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False Report of Auto Theft - Vehicle Code 10501 VC

Posted by Sam Israels | Jan 22, 2024 | 0 Comments

California Vehicle Code 10501 VC is the statute that makes it a crime to file a false auto theft report. Most violations are misdemeanors that carry up to six months in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Suppose you falsely report a crime, such as someone stealing your car. In that case, it’s considered a waste of law...

California's Clean Slate Law

Posted by Sam Israels | Jan 08, 2024 | 0 Comments

Suppose you seek to get your arrest record sealed or your conviction dismissed. In that case, it might be possible under California's Clean Slate Act, which allows people to move on with their lives. Senate Bill 731 made essential changes to the Clean Slate Act, AB 1076, which gives you a second chance. It’s often...

Unlawful Assembly - Penal Code 408 PC

Posted by Sam Israels | Jan 04, 2024 | 0 Comments

California Penal Code 408 PC is the statute making it a misdemeanor crime for someone to participate in an unlawful assembly, which is two or more people gathering to do something illegal or a violent lawful act. Related Penal Code 407 PC defines an unlawful assembly as “Whenever two or more persons assemble to do an...

DUI Chemical Test Refusal Penalty - Vehicle Code 23612 VC

Posted by Sam Israels | Jan 01, 2024 | 0 Comments

California Vehicle Code 23612 VC requires motorists arrested for DUI to submit to a breath or blood test and presumes drivers give implied consent to testing. If you refuse a chemical test, you will face a minimum one-year driver's license suspension. Under California's implied consent law, anyone who drives a motor...

Auto Theft with a Prior - Penal Code 666.5 PC

Posted by Sam Israels | Nov 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

California Penal Code 666.5 PC is a sentencing enhancement statute increasing the penalties for repeat auto theft offenses. Simply put, the fines and jail time can be increased under this law if you are convicted of auto theft for a second or subsequent time. This law is designed to deter repeat grand theft auto offenders...

Participating in a Riot - Penal Code 404 PC

Posted by Sam Israels | Nov 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

California Penal Code 404 PC prohibits someone from participating in a riot. A “riot” can occur when two or more people acting together use force or violence to disturb the public peace or when they make threats to use violence with the ability to execute their threats. To prove you guilty of violating PC 404, however...

Illegal Dumping of Waste - Penal Code 374.3 PC

Posted by Sam Israels | Sep 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

This California law prohibits the unauthorized disposal of garbage, waste, and other material on public or private property, known as illegal dumping, and it’s defined under Penal Code 374.3 PC. Simply put, it's illegal to dump garbage and other waste matter in unauthorized places or in an unauthorized manner...

Malicious Mischief to a Vehicle - Vehicle Code 10853 VC

Posted by Sam Israels | Aug 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

In California, entering someone’s vehicle or climbing on it without permission to tamper with the controls or to cause damage is a crime. It’s codified under Vehicle Code 10853 VC and called malicious mischief to a vehicle. This statute applies to vehicles and anything attached to it, such as license plates, hood...

Penal Code 141 PC - Planting or Tampering with Evidence

Posted by Sam Israels | Jul 01, 2023 | 0 Comments

California Penal Code 141 PC makes it a crime to tamper with or to plant evidence in any legal matter. Since evidence is often crucial in criminal cases, tampering is considered a serious offense. PC 141 says, “(a) anyone who knowingly, willfully, intentionally, and wrongfully alters, modifies, plants, places...

False Identification to Police Officer - Penal Code 148.9 PC

Posted by Sam Israels | Jul 01, 2023 | 0 Comments

n California, suppose a police officer lawfully detains you and asks you to identify yourself. In that case, under the law, you must tell them the truth. If you provide a false name, you just committed a crime. Penal Code 148.9 PC is the statute that makes it a misdemeanor to provide false identifying information...

Felon in Possession of Ammunition - Penal Code 30305(a)(1) PC

Posted by Sam Israels | Jun 07, 2023 | 0 Comments

In California, convicted felons can’t possess ammunition, defined under Penal Code 30305(a)(1) PC. This statute is closely related to Penal Code 29800 PC felons possessing a firearm. Simply put, it’s illegal to own, possess, or have custody of ammunition if you are prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm...

Driving Over 100mph on a Freeway - Vehicle Code 22348(b) VC

Posted by Sam Israels | Jun 03, 2023 | 0 Comments

Speeding on any California highway could result in a traffic ticket, but if your speed exceeds 100mph, it’s placed in a higher category. California Vehicle Code 22348(b) VC would impose harsh penalties if you were driving over 100mph on a highway. This includes additional points on your DMV record, a mandatory...

Altering or Changing a VIN - Vehicle Code 10750 VC

Posted by Sam Israels | May 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

All motor vehicles are inscribed with a unique identifier called the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Tracking car registrations, insurance coverage, warranties, and vehicle theft reports is necessary.  Thus, California Vehicle Code 10750 VC makes it a crime to intentionally alter or change a VIN. VC 10750 says...

Are Escorts Legal in Los Angeles?

Posted by Sam Israels | May 23, 2023 | 0 Comments

Whether or not escorts are legal in California is often a complex question, as it depends on many factors. Most people connect escorts with prostitution for good reasons, but there is a difference between the two. However, there is a thin line, almost invisible, between an escort and a prostitute. One side of...

Wearing a Mask or Disguise to Evade Police - Penal Code 185 PC

Posted by Sam Israels | Apr 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

California Penal Code 185 PC makes it illegal to wear a mask, false whiskers, or another disguise to evade police while or after committing the crime. Wearing a mask or disguise by itself is not unlawful. Still, if you wear one to avoid being detected by police, you can be charged under this statute, making it illegal...

What Are California’s Street Racing Laws?

Posted by Sam Israels | Feb 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

Participating in any street racing, drag racing, or speed contest on a public street, road, or highway in California is illegal. This includes speed exhibitions or any street racing. These criminal offenses are typically prosecuted under Vehicle Code 23109 VC speed contest law and Vehicle Code 23103 VC reckless...

What Are the Prostitution Laws in California?

Posted by Sam Israels | Feb 04, 2023 | 0 Comments

California Penal Code 647(b) generally defines prostitution as engaging in sexual conduct in exchange for money or other compensation. Therefore, under this law, it’s a crime to commit prostitution or to solicit it. In other words, it applies to someone who offers sexual services and the person who accepts...

What Are the Child Pornography Laws in California?

Posted by Sam Israels | Jan 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

Penal Code 311 PC is the statute that makes child pornography illegal in California and is the primary law used by prosecutors to file charges against someone. Simply put, it’s a crime to distribute, transport, duplicate, print, advertise, or have possession of child pornography. It is also a crime to hire or...

What Are the California Asset Forfeiture Laws?

Posted by Sam Israels | Dec 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

Asset forfeiture is the government’s legal right to take someone’s property due to a reasonable suspicion it was acquired through illegal conduct or was used to commit a crime. In asset forfeiture cases, the property owner was usually convicted of a criminal offense before it was taken by forfeiture...

How Can You Defend Heroin Charges?

Posted by Sam Israels | Dec 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

Various California laws make it a crime to possess, sell, transport, and manufacture heroin. If you have possession of heroin for personal use, it’s a misdemeanor offense, but sales and trafficking are felonies with severe penalties. Most people know that heroin is a dangerous and highly addictive illegal...

What is a Civil Compromise in a Criminal Case?

Posted by Sam Israels | Nov 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

In California criminal cases, justice is typically pursued through criminal charges and convictions. While a perpetrator’s sentence might give some satisfaction, not every criminal case has to end with a conviction for a victim to receive something in return for a perpetrator’s conduct. Sometimes, a...

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