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California’s Most Common Traffic Citations

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There are a lot of different types of traffic citations you can be issued in California, but there are some citations that are seldom given and some that happen all the time. When you look at the types of traffic citations California’s police officers issue, you really start to get an accurate picture of the average Californian’s driving habits.

Speeding Tickets

The most common traffic citation issued in California is for speeding. Going just a few miles over the speed limit is all the justification a police officer needs to pull you over.

California has absolute speed limits. Exceeding the limits can result in a ticket. The absolute speeds limits in California are:

  • 55 miles per hour on all of California’s two-lane, undivided highways
  • 65 miles per hour on freeways and other highways

If the road has a higher posted speed limit, you’re allowed to drive that fast. An example of this is the freeways that are posted at 70 miles per hour.

It’s important to remember that if driving conditions are less than desirable, a police officer can pull you over and issue you a speeding citation even if you’re going the posted speed. The reason for this is because you’re supposed to adjust your speed for the road conditions. That means, if there’s dense fog and your driving 55 on a two-lane undivided highway, a police officer could issue you a speeding ticket and claim that you were driving too fast for the current conditions.

Using a Cell Phone While Driving

It doesn’t matter if you’re talking, taking a picture, or sending a quick text, if a California police officer sees you using your cell phone while you’re driving, they will likely issue you a citation. The only way you can use your phone while driving is if it’s set up in a way that doesn’t require you to use your hands at the same time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration considers using a cell phone while you’re behind the wheel the leading cause of distracted driving incidents. Considering that 3,142 people lost their lives in distracted driving incidents in 2019 it’s not surprising that California has created expensive cell phones and driving tickets.

The first time you’re ticketed for driving and using a cell phone, the ticket will cost you $148. Each ticket you get for the same violation after that will cost $256.

While adults are allowed to use a hands-free cell phone system while driving, teenage drivers aren’t. Any driver under the age of 18 is not allowed to use a cell phone in any way while they are behind the wheel.

Failure to Stop

It seems like a pretty simple concept. When the traffic light turns red or you come to a stop sign, you stop the vehicle. Yet, failure to stop at lights and stop signs is one of the most commonly issued traffic citations in California.

What gets most drivers into trouble isn’t that they totally ignore the stop, but rather that instead of coming to a complete halt, they do what is called a rolling stop and then go through the intersection as soon as they see that there aren’t any cars coming. Many drivers don’t even realize that they haven’t stopped completely.

The best way to avoid getting a failure to come to a complete stop ticket is by making sure you remain at the stop sign for a full five seconds before continuing your journey.

Tailgating Other Drivers

Tailgating other drivers is a major problem in California, in large part because there is so much traffic. Tailgating is driving directly behind the car in front of you without giving yourself an adequate amount of space to avoid trouble if the lead car suddenly breaks.

The problem with tailgating is that not only does it increase the odds of you getting into an accident, but it can also make the driver of the car your tailgating nervous, causing them to make a mistake that leads to an accident.

If you’re pulled over for tailgating, the ticket and associated court costs will come to $238.00.

Reckless Driving

In all fairness, reckless driving is a catchall phrase that covers a variety of issues. Most police officers will issue a reckless driving ticket whenever they feel you’ve done something that could have created an accident.

Not only are the fines connected to all of these California traffic citations steep, but you could also see your car insurance premiums increase after you’ve been issued a ticket. The good news is that as long as you drive defensively and use good judgment, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting ticketed.

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California Double Jeopardy Laws

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When you start researching California’s different laws, you’ll realize that many of them are quite similar. As you notice the similarities, you’ll also realize that there are several instances when it appears that a person could conceivably be charged multiple times for the same crime. An example of this would be someone who breaks into a person’s house. They could face charges of trespassing, theft, armed theft, home invasion, etc.

California lawmakers decided they wanted to simplify things, so they passed a code that prohibited prosecutors from charging a person multiple times for the same act.

In California, the idea of multiple charges for the same act is discussed in the Penal Code 654 PC. The code specifically states that:

    “an act that is punishable in different ways by different provisions of law shall be punished under the provision that provides for the longest potential term of imprisonment, but in no case shall the act or omission be punished under more than one provision. An acquittal or conviction and sentence under any one bars a prosecution for the same act under any other.

It’s not always easy figuring out if a person has committed multiple crimes in the same act, forcing the prosecution to commit to a single charge, or if multiple acts were committed, which allows the prosecution to file multiple charges. To make deciding easier, prosecutors use what is called the transaction test.

The Transaction Test is designed to look at two huge components. These components focus on the accused’s objective and intent while committing the crime.

It is important to note that the ban on multiple punishments for the same offense is explained under California’s “double jeopardy” laws. California’s Double Jeopardy Clause is protected through the US Constitution Fifth Amendment and into California Criminal law under California Penal Code 687.

California’s Double Jeopardy clause protects from:

  • multiple punishments for the same offense (as within PC 654)
  • prosecution after acquittal for the same offense
  • no double convictions for the same offense.

It’s important to understand that while you can’t be charged multiple times for the same action, you can be charged for each action. For example, if you trespass on your neighbor’s property and commit an act of petty theft, you’ll only be charged with petty theft for that instance. However, if you are caught in your neighbor’s yard at a different time than when the theft was committed, you’ll likely face trespassing charges.

Yes, Your Tax Return can be Used Towards Bail

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At Carls Bail Bonds, we are often asked if tax return money can be applied towards bail bond payments and the answer is always yes. Once the return is successfully transferred into your bank account, it is 100% your money and up to you to decide what you want to do with it. This means you can use it to pay for a bail bond.

If you wish to use your tax return money for a bail bond payment, then you can write a check or send in cash. Carls Bail Bonds also has a convenient and secure online payment portal if you wish to use a debit or credit card for payment.

Make sure you stay on top of your bail bond payment plan. Keep receipts of transactions and payments. Do not fall behind because this would jeopardize the bail bond and your loved one’s freedom.

Just like you are being a support system to your loved one who is out on bail, we, Carls Bail Bonds, will also act as a support system for you. Your Carls Bail Bonds agent will be there to assist and advise you through the entire process. We want to get your loved one out of jail as much as you do.

Carls Bail Bonds can be contacted anytime, anywhere in California. Just call (866) 855-3186 or speak with an agent online.

Can You Use Your Tax Return for Bail?

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Like any money that is yours, give extra thought into what you want to do with your tax return when it comes in. Will you save or invest it? Can you afford to splurge and treat yourself to something nice? Do you need to use it to pay off rent, bills, or your bail bond payments?

If you find that you have been a little tight on money in the last few weeks and months before your tax return came in, then spending this money wisely is exactly what you should be thinking about. Getting arrested and posting bail with a bail bond could be the reason your money has been stretched a thinner than usual. You know you need to pay your bail bond payments on time, so use your tax return to catch up or even get ahead.

Carls Bail Bonds will help you keep track of your bail bond payments and see you through the entire process. Carls Bail Bonds is going to be a big support system for you through this time, so lean on them and ask questions anytime.

They can be reached 24/7 both online and at (866) 855-3186.

Yes, Use Your Tax Return for Bail Money

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Before you go spending all the money you got from your tax return, think about some wiser possible uses for this money. Things like rent, utility bills, or even your bail bond payments. These are bills that you should never fall behind on and at this moment, your bail bond payments may even out-prioritize your rent.

Your recent arrest is the reason you have bail bond payments to make. Instead of living in jail until your trial, you posted bail with a bail bond from Carls Bail Bonds. This allowed you to be released from jail and return home to go about your normal life. A bail bond costs only 10% of the full bail amount and you are set up on a payment plan so you pay off that 10% over the course of several months. If you fall behind on a payment, your bail could be revoked and you can be taken back into custody. You do not want that, and neither do we

That is why, at Carls Bail Bonds, we suggest that if you get a tax return, you apply this money towards your bail bond payments so you stay right on track. If you have any questions related to bail or bail bonds, please don’t hesitate to contact you bail agent at Carls Bail Bonds anytime.

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

Your Tax Return = a Bail Bond Contribution

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If you are helping your loved one by paying for their bail bond, they are putting a lot of trust in you to not fall behind or miss a payment. In return, you’re also putting a lot of trust in them to make it to their court appointments and stay out of trouble.

Paying for a bail bond is a big commitment and comes with a lot of responsibility. At first you might hesitate at the idea of paying for someone else because it is your money after all, but you will get over that thought the moment you see how much your loved one thrives outside of jail.

You do not want to miss a payment. Carls Bail Bonds will work with you in the beginning stages to come up with a payment plan that fits your financial needs. They will help make sure you are staying on top of you payments. If and when possible, get ahead on your payments. This is particularly doable when you receive your tax return, because you can use this newfound money toward bail bond payments.

After this whole situation blows over and is finally put in the past, you will be happy you made such a contribution to your loved one. They will be forever grateful. Plus, it says a lot about your character and how much you value this person.

If you have any questions regarding bail or bail bonds, of if you would like a free consultation, you can reach Carls Bail Bonds online, or at (866) 855-3186.

When Getting Arrested Might Actually Be Funny

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Usually, getting arrested is no laughing matter, but maybe one day it will be both a laughing matter and a “are you serious?” matter. We are talking about a wild case where a person is arrested for committing the most outrageous, silly crimes in California. These crimes come from laws that really leave us scratching our heads. Here are some, for your enjoyment.

Any car that does not have a driver cannot go faster than 60 miles per hour. 30 miles per hour without a driver is okay then?
Women may not drive in a housecoat. It must be so unfashionable.
Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship. Did someone make sure to tell the animals that?
Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk. Sorry, kids.
One may not use one’s own restroom if the window is open. So you better have a good air freshener!

These are just a handful of silly laws; trust us, the list goes on and on and on. The police have much more important work to be concerned with than these silly, harmless laws, so you probably won’t get in trouble if you use your restroom while the window is open.

So there you have it. A law that, if broken and the perpetrator ends up arrested, the arrest can be a bit funny. If you, or a loved one, are ever arrested for breaking a silly law or a serious one, count on Carls Bail Bonds to bail you out of jail.

Carls Bail Bonds is available 24/7 online, and at (866) 855-3186.

The Cost of a First-Time DUI in California

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$1,000. That is the low end of the average cost of what a first time DUI can cost you in California. Knowing this, wouldn’t you rather pay $20 for a Lyft or Uber home from the bar? Let’s break that figure down.

Insurance – This is the highest DUI related cost. Insurance will go up year after year after a DUI.
Towing and Storage – Your car is impounded and to get it back, you will have to pay a fine.
DUI classes – This will cost around the same as the towing and storage.
Fines and Attorney Fees – You will be going to court for that DUI, so you will want a good lawyer to help protect, and fight for you.
Driver’s License – After a DUI, your license is revoked. You will have to pay to get it back, once you are allowed to get it back.

Again, $1,000 is the low end of the DUI spectrum. Other things we did not account for, but could be a factor, is the cost to fix your vehicle and the cost of hospital bills if your DUI resulted in an accident. Each DUI will also cost more than one before. Do yourself a favor and just pay for a cab ride.

If you ever need a bail bond for yourself, or a loved one, contact Carls Bail Bonds online, or at (866) 855-3186. We will help you post bail affordably.

Roadblock in New Year Resolutions? Carls Bail Bonds Is the Solution!

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January has passed and it is time we check in on those New Year Resolutions of yours. How do you think you are doing? We know you are trying to kick your bad habits while also helping your loved ones get rid of theirs. Are you making progress, achieving success, or facing mishaps?

It is all right if you had mishaps along the way. Getting rid of old habits is hard and we are prone to make mistakes and errors along the way. If a loved one of yours had a really rough time and wound up in jail, there is something you can do. All you need is to get some help from Carls Bail Bonds, and we will help get your loved one out of jail by posting bail.

We will provide you with an affordable bail bond and a customized payment plan. The jail will process the paperwork and all you need to do is make sure your loved one shows up for court and make the bail bond payments on time.

You can learn more about bail bonds and get a free consultation anytime. Let Carls Bail Bonds help you all get back on track to having the best year yet.

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

Let’s Talk About Sanctuary Cities

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The Trump Presidency has brought fear to undocumented immigrants now more than ever. With such debate, many cities in the U.S. have vowed to protect its immigrants, and these cities have declared themselves “sanctuary cities.”

Sanctuary cities include: San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, and New York. An unofficial count identifies approximately 300 U.S. cities, towns, and counties as sanctuary cities. To protect undocumented immigrants from deportation, they limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. For example, the authorities may not be allowed to ask a person about their immigration status. These cities will also help undocumented immigrants get education and healthcare.

As much as cities will do what they can to protect undocumented immigrants, there can still be trouble boiling somewhere. If an immigrant is arrested, they still have rights. If you have any concerns, make sure you are up to date on all of your rights.

A Valentine’s Day to Remember

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Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away and you cannot wait for the happiness and love that fills the air, even if it is cheesy. However, there is a problem. Your loved one is in jail and Valentine’s Day is the last thing on their mind. Your loved one is facing a difficult time, and unfortunately, your love and support does not help as much when he or she is stuck behind bars.

Break through to your loved one by bailing him or her out of jail. Carls Bail Bonds is a professional bail bond company who can help oversee this process. Not only is a bail bond more affordable, but the payment plan is also more flexible and you will have a dedicated, professional bail agent assisting you each step of the way. Talk about a huge stress reliever.

So what if your Valentine’s Day did not go as planned this year? What matters most is that your loved one is now out of jail and you are there to support them through this ordeal. That is one heck of a bundle of love, and eventually, maybe the two of you can look back on Valentine’s Day 2017 and laugh a little, making it a year to remember.

Carls Bail Bonds can be reached 24/7, both online, and at (866) 855-3186.