California residents likely understand the purpose of vandalism laws. No one wants his or her home sprayed artistically or otherwise with random choices of colored paint.
As a California resident, you know the fire danger our state faces almost year round. Everyone needs to be constantly on guard against accidentally starting a fire by means of a cigarette, a barbecue grill, a campfire and other innocuous, but sometimes careless, activities.
If you are a young California resident thinking about putting some of your “art work” on someone else’s property, you may wish to think again. Section 594 of the California Penal Code defines graffiti as any type of unauthorized design, figure, mark, words or inscription that you paint, draw, etch, write or scratch on someone else’s real or personal property without his or her permission. This includes a building, a vehicle, a sign, or any other kind of property.
FindLaw summarizes theft laws in California by first defining theft - a crime against property - and then emphasizing burden of proof. Prosecutors, they say, "must establish the defendant's intent to permanently take or withhold the property owner's possession or right to the property." At Leupp & Woodall, we understand the ins and outs of defending against larceny charges and often assist clients who face them.
If you've shoplifted in the state of California, you may be wondering what conviction you could be facing. Petty thefts are considered a misdemeanor rather than a felony, but is all shoplifting categorized as petty theft?
When people in California think about theft, they may first consider events like muggings and home break-ins. However, theft can also include credit card fraud.
California jails are filled with people who are unable to pay their bail, and Senators Kamala Harris and Rand Paul are hoping to change that.
Many people don't consider vandalism like graffiti or tagging to be a "big crime"; at least not compared to things like drunk driving, drug dealing, or assault. However, you should be aware of the fact that California actually takes vandalism quite seriously, and you could be in for some trouble if you're ever accused of defacing property.
Shoplifting may not seem like a serious crime, but every offense involving theft is taken seriously by California courts. Because of this, it can be crucial that anyone facing theft or shoplifting charges also takes the situation seriously.