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May 2017

Is Jail Part of Your Summer Plans?

By | Carls Bail Bonds

Hopefully, you won’t be spending any time behind bars this year. The year may be almost by half over, but summer is just beginning. We are willing to bet that you have got some travel plans in the works, and most definitely, a lot of partying plans. That is the recipe for a great, memorable summer, and we hope it turns out that way.

Getting arrested would definitely make it a memorable summer, but we hope it won’t end up being a part of your summer. Trust us, getting arrested might be a cool story, but it is quite a pain to deal with. You sit in jail for hours, then you pay off your bail bond and spend the next few months going in and out of the courtroom. You probably miss some work days, and you definitely miss your freedom and time that could be spent with loved ones. It winds up costing quite a bit.

Whatever your plans are for the summer, we just ask that you stay safe, responsible, and smart. Do not do anything stupid or get caught up in an argument. You may know how to handle yourself, but you can never know what another person might do.

If you, or a friend, do end up needing a bail bond, Carls Bail Bonds will be there to help get you out. We are available to assist you at any time of the day, any day of the year.

Get an Carls Bail Bonds team member on your side by chatting online or calling (866) 855-3186.

Why Should You Choose Carls Bail Bonds?

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Whether it is 2 pm on a Wednesday, or 3 AM on a Saturday, you can count on the team at Carls Bail Bonds for all of your bail bond needs. Carls Bail Bonds knows that people need their help at even the oddest hours of the day, so that is why they never close. Police do not close down after 6 PM; they often make arrests late at night and in the early hours of the morning. Likewise, Carls Bail Bonds does not close down. Carls Bail Bonds is available 24/7, state-wide in California, to help out anyone and everyone.

In addition to being available at all hours of the day, Carls Bail Bonds will provide each client with a custom bail bond payment schedule. With this schedule, the defendant and their loved ones will end up paying 10% of the full bail amount. This means that if the defendant’s bail is $30,000, then the amount they end up paying to Carls Bail Bonds is only $3,000.

Carls Bail Bonds promises quick and confidential service. They understand that time really is of the essence. Just like you, they want nothing more than to bail your loved one out of jail as soon as possible. This is why in many cases, bail bond approvals can be made over the phone, speeding up the process to get the paperwork cleared. In the instance that the bail bond representative needs to meet with the loved ones in person, the bail agent will travel to the client. This way, the client has one less thing to worry about. Even one less thing to worry about can make a big difference in the client’s stress levels and attitude.

If you ever need a bail bond for yourself or a loved one, consider the team at Carls Bail Bonds. They have 30 years of experience in the industry and a great track record of bailing people out of jail affordably and quickly. There is no wonder why so many former clients of theirs highly recommend their services to others in need.

Learn more about how Carls Bail Bonds can work with you by chatting with a representative online, or by calling (866) 855-3186.

Fines for Misusing Your Drone

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Drone flying can be fun, and get some great aerial footage, but drones are not toys. Anyone who flies a drone must do so within the rules and regulations set by the FAA. Even if a person is not intentionally flying their drone in violation of the restrictions, it is no excuse. Not knowing the rules will not prevent you from needing to fines that are around a few hundred to one, to two thousand dollars. Here are some past instances where a person was mishandling the operation of their drone, and was forced to pay a fine as a result.

Tuscaloosa, AL, November 2015
Gregory Taylor was flying his drone over the Bryant Denny Football stadium during tailgating when it hit a pedestrian. He turned himself in and was fined $1,100.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 2015
Two drones collided in midair and crashed into the ocean. Both Marcos Plaja-Ferreira and Alberto Haber-flores were each fined $1,100 because of damage to a nearby hotel.

Manhattan, New York, July 2014
A police helicopter chased after a drone that was flying too close to the George Washington Bridge. The NYPD initially reported that the helicopter had to perform evasive maneuvers to avoid colliding with the drone but as it turns out, they embellished this story. As a result, the drone operator, Remy Castro, had his $1,600 fine reduced to $800.

Manhattan, New York, September 2013
David Zablidowski, the first person to ever be fined for flying a drone, flew his drone into several buildings. He was fined $2,200 but his case was settled for $400.

Washington DC, May 2015
It is illegal to fly drones within 30 miles of DC, unless the person has special permission from the government. Damian Dizard and Monica Singleton did not have special permission when they flew their drone within the restricted area. They were fined $3,300 each.

Owning and operating a private or commercial drone requires maturity to do so within the laws. If you, or someone you know, owns a drone, make sure you are well red with what is and is not allowed. You definitely do not want to get police attention, or be fined a few thousand dollars.

About California’s Three Strikes Law

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California has a so-called “Three Strikes” law that was introduced in 1994. Think of this like the “three strikes, you are out” mantra that goes with baseball. A player has 3 chances to hit the ball. If they get three strikes, they are out.

This Three Strikes law concerns convicted felons. If the convicted felon is faced with a second, new felony, they are sentenced to twice the prison time than what they would have faced if they were not already a convict. If the felon has two felonies and faces a third conviction, the Three Strikes law kicks in to automatically sentence them to 25 years to life in prison.

Since 1994, the Three Strikes law has been amended multiple times to be as fair as possible. Years before, someone who was convicted of shoplifting could get the same prison sentence a murderer would get. It was this kind of unfairness that needed attention, so the law re-evaluated the types of felonies that would be effected by three strikes. Today, all three felony convictions would need to be serious or violent in order for the Three Strikes law to move into effect.

There is a slim chance that a person being charged for a serious or violent felony will be allowed to post bail, and the chances get even slimmer if they are a repeat offender. Since bail eligibility is partially dependent on the condition of the defendant and the danger they pose to the public, it is unlikely that the judge will grant bail release. If they do, expect bail to be very high and expect there to be extra requirements such as curfew, travel restrictions, and ankle monitoring.

If you know anyone who does need a bail bond because they have the opportunity to post bail, regardless of the crime they are being charged with, please contact Carls Bail Bonds.

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

Is Ticket Scalping Legal?

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Ticket scalping is when a person resells their ticket to an event, like a concert or a sporting event, to another person. The purchaser does not buy the ticket directly from the event itself, but rather goes to someone who already owns a ticket to the event, but is looking to get rid of it. The price is determined by the individual who is in possession of the ticket, and it is often a bigger price than the face value they purchased it for. This is because they are looking to make a profit from the sale.

In California, ticket scalping is illegal when done on the grounds of the event. This is a misdemeanor charge that carries a fine as high as $1,000.

While that may be illegal, it is legal to purchase resale tickets online from valid ticket websites such as SeatGeek, StubHub, and Ticketmaster. These sites allow people to search for ticket sales to any number of events in their area. The website is required to:

• Disclose seat locations to the potential buyer before the sale
• Maintain records of ticket exchanges
• Disclose service charge
• Provide refunds if the event is canceled or rescheduled
• Be licensed by a local government agency to act and operate as a ticket resale site

Purchasing resale tickets through these websites are among the most secure ways to get your tickets. You are not being scammed. In the instance that the event is changed, you will get a refund. You will be provided with official records and receipts. Other sites like Craigslist are less secure and the risk of purchasing fake tickets rises. Once a person learns that their tickets are fake, they have almost zero chance of contacting the person who sold it to them and getting their money back.

Always be cautious of where and how you buy your tickets. In general, you should never trust someone who is trying to sell tickets outside of the event itself, on the day of the event. We said this is illegal, yet people do it anyway. Sometimes security will ask these scalpers to leave the grounds, but some go unnoticed and even make a sale, very likely a sale that produced fake tickets.

Fireworks Safety Tips

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Independence Day still seems like a way’s off, but there are people who are already gearing up for the day that will be filled with BBQ food, drinks, and fireworks. Those are three essentials to almost every 4th of July party and you can bet people are already starting to make plans with friends and family in regards to who is hosting and bringing what. If you are the one bringing the fireworks, make sure you bring fireworks that are legal and that you use them safely.

• Purchase fireworks that are categorized only as “safe and sane” not “dangerous” from a permitted fireworks vendor. These fireworks will have the Fire Marshal’s seal stamped on them.
• Keep fireworks stored away from fire sources and other flammable material.
• When you are ready to use the fireworks, have a bucket of water and/ or a hose nearby, just in case.
• Read and follow the directions as they are written on the fireworks.
• If youths are using fireworks, make sure adults are nearby.
• Use fireworks outdoors only, away from fire sources, dry grass, and other flammable material.
• Make sure there no one is too close when the fireworks are being lit. Do not point them at people, property, trees, power poles, etc.
• If you find that one of your fireworks is broken, throw it away rather than trying to fix it.
• Tight fitting clothing is preferred for the people who are going to light the fireworks. Loose clothing can get in the way, potentially catching fire.
• Fireworks are not toys, and must be handled with care and caution. They should only be used by those who understand the safety rules and will abide by them.
• For any damages or injuries done from fireworks used by children, the burden falls on the parents.

Anyone found violating the rules and regulations for fireworks usage such as purchasing and using dangerous fireworks, inflicting damage or injury, or storing them in unsafe conditions, will be fined and could face jail time. Of course, the punishment depends on the severity of the violation.

If you do not want to risk using fireworks at your home, or even that of your friend’s, you can always bring the family to the local fireworks show that is organized by the city and the licensed fireworks operators.

Either way, whether you plan on playing with safe and sane fireworks on your own, or just leaving it to the official fireworks show for the community, we encourage all to have a fun and safe 4th of July celebration.

Can I Request to Change My Court Date?

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Right on our heels is Summer, a favorite time of year for people to travel. The children are on break from school and the weather cannot be beat. Travel has been planned for months and there are probably going to be some unplanned, short weekend trips ahead for relaxing at the beach or going hiking. Travel and vacations are a metaphor for freedom, but it is earned freedom. In some cases, that freedom can be taken away, by a judge’s order.

If a person is ever arrested, a judge will dictate whether or not a person can proceed with their planned vacation. In this kind of situation, the judge will first determine if the person is eligible to post bail. If the judge denies bail, the person must stay in police custody during their trial. This means that the person is unable to make their summer vacation.

If the judge grants bail, they may also outline additional travel restrictions. For example, the person may be allowed to travel domestically, but not internationally. The judge may say that the person cannot travel at all, and their passport must be surrendered. In the best scenario, the judge will not impose any travel restrictions for the defendant while out on bail.

In any case where the judge grants bail, one condition remains clear: the defendant must show up for their scheduled court dates. If the court dates interfere with the vacation they had planned long before this arrest, the defendant can request to have their court date changed to another day, but it is very unlikely the judge will be understanding of this. Truth be told, it is not exactly a good look for a defendant, someone who is accused of violating the law, to ask the court to accommodate their schedule. It is not really worth asking.

If a defendant misses their court date, they jeopardize their bail and freedom. They will be taken back into custody and face the possibility of being held without bail, or having their bail increased.

Something like this can really dampen a summer vacation. If you, or a travel mate of yours, falls into some type of situation like this, hope for the best but prepare for otherwise. You may need to adjust your travel plans. Plus, if it is not you, but your friend or family member who is in trouble, they could really use you to stick around and offer support.

If you need bail bond support, then please contact Carls Bail Bonds online or at (866) 855-3186.

Even the Tough Guys Need Help Sometimes

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Anyone who is arrested is going to need a tremendous amount of support, even if they act tough, and cool. This is just a cover. Anyone who is arrested faces serious charges and consequences that can drastically change their life. It is a scary experience. Behind every tough guy is someone who is actually scared, vulnerable, and crying for help.

There is plenty of help and support to come from not just friends and family, but Carls Bail Bonds as well. You will find that this bail bond company meets and exceeds your bail needs. We offer:

• 24/7 statewide availability in California
• Free consultations
• Affordable bail bonds
• Custom payment plans
• Credit, debit, checks, and cash accepted
• Convenient and secure online payment system
• 0% interest
• No hidden fees
• Over the phone approvals
• Reliable, friendly, licensed bail agents
• Confidential, fast, courteous service

With 30 years of industry experience, Carls Bail Bonds continues to excel. This company has dozens of agents and representatives who passionately provide their services to defendants and their families in need of this support. No matter what the situation is for the client, Carls Bail Bonds will always find a solution to meet the end goal, which is bailing the defendant out of jail. Carls Bail Bonds is a bail bond company you can always rely on.

Be the support system your loved one needs, whether they ask for it or not, and seek a bail bond from Carls Bail Bonds. They will provide the necessary bail bond and additional support too.

Contact Carls Bail Bonds anytime online, or at (866) 855-3186.

The Rules of Fireworks

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For anyone who is starting to plan their July 4 activities, do not forget the fireworks! It is always great watching the big fireworks show that is planned for the general public, but at some point you get tired of going early to find parking and snag a good spot. Besides, this year, your friend is hosting a party and you do not want to miss it. This party still needs fireworks because what is a 4th of July celebration without them? If you plan on bringing some fireworks to your friend’s party, make sure you know what is and is not allowed. The last thing you want is for somebody to get hurt and the police to shut you guys down.

Fireworks are categorized as either “dangerous fireworks” or “safe and sane fireworks.”

Dangerous Fireworks
In order to purchase and use dangerous fireworks, you must have a special license. Basically, the general public cannot purchase dangerous fireworks. Those who put on the official fireworks show for the general public can. These individuals have that special display license needed. Plus, purchasers with the special display license must be at least 18 years old.

Safe and Sane Fireworks
The general public can purchase safe and sane fireworks, but only from licensed sellers and only between June 28 and July 6 each year. Anyone who wishes to purchase any safe and sane fireworks must be at least 16 years old.

There are penalties if someone disobeys any firework laws in California. They include up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Most violations are classified as a misdemeanor, but charges can increase to a felony if it involves dangerous fireworks and/ or an incident occurred that caused injury or even death. Felonies are punishable with more time in prison and thousands of dollars in fines, not to mention whatever you would need to pay for medical bills and legal fees.

In order to avoid accidents caused by fireworks, there are certain practices to follow. For example, legally purchased safe and sane fireworks should be used outdoors and away from trees and bushes that can catch fire. They should also be used away from sources of gas and other flammable items and materials. Responsible and mature individuals should be the ones using them, and children need to be supervised. Fireworks come with safety instructions so make sure to read those carefully.

California counties may have additional fireworks laws that differ from each other so make sure you understand what is and is not allowed where you are. Fireworks are a spectacle that everyone wants to enjoy. It would be awful to be the one to ruin the fun, so educate yourself so everyone can share in the fun.

No Exceptions to Underage Drinking

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Even if it happens under your roof and under your supervision, underage drinking is illegal in California.

The minimum drinking age across the United States is 21, but there are some states that allow exceptions to this rule when teens are drinking in the presence of, and with the permission of their parents. Some of those states include Virginia, South Carolina, and New Mexico. California is excluded from this list, meaning that even if a parent gives their 20 year old a sip of their cocktail, they can get in trouble.

In California, supplying a minor with alcohol is most often a misdemeanor offense. Adults who are charged with this misdemeanor will face time in jail, up to 1 year, though it is usually less than 2 months. They will also pay a fine of no more than $5,000, but fines between $500 and $1,000 are more common. There will be a court fee of $100-$200, and they could be placed on probation. Probation requirements would vary; it could be that the person just needs to check in with a probation officer every now and then or they may need to maintain a steady job. If it was a business that supplied alcohol to a minor, that business can lose its alcohol license and they would have additional fees to pay.

If someone is seriously injured or killed as a direct result of underage drinking, then the charges are brought up to a felony offense. In this case, consequences include 1+ years in prison, thousands of dollars in fines, probation, and again, a lost liquor license if applicable.

You cannot expect the court to be forgiving if a parent supplies alcohol to their child. There is just no way of knowing if the judge will be kind or not. Everybody knows the minimum drinking age is 21 and that there are no exceptions to this rule. Due to this law, there is no reason a parent should give alcohol to their underage children.

Bail Amounts for Common Offenses

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In order to be released from jail, a person must meet certain “requirements.” This includes:

• Having not yet been convicted of the crime.
• Having solid, reliable relationships with others in the community. This shows that the defendant is likely to appear for court and less likely to flee.
• Not appearing as a threat to the public.
• Having little to no prior criminal history.
• Being accused of a crime that is neither serious nor violent.
• Being granted bail.

How much bail is will really depend on a case by case basis. Understandably, the more serious the crime was, the more expensive the bail will be. Additionally, if the defendant is a repeat offender, they are more likely to have a higher bail than a person who is a first time offender. Bail can range from a few hundred to thousands; in more high profile cases, bail can be hundreds of thousands to millions.

Luckily, the majority of people who are granted bail are not going to face that million dollar price mark. Here are some common crimes and the average bail for the charges:

Driving when the license has been suspended or revoked: $1,000+ for a first offense, $5,000+ for repeat offenses.
Fleeing the scene of a hit and run, and another person was injured or killed: $10,000+.
DUI: $5,000 for a first offense
Speeding and racing with other drivers: $10.000+
Violating a restraining order: $50,000
Possession of illegal drugs: $30,000 if possession is up to 1 kilogram. Bail increases if there are more drugs in possession.
Robbery: $50,000+
Assault with a deadly weapon: $100,000

Bail bond companies like Carls Bail Bonds work with defendants and their families to lower the amount they pay for bail. To clarify, bail bond companies cannot get the official bail lowered, instead, they provide defendants with payment plans whose payments sum up to 10% of the full bail.

If you have questions or would like a free consultation, please contact Carls Bail Bonds online or at (866) 855-3186.

Celebrities Have to Pay for Bail Too

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Celebrities are frequently given the red carpet treatment almost anywhere they go, for almost everything they do. They get special VIP access and treatment that the public never gets to experience. For all the glitz and glam, it sure seems beneficial to have a well-known name and face.

Occasionally, celebrities do not get special treatment. In fact, having star-status brings them more attention than they want. For example, being a celebrity and having a run-in with the law. Celebrities do not get away if they break the law. Just like any other person who broke the law, a celebrity must face the same legal proceedings and possible consequences as everyone else. If a celebrity wants to get out of jail for their trial, they must post bail using one of the same methods available to everybody: cash bail or a bail bond. This shows that the law is not too easily forgiving to people with lots of money and fame.

Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriot
You have probably heard Hernandez’s name in the media over the last couple of years, and even more in recent weeks. Hernandez was indicted in 2012 for murder. Earlier this year, he was acquitted for a second murder charge on a separate case. Just a week after his acquittal, Hernandez committed suicide. Bail was denied for Hernandez.

Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr., former CEO of Death Row Records
Knight’s bail was set at $2 million for his direct involvement of a fatal hit and run.

Lindsay Lohan, actress
Lohan is no stranger to jail. In 2007, her bail was set at $300,000 because of reckless driving, DUIs, theft, and more. With the help of her bail agent, she paid only $75,000 and was released.

Katt Williams, comedian
William’s bail was set at $40,000 in 2011 for burglary. He committed to pay only a portion of it with the help of his bail agent. However, he failed to make good on his payments and so he was arrested again. His second bail, $10,000, was one he had to pay all on his own.

It can be easy to think that posting bail would be no problem for celebrities because they have the funds to pay it without hassle. Yet, even celebrities choose to post bail with a bail bond because it is more affordable overall. As evidenced, some celebrities neglect to keep up with their payments. Celebrities are not perfect, and they definitely do not have it easy. When it comes to dealing with the law, they are just like any other person.

If you are ever in need of a bail bond for yourself or a loved one, Carls Bail Bonds can help you out. We provide free consultations and can be reached anytime both online and at (866) 855-3186.

Do Not Believe Everything You Read Online

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You always hear that you should not believe everything you see online, and unfortunately, it still needs to be said. You can still find stories online of people who were scammed or cheated out of money.

This can happen quite often on websites such as Craigslist and Amazon were goods and services are sold and exchanged. People will advertise that they are selling one thing, but then fail to deliver on that promise. When a buyer gets their product, if they do actually get their product, they find out that what was sent did not match what was pictured.

This is why most sites have introduced review systems. This allows clients to leave a warning to any future clients. The reviews also help prospective clients determine if they want to buy anything from that seller. This is why, you should always look at the product and seller reviews before making a purchase online. Doing so can prevent you from wasting your money.

Another thing to be wary of online, is whether or not a statement or claim is true. An example of this would be when you can routinely find celebrity death hoaxes circulating different social media sites. A good way to fact check stories that you read online, is to first make sure that you are getting the information from a credible source. Next, you can check the information on Snopes.com. This is a fact checking site that looks into stories that come from less than credible sources.

The internet has a lot of information to offer, but not all of it is real. Learn to figure out what you can and cannot trust online, and you will be able to better protect yourself from all sorts of internet scams.

Are You Ready for the Next Big One?

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As Californians, we are always on the lookout for the next big earthquake. The San Andreas Fault runs along the entire length of the state, making California highly susceptible to earthquakes. In fact, California has around 10,000 earthquakes a year.

Since our state is so prone to shaking, it is important for all of us to be prepared for the next big quake. Here are some tips to help keep you ready for the next big earthquake:

• Have an earthquake plan ready. This way, you will have a better idea of how to react when an earthquake happens.
• Make sure large objects like bookcases or china hutches are bolted to studs in the wall so they cannot fall over during a quake.
• Locate a spot in every room of your house where you can find shelter during a quake. This means a place where nothing can fall on you.
• Have a supply of 3 gallons of water per person, canned food, an up-to-date first aid kit, and flashlights in an accessible place.
• Know how to shut off your gas and water mains.

Following these tips can help you in the aftermath of a big earthquake. As Californians, we have all studied the history our state has with earthquakes. We know how bad they can be, which is why it is so important to be prepared for the next big quake.

Neighbors Partying Too Much?

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Do you have neighbors who love to party and create a lot of noise late at night, or even into the morning hours? If so, they have probably awoken you, or prevented you, from sleep on numerous occasions.

If you are like most people, you like being able to sleep so that you will have enough energy to face the day tomorrow. This means these noisy neighbors are preventing you from efficiently handling your days. If that is indeed the case, you probably want them to stop with all of the racket.

Your first step to handling this problem, should be to politely confront your neighbors. Let them know that they are making quite a bit of noise and that it is keeping you awake. Be sure to be nice and not be rude or mean to them, doing so could make the situation worse. There is a chance that your neighbors did not know they were being too loud and they might keep it down.

If you have tried talking to your neighbors, but that has not solved the problem, talk to your local authorities. Most cities have noise ordinances that make it illegal to create too much noise during normal sleeping hours. If this is what is happening with your partying neighbors, then local law enforcement will come and shut their party down. Then you will be able to get a good night’s rest.

The Very Serious Consequences of Hazing

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Hazing is an initiation ritual or practice that happens most notoriously with college fraternities, school sports teams, or other clubs and organizations. In order for prospective members to be initiated into the fraternity, the existing members will have them complete certain tasks that are humiliating and sometimes dangerous. At times, the prospective members will also have to drink copious amounts of alcohol. If they fail to complete the tasks, they will lose their chance to become a part of the organization.

Hazing officially became a crime in California in 2006 when a 21 year old college student died at California State University, Chico after being forced to drink huge amounts of water and perform many tiring exercises in the cold. At the same time, the fraternity members were dousing him with water. There have been numerous hazing crimes since then, and a more recent one that has caught national news is the death of a young man at Penn State. The man, who’s BAC at the time of his death was well over the legal limit, fell down stairs. For the next 12 hours, he was in and out of consciousness and constantly falling over and hitting his head. Fraternity members neglected to call 911. Instead they continued to shrug off the possibility that he needed medical attention. 18 members of the fraternity are being charged with multiple penalties and the fraternity has been banned from the university.

In California, a person can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony if hazing resulted in serious injury or death. The charge will be determined based on the facts of the case and the defendant’s criminal history. If it is a misdemeanor, the defendant faces up to 1 year in jail. If it is a felony, the defendant faces up to 3 years in prison. If a defendant is charged with additional related crimes like forced sexual penetration, and assault and battery, they can get extra time in jail tacked on.

In addition to legal consequences, the defendant faces other consequences like getting expelled from school, getting their fraternity banned from the university, damaging their reputation, severing relationships with friends, and damaging their conscience knowing they participated in events that led to someone’s serious injuries or death.

Hazing is not condoned on college campuses in California or the rest of the United States. It is illegal here and in the majority of other states. If you see it happening, speak up to the authorities before someone else, even yourself, gets seriously hurt or in trouble. You can save a life of a victim and the life of someone who would otherwise face very harsh consequences.

Dear Drones: The Sky is Not the Limit

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When it comes to drones, the sky is not the limit anymore. In fact, it has not been for quite some time now. The discussion of drone usage and laws has largely died down, but we think it is appropriate to revisit and go over the laws again. This even more important now that we are approaching fire season again. A few weeks ago a brush fire broke out in Riverside; the firefighters had to temporarily halt their aircraft, to spray water from the air, because of drones in the area. To avoid having to stall emergencies like these, there are certain drone usage rules set in place for both commercial and private usage. Some laws overlap, while others apply to one or the other.

• Drones must be registered with the FAA.
• Drones must be flying within eyesight at all times, may not fly higher than 400 feet, and may not fly faster than 100 mph.
• Drones may only be used during the day.
• Unless given permission, a drone may not be flown over other individuals and their private property.
• If a drone is carrying a package, the combined weight of the package and the drone must be under 55 pounds.
• People need a pilot’s license to fly a commercial drone or have passed an aeronautical knowledge test and a background check at an FAA-approved facility.
• If a business sees the need to use their drone in ways that would go against the standard regulations, they may apply for a waiver from the FAA.
• Drones may not fly near airports and must not interfere with manned aircraft operations such as police or fire helicopters that are in active duty.

There are other rules and regulations for drone flying, in addition to those mentioned above. Anyone caught violating any of the laws will generally face a misdemeanor and the fine can be a few hundred to a few thousand, depending on the situation. Consequences can get worse if drones are intentionally flown to stall emergency operations, such as the need to put out a spreading wildfire. The longer firefighters are stalled, the bigger the fire gets, the more damage it does, and more resources are wasted.

Simply put: the sky is not the limit when it comes to drone usage.

How Much is One Serving of Alcohol?

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The countdown to summer break has begun, leaving students and families eager to get away from school and work in order to have some fun. These long hot days and warm nights bring some of the best memories each year. Admittedly, alcohol has a big part in that because it allows everyone to relax and loosen up. Moreover, if there is no work, school, or another obligation to attend to the next morning, the alcohol will keep flowing. With that being said, the alcohol consumption should only go so far. Each individual should know when to say no to a drink.

The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in California is 0.08%. It does not take the same amount of drinks for everyone to reach that level. How much alcohol has an effect on someone depends on a large number of factors. Person A can have 3 drinks, be at 0.04%, and feel extremely drunk. Meanwhile Person B can have 5 drinks, be at 0.07% and still be much more coherent and aware than Person A.

BAC can depend on gender, body weight and build, the number of drinks consumed, the types of drinks consumed, whether or not a person has eaten, any medications they might be taking, and more. Generally, women feel the effects of alcohol much faster than men, and smaller body types will feel the effects faster than bigger body types will. If a person has food in their stomach, that will help soak up some alcohol. Conversely, if they are drinking on an empty stomach, they will get drunk faster.

When it comes to determining what 1 serving of alcohol means, it depends on the type of drink you want to look at. As a general rule, 1 serving of alcohol equals 1 oz. of 100 proof liquor, a 12 oz. beer, or 4 oz. wine. A 12 oz. beer is much more liquid volume than a glass of wine, but the servings are considered equal. 3 glasses of 4 oz. wine each, 12 oz. total, is theoretically 3 times the serving of a 12 oz. beer.

We mentioned that the legal BAC limit in California is 0.08%, yet many people are drunk well before this limit. If a cop pulls a person over and they blow a 0.05%, they can and will still arrest them for a DUI, especially if they do not appear coherent and alert enough to drive safely. There is never a good reason to drink and drive. The risks are far too dangerous for this person and others on the road. At the same time, even if a person is not driving and is relying on a designated sober driver, they should still know when to stop drinking. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and the ability to make safe and sound decisions. People put themselves at risk and vulnerability when they drink. It is just a precaution to know how much is too much.