Strange Laws From The Golden State

Strange Laws From The Golden State

When people think about laws, they often think about sensible rules that make sense. However, it is important to remember that laws are made by people, and this means that some real nonsense can be made into actual laws that govern the people. This is true of every country, state and city. California is no exception.

The Golden State is home to its own bits of weirdness thanks to some odd laws. Many of these strange laws were created long ago, and as such, show their age. Others are a little more recent, and while it may be possible to see what the lawmaker was going for, the wording of the law isn’t quite right.

Why Are These Even Laws?

California became a state on September 9, 1850...

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Can Marijuana Legally Be Smoked In Public?

Can Marijuana Legally Be Smoked In Public?

Back in 2016, Californian voters chose to approve the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana. The law went into effect at the start of 2018, and so for the last two years, people have been able to enjoy marijuana recreationally. However, even though marijuana usage has been legal for 2 years, there is still a lot of confusion around the law.

Two years isn’t a lot of time in legal terms. Many of the laws that people are familiar with have been around for decades, which is why people are so familiar with them. Since the marijuana laws are so new, the general public hasn’t had enough time to get to know every single detail, leaving some people still confused.

Where Can Marijuana Be Smoked?

One of the biggest questions people still have is where can marijuana legally be smoked an...

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What Is Disorderly Conduct?

What Is Disorderly Conduct?

When it comes to laws, there are plenty of terms that people hear regularly. Despite that, some of the terms are a bit unclear for people. Take for instance disorderly conduct. What exactly does that term mean? What counts as disorderly conduct?

Disorderly conduct is a broad term that covers a variety of different acts that could be considered disruptive to the general public. Knowing this can help a person avoid getting into any trouble with the law.

California’s Disorderly Conduct Laws

There are a couple of different laws here in California that can fall within the category of disorderly conduct. For starters, there is Penal Code 647. This is California’s primary disorderly conduct law and covers a variety of different activities.

Some other laws that can be considered disorderly cond...

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Laws To Know Before Flying A Drone

Laws To Know Before Flying A Drone

As the weather warms up and gets nicer, people are beginning to venture outside once again. They are looking for something to do. One thing that is a lot of fun and doesn’t create or need a crowd of people is flying a drone.

Drones give people a bird’s eye view of the area and it can be quite exhilarating to see. Whether it is someplace new or someplace a person has lived all their life, seeing things from the air is very different from seeing things from the ground.

The thing is, a person needs to be careful when flying a drone or else they could end up in trouble with the law. There are several laws that a drone pilot has to follow here in California, and the nation as a whole, to avoid getting into trouble with the law.

Federal Drone Laws

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Can Police Search My Vehicle Without A Warrant?

Can Police Search My Vehicle Without A Warrant?

Pretty much every driver has experienced the slight panic of seeing a police car behind them while driving even if they haven’t done anything wrong. That shows how much people don’t want to get pulled over. On those occasions where people are pulled over, they can then find themselves worrying about the officer searching through their vehicle.

Despite what people might think, police officers and other law enforcement officers cannot just search a vehicle without reason or a warrant. This is a protection granted to every United States citizen under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment prohibits law enforcement agents from conducting unreasonable searches and seizures. The amendment also sets forth guidelines for how warrants are issued.

When Is A Warrant Unnec...

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California’s Laws On Possession Of Controlled Substances

California’s Laws On Possession Of Controlled Substances

For years now, schools and other government agencies have been working hard to send the message to kids that drugs are bad. Drugs can mess with a person’s body and mind in all sorts of harmful or damaging ways. The worst drugs are either flat out illegal or limited to only be used when a person has a prescription.

Drugs that are restricted by the government are referred to as controlled substances. These substances can be restricted for any number of reasons. If a person is found to have one of these substances on them without a prescription, then they could end up in big trouble.

Possession Of Controlled Substances In California

Here in the state of California, Health and Safety Code 11350 makes it illegal for a person to have a controlled substance in their possession without a prescrip...

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What Is Money Laundering And Why Is It Illegal?

What Is Money Laundering And Why Is It Illegal?

Everyone is aware of the obvious fact that committing crimes is illegal. What can often get people into trouble is not knowing which acts are considered illegal in the first place. This leads to people doing something they thought was okay and then winding up in trouble with the law.

For instance, people are aware that stealing money from someone else is bad. However, many people do not realize that just depositing illegally obtained money into a bank account is illegal. While it sounds a little, silly, there is a good reason for this.

The Definition Of Money Laundering

The act of depositing illegally obtained money into a bank account or any other legitimate institution is called money laundering...

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What Happens If You Wrongfully Park In A Handicapped Spot?

What Happens If You Wrongfully Park In A Handicapped Spot?

Having a disability can make tasks that most people take for granted difficult to complete. To make things easier for people with disabilities, several laws and practices have been adopted here in California, and the rest of the nation at large. This includes things such as automatic doors, ramps instead of steps and even specialized parking spots.

Disabled or handicap parking spots can be found in most parking lots. These spaces are often located close to the entrance of the building or near an elevator. This is meant to help provide a person with a disability better access to their intended destination.

Since these spots are located in such desirable locations in the parking lot, and can regularly be found empty, some people decide to use them even though they are not disabled...

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What Is Solicitation?

What Is Solicitation?

There are things out there that some people might want to do, but can’t because it is illegal. For most people, that is enough for them to let the idea go altogether. However, some people still want to do whatever illegal thing it was that they were thinking of, and they might just have a way around the law.

To stay out of trouble and still get the illegal task done, some people resort to hiring someone else to do the deed for them. They think this leaves them free and clear, but it does not. Hiring someone to commit a crime is just as illegal as committing the crime itself.

The Definition Of Solicitation

The act of hiring or convincing someone else to commit a crime is referred to as solicitation. This crime is covered under 2 different laws, Penal Code 647 and Penal Code 653(f).

Penal C...

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The Basics Of Bail

The Basics Of Bail

Bail is a concept that many people know about, but are pretty unfamiliar with. Everyone has seen some TV or movie character post bail at least once in their life. However, bail isn’t always portrayed accurately on the silver screen. This makes it so most people don’t know what to expect when they find themselves needing to bail a friend or family member out of jail.

For those who may not know, bail is the amount of money that a court requires to be paid for a person to be released from jail while they await their trial. The amount of the bail varies from case to case and is largely dependent on the crime that the person has been accused of. Once this amount has been paid, the person will be released from custody and is expected to show up for their court case.

The biggest problem that...

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