Yellow Traffic Lights in California

Yellow Traffic Lights in California

Yellow Traffic Lights in California

On paper, it’s a simply concept. When you see a flashing yellow traffic light it means you have the right of way, but that you should stay alert and use caution while going through an intersection. A solid yellow light means that the light is about to change to red and you should plan on stopping. That’s the idea but we all know drivers who seem to think that the solid yellow light is a challenge. Instead of slowing down, they mash the accelerator to the floor and barrel through the intersection, often just as the light changes from yellow to green.

The Risk of Trying to Beat the Red

No one likes to wait at stop lights. It’s easy to understand the desire to want to beat the red light, but it’s important to understand just how deadly this desire is...

California’s Peeping Tom Laws

California’s Peeping Tom Laws

California’s Peeping Tom Laws

The problem with California’s “Peeping Tom” laws is that they aren’t written as clearly as they should be. There is a great deal of room for interpretation which makes the case difficult for both sides to prove.

Peeping Tom laws are covered in California Penal Code Section 647(i) PC. The code states that a peeping Tom is anyone who;

(i) Who, while loitering, prowling, or wandering upon the private property of another, at any time, peeks in the door or window of any inhabited building or structure, without visible or lawful business with the owner or occupant.

(j) (1) A person who looks through a hole or opening, into, or otherwise views, by means of any instrumentality, including, but not limited to, a periscope, telescope, binoculars, camera, motion picture camera, camcorder, m...

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...

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...