Domestic Terrorism

In the past two decades, the word terrorism has become a working part of our daily vocabulary. The number of days when a leading news source doesn’t mention at least some form of terrorism at least once is few and far between. There’s a reason terrorism is such a major news story, that’s because it’s…

California Vehicular Manslaughter Law

Vehicular manslaughter is a crime that terrifies most drivers. The thing about vehicular manslaughter is that it’s the type of crime that’s done completely without intent and often happens during a split moment of inattention. According to the law, vehicular manslaughter in California happens when a driver drives in a manner that’s either negligent or…

Sleep-deprived Driving

Most of us have heard so much about the dangers of drinking and driving that we would never dream of sliding behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Yet, we seldom think twice about going for a drive while we’re tired. The truth is that while there aren’t any actual laws about sleep-deprived driving, the action…

The Unlawful Taking of Pictures and Video Recording

Thanks to built-in cameras on smartphones, most of us have a camera at our disposal 24/7. We’re able to record everything. We use the phone camera for selfies, points of interest, and to record the actions of others. We’ve grown so accustomed to taking photos and videos of everything that we rarely stop and think…

Vandalizing a Place of Worship

California lawmakers don’t care if you were simply bored and decided adding some graffiti to a church wall would make life more interesting, if you were angry and knocked over some headstones in a local cemetery, or if you disagree with a particular religion and took out your frustration on the property. If you knowingly…

Can you Brandish a Fake Knife in California?

You might not think that brandishing a fake knife in California is a big deal but California’s lawmakers don’t agree. If you draw a knife and brandish it in a manner that’s deliberately designed to make other people think it’s a genuine weapon, you violate Penal Code 417.4 PC. This is one of California’s misdemeanors. The…

What to do if You Find a Body in California

Many of us dread the idea of finding a human body. Wondering how we’d react in that exact moment and how badly the experience would haunt us is exactly the kind of thing that keeps up all night long. The good news is that most of us will make it through our entire lives without…

Using Stolen Credit and Debit Cards in California

Unless you have the card owner’s permission, it’s illegal to use a credit or debit card that doesn’t belong to you. It doesn’t matter if you found the card lying in the middle of a parking lot, have the card that belongs to someone who has recently passed away, or once had permission to use…

Hit and Run Incidents in California

The best way to think about hit and run incidents in California is that they are illegal. Fleeing the scene of an accident only makes the situation worse.  A hit-and-run accident is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the term used to describe someone who hits something (car, dog, human, mailbox, etc.), and rather than…

Making Social Media Threats in California

Social media has had a strange impact on many people. There is a sense of anonymity and protection associated with the internet that makes us feel comfortable saying things via social media that we would never dream of saying in a real-world situation. The good news is that most of us understand that there are…