The Penal Code forms the basis for the application of most criminal offenses in the State of California. The Penal Code was originally enacted in 1872 as one of the original four California Codes.
The Vehicle Code contains nearly all statutes relating to the operation, ownership and registration of vehicles (including bicycles). It also contains statutes concerning the DMV and the CHP.
Many offenses involving illegal possession or use of controlled or illegal substances, marijuana, and other crimes are contained in the Health and Safety Code.
Health & Safety Code
Crimes in the Business and Professions Code mostly involve unlicensed professionals practice, unlicensed contracting, pharmacy prescription offenses, and fraudulent or illegal sales practices.
Bus & Prof Code
Offenses in the Government Code relate to tampering with public documents and false statements concerning disability pensions. Other provisions provide for pension forfeiture upon certain criminal convictions.
The Civil Code is a collection of statutes governing the general obligations and rights of persons within the jurisdiction of California. Criminal offenses in the Civil Code relate to illegal mortgage loan and real estate practices.
The Fish and Game Code contains offenses relating to California’s wildlife, like poaching, spotlighting, unlicensed or unlawful hunting or fishing, and illegal possession.
Fish & Game Code
The Harbors and Navigation Code contains offenses criminalizing reckless boating and boat operations while under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating substances.
Harbors & Navigation