with Michael Lum

New Laws for California 2011…….

Here are some of the laws, in brief, that will go into effect January 1, 2011 in California:

  • Possession of up to one ounce of marijuana becomes an infraction no more serious than a speeding ticket.  Reducing the crime from a misdemeanor to an infraction means you can no longer worry about being arrested,  have a criminal record or having to appear in court.
  • The Amber Alert notification system can be used when there is an attack on a law enforcement officer and the suspect has fled.
  • Anyone under 21 who wants to drive a motorcycle must complete a safety course before being issued an instruction permit
  • Paparazzi cause driving recklessly while chasing celebrities can be charged with a  misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
  • Parents can be charged with misdemeanors if their child misses too much school.  Parents could face up to a year in jail and $2,000 fine.
  • Impersonating someone online through fake social network pages, texting or e-mails becomes a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and a year in jail.
  • Automakers and owners can place video recording devices on their vehicles which will can monitor when there is a crash or unusual vehicle motion.
  • Courts can seize property used in human trafficking and traffickers can face civil penalties up to $25,000.
  • State prison inmates who are incapacitated by health problems can shift some of their cost of care to the federal government.
  • Plaintiffs and defendants can agree to one-day expedited jury trials.
  • Foster youth are eligible for state services until they turn 21.
  • Restaurants and vendors can again sell Asian rice noodles at room temperature.
  • Landlords will not be allowed to evict tenants who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

Just wanted to share some of the new laws with you and keep you up to date…


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