No ‘Wet Floor’ Sign: Rider for Slip and Fall Cases

Wet Floor Sign

Slip and fall accidents are very common in the courts, and thousands are processed each and every year in the United States. Even more, slip and fall cases are fodder for the courts around the world. In some cases, they’re even the reason that a small business may have to close their doors and pack up for good.

While you may feel somewhat helpless as a business owner, since you obviously have to clean your floors, there are few things that you can do. For many businesses, the simple answer is to use basic ‘Wet Floor’ signs that will let customers know that they could be in danger.Wet Floor Sign

However, what are businesses to do if a customer or employee slips on a wet floor or otherwise hurts themselves in their space? The answers aren’t always as simple as they seem, but there are ways you can protect yourself.

Use this guide to make sure that you and your business is covered in case anyone gets hurt in your office or retail space. Otherwise you could end up having to close your doors or start all over again with very little money.

Clean When Closed
It might sound really obvious to a lot of small business owners, but it’s obviously your best bet to do your major cleaning when people aren’t working in your office or shopping in your retail store. Even if you do your cleaning yourself because you run a small store, do it when you’re closed in the morning or evening.

That way you don’t have to worry about anybody slipping or falling that doesn’t work for your company. You can also block off the area if it’s a typically high volume space so nobody can walk on it.

Even if you do most of your cleaning when your office or store is closed, you still need to take other steps to protect yourself.

Always Use Signage
Doing as much of your cleaning as you can when there’s nobody around is always a good idea, whether you do the cleaning yourself or employ a janitor or entire crew. The fewer people around during the cleaning process the less likely you are to have a problem or an injury each time you clean.

However, even if you do your cleaning at a low traffic time, you may still have employees coming in and out or customers moving around in your store. There are also going to be times when you’re forced to do some cleaning in order to make the environment safe again. For example, an employee may spill a cup of coffee in the lobby or a customer could drop something in your retail store.

In those cases, it is important to use signage that lets employees and customers know that the floors are wet or that they could be a potential slipping hazard. What’s even more important than simply using the signs is making sure that they’re actually in the right place though.

When you’re playing ‘Wet Floor’ signs, make sure they’re clearly visible from any point where somebody might enter the area. In a large space like a building lobby, that can require more than one or two signs.

You’ll also want to place signs toward the center of the wet area since somebody walking through may have their vision focused on where they are going – not right in front of them. When it comes to potential slip and fall accidents, you don’t want to take any risks.

If you do cut corners with signage you could be out a lot of money if a lawsuit comes across your desk.

Are You Recording?
One of the things your attorney is likely going to ask you if you are ever brought into court because of a slip and fall case is simple: Were you recording when the accident happened? That’s right – many employers actually record the area where cleaning is to happen, though you won’t be doing this only when you’re cleaning if your smart.

The same security cameras that you use – or should be using – can help to make sure that you are covered if anybody is ever injured on your property. Simply having those cameras recording the fact that you had signs out can keep a complaint from going to court or costing you any money at all.

Just make sure that the cameras can see your signs when you’re cleaning floors or a spill has occurred.

Luis Mier is the Owner of Signature Bail Bonds, a bail bonds agency based in Orange County, California. As a bail bondsman, Luis understands the urgency of having to get someone out of jail and does whatever it takes to ensure that the process of getting a bond is as quick and stress-free as possible. Whether looking for bail bonds in Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange or Santa Ana, Luis and his team make sure that their clients are covered, 24/7. Google +

Arraignment Hearing: First Stage in the Court Process

Your first appearance in the court is called an arraignment. Hiring a bail bondsman may not be enough to fully protect yourself in court, so you will want to be prepared for what will occur during your arraignment. There have been many instances in which arraignments are unpredictable. Here are a few things to expect during this process:

  • The judge will formally tell you what the specific charges are against you. Knowing what you are accused of is protected by the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution. The court will also advise you of all of your Constitutional rights.

  • You may enter a plea, either guilty, not guilty, or no contest. These pleas depend on the crime and what your lawyer advises you to do, if you need one.

    Related Article: What You Should Know Before Pleading No Contest

  • A future trial date is set if applicable.

  • Bail and release issues are settled. The bail amount is determined by a number of factors in serious cases, such as flight risk, danger to others, etc. Usually for small offenses that require a bond or bail being posted, the amount is relatively low. Some bail bond companies arrange to have a bondsman present at the arraignment, so that they can post bail for you even if the amount has gone up.

    Related Article:You Missed Your Court Date, What Happens Now?

You have a right to an attorney even if you can’t afford one, so if your case is serious, get a public defender to help you. A bonds agent can only help you post bail; they are not there to give you legal advice. Make sure you know your rights and your options are clear.

Luis Mier is the Owner of Signature Bail Bonds, a bail bonds agency based in Orange County, California. As a bail bondsman, Luis understands the urgency of having to get someone out of jail and does whatever it takes to ensure that the process of getting a bond is as quick and stress-free as possible. Whether looking for bail bonds in Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange or Santa Ana, Luis and his team make sure that their clients are covered, 24/7. Google +

Drug Possession in California: Can We Fight and Win?

Drug possession charges are often very serious for offenders, and even more so for repeat offenders. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t fight a charge before you go to court or when your court date finally shows up.

While you may not escape unscathed if you were found with drugs in your possession, there are some benefits to fighting a case. In cases with mitigating circumstances, you may even be able to fight and win the case – if you do your homework and prepare the right way.

Use this guide to educate yourself on how to fight a drug possession charge in the state of California after you hire a bail bondsman:

What are the California Drug Laws?California Drug Laws
Both the federal government and the state of California generally determine penalties for drug possession based on the amount of the drug a person has in the possession at the time of the arrest and the ‘schedule’ of the drug. Drugs are scheduled – basically meaning that they are ordered – from schedule I to schedule V.

Schedule I drugs are those that tend to be the most addictive and have the highest risk of dependency. These drugs include cocaine, heroin, most hallucinogenic drugs, methamphetamine and certain types of amphetamines.

Schedule II drugs are dangerous and have a risk of abuse, but they may have medical benefits. These include methadone and surprisingly, opium and some types of amphetamines.

Schedule III drugs have a moderate risk of abuse but tend to be less dangerous, resulting in a reduced likelihood of overdose. These include anabolic steroids, ketamine and testosterone as well as some types of depressants.

Schedule IV drugs are typically prescription drugs – things like Xanax, Clonazepam and tranquilizers. They still pose a threat and risk of dependency, though they have legitimate medical uses.

Schedule V drugs are ones can be prescription-based or over the counter drugs. For example, both codeine and Tylenol are schedule V drugs, though having any prescription drug that wasn’t given to you by a doctor or pharmacist can still land you in hot water. Obviously over the counter drugs like Tylenol won’t get anyone arrested for drug possession and a bail bondsman is not needed.

What are California Drug Penalties?You may not escape unscathed if you were found with drugs in your possession
After you are arrested for drug possession you will likely be able to get a bail bondsman to help you get out of jail so you don’t have to wait on a court date. However, a bail bondsman won’t help you to understand the charges against you in most cases.

While a lot of the penalties that can be levied against a person have to do with their criminal record, there are some benefits to hiring a lawyer to fight the case. Even if you’re convicted, you may be able to get a sentence that doesn’t include jail time.

Using Proposition 36, your attorney may be able to help you get one year of drug treatment in return. The level of care and cure required for the inpatient and outpatient rehab treatment or other types will be determined by the Department of Health. You may also be eligible for drug court, which allows you to live at home, getting monthly drug tests, effective sessions on addiction and judicial reviews along with enrollment in a 12-step program.

Finally, some people charged with drug possession in California may be able to get away with a deferred entry of judgment which means that you have to go through drug treatment for six months clean and sober. After an additional year of remaining arrest-free, the case may be dismissed.

Can You Beat Drug Possession Charges in California?
Many people who get arrested for drug possession want to know if they can actually beat the charges levied against them in court. Unfortunately the answer isn’t completely black and white, but there are times when you can beat a drug possession case if you hire a competent attorney who understands California drug laws.

The biggest reason people are able to fight drug charges in the state of California is medical marijuana use. After all, the state does allow people to have a certain amount of marijuana in their possession if they are prescribed cannabis by a doctor. Still, individuals without a license may be able to fight charges if they only had a certain amount on them at the time of the arrest.

Luis Mier is the Owner of Signature Bail Bonds, a bail bonds agency based in Orange County, California. As a bail bondsman, Luis understands the urgency of having to get someone out of jail and does whatever it takes to ensure that the process of getting a bond is as quick and stress-free as possible. Whether looking for bail bonds in Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange or Santa Ana, Luis and his team make sure that their clients are covered, 24/7. Google +

Don’t Fall into Forfeiture Over a Bail Bond: An Outlook

Even the most law abiding citizens can wind up in jail at some point over a poor decision. That’s why it helps to find an expert bondsman in such an unfortunate situation. The key is to cooperate with law enforcement without incriminating yourself. You will be released much faster after you are booked if you do not create extra problems. A licensed reputable bail bonds company can help accelerate your release.Forfeiture Over a Bail Bond

Finding the Right Bondsman
You will be entitled to at least one phone call after your arrest. Make sure the call is either to a friend, attorney or bondsman who can help your situation. If the call is not to a bondsman, have the person you do contact search for a reputable bondsman. Here are some items to look for:

  • The bail bonds company is open 24 hours and can help during off hours.
  • How experienced is the company locally?
  • Is there an agent located near the jail?
  • Do they have a reputation for getting people out of jail quickly?
  • Is an agent easy to contact on the phone?

Bail Bond Details
There’s a chance that someone looking for a bail bondsman on your behalf will be a cosigner on the bond. In that case they will be responsible for paying the amount due if you skip bail. The most important information that the bondsman will collect includes name, social security number, the arresting entity, the charges and the bond amount.

In the event of high bail, or if the bail bondsman believes the defendant will skip bail, the bondsman can ask for a guarantee such as property equal in value to the bond. Not all bondsman will make this request, so it helps to shop around. Whoever is researching bail bonds should ask about the company’s recovery rate.

Luis Mier is the Owner of Signature Bail Bonds, a bail bonds agency based in Orange County, California. As a bail bondsman, Luis understands the urgency of having to get someone out of jail and does whatever it takes to ensure that the process of getting a bond is as quick and stress-free as possible. Whether looking for bail bonds in Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange or Santa Ana, Luis and his team make sure that their clients are covered, 24/7. Google +

Understanding the ABCs of Bond Hearing: A Guide

If you find yourself in trouble with the law, or your family member, friend, or loved one has a run-in, you may be wondering how a bail bonds hearing works. In most cases, a bail bonds hearing is part of the process after an arrest, although that isn’t always the case with very minor crimes, where individuals are released without bond to attend a hearing at a later date.You Required a Talented Attorney

However, understanding the bond process is not always easy, and it can be a little scary for many people who find themselves in trouble with the law, or for the individuals looking to help someone they care about stay out of jail.

Use this guide to help you understand how a bail bonds hearing works and what the process will be like. While bond hearings vary from place to place, they generally follow the same basic pattern everywhere.

Before a bond hearing

In most states, bail is set without a bail bonds hearing for minor crimes that are not likely to result in serious jail time. For example, the state of California has a bail schedule that has a set amount during specific times of year. Other states and counties have this system as well, though it isn’t a universal system that is used all over the country.

In places where there is no bail schedule in place, a bail hearing will be necessary to determine the amount the defendant must put up in order to be released.

Individuals who are being held in a federal jail also need to have a bond hearing before they can be released in all cases, because the offenses that put somebody in federal jail are generally much more serious.

Bond HearingWhen will a bond hearing occur?

Most areas hold bond hearings several times per day because they have rules that require the hearing to happen within 24 hours of the arrest. However, there are some areas where bond hearings can take up to two to three business days, particularly in bigger cities where immediate bond hearings may not be possible because of the amount of arrests being made each day.

An attorney may be able to help you move your bond hearing up if you have one and can contact them. The same attorney may be able to help you get a reduced bond amount so that you don’t have to pay as much back or put up as much collateral.

What is a bond hearing for?Asking about Bond Hearing

A bond hearing is set after a person is arrested to figure out how much money they should have to pay in order to be released from jail. While most people don’t pay a bond out of pocket – they go to a reputable bail bondsman instead – the court does get that money from somebody, at least in the form of a promissory, which is not from the issuer.

Bonds are given partly in order to ensure that a person who is being released from custody will show up for the court day. If they do not show up in court on the date set for arraignment or trial, they will forfeit their bond and whatever collateral that they put up with a bondsman.

How do bond hearings work?

A judge is usually present during a bond hearing since they typically take place within a court room. However in some cases, the judge may not actually be there in person in court and bond hearings can be done with the judge in a remote setting. While this isn’t relatively common, it does happen from time to time, especially in areas where a lot of bond hearings are scheduled on a regular basis.

During the bond hearing, variety of factors will be taken into account to see if the person being held requires bail bonds, how much the bond should be, and if they can be released at all. Among the most important factors is the nature of the crime, which is generally related to how serious the crime committed was. Serious offenses are more likely to result in higher bail amounts, or no bail at all.

The judge will also look at a person’s ties to the community, history of violent behavior, overall mental health, and prior criminal record. In drug or alcohol-related cases, a history of substance abuse may also be taken into account.

Generally, the more responsible a person’s past is, the more likely they are to be released without bail bonds.

Luis Mier is the Owner of Signature Bail Bonds, a bail bonds agency based in Orange County, California. As a bail bondsman, Luis understands the urgency of having to get someone out of jail and does whatever it takes to ensure that the process of getting a bond is as quick and stress-free as possible. Whether looking for bail bonds in Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange or Santa Ana, Luis and his team make sure that their clients are covered, 24/7. Google +

Preparing a White Collar Crime Defense With a Seasoned Bondsman

White collar crimes aren’t just the stuff of Hollywood. Fraud, insider dealing, cyber-crimes including hacking and copyright theft all fall under this banner. All such crimes are increasingly common misdemeanors. Although by definition these crimes rarely cause direct violence to others but the culprits can expect severe punishment within the law. That can sometimes even result in jail terms.

Even though you’re unlikely to cause harm to others, bail can be set very high. So it’s important to make sure that you can cover this financially, especially as fines. In addition, even compensation to victims is likely to be a mandatory component of any sentencing.

Once you or a loved one are arrested, it’s likely to take a while to process through the system. It is going to take time to be completed with fingerprinting and other essential paperwork.

However, a bail bondsman will most likely work a 24 hour service. And once this is processed, he or she will be able to secure the release in a timely manner. The going rate for a bondsman for white collar crimes throughout California is 10%. This should be viewed as both a fee and investment. Having time to process a proper defense is essential. A seasoned white collar bondsman will enable you to finance getting a loved one out of jail between arrest and possible sentencing.

It’s worth viewing the bondsman as your ally. Such white collar crimes that can potentially involve others too are almost impossible to defend properly from behind bars. But, no matter how bad the sentence may fall an experienced white collar bail bondsman will buy you time to make your case.

Luis Mier is the Owner of Signature Bail Bonds, a bail bonds agency based in Orange County, California. As a bail bondsman, Luis understands the urgency of having to get someone out of jail and does whatever it takes to ensure that the process of getting a bond is as quick and stress-free as possible. Whether looking for bail bonds in Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange or Santa Ana, Luis and his team make sure that their clients are covered, 24/7. Google +

How Can You Free Your Loved One from Jail?

Seeing or hearing that a loved one has been arrested never sounds pleasant. Regardless of what happens in the end, you will need to bail your loved one out of jail so that they can consult with attorneys and prepare a case for themselves.

Here are some steps to follow to free your loved one from jail:It hurts when your loved one get jail

Start at home

When you become aware that your loved one has been arrested, the first thing that you should do is go home. You will likely be taking and making numerous calls. One of those calls may be from the budget underwriter, who may need to contact you to exchange information numerous times throughout the ordeal.

Additionally, your home phone number is typically listed as your primary phone number in the phone book. Also, you have more privacy in your home than you have anywhere else, so you can hold meetings with privacy.

Collect the right information

The most important thing you need to do is figure out where your loved one is being held. It may be in the police station if they were arrested after hours or they may be in a local correctional facility awaiting trial. Obtain a list of offenses and the amount of money that you will need to ensure the release of your loved one.

Exchange the right information

The budget underwriter needs to know how to contact you as he will probably be doing it numerous times. To ensure that information is obtained as quickly as possible, give your budget underwriter one number to work with and proceed to answer questions as briefly and as accurately as possible. Do not be afraid to use ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ to keep the conversation short and sweet. The sooner your budget underwriter has all the information, the sooner your loved one can be released.

Luis Mier is the Owner of Signature Bail Bonds, a bail bonds agency based in Orange County, California. As a bail bondsman, Luis understands the urgency of having to get someone out of jail and does whatever it takes to ensure that the process of getting a bond is as quick and stress-free as possible. Whether looking for bail bonds in Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange or Santa Ana, Luis and his team make sure that their clients are covered, 24/7. Google +

Bail Bond Software Boosts the Bondsman’s Efficiency

With the advancement in technology, many industries are growing in productivity hence being exposed to bigger risks. Productivity and security is the major concern for many industries. The Bail bonds industry is no exception mainly because they deal with criminal elements. Having these in mind, security should be of higher importance here than in other industries. With proper computer applications, Irvine Bail Bonds not only ensures organized paper work, but also security.

For a long time Bail Bond agents have been storing files in steel cabinets. A burglar can break in with ease and access very sensitive information that could ruin your life.

How can bail bond software help you?
With Irvine bail bond software, it is possible to safeguard your information to a specific Ip address. Here, since your computers have an Ip address that is unique and does not change, Irvine bail bond can implement different levels of security on different computers. For example, you can allow a computer in your office to access the entire database information while limiting the one at the secretarial desk only, in order to manage your defendant’s information.

What are the benefits of using Irvine bail bonds?
Bail bonds application boosts productivity in the following ways:

It reduces redundancy.
A lot of paper work in agents use is repetitive and they find themselves using the same file multiple times.

Saves time. It makes it easier to find a file. You just need to go online and type the file name and it pops up immediately.

Safety.The software will store your files forever, enable you to be organized and you can never run out of office space.

With Irvine Bail Bond application, you can save hours of paperwork, which will free you and your workers to concentrate on important matters.

Luis Mier is the Owner of Signature Bail Bonds, a bail bonds agency based in Orange County, California. As a bail bondsman, Luis understands the urgency of having to get someone out of jail and does whatever it takes to ensure that the process of getting a bond is as quick and stress-free as possible. Whether looking for bail bonds in Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange or Santa Ana, Luis and his team make sure that their clients are covered, 24/7. Google +

GUIDE: Everything You Need to Know About DUI Checkpoints

Many are the times when we go out on a weekend to drink and have fun with friends just to relieve the week’s work stresses. However, we tend to forget that the law is very stern on matters relating to drinking and driving. We only tend to remember the consequences of driving while intoxicated when we are pulled over at DUI checkpoints.

Here is all you need to know about DUI checkpoints before you are caught off guard:

Sobriety Checkpoints
The officers at DUI checkpoints may choose either to stop each vehicle passing or use a particular pattern to stop cars on a public road just to establish if there are drivers driving under intoxication.

When Pulled Over
You might be pulled over just in case an office suspects that you are intoxicated. You don’t need to be funny. All you need to do is to respect the officer but assert your rights such that the officer does not mistreat you.

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST)
It is not a must that you take the SFSTs. All you need to do is to identify yourself and allow the officer to see your driving license. You can also choose not to answer any question from the officer as well as denying all the SFSTs. If you choose to answer an officer’s question(s), then be clear and confident. In the event that you are to be pulled over, be quick to explain what you’ve been up to throughout the day/night because it is likely the officer will ask you such questions. In the event whereby you are asked the amount of alcohol you’ve taken, insist that you will answer the questions in the presence of your attorney.

Being Arrested
If you’re arrested, you might be asked to give a specimen of your blood or breath. Decline this request especially if it’s your first or second DUI arrest to avoid the challenges of defending a DUI case with blood/breath tests above the limit. The only circumstance that can make you accept the request is when the officer gets a warrant.

Luis Mier is the Owner of Signature Bail Bonds, a bail bonds agency based in Orange County, California. As a bail bondsman, Luis understands the urgency of having to get someone out of jail and does whatever it takes to ensure that the process of getting a bond is as quick and stress-free as possible. Whether looking for bail bonds in Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange or Santa Ana, Luis and his team make sure that their clients are covered, 24/7. Google +