California’s Looting Laws

California’s Looting Laws

California’s Looting Laws

In recent months, California’s looting laws and arrests have drawn a great deal of national media attention.

Looting in California is addressed in the Penal Code 463 PC. According to the law, you can only be formally charged with looting in California if you commit some type of burglary while you’re in an area that has been officially declared a “state of emergency.” This means if you break into a grocery store, take a car, or commit something that’s normally considered petty theft in a section of town that has been ravished by an earthquake, burned in a wildfire, or is dealing with rioters, you’re not just stealing, your looting.

Looting is another one of California’s wobbler laws...

Drunk Driving in California During the Thanksgiving Holiday

Drunk Driving in California During the Thanksgiving Holiday

Drunk Driving in California During the Thanksgiving Holiday

There are certain days when the police become extremely concerned about drunk drivers. Thanksgiving is one such holiday. If you’re on the road during Thanksgiving weekend, don’t be surprised if you see more police patrolling the streets than what you would normally expect.

Why Police are Concerned about Drunk Driving in California During Thanksgiving

California patrol officers have plenty of good reasons to be out and about during the Thanksgiving weekend. The main reason they’re going to be patrolling for drunk drivers is that history indicates that it’s a holiday when many drivers fail to hand over their keys after having one too many.

Statistics indicate that there is something about the long Thanksgiving weekend that encourages drivers to cut loose and drink more than they s...

What to do if Your Suspect Your Child’s Being Terrorized by a Cyberbully

What to do if Your Suspect Your Child’s Being Terrorized by a Cyberbully

What to do if Your Suspect Your Child’s Being Terrorized by a Cyberbully

As a parent, there’s nothing worse than knowing your child is hurting. When a cyberbully is the cause of that hurt, it’s perfectly natural to want to shatter your smartphone/laptop/tablet and never allow any type of social media into your home. Unfortunately, that’s not a realistic option.

If you suspect your child is being terrorized by a cyberbully there are a few things you can do that will help the situation.

Support Your Child

The first things cyberbullies do is undermine their victim’s self-confidence. The chip away at their victim’s self-esteem until there’s nothing left. As a parent, it’s up to you to keep your child’s spirits up. Remind them that they’re important and loved. Spend time with them. Encourage them to talk...

Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel in California

Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel in California

We’ve all done it. Gotten behind the wheel and driven when we were tired. Most of the time rolling down the window, cranking up the radio, and indulging in a massive amount of caffeine is enough to get us safely where we need to be. The problem is that some people don’t make it to their destination. Some people fall asleep while they’re behind the wheel and find themselves in serious legal trouble.

The Dangers of Falling Asleep While Driving

People constantly warn us about driving while intoxicated. We know it’s dangerous and know that it’s a serious traffic offense. People rarely discuss the fact that driving while fatigued is equally dangerous. In most cases driving is monotonous. It’s so easy to let your eyes close for a second...

California’s Attitude Toward Vandalism

California’s Attitude Toward Vandalism

California’s Attitude Toward Vandalism

Vandalism is often an act of passion. Most of us are angry or hurt. We want to strike back at the person we believe treated us badly. We might choose to do this by smashing their mailbox, spray painting a crude message on the side of their house, or slashing their tires.

Normally, we feel better about the vandalism… until the police knock on our door.

The problem with vandalism is that the victim almost always has a pretty good idea of who was responsible. If they’ve recently argued with, broken up with, or aggravated someone they usually tell the police about the incident. The personal nature of the crime means that you’re likely to get caught.

What California Considers Vandalism

You might think that smashing someone’s mailbox is an act of just revenge. The state disagrees...

Will the Police Cite me for Not Wearing a Mask When Shopping?

Will the Police Cite me for Not Wearing a Mask When Shopping?

Will the Police Cite me for Not Wearing a Mask When Shopping?

Covid-19 has brought about many changes. One of the newest additions to our lives is the wearing of face masks while in public.

Why are Face Masks Required in California

The hope is that wearing masks will slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The idea is that the masks keep the droplets contained to a single person. California lawmakers are urging residents to wear a mask whenever they’re shopping. The problem is that there is conflicting information regarding the effectiveness of face masks. The result of the conflict is that while some people happily don a mask each time they go out, others refuse to wear them.
The debate over wearing facemasks has led many people to wonder if the police will issue citations to those who don’t wear a mask while shopping.
When are Face Masks Req...

California’s Regulations Regarding Car Seats

California’s Regulations Regarding Car Seats

California’s Regulations Regarding Car Seats

All parents know that infants should be contained in a car seat, however not all parents know what California’s laws are regarding car seats.

Infants and Car Seats

Any child that is two or under must be confined to a rear-facing car seat while they are in a vehicle. Failing to have your child properly secured in a car seat will result in a $500 fine and a point getting added to your driving record. Don’t assume that just because your child has passed their second birthday that it’s time to change their car seat. The law also states that the child needs to be at least 40 inches tall and or weigh at least 40 pounds before they graduate to a different type of car seat.

Car Seat for Children who are Between the Ages of 2 and 8

If your child has already celebrated their second birthday...

Criminal Threat Laws in California

Criminal Threat Laws in California

Criminal Threat Laws in California

No one likes to be scared, and making threats against someone is a sure fire way to scare them. It doesn’t really matter if the person making the threat ever intended to actually carry out the threat as long as the victim believed him or her. The person being threatened may not know that the threat is a joke, or just a scare tactic, and so they get scared.

Making threats, fake or not, is a great way to cause trouble, which is why it is a crime here in California to make criminal threats. Despite this, there seems to have been a bit of a rise in criminal threats over the last few years. To make matters worse, many of these threats have been aimed toward schools.

California Penal Code 422

Here in the state of California, the act of making a criminal threat is defined and made illegal u...

California Gun Control Laws

California Gun Control Laws

Gun control is a very hot topic here in the United States, especially whenever a tragedy strikes. When these tragedies occur, everyone begins to reexamine the laws in the area to try and figure out if something could have been done to prevent it from ever occurring.

Here in the California, residents face some of the strictest gun control laws in the entire nation. The idea is to keep guns out of the hands of people who would hurt others with the firearms while still allowing law abiding citizens to possess them.

California’s Gun-Related Laws

The state of California literally has dozens of laws surrounding the topic of gun use and ownership. In order to own a gun, a person has to be over the age of 21, pass a background check, not have any certain prior convictions or felonies, and b...

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...