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  • Kieth M.
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    Originally posted by Mole177
    does anyone here know front to back?

    California PC that is...
    What exactly, if I may be so bold to ask, are you looking for?

    The book itself is enormous, one runs the risk of a lower back injury if one picks it up, too quickly. It has print so fine, it requires the reader to be less than 40 years old. It has long sentences, with convoluted language which more often than not means absolutely nothing, to most readers. It is the most user-unfriendly tome published in the country.

    But again, what is it you want to know?

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  • ateamer
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    Originally posted by JPatrick
    I'm just wondering if there's a difference between the criminal code and what you are calling the penal code.
    The Penal Code is the primary set of California statutes defining crimes and punishments. It contains most of the commonly-encountered crimes. There are numerous other California codes, though.
    Vehicle Code - all traffic laws, including DUI
    Business and Professions Code - includes alcoholic beverage laws
    Health and Safety Code - includes controlled substance laws
    Welfare and Institutions Code - includes juvenile procedures and mental health laws

    There are plenty more California codes, though: Fish and Game Code, Code of Civil Procedure, Civil Code, Corporations Code, it goes on and on. I guess some states just have one code with lots of different subtitles or chapters; we like to have separate codes and books.

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  • Tim Dees
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    Every state calls it something different. The California Penal Code sections have become well-known because they've been on TV so much, and because they're mostly three digits and easy to remember. A burglary in California is a 459, but in Nevada it's Nevada Revised Statute 205.060 (which is why we just called it "burglary").

    Using that TV stuff can be fun, though. I was arresting a kid from California when he told me that what I was doing was illegal. I asked him for the source of his information, and he replied, "The Nevada Penal Code."

    We also had an officer that was a California refugee. We got a BOL teletype one night from a California agency wanting us to find a guy wanted for 289 PC. I hadn't heard of that one before. He told me if was forcible sodomy, and he learned it from the rhyme,

    Wine me,
    Dine me,
    289 me.

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  • FuzzPup
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    Originally posted by ateamer
    Yep. The front says "West's California Penal Code 2007" and the back says "Do Not Remove From Roll Call Room".
    I haven't laughed this hard in awhile. Thank you ateamer! Hope you have a pocket buddy

    oh no a new juvenile joke......penal code.........pocket buddy sheeesh!

    As for the original question.........The odds of knowing it cover to cover are slim to nil. They change non-stop. Like homosexual conduct was unlawful here now its not etc etc. Judges can't even keep up with it.

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  • JPatrick
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    I'm just wondering if there's a difference between the criminal code and what you are calling the penal code.

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  • ateamer
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    647(f) PC fits an amazing number of situations.

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  • Jeff51086
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    how many codes would you say there are? I know it differs from place to place, but maybe a ballpark estimate? that legalinfo site was incredible. how many of those do you actually use on a regular basis?

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  • xraodcop
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    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html

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  • 1042 Trooper
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    I used to know it pretty well - especially that part about exhibition of acceleration!

    As a former L.A. Streetracer, me and my '57 got to know that section pretty good. Actually, it was part of the vehicle code, but what a few digits between friends.

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  • pkagel
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    I doubt many criminal lawyers know it all but here is what they teach in the academy.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CABasicPolice/

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  • Plaso
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    Originally posted by ateamer
    Yep. The front says "West's California Penal Code 2007" and the back says "Do Not Remove From Roll Call Room".
    Your killing me.........................but you got my vote

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  • jakflak
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    Penal code?

    Must.....resist.....urge.....juvenile.....joke.... .

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  • just joe
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    That's great!

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  • ateamer
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    Yep. The front says "West's California Penal Code 2007" and the back says "Do Not Remove From Roll Call Room".

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  • Mole177
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    How well do you know the penal code?

    does anyone here know front to back?

    California PC that is...

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