Rioting is considered a criminal act in the state of California. Individuals who participate in a riot can face charges under Penal Code 404. Rioting involves disturbing the peace often through the use of violence or force. Rioting is considered a misdemeanor in California.
Individuals convicted of rioting can face fines and/pr jail time. However, you can fight this charge with the help of the Simmrin Law Group. Call us today at (310) 997-4688 to learn more.
Rioting Charges in California
The state of California defines rioting as two or more people coming together to commit a criminal act. These individuals may riot by using, or threatening to use, force or violence while disturbing the peace.
You can only be charged with rioting if you acted willfully. Individuals cannot “accidentally” riot in the state of California.
Rioting vs. Conspiracy in California
Working with other people to commit a criminal act may be considered a “conspiracy” in California. The court uses Penal Code 182 to prosecute acts of conspiracy. Conspiracy charges apply if someone works with other people to plan a crime. These can be levied even if the group does not carry out a criminal act.
What sets conspiracy charges apart from rioting violations is that individuals can face charges for rioting even if they do not plan the riot in advance. Rioting charges can apply if individuals engage in violent acts as a group, regardless of whether they planned ahead.
A Rioting Conviction in Los Angeles
Rioting is a misdemeanor level offense in Los Angeles. Misdemeanors are serious criminal offenses. The court system can penalize a PC 404 violation with up to one year of jail time and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
Individuals can also receive probation for a rioting conviction. While on probation, an individual must obey all regulations set by the court. They must also stay away from the place where the riot took place.
Find out more about how to fight the penalties for rioting by reaching out to a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles today at (310) 997-4688.
Additional Charges for Rioting in California
The state of California considers several actions in addition to rioting when prosecuting an individual under PC 404. These charges include:
- Taking a prisoner by means of a riot
- Inciting a riot
- Unlawful assembly
- Disturbing the peace
All of these charges are taken seriously in the state of California. Convictions of these charges can lead to incarceration and high fines. Individuals may face multiple criminal charges if they are arrested during a riot. However, a criminal defense lawyer can provide assistance to individuals accused of rioting.
Legal Defenses to Rioting in Los Angeles
There are several legal defenses that work against rioting accusations. Depending on the specifics of your case, your lawyer can work to show that:
You Did Not Actually Take Part in the Riot
Merely being at the scene of a riot is not enough to prove that you were rioting. You may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. A lawyer can help you show that you did not engage in violence or any act that disturbed the peace.
You Were Acting in Self-Defense
You may have a legal right to use force if you were defending yourself or others. The state of California allows individuals to use violence in self-defense. However, this may only apply if you believed you were in danger of suffering serious physical harm. A lawyer can help you prove that.
You Were Mistakenly Identified
Riots can be confusing events. It’s easy for people to mistakenly identify participants in a riot. Your lawyer can help you show that you were not involved in a riot, even if someone claims you were there.
We’ll Help You Fight Rioting Charges in California
The Simmrin Law Group can help if you have been accused of rioting in California. Our criminal defense lawyers are prepared to help you build your defense right now. Reach out to us by calling (310) 997-4688 or filling out our online contact form.
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