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Can Minors Have Alcohol in California?

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There are certain laws that everyone knows about, such as don’t drive over the speed limit, don’t steal things from other people, and anyone under 21 is not allowed to drink alcohol. However, while these laws are well known, a lot of people tend to ignore them, which is never a good idea.

Ignoring a law is a good way to get into trouble. One slip up could cause a person to be arrested or forced to pay a fine. This is especially true when it comes to laws surrounding minors and alcohol. Breaking a law is bad enough as an adult, abut as a minor it can lead to problems down the line.

Minors and Alcohol Laws in California

Here in the state of California, it is illegal for minors to consume alcohol under Business and Professions Code (BPC) 25658. Under this law, it is illegal to do the following:

  • Sell alcohol to a minor, anyone under the age of 21.
  • Buying alcohol as a minor is illegal.
  • It is a misdemeanor to give alcohol to a minor who then gets into a car accident for driving while drunk.
  • It is a misdemeanor to allow a minor to consume alcohol on business property regardless if the person knew the minor was under 21 or not.

BPC 25658 is just one of several state laws that restrict the usage of alcohol amongst minors. For instance, BPC 25662 makes it illegal for a minor to even be in possession of alcohol.

Under these two laws, a minor can never posses or consume alcohol, not even if their parent or legal guardian allows them to have the alcohol. While that particular instance may be okay in some states, it is illegal here in California. Minors can never have alcohol. This is further confirmed by DUI laws related to minors.

When it comes to driving while intoxicated, adults have to worry about having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%. Minors get into trouble if they have a BAC over 0.01%.

Penalties of Breaking These Laws

In most instances of minors with alcohol, both the minor and the adult that provided them with the alcohol will face consequences. The exact consequences that a person will face are dependent on which law was broken. In most instances, the person will face misdemeanor charges.

When a minor is caught with alcohol in their possession, under BPC 25662, they face misdemeanor charges. This includes:

  • A $250 fine for first time offenses. A $500 fine for subsequent offenses.
  • 24 -32 hours of community service, either at an alcohol/drug treatment center or a county coroner’s office.
  • Participation in a youth drunk driver program.
  • 1 year driver’s license suspension or a 1 year delay in acquiring a driver’s license.

Breaking BPC 25658, whether as a minor consuming alcohol or as an adult providing alcohol to a minor, is a misdemeanor offense. Someone accused of this crime faces:

  • Up to 6 months in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.

If a minor is caught driving while under the influence of alcohol with a BAC of 0.01%, they will face a 1 year suspension of their driver’s license under Vehicle Code (VC) 23136. This is the state’s zero tolerance law for underage drinking and driving.

If a minor is caught driving with a BAC of 0.05% or greater, they will face consequences under VC 23140. This is the states underage DUI law. It comes with the following, infraction level consequences:

  • No jail time.
  • 1 year driver’s license suspension.
  • 3 months of mandatory alcohol education program.

If a minor has a BAC of 0.08% or higher, than they can be charged with regular DUI, which carries harsher consequences.

Don’t Give Minors Alcohol

Alcohol can be enjoyable, when consumed responsibly. Minors under the age of 21 are often not mature enough to handle alcohol. This can lead to them over consuming, and then putting themselves into dangerous or life-threatening situations, which is why they are prohibited from drinking. This is also why it is such a big deal for adults to give alcohol to minors.

With the holiday season starting up, there will be a lot more parties and a lot more alcohol around. If anyone has family visiting from other states where minors are allowed to consume alcohol when their parent or legal guardian permits it, inform them that California sees things differently.

What do you think of California’s take on minors and alcohol? Is the state taking the right precautions or does it need to loosen up a bit? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

Are Bail Bonds Tax Deductible?

By | Carls Bail Bonds

Every year when it is tax season, we try and pull together everything we can think of that we could write off as deductions in our taxes: donations, cars, clothes, investments, you name it! Not everything can be tax deductible, as you know. This includes bail; most people who are put into the situation of needing to pay for bail will ask this and the answer is no.

It is not uncommon to ask if bail is tax deductible. After all, bail is money that goes to the government in order to release a defendant from jail for their trial. However, bail serves as a guarantee to ensure this defendant appears in court for their trial. It is like a bribe, because if the defendant does show up, they can have their bail money returned to them. If they do not show up, it is not returned and the defendant is taken back into custody without the option to bail out again.

If the defendant and his or her loved ones use a bail bond to post bail, the 10% premium that they pay to the bail bond company is not refunded. The same release terms and conditions apply where the defendant has to appear for court as scheduled, but there are other requirements as well, such as needing a bail bond co-signer and collateral. Even a bail bond is not tax deductible.

We hope you have never had to pay for bail and we hope you never will. No one ever expects to pay for bail, they are just suddenly in that situation. If that happens to you, please contact Visalia Bail Bonds online, or at (866) 855-3186, so we can provide you with a free consultation and the most affordable bail bond and a custom payment plan.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

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Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Unfortunately, this happens to even the kindest, most genuine people out there. These people mean no harm. They do not have enemies. They do good deeds. One day, they just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and somehow, they end up in the middle of a messy tangle and their life is thrown for a loop.

For example, say a man named John is walking from the store to his car. He notices that ahead of him, a woman had placed her purse in the passenger seat of her car and is now filling the trunk with the items she purchased. She does not notice another man grabbing her purse out of her car. John, being a Good Samaritan, tries to grab the purse back from the unnamed man to return it to the woman. In the ensuing tug-of-war, the unnamed man throws a few punches at John and John naturally fights back in self-defense. The security guards run in to break up the fight and detain both men until the police arrive and eventually arrest both men.

In trying to be a Good Samaritan, John got caught in the middle of a random incident. He did not start the altercation, he merely tried to do what he felt was right. Had John left the store 2 minutes later than he did, he would not have witnessed the purse snatch and thus would not have been injured and arrested.

Now, John has to recover from his injuries and deal with the arrest and the aftermath, including possibly facing charges. In this case, he would need to consult a bail bond company such as Visalia Bail Bonds to help settle his bail arrangement with an affordable bail bond. What was just one routine trip to the local store is now something very different and serious: All because John happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

You see, not everyone who is arrested is a feared, dangerous criminal. Many arrestees are actually in jail because of a non-violent incident or crime. However, the stigma surrounding arrests, jails, and prisons are that the arrestees or prisoners are dangerous. Some though, were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and now must work through tougher consequences, like John.

If you ever need a bail bond for yourself or a loved one, please come to Visalia Bail Bonds and we will help out. Each family is going through a different situation, and no matter what it is, you can rely on us to get the job done.

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

Visalia Bail Bonds to the Rescue

By | Carls Bail Bonds

Unfortunately, California jails are overcrowded with convicts serving short sentences and recently arrested individuals who cannot post bail. Do not let your loved one be one of those people sitting in jail with other potentially dangerous and intimidating strangers. Help them post bail. Visalia Bail Bonds will help you do just that.

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Start your free consultation with Visalia Bail Bonds today so we can get your loved one bailed out of that cold, uncomfortable, and overcrowded jail.

Speak with a professional from Visalia Bail Bonds online, or at (866) 855-3186.

When Things Do Not Go Perfectly Right

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Tell yourself that 2017 will be the year that everything goes right, and commit to this statement as much as possible.

Everyone knows that some things will go a little wrong every now and then, and that is okay. After all, life is not perfect.

The little wrongs are easy to fix, but the bigger ones, like getting arrested, will take a little extra time and work to get through. Nonetheless, it is not an impossible task.

On the contrary, it is a very possible task, especially when your friends, family, and Visalia Bail Bonds are helping and supporting you. Friends and family, that’s a given, but Visalia Bail Bonds?

Visalia Bail Bonds provides affordable bail bonds and customized payment plans. Where cash bail requires 100% payment before jail release, bail bonds require 10% of the full bail amount and can be paid off over a period of time after your loved one is released.

Learn more about Visalia Bail Bonds and get a free consultation by chatting with a friendly representative anytime online, or at (866) 855-3186.

No Matter How Old You Are, Your Parents Will Still Be “Parent-y”

By | Carls Bail Bonds

You know all those times growing up you wished your parents would stop being so “parent-y” and just let you go out and do your own thing? You know they are like that for a reason. They are your parents. It is their instinct to always protect and look after you, no matter how old you get and how often you do or do not get into trouble.

So even as an adult, if you get into some major trouble, there is no rule that says you cannot call up your parents and let them know you could use their help and support. Through the most trying times like getting arrested, your parents will be your strongest support system. Yes they will likely be angry, disappointed, or concerned, but they will also be there for you, seemingly knowing exactly what to do to get you through this mess.

Visalia Bail Bonds will also help you all get through this tough situation by bailing yourself out of jail. We offer affordable bail bonds and customized payment plans. We are available 24/7 too, so anytime you need us, we are right there.

Just contact us online, or at (866) 855-3186.