3 Common California Felonies

3 Common California Felonies

The state and federal law books are full of felonies, but court officers, lawyers, and police officers will quickly tell you that some felonies are common while there are others they’ve never encountered. 

Here is a list of the most common felony arrests and convictions.

Felony Drug Crimes

There are so many different drug-related felonies that it’s easier to lump them into one category than to sort them out. It’s worth noting that in many cases if a person is charged with a drug-related crime, it’s likely that they’ve been charged with multiple different drug offenses.

Examples of drug-related felonies include:

• Possession
• Possession with intent to sell
• Distribution and Trafficking
• Cultivation/Manufacturing

 
It’s important to note that many of these charges are wobbler offenses, meaning in the right circumstances they could actually be misdemeanor charges. The amount and type of drug involved is what usually determines if the charge is a misdemeanor or felony. 

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is an extremely common felony. If you’re charged with aggravated assault, it means you either paired the assault with a death threat, or your victim suffered a serious injury during the incident. California Penal Code Section 245 makes it clear that using a firearm or another type of item that could be considered deadly is also aggravated assault.

A guilty conviction for felony aggravated assault can mean:

• Spending time in a state prison
• Probation
• Community service
• Losing the weapon you had during the assault
• A fine of up to $10,000
• Retribution

 
Aggravated assault is one of California’s three-strikes felonies.

• Up to $10,000 in fines
• Restitution
• Confiscation of the weapon (if it is owned by the convicted individual)
• Possible community service and/or a mandatory Anger Management course.

  

Arson

Arson is a surprising addition to the list. It simply doesn’t seem like it would be that common. However, a large bulk of arson cases are less about setting a fire and more about insurance fraud. 

In California, arson is covered under California Penal Code Section 451 PC and California Penal Code Section 452 PC.

California law enforcement agencies have special task forces that deal with arson cases. These teams look at the fire and all of the circumstances surrounding the arson case. The process is often slow, prompting some people to think they got away with the fire, only to be charged years after the event. 

If you’re convicted of an arson-related felony, the amount of time you serve in a state prison depends on where the fire happened, if anyone was hurt/killed, if the fire involved a knowingly inhabited structure.

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New Drone Regulations For Commercial Use

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(Some) drone operators and enthusiasts may rejoice – commercial use drones by businesses will no longer need special permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly the drone each time they wish to do so. There are still regulations and rules to follow, but it will be much less of a hassle in due time. Here’s what you still need to know:

  • Drones must weigh no more than 55 pounds.
  • Drones may fly no higher than 400 feet.
  • Drones may fly no faster than 100 miles per hour.
  • Operator must have a direct line of sight with the drone at all times.
  • Drones may not fly after sunset.
  • Drones must be kept away from crowds.
  • Operator must be FAA-certified.

Again this applies only to commercial drone use, not private/ personal drone use. Drones have been an issue with all kinds of people, from firefighters and police to pilots to individuals feeling like their privacy has been invaded. In some instances, the private drone operator can get in trouble (like causing a stall when the firefighters need to put out a fire). But hopefully new rules will take trend.

If for some reason someone you know has been arrested for mishandling a drone, please contact Orange County Bail Bond Store so that you and we can bail them out of jail immediately. We can be reached online or on the phone at 877-793-2245.

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