court dates. Even though you had your trip booked and all planned out months before you were arrested, the court is not going to change your date just so you can go on vacation. Keep this in mind. This is a matter you have to take seriously, so canceling or re-scheduling your trip will be a must. A friend of yours can take care of canceling your travel plans for you if you need them to.

Even if your vacation dates do not conflict with your court dates, if the court says you are not allowed to travel at all while out on bail, you will still need to cancel your trip. The court will be confiscating your passport as well, to make sure you do not try to leave town. If you skip town while out on bail, you will be taken back into custody and you will face additional consequences.

If you have no travel restrictions while you are out on bail, and if your upcoming vacation does not interfere with any scheduled court dates, then you are free to go on that vacation. It could be good to get away for a little while and momentarily escape the stress at home. At the same time, consider everything else you need to do to prepare for court. Maybe canceling this trip is necessary so you have time to prepare. If you do plan to forge ahead with vacation, simply notify the court, your lawyer, and your bail agent of where you will be, when, and how they can get ahold of you in case of an emergency. Also provide family and friends with this information as well.

While out on bail, remember to keep up with your bail bond payments. You have a lot going on during this time, and a lot to take care of. Figure out the best way to keep track of all the tasks you need to do, your important dates, and more. For bail bond payments, your Carls Bail Bonds agent will also help keep you on track. We are always available for you because we want you to succeed!

You can talk to your bail agent online or at (866) 855-3186.

Do not Forget: Jaywalking is Illegal

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Jaywalking refers to a pedestrian who violates traffic regulations and crosses the street when it is not their right of way, like when the hand signal is on display for them, but they dash across the street anyway because there are no cars. The term also refers to pedestrians who cross the street outside of the crosswalk. Like when a person parks halfway down the block and crosses the street from their car to the bookstore on the other side of the street.

Do not forget that jaywalking is actually illegal here in California, no matter how many times you have gotten away with it, and no matter how many thousands of people jaywalk every day. If the cops ever decide to stop and cite a person for jaywalking, they will be given the infraction and a fine. It is not often that the cops will dish out jaywalking infractions, but it can and does occur from time to time. You may have jaywalked hundreds of times without getting in trouble with the cops, but there is always that small chance that one day, they will fine you.

Jaywalking may be convenient for pedestrians, but remember it is technically illegal, not to mention dangerous. Jaywalking is an illegal action to ensure the safety of both pedestrians and drivers. If you can wait 5 minutes for your order, then you can definitely wait a minute more at the crosswalk, waiting for your proper signal to cross.

Bail Bonds Evoke Hope, Determination, Positivity

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Daylight Savings is here, the unofficial mark of spring’s arrival. The darkest, coldest, and gloomiest of our days have gone, or so most people think. Others may still be battling this solemn time in the form of dealing with a loved one in jail. When will they get out? When will this whole thing be over? What happens now?

If a person who was recently arrested is eligible to post bail, they can do so by paying the court 100% of their bail, or they can hire a bail bondsman, whom they pay 10% of the full bail amount to. Friends and family of the defendant will also help oversee and organize how bail is paid since it would be slightly more challenging and time consuming for the defendant to organize this on their own, from behind bars.

The moment a defendant is freed from jail, the mood changes drastically, just like the change from winter to spring. Now, the defendant feels more hopeful that they will get past this stressful time. They are calmer knowing they have loved ones supporting them. They are determined to not let what had transpired earlier, be a reflection of their character. They have a more positive attitude to take care of the proper steps in the next days, weeks, and months.

We hope you never need our bail bond services but if you do, Carls Bail Bonds, will be there for you and your loved ones.


We are available 24/7 all throughout California and can be reached online and at (866) 855-3186.

Be Prepared and Your Arrest will Soon be Gone

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Just like an F in high school did not stop you from graduating, an arrest is not going to stop you from your future endeavors, it will just put them on a momentary pause.

The best way to face an arrest and trial is to simply be prepared. For the next steps. For possible outcomes. For unexpected turns in events. For backlash. For a sharp increase in maturity and responsibility. For financial rearrangements. And so much more.

Take on this preparedness with your chin held high and a mindset ready to tackle anything and everything. There is no room for embarrassment any longer. Have a positive, hopeful attitude. Keep supportive loved ones close and take their help when they offer it.

The stronger a person can be throughout this tough situation, the faster this whole thing will blow over. Soon enough, this person is back on track to achieve their future endeavors.

If a loved one of yours happens to be this person, or if it is you, post bail with a bail bond. Bailing out of jail is a huge first step to moving on, and Carls Bail Bonds can provide the bail bond.


Carls Bail Bonds can be reached online or at (866) 855-3186.

Did You Know Juvenile Records are Sealed when a Person Turns 18?

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When your child turns 18, his or her juvenile criminal records will be sealed. So it may be that right now, you and your child are coping with their arrest and how it will affect them in the future, but know that when they turn 18, it will be a new chapter for them.

Juvenile records are sealed on the 18th birthday in order for the now-adult to venture into adulthood with promise. As a youth, an arrest can be a very frightening experience, especially for someone so young with so much of their life ahead of them. It can mentally bother them from time to time, but it will not prevent them from living a productive, full, happy life. Colleges, landlords, banks, employers, etc. will not see juvenile records when the time comes for them to do background checks. Of course, if this same juvenile, now an adult, gets arrested as an adult, then yes, these people can and will certainly see the arrest record.

So, parents, if you and your family are going through some tough times right now with your rebellious, somewhat troublesome teenager, we hope that this gives you a little relief, knowing this incident will essentially disappear when they turn 18 and become a legal adult.

Please note that youths cannot post bail, since they are released to their parents and legal guardians. Bail bonds are available for adult arrestees who are eligible for bail. If you happen to know someone who needs one, or if you are going to need one in the future, contact Carls Bail Bonds.

We can be reached online and at (866) 855-3186.

Moral Obligation vs. Legal Obligation to Report a Crime

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Some people believe that if they witness a crime, they must report it to the police; if they do not, they themselves are committing a crime. Actually though, in most cases, this is not true. A person may feel the moral obligation to report the crime, but they do not have a legal obligation to do so.

However, California does have mandatory reporting laws for certain people and situations. This applies to people in certain professions, like teachers, therapists, social workers, and medical klonopin professions, to name a few. If they suspect abuse against the people they are caring for, they are required to report this to the police.

Back to the general rule: if you are an ordinary citizen and you see someone stealing from a store, you are not required to report it. It may be on your conscience, but the police cannot arrest you for not telling them about the incident. If someone else reported the incident, the police may want to question you and get the details of what you may have witnessed. They still will not arrest you for not reporting the crime yourself.

3 Strikes, No Outs – You can Always Count on Carls Bail Bonds

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“3 strikes, you are out” is only a rule in baseball and a figurative rule in other games. When it comes to needing a bail bond from Carls Bail Bonds, there are no “outs,” no matter how many times in your lifetime you need a bail bond. We hope that after one bail bond, you will never need to ask us for another, but if it so happens that you do need another bail bond, for the same person or someone else, you can count on us to help you.

Just like the first time we guided you through the bail bond process, we will set you up on a custom payment plan that will cover the 10% premium. Collateral and a co-signer may be required, depending on the situation. There is 0% interest and no hidden fees. Just like before, your loved one will be bailed out of jail in no time.

We hope you found security and trust with Carls Bail Bonds, the first time around so that for all future bail bond needs, you will trust in us to get the job done again. No matter how many times you need us, we will be there.

We can always be reached online or at (866) 855-3186. We will not let you down.

Do the Police Need a Search Warrant for my Social Media?

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You know that the police are looking at social media when they are investigating cases. What you may not know is whether they are allowed to do this with or without your consent or a warrant. So, here is what you should know:

• Content posted on public sites and accounts are considered evidence “in plain view” because anyone who has Internet access and access to sites like Facebook can see it. There are no viewing restrictions so the police are free to scour this without a warrant.
• When content is posted on a private account, like a private Facebook account that is only viewable to the user and his or her Facebook friends, then the police need a search warrant to gain viewing access.

Just like it is advisable to use discretion when posting content on social media because a person is weary about employers seeing it, it is advisable to use discretion so that it never lands you in legal trouble with the law. Social media has aided the police in many cases, do not let that be the case for you.

People who have been arrested can be eligible for bail. If this happens to someone you know and you want to help bail them out of jail, contact Carls Bail Bonds online or at (866) 855-3186.

Help Your Brother Bail Out of Jail

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As you hang up the phone, so many thoughts and emotions are running through your head: my brother has been arrested? What did he do? Will he go to prison? Am I more angry and upset, or concerned and relieved it was not worse? What is next? Is there anything I can do right now to help him?

There is always something you can do to help him: show your support. This can be done in so many ways, like contacting other loved ones, and possibly employers, who need to know about the situation, finding a lawyer, picking his children up from school, etc. The first thing though, is to let him know you will stand by him, and to help him bail out of jail by finding a bail bond company you can afford and rely on, such as Carls Bail Bonds.

We have been in the bail bond industry for 30 years and know all the right steps and moves to take care of you and your loved one properly. We are not going to waste your time, nor are we going to trick you into spending more than you need to. Just like you, our main concern is getting your loved one out of jail as soon as possible. A bail bond will cost a 10% premium of the full bail amount and within hours, your brother can be back in your embrace.

Get a free consultation from us and we will show you exactly how we are going to take care of your bail bond needs. We can be reached 24/7, both online and at (866) 855-3186.

Police Rely on Social Media

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Because social media is such a huge part of social culture now, police departments are ramping up units and departments who are dedicated solely to scouring social media for dangers. Social media is where individuals, organizations, and companies, share their personal lives and thoughts. It is a major means of communication. It is meant to be a place of lighthearted fun, not a place of threats and danger.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recently announced their new unit that will investigate terror threats made online and directed towards Southern California. Members of this unit search social media based on orders from their sergeant and analyze the information to determine if they need to take greater action. There are many real and unreal threats made online.

In sum, social media can produce evidence to lead to an arrest. Once the arrest is made, the defendant will attend an arraignment hearing to learn what his or her bail is, if any. If bail is granted, the defendant can post 100% bail or, for a more affordable method, reach out to Carls Bail Bonds.

You can talk to a professional bail agent at (866) 855-3186 or online.

I was Caught Using my Cell Phone While Driving. Now What?

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What we do know is that in California, drivers are prohibited from using their cell phone while they are behind the wheel, with a few exceptions. What we do not know, is what the consequences are if we are caught doing so.

Exceptions
A driver may use their cell phone if they are making an emergency call to an emergency service like the police, the fire department, or their medical soma online provider. A driver may also quickly tap or swipe on their mounted phone if, and only if, it is being used as a GPS. Note that the phone must be mounted to the car where it does not interfere with clear visibility.

Consequences
A first offense for a driver caught using their phone illegally while driving is $20. Additional offenses will be $50. These are baseline figures though. The actual figure will be a few hundred dollars, after assessments are added. Fortunately for the driver, these offenses are infractions only and will not appear on their driving record.

A driver should not be arrested after being pulled over for using their phone while driving. If the situation gets out of hand, the officer may have reason to make an arrest, like for disorderly conduct. In this case, the defendant will have bigger consequences to worry about, such as paying for bail and appearing in court. As far as bail goes, this can be paid with a bail bond from Carls Bail Bonds.

For additional information, contact Carls Bail Bonds online, or at (866) 855-3186.