California's criminal statutes identify a wide range of illegal conduct that is made punishable by sanctions like imprisonment and fines. While many of its criminal laws and sanctions are similar to those of other states, California is unique in a number of ways. For instance, marijuana possession in the state is a minor offense punishable by a modest fine. However, California also has overcrowded prisons and has received numerous complaints from inmates about inhumane conditions. The pages below provide links to statutes, with select overviews, penalty ranges, and resources on a number of crimes, including assault, theft, DUI, and drug crimes.
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Criminal laws in California can be confusing depending on whether you are being charged with an infraction, misdemeanor, or felony offense. One of best ways to handle the overwhelming amount of information you may be getting from the criminal justice system, friends, or family is to have an an experienced attorney on your side. Contact a local criminal defense attorney today to learn more about California criminal laws and how they apply to your particular situation.