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...