Thursday, February 28, 2013

Twin brothers investigated in slayings, Stockton police say - HUGE BAIL $ IN LA!

Tyrone and Jerone Sotolongo
Stockton police are investigating two documented gang members thought to be linked to four homicides and three additional shootings since 2011, officials said.
But they aren't open-and-shut cases, Officer Joseph Silva said. Detectives believe at least one — maybe both — of the men were involved in each of the incidents. But the 19-year-old suspects are twins, and detectives aren't sure which brother might have been involved in what crime.
"That's definitely a challenge," Silva said.
Tyrone Sotolongo was arrested Friday on charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with a Dec. 2 drive-by shooting that killed a 21-year-old man, police said. His brother, Jerone Sotolongo, was also taken into custody on weapons charges unrelated to the homicide.
But because of information developed in an "active investigation," Silva said, investigators believe one or both of the brothers are connected to the other incidents: two unsolved homicides in 2012, one in 2011, and three other shootings in 2012. Details about those incidents were not immediately available.
The twins have not been arrested or charged in the other cases, Silva said, because prosecutors "want us to do a little bit more work" before they consider charges. "We just need the community to come up and provide our investigators with that little bit more information so that we can solve these cases .... We know people out there have information on them," Silva said.
The brothers, set to appear in court next month, are being held in San Joaquin County Jail. Tyrone Sotolongo’s bail was set at $4.75 million; Jerone Sotolongo’s bail at $1.35 million.
Anyone with information about the cases are asked to call investigators at (209) 937-8377 or (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous, police said.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2 Santa Cruz officers die in shootout; suspect killed The slayings stun the seaside community, which has suffered a recent spate of violence.


2 Santa Cruz officers die in shootout; suspect killed

Two Santa Cruz police officers were killed in a shootout and a suspect was fatally wounded Tuesday afternoon in a burst of violence that rocked the eclectic seaside community.
The shootings began about 3:30 p.m., when a man opened fire on two Santa Cruz Police Department officers conducting a follow-up criminal investigation at a home, law enforcement authorities said.
Both officers were fatally wounded and the gunman fled.
Late Tuesday, the slain officers were identified as 10-year veteran Elizabeth Butler, originally from Torrance, and Loren "Butch" Baker, a 28-year veteran.
After the shootings, officers from multiple jurisdictions swooped down on the city and launched a search for the killer.
A suspect later identified as Jeremy Peter Goulet, 35, was killed about 30 minutes later in a second shootout with authorities.
The loss of the two officers followed a recent series of violent incidents in the city and was especially devastating for the small Police Department, which has about 90 sworn officers. Butler and Baker were the first officers slain in the line of duty in the department's history.
"This is a horrific day. We lost two exceptionally fine officers," a visibly shaken Chief Kevin Vogel told reporters. "We need to figure out a way to bring our department together and get through this."
Analicia Cube, who founded the community group Take Back Santa Cruz in late 2009, called the deaths "just devastating for our community."
The city, about 60 miles south of San Francisco, is best known for its famed surf spots, seaside amusement park and diverse community that includes a University of California campus.
But in recent weeks, a UC Santa Cruz student was shot in the head, another student was reportedly raped and a home-invasion robbery left residents on edge.
"Santa Cruz has always been a different, eclectic kind of town," Cube told The Times, breaking down in tears as she talked about the killings. "Now it's just gotten ugly."
Cube, a 39-year-old business owner and mother of two, had just walked into a City Council meeting Tuesday afternoon when the police chief ran past her and sped off in his cruiser. Then her phone rang. A group member had heard the call on the scanner: two officers down.
An hour later, as rumors circulated through the City Council chambers, Mayor Hilary Bryant declared a five-minute recess. When council members emerged from a closed session, some were crying.
As the incident unfolded, police issued a "be on the lookout" alert for Goulet.
Goulet was arrested Friday on suspicion of disorderly conduct at the same location where the two officers were killed, according to the sheriff's online records.
News accounts from the Oregonian newspaper in Portland state that in 2008, a Jeremy Peter Goulet was sentenced to three years probation and sex-offender treatment after a conviction for peeping at a 22-year-old woman as she showered in her northwest Portland condo.
The Oregonian also reported that jurors convicted Goulet of carrying a gun without a concealed weapons permit.
The deadly shootings Tuesday followed a commitment by the Santa Cruz City Council to increase funding for the Police Department.
On Tuesday night, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office had taken over patrol duties in the city and was leading the investigation into the shootings.
"My primary concern at this point," Vogel said at a news conference, "is for the safety and well-being of my officers as well as the families of the deceased officers."
The Facebook page for Take Back Santa Cruz, which is closed to outsiders, was filled with posts Tuesday night expressing anguish and anger, Cube said.
"You're seeing people grieving and in shock," she said. "There's people crying, there's people mad. People are starting to talk about carrying guns around."

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

O.C. man arrested in assault with crowbar at San Diego gas station! -
A 56-year-old man has been arrested in Huntington Beach after allegedly attacking a fellow motorist with a crowbar at a San Diego gas station, police said Tuesday.
Clare Lyle Neighbour was arrested by Huntington Beach police Monday when his car was spotted at a gas station. He was booked into county jail in San Diego on suspicion of attempted murder and attempted robbery.
San Diego police had received a tip that Neighbour was the heavyset man with a white beard who beat 25-year-old Carlos Ramirez on the head with a crowbar after Ramirez refused to give him money.
The incident began shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday when a man drove into a gas station in the Valencia Park neighborhood and asked for free gasoline, police said. The clerk refused. He then made a request for money from a woman who was waiting for her male companion to pump gas. She declined.
The man then asked the man pumping gas for money. When he refused, the man hit him repeatedly in the head with a crowbar before driving off, police said.
Ramirez remains in serious but stable condition in a San Diego hospital, police said.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Paroled sex offenders disarming tracking devices!!- look out Sacramento!

Thousands of high-risk parolees are removing GPS monitors, often with little risk of serving time, because jails are too full to hold them. Some have been charged with new crimes.

Rithy Mam 

SACRAMENTO — Thousands of paroled child molesters, rapists and other high-risk sex offenders in California are removing or disarming their court-ordered GPS tracking devices — and some have been charged with new crimes including sexual battery, kidnapping and attempted manslaughter.
The offenders have discovered that they can disable the monitors, often with little risk of serving time for it, a Times investigation has found. The jails are too full to hold them.
"It's a huge problem," said Fresno parole agent Matt Hill. "If the public knew, they'd be shocked."
More than 3,400 arrest warrants for GPS tamperers have been issued since October 2011, when the state began referring parole violators to county jails instead of returning them to its packed prisons. Warrants increased 28% in 2012 compared to the 12 months before the change in custody began. Nearly all of the warrants were for sex offenders, who are the vast majority of convicts with monitors, and many were for repeat violations.
The custody shift is part of Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature's "realignment" program, to comply with court orders to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. But many counties have been under their own court orders to ease crowding in their jails.
Some have freed parole violators within days, or even hours, of arrest rather than keep them in custody. Some have refused to accept them at all.
Before prison realignment took effect, sex offenders who breached parole remained behind bars, awaiting hearings that could send them back to prison for up to a year. Now, the maximum penalty is 180 days in jail, but many never serve that time.
With so little deterrent, parolees "certainly are feeling more bold," said Jack Wallace, an executive at the California Sex Offender Management Board.
Rithy Mam, a convicted child stalker, was arrested three times in two months after skipping parole and was freed almost immediately each time. After his third release, his GPS alarm went off and he vanished, law enforcement records show.
The next day, he turned up in a Stockton living room where a 15-year-old girl was asleep on the couch, police said. The girl told police she awoke to find the stranger staring at her and that he asked "Wanna date?" before leaving the home.
Police say Mam went back twice more that week and menaced the girl and her 13-year-old sister, getting in by giving candy to a toddler, before authorities recaptured him in a local park. He is in custody on new charges of child molestation.
Californians voted in 2006 to require that high-risk sex offenders be tracked for life with GPS monitors strapped to their bodies.
The devices are programmed to record offenders' movements and are intended, at least in part, to deter them from committing crimes. The devices, attached to rubber ankle straps embedded with fiber-optic cable, transmit signals monitored by a private contractor.
They are easy to cut off, but an alarm is triggered when that happens, as it is when they are interfered with in other ways or go dead, or when an offender enters a forbidden area such as a school zone or playground. The monitoring company alerts parole agents by text message or email.
Arrest warrants for GPS tamperers are automatically published online. The Times reviewed that data as well as thousands of jail logs, court documents and criminal histories provided by confidential sources. The records show that the way authorities handle violators can vary significantly by county.
San Bernardino County releases more inmates early from its cramped jails than any other county in California, according to state reports. But sex offenders who violate parole there generally serve their terms. A spokeswoman said the county closely reviews criminal histories, and those with past sex offenses are ineligible for early release.
By contrast, parole violators in San Joaquin County are often set free within a day of arrest.
A review of the county's jail logs shows that nine of the 15 sex offenders arrested for violating parole in December and January were let out within 24 hours, including seven who immediately tampered with their trackers and disappeared. One of the nine, a convicted rapist named Robert Stone, was arrested two weeks later on kidnapping charges and returned to jail, where he remains.
Raoul Leyva, a sex offender with a history of beating women, was arrested in April for fleeing parole and ordered to remain jailed for 100 days. He was out in 16 days and soon bolted again, after allowing the battery on his device to go dead, according to the documents reviewed by The Times.
Less than two weeks later, a drug dealer led police to a Stockton apartment where Leyva's girlfriend, 20-year-old Brandy Arreola, had lain for days on the floor, severely beaten and in a coma. Now brain damaged and confined to a wheelchair, Arreola spends her time watching cartoons.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Oakland rapper 'Kenny Clutch' killed in Las Vegas Strip shooting - Wild Story!

Kenny Clutch

One of the victims in a spectacular predawn shooting and crash on the Las Vegas Strip has been identified as Kenneth Cherry Jr., an aspiring rapper known as Kenny Clutch.
His attorney, Vicki Greco, said his death was shocking.
"Out of everyone I know in the rapping industry, there is no way I would have ever, ever expected to find that he was shot on the Las Vegas Strip in such an aggressive manner," Greco said.
"He didn't have a [criminal] record or a history. He was just a good kid trying to make it and be a good father." Cherry had two children, she said. According to his Facebook page, Cherry is from Oakland and lived in Las Vegas. He died early Thursday morning when bullets fired from a black Range Rover peppered his Maserati, authorities said. They said Cherry and the occupants of the Range Rover had left the Aria resort hotel and were heading north on Las Vegas Boulevard at 4:20 a.m., an hour when the casino marquees shine brightly but the gambling thoroughfare is largely empty. At Harmon Avenue, occupants inside the Range Rover opened fire on the Maserati, police said. The silver-gray sports car, which was struck several times, sped into the intersection at Flamingo Road, ramming a Yellow cab, officials said. The taxi exploded, killing the driver and a passenger. Four other vehicles in the intersection were also involved in the crash and explosion, but police offered no details. Cherry died later at a hospital.
Police had more questions than answers. "It began with a dispute at a nearby hotel and spilled onto the streets," said Capt. Chris Jones of the Las Vegas Police Robbery and Homicide Division.
Cherry's aunt, Pat Sims of Oakland, told the Oakland Tribune that her nephew was a kind soul.
"I can tell you this ... the world has lost a good man," Sims said. "I'm not saying he didn't have his faults, but he was very kind, especially to older people. Whatever happened in Vegas, I don't know about, but he was a very kind soul."
The newspaper reported that Cherry had several arrests in Oakland and Berkeley, many for gun charges. He was convicted on a gun charge in 2007, stemming from an arrest in Berkeley, sources told the Tribune, although details on that conviction weren't immediately available.
In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and killed two blocks from Thursday's accident scene, at the intersection of Flamingo Boulevard and Koval Lane, as he rode in a car driven by Death Row Records Chairman Marion "Suge" Knight.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

O.C. shootings: Victim in house ID'd but info not released -

PHOTOS: Shootings at multiple locations in O.C.
The first victim in the shooting rampage that left four dead across Orange County has been identified, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Gail Krause said that officials have identified the woman — who was shot in an upscale Ladera Ranch condo — but will not release her identity until next of kin is notified.
Ali Syed, 20, is believed to have shot the woman and fled the condo, embarking on a carjacking and shooting spree in which he killed a plumber and a businessman during the morning rush hour, authorities said.
PHOTOS: Shootings at multiple locations in O.C.
Authorities said the gunman killed three people and wounded three others on Tuesday, before being spotted by California Highway Patrol officers.
He pulled off the 55 Freeway and drove several blocks before he got out of the truck he was driving — while it was still in motion — and shot himself in the head with a shotgun.
Authorities earlier said that Syed's family did not know the victim who found in the family's south Orange County home.
MAP: Orange County shootings
Little is known about Syed, who neighbors said was rarely seen in the community. He was a part-time student at Saddleback College, taking a single computer repair course.
Authorities have scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference where they are expected to release details of the alleged gunman and perhaps the identity of the woman he's accused of killing.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mastermind of San Diego courthouse bombing gets 55-year sentence - GOOD! attests this in OUR city-

 Courthouse - Mastermind of San Diego courthouse bombing gets 55-year sentence

Donny Love Sr., 44, was sentenced Friday after being convicted by a federal jury in June. Two co-defendants had previously been sentenced to 10 years in prison and a third co-defendant to 11 years.
Love, who was living in Menifee in Riverside County, orchestrated the bombing in hopes of obtaining reward money by providing information leading to the arrest of the three others, including a former girlfriend, according to court testimony.
Days after the bombing, Love called the FBI and offered information in exchange for $75,000. He also wanted help in gaining leniency on a pending six-year prison sentence on a robbery conviction, according to evidence presented at his trial.
Love was not present when two pounds of explosive powder was placed near the doors of the courthouse May 4, 2008. The 1:40 a.m. explosion blew out the doors and sent shrapnel and nails flying in all directions. No one was hurt.
Love's sentence "ensures that the defendant will never again be able to endanger the lives of the citizens of our community," U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy said.
Love was convicted of using a weapon of mass destruction and related charges.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Heartbreaking! Deputy killed in Dorner standoff was 'fun,' 'boisterous' new dad

Jeremiah MacKay, the San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot while closing in on the fugitive ex-cop, is remembered as having a big personality, big heart and big, loud laugh.

Jeremiah MacKay during manhunt Saturday 

Jeremiah MacKay was a regular at Liam's Irish Pub in Colton.
He always had a pint of Guinness and a smile, said Yara Alves, the bar's owner. He had Irish roots, and he'd show up, guaranteed, every St. Patrick's Day wearing a kilt and bringing his bagpipe.
"He never had anything sad or negative to say," Alves said. "It was as if he never had a bad day."
Alves choked up as she spoke about MacKay, 35, a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy who was killed in a firefight Tuesday in an isolated area near Big Bear. Police said the gunman was Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer bent on revenge over his dismissal from the agency in 2009.
WHO THEY WERE: Victims in the Dorner case
A second deputy, Alex Collins, was wounded in the gunfight, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said. Collins has undergone multiple surgeries and is expected to make a full recovery.
McMahon said the deputies who responded to the cabin where Dorner barricaded himself are "absolutely true heroes."
"The rounds kept coming" from the cabin, he said, "but the deputies didn't give up."
Dorner also is believed to have killed three other people, including Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain, who was shot in his marked patrol vehicle. Crain was buried Wednesday. On Feb. 3, Monica Quan, daughter of a retired LAPD captain, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, were found shot to death in an Irvine parking garage in what police believe were the first of Dorner's crimes.
On Thursday, authorities confirmed that the charred remains found in the burned-out cabin were Dorner's.
For days, MacKay, a 14-year veteran of the department, was involved in the massive manhunt for Dorner in the mountains around Big Bear.
"We knew he was up there," MacKay's cousin Jennifer Goehring said. "We were praying for his safety, but never in a million years would we have thought this would happen."
MacKay posted photos from the mountains on his Facebook page, joking about how he — who grew up in the San Bernardino Mountains — was one of the only officers wearing short-sleeved shirts in the snow.
On Saturday he told an Associated Press reporter that he knew the danger as he scoured the mountains for Dorner: "This one, you just never know if the guy's going to pop out or where he's going to pop out. We're hoping this comes to a close without any more casualties."
On Sunday he was pictured on the front page of The Times, his eyes squinted as he put on a hat. He posted a photo of the newspaper on Facebook, making fun of his facial expression, Alves said.
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Capt. Lee Hamblin said he was responding to the call of a gun battle when he heard "Officer down." He said his worst fear was soon confirmed when he learned MacKay had been killed.
"Although we're glad it's over," Hamblin said of the manhunt, "the price we paid was way too high."
MacKay joined the department in July 1998, Hamblin said. He worked in the jails, as a detective at the department's Big Bear station and most recently as a deputy in the department's Yucaipa station.
He was married to Lynette Quinata MacKay and had a 7-year-old stepdaughter and a 4-month-old son, Goehring said. He was thrilled to be a new father. His family, she said, made him the happiest man in the world.
On Thursday, a steady stream of people stopped by a makeshift memorial outside the Yucaipa station.
Janet Lopez, 55, placed flowers and a note at the memorial. MacKay, she said, had taken a liking to her father, who suffered from renal failure. MacKay would "go over and cheer him up, get him to walk," she said.
Family, friends and co-workers described the deputy as having a big personality, a big heart and a big, loud laugh. It was difficult to be sad around him, they said.
It was MacKay's laugh that first caught Edward Knuff's attention years ago in Liam's Irish Pub.
"He was a little boisterous, always fun," Knuff said.
Knuff, a commercial photographer, said he met MacKay at the pub for a meeting of the Inland Empire Emerald Society, a nonprofit that raises money for the families of fallen law enforcement officers.
Now the organization is raising money for MacKay's family.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

California has some CRAZY Laws! - read this!

BailNow was blown away by these laws - ALL OVER CALIFORNIA!

I stumbled on this and thought I'd share.

California had/has some crazy laws:

Alhambra: You cannot leave your car on the street overnight without the proper permit.
• Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
Arcadia: Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.
• A server in California can be convicted of selling to a minor if the purchaser uses a false or altered ID to buy the alcohol.
Baldwin Park: Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
• Bathhouses are against the law.
Belvedere City Council order reads: "No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash."
Blythe: You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.
Burlingame: It is illegal to spit, except on baseball diamonds; Carmel Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk. (Repealed when Clint Eastwood was mayor); Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits.
• California only fairly recently legalized the sale of alcoholic beverages in nudist colonies.
• Car wash attendants in San Francisco, California may not use underwear to wash or dry vehicles.

My personal favorite,
Chico: Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine.

• Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.
Downey: It is illegal to wash your car in the street. (Passed 1995).
• Giving or receiving oral sex is prohibited.
• Hollywood: It is illegal to drive more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.
• In 1838, the city of Los Angeles passed an ordinance requiring that a man must obtain a license before serenading a woman.
• In Los Angeles courts it is illegal to cry on the witness stand.
• In Berkeley, Calif., you can't whistle for an escaped bird before 7 a.m.
• In 1930, the City Council of Ontario passed an ordinance forbidding roosters to crow within the city limits.
• In an animal shelter, lizards and snakes are treated under the same guidelines as cats and dogs.
• In Baldwin Park, California nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
• In California, community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.
• In California it is illegal to have caller ID
• In California it's against regulations to let phones ring more than nine times in state offices.
• In California you may not set a mouse trap without a hunting license.
• In California, selling a gold piece without tooth marks in it is considered forgery.
• In California, animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
• In Los Angeles, years ago it was legal to cook in your bedroom, but not to sleep in your kitchen.
• In Los Angeles a man is legally entitled to beat his wife with a leather belt or strap, but the belt can't be wider than 2 inches, unless he has his wife's consent to beat her with a wider strap. Consent should be given prior to the event, as is carefully stipulated.
• In Los Angeles, you cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time.
• In the 1940's, California law made it illegal to serve alcohol to a gay person.
• In Riverside, California, kissing on the lips, unless both parties wipe their lips with carbonized rose water, is against the local health ordinance. (Someone needed to be kissed!)
• In San Francisco it's illegal to play poker in public or gamble in a barricaded room.
• In San Francisco, it's illegal to beat a rug in front of your house.
• In Ventura County, California, cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit.
• It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
• It is a violation of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Act for producers of alcohol beverages to list the names of retailers or restaurants that sell their products in advertising or even in newsletters.
• It is illegal for a man to beat his wife with a strap wider than 2 inches without her consent.
• It is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss.
• It is illegal to cry on the witness stand.
• It is illegal to drive more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.
• It is illegal to eat an orange in your bath tub
• It is illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner.
• It is illegal to set a mouse trap without a hunting license.
Lafayette: You are forbidden to spit on the ground within 5 feet of another person.
Lodi: It is illegal to own or sell "Silly String".
Lompoc: It is illegal to posses, own or raise roosters. This is considered disturbing the peace.
Long Beach: Cars are the only item allowed in a garage; It is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course.
• Los Angeles law forbids hunting moths under a street light.
• Los Angeles: It is illegal for a man to beat his wife with a strap wider than 2 inches without her consent; You cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time; You may not hunt moths under a street light; It is illegal to cry on the witness stand; Toads may not be licked; It is a crime for dogs to mate within 500 yards of a church (Breaking this law is punishable by a fine of $500 and/or six months in prison); Zoot suits are prohibited.
• Many animals are illegal to own as pets, including snails, sloths, and elephants.
• Molesting butterflies can result in a $500 fine.
• No alcohol beverages can be displayed within five feet of a cash register of any store in California that sells both alcohol and motor fuel.
• No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
• Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
Oakland, Calif., makes it illegal to grow a tree in front of your neighbor's window and block his view. However, you're off the hook if the tree is one that town officials consider an attractive tree, such as a redwood or box elder.
• One may not carry a lunch down the street between 11 and 1 o'clock.
• Ontario: Roosters may not crow in the city limits.
Pacific Grove: Molesting butterflies can result in a $500 fine.
Palm Springs: It is illegal to walk a camel down Palm Canyon Drive between the hours of four and six PM.
Pasadena: It is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss.
• Persons classified as "ugly" may not walk down any street.
Prunedale: Two bathtubs may not be installed in the same house.
Redlands: Motor vehicles may not drive on city streets unless a man with a lantern is wallking ahead of it.
• Riverside: One may not carry a lunch down the street between 11 and 1 o'clock.
San Diego: It is illegal to shoot jackrabbits from the back of a streetcar; The owners of houses with Christmas lights on them past February second may be fined up to $250.
• San Francisco has an ordinance prohibiting "cane games." City officials have no idea what cane games are. But when revising city laws recently, officials decided to keep the prohibition on the books, in case someday, somehow, cane games came back, they were deemed improper and the city needed the law.
• San Francisco is said to be the only city in the nation to have ordinances guaranteeing sunshine to the masses.
• San Francisco: Prohibits elephants from strolling down Market Street unless they are on a leash; It is illegal to wipe one's car with used underwear; Persons classified as "ugly" may not walk down any street; It is illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner; Giving or receiving oral sex is prohibited.
• San Francisco bans any "mechanical device that reproduces obscene language."
• San Francisco prohibits kerchoo powders and stink balls.
San Jose: It is illegal to have more than two cats or dogs. -Ord. 7.08.595
Santa Monica: You may not play percussion instruments on the beach.
• Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.
Temecula: Ducks have the right of way to cross Rancho California St. at all times.
• The Chico, California, City Council enacted a ban on nuclear weapons, setting a $500 fine for anyone detonating one within city limits.
• The city of San Francisco holds a copyright on the name "San Francisco." It is illegal to manufacture any item with the name without first getting permission from the city. Since the Supreme Court upheld the copyright, San Francisco has had an annual $300 million surplus every year.
• The Santa Monica, Calif., City Council recently proposed that men be allowed to use women's public restrooms when there's a line of three or more at the mens' room, and vice versa.
• Women may not drive in a house coat.
• You can be fined $500 if you bother a butterfly in Pacific Grove, Ca.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Man arrested after he allegedly tries to bomb an Oakland bank -

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A 28-year-old man was arrested Friday in Oakland after he allegedly tried to detonate a vehicle-borne explosive device at a bank, authorities said.
Matthew Aaron Llaneza, a resident of San Jose, allegedly selected a Bank of America branch as the site for an intended terrorist attack, but he was thwarted by a sting operation that rendered the device impotent, authorities said.
On Nov. 30, Llaneza met with a man who led him to believe he was connected with the Taliban and the mujahidin in Afghanistan. The man was actually an undercover FBI agent who monitored Llaneza closely over subsequent months, according to the federal complaint against him.
Llaneza was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against property used in an activity that affects interstate or foreign commerce.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Villaraigosa asks L.A. to 'remain alert' during manhunt for ex-cop - Help find him! - will keep our ears to the street to help find this guy!

PHOTOS: Manhunt for ex-LAPD officer
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asked Angelenos to "remain alert" as a manhunt continued Thursday for an ex-police officer suspected of a double homicide and shooting three police officers, killing one.
Villaraigosa also urged residents to call 911 if they saw anything suspicious.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those so senselessly slain in this tragedy," the mayor said in a statement. "I have full confidence that the men and women of the LAPD and dozens of other law enforcement agencies around Southern California are working with the utmost urgency to apprehend the killer."

Local, state and federal authorities are involved in a manhunt for Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, who threatened "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" against police in an online manifesto. Dorner is also wanted in connection with a double homicide Sunday in Irvine, where the daughter of a retired Los Angeles Police Department captain and her fiance were killed.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Dorner had multiple weapons at his disposal, including an assault rifle, and called the ex-LAPD officer and former Navy reserve lieutenant "armed and extremely dangerous."
"Of course he knows what he's doing — we trained him," Beck told reporters Thursday morning. "It is extremely worrisome and scary, especially to the police officers involved."
When asked what he might say to Dorner, Beck replied: "I would tell him to turn himself in. This has gone far enough. No one else needs to die."
Beck urged anyone who sees Dorner to immediately call 911 and not approach him.
The search intensified early Thursday — and warnings spread across California and Nevada — after three police officers were shot in Riverside County and Dorner was identified as a possible suspect.

The first shooting occurred about 1:30 a.m. Thursday in Corona, where two LAPD officers were providing protection for someone mentioned in Dorner's manifesto, officials said. One officer suffered a graze wound to the head during a shootout and Dorner fled the scene, police said.
A short time later, two Riverside officers were shot at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Arlington Avenue in Riverside, authorities said.
“Our officers were stopped at an intersection at a red light when they were ambushed," Lt. Guy Toussaint said. "Because of the close proximity to the timeline, we believe there is a strong likelihood that former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner was involved in our incident.” As authorities swarmed the area, two officer-involved shootings occurred in Torrance after police encountered suspicious vehicles.
The first Torrance incident occurred about 5:20 a.m. in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue, said Lt. Devin Chase. That incident involved Los Angeles police detectives from the Hollywood division, sources said.
Beck said police were in the area on protection detail for one of the officials mentioned in the manifesto when authorities received information a vehicle matching the description of Dorner's was seen in the area.
Police then observed a vehicle with its lights turned off and approached it, at which point the shooting occurred. Beck said the two women inside the vehicle were struck and taken to an area hospital. One suffered a minor wound; the other, who was struck twice, was in stable condition, Beck said.
Sources said the women were delivering newspapers.
“Tragically, we believe this is a case of mistaken identity,” Beck said.
The second incident, which involved Torrance police officers, occurred at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street about 5:45 a.m., Chase said. No injuries were reported in that incident.
Chase said both incidents involved vehicles matching the description of the one Dorner is believed to be driving.
"Now it appears neither of them are directly related," Chase said. "In both of them, officers believed they were at the time."
Authorities said they believe Dorner attempted to steal a boat from an elderly man about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Point Loma Yacht Club in San Diego, hours before the shootings in Riverside County.
The boat owner reported being accosted by a burly man who tied him up, threatened him with a gun and said he wanted the boat to flee to Mexico.
But while they were trying to get underway, a rope became entangled in the propeller and the boat was inoperable, authorities said. The suspect fled the scene and the boat owner was unharmed.
About 2 a.m., a citizen reported finding property belonging to Dorner on a street near San Diego's main commercial airport, Lindbergh Field, not far from the scene of the attempted boat theft. The property included a briefcase and Dorner's LAPD badge.

In his online manifesto, Dorner specifically named the father of Monica Quan, the Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach who was found dead Sunday in Irvine along with her fiance, Keith Lawrence.
Randy Quan, a retired LAPD captain, was involved in the review process that ultimately led to Dorner’s dismissal. A former U.S. Navy reservist, Dorner was fired in 2009 for allegedly making false statements about his training officer. In the manifesto, he complained that Randy Quan and others did not fairly represent him at the review hearing.
“The violence of action will be high.... I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty," Dorner wrote.

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History of Bail Bonds

The concept of bail dates back to the origination of English law. Sheriffs knew that long periods of time could pass from the arrest to the trial date or preliminary hearing. These sheriffs managed the jail and were frequently the bail officers. At that time, jails were easy to escape from; and keeping someone in prison was costly and problematic. By law, a sheriff whose prisoner escaped was hung for the offense. In addition, the jail environment was unsanitary; and prisoners could die before trial. Bail bonds posted by friends and family, who took the responsibility for the accuser's court appearance, then became the prison release of choice. The thought behind this idea consists of the belief that the family will keep track of the accused instead of forfeiting their property, Due to the strong family tie; it was assumed that the accused would appear for trial to protect the interest used for his bail. In addition, bail prevented the punishment of imprisonment until the accused was found guilty of the crime. These ideas later became part of the U.S. legal system and are protect in the right to due process in the event of a criminal offense.

Pretrial Detention

May be ordered by a judge when defendant is a threat to the community or risk of flight.

Why Bail Bonds Work

Being private enterprise more defendants will appear for trial with out cost to taxpayer or government.

Bail Licenses

In many states, the bail bondsman is required to obtain a license from the state insurance commission. The minimum age requirement to obtain a bail bondsman license is 18 years old. In many instances, twelve hours of pre-licensing class time are required. This class time covers the legal aspects of providing bail bonds, including the rights of the accused and ethical a business practices. A surety company bond for usually 1 thousand dollars is also required to be filed along with the state department of insurance application. Copies of all of the agreements used in business should also be provided for review by the insurance commission. Fingerprints are also required to be on file with the application. Applicant must pass the department of insurance's written exam. Most licenses are issued to individuals and are valid for one year. License renewal requires an additional fee and six additional classroom hours. For additional information on the bail bond licensing process, contact your state insurance commission.

Bail Bondsman Code of Ethics

The behavior of bail bondsmen is covered by a code of ethics. The code of ethics specifies the bond agents' duties regarding their clients, community, and competition for clients. Bondsmen owe their clients the best effort to post bail within a specific time frame. A bond agent also has the obligation to turn down clients in certain instances. Specialized bonds should be handled by experienced bond agents. A bond agent should tell the client if they're unable to handle the bonding situation. Bond agents have the responsibility to exercise care and protect the personal property put up for collateral aspects of using collateral should also be familiar to the bond agent. Bondsmen are liable for negligent acts regarding the collateral or business dealings. The bond agent should not discriminate based on race, religion, or national origin. The bond agent should also operate fairly to avoid conflicts with other licensed bond agents. The bondsman should make every effort to explain the disclosure agreements and bail documents. Additional information on the code of ethics can be obtained from a bail bondsman in your area.

Confidentiality Relationship with Bail Bondsman

A bail bond service provides a confidential source of funds for your bail. The services of a bail bond agent can prevent you from having to approach friends, family, banks, and other financial sources to obtain the bail amount. Using a bail bondsman allows you to complete the paperwork in one sitting. This prevents headaches and allows you to focus on your defense. You can easily determine and sign over collateral items at one time. It prevents the need to transfer funds at a numerous financial institutions. The bonding services allows you to maintain some control over your defense. It prevents the need to transfer funds at a numerous financial institutions. The bonding services allow y0o to maintain some control over your circumstances and the information regarding the charges pending against you. Bond agents work in your corner to gain you release as soon as possible. Although confidentiality is not guaranteed by the code of ethics most Bond agents use discretion.
The bondsman should provide complete disclosure of the bond process and release advice while and attorney is present if possible. For additional information on bail bond agent confidentiality, contact a bail bondsman. Bail bond services offer many convenience features. Bail bondsmen are familiar with the procedures to gain your release from jail. They can use their experience to help you gain a faster release. A great majority of bond agents are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or all hours of jail operation. This allows you to gain release when a bail amount is known. Bond agents are able to complete the paperwork in normally one meeting, either in their office of at the jail facility. Bail bondsmen have the ethical obligation to inform you of any facts that would normally be of interest to you while applying for a bail bond. They will explain the disclosure forms so you understand what you're signing. Some bail bond agencies can even help prevent arrest by posting a bail bond for you in another jurisdiction where you may have a charge pending against you. Speak with a bail bondsman to learn more about their convenient service features.

Payment Arrangements

When you need to post bail, payment arrangements van make a big difference, may bail bond agencies now accept credit cards to cover the premium payments needed to secure the bond. Automatic teller machine cards may also be accepted at some agencies depending on the charge, some motor vehicle emergency clubs my provide bail bond assistance. The majority of them cover exclusively traffic violation nm and guaranteed bond amounts vary. Financing premium payment may also be available. Payment arrangements are the sole discretion of the bond agent. Bond agents can request the maximum legal premium payment to take less with additional installment payment plans. Payment agreements are specific to each bail bond. The more willing the bond agent is to work with you to come up with the funding for a premium payment; the faster you or your family member can be released from jail. Contact a bail bondsman for specific information on payment arrangements available in your area.

Premium Payments

Premium payments represent the bail bondsman's fee for securing your release from confinement. This fee is normally restricted by law to a certain percentage of the bail amount. For example, if bail is 10 thousand dollars then the premium fee of ten to fifteen percent would be 1 thousand or 15 hundred dollars. Depending on the charges and the duration of the t5rial, another premium payment may be required. Generally, the premium paid is only valid for one year. The remaining amount of the bail bond is covered by collateral. The premium amount is not refundable, regardless of the disposition of the charges against the accused. The collateral will be released, assuming the court has come to a decision and bail terms were satisfied. If you flee the court, or “jump bail”, the entire premium payment and collateral will be seized by the bonding agency. Paying premium payment to bond agents can save you money and allow you to manage your money instead of paying a cash bond to the court for the entire bail amount. A bail bondsman can provide additional information on premium payments.

Bail Conditions

Bail conditions can vary depending on the type of bail, the restriction of the court, and the bail bond agreement. One necessary condition of bail is the obligation to appear at any and all court appointment and grails. Bail for release, appeal procedures, and parole applications can limit your travel to within a certain area courts may give permission to travel if you provide detailed information about your plans to the court officer. Bondsmen also have the right to impose restrictions on their terms of bail if you have a drug problem and refuse treatment; a bondsman can make treatment completion a requirement of the bond. An Agreement with this condition can send you back to jail if you fail to complete the treatment. Mandating treatment in this manner can ensure that you get needed help. Additional conditions may include continued employment or meeting scheduled appoints with court officers. An attorney or bail bondsman can provide additional information on bail conditions.

Bond Indemnitor

Bond indemnitors, or co-signers, have the responsibility of paying the bail bond's premium payment and adhering to the contract agreement. Bond premium fees are generally valid for only one year. If the term of bail runs longer than a year, Additional premium payments are required. Bond indemnitors can be family, friends, or even the accused. A co-signer, or guarantor, has the most to lose should the accused not show for trial appearances, In addition to forfeiting the premium payment, co-signers can lose items used as collateral to cover the remaining bail bond balance. Bond indemnitors can impose conditions of release on the bail bond agreement, for instance, completing a drug treatment program or mental evaluation can be required to maintain the bail bond release. If a person on bail attempts to flee, the co-signer can have the bail bond privilege revoked. A bail bondsman in your area can provide additional information on c0-signing or guaranteeing a release bond.

Using Collateral

In order to obtain a surety bond, the bondsman will require collateral in addition to the premium payment percentage before the bond can be issued and release gained. Collateral for the outstanding bail bond amount can include nearly anything of resale value that your. Equity in a home can be considered collateral assuming there Is not a second mortgage for the amount. Cars may not be considered collateral unless you own them free and clear of nay financing institution. Once a large item is used as collateral, you may keep possession and continue to use it while the bondsman holds the item's title. This includes houses, boats, motor homes, and cars. Smaller items of value, like jewelry, computers, cameral and firearms, will need to be surrendered to the bondsman. The bondsman will keep thee items in a secure location for the duration of the bail. Only the resale value of the items will be used towards the necessary collateral amount-not the amount paid. Your collateral is returned after charges are dropped, sentence is determined, or innocence is proven. A bail bondsman in your area can provide additional information on collateral.

Removing Bond Liabilities

The liability of bail is removed once the terms of the bail have been satisfied. This includes attendance at all the court proceedings. Once the defendant has been vindicated or charges have been dismissed, the bond is considered void. The defendant is still liable for any fines or penalties regarding the case. The bail bondsman will return any items used as collateral to hold the bond. The bond agent will verify the exoneration with the courts prior to releasing nay lies ns. However, if an outstanding premium payment is due to the bail bondsman, the liability is kept until the payment is paid in full. The indemnitor, or co-signer, of the bond is liable to the full bond amount if the bond is forfeited due primarily to the defendant “skipping” the court proceeding. Bail bondsman expenses are also included until the court exonerates the bond. If the defendant is sentenced for a crime and remanded to the court, the bail collateral is released to you. The premium payment to the bail bondsman is the exception. It's kept for guaranteeing release and court appearances. For additional information on the removal of bond liabilities, contact a bail bondsman.

Withdrawal of Bail

The primary condition of you bail requires you to appear in court. However additional condition may be part of our terms of release. These conditions can include completion of a substance abuse treatment program or checking in regularly with some agent of the court. If you inform someone of an intent to flee the court, your bail can be withdrawn. A bail agent can even terminate your bail with little to no cause and request that you be remanded to confinement. If you leave your job, can't be found or indicated you would run from the courts, a bond agent may withdraw your bond and return you to jail. If you pose a threat to the community or commit a crime while on bail, the court my deny bail and, n effect, withdraw the existing bail privilege. An attorney or bail bondsman in your area can provide additional information on bail withdrawal.

Right to Arrest

Bail bondsmen, in many instances, have a greater license to arrest than local law enforcement. The Supreme Court decision of “Taylor versus Taintor” holds that once bail is proved, “the principal is regard as delivered to the custody of his sureties. Their dominion is a continuation of the original imprisonment.” The arrest is not considered a new process but an extension of the original arrest for the bailed charge. The bondsman may at any time cancel the bail privilege and return the defendant to confinement a bail bond agent may choose to hire an en\forces to being in the defendant. Bondsmen or their agents are not required to obtained additional warrants or extradition papers. A bail bondsman or enforcer agent can break and enter the residence of the defendant for the purpose of arrest. A bond agent may be required to register with local law enforcement prior to making an arrest of the defendant. Failure to notify local officials can result in fines and potential jail time of the agent. Additional information on the right to arrest can be provided by an attorney or bail bondsman. Although the bail bondsman's right to arrest can include extradition, many special circumstances may be involved.
Bounty hunters have the right to arrest an accused individual who has fled the court. However, the process of returning them to the court can be somewhat challegning. The bail enforcer may have to register with the local legal authority prior to the arrest, failure to do so can result in fines, jail time, and even kidnapping charges for the bounty hunter. Many bondsmen have the arrest warrant and other necessary documents available, so a court appearance in the city or state where the arrest occurs is not necessary. The extradition authority of the bounty hunter does not carry over to international law. So if the accused individual has traveled out of the Unites States, the extradition would be subject to the international agreements made between the two countries involved. State law varies as to the recognized authority of a bounty hunter to arrest and extradite accused individuals. A bail bondsman can provide additional information on extradition procedures.

Bounty Hunters

Bounty Hunters, or bail enforcers, are often hired by bail bondsmen to locate, arrest, and return the accused person to court. Bail enforcers share the rights to arrest with the hiring bail bond agent. These rights may vary from state to state for example in the state of Florida only a licensed Bail bonds person may affect an arrest. It is a criminal offense for any other person than the Bail bonds person or a law enforcement officer. In these type arrests there are no need to obtain search warrants or extradition documents within the United States. Breaking and entering is permitted by Licensed Bail Agents or in some states by bail enforcers if the residence is that of the individual they are tracking. However, the bounty hunter needs to be certain they have the right person or both the bondsman and the bounty hunter are liable or damages and lawsuits for false arrest. Many states require bounty hunters to register with local law enforcement prior to making an arrest. Failure to notify the local agency can result in fines and even jail time for the bounty hunter. The rights to arrest held by the bounty hunter doesn't transfer to foreign countries. Charges of kidnapping can result for arrests in foreign countries. According to state statues some states allow bounty hunters to carry firearms and should be trained in the legal aspects of their position. Contact a bail bondsman for additional information on bounty hunters in your state.

Skipping Bail

Skipping bail is the term used to describe a charged individual who fails to make the mandated court appearances. When an accused person skips bail; the court issues a bench warrant for their arrest and court appearance. Bail is normally forfeited at a specified time period thereafter. Once the individual has skipped, a bail bondsman may try to locate them through whatever means possible. This can include hiring the services of a bounty hunter. “Tracking a skip,” as it's sometimes referred to, can involve role playing on the part of the bounty hunter. This deception is legal and can often lead to obtaining information on the location of the accused. However should the bounty hunter causes property damage during the arrest, the bondsman can also be held liable for the costs. If the accused is returned to court prior to the forfeiture date, the bail amount has not been paid and the collateral may be returned. State law varies on the rights and obligations of bounty hunters in tracking an accused person. For additional information on skipping bail, contact a bail bondsman in your area.

Federal Bonds

Bail bonds for crimes in U.S, District courts are considered federal bonds. These bonds serve the same purpose as other types of bonds. They release you from jail on the guarantee you'll appear at all court proceedings. Federal offenses include any interstate crime. There is no schedule of bail amounts for individual offenses. The judge, during an arraignment hearing, determines the bail amounts. It's not uncommon to have the bail amounts in federal cases be set at high levels, making obtaining release more difficult. A bail bondsman is able to write federal bonds for a premium charge. The normal premium charge is ten percent of the bail amount. However, the premium amount may be as high as 15 percent of the set bail. Federal bonds are subject to forfeiture, should you miss your court appearances. The date of forfeiture is determined by the court judge. Forfeited bonds are paid to the U.S government. A bail bondsman experienced in federal bonds can provide bail agreement.

Bail Agreements

Bail agreements constitute a contract between the indemnitor of the bail and the bondsman. Generally the agreement includes the following bail information: the date a bail assigned, the judge assigning the bail, the charge and court with which it's filed, and the names and contact information for the bond so-signer. The bail amount is also described in the contract. Upon signing the bond agreement, the cosigners assume the responsibility for the charged individual to appear in court and answer any charge listed. The agreement also states that if the arrested party fails to make the court proceedings, the bond agency will pay the bail amount listed if ordered to do so by the court. In the event of forfeiture, the agreement allows the collateral securing the bail bond to be seized by the bond agency. Frequently the agreement will also site the legal sections applicable to the agreement. Signatures by the bond agency and guarantor are required for the contract to be binding. Additional information on bail agreements can be obtained from a bail bondsman.

Surety Bonds

Use of surety bond involves a series of contracts with a bondsman, or bond agent, for the bail amount. The bondsman interviews the arrested individual and the guarantor prior to assuring that the accused will appear in court. This information provides the bail agent with a reasonable determination of whether the accused will make the designated court appearances. Contracts can also contain various conditions of guaranteeing the release, such as completing drug treatment, Bonds are usually written for a premium percentage of the bail's full amount. Collateral from the guarantor is then used to secure the remaining bail amount. The bond agent is liable to the court for the full bail amount, in the event of the accused's failure to appear. This guarantee is made by using the assets and property of the bail agent's insurance, or surety, company. The surety company is usually licensed for operation by the insurance commission of the state. For additional information on surety bonds, consult a bail bondsman or an attorney.

Appeal Bond

Motions for release on bail are filed once the municipal court has handed down a quilt decision. When the case is appealed, the attorney also draws up the bail application for release pending the appellate court ruling. Appeal bonds require that a premium percentage be paid to the bond agent. However most bail bond agents require that the appeal bond be backed by cash collateral for the full bail amount. This means that instead of using property as collateral, you would need to provide a cashier's check, certificate of deposit, letter of credit, or cash for the full bail amount. If the municipal court verdict holds the sentence is then enforced; and the collateral for the bound would be returned. Failure to appear in court would mean forfeiture of the bail. The “skip” would then be a fugitive from justice and subject to arrest and extradition to carry out the sentence. An attorney or bail bondsman can provide you with additional information on appeal bonds.

Immigration Bonds

Immigration bonds, like other court bonds, guarantee the appearance of an individual charged with a legal violation in court. Bonds for immigration charges are posted with the immigration and naturalization service instead of a standard jail facility. The basic eligibility requirements are the same as for other types of bonds, including the annual premium payment paid to the bail bondsman. Immigration bonds differ from normal court bonds due to the difficulty they present for the bond agent. Normal licenses for bail bonds are not sufficient for immigration bonds; a causality insurance license is required. Bonds posted for immigration charges are also subject to immediate forfeiture should the arrested individual not appear in court. Some bond agents have found additional immigration bond difficulties to include language barriers and working within the operation hours of the immigration and naturalization service. Processes for collecting on collateral also vary in immigration cases. For additional information on immigration bonds, Contact a bail bondsman experienced with these bonds.

Property Bond

Depending on the jurisdiction of the case, an individual may be able to use property to gain release. The individual posts a property bond with the court. The value in the property may need to be twice as high as the bail amount. This means that property equity of twice the bail amount needs to be held free and clear by the owners. In some instances, a court appointed appraiser will access the property value. Other jurisdictions may accept the certified tax assessor's statement of property value. All owners of the property listed on the warranty deed or tax statement must sign in agreement to use their property as bail security. Several states prohibit the use of the arrested individual's property in release bond. The court secures a lien against the property for the bail amount. In the event the person fails to appear for court proceedings, foreclosure action may be taken against the property. This allows the court to collect on the outstanding bail amount. For additional information as to whether property bonds can be posted in your area, consult an attorney or court officer.

Cash Bonds

Cash bonds are posted by friend, family, or yourself when you're arrested for a crime. These bonds require the full bail amount and are not financed through a bail bondsman. You thereby guarantee your own presence in court. The court holds and restricts the total bail amount until the case is concluded. Posting a cash bond can consequently tie up necessary living funds and savings. Once the case is finalized, the bail is returned to you. Failure to appear for trial forfeits the bail to the court. The court then issues a bench warrant for your arrest. It's intended that you will have more to lose and a greater incentive to appear at court proceedings by either restricting the full bail amount of issuing an arrest warrant. In cases involving drug trafficking, all bail money must have proven origination from non-drug sources before it can be used as bail. For additional information on cash bonds, contact an attorney or court officer.

Own Recognizance

Release on your “own recognizance” gets you out of jail without bail money of bond. You're on your honor to return for the court proceedings. If you fail to return for trial, a bench warrant is issued; but you suffer no financial hardship. In order to determine your eligibility for an “own recognizance” release, a court administrator or judge will interview you while you're in custody. Many times this interview is even conducted over the phone. The interview provides the information an official needs to make a recommendation to the court. While this recommendation is important, high volumes of requests permit little time to perform back ground searches and verify the information provided by you. An “own recognizance” release protects your right to due process. If you're unable to make bail, this release can allow you to return to employment and regular living while awaiting trial. For additional information on an “own recognizance” release, contact an attorney in your area.

Pretrial Release

A pretrial release which allows a release from confinement prior to a trial can take several forms. Depending on the charge, release may be withheld. The right to bail or release is part of the due process legislation. It prevents potentially innocent people from losing their jobs, falling behind on bill payments, and suffering other difficulties as a result of imprisonment. Pretrial releases consist of bail bonds, citation releases, and release on one's own recognizance. Many pretrial release programs are funded through local tax dollars. The programs also save funds by releasing individual who pose no harm to the community until their trial. When accused individuals are released, they're no longer an expense of the local community's prison system. Should the accused party not appear in court, no financial hardship is incurred? However, a bench warrant is issued for their arrest. If they're found guilty of the charge, they may receive a harsher penalty and additional charges for the initial failure to appear. Contact a local attorney to learn more about pretrial releases.

Citation Release

Citation release is a form of pretrial release. A “cite out”, or citation release, is issued by the arresting officer. This citation informs us of the date that you must appear in court. The cite out is usually provided after the arrest, resulting in little or no time in confinement. The court appearance depends solely on your honesty. Failure to attend the court proceeding will result in a bench warrant issued for your arrest. In some instances, incomplete booking can make an additional arrest for failure to appear more difficult. By receiving a “cite out” no financial obligation or bail is required and no financial loss is incurred if you fail to attend the trial proceedings. The ability to receive a citation release can allow offenders of smaller crimes to return to relatively normal living until the trial. This release also protects your rights and presumes you “innocent until proven guilty.” An Attorney can provide additional information on obtaining a citation release.

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