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California Laws You May Not Know You Are Breaking

By Arash Hashemi

California has a number of laws that are unique to it. Many of which, you may not even know you’ve violated. For instance, “Rubbernecking”, or impeding the actions of emergency vehicles, is something that many drivers are guilty of. Under California Penal Code 402(a) 3, if you stop or even slowdown at the scene of an accident, you can be charged with a misdemeanor for impeding emergency workers from accessing the accident.

Another strange crime you may have unknowingly committed is the act of giving spray paint to a minor. California Penal Code 594.1(a)(1)4 states that giving a minor 6 ounces of spray paint or more is illegal. This law was put into effect to discourage youth vandalism as well as the possibility of inhalant abuse. If charged as a first offense, a person could face jail time, large fines, and/or community service.

Ever used someone’s Wi-Fi for free without their consent? You’ve committed a crime. In California, it is illegal to pirate someone else’s Wi-Fi. For instance, under California Penal Code Section 487, stealing a coffee shop’s Wi-Fi without purchasing anything could result in larceny charges resulting in up to $5,000 in fines and/or up to one year in jail.

Under California law if you disclose a text message that was not intended for you, than a crime has been committed. California Penal Code Section 637.2(a)5 punishes an invasion of privacy, such as reading someone else’s text message, by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

Surfing on someone’s Wi-Fi for free could land you in a pot of legal hot water.

For more information on the crimes above, you can contact the author, Arash Hashemi, 24 hours a day at 310.448.1529 or via HashemiLaw.com. Law Offices of Arash Hashemi is conveniently located in the Westside Towers in Los Angeles, within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Westwood, and steps away from the Expo/Bundy Station. They have flexible hours and weekend appointments, and we will do jail visits to discuss cases.

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