Understanding Your Civil Rights
You have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. These are the rights for people who are arrested for any crime. Civil rights laws can protect you from unlawful discrimination, harassment, or abuse in a variety of settings like housing, the workplace, school, voting, business, healthcare, public spaces, and more.
These rights weren’t always in place and so fundamentally crucial to the people who get arrested. These rights came about following the 1966 case of Miranda v. Arizona. What happened was the suspect confessed to a crime and later recanted, unaware he didn’t have to answer the investigator’s questions. The confession didn’t quite match the story from the victim.
Other cases have been similar to Miranda v. Arizona where confessions were false and coerced, with the suspect feeling very confused or pressured to just “give in.”
To avoid improper punishment as possible and to ensure proper justice, the Miranda Rights are now read to every person who is arrested.
Everyone has basic rights under the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws. Learn more here about what your rights are, how to exercise them, and what to do when your rights are violated.
This includes you or anyone you know who is arrested. If you need our help in bailing them out of jail before their court hearing, please contact Monterey Bail Bonds at 831-422-8800. We are also here to help you protect your rights by helping pay for your bail. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and we strongly believe in that.
So don’t hesitate to call us at 831-422-8800 for your bail bond needs!
The Importance of Thinking Before you Speak
Have you ever thought about how critical “think before you speak” and “think before you act” can be? Growing up as a child you’re taught that but it never really dawns on you just how important this can be – it can be the one deciding factor that will prevent you from serious trouble: jail. This could be the most valuable lesson you ever learn.
These are the fundamental social skills required for living successfully. But while intellect is an asset with a strong genetic basis, thinking well is also a skill that can be learned. And part of thinking well is ‘thinking before you speak’.
Why ‘think before you speak’? Because while most of us are pretty careless with the words we choose, words are just so powerful. They can be helpful or hurtful, and can have a direct influence on the outcome of a situation, creating a positive or negative reaction in our world. Words define our identity and reveal our attitudes and sensitivities, reflecting who we are. Our choice of words gives listeners an indication of our intelligence or ignorance. And when continually reinforced and turned into habitually negative thought patterns, they have the power to create a bad habit of dwelling on the negatives in life.
The problem is, once words exit our mouth, no amount of apologies will make them magically go back in: blurting something out and then trying to retract it is like shutting the gate after the horse has bolted. On the other hand, thinking before we speak allows us the time to consider the effect of the words we are choosing.
Think before you mouth off on a police officer. Think before you throw a punch. Think before you get behind the wheel of your car. Is paying fines and doing jail time really worth it to you? Never! On top of that, your loved ones will also be painfully paying consequences too, seeing you in trouble or in danger. It’s not fair to them, and it certainly shouldn’t be fair to you if you can just avoid the bad situation altogether.
That being said we hope you don’t ever have to call us for bail bond assistance. But if you or someone you know do end up needing help in posting bail, we at Monterey Bail Bonds will certainly be there for you when you need us.