Minutes Away from Santa Rita Jail
0% Down (O.A.C) 8% Bail (O.A.C.)
Nor Cal Bail Bond’s Blog
Posted on: 12/15/2013
A child education advocate group has been trying to get a new bill on the ballot that was recently vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill was designed to speed up the firing process for abusive teachers.
In most cases a teacher is put in front of a tree-person panel with fellow educators to decide whether or not the teacher should be dismissed. This ballot measure would compress the hearing for the most severe offenses such as child molestation, child abuse and offering drugs to students. The teacher would also lose certain protections given to other teachers; have their heard before an administrative law judge with priority over other pending firing cases.
This proposal has yet to be reviewed by the California Attorney Generals’ office and still needs to gather the requisite number of signatures before it can go to ballot.
Posted on: 12/06/2013
Roger Edward Winkler, 64 was recently arrested for allegedly selling false insurance policies and pocketing the revenue. The state insurance department sent out a report stating that Winkler was creating non-existent policies then issuing fake certificates. The victims would then leave his office and not even know that their car, home or business remained uninsured while Winkler collected premiums.
Mr. Winkler is scheduled to be seen in court in January facing five counts of felony grand theft and insurance fraud. Anyone who purchased a policy from Winkler should contact their insurance provider and confirm whether or not they are covered.
Posted on: 11/29/2013
Starting January first a new measure will take effect that will provide domestic violence victims with protection from losing their jobs and workplace discrimination. Work can be a distraction and a safe place for victims such as Carie Charlesworth who was dismissed from her teaching job after being deemed a safety risk. Her ex-husband who she had been divorced from and had a restraining order against showed up at the school resulting in a lockdown situation. The principal had been informed that the ex-husband had been physically abusive before the incident, but decided after that they could no longer allow her to return to work. She was also told that the situation created by her ex-husband meant that they would not be renewing her contract for the next school year. This was devastating news to the single mother of four.
One of the main objectives of the bill is to ensure protection because it is important that these victims have support and a steady paycheck when they need it most. Most victims fear losing their livelihoods or being re-victimized in the workplace so they choose to stay silent about their situation. A Study showed that nearly 40 percent of victims in California reported being fired or feared losing their job because of domestic violence. The main goal is that victims won’t feel like they need to live in silence and no longer fear retribution if they talk about these sensitive issues with their employer.
Posted on: 11/20/2013
Concord City Council recently put in effect a new city ordinance to curb aggressive solicitation that would limit residents’ enjoyment of public spaces. After checking similar codes in other cities City Attorney Mark Coon was able to establish limits and made considerations to determine the difference between “aggressive” solicitation and someone in need of help. The city is trying to reduce the “in your face” approach of solicitation such as blocking a person’s path, threatening or touching.
The main focus of the new ordinance is to improve public safety, so anyone who feels threatened is encourage to report the incident to the police. Violators will be subject to an infraction charge, three infractions within a year will result in a misdemeanor. It is likely that they will also be referred to court programs to help them become more self-sufficient law abiding citizens.
Posted on: 11/16/2013
The U.S. and other countries have become increasingly more aggressive in their attempt to mine users personal data from the internet. They send requests to companies such as Google, Microsoft Corp., Facebook Inc., and Yahoo Inc. looking to monitor email communications, personal data, and search queries made. Most companies agreed with the requests made, but recent trends show decreased compliance rates and big names like Google Inc. are beginning to question the legal justification of the amount of requests made and rejecting them.
Being one of the most popular search engines worldwide Google Inc. receives a large amount of the legal requests made by various government agencies. Google also owns the popular video site YouTube, operates email services, distributes Android to mobile phones and states its network has 540 million active users. Numbers collected from a six month period showed almost 11,000 requests from the U.S. alone and over 25,000 worldwide.
“And these numbers only include the requests we’re allowed to publish,” wrote Richard Salgado, Google’s legal director of law enforcement and information security.
Posted on: 11/10/2013
One of the proposed 2014 ballot measures would require doctors to be tested for drug and alcohol abuse and report positive tests to the California Medical Board. Doctors would also be required to report other doctors that suspected of drug or alcohol impairment that might result in medical negligence. Positive test would result in suspension and an investigation. One of the biggest impacts that this new measure would cause would be the increase on $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages.
For the past 38 years there has been a cap on “pain and suffering” damages related to medical malpractices suites. The raising of the previous cap is the main target of the bill strategically placed in the brief final sentence of the proposal. The increase would mean that lawyers could potentially gain even bigger profits on in malpractice and other personal injury cases, but to a voter glancing over the measure it just appears to be an attempt to protect patients from drug-addled doctors.
Posted on: 10/28/2013
NYPD Detective Wojciech Braszczok, 32, will not testify before a grand jury. Braszczok who was working undercover was tied to the recent “Biker Gang Beatdown” that resulted in the beating of a Manhattan father informed authorities that he has had a change of heart and will not testify. The video that had surfaced after the incident showed the detective beating the back of the victims SUV. He had initially agreed to testify until his Attorney came forward. Defense attorney John Arlia claimed that his client had no actual contact with the victim (Alexian) even though he was capable of doing so and had the chance to.
He was identified as one of the eight people involved in the beating and one of the four undercover police officers that admitted to being part of the rally. Braszczok is the only undercover cop facing criminal charges in the case.
Posted on: 10/24/2013
As a result of the string of mass shootings all across the country Democrats in California were pushing for new harsher gun laws. California is already known for having some of the strictest gun laws in the country. With their recent bill proposals it became apparent that they were aiming to become the most austere state in regards to its firearm policy.
In the most recent state senate meeting Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed many key pieces in the new firearm bill. Gov. Brown in a veto statement “I don’t believe this bill’s blanket ban on semiautomatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners’ rights”. He stated that he felt the proposal was too broad and would overly constrain hunters or others using guns legally. Mr. Brown was more focused on the legislation regarding new limits on firearm storage and several measures designed to keep the mentally ill from possessing firearms.
Posted on: 10/20/2013
Last July a Boeing 777 crash landed at the San Francisco International airport returning from Seoul, South Korea. The crash resulted in two fatalities and nearly 200 injured. During the chaos of the first moments of impacts emergency medical teams rushed onto the scene and began dousing the area with firefighter foam. As San Francisco Firefighter Elyse Duckett was responding to the accident she tragically and fatally ran over one of the plane crash survivors. It was reported that the victim was lying prone and covered in firefighter foam.
Following an investigation this incident was labeled as a “tragic accident” and the firefighter was absolved of any criminal charges. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe stated that it was not a difficult decision to come to and just the result of a “dramatically chaotic situation”.
Posted on: 10/17/2013
Since so many lower-level criminal offenders are being transferred to county jails California attorneys are pushing for alternative sentencing to combat the increasing strain on prison overcrowding. Two Sacramento criminal defense attorneys have been working hard to change lives with a program they call Ascend. They aim to change the way that the convict thinks and behaves so they don’t get caught in the revolving door that they see many multiple offenders get caught in. The Ascend program is based in cognitive behavioral therapy and is designed to be more of a “life coaching” approach. Most of their clients are picked up half way through their sentencing and put on an ankle bracelet monitoring device until completion of the program. Since the programs commencement attorneys Carbone and Morse have served 61 non-violent criminal offenders with less than 15 percent re-offending.