Category: State Law

What Are California’s New Gun Possession Laws?

The state of California has more than 6 million gun owners, and these California citizens should expect some new weapon restrictions for this year. These new regulations are a result of lawmakers and voters approving these new laws over the past two years. Many gun owners, however, are not sure about these new gun possession laws that regulate ammunition purchases, weapon classifications, and other legal changes. What Are California Gun Owners Facing for This Year? One big new weapon regulation for California gun owners is the prohibition of assault rifles. Assault rifles are defined as semi-automatic, centerfire rifles or semi-automatic … Read More

When is a Crime a Hate Crime?

Under both state and federal law, you can be charged with a hate crime if you commit a crime motivated by hatred or bias against certain groups. These crimes can result in higher penalties than crimes motivated by other factors. What factors are considered when deciding whether a crime is a hate crime? Race Ethnicity Skin color Religion National origin Gender Sexual orientation Gender identity Disability California’s Penal Code lists hate crimes under 422.6 PC. It states that it is a misdemeanor to willfully injure, intimidate, interfere with, or threaten someone in a protected class, or to knowingly damage or … Read More

Hollister Residence Sentenced to 40 Years Sparks Training for Educators

By Richard Wingerden of the Law Offices of Richard Wingerden posted in State Law. The San Jose Mercury News reported that a former Morgan Hill teacher, John Loyd, 53, of Hollister, was sentenced on October 5, 2015, to 40 years in prison for sexually molesting four fifth-grade girls. Mr. Loyd was sentenced by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Edward Lee after he pleaded no contest to four felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child by force, violence, duress or fear. This case has prompt the victims’ parents to seek a law requiring training for educators in … Read More