Strange Laws In California

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Strange Laws In California

When people think about laws, they often think about sensible rules that make sense. However, it is important to remember that laws are made by people, and this means that some real nonsense can be made into actual laws that govern the people. This is true of every country, state, and city. California is no exception.

The Golden State is home to its own bits of weirdness thanks to some odd laws. Many of these laws were created long ago, and as such, show their age. Others are a little more recent, and while it may be possible to see what the lawmaker was going for, the wording of the law isn’t quite right.

Why Are These Even Laws?

California became a state on September 9, 1850...

A Dog Bite Could Have Legal Ramifications

A Dog Bite Could Have Legal Ramifications

A Dog Bite Could Have Legal Ramifications

Dogs are wonderful animals. They provide unconditional love, companionship, and can even be our protectors. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of people turning their dog into an emotional support animal, which allows them to bring the animal into establishments where dogs aren’t otherwise allowed.

While the emotional support dogs help their owners navigate daily challenges, many people who rely on emotional support dogs don’t realize that if their pet bites someone, the owner could find themselves in legal trouble.

California isn’t very tolerant when it comes to dog bites. The state has something called “strict liability laws.” These laws are written in such a way that pet owners, even though with emotional support dogs, are responsible for their dog’s ...

Drug Manufacturing Is Very Illegal in California

Drug Manufacturing Is Very Illegal in California

Drug Manufacturing Is Very Illegal in California

Drugs are defined as medicine or other substances that have physiological effects when ingested or otherwise introduced to the body. Drugs can help people feel better in all sorts of ways from fighting off bacteria to reducing inflammation. However, even the most helpful of drugs can be harmful to a person if they consume too many. This is why drugs of all types are so heavily regulated.

Some drugs can be incredibly addicting, which is why they are often outlawed altogether. Some people take advantage of this addictive quality and sell drugs to people who want more and more. Others take things a step further and begin manufacturing the drugs themselves. Needless to say, this is as illegal as selling or consuming drugs. Anyone who is caught manufacturing drugs on their own will face some...

Can Marijuana Legally Be Smoked in Public?

Can Marijuana Legally Be Smoked in Public?

Can Marijuana Legally Be Smoked in Public?

Back in 2016, Californian voters chose to approve the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana. The law went into effect at the start of 2018, and so for the last two years, people have been able to enjoy marijuana recreationally. However, even though marijuana usage has been legal for 2 years, there is still a lot of confusion around the law.

Two years isn’t a lot of time in legal terms. Many of the laws that people are familiar with have been around for decades, which is why people are so familiar with them. Since the marijuana laws are so new, the general public hasn’t had enough time to get to know every single detail. This is why some people are still confused.

Where Can Marijuana Be Smoked?

One of the biggest questions people still have is where can marijuana legally be...

What Is Disorderly Conduct?

What Is Disorderly Conduct?

What Is Disorderly Conduct?

When it comes to laws, there are plenty of terms that people hear regularly. Despite that, some of the terms are a bit unclear for people. Take for instance disorderly conduct. What exactly does that term mean? What counts as disorderly conduct?

Disorderly conduct is a broad term that covers a variety of different acts that could be considered disruptive to the general public. Knowing this can help a person avoid getting into any trouble with the law.

California’s Disorderly Conduct Laws

There are a couple of different laws here in California that can fall within the category of disorderly conduct. For starters, there is Penal Code (PC) 647. This is California’s primary disorderly conduct law and covers a variety of different activities...

Laws to Know Before You Fly Your Drone

Laws to Know Before You Fly Your Drone

Laws to Know Before You Fly Your Drone

As the weather warms up and gets nicer, and people are beginning to venture outside once again, they are looking for something to do. One thing that is a lot of fun, and doesn’t create or need a crowd of people is flying a drone.

Drones give people a bird’s eye view of the area and it can be quite exhilarating to see. Whether it is someplace new, or someplace a person has lived all their life, seeing things from the air is very different from seeing things from the ground.

The thing is, a person needs to be careful when flying a drone, or else they could end up in trouble with the law. There are several laws that a drone pilot has to follow here in California, and the nation as a whole, to avoid getting into trouble with the law.

Federal Drone Laws

For starters, the Federal Aviation ...

What Are Traffic Offenses?

What Are Traffic Offenses?

What Are Traffic Offenses?

Driving is a privilege, not a right, and as such, a driver needs to be responsible behind the wheel. One simple mistake while driving is all it takes to completely change someone’s life forever. If a driver is not careful, they could be pulled over and ticketed for a traffic offense.

Traffic offenses are something that most drivers are familiar with. Even if they have never been pulled over before, a driver still knows about traffic offenses. This broad range of laws covers everything from minor infractions such as making illegal U-turns up to more severe crimes such as Driving under the influence (DUI).

What Are Some Common Traffic Offenses?

Due to the broad range of traffic violations, getting pulled over can always be a bit concerning for drivers...

Don’t Leave Your Pet Behind in the Car

Don’t Leave Your Pet Behind in the Car

Don’t Leave Your Pet Behind in the Car

While summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20th, the summer heat is already starting to show up. This is one of the many reasons why people are getting so antsy to go outside again, but that is a different conversation. This warmer weather means that it is time once again to talk about the dangers and legality of leaving pets alone in cars.

As the weather warms up, sitting cars can quickly become dangerous for any living thing stuck inside of them. If someone goes out and to run errands and decides to bring their favorite furry companion along for a ride, they need to be careful. If they aren’t, they could not only cause serious harm to their pet but also face some legal trouble as well.

The Dangers of Parked Cars

Viewing parked cars as dangerous can be a bit odd, but it is vali...

Is Blackmailing Someone Illegal in California?

Is Blackmailing Someone Illegal in California?

Is Blackmailing Someone Illegal in California?

Something that people are pretty familiar with, hopefully through television and movies, not from real-life experience, is blackmail. The trope of someone finding some secret of another person and then using it to get the victim to do whatever they say shows up a lot in fiction. Unfortunately, it is present in the real world too.

Luckily, the act of blackmailing an individual is illegal here in California. Anyone who is caught blackmailing another individual to get what they want will face legal charges. For committing the act, a person will face harsh consequences.

What Is Extortion

The act of extortion, more commonly known as blackmail, is defined under Penal Code (PC) 518 as using force or threat to compel another individual to give money or property or to compel a public official to...

The California Crime of Larceny

Most Common Crimes in California during Covid-19

The California Crime of Larceny

It is no secret that legalese, the language of legal documents commonly spoken by lawyers, is pretty complicated for normal people to understand. This is due to the “language’s” thorough nature. In its attempts to explain every technical point, the language drags on and makes things more complicated. Combine that with the fact that legalese often has its terms for common things that aren’t used by most people, and it is easy to see where the confusion comes from.

A perfect example of this is the term larceny. People have typically heard of this crime before, but they may not know what the crime is. It turns out that larceny is just a more official and technical term for a crime that everyone is familiar with.

What Is Larceny?

A crime that people may have heard of, but do not know exactl...