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Misdemeanors Archives

Actor pleads no contest to DUI charge

On Sept. 2, actor Drake Bell was sentenced to four years of probation and four days in a county jail after entering a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor DUI charge. According to authorities, his vehicle was observed speeding and swerving in Glendale, California, in December 2015. In addition to the jail time and probation, he was warned that he could be charged with murder if he killed anyone while driving under the influence in the future.

People still arrested for marijuana despite lax laws

A report released in August showed that approximately 9,000 felony arrests associated with weed were made in California last year. The numbers were surprising due to the fact that California has traditionally had lax marijuana laws since 1996 when Prop. 215, a law allowing patients to get a prescription for medical marijuana, was passed.

California mayor charged over game of strip poker

The mayor of a major California city is facing both misdemeanor and felony charges connected to activities at a summer camp for disadvantaged children. Stockton mayor Anthony Ray Silva is accused of covertly recording a game of strip poker played by young people at an Amador County camp in August 2015. Silva was taken into custody by federal agents on Aug. 4. He was released after posting a $20,000 bond. Charges against the 41-year-old public official include a felony eavesdropping count and misdemeanor counts of providing alcohol to minors contributing to the delinquency of minors and child endangerment.

Man wearing jail jumpsuit found with meth pipes

A 30-year-old California man was taken into custody on April 11 after he was reported to be wandering down the street in a disoriented state. When Fresno County Sheriff's deputies found the man, they recognized him from previous contacts. At that time, he was staring into a parked car from a median.

Man wearing jail jumpsuit found with meth pipes

A 30-year-old California man was taken into custody on April 11 after he was reported to be wandering down the street in a disoriented state. When Fresno County Sheriff's deputies found the man, they recognized him from previous contacts. At that time, he was staring into a parked car from a median.

Vandalism in California

In California, a person may be charged with vandalism for doing any number of different things. A vandalism charge may arise when a person breaks windows, damages another person's car or graffitis the side of a building. Vandalism is when a person does anything that destroys or defaces another person's property without that person's permission.

Vandalism in California

In California, a person may be charged with vandalism for doing any number of different things. A vandalism charge may arise when a person breaks windows, damages another person's car or graffitis the side of a building. Vandalism is when a person does anything that destroys or defaces another person's property without that person's permission.

Misdemeanor assault in California

Typically, the law says that an assault has occurred when an individual attempts to or actually strikes another person. Assault may also have occurred when an individual threatens to harm another person or makes the victim believe that he or she is in danger of physical attack. For a person to be charged with battery in California, a victim would have to be struck or otherwise physically attacked.

Misdemeanor assault in California

Typically, the law says that an assault has occurred when an individual attempts to or actually strikes another person. Assault may also have occurred when an individual threatens to harm another person or makes the victim believe that he or she is in danger of physical attack. For a person to be charged with battery in California, a victim would have to be struck or otherwise physically attacked.

Shoplifting in California

People who are charged with shoplifting in California may face various penalties if convicted. The penalty received depends on the level of offense charged, the number of prior offenses and the value of the item allegedly taken. In most cases, people will be charged for a misdemeanor offense under the state's petty theft statutes.