Having a Legal Issue and Figuring Out If You Can Vote

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With it being an election year, and a big Presidential Election at that, many of you with loved ones who have a criminal history, or are currently serving time, are probably wondering if they are eligible to vote in November. You may be wondering about your own eligibility, because of your own criminal past. Here is the breakdown for California’s voting rights for residents with criminal history.

First, voters must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old.

  • Misdemeanors do not affect your right to vote. You can be in county jail serving a misdemeanor sentence and still be allowed to register and vote.
  • You can be on probation and still be allowed to register and vote.
  • You may not register and vote if you are in state prison, or in a county jail serving a state prison sentence.
  • You may not register and vote if you are on parole.
  • Voting rights are automatically restored once parole is completed. No further action, like filling out paperwork, is required of you.

Aside from this voting talk, is the talk of bailing people out of jail. Bail bonds work only for those who have been arrested and are waiting for, or are currently on, trial. Bail bonds do not work for those who have already been convicted, or those who have been denied bail. People who have been arrested, but not yet convicted may register and vote.

For your bail bond needs, we urge you to contact Santa Ana Bail Bonds at 714-648-0586 or Chat With Us online.

Can You Vote? All These Say Yes!

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The Presidential Election is only a few months away, and for eligible voters, it is quite an exciting time. From first-time voters, to those seeking to elect a candidate who can make a positive difference, it is sure to be quite the election. Here are some voting rights you may or may not know about:

  • You must be 18 or older to vote, and you must be a United States citizen.
  • Your address may be kept confidential by order of a superior court and/ or upon valid confirmation that you are a member of the Safe At Home Program.
  • Employees can leave work to vote and still be paid for up to 2 hours, given that they do not have time to vote outside of regular work hours.
  • If you have children who are under the age of 13 and you are unable to secure a babysitter, you may bring them to the voting booth with you.
  • Voting polls close at 8 pm, meaning you have to be in line to vote by 8 pm. If you are in line by 7:55 pm, and 8 o’clock strikes, you will still be allowed to cast your vote.
  • No action is required to restore voting rights for anyone who has served time in prison and completed parole. Once that person has completed parole, they are automatically eligible to vote again.

Voting is a right and a great privilege that is at risk when someone is arrested. People can still vote if they are on trial, but they cannot vote if they are convicted. Do not risk that chance. Don’t chance it or else you might need to contact a bail agent.

If you need a bail bond to get your loved one out of jail, contact Santa Ana Bail Bonds online or at 714-648-0586.