Many people know what vandalism is. We hear about it, and see it, all of the time. Vandalism is taken very seriously in California. Getting caught vandalizing someone’s property can land a person in jail with hefty fines. While many people think they know what constitutes as vandalism, there are a few acts which fall into that category that people are unaware of.
Vandalism is the classified as the act of maliciously destroying or damaging someone else’s property.
Here is a quick list of acts that qualify as vandalism in the state of California:
- Writing or painting on something that does not belong to you. This can even include writing your name in the wet cement of a city sidewalk.
- Damaging a piece of property such as a window on a house or car. This can include breaking something of your significant other’s while fighting.
- Destroying something beyond the point of repair.
If a person does one of these 3 things, he or she has committed an act of vandalism. If caught by law enforcement, this person can face a fine and possible jail time. The severity of the punishment often depends on how much damage was caused by the act. If the damage amounts to less than $400, than the crime is considered a misdemeanor. The accused person could face, at max, 1 year in jail and a fine of no more than $1,000.
If the damage total is greater than $400, the accused could face anywhere from 1 to 3 years in prison. On top of that, they could face a fine of $10,000, or more. The size of the fine will vary based on how bad the damage is.
Public defenders and hired lawyers serve the same purpose: to defend and fight for their client in court. Their goal is to persuade the jury and the judge that their client is innocent of the charges against them. Although they serve the same purpose, both have pros and cons when defending a client.
If a person cannot afford to hire a private attorney, the court will appoint a public defender to them. Therefore, the client does not have to pay for their public defender. The client cannot pick from a selection of public defenders; one is assigned to them. Public defenders are versed in a variety of cases and will be able to take on your case just fine.
However, public defenders do not make as much money as private attorneys, and they often have multiple cases to work on at the same time. Due to this, a public defender may have less time to meet with each client and go through materials. They must split their time across however many cases they have at once.
For many people, the main problem with hiring a private lawyer rather than a public defender is the cost. Private lawyers can be expensive, and they can be more expensive for serious or prolonged cases than short ones. Nonetheless, the services of a private lawyer are more beneficial than a public defender since the private lawyer will have more time to dedicate to their client. They will have more resources such as extra help from associates, and will likely be able to build a stronger case.
Additionally, lawyers may specialize in certain criminal cases, such as domestic abuse. This means that someone who is in the middle of a domestic abuse case can hire a lawyer who specializes in this, rather than a lawyer who specializes in an unrelated criminal matter. Since clients pay for a private lawyer they selected, the private lawyer is more inclined to perform at their best because their practice and reputation relies on satisfied clients.
If a family can afford a private lawyer, that is the best way to go. If not, hope is not lost. A public defender is ready and willing to take on the case and they will do as much as they can to help the family win.
If you are trying to get hired, you will dress neatly and offer respectable, mature mannerisms. How you present yourself is equally as important as how technically skilled you are for the position. Similarly, how you present yourself to the jury and the judge in court is very important. After all, these are the people who will be deciding your case. It is not just the evidence and arguments that your lawyer makes on the case. Your appearance is important too.
Unless you are obligated to appear in an orange jumpsuit because you are being brought in directly from jail, you will want to dress neatly and professionally. Men should wear a collared, buttoned shirt tucked into their long pants. They should have a belt on, and a tie is a plus. Men should wear socks with their shoes, and they may or may not have a jacket on. Women may wear a skirt that should not be more than 2 inches above the knee. Their sleeved blouse should be tucked in, and they should have on flats, or low-heel shoes. Women may also choose to wear long pants with her blouse tucked in. She should wear a sweater, but she can take it off if she gets warm. Across the board, clothing should be clean and free of distracting items like embellishments, wording, rips, and stains.
Any defendant must closely follow certain courtroom etiquette, and they will be advised by their lawyer ahead of time. They should only speak when they are asked to, and they must speak clearly. Remaining calm and polite is important, because growing irritated, angry, and argumentative is not going to help their case. They should sit and stand straight. The judge should be acknowledged as “Your Honor.” Looking eye-to-eye with the court shows maturity and seriousness from the defendant, which is a plus.
So much can be said about a person based on their appearance and their in-court demeanor. This is essentially the defendant’s chance to give the jury and the judge a good impression, and hopefully the evidence and facts about the case itself will back the defendant up.
Large outdoor music festivals and concerts invite attendees to bring their friends, enjoy some music, and have a whole lot of fun. Many outdoor festivals also offer food booths, carnival rides, and other attractions. They are advertised as a whole experience, where some even run for multiple days and offer overnight camping. While the festivals provide a whole lot of fun for attendees, they also cause issues that call law enforcement to break up the fun.
One of the biggest recurring problems with music festivals is the usage and possession of illegal drugs. While alcohol may be served at the event for those who are 21 and older, smuggling in and using drugs of any kind is illegal. Illegal drugs are illegal for a reason. They are harmful to the body, and people react differently to the drugs. Some can “handle” more than others, but any amount is unsafe. The more drugs a body has in the system, the more dangerous they are to themselves and others. When alcohol and drugs are mixed, the person is even more dangerous.
Remember that summertime concerts mean that attendees are burning through their energy under a scorching sun. Staying hydrated with water is imperative in order to avoid exhaustion, dehydration, and fainting. When this happens, paramedics come in, and that is also when they may discover the patient is under the influence.
If the police find someone under the influence of illegal drugs or in possession of them, they will take that person away in handcuffs. The person faces fines and some time in jail. If they are found with an excessive amount of drugs, they can face a few years in prison.
For a person to have a lot of excitement about a concert, only to have it end abruptly because of health complications or because they were caught with drugs is really unfortunate. That is money wasted, lasting memories never had, and time lost. Getting arrested is a lot of stress for a person and it may make them think again before taking drugs at a festival. Hopefully they realize they do not need drugs.
Music festivals are no strangers to some drug abuse and arrests, but it needs to stop before it gets out of control and ruins the fun for everyone.
The 4th of July is marked with reds, whites, and blues, barbecue food, and fireworks. This holiday, America’s birthday, is one of those few special times of the year that people can celebrate with fireworks, and it is the only time of the year to actually purchase them, believe it or not.
This 4th of July, make sure you are up to date on California’s fireworks laws if you plan on using them at your own party. The laws are easy to understand and follow, and will still allow you to have more than enough fun and excitement.
- There are “Safe and Sane” fireworks and there are “Dangerous” ones. It is illegal for anyone to sell or purchase dangerous fireworks unless the person holds a special pyrotechnic license.
- The only individuals who are allowed to purchase, own, and use “dangerous” fireworks are those with the special permit. It is illegal for this individual to sell or give away these fireworks to anyone, including friends and family.
- A person must be at least 16 years of age to purchase “safe and sane” fireworks. They may only purchase from licensed retailers between June 28 and July 6 each year.
- It is illegal for anyone to sell fireworks anytime outside of June 28 to July 6. If a retailer does not sell out within that period, they have no choice but to store it until that same period next year.
- The state of California has fireworks laws, but then each county within the state may have additional fireworks laws. Wherever you are for the 4th of July, read up on the county’s laws.
Understanding and following fireworks laws is only going to provide half of the fun on the 4th of July. The other half will come from handling the fireworks properly, such as keeping them stored in a safe location, and allowing only those who are responsible and old enough to discharge them according to the printed directions. Every year the news picks up on some stories about mishandled fireworks that caused injury or death. That is not an outcome anyone wants after the 4th of July. Avoid the risk of this happening by using the fireworks safely.
In preparation for your 4th of July party, throw on all your red, white, and blue clothes, fire up the grill, invite all your friends and family, and prevent the need for any police and medical attention by using your “safe and sane” fireworks properly.
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, Huntington Park Bail Bond Store 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 Huntington Park Bail Bond Store team member on your side by chatting online or calling 562-866-0081.
Whether it is 2 pm on a Wednesday, or 3 AM on a Saturday, you can count on the team at East Los Angeles Bail Bond Store for all of your bail bond needs. East Los Angeles Bail Bond Store 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, East Los Angeles Bail Bond Store does not close down. East Los Angeles Bail Bond Store 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, East Los Angeles Bail Bond Store 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 East Los Angeles Bail Bond Store is only $3,000.
East Los Angeles Bail Bond Store 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 East Los Angeles Bail Bond Store. 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 East Los Angeles Bail Bond Store can work with you by chatting with a representative online, or by calling 562-866-0081.
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.
West Hollywood Bail Bond Store takes our vows seriously. As a company, West Hollywood Bail Bond Store promises to protect a person’s right to bail by providing families with affordable bail bonds and customizable payment plans.
Each agent and representative here at West Hollywood Bail Bond Store does their job because they genuinely want to help another family. In fact, this is not just a 9-5 job for us, it is a lifetime career of reuniting families. We are available 24/7 because others may need help, even in the earliest hours of the day or on Christmas. Nothing will stop one of our bail agents from offices helping you.
Some like to call West Hollywood Bail Bond Store a team of superheroes, but we just like to think of ourselves as a band of dedicated and reliable bail bond professionals who will assist you during this stressful time. This is our promise to you, we will not let you down.
Learn more about bail bonds, and get a free consultation, by talk to a representative from West Hollywood Bail Bond Store online, or at 562-866-0081.
It is not often that a judge will reduce a person’s bail after setting it. The judge is the only person who can lower bail; not even a lawyer can lower a defendant’s bail. Although it is rare for bail to be reduced, it does happen. This was the case recently in a matter involving the police shooting of a Bay Area man. The man’s original bail was set at $2 million, but was later lowered to $105 thousand after the judge reviewed body camera footage, revealing more truths and facts than were originally reported.
Because the majority of defendants will not be able to get their bail lowered, the best situation for them is to post bail using a bail bond from Van Nuys Bail Bond Store. This allows the defendant to pay for only 10% of the full bail amount over a set amount of weeks or months. This flexibility provides financial relief for the defendant and his or her loved ones.
Learn more about bail bonds by chatting with a representative from Van Nuys Bail Bond Store online, or at 562-866-0081.