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What Is Proposition 47 In California? What Does It Mean?

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The purpose of the proposed Proposition 47 is to make some changes to felony sentencing laws.

Proposition 47 officially became law in 2014. At the time it had the distinction of being one of the biggest changes to laws to alter the ability for convicted felons to receive housing, admittance into the workforce, and other issues that had previously made it impossible for them to enjoy a quality life after they served their sentence. The way this was done was by taking non-violent felony convictions and turning them into misdemeanors. The hope was that by lowering the barriers convicted felons faced when they were released from prison, they would be better able to become a useful member of society and be less likely to return to a life of crime.

When Proposition 47 became law, it was estimated that over 1 million people living in California would be able to change their non-violent felony conviction records into more socially acceptable misdemeanors.

The three broad changes the passing of Proposition 47 triggered included.

  • Turning some nonviolent theft and drug laws from felonies into misdemeanors
  • Allowing anyone currently serving time for a felony that could now be reclassifying to petition the court for a change of sentence
  • Allowing individuals who’d completed their sentence for a felony that was now considered a misdemeanor to change their criminal history

While there was a great deal of concern about what would happen once Proposition 47 became law, the impact it has had on California has been mostly positive.

Improved Public Perception

One of the biggest positive changes it made was changing the way the rest of the country perceived California’s judicial and prison situation. When California first passed the three-strikes law, many objections were raised, and several people stated that the three-strike laws proved that there was something inherently wrong with the way California treated criminals.

The passing of Proposition 47 proved to the world that California was prepared to give people a second chance as well as an opportunity at a better life.

Less Prison Overcrowding

Overcrowding in prisons has been a huge issue for California. The sheer number of people housed in the state’s prisons is not safe. While Proposition 47 hasn’t totally reversed California’s prison overcrowding situation, it has helped.

Better Criminal Rehabilitation

One of the things California lawmakers discovered after they passed the three-strike law was that tougher sentences didn’t really encourage criminal rehabilitation. In some cases, the three-strike laws seemed to make things worse.

When Proposition 47 became law, it allowed some people to be released from prison which created some room in the budget. This extra money has been used to help finance criminal rehabilitation programs.

Schools have Benefited

In 2016 a fund connected to Proposition 47 was started that helped benefit schools throughout California. The funding came in the form of grants that were designed to help reduce the number of truancy issues the schools dealt with on a daily basis. The hope is that the extra funding will decrease the dropout rate. With more children completing high school and able to enter the workforce, hopefully, petty crime rates will decrease.

Perhaps the most encouraging thing the state of California has experienced since the passing of Proposition 47 is that there hasn’t been a noticeable increase in violent crime since 2014.

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Protect Your Keyless Car from Thieves

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Keyless cars are great, particularly when you’re trying to hang onto things like multiple bags of groceries, cranky toddlers, and hyper pets while you open your car. Rather than wrestling with a key and a tiny keyhole each time you need to unlock your car, all you have to do is push a button. Easy peasy!

There is one big problem connected to keyless cars. The way they are designed makes them really appealing to car thieves.

The good news is that there are some things you can do to decrease the odds of a car thief taking off in your vehicle.

Keep it Locked

Don’t assume that just because you hit the lock button, your keyless car is well and truly locked. Sometimes the locks don’t activate the first time you hit the button. Other times, you inadvertently bump the unlock button when you slide your keyless fob into your pocket or purse. Grab your door handle and give it a quick check before you walk away.
Most car thieves know that they are far more likely to be noticed and talked to if they try to jimmy a locked door open.

Instead, they go around looking for an unlocked car that they can quickly slide into and drive away.

Park in Busy, Well-lit Areas

Sure, parking at the back of a lot seems appealing. It’s certainly easier to get in and out of the parking spaces that are at the back of the lot. The problem is that car thieves look for isolated cars. The more isolated your car is, the more it appears to a car thief because they know its location makes it unlikely that anyone will notice as they break into and drive away. Always park your car in a well-lit and relatively busy location.

Pay Attention to Your Key Fob

The thing that makes keyless cars so vulnerable to car thieves is that the technology is available for car thieves to hack your key fob’s signal and override it. The most common indicators that this has happened to your key fob are:

  • There is a long delay between you pushing the button and your car locking
  • You hear the locks release as you walk away from your car

If you suspect our key fob has been compromised, immediately get into your car and drive to a distant location. Once you’re safe, arrange to get a new key fob.

Check and see if your key fob has an off/on option. If it does, keep it turned off whenever you’re not actually using it.
What steps have you taken to protect your keyless car from car thieves?

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Keyless cars are the most appealing to car thieves for car theft. The good news is that there are things you can do to decrease the odds of car theft.

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Over-posting On Social Media While On Vacation?

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Posting pics on social media has become synonymous with traveling and vacationing. We love to show our friends and family the cool places we’re visiting, the delicious food we’re eating, and overall, all the fun we’re having while they are stuck at work. You may have so many photos to choose from to post, but make sure you choose wisely. You want to look good and you want that great shot that will get the most likes, but you also want to make sure you don’t accidentally post a photo that shows you doing something illegal (that you may or may not know was illegal).

The police can actually use your social media against you. For example, if you posted a photo of you feeding a cute, furry, wild animal, that might seem harmless. However, it may actually be illegal for humans to feed such animals, let alone be so close to them. Or maybe you posted a photo of you on a cool lookout spot that is actually on private property and thus you were trespassing. There are all kinds of scenarios that you could unknowingly (or knowingly) get yourself into. And when you put it on Instagram and Facebook, then you might get into more trouble.

We don’t want you to get arrested while on vacation (or when you get back) so just make sure you know what you can and cannot do in the places you’ll be visiting. If you or someone you know is arrested within California borders then Carl’s Bail Bonds in Kings County can definitely help with an affordable and fast bail bond. Talk to one of our representatives anytime online or on the phone by dialing (866) 855-3186.

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Look for Mail-in Ballots This Fall

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Few of us will forget the debate about the mail-in ballots and absentee voting that took place in the months leading up to the 2020 election. It’s a topic that will likely come up again as the 2024 election draws nearer.

Starting this year, registered California voters will receive a mail-in ballot leading up to any election. That is every single voter, not just the ones who request a mail-in ballot.

The new law states that:

    “This bill would extend the requirements to mail a ballot to every registered voter to all elections and apply them to all local elections officials. This bill would require a vote-by-mail tracking system to be accessible to voters with disabilities. The bill would also make various conforming and technical changes.

    Existing law requires county elections officials to permit voters with a disability, and military or overseas voters, to cast a ballot using a certified remote accessible vote by mail system, and required county elections officials to permit any voter to cast a ballot using a certified remote accessible vote by mail system for the November 3, 2020, statewide general election.”

Sending mail-in ballots to all registered voters isn’t the only thing this law changes. It also lays out the groundwork for submitting the ballot. AB-37 requires that each voting district where mail-in voting is prohibited (for whatever reason) that the jurisdiction must provide a minimum of two drop boxes for ballots per every 30,000 registered voters.

The same law also addresses the issue of counting ballots that have either been mailed in or placed in a dropbox before the actual election day. Registered election officials will now be able to start counting the early votes sooner, rather than having to wait until election day. The law allows the counting and processing to begin on the 29th day before the official election. The hope is that this will allow official announcements to happen sooner, giving candidates more time to contest close calls.

It’s important to understand that even though you’ll receive a mail-in ballot before the next election, you aren’t obligated to use it. You are still free to go to the polls and cast your vote in person if that’s the method you prefer.

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Cycling Under the Influence

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We hear a great deal about the dangers of drinking and driving. We understand that a single DUI can have a horrible, long-term impact on our lives. As a result, many of us take steps to avoid even the possibility of getting behind the wheel if we think there’s a chance we’ll have a little too much to drink while we’re out on the town.

One of the ways many of us try to avoid a potential DUI charge is hopping on our bicycle and riding it to the nearest bar. We figure that since we’re not even bringing our car, we can drink as much as we want and cycle home later without having to worry about getting arrested.

The only problem with this plan is that if you’re drunk and spotted by a local police officer, you could be charged with cycling under the influence.

Most cases of cycling under the influence appear in court because the person on the bike had the bad judgment to try riding their bike on a local highway, something you can’t do even if you are sober. The reason is that it’s simply too dangerous. One moment of inattention or a single bad judgment call and you could find yourself in the middle of a serious accident.

There are some cases where a person was arrested for cycling under the influence because a patrol officer noticed that the cyclist was acting erratically. Once again, the concern is that you’ll do something that will result in an accident. Biking erratically, weaving, or trying to bike down the middle of the road will alert an officer to the fact that you’re under the influence.

While being charged with biking under the influence isn’t fun, it’s not as bad as getting a DUI. As long as you didn’t cause an accident, you won’t have to serve any jail time. The maximum sentence is a $250 fine.

While you won’t serve jail time, this is a misdemeanor offense, not an infraction, so it could turn up on a background check. In addition to being charged with cycling under the influence, there’s also a good chance that you’ll also face a public intoxication charge.

The fact that you can be charged with cycling under the influence is another reason why you should either have a designated driver or decide to stay home whenever you feel an urge to get drunk and have a good time.

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Do I Have to Report a California Traffic Accident?

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Most of us have a weird, knee-jerk reaction to traffic accidents. We like to pretend we don’t know about them and try to put as much distance between ourselves and the traffic accident as we possibly can. This is our reaction whether we’re involved in the accident or if we’ve simply witnessed one.

When a traffic accident occurs, many of us wonder if we actually have to report it to the police.

If you’re driving any of the vehicles involved in a car accident, you are legally required to report the accident to the police. Technically, you have 24 hours to complete a written report about the incident. All things considered, it’s in your best interest to report the accident as soon as it happens. There are several reasons for this:

  • The responding officer will handle writing the written report for you
  • Filing the insurance claim will be easier
  • The events leading up to the cause of the accident is fresh in everyone’s mins
  • You won’t have to worry about being labeled a hit and run driver

In addition to letting the police know about the accident, you need to let your car insurance company know about the accident as quickly as possible. Not only will this put you in a position to receive your claim money as quickly as possible, but if an investigation is needed, they will be able to talk to everyone involved while the details of the accident remain fresh in everyone’s mind.

But what if you merely witnessed a car accident but weren’t directly involved with it?

This is a little bit trickier. Technically, you should stop. It’s in your best interest to make sure that everyone who was involved in the accident doesn’t need any type of medical attention and you should also plan on serving as a witness to the incident.

While morally and ethically you should stop after witnessing an accident, in California, you’re not legally required to do anything. You can keep driving. That being said. If additional information is needed about the accident or if the police discover that your actions impacted the accident it’s possible that they will figure out a way to locate you (they can use traffic cams to get your license plate) and will eventually contact you.

How do you respond when you are either involved with or witness a California car accident?

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Understanding Your Rights Following Your Arrest

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Getting arrested in California is terrifying. Many people are so overwhelmed and confused that they don’t fully understand what their rights are. That’s why the police recite the Miranda Rights when they make an arrest. The Miranda Rights clearly lay out all the things you can choose not to do once you’ve been arrested.

One of the first things you’ll hear is that you don’t have to tell the police anything. You should adhere to this right and stay silent during the ride to the jail. That doesn’t mean you should become difficult and obnoxious as soon as you’re arrested. It’s in your best interest to remain on your best behavior so you don’t do anything that could trigger additional charges. When you’re booked, you should answer the questions the booking officer asks that pertain to your identity. These questions will include your full name, your age, and your address.

Before you’re put in a cell, you should know exactly why you were arrested and what charges have been filed against you.

Whether you’ve been formally charged or simply brought in for questioning, you have the right to an attorney. This is a good right to take advantage of. The attorney will help you understand what’s happening, be able to answer questions, and help you navigate the interrogations in a way that doesn’t result in your accidentally incriminating yourself.

If bail has been granted, you have the right to contact Kings County Bail Bonds. We have several decades’ worth of experience and are prepared to post the bail bond you need so that you can leave the jail and return to your home.

Reasons to contact Kings County Bail Bonds include:

  • 24/7 Bail bond service
  • Free online and phone consultations
  • Discount to pre-approved clients
  • Phone/online approvals
  • 0% Interest flexible payment plans
  • An easy to understand contract
  • No hidden fees
  • No collateral required for working signers

It’s important to understand that all we do is handle bail bonds. These are designed to get you released from jail. They don’t mean you don’t have to face the charges that were filed against you. While out on bail, you’re still required to make all of your court appearances and obey any rules and conditions, such as staying out of trouble, that is connected to your bail agreement.

We are ready and willing to answer all of your questions. For additional information, feel free to call (866) 855-3186 or click here to to chat with us now.

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California’s Child Safety Seat Laws Keep Kids Safe

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All of us know that young kids have to be strapped into a safety seat whenever they’re in a vehicle. The reason for this is that those safety seats save lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that properly installed car seats reduce the number of infant fatalities suffered during car accidents by 54 percent and lower the number of serious injuries sustained during car accidents by 71 percent.

Like other states, California has strict child safety seat laws. Lawmakers used data collected during accidents that involved seriously injured children and accidents that involved a child fatality to decide how they could make it safer for parents to transport their children.

If you’re driving with children who are two years old or younger, the child must be securely strapped into a rear-facing car seat. The child will have to use this seat until they are either 40 pounds or 40 inches tall. The seat the child uses much comply with all the manufacturer’s height and weight restrictions.

Don’t assume that because your child is older or bigger that they no longer need special seating in the car. Children who are under eight years old can only ride in the back seat of the car and they must be in a car seat or a booster seat that’s designed to handle their weight and height. State law mandates that your child use the seat until they’ve passed their eighth birthday or until they are at least 4’9” inches tall.

It’s not enough to have your child secured in the car seat. The seat must also be properly installed. It is in your best interest to visit your local police or fire station. Someone who is on duty will have the training and time to make sure your car seat is properly installed. You are free to get help each time you purchase a different car seat or need to use a different vehicle.

Failing to make sure your child is properly secured in a safely installed child car seat is an infraction. You won’t go to jail if your child isn’t properly strapped into their car seat but you’ll get a ticket. The first time you get a ticket for not having a child in a car seat it’s a $100 fine. Each child’s car seat violation ticket after the first is a $250 ticket.

No matter how big a hurry you’re in when you leave your home, always take a few seconds to make sure your child is properly secured in their car seat before you pull out of your driveway.

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Preventing Porch Piracy

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You may not be familiar with the term “porch pirates” but it’s a pretty good bet that either you or someone you are close to has been a victim of one.

A porch pirate is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a term that refers to someone who spots a delivery package on your porch or near your front door. Rather than ignore the recent delivery, they walk up to your front door and take it for themselves. Once they’re safely away from your home, they’ll open the package, if it’s something valuable they’ll either keep the item or sell it. If it’s not something they’re interested in, they’ll throw it away. Either way, you’re the one who loses out.

The increasing dependency on online shopping and delivery services has driven porch piracy incidents to all-time highs. According to Finder, 14% of Americans are victims of porch piracy during a twelve-month period. That means 35.5 million people have a package snatched from their homes. The estimated value of each incident is $156.82.

The good news is that you can take some steps to prevent yourself from being a local porch pirate’s next victim.

Take Advantage of Tracking Notifications

Most online businesses provide free online tracking for your packages. You’ll want to utilize these. You can often set the system up so you a text is sent directly to your phone. In some cases, you’ll see approximately what time the package is scheduled to arrive and even how many stops before the driver is at your door.

If you’re home, you can use this information to meet the delivery at your door. If you’re not home, you can see if a neighbor, or another trusted person, can pick up your package before it’s noticed by a passing porch pirate.

Have the Package Held at a Different Location

If you’re concerned about a package being stolen, see if the delivery service has an option that lets you have the package delivered to a local drop-off point. More shipping companies have started doing this in an effort to limit liability and cost issues connected to porch piracy. In most cases, a local business serves as a drop-off point. They hold the package until you’re able to fetch it.

Consider a Lockbox

A lockbox is a great way to deter porch pirates. You can install the mailbox in an area that’s easily accessed by delivery drivers. They deposit the package into the lockbox which hides the delivery until you get home.

Security Cameras

Security cameras and doorbell security cameras are becoming increasingly more affordable for the average person. They are also a great way to deter porch pirates. If someone does try to sneak on your porch and steal one of your packages, you can turn the footage of the porch pirate to the police who may be able to identify the person so you can press charges. Even if the police can’t get an identity from the video footage, they will learn the approximate time that the porch pirate operates in your area and may be able to arrange to have a patrol car in the area so they can arrest the thief red-handed.

What steps have you taken to deter porch pirates?

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How to Find a Loved One in Jail

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Finding out a loved one is arrested isn’t always an easy process. The good news is that the Tennessee penal system has tried to simplify the process as much as possible. The only problem is that they haven’t really promoted the program which means many people have no idea how to find a loved one in jail.

The first thing you have to know is if you’re looking for someone who is residing in a state prison or if your loved one is in a county jail. If the arrest has only just happened, the answer is that they are in jail so you won’t have to worry about the prison search. The only time you’ll need to use the search a state prison search is if you’re conducting a background check or if you’re trying to find a loved one who was recently sentenced to prison.

If you’re looking for someone who was only just arrested, the process is a bit more complicated. The best way to handle the situation is to contact the sheriff’s department in the county you believe the person was in at the time of their arrest. In most cases, the person is arrested in their home county. If that sheriff’s department can’t help you out, they should be able to provide you with the number of jails in the surrounding county.

Once you’ve figured out which jail your loved one is in, ask the officer you’re speaking with about how you can contact your loved one. Speaking to your loved one is the easiest way to learn if they need your help posting bail.

If you’ve found your loved one in jail and want to help out with bail, either by co-signing for them or by simply providing them with information, we suggest you contact Tulare County Bail Bond Agency. We’re open 24/7 and always have a bail bonds expert standing by who can answer your questions and provide you with information about our process. We promise that the consultation is always free and we’ll never pressure you into making a split-second decision.

Additional reasons to contact Tulare County Bail Bonds when you want to help a loved one who is in jail include:

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Avoid a Drunk Driving Charge This Christmas

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No one wants to spend the Christmas season sitting in a jail cell with a DUI charge hanging over their head, yet that’s exactly what will happen to several people this holiday season. Drunk driving is one of the most common reasons people are arrested during the holidays.

Don’t assume that since it’s the holiday season, you can safely make it home after spending a few hours in the bar. You simply can’t anticipate every single situation you’ll encounter during the journey. There’s always a chance that something will happen and you’ll get into an accident.

The other problem with taking a chance during the holiday season is that state and local officers know that there are going to be more drunk drivers on the roads than during other times of the year. They’re prepared for this. There will likely be more officers patrolling the streets and they are going to be on the lookout for the erratic driving habits that indicate the person behind the wheel has had a few too many. They will pull you over and if you’ve been drinking, you will be arrested.

No one is going to go lightly on you just because you were caught driving while under the influence during the holidays. The potential sentence for a first offense will be a misdemeanor charge with a potential sentence of 3-5 years of probation, up to $1,000 in fines, losing your driver’s license for six months, and substance abuse school. If you’re in an accident that involves an injury or death, you’ll face additional charges that have significantly more serious penalties.

The thing you must understand about DUIs during the holidays is that they are actually pretty easy to avoid. If you’re going out, either with friends or by yourself, assume that you will drink too much and come up with a plan to get home. Arrange for someone to pick up when it’s time to leave the bar or party. If you can’t find a friend or family member to come to get you, take a cab or book an Uber. Spending a few bucks on the fare is considerably cheaper than getting convicted of a DUI.

Make this a happy holiday season that is full of good memories. The best way to do that is to make sure you only get behind the wheel when you’re completely sober.