California uses the California Vehicle Code to regulate the:
- Ownership of Motor Vehicles
- Registration of Motor Vehicles
- Operation of Motor Vehicles
The first version of this code appeared in 1935. It has been updated and modified countless times since that date. In fact, the entire code was reworked in the year 1959. Currently, the CVC contains 18 divisions dealing with the regulation of motor vehicles.
Understanding the statutes contained in the California Vehicle Code (CVC) can challenge individuals without a legal background. The Simmrin Law Group can provide clear-cut information about this body of laws.
Uses of the California Vehicle Code
The California Vehicle Code dictates the rules that drivers have to follow on the road. The CVC contains instructions that must be followed by motor vehicle drivers and bicyclists. This body of law also includes information used to regulate:
- The California Department of Motor Vehicles
- The California Highway Patrol
The Vehicle Code covers the acceptable weight and height limits for vehicles using California roads. The CVC also covers criminal acts related to the operation of motor vehicles. Drivers who are arrested for breaking the rules of the road will be charged under the CVC.
Examples of California Vehicle Code Sections
The California Vehicle Code is broken down into different sections to address different criminal acts and the penalties for disobeying traffic laws. Some examples of these sections include:
- California Vehicle Code Section 10851: Unlawful Taking Or Driving Of A Vehicle
- California Vehicle Code Section 12500: Driving Without A License
- California Vehicle Code Section 20001: Felony Hit And Run
- California Vehicle Code Section 20002: Misdemeanor Hit And Run
- California Vehicle Code Section 23103: Dry Reckless
- California Vehicle Code Section 23103/23103.5: Wet Reckless
- California Vehicle Code Section 23140: Under 21 DUI With Blood Alcohol Content Between 0.05-0.07 Percent
- California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a): Driving Under The Influence Of Alcohol
- California Vehicle Code Section 23152(e): Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs
- California Vehicle Code Section 23152(b): Driving With A Blood Alcohol Content Of 0.08 Percent Or Higher
- California Vehicle Code Section 23612: Refusal Enhancement
- California Vehicle Code Section 40508: Failure To Appear
Drivers who break any of these laws can end up facing criminal charges. The court system in Los Angeles can handle breaches of the California Vehicle Code. In many cases, individuals who are accused of violating the CVC require the assistance of a professional criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles.
Penalties for Violations of the California Vehicle Code
There are a number of severe legal penalties used to penalize drivers who violate the CVC. Individuals convicted of crimes involving motor vehicles may face:
- High Fines
- Time in Jail
- The Suspension of their License
Additionally, drivers that are charged with crimes involving alcohol may be required to attend alcohol treatment programs. In many cases, violations of the CVC act as “priorable” offenses. This means that a previous conviction will increase the penalties you face if you are charged with another driving offense.
In many cases, charges tied to the CVC can be difficult to handle because they require a criminal trial and a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Drivers who are accused of driving under the influence (DUI) must request a DMV hearing within 10 days, or they will have their license suspended automatically.
Examples of Issues Addressed by the CVC
The CVC is designed to handle all cases involving drivers who disobey the rules of the road, such as:
Driver A accidentally allows her driver’s license to expire and continues to operate her vehicle. She is eventually pulled over because she has a taillight out. The police officer writes her a ticket for driving without a license. VC 12500 makes driving without a valid license a criminal act.
Driver B goes out to the bar with his friends. They all drink too much, but he decides he can drive home. He is stopped by a police officer for driving dangerously. He is charged for a DUI under California Vehicle Code 23152(a).
Learn More about the California Vehicle Code
The California Vehicle Code covers a wide range of subjects, including criminal acts involving motor vehicles. You can learn more about the penalties for breaking the CVC and options for a legal defense by contacting the Simmrin Law Group today for a FREE case evaluation.
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