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The difference between petty and grand theft in California

The terms larceny and theft are used interchangeably to refer to a crime in which an individual takes possession of a piece of property that's not their own. It's a criminal offense that can happen with or without the victim's knowledge of it. Under the theft umbrella, an individual can blatantly steal a tangible item, take possession of a piece of real estate or money or allow services to be completed without paying for them.

California bill disallows license suspensions for unpaid fines

The governor of California signed a bill on June 27, 2017, ending the state's longtime practice of suspending driver's licenses for unpaid traffic citations. In doing so, he cited the fact that studies have shown that suspending the driving privileges of low income individuals only perpetuates an endless cycle of job loss and persistent poverty.

The 5 traffic violations most apt to cause an accident

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, there are five distinct traffic violations that seem to accompany car crashes more than anything else. These include following too close, driving under the drugs or alcohol (DUI), failing to stop at a red light, speeding and failing to yield when making a left turn.

Distinguishing between infraction and misdemeanor tickets

In California, there are a number of different types of tickets that a law enforcement officer has the ability to issue depending on the violation of law you are deemed to have made. When it comes to driving a car, there are three categories of tickets: parking, infractions and misdemeanors. Each has their own progressive amounts of fines and sentences.

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