Is it Worth Fighting a Traffic Ticket?

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When you get a traffic ticket for speeding or running a stop sign, you can easily pay it, but you wonder whether it is worth fighting the ticket. You might be able to get it reduced or thrown out altogether. In some cases, it can be worth it to fight. However, it is not always the easiest or fastest thing to deal with. In the long run, you may end up losing more money on wasted time. Before you decide, evaluate the pros and cons, including how disruptive it could be to your daily routine and how much you have to gain or lose financially. You need to look at not only your ticket, but your insurance premiums that could increase due to the ticket.

You can get out of paying for a traffic ticket if you show up for court, but the officer does not. This results in an automatic win for you because you are being denied the right to question your accuser. If you postpone your court date and even choose one close to the holidays, you could be increasing your chances on having a no-show from the officer. Officers tend to schedule all their court appearances on the same days so they can do them all at once. If you can get the date moved, you could be in luck. If you get a date close to a major holiday, there is a chance the officer is off on vacation. The officer also may not show up for court if your ticket is inexpensive and is for a very low-level incident.

If you get a ticket based on camera footage, the ticket can get dismissed if the court does not have the video or picture. The courthouse may not want to go through the trouble of acquiring that video footage which means you win and do not have to pay the ticket.

There are other ways to fight a ticket, like getting a lawyer who specializes in traffic cases, but the ones mentioned here are the easiest, fastest, and most affordable ways to get out of paying for the ticket. These depend on your luck, but there could be a chance that luck is on your side.

What Appears on Background Checks?

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Your skills qualify you for the job you are interviewing for and you hit it off with your interviewer. They tell you that unofficially, you have the job. They just need to do a background check and get the paperwork in order. Once everything clears, you are hired! However, you are worried that your potential employer will discover something on your background check that will put you in jeopardy of getting the position.

Background checks are standard procedure for job positions. They are also standard for other needs, like trying to get a home or an apartment. They are legal to do so long as the company complies with the federal and state laws on conducting background checks. The employer just wants to know if you have once been arrested for a crime. When they conduct the background check, misdemeanors and felonies that have occurred in the last 7 years will show up. Infractions and any crimes that you were charged for that occurred over 7 years ago will not show up on your background check.

Additionally, if you received a pardon on a conviction, then that conviction will not show up on a background check. Sealed and expunged records will also not appear on background checks. Finally, if you had successfully completed a diversion program because of an arrest, then that arrest does not show up on your record either.

The chances of the employer denying you a job purely because of your criminal record is slim. If you are worried, you can discuss your concerns, but only if the employer brings up the topic.

Having a criminal history is not going hold you back from getting a job or home. Do not stress about that. If anything, it proves you dealt with something big and you managed to get through it professionally and maturely. That is a positive way to look at it, and hopefully your potential employers will think the same as well.

Travel Allowances While Out on Bail

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If you have a vacation coming up, but you or a travel companion of yours is currently out on bail, you will need to make sure that their release terms and court appearances are not going to conflict with the travel plans. Unfortunately, you will need to prioritize the court situation over your vacation, even if it was planned months ago. By doing this, you and your loved ones are showing the court that you are serious about taking care of this important situation, and that you do not want to cause any additional issues or delays.

First, you will need to know if the judge is even allowing the defendant to travel while out on bail. If there are no travel restrictions, then the defendant is free to move forward with their upcoming vacation. However, the judge may impose certain travel restrictions. For example, the defendant may only be allowed to travel within the state, or among certain states. Then there are some defendants who are not allowed to travel at all. These defendants will even be required to hand their passport over to the court.

No matter what travel restrictions there may be, there is one thing that applies equally to all defendants: they must appear for court as scheduled. If the defendant fails to show up for court or is late, their bail falls into jeopardy and the defendant runs the risk of being taken back into custody. This could lead to paying more, and losing any pledged collateral.

For defendants who are allowed to travel and plan to do so, they should let their bail agent, and lawyer, know ahead of time. They will also need to make sure they are back in time for their next court date. If they need to return early, so be it. Traveling is great but if they skip court, they will not get the luxury to travel again for a very long time.

Gambling Legal in California?

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The world of American sports is electrifying. There is no shortage of sports to appeal to the crowd. There’s football, basketball, golf, swimming, cycling, sailing, and so many more options. If you really know sports, you know that there is always some major sporting event happening. This means that there are plenty of opportunities to try and make the events a little more eventful by placing bets.

There are rules and regulations that Californians must follow when it comes to betting on sporting events, including the following:

•It is legal to place bets.
•It is illegal to take a bet or be a bookie.
•It is illegal for an athlete and a bettor to conspire, where the athlete will intentionally rig or throw a game in order for the bettor to win. People who do this can face prison time and a fine of up to $5,000.
•Refs, umpires, and other in-game officials are not allowed to take bribes. Both the person who offers the bribe and the official can be put into jail and pay a $10,000 fine.

Forms of legal gambling in California include the lottery, gambling on horse races, and going to Indian/ Native American casinos. Other casinos are now allowed in California, but Native American ones are permitted because they are built on sovereign Native American land. Card tables and slot machines can be found in these casinos, and anyone who is of legal age to gamble, is allowed to do so inside these casinos. A word of caution: although the minimum age to gamble is 18, many Native American casinos actually require patrons to be at least 21 to enter the premises because they serve alcohol.

Parking in Los Angeles Could Get Worse

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A parkway refers to the narrow strip of land that occupies the space between sidewalks and the curb. Parkways run parallel to the street and sidewalk and are landscaped, although many do not appear so because people have parked their cars on these areas over the years. In Los Angeles, officials have turned a blind eye to drivers who park their cars on parkways, but that may soon change.

Finding parking is a challenge in any major metropolis, and Los Angeles is no exception. In neighborhoods that are densely populated, residents slowly started to leave their vehicles in these parkway areas. Realizing they were never getting ticketed or towed, they continued to claim these as regular parking spots, and others in the area started to catch on to this trend. What they did not know was that the city actually agreed to be lenient on these individuals back in 2011, but they never made a formal announcement. Angelenos figured it out for themselves.

A few weeks ago, the Los Angeles transportation committee proposed a law that would make parkway parking illegal once again. In fact, the proposed law even says that standing or stopping on the parkway would also be illegal.

Should the proposed law be approved, the city would first implement a grace period. During this time they would reach out to residents to warn them to stop parking in these locations because starting mid-August, they would begin issuing tickets and citations once again.

Even if the law passes, drivers will still be able to park on their own driveway apron, which is the paved section from the curb up to the driveway as long as their vehicle does not block the street or the sidewalk.

Do Not Be Fooled By Bail Bond Companies

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When it comes to rescuing a friend or family member from jail, everyone wants to do so as quickly as possible. No one wants one of their loved ones to have to sit behind bars. This is why people look for the fastest bail bond companies around. However, they need to be careful.

Lately, many bail bond companies have been claiming to be able to get someone out of jail in as little as 1 hour. That might be possible in some counties, under the right conditions, but not in Los Angeles County.

To understand why that is, we first need to briefly talk about the different factors that can affect how long the process can take.

Size of the Jail: The size of the jail where a person is being held changes how quickly someone can get out of jail. Smaller jails hold less inmates than larger ones, and therefore have less paperwork to process. This means smaller jails can process a bail bond faster than a larger jail could.
County of Arrest: The county where someone was arrested can greatly affect how long it takes for someone to be released from jail. Different counties have different laws and regulations. Some are also busier than others due to large populations.
Bail Bond Company: Some bail bond companies do work faster than others. This is usually due to how much a bail agent cares about helping the client. Some companies are more concerned with making money than they are with helping their clients, which shows.
Finding the Money: The speed of the bail bond process also depends on how quickly the client can gather the needed money and co-signers to afford the bail bond. The longer this takes, the longer it takes to bail out a loved one.

As you can see, several things affect how long it can take to bail someone out of jail. This is why it is important to be careful when a company says they will get your loved one out of jail in an hour, especially in Los Angeles County.

LA County jails are notoriously slow when it comes to bailing someone out of jail. They are overcrowded, and they have a lot of paperwork to deal with. They are not going to prioritize or rush bailing one person out. Trying to get someone out of an LA County jail will most likely take a few hours.

We are honest and up front with our clients. We will always do our best to get someone out of jail as quickly as we can. Unfortunately, often times the jails do not share our enthusiasm. We can get the bail bond ready and off to the jail quickly, but then the jail can takes hours to process the paperwork. That is why we can get clients out of jail in as little as 2 hours in some counties, but not others.