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 +

What You Should Know Before Pleading No Contest

What does plea of ‘No Contest’ mean:
When you plead ‘no contest’ you do not receive a reduced sentence or get your court charges dismissed. This is an agreement that the judge will find as a factual basis for your plea and find you ‘guilty’. It has the same legal consequences as a guilty plea. It’s more beneficial if you plead ‘no contest’ when the court gives you a choice between a guilty plea and ‘no contest’ plea.

How the court judges it:
You are admitting guilt when you state, “I do not wish to contest.” It lets the court know that you or your loved one do not wish to go to trial and will allow the court to decide punishment for the charge.

You would be advised of the three step process under California Penal Code Section 1016(3) concerning no contest plea.

How does it prove advantageous?

  • There are times when a ‘no contest’ plea contest can be more favorable than a guilty plea.
  • Review California Penal Code Section 1016(3). There is information that states a ‘no contest’ plea in a misdemeanor criminal case cannot be used as evidence against you in a civil case.
  • This means if you are responsible for injuries that are the basis for criminal charges, your ‘no contest’ plea to the criminal charges cannot be introduced against you in the civil case.
  • If you would like to keep your case from going public.
  • When the outcome of your trial is unclear.

What are its disadvantages?

  • A first time drug offender cannot enter ‘no contest’ plea in a court of law.
  • Although a ‘no contest’ plea in a misdemeanor criminal case cannot be used against you in a civil case; a ‘no contest’ plea in a felony criminal case can be used as evidence against you in a civil 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 +

What Are the Steps to Get a Criminal Case Bail?

Once you have been arrested, there are a number of things that must occur before you are cleared for release.

Let’s review some things that happen after you have been charged with a crime:arrested

Citations
Depending on the crime, such as misdemeanor, possession charges, or speeding violations, you may only be issued a small fine and a date to show up in court, if you choose to appeal. In some cases, you may not need to appear in court at all if you pay the citation. Late payment of the amount generally incurs additional fees.

Setting and making bail
If you are placed under arrest and booked into a correctional facility, your first order of business will be to find out how much money you need to get out. For minor violations, the amount owed is relatively standard across the board. Either you pay it or someone else comes to the jail and posts bail on your behalf.

Bail may be determined by a judge
You may be arrested for a major offense, such as drunk driving or a violent crime, for which a judge must determine the amount of your bail. Typically, the bail amount is correlated to the severity of the crime for which you are being charged. The worse the offense, the higher is the bail price.

Buying a bail bond
If you lack the funds to pay your bail in full, you can petition a bail bondsman to do it for you. You can purchase a bail bond from the bail bondsman, who typically takes a 10% fee. Typically, you need to put up some sort of collateral to convince a bondsman that you won’t skip town.

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 +

Charged With Vandalism? Hire a Trustworthy Bail Bond

An innocent action sometimes lands people in big legal trouble and even in jail. Even if it was unintentional property damage, a person may be charged with vandalism. Vandalism is a legal term used against people who cause minor to major damage to other’s properties.

People who have been charged with a crime like vandalism are seen as willful perpetrators who have damaged someone’s vehicle, home, property or personal-belongings. The penalties for this act may be severe at times.

To safeguard against legal repercussions, you will need to hire a good company that can arrange Santa Ana bail bonds for you. Most companies can arrange a bail bond via telephonic conversations. The paperwork will be done at your availability. Once the paperwork is done, an agent will visit the jail or post the bonds to the jail officer. The defendant who has been charged will be released within a few hours.

For the defendant, the thought of staying in a jail is harassing. The most important concern with vandalism bails is that would they need someone as collateral. Many people usually set their bond values at more than $200,000. However, this depends on the bond agency you hire.

Bail bond agencies work in different ways and some of them demand collateral. While hiring a bail bond agency, check out the terms and conditions of the company. Look for reputable companies online and make sure that the bondsman is reliable.

Being charged with vandalism is an unfortunate incident. Even if you damage a small post box on someone’s property you could be charged with vandalism. Vandalism charges can range from a small penalty to a huge amount. To come up with so much money can be impossible without a trustworthy bail bond.

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 +

You Missed Your Court Date, What Happens Now?

Are you disorganized? Missing the odd job interview or even a date means little more than a lost opportunity. However, missing a court date could land you in a messier situation than you had hoped.

Missing a court date will result in an immediate warrant for your arrest and it won’t necessarily be the police that come after you but bail bondsmen who will track you down for the courts by any reasonable means including potentially involving friends and family who may know your whereabouts.

So what can you do to avoid trouble and what happens if you don’t?

Also Read: Consequences of Contempt of Court

  • First and foremost, show up.
  • Attending your court appearances shows that you are taking your misdemeanor and any accompanying penalty seriously, especially if your sentence includes drug or alcohol rehabilitation or community service. You are also showing respect to whoever has had enough faith in you to post bail or obtain a bail bond.

  • If you miss your court date, be prepared to be hauled back to jail and quickly.
  • Not only will law enforcement services be looking for you but the bond agent looking to protect their investment. Don’t think it’s easy either to obtain another bond to keep you out of jail. The judge is more likely to have you remanded in custody.

  • Your rap sheet just gone one heck of a lot bigger.
  • Not only can you enjoy the addition of an evading capture charge but if you’re caught committing a crime after skipping a court date, you’re looking at a higher chance of a maximum sentence and almost zero chance of making bail.

The best thing to do is to make this the time that you get your life together and make efforts to stay out of trouble once and for all.

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 Bonds for Cyber Crimes in California

Cyber crime is considered using the internet to harass, defame, threaten, steal identity, damage data or even solicit sexual favors from minors. For people unaware of their rights or rather the guidelines governing the use of the internet such as juniors under the age of 18, may find cyber crime a major threat to their use of internet services and more so the social media. Usually, cyber crimes are punishable by law and thus if you are accused of such you’ll have to face the full wrath of the law.

If you live in Orange County and one of your loved ones happens to have been jailed for cyber crimes then going for bail bonds in Orange County can be a good step towards helping your loved one. Bail bonds services come as a rescue and help mainly in the following ways.

Once they are arrested and put behind bars, they are subjected to unsanitary, harsh and dangerous conditions in jail. By going for bail bond services, you’ll be able to rescue them from being subjected to such conditions.

With only a small fee amount of up to 10% of the bond value, the bondsman who is always a trained lawyer will use his/her legal prows to secure a bond for the individual being detained. When given important details, the bondsman is sure to safeguard information that we may not want to get into the wrong hands.

Finally, bail bonds in Orange County help act as an insurance contract so that the defendant will not escape but will rather be available throughout the entire trial period until the final verdict on his/her cyber crime(s) is given.

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 +

Immigration Bail Bonds: Purpose and Procedure

The legal system in America can be tough and scary for a citizen of this country. So, imagine how intimidated an immigrant would be while navigating their way through this process. What would they have to do if they got arrested and need to make bail? If an immigrant is arrested, in order to be released, he or she will have to post an immigration bail bond.

An immigration bail bond is a federal bond that allows an immigrant to bond out of jail. State bonds are not applicable in these instances. These special bonds are used when an immigrant has been arrested and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

If it is deemed okay, by ICE, for the prisoner to be back on the street, then that individual will be offered a bond. The purpose of the immigration bail bond is to act as form of insurance; ensuring that the immigrant will attend the required court proceedings and follow through with the process.

Once the bond has been set, the immigrant must pay the bail amount to ICE instead of the local authorities. Immigration bonds come with certain conditions but if they are met, the money will be refunded.

If the immigrant cannot afford to pay the bond, the services of a licensed bail bondsman that has experiences in these types of cases should be employed. The bail bondsman will loan the money needed to get the he or she out of jail. Once out of jail, he or she must pay back the bondsmen or face being arrested once again and not being eligible for an immigration bond.

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 +

Surviving Incarceration: Understanding Bail Bonds and Your Rights

Whether you’re a habitual offender, or you’re in trouble for the first time, don’t view your bondsman as the enemy. In exchange for a sum of money, they will ensure you stay at liberty until your trial date, so long as you abide by their conditions.

Your bail bondsman could also be a useful source of information as to your rights, and what you can expect from the prison system, particularly if you’ve found yourself on the wrong side of the law for the first time.

  • Keep your own counsel – until your legal representative is present, don’t do more than politely state your name until they are with you. Remember, the lawmen aren’t the enemy either – they’re just doing their job – but listening to anything that you say in relation to your arrest is what they’re there for.
  • Choose your friends carefully – it’s a fine line to walk between making enemies on both sides of the law when passing through a holding facility. Be particularly careful about exchanging confidences with others in the same position as you.
  • You have a right to be treated well – if there is underlying mental health or addiction issues that have led you to offend, take full advantage of treatment. After all, the term “correctional facility” applies to returning you into society as a productive member in every sense.
  • Know the difference between right and wrong – not in the legal sense, but in terms of what is acceptable with regard to your treatment and living conditions.

If you know you have trouble keeping on the right side of the law, at the very least make sure you become an expert on your rights when detained. Better still; modify your behavior so you don’t break the law at all.

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 +