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...

What Counts as Looting in California?

What Counts as Looting in California?

What Counts as Looting in California?

Whenever an emergency strikes, people are bound to panic. This is only natural as systems that people have been able to rely on for their day to day lives begin to shut down. This is exactly what is happening as the COVID-19, Corona, Virus pandemic spreads across the world. In response to this virus, many non-essential systems have been shut down to reduce the spread of the disease.

Combine this with the fact that thousands, if not millions, of people have been panic stockpiling all kinds of resources, making it harder for everyone to get even the essentials, a lot of people are scared. For most people, this just means staying at home and avoiding going into public, which is what everyone should be doing anyway.

Unfortunately, there are people out there that see the deserted shopping ...