Monthly Archives: December 2012


Negligent Discharge of a Firearm – Penal Code 246.3

California has two laws on the books for discharge of a firearm or BB gun in a manner that might cause harm.  Ordinarily, laws are designed to punish for what you have done and not just what might happen. Negligent Discharge of a Firearm or BB gun Penal Code section 246.3(a) makes it unlawful to […]

Arrested in Orange County? Now what?

First – Should you post bail? If your loved one has been arrested, the first decision to make is whether or not to post bail.  When a person is booked into jail, the top charge will determine how much the bail should be.  If they are booked through the Orange County Jail, a Detention Release […]

DUI Checkpoint tonight in Orange County (December 20, 2012)

Checkpoint in Westminster tonight As previously announced, there will be a DUI and Driver’s License checkpoint tonight in Westminster from 7:00 pm until 3:00 tomorrow morning.  The specific location hasn’t been announced, but you can be pretty sure it will be on a major road.  There are certain procedures the police must follow in setting […]

Arrested for shoplifting? Here are the possible charges

There isn’t really one charge of “shoplifting” in the California Penal Code.  There are theft charges and other related crimes on the books. First – Petty Theft (Penal Code 484 and 488) In general, theft is defined in Penal Code 484.  From there, theft is classified under a different code section depending on the dollar […]

Orange County DUI checkpoints December 2012

. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has announced this year’s upcoming DUI checkpoint dates and locations.  They are also conducting extra “saturation patrols” and making an effort to serve outstanding DUI arrest warrants over this month. For information about your rights and DUI checkpoints, see the following links: What to do when pulled over for […]