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California Background Checks

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Background checks are becoming routine. If you are interviewed for a job or fill in a rental application you can expect that the person handling the application will run a background check on you. Knowing that a background check is in the process always makes people curious about what kind of information the background check reveals.

The exact information that appears on the background check can vary a little depending on what filters the person running the check put into place. Most of the background checks are set up so that they show any criminal activity you’ve been involved with. Felony convictions should always appear on the background check. Misdemeanor and pending convictions don’t always appear on the report.

Different states take different approaches when it comes to pending charges and background checks. According to Criminal Watchdog, California has a policy that enables all pending charges to appear on a background check, this includes pending charges for misdemeanors as well as felonies. It is even possible for a person to set up a background check so that they receive an alert when/if the pending charge becomes a conviction.

According to I Prospect Check, California’s background checks for criminal convictions only go back seven years. The seven-year rule is regulated by the Civil Code 1786.10. The information that disappears from the background check after seven years includes indictments, misdemeanors, arrests, convictions, and police complaints. It’s worth noting that arrests that didn’t result in a conviction, pardons, and expungements are not supposed to appear on your background check.

You should also be aware that employers who run a background check are required to file and keep the background check for two full years after they’ve run it.

Don’t assume that just because more than seven years have passed since your last conviction or arrest you don’t have to worry about it impacting your ability to obtain a job or rent a place. It still can. While the information might not be on the background check your employers run, it could be mentioned when they check your references which will likely include former employers, friends, and family. It can also appear if they Google your name and find an old newspaper article, social media post, or police report.

Considering how easily criminal information can be uncovered even when it no longer appears on a formal background check, it’s in your best interest to reveal any unsavory parts of your past right away. This gives you a chance to appear forthright while also sharing your side of the story.


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Coping with a Neighbor’s Barking Dog

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Living in a dog-friendly neighborhood is great. There’s something about a community that’s full of dogs that makes the area feel homier and safer. The only downside is if one of your neighbor’s dogs is a barker.

The problem with barking dogs is that while one or two woofs aren’t a big deal, continuous barking quickly becomes nerve-wracking. Even worse, one dog barking usually sets off several other dogs until the noise is almost unbearable.

If your neighbor has dogs that are prone to barking, there are a few things you can do about the situation.

The first is to kindly alert your neighbor to the situation. You want to do this in a non-confrontational way. Many people are very attached to their dogs and don’t respond well to criticism but will often explore options if the issue is addressed in a low-key, conversational manner. Hopefully, you’re not the only neighbor who comments on the situation.

Give the dog owners a few days to explore training and other options. If the dogs continue to bark, your next step is getting recorded proof of the issue. Taking a short video of the barking is the best way to show that this is a chronic problem. Don’t expect this to be a simple process. You need to figure out a way to get a video that proves the dogs bark continually but also shows that you’re doing nothing to make them bark. You also have to be mindful of trespassing and privacy laws while taking the video.

It’s time to file a noise complaint. This can be a bit challenging. Most homeowners associations deal with noise complaints, but if you’re not part of one, you’ll have to find out which city department deals with barking dogs. In some areas, it’s the police. In others, it’s animal control. When you file the complaint, try to do so anonymously. Not knowing which neighbor filed the complaint minimizes the risk of retribution if your neighbor is upset.

If the barking continues, your last recourse is taking your dog-owning neighbor to smalls claim court. Don’t expect to get a big settlement from the case. At the most, you might get a paltry sum for pain and suffering. The biggest thing taking the owner of a barking dog to court does is let them know that they are legally and financially responsible for their dog’s actions.

Before you start to take action against your neighbor’s barking dogs, make sure your own dogs are quiet.


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The Ugly Reality of Bumper Stickers

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Bumper stickers seem like a good idea. They provide you with a great opportunity to put your own personal stamp on your vehicle, helping you stand out from the crowd. In some cases, they provide you with a wonderful opportunity to brag about your child, spouse, and pet. They can also be a great conversation starter in parking lots.

Before you attach that super cute, personalized bumper sticker to your vehicle, you need to understand that doing so can be a dangerous act.

While you might see a benign, adorable bumper sticker, a predator sees something very different. For example, that honor roll sticker your child brought home provides a predator with information about what area you live in, where your child goes to school, and even tells them about what age your child is. In some cases, the sticker might even provide the child’s name.

But what about that cute bumper sticker that provides the breed and name of your dog? Still not a good idea. If someone wants to break into your house, they know about what size your dog is, what to call it to convince it to stop barking. Having the dog’s name on your bumper sticker also provides a dog snatcher with the information needed to lure your best friend from your car and into theirs.

You should also avoid bumper stickers that contain information about the types of sports/hobbies you enjoy. A simple sticker that states you’re a golfer tells a thief that there might be valuable golfing clubs in your car. The same is true of a bumper sticker that professes your love of computers or skiing. You don’t want to make your vehicle an appealing target.

Even a completely benign bumper sticker that shares no personal information but simply draws people’s attention can be dangerous. It provides a stranger with an opportunity to draw you into a conversation. Ninety-nine percent of the time this is a good thing, but there is always a chance that the person who is chatting with you about the bumper sticker is trying to lure you into a false sense of security before they try snatching your purse/keys or shoving you into their vehicle.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy those cute stickers. You can still buy them. Just place them somewhere that they can’t tempt a thief. The front of your refrigerator is a good, safe, choice.

When it comes to the safety of yourself and those you love, you can’t afford to not be careful.


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Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

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Smart devices and cellphones have greatly impacted society. It used to be, if someone wanted information, they needed to look it up in a book. If they wanted to talk someone, they need to write a letter or find a land line. Now, with all of this wireless technology, people can access the world whenever they want.

The power to do this can be very addicting, so much so that people often struggle with putting the devices down when they should. Trying to do other tasks while on the phone can be dangerous, even if the other task is as simple as walking.

Watch Where You’re Going

Using a cellphone can be very attention grabbing. People may think they are capable of multitasking with a cellphone, but they often fail to realize how their other tasks may suffer from the split attention. This distraction is why it is illegal to use a cellphone while driving.

Using a cellphone to browse the web or text while walking can be dangerous for the person. They are often more focused on the little screen and don’t see what they are walking into. There are thousands of videos online of people walking into poles or stumbling into fountains because they were on their phone.

Aside from the obvious problem of not watching where a person is walking, there are additional concerns. The people around phone users have begun to take notice of how little they are paying attention. This is not a good thing. Bad people have realized that it is easy to sneak up on and attack distracted walkers. There have been numerous cases of people being attacked or robbed simply because they were walking while using a cellphone. They were too distracted to see the thief or attacker coming. This is just another reason to not use a cellphone while walking.

City Zombie Laws

In an effort to keep people safe, some cities have begun enacting laws against distracted walking. These laws are often referred to as zombie laws due to how people using their cellphones while walking often shamble and stumble into things like zombies would.

These laws vary from city to city. Some completely outlaw the act of using a phone while walking. Others, only prohibit the act while crossing a street. Either way, both are obviously aimed at keeping people safe by making them pay attention.

Breaking these laws is often not a crime, and so results in no jail time, but a small fine. The fine is usually around $100.

To learn more, and find out if your city has a zombie law, check your city’s local ordinances online.

Don’t Be Caught Off Guard

Knowing what lies around the next turn in life can be difficult, especially when a person has their head buried in their phone. Walking and using a cellphone can be a dangerous multitasking attempt. A person can very easily misstep and end up colliding with something they’d rather not bump into, such as a pole, fountain, or even a speeding car.

What’s more, is there are bad people out there who have picked up on this lack of attention, and are using it to their advantage. If a person wants to avoid running into something, or being snuck up on in broad daylight, then they need to put their phone down or stop walking until they are finished. Don’t try to do both at the same time.

What do you think of zombie laws that prohibit walking and using a cellphone at the same time? Are they fair, or is it cities taking too much control of a person’s life? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.


We Don’t Need Collateral at Lynwood Bail Bonds

We Don’t Need Collateral at Lynwood Bail Bonds

We Don’t Need Collateral at Lynwood Bail Bonds

 

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 Lynwood Bail Bonds, 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 Lynwood Bail Bonds 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 Lynwood Bail Bonds, 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 (323)357-0575 or clicking Chat With Us now.


Friendly Bail Help Anytime in California

Friendly Bail Help Anytime in California

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 Downey Bail Bonds.

Since 1987, Downey 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 Downey 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 Downey Bail Bonds.

Are you looking for bail help? If so, get the best bail help in California by calling (323)357-0575 or clicking Chat With Us now.


The Dangers of Drunk Driving

The Dangers of Drunk Driving

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.


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

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

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 Compton Bail Bonds understand this fact, which is why we do not require collateral on most of our bail bonds.

Here at Compton 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 Compton 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 (323)357-0575 or click Chat With Us now to talk with one of our bail agents.


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Do You Need a Warrant Check in California?

Do You Need a Warrant Check in California?

 

Bailing someone out of jail is no fun, but here at Lynwood Bail Bonds 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. Lynwood Bail Bonds 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 Lynwood Bail Bonds. When a person thinks there might be a warrant out for their arrest, they can contact Lynwood Bail Bonds for help with that as well.

Do you need to talk to one of our agents? Consultations are free, so just call (323)357-0575 or click Chat With Us now.


Dealing with Bullying and the New School Year

Dealing with Bullying and the New School Year

Dealing with Bullying and the New School Year

 

The start of a new school comes with all sorts of new challenges for students. Most of them are academic in nature, but a few come from the other students. Often times this comes in the form of trying to get situated in the new status quo of the year and making new friends. Unfortunately, this can also manifest as bullying.

Bullying has been around for as long as people have been around. Kids especially are good at noticing differences amongst people and poking and prodding at those differences relentlessly. This can lead to a lot of hurt feelings and worse. That is why it is so important for parents to talk to their kids about bullying. They need to teach their children that it is not okay to bully another person, and that they should talk to them if they ever experience bullying of any sort.

 What Is Bullying?

In today’s modern world, bullying can come in all kinds of forms. It can be in person or electronically through texts, emails, and social media. While technology is great, it has inadvertently given bullies access to their victims 24/7, which is just another reason why parents need to be on top of teaching their children about bullying.

However, before anyone can talk about bullying they need to understand it. Bullying is considered to be unwanted aggressive behavior, observed or perceived power imbalances, and repetition of behaviors. These kinds of behaviors can a few different ways. Bullying can be physical, verbal, relational, and damage to property. These can either be done directly or indirectly.

Basically, any behavior that is aimed at hurting a person, physically or emotionally, can be considered bullying, especially if the behavior is repeated.

Somewhere between 1 in 4, to 1 in 3 US students say that they have been bullied. Fewer have umbers have experienced cyber bullying. According to stopbullying.gov, most bullying occurs in middle schools.

 How to Prevent Bullying?

The best way to stop bullying involves a lot of group effort. Adults at the schools and parents all need to get together and work with one another to prevent bullying. Everyone from bus drivers to the principal needs to work to send the message to all students that it is not okay to make fun of and harass other student.

Adults have to learn to recognize bullying from a distance. Even the simple act of stepping in and stopping bullying when it is occurring can make a huge difference for every student involved. It sends a strong message.

The best thing adults can do to help prevent bullying, is to keep lines for communication open between them and kids. Far too often, kids feel like they cannot talk to anyone about their bullying problem. Adults should encourage kids to do what they love, to respect one another, and help others when they need it. This helps build a caring and respectful community that can grow and spread.

Things like zero tolerance policies and expulsion have been found to be very ineffective means for dealing with bullying.

 Adults Have to Work Hard

Bullying is a very big deal, especially for kids. Just ask any adult who as bullied as a child and they will tell you just how miserable that can be. It is up to adults to talk to children and teach them that bullying is not okay. They also need to make sure that they create a safe and welcoming environment for kids to come talk to them about their problems in the first place.

As long as parents, teachers, and other school administrators all put in the effort and work, bullying can be reduced and even eradicated in a school. It won’t be easy, but it is definitely possible, and the benefits of doing so are worth it. Just think how happy kids could be when they don’t have to worry about getting bullied.