Littering Is Still A Crime

Littering Is Still A Crime

Many people dismiss littering as no big deal. After all, what does it matter if you throw one disposable cup out of your car window while driving? Well, aside from the fact that no one likes to look at garbage, it is never just one person who thinks like that.

Thousands of people think that very thought every day, and then follow through with it. That is why so many of California’s roadways are covered in garbage. This is why there laws against littering. The laws and penalties vary from county to county.

Someone convicted of littering can face a combination of the following:

  • Fines up to $1,000
  • Community service
  • Jail time

These punishments might seem extreme for what people would classify as a small crime, but it is still a crime after all...

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Distracted Driving In California

Distracted Driving In California

In California, it is illegal to drive while distracted.

This of course, means no talking or texting on a cell phone while driving. What many people fail to realize is that this applies to so much more than distractions caused by a cell phone.

This law also applies to people who are applying makeup or eating while driving. Basically, doing anything that takes even a portion of the driver’s attention away from driving could be considered distracted driving.

Getting caught for distracted driving can earn the driver a ticket costing anywhere from $450 to $1,000. This may seem like a pretty steep price for eating while driving, but it is meant to remind people of how important it is to remain focused while driving. One slip up while driving is all it takes to completely ruin someone’s life...

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Vandalism In California

Vandalism In California

Many people know what vandalism is. We hear about it, and see it, all of the time. Vandalism is taken very seriously in California.

Getting caught vandalizing someone’s property can land a person in jail with hefty fines.

While many people think they know what constitutes as vandalism, there are a few acts which fall into that category that people are unaware of.

Vandalism is the classified as the act of maliciously destroying or damaging someone else’s property.

Here is a quick list of acts that qualify as vandalism in the state of California:

  • Writing or painting on something that does not belong to you. This can even include writing your name in the wet cement of a city sidewalk.
  • Damaging a piece of property such as a window on a house or car...
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Legality Of Recording & Posting Crimes Online

Legality Of Recording & Posting Crimes Online

It is one thing for a bystander to record an incident where a police officer is interacting, physically or peacefully, with another civilian, but it is another thing when a bystander records an incident where one or more other civilians are getting physical with another victim, and there are no authority figures in sight. In the first scenario, there is someone who is supposed to be supporting the law, and coming down on someone who just broke it. In the second scenario, there is someone who is committing a crime against another helpless individual, with no law enforcement anywhere to be seen, so the physicality against the victim can continue.

This raises the question as to whether the bystander in the second scenario should be punished for recording the crime, and possibly posting it on...

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California’s Plastic Bag Ban

California’s Plastic Bag Ban

If you are like many other Californians, you are probably still trying to train yourself to bring reusable bags to the store when you get groceries. It has been a bit of a struggle, but admittedly a small one to help the environment.

The state of California recently banned stores from using single use plastic bags in an attempt to reduce the amount of plastic waste the state produces.

Stores would still be allowed to offer plastic bags, but they would need to charge a minimum of 10 cents and the bags would need to be reusable.

Some people do not paying the extra 10 cents per bag, while other people completely hate the idea of paying for something they used to get for free. Realistically, it is not that big of a deal...

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Is It A Crime To Witness One & Not Report It?

Is It A Crime To Witness One & Not Report It?

It is a crime to file a false police report, but it is not a crime to witness one, and not report it happen.

It might come as a surprise for some people to know that someone is not obligated to report a crime to the police if they have witnessed one or know about one, though it could affect their conscience. Nonetheless, if you witnessed a crime and you do not report it, you would not get in trouble.

The reason most people are not obligated to report a crime if they know about it is because it can be risky. By reporting the crime, they are getting involved. Depending on the situation, it can cost them time, money, and even safety. Their lives can be put into danger if they get involved; they could be threatened by the suspect or those who side with the suspect.

There are people in certain...

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Strange Laws From Around The U.S.

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As many people are aware, not every law is a good law. There are some very strange and obscure laws out there. Every single state in the country has some weird law that would make a person wonder why it even exists.

Here are a few examples:

  • Whistling while underwater is prohibited in West Virginia.
  • In Maine, you may not step out of a plane that is currently in flight.
  • In Delaware, it is illegal to fly over any body of water unless one is caring sufficient amounts of food and drink.
  • Prisoners in Louisiana who hurt themselves can end up serving an additional 2 years in jail.
  • Women in Vermont have to get permission from their husband in order to wear false teeth.
  • It is illegal to teach others what polygamy in Mississippi.

These are just a sampling of weird laws from around th...

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Beware Of Scams In The Modern Age

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In the age of modern technology, it is important to be wary of scams used to gain private information from one of your accounts or devices. This sensitive information can be used to take money from the victim without him or her even knowing.

There are several different ways someone can gain access to a person’s account or device.

Here are some of the most common ways:

  • Sending Malicious Emails. A favorite tactic among scammers is to send an email that disguises itself as being from someone in the target’s contact list. The email will usually say something along the lines of “Hey, check this out” followed by a link. Upon clinking the link, the victim grants the virus access to the computer...
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If You File A False Report, You Will Go To Jail

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It is a crime to falsely report a crime.

That is, you can and will get in trouble with the law if you report a crime but know that it really is not a crime. This is exactly what happened to a Los Angeles woman who, just a few weeks ago, was charged for her false report. Now she will have to pay her consequences by spending 2 months in jail.

26-year-old Charline Gatson filed a report with the police, reporting that an acquaintance approached her in her car and pulled out a gun. The acquaintance let Gatson go, but took her car. Gatson’s teenage son was still in the car and the acquaintance drove off. The vehicle was found later in San Bernardino, CA.

After investigators completed their work, they determined that Gatson’s carjacking and kidnapping report was false...

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About California’s Revenge Porn Law

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Revenge porn is when one person shares sexually explicit images and/or videos of their former intimate partner, typically on the Internet, without their consent.

Their motive is to embarrass the former partner, which can lead to further distress. If you keep up with celebrity gossip, this is exactly what Rob Kardashian did recently against his former girlfriend and the mother of his young child, Blac Chyna.

In California, it first became a law just a handful of years ago in 2013, and since then there have been changes and updates. It is a crime many people are becoming increasingly familiar with.

California’s revenge porn crime is related to the crime of invasion of privacy.

When one person secretly records sexually explicit photos and videos of another person without their consent that...

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