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…

How to Get Into Trouble With Airport Security

Even though everyone should know that the individuals who work in airport security don’t appreciate a sense of humor, we’re still being bombarded by news stories about people who simply couldn’t behave themselves either at the airport or on the plane and found themselves on the wrong side of airport security.  You don’t want your…

What is Assault with the Intent to Commit a Felony?

Legally speaking, assault isn’t simple. California has multiple assault laws on the books and each one is just a little different from the others. Assault with the intent to commit a felony is just one of California’s assault laws.  What is Assault with the Intent to Commit a Felony? An assault with the intent to…

4 California Bike Laws you Probably Don’t Know About

Do you spend a lot of time biking in California? If so, there are some California bike laws you’re probably not familiar with. Bikes and Crosswalks Did you know that as a cyclist, you’re not supposed to stop your bike in the middle of a crosswalk? When you’re on a bike, you need to treat…

Littering in California

You already know that you’re not supposed to litter. It’s common knowledge that you shouldn’t throw things out your car windows, leave trash scattered around a campsite, or drop food wrappers while you’re walking.  What you might not know is exactly what happens if you fail to do the right thing and clean up after…

What is Parental Kidnapping in California

As a society, we have preconceived ideas about child abductions. We tend to think that most child abductions involve a stranger taking a child and that these are usually crimes of opportunity. The truth is that most child abductions are actually parental kidnappings.  Child Find of America reports that 78% of missing children reports involve the…

Getting Into Trouble for Vandalism in California

California lawmakers have little patience for vandalism. The exact law dealing with the issue is Penal Code 594 PC which defines vandalism and vandals as: “Every person who maliciously commits any of the following acts with respect to any real or personal property not his or her own, in cases other than those specified by state law,…

Who is Responsible for a T-Bone Accident

Officially they are called side-collision impact accidents, but because the result is two cars forming a T, most of us know them as T-bone accidents. They occur when two vehicles are traveling in different directions go through an intersection at the same time. At least one of the vehicles is usually traveling at a high…