Are you an Accessory After the Fact in California?

One of the more confusing criminal charges California has is the accessory after the fact. Many people don’t know that it’s possible to get into trouble for a crime that they weren’t involved with until well after the crime happened.    California law stipulates that anyone who basically takes steps to hinder a criminal investigation…

Can You Get Into Trouble for Using a Computer That Doesn’t Belong to You?

We’ve all done it from time to time. Grabbed a friend or family member’s laptop to check our email or update our social media accounts. Most of us ask for permission first. But what if you don’t ask for permission? What happens if you simply boot up someone else’s computer and start using it.  …

Ten Crazy California Laws

For 168 years California lawmakers have been enacting laws to create community standards, maintain proper order, and protect its constituents. In 2017 alone, lawmakers passed almost 900 new bills that sought to address a number of different topics including immigration, minimum wage, paternity leave, and climate change. Over the past 168 years, the reason such…

What Happens if You’re Caught Illegally Dumping Waste in California

It is becoming increasingly uncommon to find piles of waste on both private and public land. One of the main reasons for the trend of simply dumping unwanted waste on abandoned lots or the far corner of private property is because of illegal waste dumping laws in California. California’s California Penal Code 374.3 PC deals with the…

What Are the Laws on Marijuana in California?

It seems like just yesterday that the usage of marijuana was illegal here in California. However, Californians voted to make marijuana usage legal in the state back in 2016, and the recreational use of marijuana became legal January 1 st, 2018. This change allowed a whole lot of people to use marijuana without having to…

What Is California’s Drunk in Public Law?

When people go out to have a good time or celebrate a holiday, they need to be on their best behavior. This is especially true when they are drinking alcohol. If they aren’t careful, they could get into trouble with the law, which is something nobody wants. Normally this isn’t a problem, but it can…

What Are Mandatory Reporting Laws?

Child abuse is a very serious offense that most people do not ignore. As soon as it is discovered that someone has hurt or abused a child, the authorities will be alerted. Then the accused person will be arrested and face criminal charges. More on that can be found here. Hurting a child is cruel…

What Are California’s Laws on Fighting in Public?

For the most part, people are able to go about their day without much confrontation. In most instances, people would rather things go smoothly than get into a fight. Unfortunately, there are still times when fights will arise. Often times, they occur because one, or both, of the parties involved is not in their usual…

What Are California’s Child Abuse Laws?

Parenting a child isn’t an easy undertaking and isn’t something that should be stepped into lightly. Sometimes kids misbehave and need to be punished in order to learn that what they did was wrong. However, how a child is punished could get a parent into legal trouble. Most forms of corporal punishment are highly frowned…

Standing Your Ground While Defending your Home in California

California, as well as several other states, have what are referred to as “stand-your-ground-laws.” The purpose of these laws is to allow you to use deadly force when placed in a situation where you need to defend yourself. One of the most famous cases where stand-your-ground laws were a factor in getting someone off a…