If an individual is charged with assault, there are several defenses that he or she may use to dispute that charge. For instance, it may be possible to claim that an assault was actually an act of self-defense. To prove self-defense, a defendant must show that he or she did not provoke the attack and that there was no chance of retreating from the situation.
As is the case with the criminal laws of many other states, the California Penal Code criminalizes public intoxication. People who are charged with public intoxication thus may face having a criminal record in the event they are convicted as charged.
Indictments were handed down on March 5 to 14 individuals who were allegedly involved in funneling drugs from California to various parts of the country. When the report was released, 12 of those individuals were already in custody. The other two individuals, both of whom were from Pennsylvania, were not being held in custody.
On Feb. 15, a 27-year-old California woman was taken into custody after she was found wandering around half-naked and disoriented on a Lancaster street. Authorities said they later discovered she left her toddler home alone.
Law enforcement officials with the Paso Robles Police Department announced the arrest of four people, three of whom are adults and one of whom is a juvenile, in connection with a commercial burglary. The burglary reportedly occurred on Feb. 2 around 11:55 p.m. in the 700 block of 24th Street at the Campo Ceramics store located there.
California criminal law treats public intoxication as a misdemeanor. People can be charged with the crime if an officer believes they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and it is considered a type of disorderly conduct.
On Dec. 24, authorities reported that officials charged a former California physician in connection with a scheme involving prescriptions drugs and Medicare fraud. Authorities stated that the man faces charges of fraud and drug distribution.
Law enforcement officers with the San Jose Police Department announced they have arrested a 19-year-old San Jose man for his suspected involvement in as many as 20 residential burglaries in the area. San Jose police arrested him on Dec. 10.
California law will no longer make a distinction between crack cocaine and powdered cocaine. On Sept. 28, the California Fair Sentencing Act was signed into law, making the minimum sentence for crack cocaine possession equal to the minimum sentence for powdered cocaine possession. Previously, a person who was found in possession of crack cocaine would face a minimum sentence of three years in prison without any eligibility for parole.
Members of a motorcycle gang have been indicted on charges related to the possession and distribution of methamphetamine. The Department of Justice has identified the organization as an outlaw gang in a news release. A Rio Linda man and two Sacramento men have been charged with conspiracy to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, and actual distribution of methamphetamine. Three additional Sacramento men were charged with distribution of the substance.