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California’s Real ID’s

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If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve probably seen a story or two talking about Real ID’s. There has been quite a commotion as Californians all begin prepping for the switch from their old California ID’s to these new ones, but why? What is so special and important about these new ID cards?

What Are Real ID’s?

The need for Real ID’s arose from the Real ID Act passed by Congress in 2005, which was recommended by the 9/11 Commission. The idea was to set a federally accepted standard for how identification cards were issued by state governments. Under this act, certain requirements have to be met while applying for an ID card. If these requirements aren’t met with that ID, then it will not be given the same access as a Real ID.

Starting on October 1st, 2020 everyone, over the age of 18, will need to present a Real ID compliant license or ID in order to access federal facilities and to board domestic flights. This is why these ID’s are such a big deal for a lot of people. Without a Real ID, people will not be able to fly in the US.

Minors are exempt from the need to use a Real ID since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not require people under the age of 18 to provide identification.

Applying for a Real ID

Not everyone will need a Real ID. To find out if a person will need a Real ID, they can take a quiz on the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)’s website here.
Since a Real ID is a new form of identification, a person looking to get one will need to bring a lot of documentation with them. Some of the important documents that a person will need to bring with them to the DMV for a Real ID include:

  • An identification document that lists a person’s date of birth and full name. Some examples of this include US Passports and birth certificates.
  • A name change documentation if the name has been changed, such as a woman’s name being changed after getting married.
  • One document showing a person’s social security number. This can be a person’s social security card or their W-2 form.
  • Two different documents proving the person’s residency in the state of California. These must include the person’s full mailing address and first and last name.

If a person already had a Real ID, but only showed one proof of residency to get the ID, they will need to provide a second proof of residency in order for the ID to remain effective.

If You Want to Travel, You’ll Need a Real ID

Any Californian planning to visit secure federal locations, or wanting to fly across the US after October 1st, 2020 will need to have a federally approved Real ID. The whole point of this new type of ID is to make sure that every state is on the same page and getting the same information when issuing an ID to a person. The hope is that these new ID’s will help prevent people from forging them.

While getting this new form of identification may be a bit of a hassle and time consuming, once a person has it, they do not have to worry. Renewing a Real ID will be as simple as renewing their old driver’s license.

What are your thoughts on Real ID’s and how the state of California has been handling them? Let us know in the comments down below.

What Are Statutes of Limitations?

Something that people may not realize, is that there is actually a time limit for when a person can be charged with a specific crime. This time limit is referred to as a statute of limitations. This is done as a way to help protect people from being accused of things they did years ago. The practice comes from ancient Greece where a statute of limitations of 5 years was placed on all crimes save for homicide, for which there was no time limit.

The practice is still used in modern law today to help prevent abuse from occurring. However, instead of a flat 5 year limitation across all crimes, specific types of crimes have different statutes of limitations.

Why Statutes of Limitations Exist

Statute of limitations exist to protect people from prosecution for crimes that happened years ago. There are 3 main reasons for this:

  • Plaintiffs should pursue legal action the minute they are able to.
  • Waiting too long to file a claim can prevent a defendant from finding evidence needed to disprove a claim.
  • Cases that have been dormant for a long time have a tendency to be more cruel than just.

Statutes of limitations exists to keep the legal process fair for everyone.

California Statute of Limitation Laws

There is no set limit for a statute of limitations, and they often vary from state to state. On top of being different in each state, the lengths of the limits vary depending on the crime in question.

Here in California, some of the more common crimes that have a 1 year statute of limitations include:

  • Defamation.
  • Malpractice, after it has been discovered.
  • Asbestos exposure, after it has been discovered.
  • Victim of a felony, after the conviction.

Common 2 year statute of limitations crimes include:

  • Personal injury.
  • Wrongful death.
  • False imprisonment.
  • Breach of oral contract.

Common 3 year statute of limitation crimes include:

  • Property damage.
  • Trespassing.
  • Fraud, after it has been discovered.

Common 4 year statute of limitation crimes include:

  • Breach of written contract.

Common 10 year statute of limitations crimes include:

  • Victims of serious felonies, after the conviction.

Statutes of Limitations Exist for a Reason

It is important to remember that the law is supposed to be fair to everyone, including the people being accused of crimes. Waiting too long to accuse someone of a crime allows evidence to be destroyed, witnesses to disappear, and memories to fade. This can all make it very difficult for a defendant to properly defend themselves.

What do you think of statutes of limitations, and California’s different lengths? Do you think some crimes should have longer or shorter lengths? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

What Are Statutes of Limitations?

Something that people may not realize, is that there is actually a time limit for when a person can be charged with a specific crime. This time limit is referred to as a statute of limitations. This is done as a way to help protect people from being accused of things they did years ago. The practice comes from ancient Greece where a statute of limitations of 5 years was placed on all crimes save for homicide, for which there was no time limit.

The practice is still used in modern law today to help prevent abuse from occurring. However, instead of a flat 5 year limitation across all crimes, specific types of crimes have different statutes of limitations.

Why Statutes of Limitations Exist

Statute of limitations exist to protect people from prosecution for crimes that happened years ago. There are 3 main reasons for this:

  • Plaintiffs should pursue legal action the minute they are able to.
  • Waiting too long to file a claim can prevent a defendant from finding evidence needed to disprove a claim.
  • Cases that have been dormant for a long time have a tendency to be more cruel than just.

Statutes of limitations exists to keep the legal process fair for everyone.

California Statute of Limitation Laws

There is no set limit for a statute of limitations, and they often vary from state to state. On top of being different in each state, the lengths of the limits vary depending on the crime in question.

Here in California, some of the more common crimes that have a 1 year statute of limitations include:

  • Defamation.
  • Malpractice, after it has been discovered.
  • Asbestos exposure, after it has been discovered.
  • Victim of a felony, after the conviction.

Common 2 year statute of limitations crimes include:

  • Personal injury.
  • Wrongful death.
  • False imprisonment.
  • Breach of oral contract.
  • Common 3 year statute of limitation crimes include:

  • Property damage.
  • Trespassing.
  • Fraud, after it has been discovered.
  • Common 4 year statute of limitation crimes include:

  • Breach of written contract.
  • Common 10 year statute of limitations crimes include:

  • Victims of serious felonies, after the conviction.
  • Statutes of Limitations Exist for a Reason

    It is important to remember that the law is supposed to be fair to everyone, including the people being accused of crimes. Waiting too long to accuse someone of a crime allows evidence to be destroyed, witnesses to disappear, and memories to fade. This can all make it very difficult for a defendant to properly defend themselves.

    What do you think of statutes of limitations, and California’s different lengths? Do you think some crimes should have longer or shorter lengths? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

    We Don’t Need Collateral at San Jose Bail Bond Store

     

    Paying for expensive things is tough enough on its own without additional stress being piled on. That is exactly what collateral does for buyers, it makes a purchase, or expense, more stressful. Not only does the person have to worry about making payments on time, they have the constant threat of losing something valuable of theirs if they fail to make a payment. Nobody wants that.

    Collateral for big expenses, such as bail, have to have the same value as whatever money is owed. When the money owed is several thousands of dollars, the collateral is typically a house or car. Those are both items that people cannot afford to lose because they missed one payment. Unfortunately, many bail bond companies require their clients to post collateral.

    At San Jose Bail Bond Store, we know how stressful worrying about collateral can be, which is why we don’t require it on most of our bonds. We prefer to trust our clients. All we need on most bonds is the signature of a working co-signer. As long as we have that, we have faith that our clients will make their payments on time.

    On top of that, we at San Jose Bail Bond Store are more understanding with our clients and their payments in general. We know that things changes. Payments that might have been affordable a month ago may no longer be within reach. If that happens, our clients can talk to their bail agent before the payment is due, to see about changing their monthly payments.

    • 24/7 Bail bond service
    • 20% Discount
    • Phone approvals
    • 0% Interest payment plans
    • No hidden fees
    • No collateral with working signer
    • Se habla Español

    Dealing with the arrest of a loved one can be a stressful time. At San Jose Bail Bond Store, we want to reduce that stress as much as possible. That is why we don’t ask for collateral on most of our bonds and why we are flexible with our clients’ payments. We care about our clients and do everything that we can to help them.

    Want to get a bail bond without having to pledge collateral? Then contact the professionals by calling (408)883-3907 or clicking Chat With Us now.

    Friendly Bail Help Anytime in California

     

    When something bad happens, you turn to friendly and caring people that you can count on. This is especially true when you have been arrested. You want help from a friendly person. Luckily, finding a friendly bail agent is as simple as calling Sunnyvale Bail Bonds.

    Since 1987, Sunnyvale Bail Bonds has provided Californians with caring and professional bail help. Our friendly bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can be found all over the state of California and will be more than willing to help whenever you need them. They will answer your questions and help you understand the bail bond process.

    Once you start talking to one of our bail agents, they begin working for you. Just give your bail agent your loved one’s name, birthday, and county of arrest. From there, our agents can use that information to locate your loved one in the county jail database. After that, they can begin filling out the paperwork for the bail bond.

    With our bail agents working around the clock, your loved one will be out of jail in no time at all. Depending on the county of arrest, we can have your loved one out of jail in as little as two hours. That result depends on the county, but you can bet that our agents will do everything in their power to get your loved one out of jail quickly.

    • 20% Discount
    • 0% Interest payment plans
    • No hidden fees
    • No collateral with working signer
    • Se habla Español

    At Sunnyvale Bail Bonds, we care about our clients and do a lot for them. We are always there to answer questions when they need us, but that is not all that we do. We provide affordable payment plans with no interest. We never charge hidden fees. Our clients can even be approved for a bail bond over the phone. When you need caring and friendly bail help, you can count on Sunnyvale Bail Bonds.

    Are you looking for bail help? If so, get the best bail help in California by calling (408)883-3907 or clicking Chat With Us now.

    The Dangers of Drunk Driving

     

    When it comes to any party holiday, it is safe to assume that there will be a lot of drinking. Under normal circumstances, drinking is fine. However, some people still think it is okay to consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle. When a person does that, they increase their chances of getting into a very serious accident that could kill someone.

    According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a person is injured in a drunk driving accident every 2 minutes in the US. This number comes from a 2010 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. On top of that, an estimated 300,000 people drive drunk every single day in the US, and only around 2,800 people are arrested for the crime daily. These numbers have a tendency to go up around holidays that involve heavy partying and drinking.

     Drunk Driving and DUI Checkpoints

    Driving drunk is illegal in every single state in the US. Alcohol greatly impairs a person’s ability to make decisions and to react in a timely manner. This means it severely reduces a person’s ability to drive. Drunk drivers struggle to drive straight, maintain a proper speed, and react appropriately to sudden changes.

    In order to reduce the chances of people causing accidents while driving drunk, many law enforcement agencies setup DUI checkpoints. The hope is that these checkpoints will catch drunk drivers before they cause a deadly accident. While DUI checkpoints may cause some traffic congestion, they are done in an attempt to keep people safe.

    DUI checkpoints are always posted in advanced, to give people the ability to avoid them if they want to. The checkpoint is usually setup in an area that will receive a lot of traffic, especially from bars and parties. Cars will pass through, one by one, and officer will speak with the driver of each vehicle. They will ask a few questions, such as:

    • License and registration.

    • Where are you coming from?

    • Where are you going?

    • Have you been drinking?

    Once they have asked their questions, so long as they don’t suspect anything, the driver will be allowed to continue on their way. However, if the officer suspects that the driver has been drinking, they will be asked to pull over to the side where another officer will conduct a field sobriety test. If the driver fails that, they will either need to call for someone to come pick them up or sit in a drunk tank until they have sobered up.

     Marijuana and DUI

    California recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and as such, some people are still fuzzy on what is and isn’t allowed with the drug. One of the big things that isn’t allowed, but most people think is okay, is driving while high. Some people don’t see a problem with it, but it can impair a person as much as alcohol can.

    Marijuana can worsen a person’s reaction time, meaning they are less likely to be able to avoid an accident. High drivers also struggle with maintaining a proper speed, and suffer from impaired judgement.

    The bottom line? Don’t drive high.

     Penalties of DUI

    Some people don’t know that DUI stands for driving under the influence. This can mean driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, and even certain drug prescriptions. Since DUI can lead to very serious, even fatal accidents, law enforcement agencies take the crime very seriously.

    A person accused of DUI can face the following consequences for a first time offense:

    • 6 months in county jail.

    • A max fine of $1,000.

    • A 6 month driver’s license suspension.

    • 3 – 9 months of DUI school.

     

    Any following offenses come with harsher penalties, and if someone is severely hurt or killed because of a drunk driver, then that person will face felony charges, which for a first time offense includes:

    • 16 months to 16 years in state prison.

    • Anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 in fines

    • Paying restitutions to the victim.

    • A suspended driver’s license or having an IID (Ignition Interlock Device) installed in their car for one year.

    • 18 to 30 months of DUI school.

     Don’t Drink and Drive

    A person should never drive when they are drunk or high, and they especially shouldn’t do it around holidays. One such example would be Labor Day. For most people, it is a nice day off that gives them a three day weekend to enjoy with their friends and family members. Parties and barbeques can be found everywhere that weekend. This year, the holiday falls on Monday, September 2nd. Most of the celebrations will be taking place on Saturday or Sunday, leaving Monday for some recovering.

    No matter how a person celebrates this upcoming holiday, or any other day for that matter, they should never get behind the wheel of a vehicle while drunk or high. With today’s technology, there are plenty of ways for a person to get home from taxis, Ubers, and Lyfts. A person can always find a safe way home. There is no excuse for driving drunk.

    FBI Phone Scam Sweeping the Nation

     

    There are certain things in life that people feel like they should always be able to trust. Unfortunately, with all of the technology available, people can fake just about anything they want. This is very bad for people who are just trying to live their life as honestly as they can. People with bad intentions can easily manipulate others into giving them personal information or even money. We call these bad people, scammers.

    Scammers have all sorts of tricks up their sleeves to steal money, or personal information from another individual. For them, running a scam is easier and more profitable than working a real job like everyone else. This can lead to some trouble for their victims, especially when the scammer is pretending to be from a trustworthy source, like this latest scam sweeping across the nation.

     The FBI Does Not Call to Ask for Money

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Los Angeles office recently issued a warning that a phone scam involving their phone number is going around. The scammers have set it up so that the caller ID of a victim’s phone will show the actual FBI office’s telephone number, making it truly seem like the FBI is calling. When the person answer’s the call, the scammer then tells the victim the following story:

    The victim’s social security number has been compromised and linked to a money laundering account used to open bank accounts. The government is going to seize any accounts linked to that particular social security number, and the person should transfer their money to a specific government account to protect their money. The money will be returned to the victim once the situation has been resolved. If the victim doesn’t transfer the funds, they could loss the money and face possible criminal charges. Once everything is done, they will have to meet with a Social Security Administration agent to get a new social security number.

    The main goal of the scam is to scare the victim into cooperating. Of course, once they transfer the money, and give over any personal information, they have walked right into the scammers trap. Their transferred money is gone, and their identity is compromised.

    The FBI never calls private citizens to request money or to threaten that person with an arrest. In fact, no law agency in the US does that. The minute anyone claiming to be from a government agency does something like this, the person should know that it is a scam and hang up. They can also report the number to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), or for a scam like this where another number has been spoofed, report the incident to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Both agencies can be reached online or over the phone.

     Penalties for Scamming

    No one likes dealing with scammers, and as such, there are dozens of laws out there against scamming. This means there are all sorts of penalties for scamming someone. The penalty that a scammer will face is dependent on what the scam was and who was scammed.

    For instance, in the state of California, senior fraud is a type of elder abuse that occurs when a person emotionally, physically, or financially abuses a person over the age of 65. This includes using any sort of phone scam against an elder, and will likely be an additional charge against the scammer.

    Depending on the facts of the case, a scammer can be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony offense.

    For misdemeanor offenses, a scammer can face penalties along the lines of:

    • Informal probation.

    • A max jail sentence of 1 year.

    • A max fine of $1,000.

    For felony offenses, the consequences are much more severe, typically along the lines of:

    • Formal probation.

    • A state prison sentence of varying lengths dependent on the crime.

    • A max fine of $10,000.

    • A possible strike under California’s three strike laws.

    Knowing this helps a person rest easy knowing that scammers out there aren’t getting off free and clear. Eventually they all get caught, and it is not fun for them.

     Don’t Fall for the Scam

    Dealing with scams is no fun, especially when the scammer is claiming to be from a trustworthy source like the FBI. Luckily most scams are pretty ridiculous, making them easier to detect. Still, some people may not see through the scam. That is why it is important to talk about scams when they come up and spread them around. The more people that know about a scam, the less likely that anyone will fall victim to it.

    Have you ever had someone try to run a scam on you? What did they say to try to convince you? Share your story in the comments down below and help prevent others from falling prey to the same scam. Everyone will appreciate it.

    We Don’t Need Collateral with a Working Co-Signer

     

    Whenever a person is making a large payment, or taking out a large loan, the seller or lender like to make sure that they will get all of the money owed to them. The most common way of doing this is by asking for collateral. This way, even if the money owed isn’t paid, the seller or lender still gets the money owed to them.

    For collateral to work, the item pledged has to be equal in value to the amount of money owed. For larger purposes, this typically calls for houses, cars, property, or jewelry to be pledged. Due to this fact, people have different feelings about collateral, usually based on which side of the agreement they are one. Sellers like collateral for the security it provides, while buyers generally dislike collateral because of the extra burden it creates.

    When it comes to bail, and it’s very high cost, many bail bond companies require collateral for their bail bonds. While this is great for the company, it is rough on the client who is already stressed enough dealing with the arrest of one of their loved ones. Unlike our competitors, we at Santa Clara Bail Bonds understand this fact, which is why we do not require collateral on most of our bail bonds.

    Here at Santa Clara Bail Bonds, we prefer the signature of a working co-signer as collateral for the bail bond. This signature tells us that one of the people responsible for the bail bond is working and will continue to in order to pay off the bond. We prefer to trust our clients. Only in extreme cases will we ask for collateral for one of our bonds.

    • 24/7 Bail bond service

    • 20% Discount

    • Phone approvals

    • 0% Interest payment plans

    • No hidden fees

    • Se habla Español

    Learning that someone was arrested can be a very stressful time. You do not want to add to that by having to worry about possibly losing your house or car as collateral. That is why you should come to Santa Clara Bail Bonds for help. Our caring bail agents are always here to offer their assistance and we don’t require collateral.

    Why risk more than you have to? Call (408)883-3907 or click Chat With Us now to talk with one of our bail agents.

    Do You Need a Warrant Check in California?

     

    Bailing someone out of jail is no fun, but here at San Jose Bail Bond Store we do everything that we can to help you. We will always help you get your loved ones out of jail, but that is not all that we do here. We also provide warrant checks for clients who need them. This way, if someone thinks there might be a warrant out for their arrest, they can find out for sure.

    When a warrant is issued for a person’s arrest, no one notifies the person in question. If the police could find the person, then they would arrest him or her. If a person suspects that there may be a warrant out for their arrest, they usually have to go to the police station to see. If they do have a warrant, then they are arrested then and there, which isn’t optimal.

    No one wants to get arrested, but if someone were to get arrested, they’d probably prefer to prepare for it first. San Jose Bail Bond Store lets you do that. When we perform a warrant check, if we find a warrant, we may be able to prepare a bail bond before the person turns themselves in, in some instances. This way, a person only stays in jail as long as it takes for them to be booked in, then they are bailed out.

    While not all California counties allow us to perform warrant checks, the following do:

    • Contra Costa

    • Fresno

    • Kern

    • Riverside

    • Sacramento

    • San Bernardino

    • Stanislaus

    • Tulare

    And sometimes:

    • Kings

    • San Juaquin

    Even if we are unable to perform a warrant check for you, we can still get started on some of the bail paperwork. This can help expedite the bail process once a person is arrested, thereby shortening their stay behind bars.

    When a person needs bail help, they should always contact San Jose Bail Bond Store. When a person thinks there might be a warrant out for their arrest, they can contact San Jose Bail Bond Store for help with that as well.

    Do you need to talk to one of our agents? Consultations are free, so just call (408)883-3907 or click Chat With Us now.

    Don’t Get Scammed: Make Sure Your Donations Go Where They Can Actually Help

    When someone is in trouble, there are always people out there who are willing to offer their assistance. It is one of the great things about people. It is truly amazing to watch people come together to support and aid those in need.

    Recent events have shook the nation, and these tragic events have brought kind and caring people out from around the country. All of these great people just want to help those affected by recent tragedies. Unfortunately, while most people want to help, there are a select few out there looking to take advantage of the situation.

     Scams Taking Advantage of Compassion

    Scammers exists in all sorts of capacities, and most of them are heinous. However, this kind of scam truly takes the cake. This latest scam sweeping the nation comes in a few different forms, but they all boil down to the scammer asking their intended victim to donate money to victims of one of the recent tragedies.

    If a person has recently seen an ad on social media or received an email or text asking to donate money to the recent tragedies, don’t answer right away. There is a chance that might be a scammer trying to take advantage of people’s kindness and compassion.

    Some red flags to look out for are when the donation groups start contacting a person. Most donations and GoFundMe’s don’t go looking for donators, so chances are they aren’t paying for ad space on Facebook or sending out messages to random individuals. Most legit businesses recognize that doing so is a surefire way to get marked as a scam. Yet, scammers do this regardless because they know some people out there won’t question anything, and just want to help out people in need.

     How to Avoid This Scam

    The best way to avoid scams like these is for a person to do their research. This means not giving money to the first link or GoFundMe that they see. Anyone can create these kinds of links and donation setups. In order to avoid getting scammed, a person needs to do their research and make sure that the donations will actually get to the intended person. This goes for all donations, not just ones setup for the recent tragedies.

    Some sites, like GoFundMe, guarantee that any money donated will get to the intended person, one way or another. This helps make GoFundMe one of the safer donation sites to use.

     How to Identify Scams

    There are all kinds of scams that con-artists can pull in order to take a person’s hard earned money. The best way to avoid any scam is to learn to look for specific signs because even though scams may vary, they often follow the same few tricks. Some things to look out for include:

    • Check sender email address. Scammers often use very random email address that they have disguised to look like something else. Examining the email address of the sender of the message can quickly reveal if something is a scam or not.
    • Don’t be rushed. Rushing through something leads to a person making mistakes, which is why scammers love to rush their victims. Never be rushed into doing something, especially giving money to someone.
    • Don’t be urged into secrecy. Scammers are aware of how sketchy their scams can sound, which is why they don’t like their victims telling anyone else about their situation. Doing so could easily reveal the scenario for the scam it is.
    • Don’t click links in emails. Never click links in emails unless absolutely certain of who the sender of the message is. If a person needs to visit a website from an email, go to the site directly through their internet browser to guarantee they make it to the right site and not a scam site.
    • Don’t give out personal info. Never give out personal information unless they are 100% certain of who they are giving it to.
    • Don’t wire transfer money. Wired money cannot be traced or returned to the victim, which is why scammers love to use this method of money transfer.
    • Too good to be true. When things seem too good to be true, it is usually because they are.

     Don’t Stop Donating

    Wanting to help people in need is a very good thing. There are people out there who are in desperate need of help. Any little bit can help them. Often times, just knowing that people are out there, routing for them, can help people find the strength to go on.

    Unfortunately there are horrible people out there looking to take advantage of people’s compassion. If a person wants to avoid getting conned, they need to do their research before donating any money. They want to be absolutely sure that the money they are giving away is going to the cause they wish to support and not some con-artist’s pocket.