Anti-Piracy Laws in California

Posted by Raoul Severo | Oct 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Way back in 2004, former state governor and the terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill which makes it illegal to distribute commercial works electronically, specifically audiovisual files or recordings, to at least 10 people without citing the link to its source. This encompasses electron...

Loitering Near Children - California Penal Code PC 653b

Posted by Raoul Severo | Oct 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Loitering is one of many crimes considered as an inherent preceding offense to other forms of public crime and disorder. Public nuisance, street violence, and public display of obscenity are some categories highly related to loitering. The difference, however, is the fact that loitering is not a ...

Inciting a Riot - California Penal Code PC 404.6

Posted by Raoul Severo | Oct 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is a misconception among Americans that riot and protests mean the same thing -- they don't. For one thing, the latter is protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Americans have the right to march, parade, circulate petitions, leaflets, ask for signatures, and other forms ...

Joyriding Law - California Vehicle Code VC 10851

Posted by Raoul Severo | Oct 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Media often underplays the seriousness of taking one's vehicle without consent. Sure, sneaking out in the middle of the night and driving your parents' car to fetch your date seems fun, but it is actually a crime that could put you up to 3 years behind bars. This crime is called joyriding and ...

Unlawfully Causing Fire - California Penal Code PC 452

Posted by Raoul Severo | Oct 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

California is infamous for its highly destructive wildfires. However, not all of them have naturally occurred. In fact, the most recent one was apparently caused by a gender reveal party, which left more than 10,000 acres of land to be completely decimated by the fire. The smoke from the massive ...

Animal Cruelty - California Penal Code PC 597

Posted by Raoul Severo | Oct 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Indeed, humankind is the dominating animal species on this planet. However, this does not warrant that it is fine or acceptable to abuse any other mammal, reptile, fish, bird, or amphibian creatures situated below that hierarchy. The law recognizes that it is our responsibility, as a more knowled...

Parental Kidnapping - California Penal Code PC 278

Posted by Raoul Severo | Oct 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

They say nothing beats the love that a parent has for his or her child. In fact, sometimes it is even regarded as the most powerful thing in the world. It is important to remind your child of how special and important they are to you. In some cases, however, parents make bad decisions when trying...

Public Nuisance - California Penal Code PC 372

Posted by Raoul Severo | Oct 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

A public nuisance is a very broad concept that encompasses a wide variety of minor crimes that threaten the health, morals, safety, comfort, convenience, or welfare of the community. For example, you may have experienced being extremely annoyed by the sound of your neighbor's stereo blasting a po...

Human Trafficking - California Penal Code PC 236.1

Posted by Raoul Severo | Oct 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Human trafficking is perhaps the greatest ethical dilemma that our world is currently facing. While it's not as observable as other societal issues, such as poverty, racism, and diplomatic issues, it definitely still is happening under our noses. Indeed, it is frightening to think that such a vil...

Assault by Police Officer - California Penal Code PC 149

Posted by Raoul Severo | Oct 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

The topic of police brutality is something that took the world by storm, especially after the death of George Floyd. It is true that the men in blue are there to ‘serve and protect' the community, but there are unfortunate cases where they go beyond the lines of their duties and responsibility. W...

Wrong-Way Driving  - California Vehicle Code VC 21651

Posted by Raoul Severo | Oct 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

There are a plethora of videos on the internet showcasing hilarious instances where people somehow drive on the wrong side of the road. Indeed, we laugh out loud when we watch them, but when the tables turn, you won't really find it funny anymore.  According to California Vehicle Code VC 21651...

California Bigamy Laws – California Penal Code PC 281

Posted by Raoul Severo | Oct 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

Marriage is considered the epitome of all romantic relationships. It is typically seen as the ultimate bond that a couple engages in. Legally, it is also a social contract where partners are lawfully required to follow a set of standards and regulations to qualify for several civic and social pre...

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