About California’s Proposed “Jordan’s Law”

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It is the digital age. This is a time when we rely on our cell phones and laptops to survive and get through each day. We live on social media to connect with friends, get invited to parties, and keep up to date on the latest news. If you ask older generations, who did not grow up with computers and the Internet, they will say that our younger generations today are too attached to our digital devices, and they might be right in certain regards.

As useful, informational, and entertaining as the Internet can be, it can also be cruel, whether it was ill-intended or not. Cyberbullying is a big issue. Whether the intention was there to put a person down or it was just a poorly thought out prank, the bullying hurts the person it was directed at. You never know what can result from a mean message online. The bullied person can inflict harm on themselves or others in revenge.


Recently, the California Assembly passed “Jordan’s Law” named after 14-year-old Jordan Peisner who was sucker-punched by a teenager he did not know.


The incident was caught on a cell phone and posted on social media. The goal for Jordan’s Law is to punish the person or persons who conspire to record attacks. People who conspire to record attacks differ from innocent bystanders who record footage of an incident they are witnessing. Jordan’s Law would also increase the penalty for the actual attacker as well.

Now that the California Assembly has passed Jordan’s Law, it heads to the California Senate for debate.

Fireworks Laws You Need to Follow

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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.

Basic Fireworks Laws in California

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Fireworks are a unique sight to see. They can be witnessed on certain occasions every year such as 4th of July, and New Year’s. They can be seen more regularly at certain locations like at Disneyland and baseball stadiums. For the 2 big national holidays, private individuals are allowed to discharge fireworks on their own at their homes, provided the proper safety protocols are followed. California has very specific laws when it comes to fireworks, and consequences are enforced when the law is not followed.


There are two categories of fireworks: dangerous, and safe and sane. Dangerous fireworks cannot be sold to the public. These are generally the ones that are used during the large, public, holiday shows that are organized by licensed operators. Private individuals can purchase safe and sane fireworks from licensed retailers, but only between June 28 and July 6 each year. In addition, a person must be at least 16 years old in order to purchase safe and sane fireworks.


There are safety instructions on the package of fireworks. These instructions must be followed. Fireworks must be discharged outdoors only, and a safe distance away from other people and flammable items; have a bucket of water or a hose nearby. Only those who are old enough and responsible enough to safely handle the fireworks should be allowed to do so. By following these instructions, the possibilities of injury and damage are significantly reduced.

Though fireworks are legal throughout California, each city and county within the state may have additional laws that their neighboring city may not. Before setting off a firework, make sure you look up what you can and cannot do with fireworks in your area.

Anyone in violation of a firework law is subject to fines and possible jail time. For misdemeanors, it is a $1,000 fine and up to 1 year in jail. For felonies, like if someone was caught in possession of dangerous fireworks, the fine can be as high as $50,000 and the prison sentence can be as long as 3 years. If someone’s fireworks cause injury or damage, they can be sued and face additional charges that would increase the consequences.

4th of July is just weeks away and if you plan on using fireworks at your own party, rather than going out to view the public display, make sure you have the right fireworks and that they will be used safely. Being just a little bit more careful never hurts.

Extending California’s Last Call from 2 to 4 AM

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Just the other week it was announced that the Senate passed a bill to extend last call for alcohol service from 2 AM to 4 AM. Now the bill is heading to the Assembly for consideration. One of the main pushes for the bill is its impact on the state’s nightlife culture and economy. By offering an extended last call, nightlife like the music industry can flourish even more.

At the moment, bars, clubs, and other venues cannot extend their last call, since the bill still needs approvals from other parties. However, if and when it is passed by all necessary parties, it gives venues the option to extend last call until 4 am. Venues will not be required to do so if they do not wish to. In addition, the bill would give each community the authority to decide if they would want to extend last call.


Most states have a 1 or 2 AM last call. By extending last call to 4 AM, California would join New York as the only states to have a last call at this hour.


However, some states have an even later last call, or none at all! In Alaska, venues are allowed to serve alcohol until 5:30 AM and in Nevada and Louisiana, alcohol can be served 24 hours a day.

To many, a 4 AM last call sounds like every night can be quite the party. However, it takes a little bit more responsibility in order for Californians to not abuse an extended last call. You would not want to be that person who ruins extended last call, would you? If and when the bill gets passed and formally goes into effect, remember that you must not get behind the wheel.

Just like you would call a Lyft at 2 AM, call a Lyft at 4 AM and avoid running the risk of getting into an accident or arrested for a DUI.

California’s Open Container Laws

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In California, driving under the influence is not the only illegal alcohol and vehicle act, but it is the most known. It carries the most serious penalties. It is also very much worth knowing other alcohol and driving related laws, especially the “open container” laws for California.

For drivers who are 21 years or older, it is legal to drive a vehicle with an unopened container of alcohol in the car, even if it is in the front seat. An unopened container must be absolutely sealed, never opened. So, a sealed bottle of wine never uncorked, a sealed bottle of liquor with the cap never twisted off, and an unopened can of beer, are legal to have in the front seat of the car. Any alcoholic beverages that have been opened must be placed in the trunk of the car.


If a driver is caught with a bottle of liquor that has been opened but is currently closed at the time they are pulled over, and they prove they have not been drinking, they are still breaking the law.


That opened bottle must be in the trunk. However, the police may let the driver go with a warning, rather than a ticket. It is their call. The best chance for a driver being let off with a warning is for him or her to remain polite and respectful, prove they are indeed sober, and promise not to let it happen again. If the driver is cited, he or she is given an infraction and will have to pay a fine of $250.

For drivers who are younger than 21, consequences are harsher. After all, the legal drinking age is 21. Underage individuals face misdemeanor criminal charges that include a $1,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail.

The easiest way to make sure you are transporting alcohol legally in your vehicle, is to simply put it in your trunk, even if the alcohol container is sealed. If your trunk is cluttered with clothes and bags, put that extra clutter in your backseat.

A police officer is less likely to pull you over if they see a bunch of clothes in the backseat of your vehicle rather than bottles of alcohol.

Is Your Car Ready for Summer?

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No one wants to get stranded on the side of the road because their car broke down. This is especially true when things start to warm up in summer. Being stranded during the heat of summer can be truly miserable. That is why it is important to take care of your vehicle, and make sure that it is in prime condition.


Here are some things that you should check on your vehicle to ensure it gets you where you need to go.


  • Check coolant levels in your radiator. Your radiator is what keeps your engine from overheating while it is running. However, it cannot do this if there is not enough coolant in it. Be sure you have enough coolant in the system, and that there are no leaks or other types of damage to the cooling system.

  • Examine your tires. Your tires face a lot of wear and tear on a daily basis. This can get worse in the summer as roads heat up. Make sure your vehicles tires are still in good condition, or look into getting them replaced. Also be sure to check their air pressure. Every vehicle is designed to have tires with a certain size and air pressure. If your tires are over or under inflated, it can affect your gas mileage.

  • Check the oil. Your vehicle has oil in both the engine and transmission. This oil helps them keep cool and run smoothly. If there is no oil, then metal scraps against metal, and can cause costly damage. Frequently checking the oil levels in both can help keep your vehicle running for a long time.

  • Examine your windshield wipers. The summer sun can be rough on your vehicles rubber wiper blades. You may not need them much in the summer, but every once in a while, a storm rolls through. Getting caught in the rain with bad wiper blades can be a real hassle, and can even be dangerous if you cannot see. Be sure that your blades have not dried out, or separated from their frame.

  • Check you AC. Driving without air conditioning can be truly miserable in summer. If your AC is not blow cold air, be sure to take it to your local mechanic. You probably need more refrigerant in the system, which most mechanics can help you with.

If you do all of this, your vehicle should be able to get you where you need to go this summer. Just doing these quick little things now, can prevent you from getting stranded on the side of the road in triple degree heat.

Take care of your vehicle, and it will take care of you this summer.

Knowing Weird Laws Can Be a Benefit

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Did you know that in California, women may not drive in a housecoat, or that no vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour? We are not pulling your leg. These are real laws that are still written in California’s law books. They are not the only weird, odd, peculiar laws this state still has today. In addition to those,

  • It is illegal to spit in Burlingame, unless you are on a baseball diamond.
  • Women may not wear high heels in Carmel.
  • Pinball machines are outlawed in El Monte.
  • Any man who has a moustache in Eureka is forbidden to kiss a woman, even if she is his girlfriend or wife.
  • Anyone who wishes to purchase a wax container must be at least 18 years of age.
  • In Hollywood, no one may drive over 2,000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard.
  • It is illegal to drink intoxicating cement in Indian Wells.
  • Moth hunting is illegal in Los Angeles when done under a street light.
  • In Norco, having a rhinoceros as a pet is allowed as long as the owner gets a $100 license first.
  • Molesting butterflies is strictly prohibited in Pacific Grove.
  • Dogs are not allowed to chase squirrels in the summer.
  • Unless they do not mind being fined $250, San Diegans must take their Christmas lights down by February 2.
  • People who are classified as “ugly” may not walk down the streets of San Francisco.
  • Having more than two cats or dogs as pets is not allowed in San Jose.
  • In Walnut, every child must get a special permit from the sheriff in order to wear a mask on Halloween.

If you search the Internet, you will find so many more weird laws that still exist in California and will leave you scratching your head. In fact, every state in the U.S. has their share of odd laws and it is pretty entertaining to read.

We hope you never get arrested for violating one of these wacky laws but if you do, call Los Angeles Bail Bond Store anytime. We will look past your embarrassment and bail you out of jail as soon as possible.

We can be reached online, and at 562-866-0081.

How You Should Handle Fireworks in California

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In order to have fun and celebrate the 4th of July, you need to understand the proper safety rules. Drinking responsibly is something you practice and preach day in and day out. However, fireworks safety is something you do not see or use on a regular basis. If you do not really know the safety rules for fireworks usage, do not be ashamed, just keep reading.


First things first: fireworks are not toys and must only be handled by those who are responsible enough to know how to use them safely.


Fireworks should be used outdoors, and there should be a supply of water within easy reach. Instructions are printed on the fireworks package, so whoever is involved should read through those thoroughly before using them.

The person setting off the fireworks should not wear loose clothing, as they do not want it to get in the way and catch fire. In addition, fireworks should be used away from other people, tall objects like trees and powerlines, gas sources, and flammable material.

Every year, there are several stories on people who injured themselves, or caused damage to property, because of fireworks that were mishandled. You do not want to be one of those people.

Another thing that happens yearly is people getting citations or being arrested for violating California’s fireworks laws. Again, you do not want to be one of these people.

Those who do end up arrested for violating fireworks laws are more than likely going to be allowed to post bail, and they can do this with cash bail or a bail bond. For a bail bond, Los Angeles Bail Bond Store is the bail bond company to rely on, and they can be reached 24/7 both online, and at 562-866-0081.

Did You Know You can be Charged with a Hit and Run Even if it’s Not Your Fault?

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In California, you can be charged with a hit and run, even if the accident was not your fault. If you are involved in an accident, you are required to give your contact information to the other driver before you leave, regardless if the accident was your fault or not.


You can be charged with a misdemeanor if you caused damage, not just to another vehicle but also to property, like a building, a window, a fence, or even another person’s pet.


You can be charged with a felony hit and run if you leave the scene without providing any contact information even though you know that the other driver and his or her passengers were unhurt. If you had passengers in your vehicle and they were injured in the hit and run, then you can be charged with the felony.

The penalties for hit and run crimes will vary based on the extent of the accident and damage, and even the kindness of the other driver. Fines for hit and runs where someone was injured can be between as much as $20,000 and prison sentences can be as long as 4 years. For hit and run crimes that only involved property damage, fines can be as high as $1,000 and jail time can be as long as 6 months. In addition, a person would likely get their license suspended or revoked for up to 6 months. As for the insurance company, they can either increase the premiums or cancel insurance altogether.


Some misdemeanor charges can be settled in a civil suit instead of criminal punishment, if the other driver agrees to it. In this case, the other driver is sparing you from the harsher punishments like jail time.


If you are ever involved in a car accident, make sure to stay on the scene and exchange contact and insurance information with the others who are involved. If there are witnesses around, get their contact information as well, in case you need them to provide eyewitness accounts. Take photos of any damage done to your vehicle, the other vehicle, and any property. Then, you can contact your insurance company and let them know you have been involved in a car accident. You want to go through the standard steps of resolving a car accident rather than fleeing the scene and suddenly making this into a felony hit and run.

Though you will need to take the next few weeks to deal with insurance companies and getting your car repaired, it is the better alternative to becoming a wanted person for a hit and run and then paying those felony consequences.

California’s Good Samaritan Law and Pets

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In California, we love our pets as much as we love our brothers and sisters, which is why we have a Good Samaritan law that makes it legal to smash a car window to save an animal. The law has been in effect for almost a year, and it is designed to protect the individual who smashed the car window from criminal charges. In order to be fully protected, the individual must remain present after smashing the window until the police arrive.


Everyone knows that a hot car is a dangerous weapon. If it is hot outside, the car is even hotter inside, and the car heats up very quickly too. Even 5 minutes inside a hot car can be deadly. For example, in 2016, on a 91 degree day in San Diego, firefighters rescued a dog from a car that was found to be 160 degrees on the inside. How did they know the inside temperature? Their thermal imaging camera.


Many other states have similar Good Samaritan laws, and some even extend their legislation to protect individuals from smashing car windows to save a human life. California does not currently have such a law, but any citizens who see a young child left alone in a hot car are encouraged to call security or the police.

It is important to remember that for the individual breaking a car window, they must stay on the scene to talk with the police. If they flee, they may lose their protection in the matter, and can be charged with vandalism.