Bar Safety

Tips for Bar Safety Do your weekend plans include meeting up with friends at a bar? 49th Street Bail Bonds wants you to be safe and have fun while at a bar. Here are a few tips for a safe night out: •Always stay with your friends/in a group. •Have each other’s phone numbers so if you are separated, you can call each other to re-group. Have more than just one person’s phone number. •Get your drink directly from the bar •Know where your drink is and don’t leave it unattended. “Roofies” can be put in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
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Protesting

Considering Protesting??? Be Careful….. With the onset of a new administration in Washington, D.C., come new laws and new ways of doing things. Because of this, there has been an increase in protests across the nation. 49th Street Bail Bonds wants you to be safe and on the right side of the law if you plan on protesting. Here are a few tips if you plan on attending a protest: •If you are attending a protest or march, please make sure that the proper permits have been obtained. Without a permit, you can be arrested. •Don’t go alone. Go with
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Domestic Violence Awareness Next Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Domestic violence continues to be a problem throughout Florida. According to Florida law, domestic violence is defined as, “any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.” So much of this goes on in all communities. What you may think is a normal household on the outside, the inside can be quite different! Here are a few signs of an abusive relationship: • Being controlling. Does
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Alcohol at College Sporting Events

Do you think it is okay for colleges to sell alcohol at sporting events? There is a new trend of colleges turning to alcohol sales during sporting events. This trend is occurring in order to boost attendance at games as well as bringing in extra money for the school. Of course, the paradox is that many college students are under the legal drinking age of 21. There are two train of thoughts to why selling alcohol at a college sporting event is either a good idea or a bad idea. Those who believe it is a good idea cite these
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Looting, Storm Clean-Up

Hurricane Hermine Hurricane Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in eleven years. This hurricane caused extensive damage including limbs down, trees down, flooding, and the loss of power. Unfortunately, natural disasters sometimes lead to looting. Our bondsman on 49th Street want you to be aware that looting is a crime. Penalties for looting vary and depend on the amount of the item stolen. A person can be charged with petty theft, larceny, grand theft, or burglary. In Florida, there is an anti-looting law. The anti-looting law, according to the Sun Sentinel, “provides increased penalties for specific
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Opioid Addiction

Recently in the news, reporters are discussig a major increase in drug overdose victims in Cincinnati. These victims were overdosing on heroin that was mixed with an opioid such as carfentanil which is 100 more times more powerful than fentanyl. Do you truly know what opioids are and how dangerous they can be? Do your kids know too? If not they should! According to WebMd.com, an opioid is a type of narcotic pain medication. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that opioids are “a medication that helps to reduce the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain and affects
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Red Zone

Many students are starting college and living away from home for the first time. The first six weeks of college, from the first day up until Thanksgiving break, are considered the “red zone”. What is the red zone? It is a time where college students are the most vulnerable for sexual assault. Incoming freshman are the most at risk since they frequently are inexperienced with taking care of themselves and in recognizing dangerous situations. Many of the sexual assaults are from “acquaintance rape”. Every college student needs to recognize that their new acquaintance might not have their best intentions at
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Criminal Penalties in the U.S.

A Crime In a Foreign Country May Have Different Penalties Compared To the U.S. The Olympics are nearing a close. There have been many highs (thank you Michael Phelps and the U.S.A. women’s gymnastics team) but there have also been lows. The Olympics have been marred by doping and drug abuse. Russia led the stats with quite a few of their athletes being charged with doping. Along with drug use, the Olympics also brought crime. 49th Street Bail Bonds cites examples of the crime that visitors to the Rio Olympics faced: •Swimmer, Ryan Lochte, and three of his fellow teammates
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Bail Bond Impersonators

Beware of Scammers! Have you received a phone call from somebody impersonating a bail bondsman? These con artists call unsuspecting people and claim that their loved one is in jail and needs to be bonded out. Another tactic these people are using is to call a family member of a person who has bonded out of jail and tell the family member that they need more money and if they don’t pay the bailed out person will have to go back to jail. Don’t be fooled by either scam. Here are tips: •Never send money to someone you don’t know
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Sober Dormitories

College Dorms For Recovering Students Many students are heading off to college for the first time in a couple of weeks. Being away from home, having more freedom, having more responsibility, and not being accountable to anyone but themselves can be overwhelming for college students. Often, a student will turn to drugs or alcohol to fit in, let loose, relax, or to combat anxiety or depression. While many students are able to handle this combination, some students end up becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol. This addiction can derail a student’s academic life, possibly cause them to fail out of
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