Ten miles from the west coast, Santa Ana is the second largest city in Orange County, with almost 350,000 residents. Santa Ana is a popular place to live and visit because of its convenient location to so many other areas. Just 35 minutes to the north lies Los Angeles, California, and Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure are a mere ten minutes from downtown Santa Ana. Millions of visitors each year come to Santa Ana and Orange County for the amazing amusement parks, proximity to both the beach and amazing natural attractions like the Santa Ana Mountains and San Mateo Canyon Wilderness.
The weather is warm and dry in Santa Ana, perfect for growing the Oranges the county is named for, though no one in Santa Ana does that much anymore. Industry and urban sprawl have taken up most of what used to be farmland in Orange County, especially in Santa Ana, which is the 4th most densely populated city in the United States. Where fields of countless orange trees once dotted the landscape, now homes and businesses abound.
Santa Ana Development
Until World War II, Santa Ana was a fairly small town by California standards, with the 35,000 or so residents relying primarily on farming for their economy. With the start of WWII, however, the U.S. Government built the Santa Ana Army Air Base in Santa Ana, for use in training troops for war. Though the base was decommissioned in 1946, it still played a large part in the subsequent growth of the area. Following the war, many of the troops who trained in Santa Ana returned to the area with their families, drawn by the warm weather and beautiful countryside.
From 1950 to 1960, as the GI Joes returned to Santa Ana with their families, the population exploded, climbing from 45,533 residents at the 1950's census to just over 100,000 by the 1960's census. And the city continued to grow, by about 50,000 residents per ten years, until 2000, when the population growth began to slow.
Things To Do In Santa Ana
Santa Ana has a number of parks and attractions of its own, as well as proximity to great vacation destinations like Disneyland, California Adventure, and Knot's Berry Farm. The downtown Santa Ana district has been the focus of a revitalization project over the past ten years, as a traditionally Latino shopping district has given way to more upscale, trendy boutiques, eateries, and art galleries.
Some of the traditional businesses have stayed on through the revitalization process, however, renovating their building s and expanding their offerings to keep up with the changing time. For instance, a little family-owned Mexican restaurant, Restaurante Las Cazuelas, located on N. Bush St., has always been known for its superior Mexican food. But, lately, the Las Cazuelas owner, Marilyn Ruiz, has begun hosting an open mic night for local artists on Wednesday nights.
The Artists Village In Downtown Santa Ana
Located in the center of Historic Downtown Santa Ana, the Artists Village is an area made up of studios, creative offices, art galleries, and a few restaurants. The Artists Village was originally meant to help revitalize the downtown area by giving use to some of the historic downtown buildings that had sat empty for years. This plan was largely successful. In the early 2000's, some live/work developments were added to the Artist Village, allowing artists and others to live close to the art they loved.
Old Orange County Courthouse
Located at 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., the 105-year-old Orange County Courthouse is the oldest court building in California. Formerly known as the Santa Ana Courthouse, the Old Orange County Courthouse was built at the turn of the 20th Century and opened for business in 1905. It is recognized as a California Historical Landmark and is also on the National Register of Historical Places. The courthouse now houses the Orange County History Center, along with some government offices and has been used as a movie location for several movie and television shows, including serving as the exterior of Briarcliff Manor in “American Horror Story: Asylum.”
Domestic Violence in Santa Ana
According to an article by the Voice of OC, Santa Ana has the highest rate of domestic violence calls per person in the State of California. The data cited is from the California Office of the Attorney General. In fact, the rate of domestic violence calls per capita in Santa Ana is nearly double that of Los Angeles and triple that of Anaheim. While there are many possible reasons for these statistics, including a high rate of poverty and immigration, the police state that they are working hard to combat domestic violence, including community outreach and education programs.
Domestic Violence Resources in Santa Ana
One source of help for the victims of domestic violence in Santa Ana is the Latino Health Access program. Workers at the LHA report seeing the effects of domestic violence being played out in the lives of children who witness domestic violence in their home. Problem behaviors for these children include acting out in school, higher rates of drug abuse, and higher rates of teen pregnancy.
LHA's health workers strive to provide cultural education that includes increased self-sufficiency in women and increasing neighborhood knowledge about the signs of abuse and what to do if they see abusive relationships among their friends and neighbors. Leaders at LHA say that one of the most difficult issues with domestic violence in Santa Ana is the high rate of new immigrants to the area and the culture from which many of the immigrants come. In Mexico, for instance, spousal abuse was only declared illegal in 2007 and it is still poorly enforced in most areas of the country. One of the primary functions of the LHA is to educate communities that spousal abuse is, in fact, illegal in the United States and to inform victims about available resources.
Victims of domestic violence in Santa Ana can find helpful resources at:
Santa Ana Police Department
60 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701
In case of emergency, dial 911
CSP, Domestic Violence Assistance Program
Temporary Restraining Order Information
(714) 935-7956 (24 hours)
Day: (714) 542-9750
Night: (714) 542-9576
Women's Transitional Living Center
UCI Family Health Center
Public Health and Medical Services
Legal Aid of Orange County
Additional information about domestic violence resources in Santa Ana can be found here.
What Constitutes Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is defined in California Penal Code, Section 13700 where domestic violence is defined as “abuse committed against an adult or fully emancipated minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship.” (California Penal Code, Section 13700)
The definition of abuse can include:
- Physical Abuse
- Verbal Abuse
- Abusing Trust
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Psychological Abuse
- Economic control
- threats and intimidation
- Destruction of Property
Other Charges Related To Domestic Violence
While “domestic violence” is the charge most commonly referred to when an argument between intimate partners develops and the cops get involved, it is not the only charge closely related to domestic violence.
Other Charges Are:
- Corporal Injury of Spouse
- Corporal Injury of a Cohabitant
- Domestic Abuse
- Spousal Abuse
- Violation of Penal Code 273.5
Corporal Injury Of A Spouse Or Cohabitant
While corporal injury may put you in mind of school punishments like having your fingers rapped in school or a spanking in the principles office, this is not what is being referred to in the charge “Corporal Injury of a Spouse or Cohabitant.”
Corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant is defined by California law as “willfully inflicting a physical injury that causes a 'traumatic condition' on an intimate partner.” Let's define a few of these terms, to understand better what could be considered corporal injury.
Intimate Partner Violence in Santa Ana
When violence occurs between people who are, or ever have been, romantically involved, it becomes a crime that falls under the Intimate Partner Violence umbrella. An intimate partner is defined as anyone with whom a person has or has had a physical, romantic, or dating relationship, or with whom that person has a child. Intimate partner violence is more commonly known as domestic violence.
Who Qualifies as an Intimate Partner?
- A spouse
- A Former Spouse
- A Cohabitant (someone you live with)
- A Former Cohabitant (someone you used to live with)
- A Boyfriend (including same-sex boyfriends)
- A Girlfriend (including same-sex girlfriends)
- A Fiance'
- A Former Fiance'
- The Parent of Your Child
In other words, anyone you have had a romantic or intimate relationship with, at any point, for any length of time, would be considered an intimate partner.
What is considered a “physical injury?”
- Any Injury That Leaves a Mark, Such As A Bruise Or Cut
Sexual Assault By A Spouse – P.C. 262
Even within a marriage, no still means no. Forcing someone to have sex or sexual contact, even if you're married to them, can result in a violation of P.C. 262 and sexual assault by a spouse charges.
Rape of a spouse can occur when:
- Sexual intercourse is accomplished against another person's will by means of force or violence, or the threat of harm.
- When a person is unable to resist because of an intoxicating, anesthetic or controlled substance, and the condition was known or could have reasonably been known by the accused.
- When a person is unconscious of the act and the accused is aware that the victim is unconscious.
- When the act is accomplished through a threat to retaliate in the future should the victim resist.
- When the act is accomplished through a threat to use the authority of public officials to arrest or deport the victim or someone else.
If you are married or in a relationship, remember that the relationship doesn't override the other person's ability to say “no.” Failing to “take no for an answer” can land you in jail with charges of spousal rape or sexual assault by a spouse.
Bail For Domestic Violence
Bail is an amount of money paid to the court to obtain release from jail ahead of hearings and a trail to resolve your domestic violence court case. Without bail, a person would have to sit in jail until they could appear in court. The amount of bail required for domestic violence will vary, depending on the types of charges and any enhancements that may be attached to those charges. A full list of the bail amounts required to get out of jail can be found in the Uniform Bail Schedule set forth by the Superior Court of California in Orange County. A copy can be found in the booking facility of each police station or city jail.
To find the total amount of bail needed to get out of jail, you must find all charges and add the amounts together, along with any enhancement charges. This is the total amount needed to get out of jail. The court will accept cash or property for bail. Once the court case has been resolved, the bail amount will be refunded to whoever paid it to the court.
If you can't afford the total amount of bail, a bail bondsman like Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds can help. A bail bond company works with a surety company to provide a bond with the court and agrees to ensure that a defendant will appear for all court dates and the trial, should one be necessary. In return for this service, the bail bond agency charges a fee, usually 10% of the total amount of bail required. This fee is non-refundable.
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Domestic Violence Bail Bonds in Santa Ana
When people spend a lot of time together, it is inevitable that arguments will crop up. Disagreements in marriage and dating relationships are normal and should be dealt with calmly and reasonably. However, sometimes that can be hard to achieve. If you find that things have gotten out of hand and you are facing domestic violence charges in the Santa Ana city jail, Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds can help you negotiate the path between the county jail and back home so that you can work on your marriage or relationship in a responsible way.
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